Saturday Outing to Keepit Dam 25 September 2021

Sixteen of us set off to Lake Keepit to see it full the first time in many years. We went in via Manilla and along Rushes Creek Road to Manilla Ski Gardens. This was a small settlement with an old caravan park.

A road to the left went to the foreshore and we saw many more birds than our initial impression. My highlight was a Caspian Tern, a huge bird for a Tern as I thought they were all under 150g. This one is up to 750g and not stream-lined. The fishing technique is to hover and crash into the water. Other water birds were: Australian Pelican, Silver Gull, Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Great Egret, Grey Teal, Australian Wood Duck, White-necked Heron and Masked Lapwing. The others were Little Corella, Rufous Songlark, Willie Wagtail, Australian Magpie, Red- winged Parrot, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Grey-crowned Babbler, Magpie-lark, Whistling Kite, Noisy Miner, Brown Songlark, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Galah, Swamp Harrier, Red-rumped Parrot, Australian Raven, Tree Martin, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Brown Quail, Eastern Rosella and Kookaburra.

We then drove to the extremely windy dam wall where you can now only walk a couple of hundred metres and cannot go across.

Lunch was had in a sheltered area. We added a few more birds: -Whistling Kite, Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle and Noisy Friarbird.

Our next stop was along Orange Grove Road where the bridge went over the Peel River. Additional birds were: Pied Currawong, Rainbow Bee-eater, Fairy Martin, White-plumed Honeyeater, Little Corella, Superb Fairy-wren, Grey Shrike-thrush, Peaceful Dove, Azure Kingfisher, Australasian Darter and Dusky Moorhen.

A very enjoyable day birdwatching.

Lyn Allen

Tuesday Walk at Woolomin Reserve 28 September 2021

After a cancellation due to rain 12 happy birdwatchers finally made it out to Woolamin Reserve. We started off at the bridge where we spent some time enjoying the Spotted Bowerbirds seen flying in and out of the trees and hopping around. These were part of a group of 12 eventually seen.

There were the usual Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and Little Corellas all happily digging in the ground for their titbits. It was here we also listed an Eastern Spinebill, Superb Fairy-wren and a Mistletoebird.

The Peel River was chuckling along nicely after the recent rain. There were plenty of King Parrots, Yellow-faced Honeyeater and there seemed to be Pied Currawong everywhere.

While we were having our morning tea a Pallid Cuckoo was spotted in the foliage along the edge of the river and we heard and later saw Sacred Kingfisher.

Our favourite spot in this reserve is at the bottom of the track where it ended at the edge of the river. This is a haven for the little birds and we weren’t disappointed. We listed Silvereye, Grey Fantail, a female Golden Whistler, a Leaden Flycatcher, White-browed Scrubwren along with many Red-browed Finch. Terri pointed out what we all agreed was a female Robin but after a lot of perusing of apps and books it proved too hard for us to be sure enough to list this one. Her mate would have been a help but wasn’t seen. That is the birds mate, not Terri’s !

The Recorder was getting quite worried as no one had seen a Crested Pigeon all morning but as we drove down one of the back streets on the way out, there they were, five of them. Doesn’t take much to make a birdwatcher happy does it? Listed here are the 35 species seen; Australian Wood Duck, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Galah, Little Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Australian King-Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Pallid Cuckoo, Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher, Satin Bowerbird, (Yon), Superb Fairy-wren, White-browed Scrubwren, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Eastern Spinebill, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Friarbird, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Golden Whistler, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Grey Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Australian Raven, Leaden Flycatcher, Silvereye, Common Starling, Common Myna, Mistletoebird, Red-browed Finch ( sugg).

Joan Dunne.