Re: NSW CBOC Outing to the Sydney Hawkesbury Area - 18th December 2005

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Subject: Re: NSW CBOC Outing to the Sydney Hawkesbury Area - 18th December 2005
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 08:17:50 +1100

I forgot to mention that we also saw 2 White-throated Needletails fly over Mitchell Park in Cattai this afternoon. The sky was fairly clear with a moderate westerly breeze and no storm build up in sight.




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From: Edwin Vella [
Saturday, 17 December 2005 7:08 AM
To: Birding-aus
Subject: NSW CBOC Outing to the Sydney Hawkesbury Area
- 18th December 2005


Today, (19th December 2005), I lead 21 members of the Cumberland Bird Observers Club to the Hawkesbury area (approx. 55 km north-west of Sydney CBD).


We spent most of the morning at Pitt Town Lagoon, where we saw a good variety of ducks – 30 plus Hardhead, 50 plus Pink-eared and 10 or so Australasian Shoveler amongst the other more common Ducks. Other birds of interest included 3 Hoary-headed amongst 20 or so Australasian Grebe, a Darter, 3 Great Egrets seen foraging together, a female Swamp Harrier, a Wedge-tailed Eagle soaring very high above, an Australian Hobby, only a few Sharp-tailed Sandpipers (350 plus were present there over a month ago), 2 Latham’s Snipe, a few Pied Stilts, Red-rumped Parrots and some finches including Red-browed, Zebra, Double-barred, Gold and Chestnut-breasted Mannikins. Inside a melaleuca on the observation mound a recently fledged Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo was being attended to by a pair of Superb Blue Wrens and also seen in the same shrub, an adult Silvereye was seen on a nest.


For the rest of the morning right through to the middle of the afternoon we stayed at nearby Mitchell Park in Cattai where we observed briefly a Grey Goshawk, a couple of Common Bronzewings, Sacred Kingfishers, Dollarbirds, Leaden and Satin Flycatchers, Black-faced Monarch, Variegated Wrens (possibly nesting), a recently fledged White-throated Gerygone (with yellow eye-ring and throat) being fed by a rather scruffy-looking parent and Satin Bowerbirds.


It was a pleasant time in Hawkesbury with several of our members adding new birds to their lists!


Edwin Vella


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