Sightings from Vic and southern NSW, including Ground Cuckooshrikes (NSW

Subject: Sightings from Vic and southern NSW, including Ground Cuckooshrikes (NSW)
From: "Simon Mustoe" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 00:33:27 +0000

Myself and Nathan Waugh just completed a few days birding through southeast Vic and have a few sightings for Birdline Vic, as follows:


Wed 14 December - Birding in the Mallacoota area
Birding yielded the usual array of southeastern rainforest species including Black-faced Monarch and Red-browed Treecreeper at Double Creek and White-throated Nightjar during spotlighting on the road to Shipwreck Creek, adjacent to the airport and Calamanthus at the airfield.

Thu 15 December - Cape Conran (Yeerung River Track)
Flushed four Ground Parrots including at least two juveniles from heathland to the east and immediately at the start of the Yarram River track. Also southern emuwrens there; and three Hooded Plovers on the beach at Cape Conran. Nearby, just north of Marlo, there is also a very good wetland with large numbers of common wetland birds.

Friday 16 December - Bogong High Plains (Langfords West camping area)
Good suite of upland species in the surrounding snow gums including high densities of Olive Whistlers; also many Flame Robins.

Friday 16 December - Ropers Track (just north of Bogong)
On the right hand side heading north from Bogong there is a fire track accessible on foot that winds down towards a rocky creek. We heard Cicadabird and saw Varied Sitella.

Friday 16 December - Chiltern State Forest (long range track and environs)
Fire has affected most of this area but it is still good for birding. We had Speckled Warbler near the start of the track. Note, this track is ONLY SUITABLE FOR 4WD. At the southern end of the track, we turned left (along Woodshed track?) and along the road back towards the C377 flushed three Diamond Firetails from fences at the side of the road.

Saturday 17 December - Chiltern State Forest (Cyanide Dam and Ballarat track) Crested Shrike Tit, 2 groups one at the dam and another on the Ballarat track about 200m from Cyanide Road to the northwest. Also at the same location, two pairs of Painted Buttonquail and 20+ Turquoise Parrots. Parrot numbers are very high at the moment and we saw them throughout the day at numerous locations though there were many juveniles feeding on the ground at the aforementioned location. Also, White-bellied Cuckooshrike, White-browed Babblers and Black-chinned Honeyeaters. Yellow-footed Antechinus were abundant throughout the forest and very active. We had a Squirrel Glider at Cyanide Dam spotlighting the night before.


Saturday 17 December - Leeton (Fivebough Swamp) and Oolabeyan National Park
Very windy day. Magpie Goose (1); Black-tailed Native Hen (3). Enroute to Oolanbeyan along the Sturt Highway, numerous Apostlebird and Grey-crowned Babblers plus two groups of Cockatiels. At Oolanbeyan, 2 perched Black Falcons were an evening highlight. Spotlighting did not reveal any Plains Wanderers but an earlier recce did not find any suitable habitat. Stubble Quails were common though, including coveys of about 10 birds. Also one, perhaps two Little Buttonquail.

Sunday 18 December Oolabeyan National Park and the Murray River
A great mornings birding with hundreds of Budgerigars, Striped Honeyeater, Masked, Black-faced and White-browed Woodswallows, around scrub in the Spell Horse Paddock. The highlight though, great views of a pair of Ground Cuckooshrikes at this location then another pair in the Four Corners Paddock, near the edge of the saltbush area. On the way back south we saw Little Friarbird and Dollarbird (Vic side) at the Murray River.


Simon Mustoe.
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