Mitchell Park, Hawkesbury Region, NSW

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Subject: Mitchell Park, Hawkesbury Region, NSW
From: "Tom and Mandy Wilson" <>
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2006 21:45:41 +1000
Hi All
I visited Mitchell Park in the Hawkesbury area to the NW of Sydney today
(Easter Sunday) with my family for a BBQ and bushwalk - great weather today,
plus I had a quick look at Long Neck Lagoon on the way home from the main
road.  The Bell Miners are still there in force and some of the woodland
where they have been for several years is looking pretty stressed - they are
funny birds - for all their aggression, they do not seem to be keen to come
closer to humans than about 10 metres - I find I can "pish" them in that
close and then they stop and squeak at me.  Lots of Satin Bowerbirds feeding
on fruit - I had a quick (unsuccessful) look in the rainforest area for
Powerful Owls, but lunch was calling.
Best sightings at Mitchell Park were:
Crested Shrike Tit (family group)
Fuscous Honeyeater (small group of 5 on the Scribbly Gum trail)
White Naped Honeyeaters (several, closest about 10 feet away - didn't need
my bins to see their eyelids!)
Common Bronzewing (several flushed off the track near the field studies
Bar Shouldered Dove (1 - near the entrance)
Brown Pigeon (1 in the riverine rainforest)
Bassian Thrush (in the riverine rainforest, but quite high up a tree - not
where I would expect to see it)
There were lots of honeyeaters - I saw 9 species in all

At Long Neck, there was a Brown Falcon and what I think was an Intermediate
Egret in non-breeding colouration - an all pale yellow bill, no other facial
detail and black legs and it didn't look big and tall as Greats do

Tom Wilson


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