Capertee Valley 27th January

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Subject: Capertee Valley 27th January
From: "Simon Blanchflower" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 08:32:36 +1100
Hi all, took a day off work yesterday to take advantage of a long week end and went up to Capertee for the day (about 3hours drive NW of Sydney). The weather was not ideal with temperatures in the high 30's, but nevertheless (and as usual) had some terrific birding particularly later in the afternoon as the temperature started to drop, here are the highlights: In general there were good number of Scarlet, White Plumbed, and Fuscous Honeyeaters seen as various locations, particularly White-plumbed seemed to be everywhere, also very good numbers of Red Rumped Parrots. A good number of finches were seen including Diamond Firetail, Zebra Finch, and Double-Barred Flinches, unfortunately didn't see Plumb-Headed on this visit. Just north of Glen Alice along the road saw a single Southern Whiteface as well as a Brown Falcon. At Glen Alice whilst having lunch we were joined by a group of White-Browed Babblers  as well as a very tame Jacky Winter, also quite a few Dusky Woodswallows were flying over head. Crown Station Road was simply alive with birds, found myself not knowing where to look! At one point found area with no less that 5 Brown Treecreepers feeding - almost seemed to be behaving like Babblers, also along this road the star of the day with excellent close up views were 2 Turquoise Parrots (male and female). Also along this road... a female White Winged Triller, Restless Flycatcher, Striped Honeyeater, Black-Chinned Honeyeater, lots and lots of Striated Pardalote including many young bird, and also a number of Little Lorikeet.
All in all an excellent days birding with 59 species seen despite the hot conditions.
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