A green Capertee Valley

Subject: A green Capertee Valley
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2007 17:05:34 +1100
The Capertee Valley (NSW) has had some very good rain recently, especially around the Glen Davis end of the valley, and has burst into an amazing flourish of green growth. An incredible transformation from the previously brown and barren paddocks. In response a number of bird species seem to have been triggered into breeding, including:

Speckled Warblers - at least 2 pairs building nests on 15/3/07.
Diamond Firetails - building nest.
Plum-headed Finch - a pair seen mating near the reedy dam on the left before the Port Macquarie Road junction (when heading towards Rylstone), also on 15/3/07.
Singing Bushlark - behaviour indicating possible breeding.

On the 15th, Lorna Bloom, Celia Browne, Beverley Potts and I had wonderful close-up views of a Singing Bushlark singing its heart out on a fence post only 2-3 metres from the car. Its song included very good mimicry of the following species: Galah, Willie Wagtail, Rufous Songlark, Superb Fairy-wren and Pied Butcherbird.

We also had great views of Turquoise Parrots including a beautiful male drinking at my dam.

Box Mistletoe is flowering well throughout the valley, especially near Glen Davis, attracting a range of honeyeaters. Though no Regents were seen by us, it's worth keeping an eye out wherever there's mistletoe flowering.



Carol Probets


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