Summer flowering and lorikeets in Capertee Valley

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Subject: Summer flowering and lorikeets in Capertee Valley
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2018 23:09:48 +0000
Hi all,

The responsibility of caring for an elderly parent has meant I haven’t been 
getting into the Capertee Valley as often as usual over the past few months. 
However, last Sunday I had to make a quick trip into the valley for a meeting 
and took the opportunity to explore some short walks in the Gardens of Stone NP 
in the upper part of the valley, an area that we normally bypass on birding 
trips in order to maximise time on the valley floor.

I was surprised to find hundreds of Musk Lorikeets, along with Noisy Friarbirds 
and smaller numbers of Little Lorikeets feeding in flowering Broad-leaved 
Ironbark (Eucalyptus fibrosa). There are numerous access points into Gardens of 
Stone along the Glen Davis Road between Airly Creek and Coco Creek. Flocks of 
lorikeets were evident at virtually every one of these points. The occasional 
Scarlet Honeyeater was also present and feeding in the ironbarks, as well as 
flowering Box Mistletoe.

Late summer is traditionally a time when Regent Honeyeaters are very hard to 
find in the Capertee, and anywhere for that matter. While I didn’t see any last 
weekend, if you happen to be in the area it would certainly be worth keeping an 
eye out around the flowering trees (and as always, make sure you report any 
sightings to Birdlife Australia).



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