2013 New Years Big Day at Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge

January 1, 2013

Laid back birding on new years day within a 1.5km radius of the bird lodge to find as many species of birds as possible.


We have a bit of a tradition of birding on New Years Day to see how many birds we can list, the record stands at 153. To achieve this we normally whiz around the countryside to clock up the greatest list and kilometres, however, this year we decided to slow down and count only species within a 1.5km radius of the bird Lodge, which is the area of our Lodge bird species list. The total time spent birding was almost six hours, travelling about 25 km and even finding time for eating and sleeping! A few rain breaks provided more rest periods.

A quick one hour around the Lodge grounds to start with at 7am produced 43 species before breakfast. Then 1½ hours at nearby McDougall Road to check out a couple of lagoons, which are on private property but can be viewed from the road, and the Julatten School surrounds (just inside the 1.5Km's) moved the total onto 84. It was now 12.00 and time for lunch and a siesta. Back on the road to check out the local Barramundi Farm ponds and adjacent bushland along with a second visit to McDougall Road moved the total onto 95. Another coffee break and a walk around the Lodge grounds and down to the local nursing home produced four more new birds bringing the total up to a tantalising 99! We knew we could get an Eastern Barn Owl to finish off with 100 species for the day, so come dusk we headed out luckily seeing a White-throated Needletail zoom overhead with a flock of Australasian Swiftlet. On cue the Eastern Barn Owl appeared to finish the day at 101.

Best birds were White-necked Heron and Glossy Ibis (rare here), Double-eyed Fig-Parrot, Noisy Pitta and Yellow-breasted Boatbill and, of course, Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher. Greatest dip was Torresian Crow and Pied Monarch.

Just goes to prove you don't have to travel vast distances to clock up 101 species if you are in the right place, which we are! The total was 93 seen and 8 heard.

Wildlife

Land Birds 97 species
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) 1
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops) 1
Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera sylvia) 1
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) 1
Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) 1
Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus) 1
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Large-billed Scrubwren (Sericornis magnirostra) 1
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis) 1
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) 1
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) 1
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta) 1
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) 1
Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae) 1
Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata) 1
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) 1
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida) 1
Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) 1 Heard
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) 1
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax) 1
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) 1
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) 1
Fairy Gerygone (Gerygone palpebrosa) 1
Common Cicadabird (Coracina tenuirostris) 1
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) 1
Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus) 1
White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) 1
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica) 1
Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica) 1
Graceful Honeyeater (Meliphaga gracilis) 1
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) 1
Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 1
Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus) 1
White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus) 1
Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius) 1
Brown-backed Honeyeater (Ramsayornis modestus) 1
Little Shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha) 1
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) 1
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea) 1
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis) 1
Yellow Honeyeater (Lichenostomus flavus) 1
Little Bronze Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus) 1
White-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina papuensis) 1
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) 1
Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora) 1 Heard
Hardhead (Aythya australis) 1
Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) 1
Scarlet Myzomela (Myzomela sanguinolenta) 1
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) 1
Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus) 1
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis) 1
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) 1
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata) 1
Pied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor) 1
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) 1
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus) 1
Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) 1
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula) 1 Male and female
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) 1
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) 1
Double-eyed Fig Parrot (Cyclopsitta diophthalma) 1
Yellow-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer) 1 Female
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) 1
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) 1
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus) 1
New Zealand Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) 1
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) 1 Heard
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 1
Dusky Myzomela (Myzomela obscura) 1
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) 1 Heard
Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel) 1
Red-necked Crake (Rallina tricolor) 1 Heard
Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis) 1
Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt) 1
Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae) 1 Heard
Black-faced Monarch (Monarcha melanopsis) 1
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) 1
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis) 1
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) 1
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) 1
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata) 1
Pacific Koel (Eudynamys orientalis) 1 Heard
Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela) 1
Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica) 1
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) 1
Macleay's Honeyeater (Xanthotis macleayanus) 1
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) 1
Australian Brushturkey (Alectura lathami) 1
Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito) 1
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 1
Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus) 1
Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto delicatula) 1
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia) 1
Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus) 1
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) 1
Grey Whistler (Pachycephala simplex) 1
Seabirds 4 species
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) 1
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) 1
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) 1
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 1

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