Shaw's Creek, Yarramundi

Subject: Shaw's Creek, Yarramundi
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2003 18:37:45 +1000
Hello all,

A few days ago (3rd June) I had a look around Shaw's Creek, Yarramundi (at
the foot of the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney), mainly searching for any
Swift Parrots that might have come back to the site this year. Although
there didn't seem to be any Swifties around, at least during my visit (the
lerp population being nothing like it was last winter there) and despite it
being the middle of the day, there were good numbers of other bird species
to be found. These included a wintering Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Fan-tailed
Cuckoo, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Scarlet Robin, and quite a few
Bar-shouldered Doves - some were feeding together with a Common Bronzewing,
while a Wonga Pigeon called in the background. The Bell and Noisy Miners
were being their usual antagonistic selves, and Yellow-faced and
White-naped Honeyeaters were moving around the treetops in flocks.

Most interesting though was seeing and hearing a green-plumaged Satin
Bowerbird mimicking a Green Catbird and a Grey Goshawk! I wouldn't expect
to find a catbird at this site. Maybe this bowerbird had come from Royal
National Park. (Sydney birders: what is the closest place to Yarramundi
where catbirds are regularly found?)



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