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April Cowra Woodland Bird Survey Weekend

Monday, 1 May 2023

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The April Cowra Woodland Bird survey weekend went very well, with 90+ sites visited by 21 BirdLife volunteers. Highlights included Glossy Black-Cockatoos, Musk Lorikeets (rare out west), Turquoise Parrots, Brown Treecreepers, Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens, Speckled Warblers, Southern Whiteface, Black-chinned and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters, Grey-crowned and White-browed Babblers, Restless Flycatchers, Diamond Firetails, Scarlet Robin, and a Rose Robin.

We often lack surveyors for the bracing winter surveys (15-16 July), so we’d love to see new and old faces at Cowra then. In June, we are planting the first trees on ‘Spring Forest’ as part of a large-scale, ambitious, new restoration project, and next year (Autumn 2024), we will be calling for many hands to help with planting, guarding and watering in thousands of shrubs and trees.

Please contact our new Surveys Coordinator, Sue Proust, at sueproust@bigpond.com if you wish to be added to the potential bird surveyors’ list, especially if you intend to join us in July.

BLA’s Project Officer, Jayden Gunn, gave an interesting account on Saturday night of his ‘Birds on Farms’ activities around the Cowra, Conimbla and Nangar districts. In fact, one of our landholders reported to surveyors Rex and David that he was as pleased as punch that, through Jayden’s project, he had recently had many Noisy Miners removed from his property and that he hoped some small woodland birds might return now.

If you would like to join the Cowra Woodlands Bird Program WhatsApp group, send your mobile number to David Marquard at d.c.marquard@gmail.com.

from the Cowra Woodland Birds Program Committee