birding-aus Blue Mountains Report for NOV 99

Subject: birding-aus Blue Mountains Report for NOV 99
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 1999 17:56:36 +1100
Highlights of lists from members of the Blue Mountains Bird Observers for


WHITE-NECKED HERON - A flock of about 20 flying south low over
Faulconbridge, early in the month. It's not often such a large group is
seen in our area.

LITTLE EAGLE - A pair were seen displaying over Hazelbrook on 30/11.

LEWIN'S RAIL - Caught by a cat in south Woodford. The bird was rescued by
WIRES but later died.

PEACEFUL DOVE - More reports than usual this month, including records in
the upper mountains at Wentworth Falls Lake and Blackheath. Not normally
found higher than Bullaburra.

GLOSSY BLACK-COCKATOO - The only record for November was at Lapstone on 8/11.

BRUSH CUCKOO - Arrived at Lapstone on 15/11.

HORSFIELD'S BRONZE-CUCKOO - Continued to be heard occasionally throughout
the month at Blackheath. An unusual species in the Blue Mountains although
it is common just west of the mountains.

COMMON KOEL - Arrival dates for the lower mountains were outlined in the
October report. In November this species arrived throughout the mid and
higher mountain towns and a look at the arrival dates suggests that they
work their way from east to west, or from lower to higher elevations.
Arrivals were: Woodford 14/11 (reportedly a month later than usual); Lawson
17/11; Wentworth Falls 22/11; and Katoomba 25/11. Also present in
Blackheath from October. Here in Katoomba they have been particularly vocal
this year.

WHITE-THROATED NIGHTJAR - Reported near Wentworth Falls north, same
location as last year.

WHITE-THROATED NEEDLETAILS - No reports in our area for November.

SCARLET HONEYEATER - One report, from Hazelbrook.

WHITE-BELLIED CUCKOO-SHRIKE - One passing through Woodford on 12/11.

WHITE-BROWED WOODSWALLOW - Four (2 males & 2 females) seen at Leura on
25/11. No reports of Dusky for the month.

(N.B. This is not a complete list of species, just observations of
particular interest.)


Carol Probets
Newsletter Editor, Blue Mountains Bird Observers
Katoomba NSW (100km west of Sydney)

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