Friday, 27 February 2015
Goodness! What happened to February? Suddenly it's gone, never to be seen again. Worse - I did no birding at all! I visited Wilson Reserve a few times hoping that the Powerful Owl might have returned to her occasional roost, but I had no luck with that. Today, when I'd hoped to be out on the waters beyond Wollongong seeking White-necked Petrels, I'm here at my computer writing this. My total bird count for the month of February was 34. In all my years of record keeping I've never had such a low count. March must be better.
I have done my daily walks but there were no surprises in any direction. I recorded magpies, Rainbow Lorikeets and Spotted Doves on every walk. I missed Red Wattlebirds just once, Noisy Miners twice and Grey Butcherbirds and Little Ravens just three times. I recorded a Long-billed Corella and an Eastern Rosella just once, Welcome Swallow and Common Starling twice and a Spotted Pardalote three times.
The sad news is that my Willie Wagtail family seems to have disappeared. I used to see them reliably on my north walk, but they did not put in an appearance at all for the whole of February.
The weather has been lovely here this summer - thankfully not too hot. Now the signs of autumn are beginning to appear. Young magpies have been experimenting with subsong and I saw my first autumn flock of Little Ravens this week.
I started my daily directional bird counts last spring. It will be interesting to see if autumn produces any noteworthy differences. Whatever happens, I simply must go birding in March.