Who has been to see the Citrine Wagtail - Update on Survey (long)

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Subject: Who has been to see the Citrine Wagtail - Update on Survey (long)
From: "Judy Leitch" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:29:27 +1000
I was amazed to see the interest shown by the local community i.e.
twenty-year olds in a car in Lawson Park who wanted to know "had I seen THE
(their) bird? Great interest when I showed them pics from back of camera. 


Save Our Broadwater

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Sent: Sunday, 14 September 2014 6:32 AM
Subject: Who has been to see the Citrine Wagtail - Update on
Survey (long)

I joined 7 other very enthusiastic and friendly birders yesterday (Saturday
13th September 2014) to find the Citrine Wagtail. Despite scanning all edges
of the main pond (opposite the wooden hide) and the adjacent sewage pond and
overflow dam for several hours, there was no sign of the Citrine Wagtail. It
was last positively sighted on Tuesday 8th September 2014. 

The bird may have moved on to another part of the wetlands and is being
overlooked, or it may have moved somewhere else entirely. Sadly it may have
also become a meal for one of the many raptors or feral cats which hunt
within the wetlands. 
But one of the joys of birding is the chance that the bird may just turn up

I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to
kindly fill out the Citrine Wagtail questionnaire. Also thanks to all who
noticed my omission of 'question no. 5' - yes, it was intended to be where
you recorded the date of your visit! Thanks also to all who corrected my
typo regarding the mention if the Grey-headed Lapwing that was sighted at
Burren Junction!

I would also like to thank Sue Chatfield for first identifying the bird and
sharing her sighting with the world! You have really helped put this place
on the map!

It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic birders willing to share
intricate details of their trip to see the wagtail at the Putta Bucca
Wetlands in Mudgee.

The wetlands themselves are a real gem, and although artificial, they form a
surrogate habitat for a natural ox-bow/billabong wetland. Sadly such
wetlands were rapidly dammed and ploughed-out during early settlement of the
Due to the unique habitat features and the vast amount of
biodiversity(notably birds) the Putta Bucca Wetlands supports, the
protection of this unique habitat area is quite important to the Mudgee

The Putta Bucca Wetlands is clearly a valuable tourism asset to Mudgee, and
while a sighting as rare as the Citrine Wagtail may never happen again, the
site will continue to turn up interesting birds and will remain a valuable
and popular birdwatching site in perpetuity. This is under the proviso that
the site remains open to the public, that infrastructure is provided and
maintained for public use (i.e. walking tracks, drop toilets, picnic tables
and signage), and most importantly, that the site is protected from damage
and alteration while being managed appropriately as a 'natural area'. 

The 'Watershed Landcare Friends of Putta Bucca Wetlands' understand that an
important part of the process in protecting the Putta Bucca Wetlands (which
is council-owned land) will involve classifying the site as "Community Land"
under the NSW Local Government Act 1993. This means that it will be
protected and reserved for community use and will not be available for use
as a commercial or industrial precinct under its current classification as
"operational land" under the same Act.

The Friends of Putta Bucca wetlands thankyou all for showing your interest
and support in the wetlands and greatly welcome your comments, suggestions
or submissions on the wetlands and their managenent.

If you have any questions or comments on your experience at the Putta Bucca
Wetlands, including what facilities you liked and what facilities are still
required, we would really love your feedback. Please post any feedback on
the following website: 

Or email:

Also anyone is welcome to join our group to help protect the wetlands so
feel free to subscribe!

Kind regards,

Kurtis Lindsay

Member of the Watershed Landcare Friends of Putta Bucca Wetlands

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Subject: Who has been to see the Citrine Wagtail - Survey
Date: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 6:20 AM

Hello all,

I am a local Mudgee birder and founding member of the "Watershed Landcare
Friends of Putta Bucca Wetlands". See our website:

We are carrying out a quick survey to find out who has come to see the
Citrine Wagtail and how far you have travelled to see it.

A similar study was done on the Grey-headed Wagtail seen at Burren Junction
NSW a few years back.

We are hoping to use the data to show the value of the wetlands to the
Mudgee economy and the Australian Birdwatching circuit in light of such
significant birding events!

We would also very much value your bird lists from the Pitta Bucca wetlands
as it contributes to our knowledge of species that occur there. Already two
new species to the wetlands (other than the wagtail!) have been seen as
'bycatch' by visitors targeting the wagtail. If you havent already, and are
happy to, please submit your list to the 'Putta Bucca Wetlands' hotspot site
on eBird 
We wod greatly appreciate if you would please fill out as many of the
following questions you can, and return to myself or

2.Years spent birding:
3.Where you reside (state and suburb/town):
4.How far you travelled to get to the Putta Bucca wetlands:
6.Did you compile a bird list and submit to ebird?:
7.Did you stay overnight:
8.Where did you stay?:
9. How long did you stay in Mudgee?:

Thank you in anticipation.


Kurtis Lindsay
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