NSW Trip

Subject: NSW Trip
From: "Frank O'Connor" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 14:20:41 +0800

I travelled from Krambach near Forster on the mid north coast of NSW, across to Burren Junction to see the GHL on Monday 24th. I then travelled south to Gilgandra, and then the Capertee Valley before flying out of Sydney on Thursday evening 27th. A few comments on the birds I saw.

1. A male Superb Lyrebird beside the road between Wauchope and Walcha. A wonderful unexpected surprise.

2. More White-winged Choughs than I have ever seen before. Far more than the number of Apostlebirds.

3. A few Superb Parrots flew across the road about 5km east of Burren Junction. A couple of Mallee Ringnecks the next morning. No Pale-headed Rosellas though.

4. I was surprised by the number of Red-rumped Parrots on the trip.

5. A Black Falcon near the large flock of Plumed-Whistling Ducks behind the silo. Both NSW state ticks for me.

6. A Speckled Warbler at the Piliga #2 Rest Area. I have seen a few before when on tours, but this is the first I have found for myself.

7. Three Blue Bonnets just east of Gilgandra.

7. A question about the corvids. What are the common corvids at Forster / Tuncurry / Krambach, Burren Junction, and Gilgandra / Capertee / Blue Mountains? My guess was Little Raven for all of them that I heard, but I didn't hear any call in the Capertee Valley or the Blue Mountains. They certainly didn't sound like Australian Raven, Torresian Crow and Little Crow with which I am reasonably familiar with in WA. Quite a few near Burren Junction glided on flat wings making me think for a short time that they might be raptors, which I don't remember seeing in corvids in WA. The field guides show Australian Raven and Little Raven with a chance of Little Crow in the west, and perhaps even Forest Raven in the east.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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