White-eared Monarch at Crescent Head

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Subject: White-eared Monarch at Crescent Head
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 11:36:00 +1100
Hi Birders,
There has been some interest recently in the fact that a White-eared Monarch has been present for the last two summers in the Fig Tree Camp Crowdy Bay National Park, just north of Harrington NSW. This location is well south of the previously known southern limit of Woolgoolga and Iluka. The Crowdy Bay bird was previously seen at the same place 27-30 September 1993 as well.

On 21 January 2006, Tim Morris had been using his binoculars to watch a Grey Goshawk that was close to his house and he noticed a small bird among the Lilli Pillis (Acmena smithii) and Guioa (Guioa semiglauca) in his front garden. It was black and white and he assumed that it was a White-cheeked Honeyeaters, a common garden bird at Crescent Head. He put the binoculars on the bird and found that it was in fact a full plumaged White-eared Monarch. His property is opposite some bushland and remnant rainforest that leads down to Back Beach, Crecent Head.
Lat longs S31 11 43, E 152 58 27

In view of these repeated observations soputh of known range, the question arises as to whether the White-eared Monarch is extending its range southwards.

Alan Morris
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