Bumper bird survey at the Coal Mines

Last week saw our inaugural joint Green Army/Volunteer bird survey at the Coal Mines Historic Site. In near perfect conditions (apart from the occasional sprinkle of rain) it had our biggest turn-out yet of both bird spotters (a total of 10) and of birds (34 species).

The highlights of the day were around 2000 short-tailed shearwaters rafting, a wedge-tailed eagle and a couple of elusive brown quails – which we knew were on the site but we’d never seen during a survey. But, the best photo of the day, that I’ve seen anyway, was of the endemic green rosella (presumably so-called because it is predominantly yellow, blue and red) in a banksia – thanks Peter for this excellent shot.

This week there will again be a joint volunteer/Green Army day on Monday morning Coal Mines – please get in touch if you’d like to join in the fun.

A Green Rosella spotted at the Coal Mines Historic Site.

A Green Rosella spotted at the Coal Mines Historic Site.