Birdwatching in Wagga Wagga


A Few Notes
January 30, 2011, 10:51 pm
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I see that it has been more than two months since I last posted here. I’m afraid posting will probably continue to be sporadic and unreliable.

I’ve added two species to the list of bird species found in the Wagga area: the magpie goose (Anseranas semipalmata) and the plumed whistling-duck (Dendrocygna eytoni). Both species were recorded in a flooded paddock some distance south of The Rock (and so including them here requires a very generous definition of “the Wagga area”). They were seen together with many hardheads, pacific black ducks, australian wood ducks, grey teals, whiskered terns, white and straw-necked ibises, white-faced herons, eurasian coots and purple swamp-hens. This brings the total number of species recorded here to 168, of which 161 are native.

Also, there is a brief article on fungi by me in the most recent issue of Woodland Wanderings (Vol. 7, Iss. 2; Spring 2010), the newsletter of the Grassy Box Woodlands Catchment Management Network. It is much the same as this blog entry. Also note that in the published article the photographs of Resupinatus cinerascens and Mycena sp. are in the wrong spots.

More substantive updates to come soon, hopefully.

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I have no evidence but the plumed whistling duck was quite numerous (between 20-30)at Wollundry lagoon in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I remember how clean and tidy they were in plumage, a really pretty duck. I have noticed that the Gang-Gang is absent from the list. Again no evidence, but there was a pair nesting at the Lake Albert Treatment works in the late 80’s. A long time between drinks but I hope that the recent weather helps the native bird population recover a spread.

Regards

Michael Nugent

Comment by Michael Nugent

There are records of the gang gang from Livingstone National Park and The Rock Nature Reserve, so they are certainly known from the area. The trouble is that these records go back a long way and they may not be accurate any longer. Wagga is listed as the westernmost limit of the gang gang’s range in some sources, so we should get them occasionally at least. I’ve seen gang gangs in Canberra, where they are reasonably common, but so far I haven’t seen them here.

The population of plumed whistling-ducks seems to fluctuate and so with the recent favourable conditions they might be on the increase. This was the first time I had seen them – they certainly are a pretty bird.

Comment by wwdavid

Further to your posting of the Whistling Duck. I observed 9 bids on Lake Albert before the breaking of the drought 11-01-2009. One individual was observed on the femoral wetland on the Wagga side of Currawarna 01-11-2010.

Chris O’C

Comment by Chris O'Connell

Thanks for this. It’s very likely that whistling ducks are more common than I know. The wetland near Currawarna has at times been teeming with life – I could very easily miss a group of whistling ducks in there.

Comment by wwdavid

I see it has been years since people have written in here but on the off chance that there is an answer I will be very appreciative! There is a tiny bird that travels in groups of 10 or more in the shrubbery along the Murrumbidgee River near the beach in Wagga Wagga. The males have red caps, and red tails underside. The majority of the body is olive green/brown/grey. The females have red below their tails too and are of the same green/brown/grey colouring. They look like a finch with a slightly red beak. Their body resembles a finch, tail too. However I have looked through the finches and cannot find a match. The red browed finch is close, however the red is on the cap of the head too and is a deeper red. Can anyone help? I’ve looked through my bird book and searched the internet. They deserve to be better known, they are very beautiful.
Also it is not a red capped robin, there is no black or white on these birds and they are more finch shaped and smaller.
I’ll try to snap a photo to upload too.
Thanks.

Comment by Bella Tompson




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