Autumn 2013

30th May 2013

* Rodborough Road near Joyces Creek – Barn Owl @ 8.30pm

28th May 2013

* Clarke Lane (opposite Galloway’s) – 3 Barn Owls @ 8pm

15th May 2013

* Sullivan’s Track – Hooded Robin (pair), Fuscous Honeyeaters (numerous), White-naped Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater.

14th May 2013

* Newstead township – Collared Sparrowhawk.

13th May 2013

* Moolort Plains (Saligari’s Road) – Brown Goshawk.

24th April 2013

* Lock’s Lane (Moolort) – Blue winged Parrot (4), Zebra Finch (2)

* Clarke’s Lane (Joyces Creek) – Spotted Nightjar (found dead on road)

* Moolort- Baringhup Road – Black Falcon

23rd April 2013

* Lock’s Lane (Moolort) – Black Falcon, Spotted Harrier, Black-shouldered Kite (numerous), Australian Kestrel, Brown Falcon.

20th April 2013

* Long Swamp area – Black Falcon, Black Kite.

16th April 2013

* Cemetery Road, Newstead – first local Flame Robins for the season (one adult male with a brown bird with red breast wash.

9th April 2013

* Picnic Point area at Cairn Curran – White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Black-tailed Native-hen (5), Whistling Kite, Brown Falcon, Great Egret, Darter, Australian Pelican.

5th April 2013

* Trudgeon’ Road, Welshman’s Reef – Swift Parrots (11) – first returns for the season.

* Loddon River delta – Brown Goshawk, Darter, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Red-kneed and Black-fronted Dotterels.

* Sullivan’s Track/Spring Hill Track area – Hooded Robin, Scarlet Robin, Red-capped Robin, Black-chinned Honeyeater.

31st March 2013

* Rise and Shine – Yellow-tufted, Fuscous and Black-chinned Honeyeaters, Eastern Yellow Robin, Scarlet Robin, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, Willie Wagtail, Grey Currawong, Red Wattlebird, White-throated Treecreeper, Brown Treecreeper, Eastern Rosella, Galah, Welcome Swallow, Laughing Kookaburra.

* Loddon River – Powerful Owl (adult) … one only in the usual spot amongst the Black Wattles on the bend.

30th March 2013

* Mia Mia Track area – Red-capped Robin (female).

29th March 2013

* Newstead township – flock of 16 Australian Pelicans soaring in thermals above the town.

* Loddon mouth at Cairn Curran – Black-winged Stilt, Red-necked Avocet (2), Whistling Kite, Darter, Eurasian Coot, Little Pied Cormorant, Red-kneed Dotterel, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Australian Pelican, Musk Lorikeet, Little Lorikeet, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Little Raven (many).

28th March 2013

* Cnr. of Shield’s Lane and Joyces Creek – Baringhup Road – pair of Little Eagles.

* Joyces Creek – Wedge-tailed Eagle, Whistling Kite, many Darters, Great Egret.

21st March 2013

*Walker’s Lane Strangways (reported by Kate Sandiford) – White naped and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Golden Whistler (immature)

20th March 2013

* Black Kites (6) – over the Pyrenees Highway ~ 2km west of Newstead.

11th March 2013

* Cairn Curran Reservoir (Newstead arm) – Darter (nests with young), Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Great Egret, Pacific Heron, White-faced Heron, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Australian Pelican, Grey Teal, Australian Shelduck, Eurasian Coot, Black-fronted Plover, Red-kneed Dotterel, Red-capped Plover (~10), Red-necked Stint (5), Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (4), Black-winged Stilt, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Silver Gull.

9th March 2013

* Lake Cairn Curran (Joyces Creek arm) – Yellow-billed Spoonbill (6), Great Egret, Darter, Little Pied Cormorant, Whistling Kite, Wood Duck, Grey Teal, Black-fronted Dotterel, White-faced Heron, Pacific Heron, Welcome Swallow, Brown Falcon, Long-billed and Little Corellas.

5th March 2013

* East of Smeaton townnship [see location] – single Brolga. This bird has been reported with another individual over recent weeks.

2 responses to “Autumn 2013

  1. I think that it’s possible that we are going to have another infestation of Doratifera oxleyi (The Painted Cupmoth) next spring. Although not as numerous as in 2012, I have noticed dozens of the adult moths round lighted windows here in Vaughan for the past ten days. Their caterpillars (Stinging Joeys) will be defoliating eucalypts again. The trees seem to recover quickly but after this recent prolonged drought they will be under extra stress, which may be of concern.

    • Thanks for the note Tony. I will be interesting to see what happens as my understanding is that it’s not usual to see recurrent infestations. Keen to hear about your observations as the season progresses – I’ll keep an eye out around Newstead as well.
      Cheers, geoff

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