More on Gold Creek Reserve, Dayboro and a query about Helmeted Guinea F

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Subject: More on Gold Creek Reserve, Dayboro and a query about Helmeted Guinea Fowl
From: Judith Hoyle <>
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2007 22:05:15 +0000
Hi Birding Ausers,

Went back to Gold Creek on Friday and added Grey Goshawk (being mobbed by a 
pair of Spangled Drongos), Crested Shrike-Tit, Little Shrike-thrush, 
Mistletoebird, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove (heard)  and Striated Pardalote.  Didn't 
see the Barred Cuckoo-shrikes.

Went to Dayboro yesterday to Lacey's Creek.  Great views of another Grey 
Goshawk, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Pacific Baza, Grey-crowned Babbler and Azure 

On the way to Dayboro we called in at the wetlands below the Gateway Bridge. 
The place was stuffed full of birds, including  a mixed breeding colony with 
large numbers of Cattle Egret and Plumed Egret, plus a few Little Egret and 2 
pairs of Royal Spoonbill. Well worth a look.

On the way home we called in at the Samford Cemetary and saw a Helmeted Guinea 
Fowl strutting round the grave stones - an escapee from one of the local hobby 
farms, I'm sure.

This sighting got me thinking of the large group (20+ birds) of HGFs my son and 
I saw 5ks out of Blackall in Queensland in September this year. They were 
foraging alongside the road and crossed over in front of us and headed off into 
the bush. It is not my intention to reignite the debate about whether to tick 
or not, but I wonder if this could be an established feral population? Has 
anyone else seen these birds?


Judith Hoyle
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