Dear Keith and others of the Hawkesbury --
The Archives of this illustrious list give no references to actual birding
Glossodia Park, on Creek Ridge Road, next to the shops, has a cricket oval.
Just behind that is a volunteer-maintained short bushwalk down to Currency
Creek and around to the road at the other side of the cricket pitch. It's a
lovely little walk, and I enjoyed it last year and this year when my son had
a game there.
Between his bowling spells, from 8.30 to 10 am, I lingered in the bush and
+Double-barred finch (gorgeous)
+Lots of rufous whistlers -- including an adult and juvenile (its parent I
presume) land right in front of me, while the adult flicked its tail up
over the body as it called to the (male I think) juvenile, before
flying off and leaving the youngster there on its own.
++Any idea what this is all about?
+Scarlet honeyeaters -- I think -- up very high in the trees, and not still
long enough to tell (Does this make sense for that area? -- I also saw 2
bright spots of red flit briefly around the creek) (would mistletoe
birds be in such an area?)
+A cuckoo -- I think it might have been a bronze one, but not sure which
+Flycatchers and willie wagtails
+Superb fairy wrens
+And several other small birds I couldn't identify, as I'm still a bit of a
novice and only slowly learning this stuff as time permit. I also heard
several bird calls I couldn't identify.
Also lots of skinks, water dragons, and (last year at least) a big lace
monitor. And I suspect snakes, but maybe not with the lizards.
I suspect that at the right time of day and with someone who knows their
stuff, a lot more could be identified.
When you go to do the Hawkesbury Lagoons next, take time out for this little
place and let me know if it's as good as I think it is. It's lovely, shaded,
peaceful, and very accessible.
Schofields (NW Blacktown)
>Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006 09:12:46 +1000
>From: "kbrandwood" <>
>Subject: [Birding-Aus] hawkesbury lagoons
>To: "birdingaus" <>
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>Hi all, just an update on the lagoon conditions in the Hawkesbury. Bushels
>will be dry in a couple of days irrigators have claimed what water there
>was in there.
>Pitt Town is fantastic plenty of water and hundreds of waterfowl.
>Plenty of White-browed Wood Swallows,some of them are starting to nest
>build on Blacktown Rd Freemans Reach.
>Largest numbers of Songlarks I have seen for many years.
>keith b the beautiful Hawkesbury 60km N/W of Sydney
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