Thursday, November 15, 2018

Winner of "The Most Disingenuous Sign of the Year" Award

Click sign to enlarge
Scott told me a while ago about this sign which is scattered throughout Sandy Hook, but until yesterday I hadn't managed to run into it. It is as funny and as infuriating as Scott described it, a fine example of bureaucratic non-disclosure or "lying by omission."

Let's skip over the typographical errors--"one eight" and the ticks that are apparently brief cases (attache)--that battle is pretty much lost because copy editing and proofreading are non-existent these days since spell check is all you need, write? The much bigger issue is the text itself so let's unpack what it's trying not to say.

First there is the WARNING. That sounds bad. But that is immediately followed by the somewhat soothing reassurance that ticks are an "integral part of the environment," and we all know the environment is good so ticks can't be that bad. However, if all the ticks on Sandy Hook were suddenly to disappear, nothing bad would happen, unless the Gateway NRA management considers them their passive deer control system, in which case it isn't working anyway. Nothing on the Hook feeds on ticks and ticks, while feeding on mammals and birds, aren't keeping any nuisance populations under control. So that phrase is there to show you management's "green" credentials. The next phrase, "for the most part harmless," is where we start getting the real prevaricating. A lion is, for the most part, harmless--until it attacks you. A gun, is for the most part, harmless--until someone shoots it. A tick does no harm, most of the time, until it does and if they are for the most part harmless, than why is there this sign at all?*

And why do I want to prevent these mostly harmless "creatures" which is a word out of a storybook? Reread the sign. Does it  anywhere say anything about Lyme disease or any other tick borne diseases? No, because that would be a bummer and we only want to present a positive face to the public, don't we? Does it tell you that deer ticks are almost impossible to see? No, because virtually invisible, disease-carrying "creatures" is too malevolent a concept to put in a recreation area. Does it distinguish among the other species of ticks that you might find on Sandy Hook? No, because then you might get the idea that whole place is infested with all kinds of creatures carrying all kinds of diseases. Anyone want to talk about chiggers?

So instead, they warn you about ticks but don't really tell you why you should be warned. If you're going to omit the most salient fact about ticks--that they can give you a crippling disease--why put up the signs at all other than to stave off liability concerns?

I've been to lots of parks and refuges with warning signs about ticks. Nowhere else to they claim that they're essentially harmless and every place else they prominently mention Lyme disease. The irony of all this is that I've never picked up a tick at Sandy Hook. They're probably all attached to the deer that are running rampant throughout the peninsula and that have destroyed acres of nesting habitat for birds.

*The phrase "natural areas" is, on a spit of land that has been an army fort and proving ground, missile base, and now a recreation area paved with roads and bike trails, where the channel is constantly dredged and the beaches replenished, is using the word "natural" in its lightest sense.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Sandy Hook 11/14--Cave Swallow, Clay-colored Sparrow

Mike and I went to Sandy Hook today and given the weather--cold and very windy--I didn't have high expectations for our birding, but it is Sandy Hook and you never know. We started by scanning the ocean from the Lot B area and while Mike got his year Northern Gannets, the wind was brutal and the birds few.  We crossed the road to walk on Plum Island, sans scopes, and ticked off a lot of the expected birds, but again, it was really windy, so the chances of finding a Nelson's Sparrow, for instance, were nil.

But, as we were heading back Mike spotted a swallow. Tree Swallows are not abundant this time of year but they're not rare--however, this stocky bird with a square, very unswallow-like tail, wasn't a Tree Swallow, judging from color, shape, and flight. Instead, it was a Cave Swallow, which is rare, but reported often  enough at Sandy Hook to be a bird you look for. With that we both had a year bird.

We proceeded north and walked the bike trail around Lot E, where, out of the wind, there were lots of sparrows, kinglets, mockingbirds, and a few Black-capped Chickadees. The latter made me very happy to see because it is probably the most common bird in New Jersey that I hardly ever see as I don't bird north of the Raritan River very often and this population on Sandy Hook is an anomaly, since you are still supposedly in Carolina Chickadee territory.

