On Sunday 21st May Birdlife Australia & PLEG conducted a quarterly bird survey in Pinkerton Forest, Mulla Mulla Grassland & Eynesbury Forest. These sites are not usually open to the public & are home to a large variety of woodland birds. 127 bird species have been recorded at Pinkerton & 150 at Eynesbury to date. These dry woodlands are home to birds such as Jacky Winter, Brown Treecreeper, Diamond Firetail, & Speckled Warbler.
A pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles appeared in the sky, drifting between Bush’s Paddock &. Upper Pinkerton. Eagles regularly nest in Upper Pinkerton so hopefully they are establishing a nesting territory here again this year. The group was disappointed to see neither Tree Martins nor Diamond Firetails. Fortunately a few equally endangered Jacky Winters & Brown Treecreepers were seen. The elusive Diamond Firetails & Tree Martins were found in nearby Eynesbury Forest.
A sad sight was a dead Corella hanging in a tree, entangled in plastic mesh. It appeared to be the type of mesh used to bind rolls of hay. Yet another example of how discarded plastic is a deadly hazard to native wildlife.
Pinkerton Forest 38 species
Australian Wood Duck Grey Teal Australasian Grebe White-faced Heron Wedge-tailed Eagle Whistling Kite Eurasian Coot Masked Lapwing Rock Dove Crested Pigeon Nankeen Kestrel Australian Hobby Brown Falcon Galah Long-billed Corella Eastern Rosella Red-rumped Parrot Rainbow Lorikeet Brown Treecreeper Superb Fairywren Noisy Miner White-plumed Honeyeater New Holland Honeyeater Striated Pardalote Yellow-rumped Thornbill Australian Magpie Black-faced Cuckooshrike Crested Shrike-tit Willie Wagtail Magpie-lark Little Raven Jacky Winter Flame Robin Golden-headed Cisticola Common Blackbird Common Starling House Sparrow Zebra Finch
Bushs Paddock 16 species
Brown Falcon Eastern Rosella Red-rumped Parrot Superb Fairywren White-plumed Honeyeater Yellow-rumped Thornbill Weebill Australian Magpie Black-faced Cuckooshrike Grey Shrikethrush Willie Wagtail Grey Fantail Magpie-lark Flame Robin Common Starling House Sparrow
Eynesbury Forest 46 species
|Black Swan Australian Wood Duck Pacific Black Duck Chestnut Teal Hardhead Australasian Grebe Little Eagle Whistling Kite Australasian Swamphen Dusky Moorhen Eurasian Coot Rock Dove Galah Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Eastern Rosella Red-rumped Parrot Purple-crowned Lorikeet Brown Treecreeper Superb Fairywren White-plumed Honeyeater Spotted Pardalote Striated Pardalote Dusky Woodswallow Australian Magpie Black-faced Cuckooshrike Crested Shrike-tit Willie Wagtail Grey Fantail Magpie-lark Jacky Winter Flame Robin Welcome Swallow Tree Martin Little Grassbird Common Blackbird Common Starling Common Myna House Sparrow Diamond Firetail Spotted Dove Long-billed Corella Yellow-rumped Thornbill Yellow Thornbill Weebill Silvereye Red-browed Finch|