The western end of Cooby Dam, around Groomsville, is one of the birding hotspots in the Toowoomba area, and made for an enjoyable second visit by the Darling Downs Birdlife group.
Although sunny it was windy which definitely accounts for the lower amount of sightings this time around, compared to our first visit here in November last year.
The same sites were surveyed, but troubling internet connections meant everything had to be recorded by hand and not straight into the birdata app.
All up 19 species were sighted – 16 species across our three survey sites and three incidental sightings outside of the survey areas. The three survey sites and results can be viewed here in birdata. The 19 sighted in total are:
|Little Pied Cormorant
|Pacific Black Duck
The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the soaring Australasian darters, and a flock of Little pied cormorants.
Despite the windy conditions it was still a very enjoyable morning.
The mix of birds at this site makes it very interesting to visit, with many woodland birds there as well as waterbirds.
As a side note there was virtually no signs of turtle nesting at the final site, compared to dozens and dozens of the nests and discarded leathery shells the first time we visited. We’re hoping this is just due to the time of year.