Sorry for not writing on this earlier, as it actually occured about two months ago so my memory isn’t as good as it was back then about this walk. Well, it was a lovely morning walk through a rehabilitated area of former farmland along the South Pine River with Birds Queensland, and although it was VERY cold, a fair 45 species were seen. It started with a large flock of Little Correllas along Samford Road near the village, and some Lapwings (plovers) were seen on the Sports Grounds oval next to the bushland. Also, some Willie Wagtails were sighted in a drain.
First up were two White-Eared Monarchs in a tall tree, followed by some more bush birds such as Eastern Yellow Robins, followed by two Rose Robins – the stars of this walk. After that were a few more run-of-the-mill bush birds that I cannot recall, until some Double-Barred and Red Browed Finches were spotted in tall grass, as well as a Scarlet Homeyeater (Myzomela) male in an adjourning tree and some more robins in lantana thickets nearby.
Down by the river, not much except some pacific black ducks swimming. Back up the hill though, there was a Pipit in the grass next to the bikeway and continuing along the bikeway, some Black-Faced Cuckoo-Shrikes were seen. At a nearby pasture, a colony of amazing Fairy Martin gourds were seen on a farmhouse ledge, along with one or two odd birds because it wasn’t breeding season. There were some various Ibises along with a White-Faced Heron and some Willie Wagtails on the fences.
Back along the bikeway though, there was a Figbird in a native fruiting tree and a family of 5 Chestnut-Breasted Mannakins (one male and 4 juveniles) that were ‘following’ us, along with a mistletoe bird heard and some Double-Barred Finches in a tree. A Pardalote was also seen in its nesting hole in a pile of sand by the side of the bikeway. Lastly, some Peaceful Doves and a Little Lorikeet flying overhead to end a wonderful morning out birding.