Greg, Tim and all,
Seems to be the same in Sydney.
The Pitta (or Pittas) that visit the Warriewood Wetlands / Irrawong Reserve in
Sydney NSW are certainly winter visitors - and we can be sure of that as the
site is visited and surveyed regularly in all seasons.
As to where they come from? Now that would be interesting.
> To: ;
> Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:24:56 +1000
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Noisy Pitta at Bermagui, NSW Far South Coast
> Hi Tim,
> I wondered why you were surprised that the record was a winter record.
> Noisy Pittas tend to move into lowland rainforest and scrub on the NSW north
> coast during the winter, being absent from these areas during the summer.
> It is thought that they simply move down from the mountains but it is
> probably more complex than that. I would have thought that winter time
> would be when stragglers were likely to occur in unusual places. Were
> earlier southern records in the summer? A great record anyway so good on
> Christopher. I am sure that I have walked that boardwalk some years back.
> Dr Greg. P. Clancy
> Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
> | PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
> | 02 6649 3153 | 0429 601 960
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim Dolby
> Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 5:32 PM
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Noisy Pitta at Bermagui, NSW Far South Coast
> Hi all,
> For anyone currently in the far south coast area of NSW, a single Noisy
> Pitta has been photographed by Christopher Hemmingsen at Bermagui. See
> http://www.eremaea.com/BirdlineRecentSightings.aspx?Birdline=6. If you want
> to look for the bird, there's a boardwalk at end of Wallaga St, Wallaga
> Lake. Walk to end of boardwalk and then past a little hut. Here you'll come
> to shaded bush area along path. This is where the bird was seen. (Interested
> to hear about any follow ups.)
> As far as I can tell, this easily represents Australia's most southerly
> record for Noisy Pitta. Perhaps another sign of changing times along
> Australia's south-east coast. A winter - rather than summer - record also
> seems unusual.
> Tim Dolby
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