Day 3 4/1/07
Up early and headed off to Binya State Forest. Thsi place was
fantastic and seeing Painted Honeyeaters was almost too easy as one
flew over the car as I stepped out. I stopped first at Pine Drive and
there were 10 Painted Honeyeaters here. My first Mulga Parrots for the
trip were here and I also picked up a Striped Honeyeater. A terrific
mixed feeding flock of Speckled Warbler, Splendid Fairy-wren, Crested
Bellbird, Southern Whiteface and Singing Honeyeater was also observed.
Inland Thornbill was here as well as Grey and Pied Butcherbirds. I
then travelled up to Wattle Dam which has a few more species including
Black-eared Cuckoo, Turquoise Parrot, Crested Bellbird again, another
Painted Honeyeater, heaps of Southern Whitefaceand a Hooded Robin.
Travelling to Store Creek Picnic area next in Cocaparra NP I stopped
along the Whitton Stock Route and found more Whiteface, another Hooded
Robin, Mulga Parrots, Red-capped Robin, Striped Honeyeater and a
Store Creek Picnic area had a big flock of White-browed and a few
Masked Woodswallows. A flock of Yellow-throated Miners had a Noisy
Miner with them. Mallee Ringnecks, Blue Bonnets and Mulga Parrots were
also here as well as a Jacky Winter.
I headed up to Pulletop NR next which proved to be a little
disappointing. It was very quiet and dry though I did manage to get
the yellow-rumped race of the Spotted pardalote and Yellow-plumed
Honeyeater. A female Cockatiel was also seen along the Rankin Springs
Observing around the Lake Wyangan swamps north of Griffiith was next.
Unfortunately Nericon Swamp was dry, however a Brown Songlark was
here. Nearby Campbells Swamp was much better. Marsh and Sharp-tailed
Sandpipers were here as well as a few Glossy Ibis. A pair of
Australian Spotted Crakes were also seen. A few Red-kneed Dotterels
were feeding with the sandpipers.
Lake Wyangan had few birds on it, though I did see a Pied Cormorant
roosting on a dead tree.
Day 4 5/1/07
It was quite hot this day so I only managed to stop at a few places.
At Darlington Point along the Murrumbidgee there were more Yellow
Rosellas and more Little and Noisy Friarbirds. Two Cokatiels were also
seen on the edge of town. At Brett's SF at Coleambally there were more
Blue Bonnets, a Black Kite, Black-faced Woodswallows and a
White-necked Heron feeding in a channel.
Along the Yanco Creek where it crosses the Kidman way 4 Superb Parrots
were seen as well as 6 Emus foraging in a nearby paddock. Last stop
was the lake in Jerilderie where there were a lots of Australian
Pelican and another White-necked Heron.
I didn't go to Oombelayan NP though it will be worth a visit in the
future for birds such as Plains Wanderer, chats, pratincoles and
All up I saw 171 species. Thank you to all the people who responded to
my email about sites to vist and other helpful information.
Michael Ramsey, Broadford, Vic.
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