|To:||Cog line <>|
|Subject:||the aftermath of the blitz|
|From:||sandra henderson <>|
|Date:||Mon, 29 Oct 2018 04:52:32 +0000|
I did my nominated 3 sites and also visited a few spots I visit regularly anyway. I also noted the possum at Point Hut, being woken up every time anyone went by on the causeway up to walking track. Also an echidna at Wanniassa Hills and a large blue-tongue
at Callum Brae.
Highlights were gang-gangs at a hollow in Callum Brae, as well as three pairs of Sacred Kingfishers, three pairs of white-winged trillers, and lots of striated Pardalotes coming and going from tiny hollows (a couple of examples in photos in ebird list for that site).
At Hume, which continues to produce a good bird list (60 species on Saturday) despite the rapid development, the first diamond firetails I've had there for several months, bee-eaters along the railway line, fairy martins gathering mud at a puddle.
I trudged out to Red Rocks on my final outing, and managed two frogmouth nests between Kambah Pool and Red Rocks. One sitting bird was restless, so perhaps his chicks are hatching. Managed very quick glimpse of the 4 baby peregrines, before two of them sheltered behind the rock on their ledge. Two were already flapping wings a little, and adult plumage is starting to come through. Parents not sighted, but as usual seem to be doing a great job.
The Gordon Pond had very tiny swamphens and coots. Along John Cory Rd in Hume, near the recycling centre, fairy martins were carrying grass into the culvert (lining nests) and a pair of wedge-tailed Eagles kept about half a dozen cranky smaller birds busy, although one of the latter, a magpie, also decided I was a threat and was determined to see me off.
And the disappointments - NO treecreepers in Callum Brae, for first time ever I think, but also a first for there - a pair of Common Mynas. I've let ranger Nathan know about the latter.
All my lists and some photos for most spots are on ebird.
On Monday, 29 October 2018, Steve Read <> wrote:
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