Hawkesbury 60kms NW Sydney Today

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Subject: Hawkesbury 60kms NW Sydney Today
From: "Simon Blanchflower" <>
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2005 18:32:18 +1000
Hi Birders, went for a trip around a couple of spots in the Hawkesbury this morning and (as usual) saw some interesting birds. Went to Scheyville first which was unfortunately rather quiet, probably due to the weather as it was rather overcast and cool. Did however see plenty (at least 50) Little Lorikeet and the usual suspects with great views of a singing Scarlet Honeyeater, a Crested Shrike-Tit and a Dusky Woodswallow overhead.
After Scheyville went along to Pitt Town lagoon and saw five species of finch (Double-Barred, Red-Browed, Nutmeg, Chestnut-Breasted and Zebra) and three species of raptor including a Brown Falcon which was a first for me at this location seen on a fence post over the far eastern side of the lagoon (and yes I did walk over that way battling with the reeds and mud!), also Nankeen Kestrel and Australian Hobby. Also present over the north eastern side was 6 Red Kneed Dotterals, and a number of Pink-Eared Ducks were in various spots across the lagoon.
Had a brief look at McGraths Hill where there were both Royal and Yellow-Billed Spoonbill, also a Whistling Kite overhead, and a couple of Pink-Eared Ducks on the main pool.
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