19 Members and guests gathered at the appointed time and place and, after marvelling at the high proportion of the car park that was filled by 8:30, headed off along the Eastern boundary of the reserve. This map shows the route with spots numbered as links to the text below.
One exception to that rule was Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike with an eventual estimate of 9 birds being recorded. Rather than the pre-migration gatherings for which this species is known that represents several pairs or single birds. A second exception was Common Bronzewing with a 7 birds recorded: one group of three and 4 singles. They were flying from the paddocks into the woodland: possibly they were gleaning seeds in the dense crop of St Johns Wort?
The first mixed flock (1) had Spotted and Striated Pardalotes (the latter including a flock of 20 birds), Buff-rumped and Brown Thornbill and Western Gerygone.
After a (largely bird-free) bush-bash up to the middle track a Painted Button-quail was flushed (2). A couple of platelets were found but the bird landed in an dense expanse of Chrysocephalum semipapposum and could not be re-located.
We were impressed, as always, with the size and vigour of some of the big old trees in the area.
3). This included Rufous and Golden Whistler, Speckled Warbler, at least 6 Grey Fantails, female Leaden Flycatcher, 2 White-eared Honeyeater and White-throated Gerygone. A Wedge-tailed Eagle patrolled by overhead and then 6 White-throated Needletails zoomed past.
Breeding activity observed was limited to a very fluffy Willie Wagtail (clearly recently fledged, but no food transfer seen) and 2 Australian Ravens making sufficiently nice to be regarded as Courtship behaviour.
final list totaled 40 species.