White Box in flower in Wagga region of NSW

To: 'Kim Sterelny' <>, 'Birding Aus' <>
Subject: White Box in flower in Wagga region of NSW
From: Stephen Ambrose <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:18:31 +0000
Thanks Kim for the information about the Tilba area.

I was conducting woodland bird surveys all last week along the Olympic
Highway near Wagga Wagga, NSW.  The White Box is flowering profusely in the
region and there are lots of Red Wattlebirds, Fuscous Honeyeaters,
White-plumed Honeyeaters, resident Noisy Miners, Eastern Rosellas,
Red-rumped Parrots and to a lesser extent, Yellow Rosellas.  Also good
numbers of Western Gerygones, Yellow Thornbills, as well as a few
Chestnut-rumped Thornbills, Buff-rumped Thornbills and White-throated
Gerygones, There are also Superb Parrots, Little Lorikeets, Flame Robins,
Scarlet Robins, Hooded Robins and a host of other NSW threatened woodland
bird species in the area.  Like Tilba, the bird communities are really noisy
out there at the moment, largely as a result of the competition between Red
Wattlebirds, Noisy Miners, other honeyeaters, and the parrots for resources.
Pomingalarna Reserve (near the intersection of Sturt & Olympic Highways on
the southern outskirts of Wagga) is an absolute gold mine of woodland birds
at the moment.

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde, NSW

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-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Kim Sterelny
Sent: Wednesday, 10 June 2015 1:55 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: Spotted gums in flower south coast of NSW

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
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
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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 correctly.

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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