Westgate Park Bird Count

 

 

By: Rob Youl, Lyn Griffen , Lindsay Doig, John McRae, Euan Moore

Weather:  Fine cool, partly cloudy, light breeze

Date:  06/05/2019

Coverage: Entire survey route

Time start: 08:50

Time finish: 13:20

 

Species

Number seen

Species

Number seen

Black Swan   

2+2d

Rock Dove

9

Pink-eared Duck

2

Spotted Turtle-Dove

12

Grey Teal

12

Crested Pigeon

15

Chestnut Teal

24

Galah

 

Pacific Black Duck

24

Rainbow Lorikeet

65 + 1*

Hardhead

7

Musk Lorikeet

4

Australasian Grebe

7

Eastern Rosella

 

Hoary-headed Grebe

5

Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo

 

Darter

 

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

 

Little Pied Cormorant

7*

Superb Fairy-wren 

56 + 1B

Great Cormorant

1*

White-browed Scrubwren

13

Little Black Cormorant

1*

Spotted Pardalote

11

Pied Cormorant

2*

White-plumed Honeyeater

90 +6*

Australian Pelican

 

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

3

Eastern Great Egret

 

Little Wattlebird

12 + 3*

White-faced Heron

 

Red Wattlebird

55 + 5*

Australian White Ibis

1

New Holland Honeyeater

60 + 14*

Straw-necked Ibis

 

White-naped Honeyeater

1

Royal Spoonbill

 

Black-faced Cuckooshrike

1

Black-shouldered Kite

 

Australian Magpie

1

Nankeen Kestrel

 

Grey Butcherbird

1

Brown Falcon

 

Pied Currawong

1

Australian Hobby

1

Grey fantail

 

Peregrine Falcon

 

Willie Wagtail

9

Purple Swamphen

7

Little Raven

17

Buff-banded Rail

 

Magpie-lark

12

Dusky Moorhen

19

Flame Robin

 

Eurasian Coot

125

Little Grassbird

 

Black-winged Stilt

10

Silvereye

 

Black-fronted Dotterel

10

Welcome Swallow

80

Red-kneed Dotterel

 

Common Blackbird

16

Masked Lapwing 

2 + 2*

Common Starling

27

Crested Tern

 

Common Myna

18

Pacific Gull

4

Red-browed Finch

 

Silver Gull

60 + 125*

House Sparrow

17

 

 

European Greenfinch

 

 

 

European Goldfinch

7

 

 

 

 

Number of Bird Species - Wetland dependent & Raptors…22... Land based …27.….Total

 49.… Species

 

* Recorded along the river.

 

 

Red – Unusual sightings

 

Note: For species seen in large numbers, or for which accurate counting was difficult the number seen is rounded off to the nearest of tens or fives.

 

Opportunistic Sightings

 

Opportunistic Sightings – Interesting or unusual sightings reported between surveys

Date

Species

Number seen

Observer

29 March 2019

Red-kneed Dotterel

1

Lindsay Doig

29 March 2019

White-faced Heron

1

Lindsay Doig

4 April 2019

Nankeen Night-heron

1

George Fotheringham

5 April 2019

Rufous Fantail

1

George Fotheringham

7 April 2019

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

3

Ursula Dutkiewicz

7 April 2019

Royal Spoonbill

2

Ursula Dutkiewicz

7 April 2019

Australian Pelican

1

Ursula Dutkiewicz

8 April 2019

Brown Falcon

1

George Fotheringham

10 April 2019

Black-faced Cuckooshrike

1

Amy Odell

13 April 2019

Nankeen Night-heron

3

George Fotheringham

21 April 2019

Flame Robin ♂ & ♀

2

George Fotheringham

29 April 2019

Black-faced Cuckooshrike

1

George Fotheringham

29 April 2019

Painted Buttonquail platelets

 

Ruth & Malcolm Cooke

 

 

Habitat  The impacts of the drought are continuing to be felt across the reserve.  The park received very little of the rain that occurred at the end of April and start of May. All lakes are very low.  The main islands in the freshwater lake are connected to the shore by exposed mud.  The freshwater dam has almost completely dried out.  Freshwater wetlands near the compound and along the HWT fence line and in the new section of the park south of the bridge still contain water which appears to be of reasonable quality.  The salt lake has an intense pink algal bloom while the algal bloom in some of the smaller salt lakes is still developing.  There were no water or shore birds using the salt lakes.

 

Another impact of the drought has been the loss of many trees and shrubs including some large Eucalypts, Banksias and Goodenias.  The large number of people visiting the park to view the pink salt lake is also having an impact with unofficial paths forming through use and some vegetation around the salt lake being trampled.

 

Interesting/notable sightings.

 

     

Royal Spoonbill (Janet Bolitho)                     Yellow-billed and Royal Spoonbills (Ursula Dutkiewicz)

 

      

Yellow-billed Spoonbills (Ursula Dutkiewicz)

 

Yellow-billed Spoonbills (Ursula Dutkiewicz)

Red-kneed Dotterel (Lindsay Doig)

White-faced Heron (Lindsay Doig)

 

 

 

 

 

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