Report of Central Coast Group, Birding NSW Outing to Morisset

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Subject: Report of Central Coast Group, Birding NSW Outing to Morisset
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Fri, 3 May 2002 19:37:10 +1000


Central Coast outing to Morisset Hospital, Woods Point & Myuna Bay 27 April. 24 members met at Morisset on a very grey morning, and started their sightings at Pourmalong Ck in the Hospital grounds. After a slow start, we eventually saw 6 honeyeater species, Brown-headed, Yellow-faced, White-cheeked, White-naped, Lewins Honeyeaters & many Eastern Spinebills. Also seen were Jacky Winter, Buff-rumped & Yellow Thornbills, Varied Sitella, Mistletoebird, Fantailed & Shining Bronze-Cuckoos. At Woods Point, our next stop, we soon sighted 2 Ospreys sitting in a tree near a nest, also recorded were Azure Kingfisher, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Golden Whistler, Scarlet Robin (unusual for this site), Darter, Yellow and Striated Thornbills. Feeding on the mistletoe growing in trees along the bank of the creek were Scarlet, Lewins & Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. Chestnut Teal, Black Duck Wood Duck and Little Pied Cormorants were to be seen along the creek.

We moved onto the lake foreshore reserve and before lunching, we observed White-winged Choughs, Rainbow & Musk Lorikeets, Pied Butcherbirds and Olive-backed Oriole feeding young. A Sea-Eagle circled overhead, later being joined by a Whistling Kite. After lunch we proceeded to Dora Creek where we saw Swan, Cormorants and 2 Black-winged Stilts. Our last stop for the day was at the Eraring Power Station outlet at Myuna Bay, where a Great Egret, White-faced Heron and many Crested Terns were seen. Overhead a pair of Whistling Kites circled above their nest which was in a nearby pine tree also higher in the sky was a pair of Sea eagles.

If the Ospreys are proved to be nesting at Woods Point, it will be the first nesting in Lake Macquarie since 1991 where they nested for about 10 years (1982-1991) near the Eraring Power Station. For a very grey day, with rain always threatening, we managed to record 80 different species (Val Moon).

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