White-crowned Sparrow, immature
We kept going up the hook, staying out of the wind as much as possible and continued to build up the list. Sparrows were certainly the family of the day and when we got to J lot along the fence line there was the proverbial mixed feeding flock of juncos, White-throated Sparrows, Song Sparrows, and mixed in with them, both an immature White-crowned Sparrow and what at first we took for both a Field Sparrow (but no eye ring) then a Chipping Sparrow (but much too pale) and realized it was a Clay-colored Sparrow. Mike managed one blurry unusable photo and the whole flock shuffled and moved 50 yards away, the Clay-colored diving back into the brush. A phoebe and some Yellow-rumped Warblers hung around while we waited for it to re-emerge but it never did.

We did eventually get both Chipping and Field Sparrows, at North Beach, along with a little flock of Snow Buntings. About the only sparrow left we could reasonably expect was Savannah Sparrow and we found one along Hartshorne Drive as we drove south past the old officers' quarters. An eight-sparrow day is pretty impressive.

Also impressive and also along Hartshorne Drive was the feeding flock of 14 Golden-crowned Kinglets we found in the grassy edge near the curb, along with a few Palm Warblers and a Yellow-rumped Warbler. Golden-crown Kinglets are the perfect bird, being oblivious to birders. We watched them for as long as we could until a Park Ranger's vehicle was approaching from behind.

We ended up with 48 species for the day at the Hook, an excellent number with the windy conditions. We continued birding some of the lakes as we headed south and managed to pad the list for the day to 64 species, ending up with a pair of Redheads (hen and drake) at Lake of the Lilies in Point Pleasant Beach, but the bulk of our "work" was done at the Hook.

Brant 350
Canada Goose 35
Mallard 5
American Black Duck 10
Common Eider 1 Fisherman's Beach
Surf Scoter 20 Fisherman's Beach
White-winged Scoter 1 Fisherman's Beach
Black Scoter 35
Bufflehead 3 Plum Island
Hooded Merganser 5 Plum Island
Red-breasted Merganser 1 Plum Island
Mourning Dove 9
Herring Gull 35
Great Black-backed Gull 20
Red-throated Loon 2 Fisherman's Beach
Northern Gannet 15
Great Cormorant 1 On tower off North Beach
Double-crested Cormorant 1 North Beach
Great Blue Heron 1 Plum Island
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Phoebe 2 J lot
Tree Swallow 5
Cave Swallow 1 Short square tail. Plum Island
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 17
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Northern Mockingbird 5
European Starling 20
House Finch 15
Pine Siskin 3 Plum Island
American Goldfinch 3
Snow Bunting 10 North Beach
Chipping Sparrow 2 North Beach
Clay-colored Sparrow 1 J lot
Field Sparrow 2 North Beach
Dark-eyed Junco 35
White-crowned Sparrow 1 J lot.
White-throated Sparrow 15
Savannah Sparrow 1 Fort Hancock
Song Sparrow 15
Common Grackle 1 Bike path
Palm Warbler 3 Fort Hancock
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Northern Cardinal 1

Monday, November 12, 2018

Cape May 11/12--Eurasian Wigeon, Pine Siskin

Eurasian Wigeon with its American cousin
At the beginning of the year, there were lots of reports of Eurasian Wigeon around the Shark River that I didn't chase because I didn't feel like standing in the cold looking through distant flocks of ducks for one anomaly. I figured I'd run into one on one of the Monmouth County lakes or even better, closer to home in Ocean County. But I didn't and lately the only reports for this duck have been coming from Cape May (where the bird isn't even listed as "rare"), so this morning, having a bit of the "year bird jone,"  I decided to drive down there to see if I could find it on my own. There were lots of ducks on the Hawkwatch Pond at Cape May Point SP--Gadwalls, Mallards, shovelers, American Wigeons, as well as coots and swans and geese, all swimming randomly or else tipping their butts into the sky as they dabbled, so it was with a sigh that I set up my scope and began to scan.  I kept repeating to myself "red head, gray body, red head, gray body" and soon enough (but not soon enough for someone as impatient as I am) I found the Eurasian Wigeon in among its cousins and the whole day would not turn out to be a monumental waste of time.

