Conditions are very dry everywhere at present, so the birds were hard to find. We recorded Grey Butcherbird, Blue-faced Honeyeater, a flock of nine Brown-headed Honeyeaters and several groups of Red-rumped Parrots. We then continued on the Green’s Hill, off Boggy Bridge Rd. There were even fewer birds here, but it still provided an impressive 360 degree panorama of the region, especially for those who had not been there before. Some people did a short walk while others enjoyed morning tea in the picnic shelter.
We then drove on to look at the portraits recently painted on a large water tank at the corner of Boggy Bridge Rd and Winton North Road. Birds viewed along the road included three Brown Falcons, a Whistling Kite and a Nankeen Kestrel. The last carload back to the café found two White-browed Babblers in the car park. A total of 24 bird species was recorded. Thanks to fellow Birdlife Australia member Christine Holmes for helping me lead the walks.
Our next outing will be to Reef Hills State Park, 5km off the Midland Highway south of Benalla on Thurs 12th May 2016. Please meet at the car park in Barkly Street behind Aldi at 10am. Bring morning tea and a chair. We should finish about 12 noon. Please note there are no toilet facilities at Reef Hills. Kathy Costello