Blue Mountains 13 April

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Subject: Blue Mountains 13 April
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 97 13:11:01 +60000
Got out and enjoyed the glorious autumn weather into the Blue Mountains near 
Sydney on Sunday 13 April. The prime purpose of the trip was an orchid hunt 
but birds were seen as well, so here are some (incomplete) lists:

Shipley Plateau - Grey Currawong - a rather light one and a nice specimen 

Martins Lookout - White-eared Honeyeater (chomp-chomp call), about 30 
Silvereyes moving through, Yellow-faced Honeyeater zapping around at 100 miles 
an hour (they'd migrate a long distance at that rate!!), Cryptostylis Erecta 

Rhododendron (Baccante) Gardens, Blackheath - Striated Thornbill, Yellow-faced 
Honeyeaters, Red Wattlebird, an amusing Pied Currawong devouring a hairy 
caterpillar, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos, Eastern Spinebill.  Chiloglottis 
Reflexa in flower, Pterostylis Longifolia and Parviflora, and another Ptero 
(greenhood) with flower buds and looking different - will be interesting to go 
back and check in a few weeks-perhaps P. Revoluta).

Coachwood Glen rainforest walk (Megalong Valley) - Lyrebird, White-browed 
Scrubwren - no Yellow-throated Scrubwren even though this has been a good spot 
for them before.  Plectorrhiza Tridentata, Pterostylis hispidula growing both 
in the ground and on the trunk of a tree fern!!  Corybas leaves with the 
flowers just starting to form.

Irene Denton
Sydney   NSW

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