From: Lawrie Conole [SMTP:
Sent: Tuesday, 4 January 2000 8:50
Cc: Barry McLean
Subject: Re: birding-aus Re-send
Barry McLean wrote:
> Just to test the systems really but Black Honeyeaters (at least two pairs)
> were still at Goschen Reserve yesterday (31/12/99). I didn't see any Pied's,
> Trillers or Chats during my 30 minutes there but it is still alive with common
Happy New Year .... and welcome back to Birding-Aus.
Sounds like Goschen Bushland Reserve is still a happening place (between Lake
Boga and Sea Lake in NW Victoria).
On 30/12/1999 I dropped in at Angel's Rest Flora & Fauna Reserve just south of
Sea Lake when I was on my way to the Sunset Country. Angel's Rest is a small
linear mallee reserve just off the Calder Highway, with great vegetation
including some Berrigan (Eremophila longifolia) still in flower. I saw at least
2 (probably 4) Pied Honeyeaters there - all immatures. I presume they nested
there, but as the birds are quite mobile they could be from elsewhere???
Further to Lawrie's comments, I and four others saw 2 adult male Pied
Honeyeater on the South Brambill Track in the Murray-Sunset NP on 31/12/1999.
We also saw a largish flock of Crimson Chats a bit further north of here. Two
were observed mating!
Lots of talk of first birds for the year, how about last birds of 1999? We had
a group of Mallee Emu-wren on Pheeney's Track at about 1300 on 31/12/1999.
First bird for 2000 for nine of us (Susan Myers, Stuart Dashper, Scott &
Cecilia Chandry, Lawrie Conole, Fiona Kinsey, Alex & Jeanette Kutt & Doug
Futuyma) who celebrated in style in the mallee was Willie Wagtail, which
started calling loudly at 0430 outside the Shearer's Hut. Arguably, not an
Happy Birding in 2000!
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