Spotted gums in flower south coast of NSW

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Subject: Spotted gums in flower south coast of NSW
From: Kim Sterelny <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 03:54:45 +0000
Hi Folks

Those planning some time on the South Coast might like to know that there is a 
fair amount of flowering in the spotted gum forests in the Tilba area, on the 
slopes of Mt Gulaga. I was there last weekend and (despite being burdened with 
a nasty cold) noticed a lot of honeyeater activity in the day (and lots of 
Little Red flying foxes at night). I saw more numbers than variety: lots of red 
wattlebirds; Lewins and yellow-faced, white naped honeyeaters and eastern 
spinebilsl; and small flocks of rainbow lorakeets. But there were a lot of 
small birds high in the trees that I never saw well enough to identify, so 
could well have been much more there.

Fun just to see birds in such numbers, and so noisy


Kim Sterelny
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On 10/06/2015, at 1:10 PM, Greg and Val Clancy wrote:

Hi Graeme,

While not wanting to rule out your suggestion that the Pink Robin may have 
originated fairly close to Wianamatta, as it may well have, I would think that 
it would be more likely a latitudinal migrant as we are just learning now how 
extensive the northern movement of birds from southern latitudes in winter 
really is.  We have known for many decades about the Tasmanian and Victorian 
Silvereyes moving into New South Wales and Southern Queensland but it is now 
known that Tasmanian Grey Fantails and Tasmanian and Victorian Golden Whistlers 
move north.  The Tasmanian Boobook is thought to move to the mainland as well 
but this has been recently challenged.  I wouldn't be at all surprised if the 
presumed altitudinal migrants such as the Rose Robin and Pied Currawong, are in 
fact latitudinal migrants.  The abundance of Willie Wagtails on the NSW north 
coast during the winter is also highly suggestive of an influx of migrants 
(from southern latitudes?).  Other species known to migrate north in 
autumn-winter include the Yellow-faced and White-naped Honeyeaters.  Red 
Wattlebirds move to the north coast in the autumn-winter but again it is not 
known whether they are altitudinal or latitudinal migrants.

It is clear that there is much to learn about the migration of Australian 
birds, particularly during the autumn-winter months.


Dr Greg. P. Clancy
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-----Original Message----- From: Graeme Chapman
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 10:46 AM
Subject: Pink Robins in NSW

The recent banding record of a female Pink Robin at Wianamatta Reserve near 
Penrith, same bird for second year in a row, started me thinking.

The nearest breeding location that I know of is at Mt Ginini west of Canberra, 
just below the tree line at about 1600 M above sea level.

When this area is deep in snow, (which it would be at present )  these birds 
would presumably move.

Years ago, Steve Wilson and his team operated a banding station lower down in 
the Brindabellas and they used to catch Pink Robins, in winter if I remember 

It seems unlikely to me that the female near Penrith has come from the A.C.T. - 
more likely it has come from somewhere not so far away.

There are areas above 1300 M just straight up the valley from Penrith that 
might bear investigation if suitable habitat occurs.

At Thredbo, where they are known to breed, the suitable habitat is creekline, 
lined with tree ferns.

At Mt Ginini, the habitat is less distinctive, a fairly light scrub about 6m M 
high which is fairly open underneath, lots of mosses etc.


Graeme Chapman
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