A couple of hours with Tim Hosking in
the Goonoo State Forest near Dubbo NSW yesterday morning provided a nice mix of
rare, vulnerable and declining species: Square-tailed Kite (yes, it WAS,
honest), a pair of Glossy Black-Cockatoo, small flock of Turquoise Parrot, Papa
Malleefowl raking over his mound, Brown Treecreeper, Eastern Yellow Robin,
Rufous Whistler, White-browed Babbler, Dusky Woodswallow and a batch of other
delightful woodland birds.
Sadly, we failed to find Grey-crowned
Babbler, Jacky Winter, Speckled Warbler, Red-capped Robin, Hooded Robin, Varied
Sitella, Restless Flycatcher or Crested Shrike-tit - although these birds were
once found there quite reliably. As woodland birds continue to decline
throughout the sheep-wheat belt we are taking particular notice of what we DON'T
see. Sometimes failing to find what ought to be there is as
important as recording actual sightings.