Re: RFI Barham area

To: <>, Simon Starr <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Re: RFI Barham area
From: Greg Oakley <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2007 15:33:40 +1100

Hi Dave and Simon,

I spent a few days poking around Barham over the Xmas period (I have family
living up there) and had a few interesting birds in different locations from
about Kerang, down to Terrick and up to Cohuna/Barham. Simon put me on to a
few spots (thanks, Simon!) and here are some more:

Gunbower Island:
On one of the many tracks leading down to the river, I got on to
White-throated Gerygone, Diamond Firetail, Red-capped Robin and good numbers
of all the usual small passerines. Azure Kingfisher was on the river.

A single Dollarbird was in the Red Gums between the 2 main sports ovals
(opposite the caravan Park).

Hird Swamp:
Has Little Bittern (and Aus Bittern) there at the moment. I heard a single
bird in the small pond on the right hand side (about 100m from the Cohuna
road entrance. Dipped on Painted Snipe.

Cnr Wests and Brays Road (just west of Gannawarra ­ which is between Cohuna
and Barham)
There are a pair of Bush Stone-curlew and a few Grey-crowned Babbler in the
only little patch of trees near the corner on the right (heading north up
wests road).

Terrick Terrick
All the usual stuff, but a Black-eared Cuckoo on the way up to the picnic
ground was a stand-out.
Dipped on some Australian Pratincole which have been in a paddock west of
Terrick. 100¹s of Banded Lapwing (c.400) in one paddock in this area.

Keep a look out for White-backed Swallow (I saw a few flying over the Kerang
to Cohuna road at Milnes Bridge).

A bit further afield, there was Black Honeyeater (around 5) at Goshen and
Budgerigar and Cockatiel further out near Ultima,

Hope this helps,


I will be in Barham (N Vic) with some friends this coming weekend so any
information on recent sightings, recommended spots etc would be very helpful
- thanks in advance!

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