Pine Siskin (top) with its cousin goldfinch
Now it was time to walk. I had a couple of other birds on my wish list and got one of them. While walking along the trail that skirts the ponds, a couple of largish flocks of goldfinches were feeding on the seeds of a plant with little white blossoms and with them I spotted a few Pine Siskins. Siskins, like Red-breasted Nuthatches, are an irruptive species, meaning that some years there's lots, others not so much. Usually there are at least a few around, but though everyone else seems to have been seeing them, my searches, since we got back from Australia, haven't turned up any. It is not that unusual for them to come to our thistle feeder, but this season I have seen any...yet. So that was another frustration put somewhat to rest--I still would like siskin for the county and will be assiduously watching our feeders in the weeks ahead.

I was also hoping for Cave Swallow, a lot of which had been recently reported over the Hawkwatch platform, but those birds were nowhere in sight. But, having found two year birds I was simply enjoying the walk through the back part of the park, adding some month birds like Tundra Swan and Chipping Sparrow (a sparrow long gone from these parts) and was about 3/4 of the way around the loop when the whole day went kerflooey.

I checked the latest rare bird sightings and saw that about an hour and a half earlier, at the Cape May Meadows right next to the park, a Le Conte's Sparrow had been seen. That would be a life bird for me. This is one of the reasons Cape May is so great and so frustrating. You never know what rare bird is going to show up; but you never know if you'll find it either. I hurried around to the parking lot, jumped in the car and drove the 5 minutes over to the meadows. I looked for a group of birders, quick-stepped it over to them and then...nothing. No one had seen the bird for a while; off and on for an hour of my life I stared into a little patch of phragmites where the bird had last been seen, as if there was no possibility that it hadn't walked, flown, taken a bus, to a different part of the refuge, no it was surely just sitting in front of us and would pop up any moment. Nothing feels stupider to me than just standing around, watching reeds waving in the wind, waiting for a bird to magically appear. Which, of course, it never did. The skies were getting grayer and so was my mood.

By now it was noon and activity had really died down. I'll never build up a huge day list in Cape May unless I get out of bed at 3 AM my drive down there will coincide with sunrise, so a day that started off with me not knowing in which direction to look was turning into a day where seeing a bird that was not a duck was an event.

