Glos birding Mid-N Coast, NSW

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Subject: Glos birding Mid-N Coast, NSW
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Sun, 03 Oct 2010 14:41:10 +1000
Dear all

Interesting sight yesterday before the rains became permanent.....that's what it feels like right now.

Sitting on my back deck, noticed a bowerbird in the heavily flowering Dogwood just below (Jacksonia scoparia). Got the 'bins on it - a female Regent Bowerbird! Then saw another bowerbird behind her - another female Regent! Both nipping off and swallowing chunks of the bright orange/yellow flowers - no wonder the shrub looks so denuded. Wonder if this has been seen before. Then a green Satin BB crashed in and chased them both away.

On 23/24 Sept, a group of us carried out a quarterly survey on the eastern section of Curracabundi National Park. New birds located were Bassian Thrush, Speckled Warbler and (surprisingly) Tree Martins, bringing our overall total for the park to 107. Had excellent views of returning migrants - Leaden Flycatchers, Black-faced Monarchs and Rufous Whistlers (but missed out on Rufous Fantails). Noted groups of return migration Yellow-faced and White-naped Honeyeaters flying over. Also lots and lots of Spotted Pardalotes.

I took my U3A (University of the 3rd Age) group last Wed 29th Sept, to Wollabi Point/Saltwater Nat.Park, Old Bar on the coast just south of Taree. We found Rufous Fantails, a male Regent Bowerbird, an adult Yellow Robin with very young fledgling floundering in the undergrowth, superb view of an adult Nankeen Night Heron.and lots of Scarlet Honeyeaters. At Farquahar Inlet just north of Old Bar, the wind was blowing a gale and it was high tide so we only saw 12 Pacific Golden Plovers, 7 Red-capped Dotterels, one of which did the broken wing trick, 5 Black Swans, 5 Pied Oystercatchers, one Masked Lapwing, one Magpie, one Little Wattlebird, one Pied Cormorant, one Gannet, one Silver Gull and two Crested Terns. Must be the lowest tally of birds seen there for all time, but had little options on date/time as these U3A things have to be fixed weeks in advance and suit other schedules than mine. I guess most of the waders where hiding from the wind in the salt grass out of sight.

Happy birding.............


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