Orange Chats and Glossies

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Subject: Orange Chats and Glossies
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2006 09:14:15 +1100
Hi Birders,

I have checked the records for NSW and found that Orange Chats are normally confirmed to western NSW, with the eastern limits given in 1981 approximately from Moree Watercourse in the north, south through the Macquarie Marshes, Condobolin, Griffith, Deniliquin and Mathoura. Occasionally they have been recorded east to Gilgandra, Parkes, Bumbaldry and Rand. In recent times there have been regular records for Fivebough Swamp at Leeton & at Lake Cargelligo, and in 1981 there was an irruption as far east as Wellington and Molong. The species is usually confined to the Bladder Saltbush Plains of the far west of the State.

Therefore an observation of a female Orange Chat at Maroubra is an exceptional record. But these things happen, and a number of years ago during a Field Ornithologists Club outing to Boat Harbour Kurnell, another denizen of Inland saltbush plains, the Inland Dotteral was observed on the rocks, feeding along with Turnstones and Red-necked Stints!

Good spotting by Frank Hemmings! So yes first record for Sydney Region (County of Cumberland).

Which brings me to the Glossy Black Cockatoos at Pearl Beach (NSW Central Coast). Great though the experience and observation was for the person who found the birds, Glossy Black Cockatoos are a moderately common resident in the Pearl Beach area.

Alan Morris
Records Officer, Birding NSW
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