birding-aus Blue Mountains Report Feb 99

Subject: birding-aus Blue Mountains Report Feb 99
From: "Carol Probets" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 1999 02:41:04 PST

The following are interesting or unusual records from FEBRUARY 1999 
lists reported by members of the Blue Mountains Bird Observers.

Post-breeding behaviour is apparent with many observers noting mixed 
species feeding flocks and some early autumn movements (e.g. see 
MISTLETOEBIRD below). Some observers have noted the disappearance during 
February of KOELS and CHANNEL-BILLED CUCKOOS from their local areas, 
although these species are still present in the general area. There was 
an increase in sightings of RUFOUS FANTAILS as they move out of their 
breeding habitat. No diurnal raptors were reported except for BROWN 

STUBBLE QUAIL: 1 female seen on Shipley Road, Blackheath on 7/2.

WONGA PIGEON: Heard at Blackheath. This species was also present in the 
same gully at Blackheath during the second half of 1998. The Wonga 
Pigeon is uncommon in the sandstone environment of the Blue Mountains 
plateau, it is more typical of the Jamison and Grose Valleys and on 
basalt at Mount Wilson.

SUPERB PARROT: This escapee is still at Mount Riverview and is proving 
to be a favourite of the local residents whose bird-feeders it visits.

LITTLE LORIKEET: A flock in Jamison Valley near the Scenic Railway on 

PALLID CUCKOO: 1 immature at Woodford on 12/2. This species is uncommon 
in most parts of the Blue Mountains.

POWERFUL OWL: Heard at Springwood on 17/2. Unfortunately the remains of 
a dead Powerful Owl were found at Knapsack Creek, Lapstone, with a fox 
scat nearby.

WHITE-THROATED NEEDLETAIL: Still very few reports. 10-15 at Woodford on 
6/2; 65 flying south at Katoomba between 7.20 and 7.40pm on 16/2; 
several small groups in Newnes State Forest on 20/2.

WHITE-BELLIED CUCKOO-SHRIKE: Reported from Lapstone.

MISTLETOEBIRD: 2 flying north at Katoomba on 4/2. It is unusual to see 
these in the upper Blue Mountains.

Carol Probets
Newsletter Editor, Blue Mountains Bird Observers
Katoomba, NSW, Australia

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