after the blitz

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Subject: after the blitz
From: Rod Mackay <>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:24:16 +0000
On Saturday I paddled Jerrabomberra Creek and associated wetlands, many
thanks to Michael Maconachie for once again allowing access to the
restricted area for the duration of the blitz.

Highlights of a most enjoyable paddle were 5 Pied Cormorants, 5 Nankeen
Night Herons, including 1 juvenile, 3 Cattle Egrets in bright breeding
plumage, the continuous calling of the Reed Warblers (20 actually
counted but many more present) and White-winged Trillers (only 1 sighted
but more calling from the within the willows), upwards of 120 Eurasian
Coots.  Something I encountered for the first time was Dusky Woodswallow
nesting in a knothole in a dead willow.  The lowlight was the large
numbers of large carp, in breeding mode I suspect, continually bumping
the bottom of my kayak. Maybe a good time and place for a cull?

Sunday I paddled Molonglo Reach where as I was launching I was
confronted by 1 white and 3 grey Geese, being very protective of the 15
Goslings with them.  Not sure if these have a place in our birding stats
but 15 Goslings seems worthy of comment.  Other highlights were another
pair of Dusky Woodswallows nest building, as were a pair of Black-faced
Cuckoo-shrikes in the same dead tree.  There were also 2 active Darter
nests (bird "on"). The only addition to Saturdays 46
species was a pair of copulating Cuckoos - probably Horsfields but
unfortunately I'm not completely sure.



On 30/10/2017 11:23 AM, Barbara Allan wrote:
> Many thanks to all enthusiastic blitzers who have already submitted
> their records. A great response thus far and some really interesting
> observations, including at least one new bird for the blitz, the Scarlet
> Honeyeaters at the ANBG. I shall work my way steadily through the
> records and give periodic updates to the chat line and through the
> newsletter. Again many thanks to all participants and a plea to those
> who haven’t yet submitted their records to do so asap. And to share any
> interesting back-stories with the chatline. I really enjoyed my weekend
> even though I didn’t see anything particularly new or different.
> Highlights were Fuscous Honeyeaters, Dusky Woodswallows and a pair of
> Flame Robins feeding on ??? on the road (Smokers Trail); a handsome male
> Satin Flycatcher (also Smokers); Speckled Warblers feeding young
> (Pinnacle NR); a pair of kestrels vocalising (Pinnacle NR); a Great
> Egret and a pair of Crested Shrike-tits (Lake Ginninderra); and two poor
> Brown Thornbills feeding a great lump of a Fan-tailed Cuckoo chick
> (Tidbinbilla). b

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