Yes, perhaps you're right Greg and Graeme, winter does seem the most likely
time to see them. Although, you'd think that if they did migrate to lower
altitudes to avoid the winter cold etc, they wouldn't then head so far south
that it's actually colder than their original high altitude home! Silly birds!
As you say Graeme, where they've come from is interesting. Also, in my original
report, I mentioned that there was one bird. Apparently there may be as many as
four birds! Although this needs confirmation, with two birds most likely.
From: Graeme Stevens
Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 8:23 PM
To: Greg Clancy; Tim Dolby;
Subject: Noisy Pitta at Bermagui, NSW Far South Coast
Greg, Tim and all,
Seems to be the same in Sydney.
The Pitta (or Pittas) that visit the Warriewood Wetlands / Irrawong Reserve in
Sydney NSW are certainly winter visitors - and we can be sure of that as the
site is visited and surveyed regularly in all seasons.
As to where they come from? Now that would be interesting.
> To: ;
> Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:24:56 +1000
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Noisy Pitta at Bermagui, NSW Far South Coast
> Hi Tim,
> I wondered why you were surprised that the record was a winter record.
> Noisy Pittas tend to move into lowland rainforest and scrub on the NSW north
> coast during the winter, being absent from these areas during the summer.
> It is thought that they simply move down from the mountains but it is
> probably more complex than that. I would have thought that winter time
> would be when stragglers were likely to occur in unusual places. Were
> earlier southern records in the summer? A great record anyway so good on
> Christopher. I am sure that I have walked that boardwalk some years back.
> Dr Greg. P. Clancy
> Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
> | PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
> | 02 6649 3153 | 0429 601 960
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim Dolby
> Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 5:32 PM
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Noisy Pitta at Bermagui, NSW Far South Coast
> Hi all,
> For anyone currently in the far south coast area of NSW, a single Noisy
> Pitta has been photographed by Christopher Hemmingsen at Bermagui. See
> http://www.eremaea.com/BirdlineRecentSightings.aspx?Birdline=6. If you want
> to look for the bird, there's a boardwalk at end of Wallaga St, Wallaga
> Lake. Walk to end of boardwalk and then past a little hut. Here you'll come
> to shaded bush area along path. This is where the bird was seen. (Interested
> to hear about any follow ups.)
> As far as I can tell, this easily represents Australia's most southerly
> record for Noisy Pitta. Perhaps another sign of changing times along
> Australia's south-east coast. A winter - rather than summer - record also
> seems unusual.
> Tim Dolby
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