As the weekend that has just passed was the National Survey weekend for
those two Threatend Species, I spent some time at South West Rocks with Kens
Shingleton checking out two sites at South West Rocks, 5 sites around
Crescent Head with Tim Morris, 2 sites at Limeburners Creek NR, 2 sites at
Swansea with Mike Kuhl and a number of sites around Bateau Bay, but
regretfully none of the target species were seen.
There were plenty of birds to seen though, with Rainbow and Scaly-breasted
Lorikeets being present at most sites Swansea to South West Rocks, and
Rainbow & Musk Lorikeets at Bateau Bay. At the South West Rocks Tourist
Park, the Swamp Mahoganies were flowering well. and this is a site that has
been visited by Swift Parrots in the past. The main bird of interest here
was the Little Friarbird, being more common that Noisy Friarbirds which were
also present. Scarlet , Yellow-faced & White-cheeked Honeyeaters were common
at the Crescent Head (5) and Limeburners Creek NR sites (2), along with a
few Little & Red Wattlebirdss and White-naped Honeyeaters.
Other interesting birds seen included 3 Avocets at Seale's Rd Swamp, Belmore
River on 12/5, Grey Goshawk, Peregrine, Whistling Kite, Osprey & Sea-eagle
at Crescent Head on 13/5, a Brahminy Kite at Big Hill, Limeburners Creek NR
on 12/5, a Spotted Harrier and a Swamp Harrier on the western side of
Limeburners Ck NR on 14/5, and a White Goshawk beside the road at the
Irrawang Causeway, Grahamstown on 14/5.
The Central Coast Regent Honeyeater Volunteer Operations Group was organised
to survey 54 Central Coast (NSW) sites last weekend, and while I am yet to
hear from all participants, no one has reported any Regent Honeyeaters or
Swift Parrots as yet. It looks as if the box/ironbark trees are flowering
sufficiently to keep Regent Honeyeaters inland this autumn and that most
Swift Parrots have been finding enough flowering trees in Victoria so as not
to need to move northwards into NSW.
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