For our first bird outing for the year, 19 members met for an exciting morning at Toorbul. Our first stop was at a waterhole called Bishops Marsh. Viewing from the road numerous and interesting birds were observed. We then moved to the Toorbul roost and everybody was excited to see various wader birds along the shoreline. Following morning tea, we walked down to the sloping embankment where the birds were congregating as they were being pushed ashore by the rising tide. Waders in their hundreds gave splendid closeup viewing. Black swans floated further out in Pumicestone Passage, flocks constantly flew up and down the passage as they were disturbed by passing boats. Following weeks of hot weather, we were fortunate to choose a day with milder temperatures a slightly overcast sky and a lovely cooling sea breeze. After lunch and at the top of the tide we all made our tracks back home, jubilant at having enjoyed a very successful day with good company and many laughs.
Toorbul – Bishops Marsh
Birds sighted 19
Plumed Whistling Duck, Little Black Cormorant, Australian Pelican, Eastern Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Black Billed Spoonbill, White Headed (Black Winged) Stilt, Pacific Golden Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel, Red-kneed Dotterel, Masked Lapwing, Pale-headed Rosella, Laughing Kookaburra, Magpie-Lark, Welcome Swallow
Toorbul – Ned Bishop Bird Roost
Birds sighted 22 Birds heard 2
Black Swan, Peaceful Dove H, Bar-shouldered Dove H, Little Pied Cormorant, Australian White Ibis, Australian Pied, Oystercatcher, White Headed (Black Winged) Stilt, Lesser Sand Plover, Masked Lapwing, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Eastern Curlew, Great Knot, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Galah, Sacred Kingfisher, Mangrove Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Australian Magpie, Welcome Swallow, Common Myna