birding-aus Blue Mountains Report April 99

Subject: birding-aus Blue Mountains Report April 99
From: "Carol Probets" <>
Date: Tue, 18 May 1999 04:07:20 PDT

Highlights of lists from members of the Blue Mountains Bird Observers for APRIL 1999.


BLACK SWAN: 4 at Wentworth Falls Lake on 9/4.

DARTER: 1 male at Wentworth Falls Lake on 29/4.

COLLARED SPARROWHAWK: An increase in sightings; reported from Glenbrook, Woodford and Katoomba.

GLOSSY BLACK-COCKATOO: Seen at Woodford trig point on 10/4 and 12/4; Euroka clearing (Glenbrook) on 26/4.

BRUSH CUCKOO: 1 at Woodford on 16/4.

COMMON KOEL: A late juvenile near Wentworth Falls railway station on 12/4.

POWERFUL OWL: 1 at Mt Riverview on 5/4, 14/4 & 18/4; 1 at Hazelbrook on 14/4.

SACRED KINGFISHER: Last seen Springwood on 1/4.

LITTLE WATTLEBIRD: Seems to be more common than usual with several reports from throughout the mountains.

YELLOW-FACED HONEYEATER: Migrating flocks have been noted throughout the mountains, but several observers have commented that numbers this year are much smaller than usual. I will post a separate message on this soon.

WHITE-NAPED HONEYEATER: Migrating through Katoomba from 12/4; surprisingly only reported by 3 other observers, at Lapstone, Springwood and Blackheath.

ROSE ROBIN: Have moved out of the gullies and are on migration with several seen in gardens from Springwood to Hazelbrook.

RUFOUS WHISTLER: Last seen at Katoomba on 8/4; Glenbrook on 9/4.

BLACK-FACED MONARCH: Last seen immature at Woodford on 5/4.

LEADEN FLYCATCHER: Last seen at Woodford on 8/4.

SILVEREYE: Very large numbers moving through Katoomba on 13/4. Subspecies lateralis from Tasmania is now present.

N.B. There were no April reports of White-throated Needletails in the area (normally we get a few passing through).


Regarding the SPOTTED BOWERBIRDS reported from Valley Heights in January this year: The Vetting Committee have decided NOT TO ACCEPT the record on the available evidence. However the possibility has not been ruled out and a further sighting may confirm their presence. Everyone in the area is still keeping their eyes open.


The club is now accepting advertising for the back of the newsletter. Anyone interested please contact me for the rates.

Carol Probets
Newsletter Editor, Blue Mountains Bird Observers
Katoomba NSW Australia

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