To: "crompton" <>, "birding aus" <>
From: "Ricki Coughlan" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 16:17:55 +1000
G'day G(?) and other birdlovers

I was on Lady Carrington Drive for the first time since early February on 
Sunday and picked up good numbers of many species, with plentiful Rose Robins, 
Azure Kingfishers, Golden Whistlers (a number in territorial disputations), 
Varied Sitellas and Acanthizids (Little Brown Birds) except for Rockwarblers 
which were a little quieter than usual with several calls and only three or 
four sightings - it was a busy day for the mountain-bikers, who were abundant 
8-(. Red-browed Finches and Silvereyes are very abundant too. Satin Bowerbirds 
are very active currently.

Wonga Pigeons are very quiet at the moment as are fairy-wrens . Catbirds very 
quiet too and so are all of the parrots.  My birding companion for the day, 
Madeleine Murray, got a Satin Flycatcher at around the 4.5km mark from the 
northern gate of the drive. This is pretty unusual for this time of year and 
very unusual to find one along this part of the trail (a "bird on the move" is 
my conclusion).

The Superb Lyrebirds appear to be much later than last year in getting their 
courtship under way as they were extremely quiet. Only a few sightings and only 
one calling stridently ("space invaders" and plenty of mimicry), but very 
briefly. I did note that there are plentiful display mounds which appear to be 
nicely cleared so an explosion of courtship cannot be too far away. The 
cock-birds are all in extremely fine feather.

If you were in the Royal NP early yesterday numbers may have been down due to 
the sudden onset of cold mornings. This means that birds are not so actively 
feeding until a little later on, especially insectivores. This has been most 
apparent in a "survey methods" assignment which I am currently undertaking for 

Black-faced Monarchs have now all departed for the north and wont be back until 

Brown-headed Honeyeaters are more commonly found in Heathcote NP than the Royal 
NP, according to my records. Good sites for them are along the "Pipeline Trail" 
(see a park map - south of Waterfall) and occasionally on the "Kingfisher Pool 
Trail" at Waterfall, where I've had a few of them nesting. My only sightings in 
the Royal NP are Flat Rock Creek (near the bridge) and downstream at Winifred 

Happy birding
Ricki Coughlan
Belrose, Sydney

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