Newhaven in the wet

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Subject: Newhaven in the wet
From: "Richard & Roz" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 14:35:27 +1100
Hi everyone,

I have just returned from 12 days at Newhaven Wildlife Refuge (jointly-managed  
AWC/BA property) where I was coordinating the volunteer team for the annual 
bird surveys. These have been taking place every year for 4 years now - based 
on 70 fixed locations in the reserve. But this year it was different! For a 
start we had to wait for a couple of days for the latest 150mm deluge to 
subside before making it down the entrance road. Then we had to plan carefully 
to visit only the sites that were drying out - but we still managed to get 
bogged from time to time.

Birds are everywhere at the moment after all the rain in the first three months 
of the year. The place is alive with Masked and Black-faced Woodswallows, 
White-winged Trillers, Crimson Chats, Brown and Rufous Songlarks and 
Budgerigars. Some of the special sightings were - Australian Bustard (quite a 
few), Black-breasted Buzzard (including one group of nine!), Rufous-crowned 
Emu-wren, Spinifexbird, Orange Chat, Painted Finch and Ground Cuckoo-shrike. 
Grey Honeyeaters were seen on a couple o occasions, but are as elusive as ever.

There was plenty of water in the ephemeral lake system, and it had attracted 
several hundred Grey Teal, Plumed Whistling-Ducks and Hardheads + good numbers 
of Red-necked Avocets and Black-winged Stilts and smaller numbers of Banded 
Stilt, Greenshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Red-kneed Dotterel, Black Swan and 
Gull-billed Tern. Our species list totalled 128 - against the previous highest 
total of 102. If you have the chance, this is the time to visit Newhaven. The 
refuge opens for visitors from 1st April - but phone Managers Joe and Danae on 
08 8964 6000 before travelling down.

All the best, Richard

Richard Jordan
PO Box 449
NSW 2454

tel (02) 6655 9456
mob 042 838 5677

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