FW: Kingfisher Park

To: birding-aus <>, John McLennan <>
Subject: FW: Kingfisher Park
From: John McLennan <>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 17:25:46 +1000

Subject: Re: Kingfisher Park
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 17:23:43 +1000

Hi John
 If you're staying at Kingfisher 
Park, I'm sure that Keith or Lindsay will give you the latest sightings. We 
found the Parrot-finches where they said to look, namely:- about 3 or 4 kms 
of Kingfisher Park on the road to Mt Molloy, you'll find Sides Road going off 
the right (signposted). This creates a 'T' intersection. Here, you'll notice 2 
sites on the left for parking or turn into Sides Rd and park just along there 
the right. When standing at the T, walk west (Mt Molloy direction) for about 30 
metres and you'll see a rough vehicle track off to your left - the track itself 
is about 200m long and leads to a sugar-cane farm. It's a private road but the 
owner allows genuine birders to use it. There's a shallow running creek along 
the track. We found the finches beside the track once and beside the creek the 
2nd time. We saw them drinking from the creek as well. Both times we found them 
very close to the ground - eating small white fluffy seeds from a low growing 
leafy plant that Keith told us was a feral introduction. Meg could hear their 
high 'contact' call - I'm too deaf. We also found them feeding high in a tree 
after they'd been 'spooked'. We counted 8 the 1st time and 6 the 2nd, but 
found up to 20 - it depends when you go. Our experience suggests middle 
afternoon is the best. There were none on Mt Lewis.
Hope this helps

From: John McLennan 
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2011 6:06 AM
To: Brian and Meg 
Subject: Kingfisher Park

   Brian  and  Meg...     will  be 
 at  Kingfisher Park  in  two  weeks

             would  be  interested 
 to  find  out  where you saw the parrot-finches

             have  been up  there 
three times in  the  past with no success

              John McLennan     

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