|To:||Tom Wilson <>|
|Subject:||Surprise sightng in Turramurra|
|From:||Andy Burton <>|
|Date:||Mon, 9 Aug 2004 09:55:22 +1000|
Hi Tom and others,
Brush-turkeys are now regularly sighted in Sydney's northern suburbs and my prediction is that they will become a common garden bird in the area (dogs willing). This is from a virtually zero base only a few years ago.
It may surprise many that we have had several independent sightings of this species in Northbridge, only about 5 km from the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the Brush-turkey crash-lands.
There is plenty of evidence in northern Sydney that 'rainforest' / wet gully species are being seen more often. The Gerygones are a probably an example of this.
In my local catchment, a short, narrow, steep-sided, sandstone valley, White-throated Gerygones were a common breeding migrant 50 years ago. I believe that Brown Gerygones were at best uncommon and probably unknown in the valley. The White-throated Gerygones disappeared when the tops of the dry schlerophyll ridges were built-on (residential). They are now only a rare passage migrant in the area.
The Brown Gerygone is now the most common breeding resident in this and other similar, nearby valleys. They thrive below the ever increasing wet-schlerophyll forest canopy, beneath which is maturing wet gully forest alongside the sheltered creek.
taking my early morning walk (for exercise, not birding) this morning, I did take a slight detour to check out what a huge flock of Noisy Miners was upset about - I had heard a Raven calling a little while before so expected to see that, or a possum or maybe a Tawny Frogmouth - I imagine my surprise when the source of the commotion turned out to be a Brush Turkey!
The sighting was made on the small part of Rushall St in Turramurra between Bobbin Head Road and Bannockburn Rd - Turramurra is in the northern suburbs of Sydney. This is a reasonable way (about 3kms) from the boundary of Ku-ring-Gai National Park, but there are no obvious bushland corridors that would get the turkey to the point where I saw it without crossing a few roads and presumably quite a few gardens. Not sure how long it will last as there's not much cover in that part of Turramurra.
Andy Burton's Bush Tours
52 Abingdon Rd
Ph. 61 2 9416 2636
Mob. 0408 937 531
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