Mt Ainslie Woodland Survey 6 Oct 2021

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Subject: Mt Ainslie Woodland Survey 6 Oct 2021
From: Michael Lenz via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2021 06:22:03 +0000
The spring survey of the 9 sites on the lower eastern slopes of Mt Ainslie was carried out today. Overall conditions were fine with light to moderate wind. It was still relatively cool in the morning, possibly one reason that many smaller birds were not singing as much.

Crimson Rosella and Noisy Miner were the most widespread species (each at 8 sites), followed by Striated Pardalote (6 sites).

Summer migrants were represented with Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo, Noisy Friarbird, Olive-backed Oriole, Rufous Whistler, White-throated and Western Gerygone, White-winged Triller, Dusky Woodswallow, Tree Martin and Misteltoebird. But missing was the Leaden Flycatcher. Other species of interest included Speckled Warbler, Varied Sittella, Brown Goshawk, Black-shouldered Kite, Wedge-tailed Eagle and Nankeen Kestrel.

Wood Ducks and Black Ducks were seen at tree hollows. A group of White-winged Choughs had 3 young in the nest. A pair of Buff-rumped Thornbills was feeding two almost fully grown fledglings.

A total of 54 species (high number for the site) were recorded, with 35 species at sites and another 19 in between.  

Michael Lenz

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