From: Julian Robinson
Sent: Sunday, 3 February 2019 3:19 PM
To: canberrabirds chatline <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Old Boboyan Rd much breeding, and a small mammal ID 1/2
On the way back from a Namadgi excursion yesterday I optimistically investigated Rendezvous Ck area in case Steve’s Black-eared Cuckoo was still there. I didn’t find it of course, though there were a Brush
Cuckoo and a juv Fan-tailed.
But I was glad of the stopover because the highlight of the day, and my first ever Namadgi small mammal, was encountered scampering across the vehicle track 30m ahead of me. I stopped the car at the point
it reached the side of the track and waited. After 5 minutes a chocolate brown ~10cm body antechinus-y looking animal popped up out of low but thick cover onto a fallen branch before disappearing again. I managed to watch it feeding (I think) on and off
for another 5 minutes, mostly seen as disturbance to the vegetation as it moved rapidly underneath but sometimes quickly appearing then disappearing. After several false starts it eventually got the courage to dart out and re-cross the road under the car.
My tentative ID from photos cf Menkhorst and Knight is Brown Antechinus (rather than Dusky or Agile). The book however specifically says that the Brown has ‘no pale eye rings”, so I wonder about the pale
partial ring around the eye in its fur. Can anyone with mammal knowledge confirm or correct this ID from these pics? Note the photos are paler than it appeared to the eye, it did look a rich chocolate brown.
At Yankee Hat carpark, from the carpark up the hill to the east, there were 50+ Fuscous Honeyeater with many young and DY (maybe in the hundreds, begging peeps were everywhere), 40+ Dusky Woodswallows including
immatures (also could be hundreds), 50-70 White-browed Woodswallows with many juv/immatures and some DY, and perhaps 500 starlings about 50% of them young. Similar story at Glendale though no White-brows. (On the blitz weekend we saw many White-brows at
Glendale but no breeding then).
Also on Old Boboyan Rd were 4 wedgies, 4 kestrels and a Hobby. This used to be a stronghold for Brown Falcons but I haven’t seen one there for years. And 2 Crested-shrike tits in the bush near the gate.