NSWFOC Outing to Wollombi & Murrays Run

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Subject: NSWFOC Outing to Wollombi & Murrays Run
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 19:37:18 +1000

NSW Central Coast Outing Report:

Wollombi, Laguna & Murrays Run on 29/9/01

19 enthusiastic birders met at the Letter A on a lovely spring morning to be greeted by a chorus of bird calls: Eastern Spinebills, Satin Bowerbird, Oriole, Striated & Brown Thornbills, a Whistling Kite and a nesting Noisy Friarbird. The quarry stop on Murrays Run road revealed both Rufous & Golden Whistlers, White-throated Gerygones, Horsfield & Shining Bronze-Cuckoos and the constant calls of Olive-backed Orioles. Morning tea was had at the waterhole on the property of Pam & Bernard Sahm where the usual waterbirds were seen. Coots were building a nest, a Buff-banded Rail & a Latham’s Snipe were sighted & Fantailed Cuckoo, Crimson Rosella, Yellow-rumped Thornbill were present. Through the Murrays Run Valley White-winged Choughs & Reed Warblers were added to our list. Our first stop on the back road to Wollombi via Yango, revealed Double-barred Finches, our first Rainbow Bee-eater for the day, Pipit, Red-browed Finch & good views of another Horsfield Bronze-Cuckoo. Further along at the waterholes were Black Swan nesting, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Black-fronted Dotterel, Blue-faced Honeyeater & Striated Pardalote.

Lunch was at Wollombi where good views were had of a Channel-billed Cuckoo as it flew overhead. A walk through the village to the Cemetery waterhole produced Yellow Thornbill, Azure Kingfisher, Cattle Egret, Brown Goshawk, Hobby, a White-headed Pigeon, Black-faced Monarch & a Pallid Cuckoo. The day finished at Wollombi Common, a new area for us to visit. Sacred Kingfishers were found at a nesting hollow, Black Swans with cygnets, Peaceful Dove & Wonga Pigeon calling. The weather and scenery were most enjoyable along with the 89 species seen for the day. (Carole Carpenter).

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