Re: A few birds from NE NSW

Subject: Re: A few birds from NE NSW
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2005 09:20:28 +1000

Steve wrote "Very dry up that way after a failed summer rainy season."

Interesting how things are perceived.  The Tamworth - Barraba area has actually had a brilliant summer with some fantastic rain (contrary to the situation further south - such as here at Dubbo!).  I was there regularly (almost every second week) from November to February with my last trip complicated by swollen creeks and not being able to drive off-road (both the granitic and basaltic soils in that area can be treacherous).

I was most recently there just after Easter and, yes, things have dried out with the grasses brown but there is still very dense grass cover in lots of areas and the finches and quail have had a great season.  I encountered Plum-heads regularly (helps to know the call).  The earlier good rains has resulted in extensive flowering of Grey Box (E. mollucana) which was swarming with friarbirds and lorikeets.


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