"Frank O'Connor" <>
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
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 http://birdingwa.iinet.net.au
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