galas hollow bushs x200Bird Survey at Pinkerton Forest, Mulla Mulla Grassland & Eynesbury Forest - 15th May 2016

On Sunday 15th May Birdlife Australia (BLA) & Pinkerton Landcare & Environment Group hosted a quarterly bird survey in Pinkerton Forest, Bush's Paddock & Eynesbury Forest. Geraldine of Birdlife Australia led a party of twelve people.

galas hollow bushs x200Although bird sightings were down due to the dark, cloudy conditions we still saw a variety of birds. A pair of White-bellied Sea-eagles took off from a spit of land in the treatment plant, on our arrival. They circled over the water for a while until a Wedge-tailed Eagle suddenly appeared, causing them to depart.

Several Galahs were noted to have extra bright plumage (reminiscent of breeding colouration) & a pair of Galahs in Bush’s Paddock appeared to be checking or renovating a nest hollow. Perhaps the unseasonal Indian Summer is triggering nesting behaviour?

We also observed several Purple Meat Ants (Iridomyrmex purpureus) carrying the brightly coloured berries of the Ruby Saltbush (Enchelaena tomentosa).

Geraldine writes:
‘A great day had by the 12 people that attended this survey. It was windy at times and threatened to rain on us but we got through unscathed. Bird species and numbers were down in all areas but there were large numbers of Red rump parrots and Brown Treecreepers in Eynesbury Forest. The high light would have to be the 2 Sea-eagles at the sewage works.’

Bird sightings recorded on eBird:

ebird checklists:

Pinkerton:  35 species Checklist  S29668220

Sewage Works: 10 species Checklist S29668277


Bush’s Paddock:18 species Checklist S29668446

Eynesbury 34 species Checklist S29668719


Australian Shelduck
Maned Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Gray Teal
Chestnut Teal
Hoary-headed Grebe
Straw-necked Ibis
Wedge-tailed Eagle
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Whistling Kite
Eurasian Coot
Masked Lapwing
Black-fronted Dotterel
Australian Hobby

Long-billed Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Eastern Rosella
Red-rumped Parrot
Rainbow Lorikeet
Brown Treecreeper
Superb Fairywren
White-plumed Honeyeater
Red Wattlebird
Striated Pardalote
Spotted Pardalote
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Golden-headed Cisticola

Australian Magpie
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Little Raven
Flame Robin
Sky Lark
Australasian Pipit
Diamond Firetail
Zebra Finch
Welcome Swallow
European Starling
European Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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