Capertee Valley nr Lithgow, NSW, and Blue Mountains en route

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Subject: Capertee Valley nr Lithgow, NSW, and Blue Mountains en route
From: "Eric Finley" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 14:05:10 +1000

Hi all

A very enjoyable and interesting Friday spent avoiding APEC (OPEC to
some..)-crazy Sydney at the Capertee Valley. Weather was cool and
partially overcast with a few very light rainfalls, generally good
conditions for birding. Main birding in the Valley was roadsides from
about 17 kms in (from Capertee) to about 22 kms in. The folllowing were

Little Corella - a few amongst Sulphur-crested Cockatoos

Little Lorikeets - common

Turquoise Parrot - 2 seen about 17 kms in - my first sightings of this
beautiful bird in about 10 years (does anyone still see them in w

Horsfields Bronze-cuckoo - 1 seen others heard

Brown Treecreeper - common

White-throated Gerygone - several heard

Little Friarbird - at least 2 amongst large numbers of Noisys

Yellow tufted and New Holland Honeyeaters - in creekside growth only

Fuscous and White-plumed Honeyeaters were the dominant species, both

Jacky Winter - vocal and widely seen

Hooded Robin - 5 about 22 kms in

W-browed Babbler - seen at 3 locations

Crested Shrike-tit - small party

Dusky Woodswallow - along with Fuscous Honeyeaters was most commonly
seen species in the valley

Zebra Finch  - at Glen Davis only

Plum-headed Finch  - 6 in roadside grass about 22 kms into valley

Rufous Songlark - males very vocal throughout valley

No Regents or Painted HEs - only a couple of flowering eucalypts seen in
the Valley.

En route on Bells Line of Road:

W-headed Pigeon  - 1 Kurrajong Hts and 1 at Mt Bell (have not previously
seen this species at this altitude in Blue Mtns before - close to 1000m
- uncertain if this is unusual)
Gang Gang Cockatoo  - 6 Walls L'out

Scarlet Robin - 1 f Walls L'out

Thank you to those who provided information to me about this beautiful

Eric Finley

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