Birds at Newhaven

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Subject: Birds at Newhaven
From: "Richard Jordan" <>
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:33:03 +1100
Hello everyone,

I have just returned from my annual 2-week stint of bird surveying with a group 
of 10 volunteers at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary (a vast property owned by 
Australian Wildlife Conservancy 350km NW of Alice Springs). The birds there 
were just amazing. I haven't had a chance to work with the figures yet, but 
there were several times as many birds as last year - which was itself a bumper 
year. We confirmed three new species for the reserve - White-browed 
Woodswallow, Red-chested Buttonquail and Square-tailed Kite - but it was just 
the sheer abundance of the bird life that was so extraordinary. Most remarkable 
were the many sightings of Spinifexbird in a variety of spinifex habitats. This 
was a bird we had recorded at only one small old-growth location in 2009 and 
2010. Other 'goodies' were Freckled Duck, Black-eared Cuckoo, Ground 
Cuckoo-shrike and one flock (amongst many) of 60 Pied Honeyeaters. Strangely 
not recorded were Grey Honeyeater, Grey Falcon and Redthroat, but these are
  always rare species in the area. I am sure the reserve managers Joe and Danae 
would love to welcome birders to share the current abundance. We encourage 
those with some experience of outback birds to do some 20-minute surveys at a 
selected sample of our sites - both for the the benefit of the BA Atlas and for 
AWC. Danae can give you the details.

Best regards,  Richard

Richard Jordan 
PO Box 449
NSW 2454

tel (02) 6655 9456
mob 042 838 5677


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