Summer migrants appeared suddenly two days ago here in Mulgoa Valley ,50 km
west of Sydney Harbour
Bridge, two days ago after just over 25 mm of rain.
Channel-billed Cuckoos flying back and forth shrieking, male Rufous Whistler
whistling, and yesterday a Reed Warbler in a clump of thin-stemmed bamboo next
to the almost empty dam with no surviving reeds, it will be interesting to see
whether the Reed Warbler sticks around without them. A group of Noisy
Friarbirds was around briefly.
A solitary Eastern Whipbird on the creek, usually only in a densely vegetated
gully up Mayfair Rd which has dried out. Plenty of Silvereyes over the past
week, not yet lateralis which usually appear here later. A pair of Olive-backed
Orioles. A female ?Flame Robin flitting away.
One mystery is the sudden overnight complete disappearance of Pied
Currawongs from the still heavily berry-laden White Cedar tree and wild-bird
feeder. Maybe scared off by the Channelbills?
Still King Parrots. Galahs, SCWhite Cockatoos, Grey Thrush, a Satin
Bowerbird family of five, (magnificent male), Aus Raven, Magpies. Many
Bar-shouldered and Peaceful Doves and occasional Spotted Dove, Blackbird,
scores of Double-barred and Red-browed Finches, family of S.Fairywrens, with
both Sparrowhawk and Brown Goshawk harvesting a dove about once a week. Crimson
Rosellas and an occasional pair of Eastern Rosellas feeding on seed from the
Chinese Elms. YTBlack Cockatoos in the pine trees, the local 25+ flock of
Corellas flying over, mostly Littles but an occasional Long- billed noted among
them when feeding on the ground in Penrith. A single distinctively V-winged,
presumably Swamp, Harrier gliding over the Valley.
Notably absent since the horse people next door departed are House Sparrows. On
a recent drive to Alice Springs House Sparrows were common in most if the towns
in SA en route, including places like Cooper Pedy.
The rain has freshened up the paddocks after the worst drought in living
local history but "we need much more"
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