Ggloucester & Mid North Coast birding

To: "Penny Brockman" <>, "Birding Australia" <>
Subject: Ggloucester & Mid North Coast birding
From: "Terry Bishop" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:20:10 +1000
My father lives at Old Bar and I try to get there about once every 4-6
weeks. Over the last 3 or 4 visits I have found the bird life to be
unusually quite at Saltwater, Mudbishops Point (the old entrance) and the
bush tracks on the Western side of Old Bar. It has been cold with dad
recording lower average Max. & Min. temps. this Winter. 

Terry B

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Penny Brockman
Sent: Tuesday, 12 August 2008 7:39 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: Ggloucester & Mid North Coast birding

Dear all

Took a small group of people to Saltwater Creek, Old Bar, not far from 
Taree and north of Forster, last Sunday.  Only bird of note was one 
Wompoo Pigeon at the Aboriginal meeting place, sitting looking very 
content in a small fig tree with lots of figs. No raptors, only one 
Black-fronted Dotterel in the inlet and no mangrove herons.

The birds in my back garden in Gloucester are well into spring time 
activity, despite the frosts each morning.  Yellow-rumped Thornbills are 
nest building in a bottlebrush street tree; Magpies have a newly fledged 
and demanding youngster, a female (presumably) Satin Bowerbird was 
collecting nesting material and flew off to the thickly treed area 
behind my garden; Red Wattlebirds are courting and fighting with 
intruders, a male Rufous Whistler was in the mulberry tree last week, 
bobbing up and down in courting mode but no sign of a female and no 
calling, and Eastern Spinebills are courting. The local pair of 
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes seem to have had a tragedy, the female with a 
white chin flies around calling but no sign of hubby - this has been 
going on for at least 2 months. Hopefully she'll find a replacement in 
time for the real spring.

Two juvenile Pied Butcherbirds were playing in the back garden, rolling 
on the ground and grappling their claws in the sunshine. They then 
turned up in the front garden later and mobbed an escapee Cockatiel 
which I had to rescue and am still trying to find the owner.  If owner 
doesn't appear, it will go to the local garden centre that has a large 
aviary in which it can have company of other cockatiels and room to fly. 
The 2 butcherbirds appear to have separated from parents that must have 
starting to breed back in June - we had a false spring then, now winter 
is really here with frosts each morning for the past 2-3 weeks.  Good 
for the soil, keeps the bugs are bay and hopefully the cane toads.

Back in June, actually Tuesday 10th, walking in The Glen Nature Reserve, 
Craven (south of Gloucester) best bird was a Grey Goshawk (white morph) 
and 3 snakes soaking up the sun on the side of the path - a Tiger, a 
Red-bellied Black and a Diamond Python.
This nature reserve has some interesting birds, such a Pale-yellow 
Robins, Sooty and Powerful Owls, and Barking Owls have been reported. 
National Parks are slowly tidying up and increasing access on the 
walking tracks, and there's some good rainforest vegetation. You can 
camp there but no facilities at all.


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