Higbee WMA--Magnesite Plant
I ate my lunch at Sunset Beach where at least I could get two species of scoters and found, with the help of my scope, two Ruddy Turnstones on the wreckage of the concrete ship, which each visit seems to diminish more. Then I walked in what is undoubtedly the ugliest part of Cape May below the canal, the old magnesite plant that has been incorporated into Higbee Beach WMA. I don't know if magnesite (a mineral that is used to line furnaces) was mined or refined there, but the broken cement, abandoned water tower, and huge, unidentifiable cast concrete parts do not give off a "birding is fun" vibe. A distant cardinal was a brilliant red dot in all the dullness and a few Northern Flickers flew overhead, but the Turkey Vulture roosting on the crossbeam of the water tower was emblematic. A little further on there is an alley of trees that had some birds bouncing around in it but soon, after crossing a stream that seemed more like a ditch, I came to a section with a handwritten sign that read "Restricted Area" and I turned back. I headed back to the state park so I could could cover the areas I had neglected when I heard about the potential lifer, added a couple of day birds and left. I had exactly 50 species for the day, not a huge number, but fine considering the late start.
Species                First Sighting
Canada Goose   Cape May Point SP
Mute Swan   Cape May Point SP
Tundra Swan   Cape May Point SP
Northern Shoveler   Cape May Point SP
Gadwall   Cape May Point SP
Eurasian Wigeon   Cape May Point SP
American Wigeon   Cape May Point SP
Mallard   Cape May Point SP
American Black Duck   Cape May Point SP
Northern Pintail   Cape May Point SP
Green-winged Teal   Cape May Point SP
Ring-necked Duck   Cape May Point SP
Surf Scoter   Sunset Beach/Concrete Ship
Black Scoter   Cape May Point SP
Bufflehead   Cape May Point SP
Ruddy Duck   Cape May Point SP
Pied-billed Grebe   Cape May Point SP
Mourning Dove   Cape May Point SP
American Coot   Cape May Point SP
Ruddy Turnstone   Sunset Beach/Concrete Ship
Herring Gull   Cape May Point SP
Great Black-backed Gull   Cape May Point SP
Common Loon   Cape May Meadows
Double-crested Cormorant   Sunset Beach
Great Blue Heron   Cape May Point SP
Turkey Vulture   Cape May Point SP
Northern Harrier   Cape May Meadows
Sharp-shinned Hawk   Cape May Point SP
Bald Eagle   Cape May Point SP
Red-bellied Woodpecker   Cape May Point SP
Northern Flicker   Magnesite Plant
Blue Jay   Cape May Point SP
American Crow   Sunset Beach/Concrete Ship
Carolina Chickadee   Cape May Point SP
Tufted Titmouse   Cape May Point SP
Red-breasted Nuthatch   Cape May Point SP
Carolina Wren   Cape May Point SP
Golden-crowned Kinglet   Cape May Point SP
Northern Mockingbird   Cape May Point SP
Pine Siskin   Cape May Point SP
American Goldfinch   Cape May Point SP
Chipping Sparrow   Cape May Point SP
Field Sparrow   Cape May Point SP
White-throated Sparrow   Cape May Point SP
Song Sparrow   Cape May Point SP
Swamp Sparrow   Cape May Point SP
Pine Warbler   Cape May Point SP
Yellow-rumped Warbler   Cape May Point SP
Northern Cardinal   Cape May Point SP
House Sparrow   Cape May Point SP

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Manahawkin WMA 11/7--Orange-Crowned Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler
photo: Mike Mandracchia
It isn't much to look at, described as "drab" in the field guides, and you almost never see its orange-crown, but Orange-crowned Warbler is a tough bird to find, usually only passing through this area in the fall and avidly sought after. Mike and I stumbled on one just where the mowed trail at Manahawkin WMA meets Stafford Avenue. Our first reaction was that it was another Pine Warbler, which we'd seen earlier in the day at Cedar Bonnet Island, but it didn't look quite right for Pine and the habitat was wrong (though an animal with wings can be just about anywhere). Mike was able to get a good photograph and upon reflection and study we landed on Orange-crowned. I thought it might possibly be a Tennessee Warbler, another drab, green/yellow warbler, but that bird has a white eye-line and is a little greener. Besides, Tennessee would be "rare" this time of year, while Orange-crowned, surprisingly, though hard to find, is listed as "expected." More confounding, the Pine Warbler we saw at Cedar Bonnet is considered rare in autumn and winter, even though we know that many overwinter--I have the photos and eBird lists for my backyard over the course of quite a few winters to prove that. I was able to get some documentary photos of the Pine, but I won't pollute this page with them.

This was our first birding expedition since Mike got back from Australia late last week. We started out at Cedar Bonnet, a recently opened section of the extensive Forsythe NWR, because he hadn't been there yet and because I'm convinced that it will develop into a great birding site, especially for viewing winter ducks in Barnegat Bay. Today was an okay day, though the sparrows I'd seen on Sunday were not in evidence. Perhaps the falcon, Merlin, Northern Harrier, and Cooper's Hawks we saw had something to do with that.

In all we had 42 species on the day, not bad for a couple of walks in the morning.

