Chiltern Forest....

Subject: Chiltern Forest....
From: "Michael Ramsey" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 11:33:11 +1000

Hi all, Just thought a trip report might take everyones mind off the virus problem circulating at the moment. Spent an excellent afternoon in Chiltern National Park 30km south of Albury-Wodonga yesterday with quite a few highlights. Chiltern Forest is an endangered Box-Ironbark eucalypt ecosystem that has only recently been gazetted a national park.

Observed in an area called Frog's Hollow and with Grey Box, Mugga Ironbark and Red Stringybark all flowering Honeyeaters were plentiful, 11 species all in a small area. Most plentiful were the resident Yellow-tufted and Fuscous Honeyeaters as well as numbers of autumn/winter visitors such as White-naped Honeyeater and Little and Noisy Friarbirds.

Robins species were plentiful as well, 5 species recorded in a small area. The biggest highlight was a female Pink Robin. I have observed the Rose Robin (though not on this outing) quite often in the park during autumn/winter but this was my first record of this species here.  Nearby were male Red-capped and Scarlet Robins, as well as Jacky Winter and Eastern Yellow Robin, the latter two resident birds here.

Turquoise Parrots are a resident and at times plentiful species in the park. A few small groups were encountered feeding along the track through Frogs Hollow. Of general note of the outing was that spring/summer birds have now totally departed the area, with the exception of Dusky Woodswallow which I have noticed often still occurs around till May, and a lone Fan-tailed Cuckoo. Autumn/winter visitors to the park were quite evident, as well as the Robins and Honeyeaters large numbers of Spotted and Striated Pardalotes, a large winter flock of over 30 White-winged Chough, Golden Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush and Crimson Rosella. These species can be encountered in the park during spring/summer but in autumn/winter their numbers increase.

Two highlight species of the park are the Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot, both were not located on this outing. I have seen the Regent Honeyeater at the park this year though on the 30th March at a different location.

In total 54 species were recorded, probably only in a 300m square block. Species list is below.

Michael Ramsey Wangaratta Vic

Frog's Hollow (Chiltern Box-Ironbark National Park) 22/04/01 Slightly overcast but sunny. Light southerly wind. 12:25-14:40 hours.

Australasian Grebe,  Pacific Black Duck, Australian Wood Duck, Whistling Kite, Brown Falcon,Peaceful Dove, Little Lorikeet, Crimson Rosella, Eastern Rosella, Red-rumped Parrot, Turquoise Parrot, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Brown Treecreeper, Superb Fairy-wren,           Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote Weebill, Striated Thornbill, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Friarbird, Little Friarbird, Noisy Miner, Yellow-faced Honeyeater,  Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, Fuscous Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater,                 Black-chinned Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater,       White-browed Babbler, Pink Robin, Scarlet Robin, Red-capped Robin,                      Eastern Yellow Robin, Jacky Winter, Crested Shrike-tit, Grey Shrike-thrush,                Golden Whistler, Willie Wagtail, Restless Flycatcher, Magpie-lark,                                Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Dusky Woodswallow, Australian Magpie,                   Australian Raven, White-winged Chough, Welcome Swallow, House Sparrow,         Diamond Firetail, Mistletoebird, Silvereye, Common Blackbird, Common Starling.      










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