Bird numbers were reasonable for a warm, humid morning given that we’ve had almost no rain since January, and a recent heatwave.
One group had views of an Australian Darter, a Sacred Kingfisher and several Blue-faced Honeyeaters, while the other group saw a flock of Red-browed Firetails and 5 Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes.
A large flock of King Parrots was also seen flying through the area. A total of 37 bird species was recorded by the two groups. For those with internet access, the species list has been entered on the Ebird website. To view the bird list, press CTRL + Click on this link http://ebird.org/ebird/australia/view/checklist?subID=S28073941
Thanks to Val La May, Convenor of the Seymour U3A Bird group who helped lead the walk and entered the bird list on Ebird. Thanks also to Christine Pollard who provided the photos for the newsletter and website (see below). Christine’s photos have also been added to the list on Ebird.
Next activity 14 April 2016
Our next activity will be a morning visit to Winton Wetlands on Thursday 14 April. Please meet at the Barkly Street car park in front of the school (behind Aldi) at 9.40am. We plan to visit 2 or 3 locations at the wetlands, with short walks at each location. For those who want morning tea, please bring your own and a folding chair or stool if you have one. Some participants may want to stay on for lunch at the Mokoan Hub. We will car pool for the drive there and back, taking into account people who want to return straight back to Benalla and those staying for lunch.
If you want to lunch at The Hub, please ring or email Kathy Costello (5762 5755 or firstname.lastname@example.org) by Thurs 7 April, so that a booking can be made. As I’ll be away for a few days, Margaret Walshe (5762 3906, email@example.com) will also take bookings.