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Subject: Rushworth
From: "Rotamah Island Bird Observatory" <>
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 14:00:56 +1000
I spent a pleasant few hours in the state forests south of Rushworth on Tuesday.  I didn't exactly get out there at daybreak so I was surprised at just how active the birds were.  Good bird seen included Scarlet and Red-capped Robins, Diamond Firetail, Noisy Friarbird, as well as plenty of Crested Shrike-tit, Little Lorikeet and White-browed Babbler.  I missed out on the Southern Whiteface yet again.
The main sighting of interest was a bird I am 90% sure was a Shy Heathwren.  I saw it from quite close quarters although only briefly.  It immediately struck me as clearly being a heathwren and it had a distinctive supercilium and dark eye, suggesting Shy Heathwren.  A look at the Victoria Atlas however shows no records of this species this far east, has anyone else encountered this species in this area?  The above mentioned characters led to believe that it was not a Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, do immature C-r H's have a dark eye, I guess the boldness of the eye stripe could be somewhat subjective.  One possibility that did not occur to me until I got back to the car and looked in Pizzey & Knight was that of a male Specked Warbler.  I'm not very familiar with this species, only ever seen them once, but this bird sat with a cocked tail, do Speckled Warblers ever do this?  As well as this, it was moving through dense undergrowth, not very similar to Speckled Warbler habits as I know them.
Any comments would be appreciated, full species list below
Craig Doolan
Peaceful Dove (?)
Common Bronzewing
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Little Lorikeet
Musk Lorikeet
Crimson Rosella
Eastern Rosella
Laughing Kookaburra
Rainbow Bee-eater
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Scarlet Robin
Red-capped Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
Crested Shrike-tit
Golden Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Restless Flycatcher
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail
White-browed Babbler
Superb Fairy-wren
Shy Heathwren
Brown Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Striated Thornbill
White-throated Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper
Red Wattlebird
Noisy Friarbird
White-eared Honeyeater
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Diamond Firetail
White-winged Chough
Australian Raven
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