A relatively dry week with 19.5mm and four sunny days. Despite the sunny weather species numbers were down with 58 birds seen and another 10 species heard. Mammals and reptiles were 13 seen.
Highlights were the first returning Grey-headed Robin who we believe are altitudinal migrants into the mountains, such as
A Noisy Pitta was seen in the rainforest alongside our orchard feeding a juvenile who was calling with a single whistle at intervals. An adult male
Adult Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfishers are busy feeding their offspring and are looking a bit worse for wear with broken or missing tail streamers and generally a scruffy plumage look. A pair of Whistling Kites are just outside the lodge grounds attending a nest, cannot see what stage it is at the moment.
Further afield a search for Red-rumped and Barn Swallows early in the week proved fruitless. There was a mixed flock of several hundred Tree and Fairy Martins plus Welcome Swallows perched on powerlines along