Winmalee 8 April 2001

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Subject: Winmalee 8 April 2001
From: "Irene" <>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 14:09:41 +1000
Hi birding-aussers

Did the Blue Gum Swamp walk yesterday, including the climb to the Grose Vale 
lookout, and the extra climb towards the trig.
This is lower Blue Mountains, 30 km west of Sydney city.

Birding highlights:
Beautiful Firetail - a surprise as I've never seen this bird in the Blue 
Mountains before.
Two Crested Shrike-Tits happily ripping at and foraging on stringbark gum trees
Fan-tailed Cuckoo giving a long single-noted call that I'd never heard before 
from this species
Rose Robin female and male
Rufous Fantail.  Also saw this species on the walk a few weeks ago.  After not 
seeing them for years, this has been lovely.
A cacophony of cockies and currawongs - both Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and Pied 
Currawongs flying together in a sizeable
flock, with the screeching of the cockies mixed with the yodelling of the 
currawongs.  Quite strange.

For orchid lovers:
Pterostylis grandiflora
Acianthus exertus
Chiloglottis formicifera and C. diphylla

And coppertailed skinks.

Irene Denton
Concord West, 12 km from Sydney city, NSW Australia
33 50 17 S     151 05 25 E

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