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A Feb '21 Birdwalk Report - Anstead

Birdwalk Saturday 30 January at Moggill Forest Reserve, Mill Road, Anstead

This walk, led by Dawn Muir, was particularly notable because of the large number of butterflies which flew around at all levels including the tree tops. They were mainly Blue Tigers, whose main larvae host plant is Corky Milk Vine (Secamone elliptica). High rainfall this summer may have something to do with the large numbers. A huge number of cicadas, all singing in deafening unison, also made themselves obvious throughout the walk.

At the beginning of the walk we saw a dead tree with holes which were being used as a nesting site by a pair of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, which we both saw and heard. There was another tree with a termite mound on it with a hole in suggesting that it was used by kookaburras for the same purpose. The walk was bordered by a bank on which we saw several holes, which Dawn considered may have originally been made by a Pardalote, but hollowed out further by something else.

We heard a large number of Whipbirds calling all along the track, and managed to see one. Sadly, missing throughout the walk was any kind of fairy wren. There had been a number in the past. We saw and heard a Large-billed Scrub-wren, Kookaburras, Noisy Miners, Lewin’s Honeyeaters, Little Friarbird (a pair), Brown Thornbill, Magpie, White-throated Treecreeper (possibly a juvenile), Olive-backed Oriole (heard many, and saw a female), a Currawong, and a Brown Thornbill.

We saw an Eastern Yellow Robin, Rufous Fantail, a female Golden Whistler, and a Large-billed Scrubwren.

We heard a Spangled Drongo, a Striated Pardalote, Wongas, possibly a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Noisy Friarbird, a Channel-billed Cuckoo, Grey Shrike-Thrush, Peaceful Dove, a Koel, a Cicada Bird, a White-browed Scrubwren.

There was an enormous amount of Green Panic Grass, upon which we saw a green caterpillar with purple antennae.