Bendigo birding

To: David Parker <>
Subject: Bendigo birding
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 11:06:34 +1000
David Parker wrote:
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.

Hi David

I too got to meander in the Bendigo area recently.  On Anzac Day I spent a bit of time mountain biking and birding in a couple of spots north of Bendigo.  Most of it in the Eucalyptus oil production area of mallee off Loeser's Road in the Whipstick State Forest - which was uncharacteristically "unbirdy".  Later in the day I spent a couple of hours at Millwood Dam in Kamarooka State Park - it was much "birdier".  There is a tiny amount of blossom on the Yellow Gums Eucalyptus leucoxylon around the dam, and the Yellow-plumed Honeyeaters were making a lot of noise whilst feeding there & chasing off most other birds.
 I had some good looks at Purple-gaped Honeyeaters in the mallee there too.  Other highlights included a few Shy Heathwrens, Brush Bronzewings, a Gilbert's Whistler, and surprisingly (to me - Autumn seems late) a flock of about 20 White-browed Woodswallows chirping away overhead.  Also prominent, and a sign of Autumn, were the numerous squelching Brown Toadlets Pseudophryne bibronii amongst the more numerous Common Eastern Froglets Crinia signifera.



Painted Button-quail                 Turnix varia
Brush Bronzewing                     Phaps elegans
Galah                                Cacatua roseicapilla
Musk Lorikeet                        Glossopsitta concinna
Eastern Rosella                      Platycercus eximius
Superb Fairy-wren                    Malurus cyaneus
Variegated Fairy-wren                Malurus lamberti
Spotted Pardalote                    Pardalotus punctatus  (both ssp. punctatus & xanthopygus)
Striated Pardalote                   Pardalotus striatus
Shy Heathwren                        Hylacola cauta
Weebill                              Smicrornis brevirostris
Inland Thornbill                     Acanthiza apicalis
Red Wattlebird                       Anthochaera carunculata
White-eared Honeyeater               Lichenostomus leucotis
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater             Lichenostomus melanops
Purple-gaped Honeyeater              Lichenostomus cratitius
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater             Lichenostomus ornatus
White-plumed Honeyeater              Lichenostomus penicillatus
Brown-headed Honeyeater              Melithreptus brevirostris
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater             Phylidonyris melanops
Red-capped Robin                     Petroica goodenovii
Eastern Yellow Robin                 Eopsaltria australis
White-browed Babbler                 Pomatostomus superciliosus
Gilbert's Whistler                   Pachycephala inornata
Golden Whistler                      Pachycephala pectoralis
Grey Shrike-thrush                   Colluricincla harmonica
Grey Fantail                         Rhipidura fuliginosa
White-browed Woodswallow             Artamus superciliosus
Dusky Woodswallow                    Artamus cyanopterus
Grey Butcherbird                     Cracticus torquatus
Grey Currawong                       Strepera versicolor
Australian Raven                     Corvus coronoides
White-winged Chough                  Corcorax melanorhamphos
Welcome Swallow                      Hirundo neoxena
Silvereye                            Zosterops lateralis
Swamp Wallaby                        Wallabia bicolor
Common Eastern Froglet               Crinia signifera
Brown Toadlet                        Pseudophryne bibronii

Lawrie Conole
Senior Ecologist
Ornithology & Terrestrial Ecology
Ecology Australia Pty. Ltd.
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