Apostlebirds at Mitchell Park

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Subject: Apostlebirds at Mitchell Park
From: John Clifton-Everest <>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 11:38:34 +1000
Dear birders,
Yesterday, 9th April, I joined the FOC outing to the Hawkesbury area
(nr, Windsor, NSW), most expertly led by Trevor Quested. It is not my
task to make a report on this most successful and enjoyable outing,
which I am sure Trevor will do in due course.
And I don't know if any of the other participants had my experience on
leaving Mitchell Park (about 4 p.m.), because the main party had left 10
minutes before me (I think I was the last but one to go).
About 200 metres from the park entrance a long-tailed dark bird was on
the right-hand verge, which, as I cruised slowly past, proved to be an
Apostlebird.  I did a U-turn 50 metres further on, and saw it amble
across the road as I crept back towards it.  I then stopped 15 feet from
it and watched it for 60 seconds or so, before about six more
Apostlebirds came flying over the road from the left in front of me.  It
then joined the group in the air, and the whole little troop disappeared
among the trees to my right.
Is this not a bit unusual?  I seem to remember a recent thread
discussing just how far West one had to go to find Apostlebirds.
Certainly the most easterly point I have found them before was at Lake
Keepit, near Gunnedah.
Can this legitimately be added to the outing's list, Trevor?
John Clifton-Everest

Associate Professor John M. Clifton-Everest
Department of Germanic Studies
University of Sydney
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