by Patrick Kavanagh
Peter Barrow, crew leader for a Green Army team that did some works in the Rise and Shine for Newstead Landcare Group, let me know that there was a pair of Hooded Robins Melanodryas cucullata near the Buloke exclosure plot that we installed near the walking track. I spent a bit of time trying to catch sight of them and was rewarded on Friday with some good close encounters with the male. His lady friend was around, but a bit more coy. They also seemed to be having a few disputes with a pair of Jacky Winters Microecia fascinans in the same patch. Rufous Whistlers Pachycephala rufiventris were also out in force. A small puddle in an old mineshaft provided a drawcard for quite a few birds. Spotted Pardalotus punctatus and Striated Pardalotes Pardalotus striatus were collecting bark fibres from a fallen branch for their next round of nesting.