21 Canada Goose
11 Mute Swan
50 American Black Duck
1 Hooded Merganser
5 Rock Pigeon 
1 Mourning Dove
1 Greater Yellowlegs
11 Laughing Gull
8 Ring-billed Gull
5 Herring Gull
53 Double-crested Cormorant
11 Great Blue Heron
2 Great Egret
5 Turkey Vulture
1 Northern Harrier
2 Cooper's Hawk
2 Belted Kingfisher
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Merlin
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Blue Jay
50 American Crow
3 Carolina Chickadee
2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
2 Carolina Wren
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
25 American Robin
3 Northern Mockingbird
20 European Starling
2 House Finch
2 American Goldfinch
2 White-throated Sparrow
17 Song Sparrow
10 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Pine Warbler
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Northern Cardinal 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Australia: Trip List, Links, Photos

AUSTRALIAN KING-PARROT, O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
Shari and I were in Australia, mostly birding, from October 4th through the 27th. Our companions on the trip, led by Kim Risen, were Lon & Peg Baumgardt, who we met 2 years ago on Kim's trip to Trinidad & Tobago, and Mike Mandracchia, our birding buddy from our home turf. For the first four days of the trip we were also joined by Kim's wife Cindy.

The trip was in five sections: 2 days in Sydney with Lon & Peg; the four of us joined by Kim & Cindy for a pre-tour day trip to Royal National Park; Mike arrived on the 6th and on the 7th we all flew to Tasmania as a pre-tour add-on for 4 days; Cindy left for home on the 11th and we six did the main tour, a swath of eastern Queensland; Kim left us in Sydney and Mike, Shari & I birded the area for 2 days. Shari & I flew home on the 27th, while Mike still had almost a week of birding by himself. 

Shari with life size Cassowary sculpture,
Cape Tribulation
Australia, needless to say (so, why am I saying it?) is a continent and we could only bird a relatively small section of it. However, our travels were the equivalent of going from Key West to New Brunswick in Canada. It is an interesting question, to me, of how many species you could see in 3 weeks if you ran up and down the eastern seaboard and where you would go to get the most species. I recorded 327 species, which is about a third of the species listed for Australia, with 291 life birds, so I am happy with the results. To achieve those numbers the birding was intense and exhausting, with many 4:30 AM mornings and a few nocturnal excursions. It is, in a way, like doing the World Series of Birding almost every day for 3 weeks. 

I've detailed our travels by locations. The links are below and they give a good idea of our itinerary with a couple of "interludes:"

