The 9th Birds of Bathurst survey (3 more to do) took place over last
weekend. In Sunny Corner State Forest and Winburndale Nature Reserve, east
of Bathurst, NSW. Flame and Scarlet Robins were common, taking part in
large feeding parties formed by Striated and Buff-rumped Thornbills, with
Grey Strike-thrush, Grey Fantails, Brown Thornbills, Golden and Rufous
Whistlers and the occasional Red Wattlebird, Spotted Quailthrush and
White-browed Scrub-wren. Yellow-faced and White-naped Honeyeaters were
migrating and large parties of Crimson and Eastern Rosellas were
congregating down on the cleared grazing properties, all preparing for
winter. Quantities of rain over the past year has washed out creeks, making
some of our private access tracks inaccessible, but the country looks
grand, green and lush with trees regenerating, and fat cattle and sheep
hidden in the tall grass.
A busy weekend was had by 17 participants from the NSW Field Ornithologists
Club staying at the Yetholme Community Hall with a further 14 working on
sites last week and this week (lucky people who can take time off midweek).
Friday night four of us went out spot-lighting with Brian Stone from
Charles Sturt University helping with his study of mammals - a Tawny
Frogmouth and several Ring-tailed Possum were the rewards for our labours
but worth it as being in the forests at night under a starlit sky is magic
for a city dweller.
When this project is complete, some may wonder what to do with all the time
then on our hands???
Penny Drake-Brockman, Examination Recitals Co-ordinator, Sydney
Conservatorium of Music.
Tel: 02 9351 1254.
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