Top day in the Upper Hunter

Subject: Top day in the Upper Hunter
From: Phil Hansbro <>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 07:52:21 +1100
Hi All

Sorry for the late post but been flat out.

Had a top day in the upper Hunter last Sunday 15th of Nov. Travelled from Hunter Valley Gardens to GRNP and back.

One of the best spots was at the Southern end of the clearing to the east side of Wollar road in GRNP. Right at the S end is a creek and there is some water 50 M down. This was an excellent spot for watching birds coming in to drink. Had 4 species of finch and many honeyeaters there - 13 species for the day.

Emu - 2 S end of clearing, GRNP
Common Bronzewing - 2 GRNP
Peaceful Dove - 1 GRNP
Black-eared Cuckoo - 2 ads heard calling at the GRNP sign at the N end and 1 juvenile associating with Speckled Warblers at the S edge of the clearing on E side.
Rainbow Bee-eater - 2 heard at Sandy Hollow
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren - 1 at the GRNP sign at the N end
Western Gerygone - 6 GRNP
Striped Honeyeater - 4 in Sandy Hollow and 6 in GRNP
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater - now common in the Upper Hunter, 4 Sandy Hollow, others along the roads and 3 at GRNP, have even colonised HV gardens in the E
White-eared Honeyeater - 1 at waterhole
Yellow-tufted 10+ at waterhole
Fuscous Honeyeater - 6 GRNP including at waterhole
Brown-headed Honeyeater - 3 at waterhole
Black-chinned Honeyeater - 1 at waterhole
Black Honeyeater - 3 Sandy Hollow
Jacky Winter - 10 GRNP
Grey-crowned Babbler - 3 Sandy Hollow
Varied Sittella - just 1 GRNP
Crested Shrike-Tit - 2 calling constantly at waterhole
White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike - 2 GRNP including 1 at waterhole
Cicadabird - 1 heard GRNP
White-winged Triller - 2 at waterhole
White-winged Chough - several groups
Double-barred Finch - a few groups including at waterhole
Plum-headed Finch - 2 at waterhole
Diamond Firetail - 2 at waterhole

Also 2 Musk Lorikeets outside my house in Newcastle on the 12th Nov.

Phil Hansbro


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