Fivebough/Round Hill NR trip report

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Subject: Fivebough/Round Hill NR trip report
From: Steve Roderick <>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 19:17:10 +1000

Hey Guys,
Just a quick run down from a trip out to Leeton and Round Hill NR.
I made a quick dash out to Leeton from Newcastle last Friday 26/8/11 with my 
Dad in tow and returned on Monday. The intention of the trip was to get a feel 
for the area as I hadn't been there before and will be taking people out there 
in October.
Left last Friday and stayed at Leeton, then onto Lake Cargelligo (Sat. night) 
and then Parkes (Sunday night-home run).
Areas visited were Fivebough Wetlands, Binya SF, Cocoparra NP, Round 
Hill/Nombinie NR, Lake cargelligo surrounds, Hassans Walls- Lithgow.
Inland areas look great with there still being alot of water laying around, 
even roadside. Vegetation is extremely healthy with many plants flowering and 
some already seeding.
Round Hill/Nombinnie NR was full of flower. Small herbs carpeted the ground 
with purple, whites and yellows. Acacia sp. are in full flower and many 
Cassia's and Olearia sp. are starting to flower as well. Mallee Euc. species 
have started flowering and the remainder have bud ready to burst!
All in all the area is extremely healthy. Birds will be pumping come spring!
The negative is that Fivebough Wetlands has too much water to produce any 
'muddy margins', as a result no crakes etc were seen here.
I'm concerned about the tracks in Fivebough, some are becoming overgrown with 
Typha sp.. The gov need to pull there finger out and act on some maintenance 
otherwise the tracks will become unwalkable this spring/summer. We had to turn 
back on the main track due to it being overgrown.
Highlights for the trip were:
Fivebough- Aussie Bitterns calling,Spotless crakes calling, 4 Black-tailed 
Native Hens (No Brolgas, Freckleds, Blue-billeds, other crakes)
Lake Cargelligo Sewage Maturation Ponds- 4 Aussie Shelducks, 6 Pink-eareds 6 
Shovellers, Spotless Crake, 12 Baillons crakes, 12 Black-tailed Native Hens.
Round Hill/Nombinnie NR- 2 pairs Gilberts Whistlers, many Shy Heathwrens, 
endless Southern Srcub Robins, 12 Chestnut Quail-thrush, endless White-fronted 
H/E, 4 Pied H/E and 1 Yellow-plumed H/E
Binya SF- a great range of Woodland birds, White-browed Babblers, 50+ Mulga 
Parrots, 4 male Red-capped Robins fighting for supremacy, many Horsefields 
Cuckoos (will be 'on' in spring)
Hassans Walls Lookout- Rockwarblers, Scarlet Robin and Spotted Quail-thrush 
(within 3m's of each other)
other good birds were Superb Parrots (40-50 in all), Mulga Parrots, Ringnecks, 
Blue Bonnets, 1 Major Mitchell, 2 Black Eared Cuckoos, White-winged and 
Splendid Fariy-wrens, Painted Button Quails and Little Button Quails.
Noteable absences- Finches (only 2 Zebs and a Goldfinch), Chats and 
Didnt see any Mallefowl and was too early for Red-lored Whislter (although I 
was looking!)
A great 'reccy' run with 163 sp. seen.
Looking forward to getting back out there in October!

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