RFI Barrington and Gloucester Tops

To: Tim Jones <>, "" <>
Subject: RFI Barrington and Gloucester Tops
From: "Ekerlogic Consulting Services (ECS)" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 21:08:49 +1000
Hi Tim

The likelihood of the species you mentioned in Gloucester tops:

Rufous scrub bird: good timing, it is the onset of breeding at the moment, so males (even the ephemeral or non-breeding males which defend short-term territories); listen along creek lines (supporting water) with dense understorey, logs, leaf litter in wet sclerophyll/eucalypt ecotones at higher altitudes e.g. >600m

Sooty Owl: end of breeding season, birds mostly quiet at this time of year; listen in areas of tall forest, creeklines, lower altitudes, areas around chichester SF

Noisy Pitta: could be returning to the higher altitudes after autumn/winter altitudinal migration to lower altitudes; from studies of rufous scrub birds, usually found in areas of open understorey (prefer comparitively more open areas within understorey to forage and the site affords them protection/early detection; subtropical rainforest is usually a preferred forest type

Marbles Frogmouths: Not likely, southern most record in NSW is in the Lismore region

hope this helps


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Tim Jones wrote:

Dear All,

I am looking to make a short weekend trip to the above in the next few weeks.

I will be looking for rufous Scrubbirds, Sooty Owl, Noisy Pitta and Marbled Frogmouth in particluar, amongst other things. IS my timing OK? If so, any tips on specific locations?

Many thanks


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