hawkesbury birds

To: "Keith Brandwood" <>
Subject: hawkesbury birds
From: "Paul and Irene Osborn" <>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2003 12:24:42 +1000
Hi Keith,
Lots of brown hairy caterpillars getting about in single file at our place (near Cooranbong, NSW). They eat the leaves of wattle trees, especially the fern leaved varieties like Acacia fimbriata. They build 'nests' around the base of the trunk that are covered in silk like spiderweb. These fill up with their droppings and make good fertiliser. Lots of different sorts of moths (and their caterpillars) around at the moment. No sign of any Yellow-faced Honeyeaters migrating around here yet but, like you I have noticed an increase in Spotted Pardalote numbers.
Paul Osborn
There was a few Yellow faced HE migrating through Castlereagh, lots of Spotted Pards but didnt seem to be migrating
There seems to be a mass hatching of small hairy brown catterpillars in the Hawkesbury over the past two weeks every other bird you see in the bush seems to have one in its mouth, any one else seeing them.
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