Upper Redwood Park

Lewin’s Honeyeaters Meliphaga lewinii Photo: Mitchell Roberts

Having spent a lot of time in Redwood Park in 2020 and early 2021 to do our study of the birdlife of the park, it was fun to revisit some of those sites.

Five of us assembled for the outing and given that Redwood is on the range, and we weren’t needing to do the full amount of surveys that we did for the earlier report, the plan was to just focus on sites in the upper reaches of the park. This is sites 1, 2, 3 and 9 from the original study, which are all accessible from the Bridge Street entrance.

Walking in the upper reaches of Redwood
Rufous Fantail Rhipidura rufifrons Photo: Mitchell Roberts

In the original 12 month survey we counted 56 species in the 4 sites, on this day there was only 26 counted, which underlies the importance of doing longer term studies in order to get a more accurate picture of the species present.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
Brown Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia phasianella
Eastern WhipbirdPsophodes olivaceus
Eastern Yellow RobinEopsaltria australis
GalahEolophus roseicapilla
Golden WhistlerPachycephala pectoralis
Grey Shrike-thrushColluricincla harmonica
Laughing KookaburraDacelo novaeguineae
Lewin’s HoneyeaterMeliphaga lewinii
Little LorikeetGlossopsitta pusilla
Olive-backed OrioleOriolus sagittatus
Pied ButcherbirdCracticus nigrogularis
Pied CurrawongStrepera graculina
Rainbow LorikeetTrichoglossus moluccanus
Red-backed Fairy-wrenMalurus melanocephalus
Regent BowerbirdSericulus chrysocephalus
Rufous FantailRhipidura rufifrons
Scarlet HoneyeaterMyzomela sanguinolenta
SilvereyeZosterops lateralis
Striated PardalotePardalotus striatus
Sulphur-crested CockatooCacatua galerita
Variegated Fairy-wrenMalurus lamberti
White-browed ScrubwrenSericornis frontalis
White-naped HoneyeaterMelithreptus lunatus
White-winged TrillerLalage tricolor
Wonga PigeonLeucosarcia melanoleuca
Birds sighted for all four sites
Lewin’s Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii Photo: Mitchell Roberts
Upper Redwood track
Table Top Mountain Meerwah Photo: Scot McPhie

It was an enjoyable morning and with time and weather on our side we decided to head down further off the range and explore some of the tracks and areas around sites 4 and 5. As most of these tracks aren’t well known and are rarely used, they had since become fairly over grown, but were still navigable. We didn’t record the birds we saw here, but enjoyed our look around. This Olive-backed oriole resting quietly was probably the highlight of this area.

Overgrown track – central Redwood
Overgrown track – central Redwood
Lace monitor Varanus varius Photo: Scot McPhie

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Great photo of the very obliging Oriole, those bush tracks looked quite a challenge!

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