Wednesday Walk from Point Hutt to Pine Island

Wed 21 March 2018 08:30am

Martin Butterfield

We will meet at 8:30 on 21 March at Point Hutt Crossing with the aim of walking to Pine Island and back. This is about 4.5km of fairly level walking on a formed track. The expectation is that with the current foul weather the Honeyeater migration might have started.

Post event report

17 members and guests gathered at the Point Hutt picnic area for a walk to Pine Island and back. The wisdom of doing the walk in that direction was indicated by piles of automotive glass at Pine Island.

When suggesting this outing I had wondered if we might see the start of honeyeater migration and it is possible that we did with 12 Red Wattlebirds (one group of 6) being seen moving down the Murrimbidgee. 5 Yellow-faced Honeyeaters were seen but they did not seem to be moving on, while the 6 White-eared Honeyeaters may have moved out of the ranges. No Noisy Friarbirds were recorded.

8 Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes were record: 2 groups of 3 birds and one of two birds. Raptors were reasonably well represented with 3 Nankeen Kestrels (2 of which were males and had a right hard aerial battle), 2 Brown Falcons and 2 Wedge tailed Eagles.

Bird of the day appeared when we were almost back at the Point Hutt picnic area, with an Azure Kingfisher seen flitting amongst the bushes just out from the shore line.

In total we recorded 45 species for the day.

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