Gloucester birding

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Subject: Gloucester birding
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 20:23:25 +1000
Dear all

Gloucester has been extremely wet this last month, not like the majority of NSW. The dams are full, the Gloucester and Barrington Rivers running a spate, the paddocks bright green and the stock looking very content. The last couple of weeks we have been inundated with Top-knot Pigeons - a flock of around 130 flew low over my house two days ago - a violently rushing wind over head, and I've seen smaller groups every day. There are as usual many White-headed Pigeons in town, taking advantage of a bumper crop of Camphor Laurel seeds, and White-bellied Sea-eagles have been patrolling up and down the Glos.River. A walk through Copeland Conservation Reserve on Friday 20th May was very quiet. We heard more than we saw, ie Wompoo, Wonga and Brown Pigeons, Lyrebird giving a few calls, Yellow-tailed Black Cockies. The best view was a pair of Crested Shrike-tits, and up the top of the reserve at 11.30am a female Red-browed Treecreeper. Spot-lighting up the old Copeland Road Sat night was even more quiet, no owls responding, one Stuttering Frog giving a feeble stutter, one Greater Glider, one Brush-tailed Possum and one Tawny Frogmouth, but it was a beautiful evening with bright moonlight - no doubt why so little in sight.

A pair of Whistling Kites were performing courtship antics over my house last week and Chestnut-breasted Manikins at the Wetlands with lots of juveniles. WEhat I don't like is the increasing numbers of Common Mynas that come into this part of town for the winter.

Today 22 May the Grey-crowned Babbler group was out searching for GCBs south of Gloucester. My group found none, the other group found 20 at a site we already know about near Monkerai. My best sighting was a Grey Goshawk at 8.50am on Johnson Creek Road, between Stroud Road and Weismantels.

However on 15 May we found a group of 10 GCBs, one nest building on a property west of Gloucester between Westleys Road and Rocky Crossing, with 8 other nests in Broad-leafed White Mahogany.
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