Tuesday Morning Walk at Tamworth Mountain Bike Track 9 February 2021

Thirteen members enjoyed a sunny morning at the track on Forest Road. Initially we walked along the lower, flatter, town end which is mostly open habitat with a few trees. By morning tea time we had identified 20 species.

Morning tea was special as we were celebrating Bill Crisp’s 80th birthday. Several relatives joined us while we attempted to light candles in the wind and shared the delicious cake among the many there. Bill has been a member for 15 years, has attended most outings and entertained many at the various campouts over the years. He was also our treasurer for 10 years.

After morning tea Margaret took over the leadership of 6 remaining members as I was unable to walk on the rougher, hill side. Here the trees are denser and the track steep and undulating in places. I enjoyed watching a pair of Brown Treecreepers fussing about near the picnic area while they were gone. They returned with a very healthy list of 23 species, including 13 Rainbow Bee-eaters.

Thankyou Margaret for recording the sightings.

Town End: Peaceful Dove, Australian Raven, Yellow Thornbill, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, White-plumed Honeyeater, Double-barred Finch, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Fairy Martin, Willie Wagtail, Magpie-lark, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Eastern Rosella, Noisy Miner, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Dollarbird, Grey Butcherbird, Grey Shrike-thrush, Black Kite, Australian White Ibis.

Hill End: Willie Wagtail, Grey Shrike-thrush, Brown Treecreeper, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, Rainbow Bee-eater, Magpie-lark, Dusky Woodswallow, Welcome Swallow, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Zebra Finch, Australian Magpie, Double-barred Finch, Rufous Whistler, Spotted Dove, Red-rumped Parrot, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Crested Pigeon, Rufous Songlark, Sacred Kingfisher, Peaceful Dove, Laughing Kookaburra, Superb Fairy-wren.

Jean Coady

Pilliga Forest Birdwatchers Outing to Swindles Well 20 February 2021

There were seven of us at Swindells Well, four from Baradine, two from Coonabarabran and one all the way from Gunnedah. Great to have you with us, Frances, and we are full of admiration and appreciation for such a competent birdo to be so dedicated to her craft to come all the distance to be with us. May Fleming gave us all a pleasant surprise by signing the (Present Book) May Whittall. Congratulations and our very best wishes to you both. There was plenty of water each side of the Crossing and the creek is actually flowing. However there was a bitter sadness to be witnessed if you stood on the crossing and looked around you to witness the result of the severity of the drought gone by. You can count over 20 dead River Oaks quite within your vision. How many trees have we lost? There is a flowering Mistletoe high up in a nearby Gum (River gum, I think) that attracted some Honeyeaters. We actually saw 53 birds all together after some of the younger members had a considerable amount of walking.

Here is the list: Emu, Brown Quail, Brown Goshawk, Diamond Dove, Peaceful Dove, Common Bronzewing, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Musk Lorikeet, Eastern Rosella, Australian Ringneck, Red-rumped Parrot, Turquoise Parrot, Owlet Nightjar, Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, White-throated Treecreeper , Brown Treecreeper, Superb Fairy-wren, Speckled Warbler, Western Gerygone, White-throated Gerygone, Weebill, Yellow Thornbill, Little Friarbird, Noisy Friarbird, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Striped Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, Jacky Winter, Red-capped Robin, Eastern Yellow Robin, Grey-crowned Babbler, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, Leaden Flycatcher, Restless Flycatcher, Grey Fantail, White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike, White-winged Triller, Masked Woodswallow, Grey Butcherbird, Magpie-lark, Australian Magpie, Willie Wagtail, Pied Currawong, Australian Raven, Apostlebird, Double-barred Finch, Welcome Swallow.-

. David and Shirley

Tuesday Walk Along Goonoo Goonoo Creek and Peel River 23 February 2021

Tuesday 23rd February a group of nine members left the Gipps Street car park and walked up along Goonoo Goonoo Creek and back. After morning tea we walked down along the Peel River, across the main bridge and back. Along Goonoo Goonoo Creek there was plenty to see, with small birds in the undergrowth, larger ones in the trees along the creek and others on the sports fields. Also some water-birds in the waterholes of Barnes Gully. There were 29 species in all. The Peel River was not so fruitful, and we were only able to add another 6. Total 35. The birds of the day were the two Bronzewings. Also of interest was the Magpie-lark's nest with two young ones and the Nankeen Kestrel being chased by a Hobby. Some time was spent identifying a juvenile water bird with lots of possibilities being tossed around. Finally Dusky Moorhen juvenile was the agreed.

Species recorded were: Magpie-lark, Noisy Miner, Eastern Rosella, Red-rumped Parrot, Willie Wagtail, Superb Fairy-wren, Spotted Dove, Australian Magpie, Crested Pigeon, Galah, White-plumed Honeyeater, White-faced Heron, Australian Raven, Red-browed Finch, Australian Wood Duck, Peaceful Dove, Grey Shrike Thrush, Noisy Friarbird, Common Bronzewing, Double-barred Finch, Australian White Ibis, Brown Honeyeater, Pacific Black Duck, Rainbow Lorikeet, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Nankeen Kestrel, Australian Hobby, Indian Myna, Common Starling, Dusky Moorhen (Juv), Pied Butcherbird, Australian Reed Warbler, Feral Pigeon, Little Pied Cormorant, and Straw-necked Ibis.

Mandy Jones ​