[Fwd: Heathcote in January]

Subject: [Fwd: Heathcote in January]
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Fri, 08 Jan 1999 20:56:03 +1100
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Subject: Heathcote in January
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Fri, 08 Jan 1999 17:04:33 +1100
Trip report Thurs 7th January 1999 - day trip to Heathcote area from
Melbourne - departed 7.45am (summer time)in pouring rain, very welcome
after past hot days. Forecast for northern Vic. was for maxima of 34 or
36 C, so did not take raincoats (more fool we). Rain still falling
throughout the whole day, so we got wet, but conditions otherwise
pleasant. Yellow Gums were in flower in many places. Only serious
disadvantages - rain on binocs and poor light made bird identification
tricky at times.
Many more birds were heard than seen.
  Locations - C-Costerfield     Jim Tk-Jim Track    Tatts-Tattersalls
       GF-Good Friday Diggings   HF-Holts Flat     BC-Black Cat
Ck/Boundary Rd

Masked Lapwing  C                         White-browed
Babblers                         Common Bronzewing
C,Tatts,BC              Superb Blue Wrens                           
Crested Pigeon  Argyle                    Buff-rumped Thornbills
Galahs                                    Yellow-rumped Thornbills 
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos -paddocks       Speckled Warblers   Jim Tk
Purplecrowned Lorikeets (heard) Tatts     Weebills
Eastern Rosella  Tatts                    White-throated Treecreeper
(heard)            Crimson Rosellas                          Brown
Treecreeper                            Laughing Kookaburra
Tatts                 Yellow-tufted Honeyeater - feeding flying 
Sacred Kingfisher(heard) Tatts                                young
Tree Martins GF, HF                       Fuscous Honeyeater -feeding
flying young
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike                 White-plumed Honeyeater
(heard) BC
White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike HF            White-naped Honeyeater  Tatts 
Blackbird (heard) BC                      Striated Pardalote
Yellow Robin  Tatts                       Redbrowed Finch - at nest,
Jacky Winter  HF                          House Sparrows C
Rufous Whistlers                          European Starling - paddocks
Grey Shrike-Thrush                        White-winged Choughs
Crested Bellbird(heard) GF,BC             Magpie-lark - paddocks
Restless Flycatcher BC,Mackenzie Tk       Dusky Wood-Swallow - feeding
flying young
Grey Fantail HF                           Magpie
Little Raven -Highway, paddocks           Grey Currawong

   As usual, Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Swamp Wallabies were numerous
and visible. We wonder why Wallabies in particular like to sit on the
gravel road - sometimes they are enjoying a drink from a puddle, but on
this occasion they seemed to choose positions under a tree where the
ground was still dry. Do they prefer a dry spot to sit on?
   Anthea and Brian Fleming
Willie Wagtails - many flying

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