The 2013 Autumn Bird Survey of the Blackburn Creeklands was conducted on Saturday, April 27th from 07:50 – 9:30 AM.
This was the third survey overall and the second autumn survey conducted in the Creeklands park. We were just so lucky with ideal weather (fine with light breeze only) and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Our sightings of 29 species compared well with 33 sighted in April 2012. In October 2012, we sighted 27 species.
Highlights were possibly the larger birds such as a flying visit from an Australian Hobby (with a squadron of noisy miners as escort) and the tawny frogmouths – though smaller, harder to see birds such as pardalotes and thornbills, were also identified.
Here are the survey results: BCAC Bird Survey Autumn, 2013.
Please see the following links for details of the prior surveys:
- the inaugural autumn survey conducted on Saturday, April 28th, 2012
- the spring survey conducted on Saturday, October 27th, 2012.
It was good to meet some new people too. At least six people participated who were new to Creeklands activities. As always, all members of the community are cordially invited to our bird counts. No prior knowledge or experience is needed – our groups are led by knowledgeable experts who are great educators as well. A convivial morning tea while the counts are consolidated is an added bonus.
Here is a montage of shots taken on the count by participant Jim Lambert:
They show a well disguised Tawny Frogmouth, Rainbow Lorikeets and a Little Pied Cormorant.