It was a cold morning (four degrees) when we set off but it turned out to be a very enjoyable and eventful morning.
With only four people able to make it (Scot, Reet, Libbie and new member Tricia) it was a small group but we managed to survey four sites. Most of the paths were still in shadow so the birds were relatively subdued.
Over the four sites were surveyed we only logged 19 species – which is not a lot but given the time of day and the time of year it’s understandable.
Here’s the list of what we saw
|Australian King-Parrot||Alisterus scapularis|
|Australian Wood Duck||Chenonetta jubata|
|Brown Quail||Synoicus ypsilophora|
|Brown Thornbill||Acanthiza pusilla|
|Eastern Spinebill||Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris|
|Eastern Whipbird||Psophodes olivaceus|
|Golden Whistler||Pachycephala pectoralis|
|Grey Fantail||Rhipidura fuliginosa|
|Laughing Kookaburra||Dacelo novaeguineae|
|Leaden Flycatcher||Myiagra rubecula|
|Lewin’s Honeyeater||Meliphaga lewinii|
|Noisy Miner||Manorina melanocephala|
|Spotted Pardalote||Pardalotus punctatus|
|Striated Pardalote||Pardalotus striatus|
|Superb Fairy-wren||Malurus cyaneus|
|Torresian Crow||Corvus orru|
|White-throated Treecreeper||Cormobates leucophaea|
|Yellow-faced Honeyeater||Caligavis chrysops|
The surveys can be seen in full on the Birdata website here. However when you compare this to all the data for Crows Nest National Park you can see there’s a lot more there to see – 125 species recorded.
The day may have been light on for birds – but it still had two highlights! Firstly the Brown quail – we came across a juvenile all by himself and realised we had probably inadvertently separated him from his family group. And then further on 11 of them in one group. Both of these encounters I recorded on my mobile phone below.
And the other highlight was just the sheer beauty of the place – we were there ahead of anyone else and with the recent rain it just looked gorgeous 🙂 Be sure to click on the panoramic image below to see it in its full size.