Toohey Forest & Wynnum North, Brisbane, Qld

Subject: Toohey Forest & Wynnum North, Brisbane, Qld
From: "Colin R" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 13:31:21 +1000
Birded Toohey Forest Saturday. Weebils as usual, Grey Goshawk sitting
patiently for photographs, Eastern Spinebill and King Parrots were new
for the hill for me. We flushed a buttonquail at the top of the hill ?
near the rocky outcrop. Two short flight views, unable to pin it down,
but worth looking for if you?re in the area.
Sunday and North Wynnum area. Visited Hemmant Reserve, the old quarry
area, first and had Speckled Warbler again along with an increase in
Rufous Whistler and lately arrived (?) Yellow-faced Honeyeaters.
On to Fuller oval and an exploration of newly created/maintained paths
around the swampy ground across the road from the school. Interesting
spot for possible crakes, rails, bitterns ect but I wonder what pay off
has occurred to the local council to allow apparent drainage of the land
behind the trees? I?m not sure of the quality of the water either, the
?pond? now appears overgrown with an underwater reed to such an extent
that Dotterels and Lapwings were walking around on it. It used to be
clear water with hundreds of Geese and duck. Two White-bellied
Cuckoo-shrikes, one Buff-banded Rail and a juvenile Striated Heron
flushed from one of the channels, most surprising, however, (to me
anyway) was a single Peaceful Dove. I haven?t seen one so close to the
coast before. An Osprey circled and landed on the nest on the pole up
the road and a Carpet Snake hung exposed in a dead tree over the water.
Fuller oval and there?s good water levels there at present. Usual Magpie
Geese, although in smaller numbers than I have seen previously (approx
50 in view) both Teal, a large no (30+) Black-fronted Dotterel and
similarly (12) Blue-faced Honeyeater. Flushed another juvenile Heron,
this one a Night Heron, from the channel, 7 Starling  feeding in the
playing field and 2 Reed Warblers chucking away in the reed beds were
also of interest.
  Colin Reid
So many birds, so little time......

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