Unusual Hawkesbury birds

To: "'N & J Russill'" <>, "'Birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Unusual Hawkesbury birds
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2005 04:34:58 +1000
Hi Judi

I read with interest your report in the Hawkesbury. I have also heard
from a turf farm owner in Lowlands (near Richmond) in the Hawkesbury
that they have seen Diamond Firetails on their land in recent years. Not
sure if they are escapees but they use to occur also in Scheyville (I
think ten or so years ago). I have only seen Diamond Firetails (maximum
two birds at one time) in recent years at Cobbity in Sydney's south west
along with Brown Tree-creepers.

It is hard to say if the Diamond Dove is an escapee also as given the
dry conditions inland, some birds seen recently in Sydney could be
drought refugees.

Good to hear that Speckled Warblers still survive at Castrlreagh. I have
seen them in at least 5 different spots around Sydney - Shanes Park,
Scheyville, Windsor Downs, Greendale and Cobbity. But there are other
locations within the Sydney region where they have also been recorded in
recent years.

I think some Rose Robins are resident all year in the Royal NP as I have
seen them there in summer (also at Bulli Pass in the Illawarra and other
coastal rainforest/wet forest areas) but many more should be moving down
to the Cumberland Plain (including my local patch at Prospect Reservoir)
over the next few weeks.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of N & J
Sent: Sunday, 3 April 2005 4:43 PM
To: Birding-aus
Subject: Unusual Hawkesbury birds 

2/4/05  We started our day at Castlereagh SF (Hawkesbury area NW of
where we came across a couple of
Speckled Warblers amongst allot of more common species.  Later we were
travelling along Cornwells Lane near Bensons Lane when a Diamond
flew across in front of  our car we stopped to make sure of our ID and
bird was in full view and continued to feed alongside a WillieWagtail.
Further along in Cornwallis Rd. a bird perched on an overhead wire was a
Diamond Dove, which stayed to be photographed. Two unusual species
this area.  We would be interested to know if other Sydney birdo's have
across these species in this locality recently.
On 1/4/05 we also reported to Birdline two Rose Robins at Wattamolla -
National Park (South of Sydney).
Cheers Judi & Neil Russill

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