Bird Trail Number 2
A Bush Paddock and a Brewery
Bartleys Paddock is a cleared area in the National Park just to the north of Chiltern. From the crossroads in the centre of town, head due north along Main St.
Follow this road as it leaves town as the road to Howlong.
Park 2.9 km from the centre of town along the side of the road. Walk through the narrow screen of trees on the left and jump the old fence into BartleysPaddock.
Until recently the cleared area was private land. In the 19th century a brewery operated from the site.
The remains of the brewery can be seen around the old fruit trees at the north end of the paddock. The cleared areas are now slowly regenerating with eucalypts.A casual walk around the boundary will usually produce a wide diversity of woodland and forest birds. On hotter days a worthwhile wait may be on the two dams in the southern end of the paddock.
Fuscous and Yellow-tufted Honeyeatersare common. Jacky Winter live along the forest edge. Parrots are common.
Painted Honeyeater, Turquoise Parrot, White-winged Triller and Rufous Songlarkare often seen in spring and early summer.
Above left is an Eastern Rosella, centre is a Yellow Rosella, and right is a Gang Gang Cockatoo
On most evenings Eastern Grey Kangaroos come out to quietly graze in the paddock.
For a longer excursion return to your car or bike, continue north on the Howlong Rd for a couple of hundred metres and turn right into Riley's Rd.
Follow this along to Green Hill Road and then Battery Hill Road back towards town.
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