Hawksbury 19 Dec

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Subject: Hawksbury 19 Dec
From: "Simon Blanchflower" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 14:28:34 +1100
Hi Birders,
Went to Mitchell Park and Pitt Town lagoon this morning and as usual saw some great birds - although it was getting rather hot at 10:30 when I made my way home!
At Mitchell Park it was fairly quiet this morning compared to previous recent visits. There were plenty of White-Throated Gerygone and Sacred Kingfishers around, perhaps less numbers of Scarlet Honeyeaters than a month ago (or they weren't calling). Also of interest was 2 White-Necked Heron, a number of Olive-Backed Orioles, Wonga Pigeon, Brush and Common Bronzewing, and a group of White-Winged Chough near the entrance.
At Pitt Town, lots and lots of Sharp-Tailed Sandpiper although impossible to count due to weeds and vegetation overgrowth, but did get close to a number of areas where groups were in excess of 30. Unfortunately didn't see the Wood Sandpiper, but did also see plenty of Latham's Snipe. A good bird to watch hunting the reeds was a Australian Hobby, and also present was a number of Pink-Eared Duck, Hardhead, a few Australian-Shoveler, a few groups of Brown Quail, a small flock of Nutmeg Mannikin, about 6 White-Necked Herons and a single Baillon's Crake.
Have a great Christmas and all the best for 2005.
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