Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sauntering through Sandisock

Sandisock, north of Crows Nest

Twenty-seven people set off for Sandisock, an ex-dairy farm north of Crows Nest, owned by two of our Club Members. It was a beautifully sunny day but with a cool breeze. So it was a welcome sight to behold a campfire burning on our arrival, just outside the cottage on the property. Francis.

Along Emu Creek

Checking out the equipment!

Birds observed on Sandisock

White-faced Heron, Pacific Black Duck, Australian Wood Duck, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Brown Quail, Galah, Pale-headed Rosella, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Laughing Kookaburra, Australasia Pipit, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Australian Magpie-lark, Jacky Winter, Red-capped Robin, Rufous Whistler, Pied Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Grey Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Torresian Crow, Superb Fairy-wren, Red-backed Fairy-wren, White-browed Scrubwren, White-throated Gerygone, Striped Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater, Striated Pardalote, Silvereye, Double-barred Finch.

Our birding started in the garden with Jacky Winters flitting about and a female Rufous Whistler fossicking in the shrubs. Along the creek were plenty of birds for the time of day, and we had great sightings of a party of Red-backed Fairy-wrens including two males in full plumage. However the bird of the day because it is uncommon in our area and a first “tick” for a couple of our members was the female Red-capped Robin that spent some time hunting insects in the bottlebrushes.

In the afternoon

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