Actually March is a great time to visit. Any burning off shouldn't be a
problem unless you happen to be very close to where they are burning.
Personally, I haven't noticed any more burning in March than other months.
Autumn is in fact my favourite time of year in the Blue Mountains!
During 7 years of leading Community College groups in the area, I have
found that late summer and autumn is when we get our highest species
counts. I assume this is because many birds are moving around more, moving
out of the gullies and joining obvious mixed flocks, and there are more
young birds about, as well as there being an influx of passage migrants
through the area. It is also when some of our relatively nectar-rich trees
are flowering, such as the Red Bloodwood (C. gummifera), Grey Gum (E.
punctata) and some of the stringybarks, and Banksia serrata. Blue Mountains
Bird Observers records also tend to show more species for the autumn months.
Have I convinced you yet? When I have more time I'll send you another email
with some suggestions for birding spots.
Blue Mountains NSW
At 12:15 PM +0930 24/10/00, Peter Waanders wrote:
> Hi all We are thinking of spending some time in the Blue Mountains
>during a trip to Sydney next March. However I have heard that in that
>time of year extensive preventative burning off occurs in the area, which
>would make it not very nice to visit? Could anyone enlighten me on this
>matter (oh and any good birding spots, of course, would be appreciated
>too). Please reply to me personally. Thanks in advance
>Cheers Peter Waanders
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