birding-aus Birding in the Warrumbungles NP

To: Paul & Irene Osborn <>, "" <>
Subject: birding-aus Birding in the Warrumbungles NP
From: morris <>
Date: Wed, 02 Jun 1999 15:54:12 +1000
Hi Paul, Irene and other birders.
There were White-backed Swallows in the Warrumbungles at Strathmore
Creek, during the October 1998 Twitchathon, as well as in the dry
Wambelong Creek, just west of Gumin, on the Coonamble road, west of the
Park. A few kilometres west on the same road is a small gravel/sand pit
where the White-backed Swallows nest as well! Turquoise Parrots, plenty
of Diamond Firetails and Little Friarbirds were present in the Park
during October 1999. Superb parrots are rare within the park boundaries
but are more likely to be sen in the Tooraweenah, Gulargumbone and
Coonamble areas west of the Park. Your report was very welcome.
The reason for the Quarrions (Cockatiels) between Cassillis & Merriwa is
because summer crops such as sunflowers and sorgham are grown on the
basalt soils of the area and Quarrions love to feed on those crops.
A copty of the full WNP birdlist made during the 1998 Gould League Camp
held in around the park 28/9/99 -8/10/98 is still available from me.

Alan Morris
NSWFOC Records Officer

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