Birding at Pinkerton & Eynesbury Sunday 19th November 2017

On Sunday 19th November PLEG & Birdlife Australia invited the community to join them birding at Pinkerton & Bush’s Paddock in the morning, & Eynesbury Forest in afternoon, led by Geraldine Kelly. These sites are not usually open to the public & are home to a large variety of woodland birds. About 127 bird species have been recorded at Pinkerton & about 152 at Eynesbury to date.

Geraldine writes:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ‘Hi Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Had a wonderful day out counting birds. Great to see the White-browed Woodswallows in Bushs and the Rufous Whistlers at Eynesbury.

Pinkerton Forest was recently the site of a large ceremony whereby a time capsule placed by the Pinkerton family was opened. Details on: https://natureoutwest.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/time-capsule-opening-in-pinkerton-forest-8th-november-2017/;

A mystery was several intact eggs (possibly Starling eggs by their turquoise colour) lying upon the ground. Mynah eggs are similarly coloured but these do not have a significant breeding population in Pinkerton (unlike Starlings). Broken eggshells are common enough on the ground this time of the year. Birds usually remove newly hatched eggs & drop them some distance from the nest, possibly to prevent drawing the attention of predators to their nest & nestlings. However, several of these eggs were intact, & some only cracked, which posed something of a mystery; not to mention a feast for the Purple Meat-ants.

 

This photo of a group of four Red-rumped Parrots feeding on the forest floor illustrates how well camouflaged they are, despite the bright colours of the male birds.

Site                             No             Checklist No

Western Water        17            Checklist S40587511

Bushs Paddock        26            Checklist S40587556

Pinkerton Forest     38           Checklist S40587490

Eynesbury Forest    50           Checklist S40587651

Details of sightings at each site

Pinkerton Forest Sun Nov 19, 2017 Checklist S40587490

38 species total

2 Australian Shelduck
2 Maned Duck
2 Pacific Black Duck
10 Gray Teal
26 Chestnut Teal
2 Hoary-headed Grebe
1 Yellow-billed Spoonbill
3 Australian Kite
1 Little Eagle
1 Spotted Dove
3 Crested Pigeon
1 Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo
1 Brown Falcon
40 Galah
2 Long-billed Corella
1 Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
14 Eastern Rosella
25 Red-rumped Parrot
4 Brown Treecreeper
12 Superb Fairywren
2 Noisy Miner
5 Red Wattlebird
6 White-plumed Honeyeater
3 Striated Pardalote
6 Yellow-rumped Thornbill
1 Weebill
20 Australian Magpie
2 Black-faced Cuckooshrike
1 Crested Shrike-tit
4 Willie-wagtail
2 Magpie-lark
4 Little Raven
5 Welcome Swallow
160 Tree Martin
80 European Starling
10 Common Myna
12 European Goldfinch
1 House Sparrow

Bushs Paddock Sun Nov 19, 2017 Checklist S40587556

Species

26 species total

25 Straw-necked Ibis
1 Spotted Dove
1 Black-eared Cuckoo
1 Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
1 Pallid Cuckoo
1 Brown Falcon
3 Galah
6 Eastern Rosella
25 Red-rumped Parrot
15 Superb Fairywren
1 Red Wattlebird
6 White-plumed Honeyeater
1 Spotted Pardalote
8 Yellow-rumped Thornbill
3 Weebill
10 White-browed Woodswallow
8 Australian Magpie
1 Black-faced Cuckooshrike
5 Willie-wagtail
1 Gray Fantail
1 Jacky-winter
10 Tree Martin
1 Eurasian Blackbird
8 European Starling
2 House Sparrow
3 Zebra Finch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Western Water Treatment Plant Sun Nov 19, 2017 Checklist S40587511

Species

17 species total

30 Black Swan
5 Australian Shelduck
1 Maned Duck
30 Hoary-headed Grebe
4 Great Crested Grebe
1 Little Pied Cormorant
10 Great Cormorant
6 Little Black Cormorant
8 Pied Cormorant
3 Straw-necked Ibis
1 Australian Kite
1 White-bellied Sea-Eagle
160 Eurasian Coot
2 Masked Lapwing
1 Black-fronted Dotterel
3 Crested Pigeon
5 Golden-headed Cisticola

 

 

Eynesbury Forest Sun Nov 19, 2017 Checklist S40587651

Species

50 species total

1 Freckled Duck
1 Black Swan
31 Maned Duck
9 Pacific Black Duck
6 Gray Teal
5 Chestnut Teal
2 White-eyed Duck
1 Australasian Grebe
3 Little Pied Cormorant
1 Rufous Night-Heron
5 Straw-necked Ibis
2 Whistling Kite
4 Australasian Swamphen
4 Dusky Moorhen
15 Eurasian Coot
5 Masked Lapwing
9 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 Spotted Dove
3 Crested Pigeon
2 Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo
3 Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
2 Sacred Kingfisher
10 Galah
4 Long-billed Corella
2 Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
4 Crimson Rosella
15 Eastern Rosella
30 Red-rumped Parrot
12 Brown Treecreeper
18 Superb Fairywren
1 Red Wattlebird
40 White-plumed Honeyeater
6 Striated Pardalote
4 Dusky Woodswallow
5 Australian Magpie
1 Black-faced Cuckooshrike
3 Crested Shrike-tit
7 Rufous Whistler
6 Willie-wagtail
1 Gray Fantail
2 Magpie-lark
5 Welcome Swallow
20 Tree Martin
5 Australian Reed Warbler
1 Eurasian Blackbird
10 European Starling
6 Common Myna
8 House Sparrow
2 Diamond Firetail
4 Red-browed Firetail
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