Monthly Archives: June 2009

Awesome birding at Flynn Road

I spent Saturday morning bird-watching with the BAWA crew at Flynn Road (The Lakes).  I added seven birds to my life list, taking the total to 184.  Here are the new additions:

  • Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans);
  • Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus);
  • Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus ornatus);
  • Crested (Western) Shrike-tit (Falcunculus leucogaster);
  • Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta);
  • Varied Sittella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera);
  • Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata).
It rained on and off for most of the morning but it was definitely worth it.  While we could only locate a female Hooded Robin, close examination of the photographs confirmed it’s identity.  This means I have now seen all five robins that frequent the south-west of Australia.  The Crested Shrike-tit and the Restless Flycatcher were seen in close proximity near the spot we stopped for morning tea.  With the assistance of Steve I located a group of Varied Sittellas working the bark of a tree over and got some very good views (and some photos that, while not brilliant, confirm the identity).

New to the list

Over the last week or so I have added three new birds to my life-list:

  • Rufous Treecreeper (Climacteris rufa) – seen on the Wungong/Bungendore BirdsWA walk – thanks to those who found it;
  • Western Thornbill (Acanthiza inornata) – I have seen these before but I can now reliably identify them thanks to John Graff;
  • Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo (Chalcites basalis) – I found a single bird on the beach at Karratha – it was either exhausted or hiding from birds of prey as it was content to let me approach quite close.

This take the life list to 177 – my aim is to pass 200 by the end of the year.