Trip Report: Boweya Forest (Victoria, Australia), April 1, 1997

Michael Ramsey, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia;

Recently (1 April 1997) I spent an afternoon observing in Boweya Forest, a remnant Box-Ironbark ecosystem located 25km north-west of Wangaratta (Victoria, 250km north-east of Melbourne). The main purpose of the outing was to search for Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot. Though these were not found I recorded quite a few interesting species.

Perhaps the most unusual was a male Gilbert's Whistler seen singing in undergrowth. This area is well west of this species usual range. This species has also been recorded in Killawarra Forest (2km east) and Chiltern Forest (40km east). Perhaps a remnant population is present in north-east Victorian Box-Ironbark Forests.

Also of note on the outing was a small flock of White-browed Woodswallows over the forest giving chap-chap calls. Perhaps this is indicative of the recent dry spell over Victoria in the last few months. Large numbers of Striated Pardalotes were also recorded, many of these were probably autumn/winter visitors. Race was not identified but the Tasmanian race has been observed in the forest before so some may have been of this taxon.

Small numbers of autumn/winter visiting Honeyeaters were recorded. The most common was Little Friarbird as well as many Fuscous Honeyeaters in non-breeding plumage. One Yellow-faced Honeyeater was heard just outside the forest. Other wintering visitors included a few female Golden Whistlers.

Hopefully I will return to the forest sometime during winter to search again for Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot. The Swift Parrot was seen in the forest last winter and the local area (including Warby Range and Killawarra Forest) is quite an important region on the mainland for this species.

SPECIES LIST: Total no. species recorded - 45

Australian Wood Duck                 Brown Goshawk
Masked Lapwing                       Peaceful Dove
Crested Pigeon                       Common Bronzewing
Galah                                Eastern Rosella
Red-rumped Parrot                    Brown Treecreeper
Superb Fairy-wren                    Weebill
Western Gerygone                     Striated Pardalote
Red Wattlebird                       Noisy Miner
Noisy Friarbird                      Little Friarbird
Yellow-faced Honeyeater              Fuscous Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater              Brown-headed Honeyeater
Black-chinned Honeyeater             Jacky Winter
White-browed Babbler                 Grey Shrike-thrush
Gilbert's Whitsler                   Rufous Whistler
Golden Whistler                      Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail                       Magpie-lark
Restless Flycatcher                  Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
White-browed Woodswallow             Dusky Woodswallow
Australian Magpie                    Grey Butcherbird
Australian Raven                     White-winged Chough
Diamond Firetail                     Mistletoebird
Welcome Swallow                      Tree Martin
Common Starling

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