Second spring at Gluepot

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Subject: Second spring at Gluepot
From: Peter Waanders <>
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2009 20:12:17 +1030
Hi all,
A few weeks ago almost 90 mm of rain fell at Birds Australia's Gluepot
Reserve over a number of days, and this was followed up by another 12
mm downpour yesterday. Conditions are reminiscent of a second spring
at the moment - there are many birds, they are very active and
preparing to breed. For the first time in 3 years, Striated Grasswrens
can be heard singing in patches of spinifex simply by driving around.
There are many woodswallows (Dusky, Masked, White-browed), some
carrying nesting material, and good numbers of Crimson Chats.
White-browed Treecreepers were seen carrying feathers into a tree
hollow and a Red-capped Robin was preparing a nest with spider webs.
Sadly, miner numbers are still way down but on a more positive note,
there are a few active Red-lored Whistler territories. Every open
patch with scattered trees seems to have its own singing White-winged
Triller and birds like Chestnut Quail-thrush, Hooded Robin and
Southern Scrubrobin are singing their little hearts out. Even
Black-eared Cuckoo has started up again. As many of these species have
already had a first round of breeding, let's hope the conditions
remain suitable for them to complete another round and boost their
numbers a bit following years of drought!


Peter Waanders
Southern Birding Services
PO Box 420
Waikerie, South Australia
mob.: 0438 882675
sat.: 0424 212889
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