The area around Tangey’s and Pound Lane is a local hotspot for birds, especially the ‘feathered five’ – Hooded Robin, Brown Treecreeper, Jacky Winter, Painted Button-quail and Diamond Firetail. I’ve seen all five species at this location over recent weeks.
The habitat is the key, a compelling combination of deep leaf litter, fallen wood, large old trees and terrific understorey, including a local keystone species, Hedge Wattle Acacia paradoxa. This species is special, providing nesting and roosting sites for small birds – the spikes provide a degree of protection from predators and it often grows in large clumps enhancing its value as a refuge. Patches of Hedge Wattle are also favoured by seed-eaters such as pigeons and quail over winter when food can be scarce.
Yesterday I encountered a flock of Diamond Firetails amongst the Hedge Wattle – there were about ten birds in the flock and they happily let me observe for a short while under dull skies.