Lurg (Vict.) woodland bird survey report

Subject: Lurg (Vict.) woodland bird survey report
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 11:25:04 +1000
A brief report of the Birds Australia Lurg district woodland bird survey 
held last weekend on 6 and 7 October 2007.

The Lurg district is south east of Benalla in Victoria's north east.  Land 
in this area is almost all in private hands and a regional community group 
(The Regent Honeyeater Project) has for some years now been undertaking 
targeted and strategic treeplanting projects aimed at linking and 
restoring key components of the regions flora and fauna habitats.

Birds Australia has recently become involved in surveying planting sites 
and certain other roadsides, bush blocks and a few small crown land blocks 
in the Lurg district.  This is the third year of woodland bird survey and 
already many interesting bird outcomes are appearing with respect to age 
of sites, presence of understorey, proximity to larger blocks of uncleared 
land etc. 

Birds Australia organises for volunteer birdos to survey a suite of sites 
(over 100) throughout the area.  This year we had about 18 or so people 
(including BA members and locals) ably coordinated by Dean Ingwersen from 
Birds Australia in Melbourne.

In a day and half of birding the 7 or so groups managed to record 115 
species of birds in the district.  Highlights were:
- a pair of Cockatiel
- Southern Whiteface breeding
- several species of woodswallow
- Pied Butcherbird
- 7 species of raptor
- 4 species of cuckoo
- 7 species of honeyeater (although only White-plumed were in any 
- Speckled Warbler (possibly breeding)
- Hooded Robin
- Diamond Firetail
- Grey-crowned and White-browed Babblers
- Leaden Flycatcher, and
- lots of White-winged Trillers

I can heartily recommend the weekend as something to put into your birding 
calendar.  The survey is held about the same time each year and follows on 
after the annual treeplanting weekends (run by Ray Thomas and helpers) 
which run in August and September each year.

Regent Honeyeater Project ->

RE project treeplanting weekends ->

Spring (Lurg) Bird Survey ->

Lurg Hills Bird Survey 2005 ->

Martin O'Brien

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