Went out west to Mudgee (central western slopes NSW) on the weekend (17th,
18th July) and spent the mornings at Munghorn Gap (approx 32 25S, 149 50E).
Our most disappointing trip here in ten years of visits. Very few trees in
flower but lots in bud. Dipped out on Turquoise Parrots, Regent Honeyeaters,
Diamond Firetails, Southern Whiteface and many other of the Munghorn
regulars. Best bird seen was probably Black-chinned Honeyeater. Plenty of
Yellow-faced and White-naped HEs about as well as a few Yellow-tufted and
We paid a visit to a Superb Lyrebird's nest hoping the bird might be
sitting, as she was one June long weekend, but no such luck. The nest still
seemed to be an active one however, with fresh looking twigs and lining
Still plenty of feral goats about, the flock being augmented by escapees
from a neighbouring property, as a chat with a gentleman pruning roses at
one of the Mudgee wineries revealed.
Didn't see any Red-browed Treecreepers nor, unusually, any Brown
Treecreepers, although White-browed Babblers were easy to find.
The NPWS is gradually winning the battle against the many weeds, and fruit
trees left from an earlier farming venture, that used to be abundant in this
Nature Reserve and the addition of the toilet at Honeyeater Flat deserves
Despite the disappointing birding we had a good weekend, coming home with
some good, relatively cheap, wine and enjoying the sunny winter weather.
Hopefully, the lack of birds was just a statistical aberration and not an
indication of any long term trend as this used to be one of the best places
to go for a weekend's birding.
Species seen :
Wood Duck, Common Bronzewing, Galah, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Little
Lorikeet, Crimson Rosella, Eastern Rosella, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Shining
Bronze-Cuckoo, Kookaburra, Superb Lyrebird (heard), White-throated
Treecreeper, Superb Fairy-Wren, Spotted and Striated Pardalote, Speckled
Warbler, Brown, Yellow, Striated, Yellow-rumped and Buff-rumped Thornbills,
Red Wattlebird, Noisy Friar, Noisy Miner, Lewins,
Yellow-faced,Yellow-tufted, White-plumed, Black-chinned, White-naped, New
Holland and Scarlet Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebill, Jacky Winter, Eastern
yellow Robin, White-browed Babbler, Grey Shrike-thrush, Magpie-Lark, Willie
Wagtail, Grey and Pied Butcherbirds, Magpie, Pied Currawong, Australian
Raven, White-winged Chough, Pipit, Red-browed Finch, and Silvereye.
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