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Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001 17:56:36 +1100
Hello Birdos,

At Binya SF, (east of Griffith in Central NSW), the Painted Honeyeaters are now well into breeding mode. I located 2 nests this morning, and must have missed many more as there are still a lot of birds around. The Quandang (mistletoe) in the Yarran (Acacia homophylla) is now full of ripe fruit and they and the Mistletoebirds are pigging out on it.

Sewage Works
Nearby to Binya at the Yenda Sewage Works, there is currently a gathering of about 60 Black-tailed Native-hens and Grey Teals with ducklings. I scanned the Griffith Sewage Works this morning and amongst the thousands upon thousands of ducks I located one female Freckled Duck. Others present included Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Black Duck, Blue-billed Duck, Australian Shoveler, Hardhead, Aust. Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe, Coot and Black Swan.

Nericon Swamp
Earlier in the week I took a look at the Nericon Swamp (north of Griffith). Its currently playing host to good numbers of waders including Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Red-capped Plover, Red-kneed Dotterel and Black-tailed Godwit. Some of the other birds present included Caspian Tern and Brown Songlark. A Painted Honeyeater could be heard nearby.


Mick Todd
Griffith, NSW

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