Bell miners near Tamworth

To: Eddie and Annabel <>
Subject: Bell miners near Tamworth
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 17:32:52 +1100
Hi Annabel

I've recorded Bell Miners in lower, fairly dry woodland in the Hunter Valley - there was a colony near Broke the last time I was there, about 7 or 8 years ago. It was on the edge of orchards and vineyards, definitely on the flats, but only a kilometer or two from the small range behind the Broke - Milbrodale Road. I can't recall seeing them on the flatter areas on the west side of the Great Divide Range, though.

Russell Woodford

Birding-Aus List Owner

Geelong   Victoria   Australia

On 18/02/2009, at 4:42 PM, Eddie and Annabel wrote:

I saw a small group of bell miners in some bush near the Peel River at Dungowan today. To my knowledge, this is the first time they've been seen in this area. I think they have been recorded up near Hanging Rock, about 50kms further east, but that is a much higher, mountain type environment there.

I watched them for quite a while and there seemed to be about three or four of them. The site was about half a kilometre on the Tamworth side of the Dungowan Hotel ( approx. 23 kms SE of Tamworth NSW). At that point, the Peel River comes close to the Nundle Rd and there is bushland on the other side of the road. The birds were in the upper half of eucalypts quite close to the road.

I was quite excited to record a new bird for the area, but I have to say that I hope they don't stay! I don't want all my smaller birds to be chased away.

Annabel Ashworth

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