Birdwatching in Wagga Wagga

Nocturnal Activity
January 19, 2010, 11:08 am
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The Southern Boobook is not the only nocturnal creature to occupy Willans Hill. The Common Brushtail Possum photographed above was found very close to human habitation, and most likely supplements its ordinary diet of eucalyptus leaves by scavenging in gardens for fruit and vegetable scraps. In Canberra, where they are very common, they can often be heard making distinctive barking and hissing noises. These are their territorial calls. There may be several groups on Willans Hill, but the population density is probably too low for these territorial arguments to break out.

There are probably other nocturnal mammals to be found on the hill – rats, mice, bats and so on. It is possible that the Squirrel Glider (Petaurus norfolcensis), which has been found elsewhere in the Wagga Wagga area, will occasionally be seen on the hill.

I have added the Olive-Backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) to the list for the Wagga area. This brings the number of species recorded to 156, of which 7 are introduced.

The Olive-Backed Oriole, like the White-Throated Gerygone, was recorded at Murraguldrie Flora Reserve. This is, I believe, within the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area, but it is a far moister forest than is typically found here. This is presumably why it attracts birds most commonly seen further east. I intend to post a full profile of the reserve soon.


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