Early on Monday morning I made another of my periodic visits to the Town Common. Nearing the end of the dry season as we are now, I expected a good number of water birds congregating on the relatively small areas of open water and I wasn’t disappointed. What I hadn’t really expected was to find so many birds in the grasslands, reed beds and forest. My final list comprised nearly 40 species and the split between water birds and the rest was almost equal:
Waterfowl, roughly in order of size:
- Magpie Geese (hundreds)
- Pelicans (dozens)
- Ibis – white (dozens), straw-necked and glossy
- Royal Spoonbills (dozens)
- Egrets – Great and at least one smaller species (dozens)
- White-faced Heron
- Black duck (hundreds)
- Cormorants, Little Pied and Black
- Black-winged Stilts
Birds of the grasslands, reed-beds and scrub, again in size order:
- Scrub Turkey
- Hawk (unidentified)
- Great Bowerbird
- Peaceful Dove
- Rainbow Bee-eater
- Honeyeaters – Rufous-throated, Brown-backed and an unidentified green one.
- Red-backed wren
- Finches – Crimson and Double-barred
- Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
- Golden-headed Cisticola
As well as the above there were three species of small wading birds, probably sandpipers or dotterels but not quite identifiable; a blue-grey flash across the road which might have been a Leaden Flycatcher; the unmistakeable call of the Pheasant Coucal but not a sight of one; and a flock of small birds which I think were Spice Finches. There are far too many species to show them all here so I have linked some to previous posts about them or to my own photos of them on Flickr. Beyond that, you may have to indulge or assuage your curiosity at Birds in Backyards or Birdway.
Just by way of a footnote: I was pleased with my 40-ish species, for one short morning’s visit, but the total recorded for the Common is over 300! As always, there’s lots more to do and see.