Milkmaids, Burchardia umbellata
Milkmaids, Burchardia umbellata

Here are some pics of the lovely display we saw last Saturday (5.11.11) on our walk down Honeysuckle Track. There’s also a bit of audio to share; I’ve rarely heard Rufous Whistlers as vocal as this – they must have been in the thick of the local sing-off to attract the girls’ attention.

This area is rich with wildflowers and is largely weed-free for many hectares. Technically, its classified as Grassy Dry Forest (EVC 22). You can read a bit more about the activity on the Strathbogie Ranges CMN site, here. But scroll down this page for information about the plants and animals we recorded.

Listen to the birdsong along Honeysuckle Track 6 Nov. 2011


The star performers on the day were Rufous Whistlers with a variety of calls (melodious warbles, the distinctive ‘e-chong’ call, but in teh background you can also hear: Sacred Kingfisher (very faint), Grey Shrike-thrush, White-throated Gerygone (descending warble), Gery Fantail (faint), Olive-backed Oriole (faint), White-throated Tree-creeper (faint). The loud, melodic whistle of the Leaden Flycatcher is near the end of recording.

Honeysuckle Tk Birdlist (alphabetical)- mostly calls, we didn’t do much looking up into the trees.

  1. Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
  2. Cicadabird
  3. Crimson Rosella
  4. Grey Fantail
  5. Grey Shrike-thrush
  6. Leaden Flycatcher
  7. Noisy Friarbird
  8. Olive-backed Oriole
  9. Rufous Whistler
  10. Sacred Kingfisher
  11. Shining Bronze-cuckoo
  12. Striated Pardalote
  13. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  14. White-throated Gerygone
  15. White-throated Tree-creeper
  16. Yellow-faced Honeyeater

You can download Terry’s list of all the plants she’s recorded from Honeysuckle Track (some perhaps now locally extinct).