Western Gerygone in Sydney NSW

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Subject: Western Gerygone in Sydney NSW
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 16:41:45 +1100
Hi Birders,
Paul Osborn (Birding-aus 25/2/03) asked if it would be unusual to see  a Western Gerygone at Cumberland State Forest in North-west Sydney. My answer would be yes, if would be unusual, and because the habitat there is basically a wet sclerophyll Eucalyptus forest, in fact if would be most unlikely. During the period 1957 to 1982, there were some sporadic records of Western Gerygones reported in the Cumberland Plains woodland habitats of Plumbton, Greendale and Scheyville, in the far north-west and far western parts of the County of Cumberland  (= Sydney region).
I am unaware of any Western Gerygones being recorded in the Sydney region in recent times, however the similar looking but not similar calling, Brown Gerygones would be resident in the wet gullies in Cumberland SF so it is possible that there could be a mis-identification.
Alan Morris
Birding NSW Records Officer
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