A few birds in reserves near Murray Bridge, SA

Subject: A few birds in reserves near Murray Bridge, SA
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 09:17:22 +0800 (WST)
G'day all

I snuck away from a conference in Murray Bridge last Wednesday for a few
hours.  Most of the time was spent in the Ferries-McDonald Conservation
Park with a quick visit to the Monarto Conservation Park. Both are
south-west of Murray Bridge and easily reached from the M1 to Adelaide.
Both protect remnant mallee/broombush.

Few birds were seen or heard.  The main calls were Weebills but Southern
Scrub-Robins were regularly heard but only two were seen.  No honeyeaters
were seen or heard at all until a small patch of flowering Correa was
found and this held a few Purple-gaped Honeyeaters.  Variegated
Fairy-wrens, Golden Whistlers, Grey Currawongs, Ringnecks, White-browed
Babblers, Adelaide Rosellas, Grey Shrike-thrush were also found.  A
highlight was two sightings of Shy heathwrens.  In both cases the birds
seemed unaware of my prescence and foraged within a couple of metres of

Both parks are recovering after a long dry period and will no doubt
improve if the recent rain continues.

Steve Clark
Hamilton, Vic

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