I managed some terrific birding in NE Victoria during the Easter
break. On Easter Sunday (16/4/06) at Chiltern-MT Pilot National Park
some great birds were seen. The forest is full of hundreds on Noisy
Friarbirds and Red Wattlebirds, all foraging on Grey Box blossom. In
some places it was difficult to hear anything else. Lots of
White-browed Woodswallows were still around and a few Masked
Woodswallows were sighted with them. At Frog's Hollow 2 groups of 5
and 3 Swift Parrots were observed, along with a female Red-capped
Robin. Honeyeaters such as White-naped, Yellow-tufted, Black-chinned,
Eastern Spinebill, Little Friarbird were also there. Fuscous were very
numerous. At Bartley's Block and single Swift Parrot was heard, then
half an hour later 2 groups of 16 and 11 passed overhead.
At Chiltern No.1 dam at dusk a large number of hawking woodswallows
and swallows were observed. In one large group there was White-browed,
Dusky, Masked, White-breasted Woodswallows, Welcome and White-backed
Swallow and Tree Martins all together, truly amazing. A Red-kneeded
Dotterel was also here along with a Diamond Firetail.
On Easter Monday I visited Killawarra Forest in the Warby Range State
Park. Around "The Camp" area I saw a single Swift Parrot and possible
heard another. Five Hooded Robins were seen in a group on the ground,
foraging with a pair of Red-capped Robin,a Flame Robin, 2 Speckled
Warblers, a Jacky Winter and Buff-rumped Thornbills. Truly a special
place for woodland birds. As with Chiltern Forest hundreds of Noisy
Friarbirds were in the forest along with smaller numbers of Red
Wattlebirds and Little Friarbirds, feeding on Grey Box blossom. On the
way out of the forest towards Peechelba three King-parrots were seen,
north of their usual, even wintering range. Finally on the way home a
Zebra Finch was at Boorhaman.
Michael Ramsey, Broadford, Vic.
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