You are correct in what you say about the western limit of the Leaden
Flycatcher. According to Morris, McGill & Holmes 1981 "A Handlist of Birds in
NSW", the Leaden Flycatcher occurs on the Coast, Tablelands, Slopes, North-west
Plain & Riverina. West to Boggabilla, Nandewar Range, Warrumbungle Range,
Wellington, Parkes, Temora SF, Gulpha SF and on the Murray River west to Barham.
In more recent times it has been shown to be regular west to Collarenebri and
south to the Pilliga Scrub, Dubbo and then Parkes etc.
I have included both the Sparrowhwak and the Leaden Flychatcher records in the
"Unusual Sightings" section of the next NSWFOC Newsletter.
NSWFOC Records Officer
John Nankervis wrote:
> Hi all.
> I nicked out this afternoon for a little birding down Little Forest Lane
> into Koondrook State Forest about 4 km east of Barham N.S.W. It was quite
> an interesting time.
> I observed a male and female Leaden Flycatcher repeatedly dive bombing an
> adult Collared Sparrow-hawk high in a Red Gum. From the various field
> guides it would appear that this is about the furthest west the flycatcher
> extends. I have seen them irregularly over the past two months in
> basically the same tree but I have not been successful in locating a nest.
> Just 50 m away I came across 2 immature Collared Sparrow-hawks who were
> flying around from tree to tree calling loudly, I was able to approach them
> them within 30m.
> Finally I "fluked" finding a Mistletoe Bird's nest hanging some 10 m or so
> up amongst the leaves in a Red Gum. The male bird flew a number of times to
> it presumably feeding young. It all happened so quickly and the vision
> between the leaves was not great that I could not be sure.
> Have a great day!
> John Nankervis
> 21 Punt Rd
> Barham N.S.W 2732
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