Bird observer group spreads its wings

With a number of members joining from Ararat, the Bird Observers Group gathered at Green Hill Lake to observe the birds in the area.

During their observation time at the lake, members were able to observe a considerable number of different species of water foul.

Some birds of the bushlands were also observed that afternoon.

The birds sighted at Green Hill Lake totalled about 30. These included Silver Gull, Hoary Headed Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Australian Pelican, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Whistling Kite, Black Winged Stilt, Black fronted Plover, Masked Lapwing (Plover), Sharp Tailed Sandpiper, Grey Teal Duck, Mountain Duck, Chestnut Teal, Plumed Whistling Tree Duck, Pink Eared Duck, Australian Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Australian Shoveler, Black Swan, Australian Magpie, Magpie Lark, White Faced Heron, Great Egret, Yellow Billed Spoonbill, Sacred Ibis, White Fronted Chat, Black Kite, Superb Blue Wren, Crimson Rosella, Yellow Rumped Thorn Bill, Black Chinned Honeyeater, White Plumed Honeyeater, Wrestles Flycatcher, Red Browed Firetail.

The next outing will be a morning gathering this Sunday, April 6 in the Ironbark Forest Reserve just off the northern edge of town. Members will meet at the Three Jacks Reserve at 9am.

A decision is still to be made on naming the group, but at this stage it will remain the Stawell and Ararat Bird Observers Group.

This decision will be made at a meeting following the observation morning tea this Sunday. It will be held at the McCann Dam on the junction at Deep Lead Road and East West Road.

Steps will then be taken to possibly form the group as a registered club. One step is to make contact with Birdlife Australia at Melbourne headquarters to obtain further information on what is required.

Office bearer positions are still to be filled within the group, including president and vice president, secretary and treasurer and team leaders.

Group organiser Charles Kerr, said he felt the next step should be to start organising the group's monthly schedule of events.

He said he would like members to consider a couple of weekend campouts, These would usually be held in the autumn or spring.

Members are being asked to give this some consideration and come up with any ideas.

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