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Report of local field naturalists outing at Baranduda on March 1 2008

Birds of Baranduda outing 1st March 2008

Led by Bernie Datson, with Glenda Datson pointing out the vegetation of interest, this was a very pleasant morning which nine members spent with in the old school block and what is known to Baranduda locals as the Stringybark block, both of which contain good remnants of Grassy Dry Forest.  As they say, the early bird catches the worm, and with this 8am start we did indeed have a fantastic sighting.  A pair of Rufous Fantails enthralled us all with their fossicking and tail fanning in a patch of revegetation behind the Baranduda store.  This is a new sighting for Baranduda! And as if on cue, just as we thought there was not much around, many other birds ‘rocked’ up to check us out as we also checked them out.  Bird Species seen were:

Rufous Fantail (pair) Plants noted:

Kangaroo grass

Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike Wallaby grass
Eastern Shrike-tit Black-anthered Flax Lily
Scissors Grinder Climbing Appleberry
Grey Shrike-thrush Red-leg grass
Red Wattle Bird Common Wheat-grass
Silver-eye Yellow Rush-lily
Striated Thornbill Kerosene grass
Little Thornbill Stinking Pennywort
Yellow-rumped Thornbill Raspwort
White-throated Treecreeper Red Stringybark
White-throated Gerygone Broad-leaved Peppermint
Buff-rumped Thornbill? Red Box
Mistletoe Bird White Box
White-plumed Honeyeater Juniper Wattle
Yellow Robin Introduced species noted
Olive-backed Oriole (pair) Lemon-scented gum
Australian Magpie Long-leaved Box
Magpie-lark Sugar Gum
Australian Raven Radiata Pine
Pied Currawong Cootamundra wattle
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Argyle Apple
Orange-winged Sittella Red Ironbark
Superb Blue Wren  
Straw-necked Ibis  

Note the planted natives are providing good resources and connectivity for not only birds but the threatened Tuan/Brush-tailed Phascogale and Squirrel Glider