Birds Australia You Yangs trip 23 Sept.

Subject: Birds Australia You Yangs trip 23 Sept.
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 15:00:59 +1000
A brief trip report of last Saturday's (23/9/06) Birds Australia 
boneseeding group trip to the You Yangs Regional Park west of Melbourne.

Ably lead by long time volunteer Merrilyn Serrong, our group gathered at 
the carpark for our first bird census.  This was followed by stops at 
Gravel Pit Tor, the Ring Rd on the east side, Branding Yards Tk. and 
finally the Birds Australia boneseed site with associated bird paddock at 
the se corner.

Highlights were
- White-winged Choughs building a nest near the carpark
- Restless Flycatcher's brooding a nest on the edge of the Bird Paddock, 
- at least one Painted Honeyeater heard calling from above dense wattle in 
the BA boneseed area off the Ring Rd.

This is the first time we've recorded Painted Honeyeater's at the You 
Yangs (and it appears to be a long time since they were last reported from 
here according to the Atlas of Victorian Wildlife data).

We make a point of repeat visits to various sites so some seasonal bird 
data can be gathered.

Am interested in whether other birdos have observed the species in the You 
Yangs area in recent years.


Martin O'Brien


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