Birdwatching in Wagga Wagga

The Birds of Flowerdale Lagoon
October 11, 2009, 6:18 pm
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[A list of birds recorded on and around Flowerdale Lagoon to date can be seen here].

Map of Flowerdale Lagoon

Map of Flowerdale Lagoon

Flowerdale Lagoon is located near Moorong Street and the Sturt Highway. One side of it can be viewed from the Wiradjuri Walking Track; the other side abuts private property and cannot, so far as I’m aware, be accessed. These cultivated areas have attracted a large number of Rufous Songlarks (Cinclorhamphus mathewsi) to the area. The lagoon itself is surrounded by trees, including a number of impressive River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis).

Rufous Songlark (Cinclorhamphus mathewsi)

Rufous Songlark (Cinclorhamphus mathewsi)

The species list accompanying this entry was compiled from just two visits. In all, 53 species were recorded – 50 of them native. There is no reason to suppose that this list is at all comprehensive. I would certainly expect to see other, rarer, species from time to time.

Probably the most interesting sighting so far was of a family of Nankeen Night Herons (Nycticorax caledonicus; see image). Two adults were seen (on October 8 of this year) accompanied by two or three juveniles in the area marked (1.) on the map. A single migratory wader, most likely a Sharp-Tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata), was also seen in this area. Area (2.) is home to the majority of the lagoon’s species: ducks, waders, woodland birds and raptors have all been sighted here. Area (3.) is a small pond adjacent to the lagoon proper. An Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta) and a number of ducks have been seen here, and the reeds surrounding it are home to a large number of Australian Reed-Warblers (Acrocephalus australis), Superb Fairy-Wrens (Malurus cyaneus) and Red-Browed Finches (Neochmia temporalis).

Other interesting species recorded in the area are the Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus), and the threatened Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii). The latter species was seen investigating tree hollows, presumably for nesting possibilities.


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