Sydney birding - great cockies.

Subject: Sydney birding - great cockies.
From: Andy Burton <>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2003 16:38:03 +1000
Hi birders,

this morning we managed some slightly rushed but excellent birding at
Deep Creek and Long Reef, both in the coastal northern suburbs of
Sydney (approx.33° 43.5´  151° 17.75´). In a bit over 2.5 hours we
found 60 species including one or two unusual ones and had some
brilliant views of the 'important' ones.

We had perfect views of an unusually confiding pair of Brush
Bronzewings followed shortly after by 3 Glossy Black Cockatoos. This
is the first time that I have seen Glossy Black Cockies here since
just before the disastrous bush fires of January 1994. At that time
they were regular visitors in small numbers.

Coincidentally Nola saw three at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Nursery
yesterday; probably the same three birds.

Cockies continued their good showing with a large flock of 125 - 150
Yellow-tailed Blacks flying along Middle Creek to Deep Creek and the
southern edge of Narrabeen Lagoon. This is the largest group that I
have ever seen in Sydney.

The Rose Robins were also showing well.

The following list contains most of the species seen minus a few of
the more common and introduced species. Not one migrating
Yellow-faced Honeyeater was seen even though they have been passing
through Sydney in small numbers through the week.

Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Chestnut Teal

Australasian Little Grebe


Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Great Cormorant

Australian Pelican

White-faced Heron

Nankeen Kestrel

Ruddy Turnstone
Grey-tailed Tattler
Red-necked Stint

Sooty Oystercatcher

Double-banded Plover
Masked Lapwing

Silver Gull
Creted Tern

Brush Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Rainbow Lorikeet
Australian King-Parrot
Eastern Rosella

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Laughing Kookaburra

Variegated Fairy-wren
Superb Fairy-wren

Spotted Pardalote
White-browed Scrubwren
Brown Gerygone
Brown Thornbill

Little Wattlebird
Noisy Miner
Lewin's Honeyeater
White-eared Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill

Rose Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin

Eastern Whipbird

Golden Whistler

Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Olive-backed Oriole

Red-browed Finch


Regards, Andy and Nola
Andy Burton's Bush Tours
52 Abingdon Rd,
NSW  2069

Ph 61 2 9416 2636
Mob 0408 937 531

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