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Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2002 13:12:44 +1100


A Birds Australia project funded by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF),Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) and the Threatened Species Network (TSN)

6th Survey (4-6/1/2002)

The first Liverpool Plains bird surveys for 2002 concentrated on the northern section of the Plains around the Kelvin region. Kelvin is situated approx. 20km north of Gunnedah, 25km west of Boggabri and is just south of the Nandewar range, which comprises Mount Kaputar National Park. Despite the recent hot weather and threat of bushfires in the region, a large team of enthusiastic volunteers gathered at a private property at Kelvin for the Saturday’s survey. The property is situated adjacent to Kelvin State Forest in the Kelvin Hills and, as such, is connected to the larger tracts of forest to the north.

The survey team consisted of local Tamworth Bird Watchers: Annabel Hoskins/Ashworth, Eddie Ashworth, Louise Baker, Maureen Marshall, Robert Marshall, Tim Scrace; Gold Coast bird watchers Frank Johnson & Eleanor Johnson, and Hunter Valley bird watcher Patrick Lodge. The group was divided up into smaller teams to cover as much of the 330 acres of the property as possible. The survey yielded a number of species that appear to be most common in this northern section of the Liverpool Plains including Singing Honeyeaters, Turquiose Parrots, Diamond Firetails, and Yellow-throated Miners. Other birds included common species such as Galahs, Eastern Rosellas, Red-rumped Parrots, Apostlebirds, White-winged Choughs, Double-barred Finches, Chestnut-rumped Thornbills, Yellow Thornbills, Buff-rumped Thornbills, Yellow-rumped Thornbills, Striated Pardolotes, Eastern Yellow Robins, Leaden Flycatchers, Grey Shrike Thrush etc. A record of note here was a Lewin’s Honeyeater.

Other surveys during the weekend including some Atlas surveys in Kelvin State Forest. Not surprisingly, surveys in this relatively large State Forest yielded a total of 43 species. Birds recorded included Diamond Firetails, Zebra Finches, Double-barred Finches, Turquoise Parrots (12), Crimson Rosellas, Striped Honeyeaters, Fuscous Honeyeaters, White-plumed Honeyeaters, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes, Dusky woodswallows, White-browed Woodswallows, Australian Owlet-nightjars, Southern Boobooks, Hooded Robins, and Restless Flycatchers. The Forest is situated within close proximity to the Nandewar Range, is relatively diverse in its topography and florsitics, and has a small dam that provides a body of permanent water. All of these characteristics combined make it one of the most suitable refuges for bird species within the Liverpool Plains.

On the Sunday (6/1/02) Tim Scrace, Patrick Lodge and myself surveyed the southern section of the Liverpool Plains, at Millers Creek and Braeburn, adjacent to the Liverpool Ranges. At Millers Creek (private property), surveys were firstly concentrated along a degraded section of the creek then later in a Travelling Stock Route. Surveys along the creek yielded a number of common woodland species such as Red-rumped Parrots, Eastern Rosellas, Cockatiels, Striated Pardolotes, Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes, Nankeen Kestrels, a Little Eagle and waterbird species such as White-faced Herons, Masked Lapwings, Chestnut Teal, Nankeen Night Herons and 4 Latham’s Snipe a NEW species for the Atlas in the Liverpool Plains. At Braeburn, a 500m Area Search by the creek yielded 32 species. Of note here was a Painted Honeyeater, Sacred Kingfishers, large numbers of Crimson Rosellas, Dollarbirds, Fairy Martins (50+), and Rufous Songlarks.

In all, a great weekend was had by all and many thanks to the landholders who allowed us to conduct surveys on their land and thanks to those bird watchers who participated!!

Peter A. Ekert
Birds Australia Project Co-ordinator
(Liverpool Plains Woodland Bird Project (North NSW))
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
(Monitoring Rufous Scrub-birds in North-east NSW)
The Wetlands Centre Project Officer
(Wetlands Site Management Plan)
The Wetlands Centre
PO Box 292
Ph. 02 49516466     Mob.  0410566104     Fax.  02 49501875
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