birding-aus Re: Scarlet Honeyeaters in Sydney and flocking Koel

To: "Trevor Quested" <>, <>
Subject: birding-aus Re: Scarlet Honeyeaters in Sydney and flocking Koel
From: "EDWIN VELLA" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 19:37:19 +1100

Trevor and all

I have seen Scarlet Honeyeaters in all months in Sydney but are more
numerous during Spring (in some seasons they are very numerous if you know
there call). There are fair numbers still present at times during the winter
at Royal NP (south of Sydney) and have seen them in woodland (similar
habitat to Scheyville) in the Doonside area, west of Sydney.

On another note, some birdo's have been discussing about groups of
Channel-billed Cuckoos. I like to wonder if people have had the same
experience with Koels. I have at one time seen 8 Koels together around
December/January flying over the park opposite my place in Seven Hills
(approx. 40 km west of Sydney). Perhaps they may congregate in numbers in
some places but I usually only encounter them in singles or pairs. I have
only seen 6 Channel-billed Cuckoos together at the most in any area in
Sydney. I have seen atleast 20 plus Channel-billed Cuckoos feeding with Pied
Imperial Pigeons on fruiting figs in the Daintree area. Though they were not
all together in the same fig they were all in figs only metres from each
other, but this may be fairly usual in that area.

Edwin Vella
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From: Trevor Quested <>
To: Birding-aus <>
Date: Sunday, February 14, 1999 10:50
Subject: birding-aus Scheyville National park, Sydney, New South Wales

>We visited Scheyville National Park this morning.  It was a perfect morning
>weather wise and there was quite a lot of blossoming Grey Box (Euc.
>moluccana) and the signs of more to come. Since becoming a national park
>there is at last a decent gate at the entrance in Scheyville Road but there
>is still old car bodies etc along the track.  However,  opposite the gate
>a hole in the fence to the forest on the eastern side of the road and there
>is a semi-circular horse track through the Grey Box which graduates into
>Narrow-leafed Ironbark. This is where we spent most of the morning.
>Highlights were two male Scarlet Honeyeaters, a Yellow-faced Honeyeater
>nesting beside the track, a Brown Gerygone several kilometres from any
>rainforest, Shrike-tits, White-throated Gerygones and Speckled Warbler. We
>recorded 31 native species  on our walk.
>I have recorded Scarlet Honeyeaters in the Sydney area in Feb, March, May,
>September, November & December.  I imagine they are about in the other
>months but I haven't noted it.  Perhaps others would care to comment.
>Trevor  & Annie Quested
>Sydney,  Australia
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