Hunter Bird Observers Club had its November outing today, to a location
East Seaham (approx 20 km NW of Newcastle). It was a great day out. For
those interested, we were at a private property called Bush Haven, where
the owners Jenny and Ken Musicka have a cabin available for overnight
guests (looked good, cost seemed reasonable). On today's basis, where we
recorded 107 species, it's not a bad place to stay! The total count
included a few night birds heard by people staying on Saturday night. The
full list is below.
A highlight for me was the number of breeding species we found - these
included Brown Thornbill, Brown Gerygone, Brown Goshawk, Noisy Friarbird,
White-throated Gerygone, Black Swan, Wonga Pigeon, Scarlet Honeyeater,
Eastern Yellow Robin, Spotted Pardalote, Lewin's Honeyeater,
White-breasted Woodswallow, White-throated Nightjar.
Concerning the latter - we found a pair of with a "nest" with 1 egg. It
was the most basic nest I've ever seen - the egg just laid amongst some
fallen gum leaves.
The full list for the outing is:
Aust. Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Eastern Yellow Robin
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