Kurrajong hills, nw of Sydney 10-11 Oct 2009

Subject: Kurrajong hills, nw of Sydney 10-11 Oct 2009
From: e finley <>
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 21:43:08 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all
In the creekside dry rainforest below the house on afternoon of 10 Oct huge 
amount of activity with prominent species being Yellow-throated Scrubwrens 
(breeding, prob 2 pairs), Eastern Yellow Robin and Brown Gerygone, with others 
being Grey Fantail, Satin Bowerbird, Lewin’s, White-naped and Yellow-faced 
Honeyeater, Brown Thornbill and White-browed Scrubwren. Got 3 new species for 
the house list – a Leaden Flycatcher in the upper canopy on the forest edge by 
the garden, then a Rufous Fantail (both long-expected but never previously 
recorded) by the creek, and finally a group of 5-6 Large-billed Scrubwrens, 
very close range, in the fern undergrowth and lower levels along the creek. The 
Yellow-throated Scrubwrens are nesting here – 2nd local breeding record, the 
first along Wheeny Creek two seasons ago. Pair doing most of their food 
gathering within 20 metres of the nest – easily seen as they searched due to 
the open understorey. One bird very vocal
 at times, including some mimicry of gerygone and thornbill, and also a song I 
hadn’t heard before like a muted range of canary-type whistles.
Grey Goshawk and first Channel-billed Cuckoo of the season also present. 
Elsewhere in the garden apart from the norms were just fledged Little 
Wattlebird, and W Wagtails nesting again. Scaly Thrush are also visiting 
Along nearby Mill Road returned migrants included first season record of 
Black-faced Monarch, another Rufous Fantail, a pair of Sacred Kingfisher, 
White-throated Gerygone (heard), Shining-bronze Cuckoo calling excitedly and a 
Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Striated and Brown Thornbills, a few Little Corellas, 
Bar-shouldered Dove, the usual honeyeaters. Great views of a huge Lace Monitor, 
at least 1.75 m in length but tail partially hidden in fork of a trunk of the 
stringybark it was resting on about 3 metres up.

Rufous Songlark were very vocal on Old Kurrajong Rd below Richmond.


To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
send the message:
(in the body of the message, with no Subject line)
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Kurrajong hills, nw of Sydney 10-11 Oct 2009, e finley <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU