Here are a few of the birding highlights from a visit to Jilpanger and Claude
Austin forests today. There are north-west and south-east of Balmoral is south
Yesterday was the first hot day for the year since February and overnight here
in Hamilton we had thunderstorms and good rain. Today was cool, overcast and
occasionally drizzly. After a recent report of 2 Diamond Doves at Jilpanger,
Rob Farnes and I thought we'd go hunting them. Permission was sought from the
owner of the property adjoining the forest where the birds had been seen and
off we went.
The forest was alive with birds and the activity didn't slow down as they day
progressed. Apart from the hundreds of distracting New Holland Honeyeaters we
saw over 50 species including Painted Button-quail, Peaceful Dove, Blue-winged
Parrot, Sacred Kingfisher, Variegated Fairy-wren, Shy Heathwren, Black-chinned
Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Jacky Winter, Hooded Robin, White-winged
Triller and Diamond Firetail. No Diamond Doves and no Southern Scrub-robins
which are often seen here.
On the way to Claude Austin forest we saw hundreds of Banded Stilts in White
Lake and a Spotted Harrier over a wheat field.
At Claude Austin we added another Painted Button-quail, several Speckled
Warblers, Fuscous Honeyeaters and a Southern Whiteface.
Still lots of breeding activity going on. The Jacky Winters in particular are
having a bumper year down this way it seems.
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