Wednesday Walk to Hall

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Subject: Wednesday Walk to Hall
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2019 05:19:09 +0000
The editors of Gang-gang may wish to use this as the post walk report.

23 members and guests gathered on Gladstone St in very windy weather for a stroll round the village.  Good numbers of birds were feeding on the oval: 28 Red-rumped Parrots; 9 Eastern Rosellas; 5 Sulphur-crested Cockatoos (which number was swamped by a flock of approximately 30 which overflew  - noisily).  2 Rainbow Lorikeets were seen in the flowering eucalypt outside the pub - which still had a fair amount of blossom.  Not a trace of anything resembling a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet!
We headed off on Gladstone St for a look into some woodland, which was almost bird-free apart from a flock of 12 Superb Fairywrens.  Continuing around the village  listable birds included Pied Currawong, Noisy Miner, and Common Myna.  Red Jungle Fowl (domestic form) were not regarded as listable, despite ranging freely on the roadside.
We extended the route up through some bush on the Northern side of the village.  A distant Wedge-tailed Eagle, hanging stationary into the gale, was the sole raptor for the day.  More notable birds seen in this area included Sulphur -crested Cockatoo poking out of a hollow; Yellow Thornbill; Buff-rumped Thornbill (Carrying Nest material) and 2 Scarlet Robins (as both sexes, possibly a pair but not seen interacting).
In total 35 species were recorded, which is not a bad haul in view of the weather.  A full list is at Certainly the bush to the North of the village was the best area, being somewhat sheltered from the wind.
The editors of Gang-gang may wish to include the following in the coming walks section.
The walk on 18 September will be to Hume.  Meet 0900 on Couranga Cres.  A map is on the COG website.
Some photos and supplementary comments are in my blogpost.

 Martin Butterfield
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