NSW Trip

To: "'Frank O'Connor'" <>, <>
Subject: NSW Trip
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2006 20:06:45 +1000
Hi Frank 

Sounds like a great trip Frank. The Superbs Parrots you saw I think are
close to their northern limit. 

Regarding Corvids, the most likely species to be encountered in the
following locations are:

Forster /Tuncurry - Forest (mainly along the beach areas) and Australian
Raven and Torresian Crow (the later mainly away from the beaches)

Krambach - not sure

Burren Junction - Little and Australian Raven

Gilgandra - possibly either Little/Australian Raven (I have not been

Capertee - Australian Raven, though Little Ravens have been seen here.

Blue Mountains - Australian Raven (though Little Ravens have been seen
in Megalong Valley).

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Frank O'Connor
Sent: Thursday, 27 July 2006 4:21 PM
Subject: NSW Trip

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
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.
wonderful unexpected surprise.

2. More White-winged Choughs than I have ever seen before.  Far more
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
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
silo. Both NSW state ticks for me.

6. A Speckled Warbler at the Piliga #2 Rest Area.  I have seen a few
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
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
they might be raptors, which I don't remember seeing in corvids in WA.
field guides show Australian Raven and Little Raven with a chance of
Crow in the west, and perhaps even Forest Raven in the east.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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