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We had a very pleasant walk in April, down to the Anglesea river near the pony club, and then back along Coalmine Road.

Vegetation was primarily Riparian Woodland.   26 birds were identified (see full list below).

April bird walk

The trees were alive with honeyeaters due to the Manna gums being in flower. Several Fan-tailed cuckoos were heard and one was finally seen.

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

The bird call app. on an iphone was very helpful in aiding our identification of a group of Striated Pardalotes who were only glimpsed as they flew quickly through the vegetation.

Listening to the call of the Striated Pardelote on an iPhone app

Listening to the call of the Striated Pardelote with modern technology

The highlight was the sight of a Crested Shrike-tit actively tearing away the bark of a tree looking for food. A pair of the Yellow- faced honeyeaters, which are not common in our district, posed nicely in a tree beside the river. Unfortunately I was so busy looking through my binoculars that I forgot to get out my camera for the ‘perfect photo’.

April bird walk

We were pleased to welcome a new member who came from Geelong, and another long- standing member who was attending her first bird walk.

Ellinor Campbell

Below are all the birds identified on this walk:

  1. Little Pied Cormorant
  2. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  3. Crimson Rosella
  4. Horsefield’s Bronze-Cuckoo
  5. Fan-tailed Cuckoo
  6. Laughing Kookaburra
  7. White-throated Treecreeper
  8. Superb Fairy-wren
  9. White-browed Scrubwren
  10. Brown Thornbill
  11. Spotted Pardalote
  12. Striated Pardalote
  13. Eastern Spinebill
  14. Yellow-faced honeyeater
  15. White-eared honeyeater
  16. New Holland Honeyeater
  17. White-naped Honeyeater
  18. Crested Shrike-tit
  19. Golden Whistler
  20. Rufous Whistler
  21. Australian Magpie
  22. Pied Currawong
  23. Grey Fantail
  24. Willy Wagtail
  25. Australian Raven
  26. Eastern Yellow Robin