Tuesday Bird Outing 26 October 2021 to Tamworth Mountain Bike Park.

After checking all the Covid vaccination certificates, we headed up Forest Road to the Mountain Bike Park. As a couple of birdos were running late, we started out on the flatter area around the picnic areas. As always, the birds were not here in great numbers -they all prefer the higher ground.

Lyn arrived in time to join us up the Yuundu Warruwi Aboriginal Culture Trail, which goes through light woodland, open grassland, down through a gully with a slow-flowing creek. The gully at the start of this trail is always a hot spot for birds with plenty of cover for the little ones. Overhead, fourteen Black Kites were circling the tip area and about 200 Straw-necked Ibis did a fly-past.

Unfortunately, the Rainbow Bee-eaters were missing in action but we were lucky to see two Speckled Warblers and a couple of Plum-headed Finch.

Birds Seen: Pacific Black Duck, Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon, Spotted Dove, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Straw-necked Ibis, Black Kite, Galah, Little Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Eastern Rosella, Eastern Koel, Sacred Kingfisher, Dollarbird, Superb Fairy-wren, Speckled Warbler, White-plumed Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, Olive-backed Oriole, Grey Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Willie Wagtail, Australian Raven, Magpie-lark, Rufous Songlark, Plum-headed Finch.,

Terri Mower

Saturday Outing to Tarpoly and Borah TSRs 30 October 2021

We spent a delightful day out birding on Saturday when 20 of us ventured out to the Barraba area and Tarpoly was our first stop. This is where we met up with Frances, Gail and Louise who had come across from Gunnedah.

The first bird we saw was a lovely Red-winged Parrot who did the right thing and sat on a bare branch to be admired. A first for Brett I believe. On the small dam two Grey Teal had their seven babies out swimming and Brown Treecreepers were flitting amongst the trees and the Rufous Songlarks made sure we knew they were about. More excitement when two Hooded Robins flew in and we added a Striped Honeyeater and Diamond Firetail along with the colourful Bee-eaters. This gave us 30 species here and it was time to move onto our next stop. Birds seen here: Brown Quail, Grey Teal (yon), Australasian Grebe, Peaceful Dove, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Little Eagle, Little Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Brown Treecreeper, White-throated Gerygone, Striated Pardalote, White-plumed Honeyeater, Little Friarbird, Striped Honeyeater, Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike, Grey Shrike-thrush, Australian Magpie, Willie Wagtail, Magpie-lark, White-winged Chough, Jacky Winter, Hooded Robin, Rufous Songlark, Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin and Diamond Firetail.

Hastings Birdo’s were kind enough to give us directions to the area where they had seen Crimson Chat recently so with directions to look for a brand new gate with a puddle of water near it off we went and found the spot! There was a good pull in area and we had a quick morning tea and almost immediately we heard the call of these birds but unfortunately we didn’t see them. We all scouted around and ended up with a list of 29 here. Two White-winged Trillers arrived and there were two baby Dusky Woodswallows cuddled up together on a branch. Euan found a very low bush with a Willie Wagtail nest and 2 babies crowded into it. This was where the Speckled Warbler was seen. The girls found a Cicadabird and my favourite a Crested Shrike-tit. This gave us our 29 species along this short spot along the edge of the road. Birds seen here: Common Bronzewing, Peaceful Dove, Galah, Eastern Rosella, Red-rumped Parrot, Turquoise Parrot, Channel -billed Cuckoo, Sacred Kingfisher, Dollarbird, Superb Fairy-wren, Specked Warbler, Yellow Thornbill, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Noisy Friarbird, Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike, Cicadabird, White-winged Triller, Crested Shrike-tit, Dusky Woodswallow, (yon), Grey Butcherbird, Willie Wagtail ( NWY), Australian Raven, Magpie-lark, White-winged Chough, Jack Winter (Sugg), Rufous Songlark, Common Starling, Double-barred Finch, Diamond Firetail.

Our final stop was of course Borah TSR. This great area has been a favourite spot of ours and it didn’t let us down with some trees in blossom and the Borah Creek slowly moving along we were spoilt for birds. Their calls greeted us as soon as we arrived and our list ended up here with 44 species. More Brown Treecreepers, White-throated Gerygone, King Parrot, five different Honeyeaters, Leaden Flycatcher, Eastern Yellow Robin and a Black-fronted Dotterel to name a few. It was late afternoon before we packed up and headed home, all very tired but pleased that we were able to spend the day in such great birding spots. Birds seen here: Australian Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Peaceful Dove, White-faced Heron, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Black-fronted Dotterel, Little Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Musk Lorikeet, Little Lorikeet, Australian King-Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Fantail Cuckoo, Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Dollarbird, White-throated Treecreeper, Brown Treecreeper, Superb Fairy-wren, White-throated Gerygone, Striated Pardalote, Lewin’s Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Noisy Friarbird, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike - thrush, Olive-backed Oriole, Grey Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Australian Raven, Leaden Flycatcher, Restless Flycatcher, Magpie-lark, White-winged Chough, (NWY), Eastern Yellow Robin, Rufous Songlark, Tree Martin, Mistletoebird, Red-browed Finch .

We listed eight vulnerable and 69 different species.

Joan Dunne.