Mark Young photo from Birding Blog
Photo by Mark Young "Birding Blog"

Penny reported seeing a group of Crested Shrike -Tits on her place at Sheans Creek . This is good news because these birds are  indicators of a healthy woodland site . They are a eucalypt dependent species that prefer sites containing many mature trees with patchy understorey .The crested shrike -tit often searches for food on strips of bark that hang from tree such as the old red box , white box and red gum trees on Penny’s property. Peeling back the bark is a noisy activity which means they are often heard before they are seen . They usually occur in remnant patches larger than 5 ha.  joined by  corridors at least 50  metres wide .

Although it is moderately common in some forest areas , it is now uncommon or rare in many woodlands, possibly because of the declining number of large trees.