Kurrajong Hills nw of Sydney - inc Gang Gang Cockatoo, Pacific Baza

Subject: Kurrajong Hills nw of Sydney - inc Gang Gang Cockatoo, Pacific Baza
From: e finley <>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 00:42:48 -0700 (PDT)
Good bird activity continuing in the foothills here after recent rains and with 
great local conditions. A pair of Pacific Bazas in the garden were my first 
sighting this summer – this species nested in the garden a few years back but 
is now an irregular visitor. Resident Grey Goshawks seem to be present most of 
the day, may be nesting in rainforest remnants. 4 Gang Gang Cockatoos probably 
the same birds which have been seen on and off since Nov 09 – this is the first 
summer in a decade here in which these birds have been regular visitors (6 
species of cockatoo present on 27 Mar included both corellas and a flock of 12 
Yellow-tailed Blacks) - only a handful of records all in autumn, surprising 
given they are frequent a little higher up the slopes just a few kms away. 
Yellow-throated Scrubwrens and Bar-shouldered Doves are both in good numbers at 
present, with several pairs of both species along Douglas Farm Rd and the doves 
seem to be nesting. Also of
 note a pair of Scaly- breasted Lorikeets at North Richmond – the rarest of the 
lorikeets in the local area. At least 3 active Bell Miner nests in the garden 
at present -nothing unusual as they are year round breeders here but still 
surprises me how they show regularly select nest sites less than 2 metres off 
the ground and within 1-3 metres of the house in quite open sites. A Swamp 
Wallaby also seen on 28th - a good season for these locally with first joey 
sighting near the house in Dec/Jan.
Eric Finley

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