Werakata SCA and NP - where is the Car Park?

To: Allan Richardson <>, Peter Madvig <>
Subject: Werakata SCA and NP - where is the Car Park?
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 01:08:26 -0700 (PDT)
Eucalypts are generally unpredictable, but it isn't unusual to have seasons 
with little or no blossom in an area. For instance, last year was a big 
"Spotted Gum year" that attracted the birds I listed below to the 
Cessnock-Kurri forests. At the same time there was virtually nothing flowering 
in the Swamp Mahogany dominated forests on the coast (that Al Richardson talks 
about below).
Spotted Gums flower on a 2 to 3 year cycle and can actually hold bud for a long 
time (maybe up to 2 years?). Apiarists would be good to ask these sorts of 
questions. In the Hunter, the last 6 big "Spotted Gum years" appear to have 
been 1998, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2012. Not too sure what happened between 
2000 and 2005. In each of these years we had significant numbers of Regent 
Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots in the Cessnock-Kurri forests. In other years (eg 
2002) the Swamp Mahogany forests flowered and attracted good numbers of these 
Note that I'm only talking about what has happened in the Hunter here - despite 
last year being a big Spotted Gum year on the NSW South Coast it appears that 
there is a reasonable amount of blossom down there this year as well. 
Note also that these birds (especially Swifties) love feeding on lerp as well.

From: Allan Richardson <>
To: Peter Madvig <> 
Cc: Carl Weber <>; 'Mick Roderick' 
Sent: Wednesday, 22 May 2013 4:04 PM
Subject: Werakata SCA and NP - where is the Car Park?

Hi Carl,

Around Morisset I've found individual cohorts of Swamp Mahogany to fire in 
different years. 

In 2011, the last time we had Regent Honeyeaters here, the blossom was out in 
very good densities, but the following season (last year) was dominated by 
trees setting seed.

Trees the birds were using in 2011 are out again this year, but there are some 
patches in the wider locality that aren't firing at all this season and aren't 
carrying any bud. 

Locally it looks like a 2 year cycle prevails. However, I think the extent to 
which the trees flower depends on how dry the habitat is in a given year.

Allan Richardson
Morisset NSW

On 22/05/2013, at 3:54 PM, Peter Madvig wrote:

> Hi Carl,
> There have been days with 'Muskies', Carl, such as Wed 8th. September, where 
> the CBOC had an outing... They do move about, tho'.
> Cheers
> Peter Madvig

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

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