A hot and very hazy weekend up in the foothills with some interesting birds
around mainly seen early on 29 Nov.
Mill Road notable sightings included Dollarbird, Sacred Kingfisher, Fan-tailed,
Pallid, Channel-billed and Horsfields Bronze-cuckoo (3, one juvenile), Aust
Koel, Rufous Fantail, White-throated and Brown Gerygone, Yellow-throated
Scrubwren bathing in Little Wheeney Creek, and an Eastern Shrike-tit. Breeding
birds included Wood Duck with 6 small ducklings, Laughing Kookaburra with young
in hollow, Little Corella (in hollow).
A Wedge-tailed Eagle and the resident Grey Goshawk seen at Douglas Farm Rd.
Along Kurmond Road there are good numbers of waterfowl at the dams west of
Freemans Reach including up to 25 Hardhead and 10 Grey Teal on some dams. There
are now 2 Yellow-billed Spoonbills and Cattle, Great and 1 Intermediate Egret
here. Flock of 35+ Straw-necked Ibis. There are several pairs of Rufous
Songlark and Dusky Woodswallow present.
A loose group of 45+ White-winged Choughs was an unusually large local number.
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