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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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