birding-aus Re: Crested Shrike-tit.

To: Birding Aus <>, John Leonard <>
Subject: birding-aus Re: Crested Shrike-tit.
From: Phil & Linda Cross <>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 12:58:06 +1000

Way behind with my mail from birding-aus.  Only just catching up now.

I agree that this species does appear to be nomadic to a certain
extent.  Perhaps we are assuming this because of our spasmodic

We have seen them along the creek line at the rear of our property a
couple of times.  Both times our attention was drawn to them by the
noise of peeling back bark from large eucalyptus grandis.  John Noyce
has had numerous sightings of the species in Sheepstation Creek
Morayfield SEQ , where we have also seen them.  As you know Sheepstation
Creek has a variety of habitats and is mainly dry eucalypt forest.

Other sightings by us have been at Sundown National Park SEQ, along the
River Seven which runs through the park.  One bird was observed
dismembering a large green caterpillar prior to eating it.  Yet another
sighting was at Tennison Woods Mt Glorious SEQ in the large eucalypt
forest adjoining the rainforest.

We have spent much more time covering sites in the Mt Mee State Forest
(D,Aguilar ranges west of Caboolture SEQ) and suggest that the CST could
be  more sedentary than nomadic in this area.  More often heard than
seen around the Gantry picnic area and Picabeen Walk which is mainly
large eucalyptus forest surrounding the small picabeen palm rainforest.
(Note:  for SEQ birdo's the State Forest has opened up a new walk which
starts at the Picabeen Walk and continues out to the western escarpment
of the range.  You need to be prepared as from memory I think it is a 13
kilometre hike).

The CST is also heard down at the Mill Walk (still in Mt Mee SF), which
is predominately rainforest.  Our attention is drawn to them by their
call which  can  best be described  as the first line from the rhyme
"Three blind mice". 

Linda Cross
27.05.00s    152.54.59e

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