Plenty of birds, but no flame robins

JEN CARR

I expended a Saturday early morning strolling all-around the farm in Wallington the place I carry out a seasonal chicken survey.

Normally, this time of calendar year there are flame robins on the farm, as they are altitudinal migrants that fly to coastal regions in the winter, but I disappointingly did not see or listen to a person of these attractive birds.

I saw a black swan sitting down on a nest (these birds must get so chilly nesting in winter season) and striated pardalotes, pink wattlebirds, black-winged stilts and one brown goshawk.

Possibly the most noteworthy birds I have viewed in the previous couple months was a flock of about 20 pink-necked stints and one curlew sandpiper in Point Henry.

These migratory waders have to be over-wintering close to Issue Henry and did not fly to Siberia and west Alaska to breed.

Ordinarily, these birds arrive in Australia from late August to September and go away from early March to mid-April. Some younger birds, these kinds of as birds in their first calendar year, may possibly stay in Australia.

I obtained a beautiful email from Lyn in Portarlington. Lyn had some assistance for Sue, who was wanting to photograph yellow-tailed black cockatoos on the Bellarine. Lyn discussed that she observes and hears these cockatoos every single evening as they fly in from a westerly route, ahead of they roost in gums following to Arcare Aged Treatment in Portarlington. Excellent guidance. Thanks Lyn, I may go and check them out myself.

Kevin has been savoring the sunny times. He went to Swan Bay jetty and recognized about 15 royal spoonbills feeding whilst the tide was incredibly lower.

He also went to the boat ramp at Queenscliff and recognized about 20 white ibis feeding near to the observation system.

Most of them flew off together, perhaps due to the fact the tide was mounting. A very little further out, he was shocked to see a hoary-headed grebe.

When Kevin was standing on the observation platform, some outstanding fairywrens hopped all around at near quarters, which produced for some lovely picture opportunities.

I acquired an electronic mail from Lee, who has been travelling close to South Australia. He frequented two of the ideal birding spots in the condition, particularly Robe and Birdlife Australia’s hen sanctuary recognized as Gluepot, which is around Waikerie in the Riverland district.

About 190 species of birds that have been recorded on Gluepot Reserve. There are 5 hen hides on the reserve and Lee began his day at the Grasswren tank on track 7, where he observed a scarce dlack-eared miner. Quickly soon after this he took some great visuals of a male pink-capped robin.