Kurmond Rd and Kurrajong Hills, nw of Sydney 28-29 Nov 2009

Subject: Kurmond Rd and Kurrajong Hills, nw of Sydney 28-29 Nov 2009
From: e finley <>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 23:10:13 -0800 (PST)
Hi all
A hot and very hazy weekend up in the foothills with some interesting birds 
around mainly seen early on 29 Nov.
Mill Road notable sightings included Dollarbird, Sacred Kingfisher, Fan-tailed, 
Pallid, Channel-billed and Horsfields Bronze-cuckoo (3, one juvenile), Aust 
Koel, Rufous Fantail, White-throated and Brown Gerygone, Yellow-throated 
Scrubwren bathing in Little Wheeney Creek, and an Eastern Shrike-tit. Breeding 
birds included Wood Duck with 6 small ducklings, Laughing Kookaburra with young 
in hollow, Little Corella (in hollow). 
A Wedge-tailed Eagle and the resident Grey Goshawk seen at Douglas Farm Rd.
Along Kurmond Road there are good numbers of waterfowl at the dams west of 
Freemans Reach including up to 25 Hardhead and 10 Grey Teal on some dams. There 
are now 2 Yellow-billed Spoonbills and Cattle, Great and 1 Intermediate Egret 
here. Flock of 35+ Straw-necked Ibis. There are several pairs of Rufous 
Songlark and Dusky Woodswallow present. 
A loose group of 45+ White-winged Choughs was an unusually large local number.


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