Bendigo birding

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Subject: Bendigo birding
From: "David Parker" <>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 10:33:40 +1000
Hello all,
What better way to spend 10 days between Easter and the following Anzac long weekend that sitting back relaxing and getting in a bit of bird watching amongst it.
This time last year when I visited Bendigo the forests were very quiet. This year, the total opposite. Red Wattlebird and Noisy Friarbird called from every point of call and a good variety of honeyeater were also to be seen.
During this time my first Swift Parrots for the season were observed, 30+ at one site and 5 at another. At the first site, the parrots were under constant bombardment from the Red Wattlebirds and Noisy Friarbirds. When they weren't being chased they either perched to catch their breath, or took lerp from the leaves of Red Box, Yellow Gum and Red Stringybark.
Also in the Sedgwick area Scarlet Robin, Varied Sitella, Purple-Crowned, Little and Musk Lorikeets, Crested Shrike-tit, Golden Whilster and hneyeaters (Yellow-tufted, Yellow-faced, Fuscous, White-plumed, Brown-headed, Black-chinned and White-naped).
I also added a new species to my list of birds for the Jackass Flat Flora Reserve, my childhood haunt. While watching a group of honeyeaters feed on Ironbark blossum I observed a male Black Honeyeater happily feeding away on the blossum. A total of 5 males and 1 female were observed.
Visiting Millwood Dam in the Kamarooka, a well-known honeyeater spot, the area produced 6 species of honeyeater; Yellow-plumed, Yellow-tufted, Fuscous, White-eared, White-plumed, Brown-headed and also Red Wattlebird. Other birds included Grey Shrike-thrush and Superb Fairy-wren, Musk Lorikeet, Eastern Yellow Robin and Crested Bellbird.
David Parker
Wildlife Extension Officer
Greening Australia - Riverina
P.O. Box 1010
Deniliquin, NSW, 2710
ph: 03 5881 3429  fax: 03 5881 3412
mobile: 0428 236 263
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