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Subject: Whiteface/corellas
From: "Jack and Andrea Holland" <>
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2006 17:58:32 +1000
The undoubted highlight of the Chapman bird scene on our arrival back has been the sighting of 12 southern whiteface this morning.  They were flushed at first but then sat quietly in 2 briar bushes next to the SW track on Cooleman Ridge, close to where they were recorded breeding in 2004.  A lone diamond firetail was in an adjoining briar.
Another pair seem to have taken up residence near the big dam on the edge of the old Narrabundah pine forest/Chapman horse paddocks, at least 2 km away.  This is certainly the most I've seen in this area, if not anywhere, amazing for a species that I can't recall recording pre-fires.  
Another surprise was a flock of about 80 corellas low over the house yesterday.  I'm assuming most, if not all, were little corellas, it's always very difficult to identify the long-billed on the wing.  For the 3rd year in a row there seems to be a trend of corellas being common in the 2nd half of the year, and scarce in the first half.
Lots of red-rumped parrots still around, which is unusual as numbers are usually pretty low in winter.  On the other hand flame robins have been hard to find, though we did see up to 9 including 3 males on our walk this morning.
Jack Holland     
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