Key to the list: LIFE BIRD, Year Bird
Species                                             First Sighting
SOUTHERN CASSOWARY     Cape Tribulation
MAGPIE GOOSE     Centenary Lakes
PLUMED WHISTLING-DUCK     Hasties Swamp National Park
FRECKLED DUCK     Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
BLACK SWAN     Tamar Island Wetlands
RADJAH SHELDUCK     Centenary Lakes
AUSTRALIAN SHELDUCK     Tamar Island Wetlands
GREEN PYGMY-GOOSE     Lake Mitchell
MANED DUCK     Royal Botanic Gardens
PACIFIC BLACK DUCK     Royal National Park
Mallard     Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
GRAY TEAL     Tamar Island Wetlands
CHESTNUT TEAL     Tamar Island Wetlands
PINK-EARED DUCK     Hasties Swamp National Park
HARDHEAD     Oppenheims Road
MUSK DUCK     Hollowtree Road
AUSTRALIAN BRUSHTURKEY     Cairns Botanical Gardens
ORANGE-FOOTED SCRUBFOWL     Cairns Botanical Gardens
Helmeted Guineafowl     Granite Gorge Nature Park
BROWN QUAIL     Yore Rd Wetlands
AUSTRALASIAN GREBE     Royal National Park
HOARY-HEADED GREBE     Atkinsons Park
Great Crested Grebe     Shoobridge Park
Rock Pigeon     Sydney
WHITE-HEADED PIGEON     O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
SPOTTED DOVE     Cairns Esplanade
BROWN CUCKOO-DOVE     Cape Tribulation
PACIFIC EMERALD DOVE     Cape Tribulation
SQUATTER PIGEON     Mount Molloy
WONGA PIGEON     Royal National Park
PEACEFUL DOVE     Cairns Esplanade
BAR-SHOULDERED DOVE     Upper Daintree River
TOPKNOT PIGEON     Royal National Park
PHEASANT COUCAL     Daintree River boat trip
PACIFIC KOEL     Daintree River boat trip
CHANNEL-BILLED CUCKOO     Royal National Park
SHINING BRONZE-CUCKOO     Royal National Park
LITTLE BRONZE-CUCKOO     Big Mitchell Creek Reserve
PALLID CUCKOO     Bruny Island Main Road
FAN-TAILED CUCKOO     Bruny Island Main Road
BRUSH CUCKOO     Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
MARBLED FROGMOUTH     Lamington National Park
PAPUAN FROGMOUTH     Daintree River boat trip
LARGE-TAILED NIGHTJAR     Upper Daintree River
AUSTRALIAN SWIFTLET     Cairns Esplanade
BUFF-BANDED RAIL     Lady Elliot Island
TASMANIAN NATIVEHEN     Tamar Island Wetlands
DUSKY MOORHEN     Royal Botanic Gardens
EURASIAN COOT     Royal National Park
WHITE-BROWED CRAKE     Daintree River boat trip
SARUS CRANE     East Barron
BROLGA     East Barron
BUSH THICK-KNEE     Cairns Cemetery
PIED STILT     Hasties Swamp National Park
PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER     Cairns Esplanade
BANDED LAPWING     Lyell Highway
MASKED LAPWING     Royal Botanic Gardens
GREATER SAND-PLOVER     Cairns Esplanade
RED-KNEED DOTTEREL     Hasties Swamp National Park
HOODED PLOVER     Adventure Bay
Whimbrel     Cairns Esplanade
FAR EASTERN CURLEW     Cairns Esplanade
Bar-Tailed Godwit     Cairns Esplanade
BLACK-TAILED GODWIT     Cairns Esplanade
Ruddy Turnstone     Lady Elliot Island
GREAT KNOT     Cairns Esplanade
Red Knot     Cairns Esplanade
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper     Cairns Esplanade
Curlew Sandpiper     Cairns Esplanade
Red-Necked Stint     Cairns Esplanade
LATHAM'S SNIPE     Hasties Swamp National Park
TEREK SANDPIPER     Cairns Esplanade
Common Sandpiper     Hasties Swamp National Park
GRAY-TAILED TATTLER     Cairns Esplanade
WANDERING TATTLER     Lady Elliot Island
Common Greenshank     Cairns Esplanade
SILVER GULL     Sydney
PACIFIC GULL     Atkinsons Park
KELP GULL     Royal National Park
BROWN NODDY     Lady Elliot Island
BLACK NODDY     Lady Elliot Island
SOOTY TERN     Lady Elliot Island
BRIDLED TERN     Lady Elliot Island
Little Tern     Newell Beach
Gull-billed Tern     Cairns Esplanade
Caspian Tern     Cairns Esplanade
Whiskered Tern     Bromfield Swamp Viewing Platform
BLACK-NAPED TERN     Lady Elliot Island
Common Tern     Cairns Esplanade
Great Crested Tern     Royal National Park
RED-TAILED TROPICBIRD     Lady Elliot Island
LITTLE PENGUIN     Bruny Island
