Flock of cockatoos flying among trees

Canberra Ornithical Group bird count at Kangiara

At the end of September the Canberra Ornithical Group (COG) visited the McGuirk property at Kangiara on Lachlan Valley Way.  Fourteen keen birders arrived at 8am and started listening to the sounds of resident and migrating birds.  Over the 4 hour visit 49 bird species were identified plus their specific numbers across the property.  Some of the more interesting bird sightings included:

  • Australian Wood Ducks: 15
  • Superb Parrots: 3 only sighted at the end of the day near the homestead
  • Superb Fairywren: 10
  • Red Wattlebird: 5
  • Australian Reed Warble: 12
  • Grey Fantail: 25
  • WedgeTailed Eagle: family of 4 where the pair of eagles had a nest of two young.

The complete listing of birds sighted at this event plus a prior scouting day is provided in the table below.  This bird count information will be entered into the Atlas of Living Australia so that bird numbers over time can be monitored to determine if the significant native plantings undertaken by the McGuirks on their property at Kangiara are having an impact on resident or migratory bird numbers.

 

 

McQuirk's at Kangiara 11-03-17 30/09/2018 30/09/2018
  property property house
Australian Wood Duck 6 15  
Pacific Black Duck   2  
Australasian Grebe 2 2  
White-faced Heron 1    
Great Cormorant   1  
Wedge-tailed Eagle 1 4  
Collared Sparrowhawk   1  
Whistling Kite   1  
Laughing Kookaburra   2  
Sacred Kingfisher  1    
Rainbow Bee-eater   6  
Nankeen Kestrel  1 2 1
Galah  18 21 6
Little Corella   3 5  
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo   38 6 30
Superb Parrot   1   3
Crimson Rosella  3 5  
Eastern Rosella  3 6 2
White-throated Treecreeper  2 5  
Superb Fairywren   10  
Red Wattlebird   10 5  
Noisy Friarbird   5 1  
Yellow-faced Honeyeater   5  
Noisy Miner     10
White-plumed Honeyeater   2  
White-eared Honeyeater   1  
Brown-headed Honeyeater   6  
Spotted Pardalote   6 9  
Striated Pardalote   1 16  
White-browed Scrubwren   6  
Buff-rumped Thornbill   6 8  
Yellow-rumped Thornbull   2  
Weebill 8 29  
Striated Thornbill 11    
White-throated Gerygone   3 5  
Western Gerygone   2  
Dusky Woodswallow   1    
Australian Magpie   8 12 4
Pied Currawong   6 2  
Black-faced Cuckooshrike   8 3  
Olive-backed Oriole   2    
White-winged Triller   1  
Grey Shrikethrush   3  
Golden Whistler   3  
Rufous Whistler   2  
Grey Fantail   2 25  
Magpie-lark   8 2  
Leaden Flycatcher   4    
Australian Raven   4 4  
White-winged Chough   3    
Scarlet Robin 1    
Tree Martin     1
Welcome Swallow     1
Australian Reed Warbler   2 12  
Silvereye  3 3 10  
Common Blackbird   1  
Common Starling   1 5  
Mistletoebird   1  
       
Total species 35 44 9

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