Spring birding in SW NSW

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Subject: Spring birding in SW NSW
From: Peter Ewin <>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2008 17:54:22 +1000
I spent the morning with my father doing a bit of birding in the 
Wentworth/Pooncarie area and things seem to be starting to warm up for Spring. 
Hopefully a bit more rain (we have had over 20mm in August which is a bit above 
average for down here) and things will heat up.

First stop was about 30km north of Wentworth on the Silver City Highway (near 
the 235km sign for Broken Hill). I thought I saw a Blue-winged Parrot there 
Monday week ago (11/8) but I couldn't confirm that today. Birds seen there 
included at least 2 White-winged Trillers, 2 Major Mitchell Cockatoos, lots of 
Black-faced Woodswallows, a group of Chestnut-crowned Babblers and the usual 
suspects (Whitefaces, Robins, etc.)

Next stop was Nearie Lake NR where I was looking to see if Redthroats were 
calling yet. They certainly were with good views of one male, and probably at 
least two others calling. Heard both Pallid and Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoos, and 
plenty of Mistletoebirds were also about.

Stopped as a Pallid Cuckoo flew over the road about 35km West of Pooncarie and 
there were two birds present here, as well as Crested Bellbird and Mulga 

Last stop was on the Top Hut Road (south east of Pooncarie) to look for our 
target bird (Brown-headed Honeyeater) which we successfully located as well as 
White-fronted and White-eared and a group of Variegated Fairy-wrens (I was 
pretty happy to find BHHE in the first patch of mallee I pulled over in).

Other spring migrants down here were a male Rufous Whistler calling at Scotia 
Sanctuary on Monday the 11th and Reed-warblers singing in reeds near Mildura 
wharf (not certain if this counts as NSW or Victoria) on Tues 19th.

The Bee-eaters will be back soon and spring will really be here.

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