NSW Hunter Region Birds

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Subject: NSW Hunter Region Birds
From: "Stuart, Alan AD" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 08:32:24 +1100
Hi everyone,

Perhaps my final posting about the Hunter Region bird list stems from
Peter Ekert having sent me a copy of the 360 species on his list and so
I could look at where the differences are.

Peter sent me his list in confidence so I therefore am obliged to
respect that and so I can't discuss species by name.  I can only talk in
generalities therefore.  One notable difference is that whereas he has
13 Procellariiformes the HBOC list has 36 of them, including some fairly
common birds such as Black-browed Albatross.  So the pelagic birds do
make a significant difference to the tally.  But there are also:

2 x Anserifromes
1 x Gruiformes
1 x Turniciformes
17 x Charadriiformes (and incidentally, just about all of them have been
recorded within 5km of Newcastle's industrial heartland)
1 x Coraciiformes
7 x Passeriformes

And there's one Passeriformes on Peter's list that's not on HBOC's.

I reckon that life, and birding, by being based in the Newcastle, is
pretty good!  I'm really glad to live here.  I only have to travel for
less than 3 hours in any direction to be up for seeing any of the 412
species (although I do admit that some don't turn up all that often!)
And this year we have added Radjah Shelduck to the list (i.e. up to 413
species now) - and maybe there will be others, the year is not yet over.

By the way, on Saturday while doing our monthly wader survey, Ash Island
was full of birders out looking for Yellow Wagtail.  Unfortunately they,
and also we, dipped out.  But there are about 5,000 waders in the Hunter
estuary at the moment.

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of alan morris
Sent: Friday, 18 November 2005 1:12 PM
Subject: NSW Hunter Region Birds

Hi Birders,

Not wishing to enter into controversies about the Hunter Region Birds, I

would point out that the 2002 Hunter Annual Bird Report lists 387
seen in the past 10 year, which could be part of the  source of "400"
species for the Hunter Region. If you add about 10 additional new
species seen on offshore pelagic trips 2003-2005, that would bring you
to 400. I am only guessing that there were 10 new species, there may
been more!

Alan Morris

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