Re: yellow-rumped thornbills in the mangroves

Subject: Re: yellow-rumped thornbills in the mangroves
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2003 08:30:15 +1100
Bruce was surprised to find Yellow-throated Thornbills foraging in 

I lived at Fullerton Cove (a large tidal bay off the Hunter and main 
feeding area for shorebirds), just north of Newcastle, for six years.  The 
house was basically among saltmarsh and just a stones throw (literally) 
from the mangroves (mosquito heaven).  While the mangroves petered out to 
a small sandy beach (a major shorebird roost) near the house the mangrove 
forest was up to several hundred metres wide a bit further from the house. 

I birded regularly in the more extensive part of the mangrove forest 
(actually doing some regular RAOU ABC surveys).  While the most common 
birds were Yellow Thornbills, Grey Fantails and Mangrove Gerygones, other 
commonly reported species (often a long way from the adjacent farmland) 
were Superb Fairy-wren, Rufous Whistler, Yellow Robin, Shining 
Bronze-cuckoo (obviously very happy with the densities of thornbills and 
geygone) and YELLOW-RUMPED THORNBILL.  All of these birds were invariably 
foraging in the trees - I rarely saw the birds on the mud - I guess most 
of these species aren't keen on crab.



David Geering
Threatened Species Unit
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
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