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Birdwalk 23 November Seventeen Mile Rocks Road ParkBirdwalk 23 November Seventeen Mile Rocks Road Park

Birdwalk 23 November Seventeen Mile Rocks Road ParkBirdwalk 23 November Seventeen Mile Rocks Road Park

In the absence of our expert Dawn Muir, we did two separate walks. One, within the Park itself, did not result in many sightings. The Park was filled with runners, bike rallies and other assorted fitness exercises which we thought made it less attractive to bird life. We saw over 25 Maned (Wood) Ducks. Other sightings included small numbers of Magpies, Noisy Miners, a Swift, Welcome Swallows, male and female Figbirds, Brush Turkeys (and a mound), Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Pied and Grey Butcherbirds, a White Ibis, Rainbow Lorikeets, Crows, a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike, and a Kookaburra.

In the absence of our expert Dawn Muir, we did two separate walks. One, within the Park itself, did not result in many sightings. The Park was filled with runners, bike rallies and other assorted fitness exercises which we thought made it less attractive to bird life. We saw over 25 Maned (Wood) Ducks. Other sightings included small numbers of Magpies, Noisy Miners, a Swift, Welcome Swallows, male and female Figbirds, Brush Turkeys (and a mound), Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Pied and Grey Butcherbirds, a White Ibis, Rainbow Lorikeets, Crows, a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike, and a Kookaburra.The second walk, in the area around the Park, took in the lagoon first with a walk back along the river. This was much more successful.  Altogether we saw 44 bird species and brown snake swimming  in the lagoon.  Bird species included Blue-faced Honeyeater, Maned (Wood) Duck, Welcome Swallow, Little Friar Bird, Brown Honeyeater, Grey Butcher Bird, Fig Bird, Purple Swamp Hen, Magpie Lark, Friar Bird, Black Swan, Hard Head, Willie Wagtail, Scrub Turkey, Moorhen, Rainbow Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet,  White-browed Scrub Wren, Noisy Miner, White Ibis, Sacred Kingfisher, Great Egret, Silver Eye, Pacific Black Duck, Little Egret, Little Black Cormorant, Magpie, Torresian Crow, Indian Miner, Crested Pigeon, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Darter, Rock Dove, Oriole, Lewins Honeyeater, Currawong, Australasian Grebe, Masked Lapwing, Striated Pardalote(h) Pied Butcher Bird, Little Pied Cormorant, Rainbow Bee-eater(h), and a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike.

Dawn has kindly agreed to lead bird walks next year and we are very grateful to her for this and for all the walks this year. We have greatly benefited from her deep expertise in birdlife and her knowledge of the sites we investigate on the walks.

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Kids time: Art in the Forest

The popular Kids Time Art in the Forest will be held at The Hut again these holidays!

Children will participate in art and craft activities using natural materials, and inspired by the forest environment of Mt Coot-tha.

They will experience different media, and be able to make gifts, cards, and decorations for Christmas.

We will have three activities which the children will rotate around in 30 minute time slots. These activities will include a nature walk and scavenger hunt in our beautiful State Forest, making Christmas decorations with nature materials, and helping to build a collage for the THECA hut that portrays our natural surroundings and the animals that live within it. This morning includes a morning tea.

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Time: Sunday 08 December 2019, 09:30 - 11:30
Place: The Hut, 47 Fleming Rd, Chapel Hill QLD 406

Who can join: All children from 5 to 12 years old.  Children can be dropped off OR if parents choose to stay they may bring younger siblings who would like to participate.

Cost: $10 per child that participates and this will include the activities, all materials used and morning tea. We ask that this is paid by bank transfer prior to the event.

What to bring: Bring a hat and water bottle, and wear sunscreen and mosquito repellant.

More information: Amanda England
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phone: 0426887084

Bookings are essential.

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We look forward to seeing you!

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UPDATE TO MEMBERS MEETING - 27 November

 

Unfortunately, Tim Low will not be available to talk about his new book at our members meeting on 27 November. Instead, Andrew Taylor will talk on ‘Reptiles active this summer’. Andrew works at CSIRO Pullenvale and has acquired a huge knowledge of reptiles. He is called upon regularly to give talks at schools and for wildlife training workshops on reptile identification and first-aid treatment procedures.  Andrew lives in Brookfield and is very familiar with the reptiles that are likely to be encountered in the western suburbs.’

 

 

November Event - Field Day

THECA November Event - Field day 

 

Does chemical free weeding work? 

Find out more at our demonstration site on Saturday 23 November - read more for further details

 

 

BirdList - 27.10.2019

BIRDLIST

THECA  Sherwood Arboretum  27.10.19  Very dry – lowest level of water seen

Noisy Miner (with nest with chick), Rainbow Lorikeet, Australian White Ibis, Dusky Moorhen, Little Pied Cormorant, Hardhead, Pacific Black Duck, Tree Martin, Eurasian Coot, Royal Spoonbill (two birds), Figbird, Brown Honeyeater, Spotted Dove, Torresian Crow, Common Myna (with nesting material), Australian Reed Warbler, Pied Currawong, Crested Pigeon, Olive-backed Oriole, Magpie-lark, Black-faced Cuckooshrike, Welcome Swallow, Scarlet Honeyeater, Masked Lapwing, Australian Magpie, White-throated Needletail, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Galah, Brush Turkey, Little Black Cormorant, White-throated Honeyeater (h), Willie Wagtail, Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Maned Duck, Little Corella.