On Saturday last, a quick trip north-west of town to Volcano Rd, Swanwater returned a swag of Crimson Chats,
a handful of White- fronted Chats, numbers of Pipits, Songlarks, a nesting Brown Falcon and White-winged Trillers.
As I turned onto Volcano Rd from the Sunraysia Highway I had a momentary glimpse of what was possibly a White-breasted Woodswallow.
The birds below were about 300ft (or 100m for the purists) away and over a slight rise so the photo isn't great.
Crimson Chats and Trillers.
Also in the photo is a Black-faced Woodswallow, unidentified until I looked at the next photo and sent it off to the expert for confirmation.
I can't get a positive identification on the top left bird on the fence. Any clues?
Black-faced Woodswallow checking out something interesting in the stump.
The broad white band on the tail, the small black mask just taking in the eye and down under the chin, the pale grey head and front and darker grey back are descriptive.
I haven't seen this last species here before and it is not on the Club's Bird List.
Another new bird for the St Arnaud district.