BLACK-NECKED STORK     Yore Rd Wetlands
AUSTRALASIAN GANNET     Royal National Park
AUSTRALASIAN DARTER     Daintree River boat trip
LITTLE PIED CORMORANT     Royal National Park
Great Cormorant     Royal National Park
BLACK-FACED CORMORANT     Bruny Island Ferry Crossing
PACIFIC HERON     Cape Tribulation
Great Egret     Tamar Island Wetlands
Intermediate Egret     Centenary Lakes
WHITE-FACED HERON     Tamar Island Wetlands
Little Egret     Wonga Beach Rd at Mossman Daintree Rd
PACIFIC REEF-HERON     Cape Tribulation
Cattle Egret     Kindred
Striated Heron     Daintree River boat trip
RUFOUS NIGHT-HERON     Atkinsons Park
Glossy Ibis     Julatten
STRAW-NECKED IBIS     Cairns Cemetery
ROYAL SPOONBILL     Wonga Beach Rd at Mossman Daintree Rd
Osprey     Wonga Beach Rd at Mossman Daintree Rd
BLACK-SHOULDERED KITE     Daintree River boat trip
SWAMP HARRIER     Tamar Island Wetlands
GRAY GOSHAWK     Mountain Valley Wilderness
COLLARED SPARROWHAWK     Cairns Botanical Gardens
RED GOSHAWK     Lake Mitchell
Black Kite     Captain Cook Highway
WHISTLING KITE     Daintree River boat trip
BRAHMINY KITE     Daintree River boat trip
WHITE-BELLIED SEA-EAGLE     Royal National Park
SOOTY OWL     Crater Lakes National Park
Barn Owl     Lamington National Park
POWERFUL OWL     Burraneer Park
SOUTHERN BOOBOOK     Lamington National Park
AZURE KINGFISHER     Royal National Park
LAUGHING KOOKABURRA     Royal National Park
FOREST KINGFISHER     Daintree River boat trip
TORRESIAN KINGFISHER     Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
SACRED KINGFISHER     Royal National Park
RAINBOW BEE-EATER     Cairns Cemetery
DOLLARBIRD     Beaudesert Racing Club Lagoon
AUSTRALIAN KESTREL     Captain Cook Highway
AUSTRALIAN HOBBY     Adventure Bay
BROWN FALCON     Oppenheims Road
GALAH     Burraneer Park
LONG-BILLED CORELLA     Kingston Beach
LITTLE CORELLA     Royal National Park
AUSTRALIAN KING-PARROT     Royal National Park
SWIFT PARROT     Bruny Island
GREEN ROSELLA     Mountain Valley Wilderness
CRIMSON ROSELLA     O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
EASTERN ROSELLA     Queens Domain
MUSK LORIKEET     Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
LITTLE LORIKEET     Yore Rd Wetlands
SCALY-BREASTED LORIKEET     Cairns Botanical Gardens
NOISY PITTA     O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
ALBERT'S LYREBIRD     O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
SUPERB LYREBIRD     Royal National Park
GREEN CATBIRD     Royal National Park
GOLDEN BOWERBIRD     Mount Hypipamee National Park
REGENT BOWERBIRD     O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
SATIN BOWERBIRD     Royal National Park
SOUTHERN EMUWREN     Towra Point Nature Reserve
VARIEGATED FAIRYWREN     Royal National Park
SUPERB FAIRYWREN     Royal National Park
RED-BACKED FAIRYWREN     Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
EASTERN SPINEBILL     Royal National Park
LEWIN'S HONEYEATER     Royal National Park
GRACEFUL HONEYEATER     Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
YELLOW HONEYEATER     Cairns Esplanade
YELLOW-FACED HONEYEATER     Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
YELLOW-TUFTED HONEYEATER     Heathcote National Park
BELL MINER     The Gravel Pit and Track
NOISY MINER     Sydney
LITTLE WATTLEBIRD     Royal National Park
YELLOW WATTLEBIRD     Mount Field National Park
MANGROVE HONEYEATER     Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
BROWN-BACKED HONEYEATER     Daintree River boat trip
WHITE-FRONTED CHAT     Narawntapu National Park
SCARLET MYZOMELA     Curtain Fig Tree
BROWN HONEYEATER     Cairns Esplanade
NEW HOLLAND HONEYEATER     Granton Power Boat Racing Centre
WHITE-EARED HONEYEATER     Heathcote National Park
BLUE-FACED HONEYEATER     Upper Daintree River
WHITE-THROATED HONEYEATER     Lamington National Park
WHITE-NAPED HONEYEATER     Lamington National Park
