Crested Shrike-tits in Sydney NSW

Subject: Crested Shrike-tits in Sydney NSW
From: "Marc Anderson" <>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 05:30:20 -0000
I have seen Crested Shrike Tits in the Royal NP (sth Sydney) a few times over the last two months (Wattle Forest & Reids Flat). I have never seen them in the Royal before this year & have heard of several other birders, like Bruce, who have seen them here recently also.

Marc Anderson

To: "Alan Morris" <>, <>
Subject: RE: [BIRDING-AUS] Crested Shrike-tits in Sydney NSW
Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 09:52 +1000

G'day Alan et al,
On our last walk there on 16th April '01, we found a Crested Shrike-Tit alongside Lady Carrington Drive (Royal NP, South of Sydney) - working its way along, inverted on a branch on one of the eucalypts - those bordering the start of the rainforest section, approaching from the southern end.

----Original Message-----
   >From:            "Alan Morris" <>
   >To:              <>
   >Subject:         [BIRDING-AUS] Crested Shrike-tits in Sydney NSW
   >Date:            Monday, May 21, 2001 8:58 AM
   >Hi Birders,
   >David & Sonia Frew on 20 May 2001 on Birding-aus asked about recent
   >records for Crested Shike-tits in the Sydney Region. Generally Crested
   >Shrike-tits are considered in Sydney to be birds of the Cumberland
   >Palins Woodland and Shale areas, as it is unusual for them to venture
   >into the sandstone forests and urban areas of Sydney. However I have
>noted some recent Sydney records include 2 at Mirrabeena Park, Milperra
   >on 29 January 1995 and 1 West Chatswood (possibly Mowbray Park?) on 2
   >July 1995. These records come from the NSW Bird Reports where Sonia &
   >David's record will be recorded because Crested Shrike-tits are one of
   >the decling  woodland species particularly in the Sydney Region.
   >To all those  people out there who like the odd drop of Hunter Valley
   >Shiraz or Semillion, remember that it is grown on land once previously
>covered in box/ironbark woodland and unfortunately this habitat is still >being cleared in the Hunter Valley for wine-growing purposes! While most
   >of the Cumberland Plains Woodland has been destroyed and hence the
>habitat for Crested Shrike-tits in the Sydney Region is almost no more,
   >the same fate awaits the Hunter Valley Box/Ironbark forests,
   >particularly in the Cessnock area but unfortunately, it has no
   >protection. At least the Cumberland Plain Woodland is now a Threatened
   >Ecological Community and controls on its clearing are pretty
   >Alan Morris
   >Records Officer
   > <Unsupported text or character set removed>

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