Western NSW Birding in October

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Subject: Western NSW Birding in October
From: Graeme Stevens <>
Date: Sun, 27 Oct 2013 12:11:06 +1100

Hi Birders,
Just back from a three week circuit (Capertee, The Pilliga, Lake 
Cargelligo/Round Hill, Willandra, Cocopara and Weddin Mountain).
Now apart from picking the worst three week "Spring" in years I suspect given 
the temperatures and wind strength, we did manage some good birds and there are 
many Atlas submissions outstanding. We heard about the Blue Mountains fires 
from afar and after we had left Capertee.
A key impression from our National Parks and Reserves though was the obvious 
and unconcerned feral goats, who judging by the number of young kids are doing 
very well. Whoey Tank at Round Hill had a herd, at Cocopara they were so tame 
around the campground they were in frequent view. One billy there had a 
deformed horn sending him blind and growing into his face - and no matter what 
I think about feral species, it was sad to see his suffering with no ability to 
put him out of his misery. At a rocky waterhole on the Whoey Tank track at 
Round Hill one evening by the way we counted 65 Common Bronzewings lining up to 
drink and there were no doubt more in the vicinity. It is getting dry out there 
already and there is no water in the Whoey Tank dams. BestGraeme Stevens


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