Weekend Birding

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Subject: Weekend Birding
Date: Mon, 02 Jun 97 11:59:21 +1000
     Hi, this is the first message I have sent to Birding-aus, though I 
     have been part of the group for a while.
     Just a short introduction to myself. My name is Patrick(Pat) Wyllie 
     and I have been interested and enthralled by birds ever since I was a 
     kid. I lost a little interest during my schooling years, but I became 
     more serious about birding about five years ago when a small 
     red-headed bird seen on Russel Island, Moreton Bay renewed my 
     curiosity. I had the Reader's Digest Book of Australian Birds back in 
     Canberra and looked it up when I returned home. I had seen my first 
     Scarlet Honeyeater and I was hooked.
     Living in Canberra there are lots of good places for birds around. My 
     favourite are Mulligan's Flat and Campbell Park.
     Two things prompted me to post to the group.
     The first was in response to Trevor Questeds' posting about Regent 
     Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots. I went to the Capertee Valley on 
     Saturday 31 May and met Trevor and Annie along with Tom Tarrent.
     Trevor was kind enough to point me to the location of the Regent 
     Honeyeaters. I counted at least a dozen birds on the short stretch of 
     road we walked. They were feeding in flowering White Box. The Swift 
     Parrots weren't present while I was there.
     The second is a quite unexpected sighting. I spent a couple of hours 
     on Sunday 1 June at Munghorn Gap. The highlight there was seeing a 
     male lyrebird. It was on the way back to Mudgee that I had my real 
     highlight. About 13km east of Mudgee on the Munghorn Gap road I saw 
     seven Cuckoo-shrikes sitting on a gate of the property "Willanda". I 
     stopped to look at them thinking they were White-bellied 
     Cuckoo-shrikes. I was very surprised when I realised that I was 
     looking at seven Ground Cuckoo-shrikes. I didn't expect them this far 
     east. When I pulled up they flew from the gate and alighted on the 
     ground nearby. Unfortunately at this stage a pair of magpies chased 
     the cuckoo-shrikes off. The most striking features of the birds was 
     the contrast with their dark wings and pale body, and their call which 
     was a high pitched two notes. The birds forked tail wasn't as 
     noticeable in flight as it was on the ground.
     Pat Wyllie (Canberra, Australia)

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