Capertee Valley Treeplanting & Birding

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Subject: Capertee Valley Treeplanting & Birding
From: "Jenny Bounds" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 16:35:49 +1000
Greetings all: Ive just spent a few days helping organise another tree planting for Regent Honeyeaters in the Valley and doing the Regent Honeyeater surveys.  There are Regent Honeyeaters in quite a few  places in the Valley at the moment, eg in the River Oak along the rivers such as the Capertee River, in flowering White Box in various places, along the Newnes track and also in roadside veg in the northern part of the Valley (known as the Port Macquarie area).  Swift Parrots are also around in flowering White Box.  Most of these places are by roadsides or are publicly accessible.
The site we planted on near the Capertee River had a very good variety of raptors, including a Spotted Harrier which flew low over the site just as we finished.  We finished in record time, including getting all the planting and watering in done on the one day. 
There will be another tree planting in April/May next year and I will advertise in Ganggang for anyone who may be interested.  Its a very worthwhile cause, a social event with a catered dinner on the Sat night after the planting, and you get to go to a great woodland birding area - post planting on the Sunday, its usually possible to take people to see Regent Honeyeaters.  Accommodation can be arranged in cottages or shearers quarters (low cost) for people helping with the planting.
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