Birdwatching in Wagga Wagga

Report: Silvalite Reserve – September 29, 2009.
October 8, 2009, 8:55 pm
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Map of Silvalite Reserve

Map of Silvalite Reserve

1. Weebill
2. Yellow Thornbill
3. Black-Faced Cuckoo-Shrike
4. Galah
5. Yellow Rosella
6. Australian Magpie
7. Australian Raven
8. Rufous Songlark
9. Crested Pigeon
10. Grey Shrike-Thrush
11. Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo
12. Noisy Miner
13. Red-Rumped Parrot
14. Willie Wagtail
15. Nankeen Kestrel
16. Common Starling
17. Blue-Faced Honeyeater
18. Superb Parrot
19. Pied Currawong
20. Red Wattlebird
21. Western Gerygone
22. Laughing Kookaburra
23. White-Plumed Honeyeater
24. Noisy Friarbird
25. Grey Fantail
26. Rufous Whistler
27. Red-Capped Robin
28. Striated Pardalote
29. Straw-Necked Ibis
30. Magpie-lark

The Friends of Silvalite website has not been updated since August of 2005, when the Red Hill Road highway bypass (which cuts the reserve in two) started to seem inevitable. The reserve itself shows similar neglect. The groundcover is increasingly dominated by invasive exotics: those native plant species that are present are at risk of being crowded out by weeds.

Scrambled Eggs (Goodenia pinnatifida)

Scrambled Eggs (Goodenia pinnatifida)

As you can see from the map above, Silvalite Reserve is a narrow strip between a highway and an area of human habitation. The area marked (1.) is a slope providing access to the gully that runs through the reserve. This gully leads under Red Hill Road and connects the two halves of the reserve.

In general, the reserve is quite open and sparsely treed, and this is reflected in the sorts of bird species recorded. Most of the species listed are common to abundant in urban or disturbed areas in this region: for example, the Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus), the Yellow Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus), the Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen), the Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes), the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), the Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala), the Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), the Common Starling (*Sturnus vulgaris), the Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina; still present, though less numerous), the Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata) and the Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae). Also present were a number of small woodland birds: the Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris), the Yellow Thornbill (Acanthiza nana), the Western Gerygone (Gerygone fusca), the White-Plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus penicillatus) and the Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus). Two other birds, the Rufous Songlark (Cincloramphus mathewsi) and the Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides), are most commonly found in association with open grassland, such as that which can be found opposite the reserve.

Red-Capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii)

Red-Capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii)

Area (2.) is a row of eucalypts planted ostensibly as a windbreak. This area featured a Red-Capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii) and several Rufous Whistlers (Pachycephala rufiventris).

A single threatened species was recorded during the survey. The Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii) has only a very limited distribution but seems reasonably common within the Wagga Wagga area at this time of year. On this occasion, only a single bird was seen.


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