With the backpaddock now devoted to the enjoyment of two foxes, and some soon to be introduced bandicoots, it’s been time to find a new area to explore.
Luckily Woodlands has an abundance of locations and habitats. On the promting of our friend Richard, we decided on an excursion up into the Sugar Gum plantation. This is pretty old vegetation these days, and has more than a few species so we expected a bit of a treat.
On the track in, just about every tree had its own Striated Pardolote in residence, and many of them were happy to come and see what was going on. A small flock of weebills went by also, Would that be a wee flock of weebills?
But the highlight of the day was down in the clearing near the rangers work area. A number of Dusky Woodswallows were at play in the open area. We sat and watched for about 30 minutes. Now there are some rules to the games, and that became apparent. One rule is:Everybody find a perch on a tree- not the same tree. Rule two was one by one try to unperch the ones with the best location. Rule three: unperched birds can then try to remove the next most likely location. The problem with the game is that rule three deteriorates into three or more birds on the one perch squabbling about whose site it is.
Good naturedly they then all fly off for a well earned feed. After some circling of the watching humans, rest momentarily and go back to rule one.
If there was a rule four, it seemed to have something to do with agitating the local Willie Wagtails who were busy getting acquainted.
The walk back to the car uncovered a covered up Pallid Cuckoo. They had been calling all morning, and this one was close to the working area of a family of Superb Fairy Wrens. It didn’t seem to mind me taking a closer look at it.