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Woodland Bird Surveys

Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra

23 February 2021

As part of our Lower Moorabool Bio-link Project Biodiversity Grant, expert bird observers and volunteers have been performing regular bird surveys in the Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary and the Honey Woodland.

The aim is to collect data to monitor the responses of woodland birds to the establishment of the bio-link and its interaction with remnant bush.

Three surveys have been undertaken so far and the final survey is scheduled for late March 2021.

PDFs of the surveys can be downloaded below.

Woodland Bird Survey – 4 November 2019

Rainbow Bee-eater

Rainbow Bee-eater

Download the November 2019 survey

Woodland Bird Survey – 29 May 2020

Little Eagle

Little Eagle

Compared to the previous survey in November 2019, there was a much larger number of a variety of honeyeaters feeding in the flowering Yellow Gums. These included Yellow-faced and White-naped Honeyeaters which are probably winter emigrants from the Otways.

The Red Gum woodland had many fewer birds.

Download the May 2020 survey

Woodland Bird Survey – 10 October 2020

Little Eagle

New Holland Honeyeater

Compared to the previous spring survey in November 2019 and autumn survey in May 2020, there were ongoing numbers of a variety of honeyeaters feeding in the flowering Yellow Gums. These included Yellow-faced and White-naped Honeyeaters and Red Wattlebirds which are probably a mixture of local breeding residents and individuals in transit to breed later in the spring in the Otways.

A Little Eagle calling from the Sanctuary, and later seen flying overhead, suggests that this numerically rare species might be nesting in the Sanctuary.

Another highlight was lovely views of Rufous Whistlers, a summer migrant that arrives in the Sanctuary in October to breed.

Download the October 2020 survey