Winter Birds in the Lockyer Valley

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Subject: Winter Birds in the Lockyer Valley
From: "Allan Morris" <>
Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2000 21:05:33 +1000
Hi Birders,
Bill Jolley recently wrote " ...An interesting few days for the Abberton (=Lockyer Valley,QLD) list, with Swift Parrots at the north end of their range and Magpie Geese and White-throated Honeyeaters pretty close to their southern bounday,...."
Since the mid 1980s Magpie Geese have re-established themselves in NSW,  and are known to extend all the way down the NSW coast to Newcastle and across to the Macquarie Marshes in central NSW, with occasional flocks seen in the Riverina. Large resident flocks occur in the Richmond, Clarence & Hunter valleys, the Macquarie Marshes, the Gwydir River wetlands near Moree & occasionally Narran Lake. Unfortunately maybe the latest field guide still take their maps from HANZAB, which in the case of the Magpie Gese is woefully out of date. In addition The White-throated Honeyeater, extends down the NSW Coast to about Coffs Harbour. So that the Lockyer Valley is not near the southern limit of either of these two species ranges
Alan Morris
Records Officer NSWFOC!
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