Summer flowering and lorikeets in Capertee Valley

To: Chris King <>
Subject: Summer flowering and lorikeets in Capertee Valley
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2018 09:54:56 +0000
Hi Chris,

It’s not exactly that area. The Invincible Colliery is about 20km in a straight 
line from there.


> On 9 Feb 2018, at 8:39 pm, Chris King <> wrote:
> Hi Carol
> Is that the area where the NSW govt have just approved the reopening of
> Castlereagh Coal's mine that will produce poor quality coal and affect the
> rare purple copper butterfly?
> Chris
> On Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 10:09 AM, Carol Probets <>
> wrote:
>> 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).
>> Cheers,
>> Carol
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