Migration has started to happen in earnest. Of the 6 species expected to arrive in August, 5 have appeared on time and are highlighted in orange in the list below. The one late species is Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, which is balanced by Tree Martins and Olive-backed Oriole being early. Expectations are covered in a special post. (The species in blue are ones that spend the Winter here and (mainly) go elsewhere in Summer.)
They are not migrants, but reports of Skylarks always jump up in Spring as they begin their ascending song-flights. Late in August there were at least 4 singing their hearts out as I walked on the Plain.
Of course we are now in Spring which means fecundity. 16 species, (red text in the list below) have been reported as undertaking some form of breeding activity this month. That is very much above average - more similar to the number expected in September. Of course many of those observations were of nest building or breeding display but Black Swans were seen on a nest as was a Hoary-headed Grebe. (That species is uncommon in the area so a breeding record is very pleasing.) The Marsh in Hoskinstown Plain is now replete with water and 3 Australian Shelduck ducklings were see there, and 4 Masked Lapwing chicks (aka running fluff-balls) were nearby.
As always, thanks to the observers who have provided reports to me for the month. These have covered sites in Whiskers Creek Rd, Widgiewa Rd, Douglas Close, Wanna Wanna, and Hoskinstown Plain and Village. I'm always happy to receive reports, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Waterbirds (pt 1): (pt 2); (Pt 3); (Pt 4): Musk Duck; Black Swan; Australian Shelduck; Australian Wood Duck; Australian Shoveler; Grey Teal; Pacific Black Duck; Australasian Grebe; Hoary-headed Grebe; Little Pied Cormorant; White‑necked Heron; White‑faced Heron; Australian White Ibis; Eurasian Coot; Black‑fronted Dotterel; Masked Lapwing;
2 Birds of Prey: Black-shouldered Kite; Collared Sparrowhawk;Wedge-tailed Eagle; Nankeen Kestrel; Australian Hobby;
3 Parrots and Relatives: Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo; Gang‑gang Cockatoo; Galah; Little Corella; Sulphur‑crested Cockatoo; Australian King‑parrot; Crimson Rosella; Eastern Rosella; Red-rumped Parrot
4 Kingfishers and other non-songbirds (Pt 1) (Pt 2) (Pt 3): Rock Dove; Common Bronzewing; Crested Pigeon; Tawny Frogmouth; Pallid Cuckoo; Fan‑tailed Cuckoo; Laughing Kookaburra;
5 Honeyeaters: Eastern Spinebill; Yellow-faced Honeyeater; White-eared Honeyeater; Noisy Miner; Red Wattlebird; New Holland Honeyeater; Brown‑headed Honeyeater;
6 Flycatchers and similar species: Golden Whistler;Grey Shrike-thrush; Grey Fantail; Willie Wagtail; Magpie-lark; Scarlet Robin; Flame Robin; Eastern Yellow Robin; Welcome Swallow; Tree Martin
7 Thornbills, Finches and similar species (Pt 1) (Pt 2): Superb Fairy-wren; White-browed Scrubwren; Weebill; Striated Thornbill; Yellow‑rumped Thornbill; Buff‑rumped Thornbill; Brown Thornbill; Spotted Pardalote; Striated Pardalote; Silvereye; Double‑barred Finch; Red‑browed Finch; Diamond Firetail; House Sparrow; European Goldfinch
8 Other, smaller birds: White-throated Treecreeper; Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike; Olive‑backed Oriole; Dusky Woodswallow; Skylark; Common Blackbird; Common Myna; Common Starling; Mistletoebird; Australasian Pipit;
9 Other, larger birds: Satin Bowerbird; Grey Butcherbird; Australian Magpie; Pied Currawong; Grey Currawong; Australian Raven; Little Raven; White-winged Chough