I saw a Rufous Fantail the weekend before last in Garigal National Park
> Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2010 15:57:30 +1100
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Missing migrants
> In the Capertee Valley last week I saw a few Singing Bushlarks and
> heard one Stubble Quail, but many of the other migrants do seem to
> have been drawn further inland. We're seeing very few White-winged
> Trillers, I haven't found a Painted Honeyeater yet this season (they
> usually arrive in mid-Sept), and not a single White-browed or Masked
> Woodswallow. Rufous Songlarks are present but not in anywhere near
> the numbers they are in some years, and no Brown seen.
> As for ducks, the Lithgow sewage ponds have been completely devoid of
> Pink-eared for some months now, and more recently the Blue-billed
> Ducks have disappeared.
> Mick's comment regarding the Banded Lapwings is interesting.
> Consistent with this we had an unexpected sighting of 4 Banded
> Lapwings on Aarons Pass Road just south of Pyramul on 17th October
> with a Follow That Bird group. This is in the tablelands in the
> region south of Mudgee.
> Up here in the wet forests of the Blue Mountains, strangely I have
> not recorded a single Rufous Fantail this season. Have others been
> seeing them? They must be around somewhere.
> At 10:48 PM +1100 27/10/10, Mick Roderick wrote:
> >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
> >It will make for an interesting Twitchathon.
> >From: Keith Brandwood <>
> >To: birdingaus <>
> >Sent: Wed, 27 October, 2010 3:27:47 PM
> >Subject: [Birding-Aus] 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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