Today three members of the Heyfield Bird Watchers fled west to meet Gouldiae at Drouin and then spend the dull, dismal but ultimately rain-free day birding three sites around Nyora. Marg, Jim and Jack travelled in Gouldiae's vehicular transport with the first stop being Lang Lang Reserve just a few kilometres out from the town on the Drouin Road. A new path had been constructed and we saw 24 species here. It was the site of an old primary school. Only the shelter shed remained. After stocking up Jim's larder in Lang Lang we moved on to Wuchatsch Reserve near Nyora where we walked a couple of kilometres of bush track with Brown Gerygone, Brown Goshawk, Varied Sitella and a mob of Silvereyes being seen amongst the 23 species there. Gouldiae blogged here.
Onwards to lunch in Nyora in the park by the railway station and a careful perusal of the 50 or so Rainbow Lorikeets and Red and Little Wattlebirds in three profusely flowering eucs revealed ... no Swift Parrots.
Our last port of call was the Henry Littledyke Reserve on the Nyora-Poowong Road. It contains the old railway reservoir that supplied water, powered by gravity, to steam engines at Nyora Station. Here we spotted a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles, a Brown Goshawk, Crimson Rosellas, Superb Fairy-wrens, White-naped Honeyeaters, Golden Whistlers, Eastern Yellow Robins, Eastern Spinebills and a lone male White-throated Treecreeper. The day was so uninspiring photographically that the only images I took were of a whirly-gig insect making a delightful pattern in the reservoir and the aforesaid WTTc.
That said we had a great day visiting some lesser unknown parts of Victoria, spotting all-in 40 species of bird and having a good laugh too. Thanks Pete.