Missing migrants

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Subject: Missing migrants
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 22:48:18 +1100
Hi Keith,

As far as I can tell thus far there have been no reports of WwTrillers in the 
Hunter either. In the lead-up to the Twitchathon I have been searching for both 
Songlarks / Bushlark in their usual haunts and have come up empty-handed. There 
was one report of Rufous Songlark from near Sandy Hollow about a month ago but 
this has been the only one to date. I have spent a lot of time in their usual 
spots recently without anything.

We might have more success in the extreme west of the valley, around Goulburn 
River NP, this weekend. (fingers crossed)

I did think that I heard Stubble Quail around Morpeth recently, but it was 
windy and possibly a trick of wishful thinking. One thing that is noteworthy is 
that I counted 17 Banded Lapwings near Morpeth on Sunday. Why would these guys 
be here in numbers yet so many others that prefer to be "west" absent?

To add to your absentee list (migrant-wise), there has been no sign of 
Whiskered Terns either. White-browed / Masked Woodswallows have barely been 
reported in NSW, let alone in sub-coastal areas.

There have been no Red-kneed Dotterel or Pink-eared Duck (aside from one rogue 
bird on an inaccessible dam) either, since pretty much Dec 27 2009. Native-hens 
same (and there were numerous here pre-NYE).

At least you guys have had a Wood Sands or two!

A few people have commented to me about raptors and when I think about it, it's 
been a long time since I've even seen a Brown Falcon in the Hunter (though I'm 
sure they're here, but surely in lesser numbers).

It will make for an interesting Twitchathon.


From: Keith Brandwood <>
To: birdingaus <>
Sent: Wed, 27 October, 2010 3:27:47 PM
Subject: some migrants missing

Hello everyone, This year in the Hawkesbury looks as though we are going to 
miss out on the White winged Trillers, Brown,and Rufous Songlarks, Singing 
Bushlark and Stubble Quail I have looked long and hard but have not as yet 
recorded any of them. They are usually early arrivals here. Any one else seen 
any of them. Then again why would you fly to the Hawkesbury when conditions 
inland are probably as good if not better. Although I dot ever remember a year 
when they did not come?
the beautiful Hawkesbury 60km N/W of Sydney
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