BLACK-HEADED HONEYEATER     Mountain Valley Wilderness
BLACK-CHINNED HONEYEATER     Big Mitchell Creek Reserve
STRONG-BILLED HONEYEATER     Mountain Valley Wilderness
MACLEAY'S HONEYEATER     Cape Tribulation
STRIPED HONEYEATER     Nindooinbah Dam
HELMETED FRIARBIRD     Cairns Esplanade
SILVER-CROWNED FRIARBIRD     Big Mitchell Creek Reserve
NOISY FRIARBIRD     Mount Molloy
SPOTTED PARDALOTE     Atkinsons Park
FERNWREN     Mt Lewis Rd
WHITE-BROWED SCRUBWREN     O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
TASMANIAN SCRUBWREN     Narawntapu National Park
LARGE-BILLED SCRUBWREN     O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
SPECKLED WARBLER     Yore Rd Wetlands
BROWN THORNBILL     Royal National Park
TASMANIAN THORNBILL     Narawntapu National Park
LARGE-BILLED GERYGONE     Cairns Botanical Gardens
BROWN GERYGONE     Royal National Park
MANGROVE GERYGONE     Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
GRAY-CROWNED BABBLER     Big Mitchell Creek Reserve
AUSTRALIAN LOGRUNNER     O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
CHOWCHILLA     Cathedral Fig Tree
EASTERN WHIPBIRD     Royal National Park
BLACK BUTCHERBIRD     Daintree River boat trip
BLACK CURRAWONG     Mountain Valley Wilderness
GRAY CURRAWONG     Narawntapu National Park
WHITE-WINGED TRILLER     Big Mitchell Creek Reserve
VARIED TRILLER     Daintree River boat trip
BOWER'S SHRIKETHRUSH     Cathedral Fig Tree
GRAY SHRIKETHRUSH     Narawntapu National Park
OLIVE WHISTLER     Mountain Valley Wilderness
GOLDEN WHISTLER     Royal National Park
GRAY WHISTLER     Julatten
RUFOUS WHISTLER     Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
OLIVE-BACKED ORIOLE     Royal National Park
GREEN ORIOLE     Daintree River boat trip
SPANGLED DRONGO     Daintree River boat trip
WILLIE-WAGTAIL     Royal National Park
RUFOUS FANTAIL     Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
GRAY FANTAIL     Royal National Park
BLACK-FACED MONARCH     Royal National Park
SPECTACLED MONARCH     Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
PIED MONARCH     Curtain Fig Tree
MAGPIE-LARK     Cairns Esplanade
LEADEN FLYCATCHER     Royal National Park
SHINING FLYCATCHER     Daintree River boat trip
TORRESIAN CROW     Maryfarms
AUSTRALIAN RAVEN     Royal National Park
FOREST RAVEN     Tamar Island Wetlands
PARADISE RIFLEBIRD     Lamington National Park
VICTORIA'S RIFLEBIRD     Crater Lakes National Park
LEMON-BELLIED FLYCATCHER     Big Mitchell Creek Reserve
SCARLET ROBIN     Mountain Valley Wilderness
FLAME ROBIN     Mountain Valley Wilderness
ROSE ROBIN     Royal National Park
PINK ROBIN     Mountain Valley Wilderness
DUSKY ROBIN     Mountain Valley Wilderness
PALE-YELLOW ROBIN     Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
EASTERN YELLOW ROBIN     Royal National Park
EURASIAN SKYLARK     Oppenheims Road
WELCOME SWALLOW     Royal Botanic Gardens
FAIRY MARTIN     Cairns Botanical Gardens
TREE MARTIN     Adventure Bay
RED-WHISKERED BULBUL     Towra Point Nature Reserve
AUSTRALIAN REED WARBLER     Daintree River boat trip
LITTLE GRASSBIRD     Tamar Island Wetlands
SILVER-EYE     Royal National Park
BASSIAN THRUSH     O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
EURASIAN BLACKBIRD     Launceston Airport
METALLIC STARLING     Daintree River boat trip
European Starling     Launceston Airport
Common Myna     Bondi Beach
MISTLETOEBIRD     Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
OLIVE-BACKED SUNBIRD     Cairns Botanical Gardens
AUSTRALASIAN PIPIT     Narawntapu National Park
European Greenfinch     Bothwell
European Goldfinch     Atkinsons Park
House Sparrow     Deloraine
RED-BROWED FIRETAIL     Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
DOUBLE-BARRED FINCH     Yore Rd Wetlands
CHESTNUT-BREASTED MUNIA     Daintree River boat trip
LAUGHING KOOKABURRA, Royal Botanic Gardens
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Mt Lewis Road