Survey trip

Irongate Conservation Park

Irongate is a gorgeous little conservation block just outside of Pittsworth, and it is mainly surrounded by farm land. This was our second visit to the site, almost a year to the day after our first visit, and we found an abundance of birdlife.

There were 6 of us on the day and having been here before we decided we’d survey the same sites as we did a year ago – these are outlined below and if you’d like to survey the same sites you can download a GPX or KML file here and then open them in a GPS device or Google Earth.

So we divided into 3 groups – Scot and Rob, Alistair and Trish, and Nicci and Mark – and just rotated around so we each surveyed every plot – doing 20 minute/2 hectare surveys.

An incidental survey was added as well for some notable additions we saw outside of the 9 surveys – giving a total of 10 surveys for the day. The full data can be seen in birdata here . We saw a total of 33 species, which is down from the same surveys last year when we saw 37 species. I don’ t think there’s anything particular in this, and we saw some species that we didn’t see last time. The overall list for Irongate is 124 species.

Here’s the list of everything we saw on the day

Australian MagpieGymnorhina tibicen
Australian Wood DuckChenonetta jubata
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
Black-shouldered KiteElanus axillaris
Brown HoneyeaterLichmera indistincta
CockatielNymphicus hollandicus
Crested PigeonOcyphaps lophotes
Double-barred FinchTaeniopygia bichenovii
GalahEolophus roseicapilla
Golden WhistlerPachycephala pectoralis
Grey ButcherbirdCracticus torquatus
Grey FantailRhipidura fuliginosa
Laughing KookaburraDacelo novaeguineae
Magpie-larkGrallina cyanoleuca
MistletoebirdDicaeum hirundinaceum
Noisy MinerManorina melanocephala
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Pale-headed RosellaPlatycercus adscitus
Pheasant CoucalCentropus phasianinus
Pied ButcherbirdCracticus nigrogularis
Pied CurrawongStrepera graculina
Shining Bronze-CuckooChalcites lucidus
SilvereyeZosterops lateralis
Speckled WarblerPyrrholaemus sagittatus
Spiny-cheeked HoneyeaterAcanthagenys rufogularis
Spotted DoveStreptopelia chinensis
Superb Fairy-wrenMalurus cyaneus
Torresian CrowCorvus orru
Variegated Fairy-wrenMalurus lamberti
White-browed ScrubwrenSericornis frontalis
Willie WagtailRhipidura leucophrys
Yellow ThornbillAcanthiza nana
Yellow-faced HoneyeaterCaligavis chrysops

I’m afraid no photos of birds on the day (too busy watching them!) – but there are some nice scenery shots

Photo credits: Scot McPhie

For more information on Irongate here is the Toowoomba Regional Council’s web page about it and here it is in google maps.

The Pittsworth Landcare group have done a terrific job of establishing and maintaining the site, and here is a booklet on the plant life of the park – just click this link to download it as a PDF file.