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||Pacific Black Duck|
Bushs Paddock Sun Nov 19, 2017 Checklist S40587556
26 species total
Western Water Treatment Plant Sun Nov 19, 2017 Checklist S40587511
17 species total
|4||Great Crested Grebe|
|1||Little Pied Cormorant|
|6||Little Black Cormorant|
Eynesbury Forest Sun Nov 19, 2017 Checklist S40587651
50 species total
|9||Pacific Black Duck|
|3||Little Pied Cormorant|
|9||Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)|
|5||Australian Reed Warbler|