The Spring Bird Survey of the Blackburn Creeklands was conducted on Saturday, October 27th at 8:00 AM. This survey followed up the inaugural survey conducted on Saturday, April 28th, 2012.
Despite the threatening weather, the bird-count event was almost rain-free and was rewarded by some excellent bird and nest sightings. We split into two groups – very ably led by our two experts, Pat and Ian – and covered different sections of the Creeklands park. People of all ages attended – including some very sharp-eyed youngsters.
The highlight of the eastern group was several excellent sightings of male tawny frogmouths on nests (the males hunt at night) and one female roosting. The westerners were rewarded with a sighting of a brown goshawk or sparrowhawk nest.
Following our bird counting, we reconvened at the Scouts Hall for a convivial cuppa to consolidate results and to thank our group leaders. The Committee also thanks the organisers, record keepers, suppliers of equipment/refreshments and the Scouts for their valuable contributions.
This is the complete report: Spring Bird Survey Report (October, 2012). Perhaps unexpectedly, the number of species was a little down on last autumn’s numbers (see the inaugural Blackburn Creeklands Bird Survey report for details). Once again, we were pleased by the predominance of indigenous species.
We plan to conduct another bird-count next autumn – all welcome.