Birdlife Australia conduct Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeater surveys twice a year, with the first one for 2016 held in May. They seek volunteers to assist with the search, to help determine the distribution of both of these Critically Endangered
A group of Holbrook Landcare staff and members headed to Nest Hill Nature Reserve (formerly Pulletop State Forest) on Saturday 21st May in search of the elusive birds.
Unfortunately, no Swift Parrots or Regent Honeyeaters were seen or heard, but this also helps to inform BirdLife Australia in possible changes in distribution and helps to narrow down priority areas for surveys.
Although no Regent Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots were seen, the Reserve was still full of activity.
With some of the eucalypts still flowering we spotted the nectivorous Fuscous Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater and Red Wattle Bird. Foraging on the ground were the Red-capped Robin, Flame robin, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Striated Thornbill. White-throated treecreepers, Brown treecreeper, Grey shrike-thrush, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Crimson Rosella, Fairy Wren and White-winged Chough were amoung many of the other species were saw, including an Australian Hobby as we drove out.
With some expert ‘birdos’ on hand, it was a great morning for us to learn new skills in birdwatching and bird identification.
Over the past 27 years, HLN have been involved in a substantial amount of on-ground works improving habitat in the landscape. If you are interested in birdwatching or what might be in your back paddock, then we are looking for people interested to revisit these tree plantings and survey them. Please call the HLN office if you are interested or would like more information.
The ‘What’s in your back paddock?’ project is funded by Murray Local Land Services through the National Landcare Programme.