Trip Report Tuesday 11 October 2022 Peel River, Tamworth

Only six hardy birdos came for a wander along the Peel on a rather fresh morning. Bill and Margaret still had a house full of guests celebrating Margaret’s 80th birthday. As the bats were still in residence along the Bicentennial Park area, we wandered from the Brisbane Street Bridge down to Jewry Street. After morning tea in the sunniest spot we could find, we followed the bike track on the other side of the river adding a Kingfisher and Dollarbird to the tally.

Birds seen: Australian Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon, Spotted Dove, Crested Pigeon, White-faced Heron, Galah, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Australian King-Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Red-rumped Parrot, Sacred Kingfisher, Dollarbird, Superb Fairy-wren, White-plumed Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Brown Honeyeater, Noisy Friarbird, Little Friarbird, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Grey Shrike-thrush, Dusky Woodswallow, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Willie Wagtail, Magpie-lark, Welcome Swallow, Common Blackbird, Common Starling, Common Myna, Red-browed Finch,

Terri Mower

Pilliga Forest Birdwatchers Visit Warrumbungles National Park 15 October 2022

There were 6 of us on Saturday at the Warrumbungles. The weather was superb, the country side looked a picture, and the birds were plentiful. It was a wonderful morning of birdwatching. Margaret was the first to get there and was hard at it when Bruce arrived. John was next, closely followed by Joshi, then Blake. May was last to arrive, but she could be forgiven as she had just finished running 15km (and watching a pair of Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens bouncing around on the walking track at one point while she was at it).

By the stage we were all together, we decided we would head to Canyon picnic area and cover the northern side of the nature trail walking track. It would have been a very wet crossing had we tried to go any further. In fact the noise of the rushing water became somewhat of an annoyance for those of us who rely on our ears more than our eyes to spot the birds. Despite that, when we came back together for a well-earned cuppa, we found that we already had amassed a total of 64 birds, and we still had the Woolshed stop to go.

And it didn't disappoint. White-crowned babblers transporting nesting material to one of several nests of theirs we found. A few more species of Thornbill, and a couple of other birds we hadn't got.

Here I must make an admission to our other birders on the day. I counted up a total of 69 while we were there, and everyone was told they couldn't leave until we got to 70! We strived, to no avail, and finished our day one down on perfection. However, when I got home and re-counted, and added a Brown Goshawk from a photo that May took, we now have 71. Oh well, I don't think anybody was too concerned about staying on a little longer at the time.

Bird of the day? I hear you ask. Bruce and Blake saw a White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike making its distinctive call, but noticed that it had a definite black bib. Definitely the most interesting sighting of the day, and if anyone can suggest how this could be, please do. The White-browed Babblers were a treat as they went about their nest building as well. For May and I it was the first time we got to see, not just hear, a Brush Cuckoo which was a highlight for us.

Our next outing is Ruins Road Dam deep in the heart of the Pilliga. Hopefully the weather will improve enough for us to be able to get there.

And here is the list.

Brown Quail, Common Bronzewing, White-faced Heron, Pacific Black Duck, Brown Goshawk, Nankeen Kestrel, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Crimson Rosella, Turquoise Parrot, (3 individuals at the Visitor Centre), Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Brush Cuckoo, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin, Rufous Songlark, Grey Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Jacky Winter, Eastern Yellow Robin, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, Magpie-lark, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Cicadabird, Grey-crowned Babbler, Speckled Warbler, White-throated Gerygone, Western Gerygone, Weebill, Striated Thornbill, Yellow Thornbill, Inland Thornbill, White-browed Scrubwren, Superb Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren, White-throated Treecreeper, Mistletoebird, Spotted Pardalote, Silvereye, Striped Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Noisy Friarbird, Little Friarbird, Red-browed Finch, Olive-backed Oriole, White-winged Chough, Pied Currawong, Grey Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Australian Raven, Striated Pardalote, Peaceful Dove, White-browed Babbler, Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Eastern Spinebill, Double-barred Finch, Restless Flycatcher, Crested Pigeon, Australian King Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Red-rumped Parrot.

All the best until next time.

TBW Tuesday Outing to Woolomin Reserve 25 October 2022

In spite of all the rain we have had we were still able to enjoy our morning birding at Woolomin on Tuesday with a total of 40 species seen.

We were greeted with bird song from every direction and our list started with a Dollarbird sitting on the powerline, an Oriole calling and a Galah busy tidying up the entrance to what looked like an opening to a nesting hollow.

We found the Satin Bowerbirds quietly in the trees overlooking the bridge with the Peel rushing by at a level we had not seen for a good while.

We could hear the baby Galahs reminding their parents that they were hungry, as usual! We found a good number of little bush birds in this area such as Superb Fairy-wren, Grey Fantail, Red-browed Finch and Double-barred Finch. There was a Striated Pardalote enjoying the sunshine and a male and female Rufous Whistler with nest building material?

We wandered down the little lane and said hello to the gorgeous Maremma’s who live there and admired the beautiful Wyandot rooster who is a very handsome fellow and knows it! Only added a Yellow Thornbill here plus the Bar-shouldered Dove was heard calling so it was down to the river but far too much water to do more than just stand and watch it but we were happy with our 40 species with four breeding records.

Birds seen: Australian Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Spotted Dove, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Galah,(SB,YON), Little Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Musk Lorikeet, Australian King-Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Laughing Kookaburra, Dollarbird, White-throated Treecreeper, Satin Bowerbird(YON), Superb Fairy-wren, Yellow Thornbill, Striated Pardalote, White-plumed Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Friarbird, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike,(YON), Rufous Whistler (SB), Grey Shrike-thrush, Olive-backed Oriole, Grey Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Grey Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Australian Raven, Magpie-lark, Silvereye, Welcome Swallow, Common Myna, Double-barred Finch, Red-browed Finch, House Sparrow.

Joan Dunne.

Tuesday “Walk” Trap Making at Eric Fair’s, Appleby Lane 8 November 2022

Four of us started making Common Myna traps about 9:00 AM and another four came a little later. We sat or stood in the shed working and chatting about this and that and no doubt solved all the problems of the world. When we had assembled all thirteen trap bodies those who had other things to do left and the rest went for a brief walk along the river which still had quite a body of water flowing down. On returning to the house we had lunch and the rest went home.

I would like to thank those of you who came for the wonderful job done. That is a great help to me to get a supply of traps on hand. Thank you very much.

Birds seen: Australian Magpie, Galah, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Little Corella, Torresian Crow, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Nankeen Kestrel, Superb Fairy-wren heard, White-winged Chough, Australian King-Parrot, Willie Wagtail, Grey Shrike-thrush, Welcome Swallow, House Sparrow.

Eric Fair

Twitchathon Report

On Saturday 29 October, Denise Kane, Frances Wright and I, the “Gunnedah Galahs”, took part in the 3 hour section of this year’s Twitchathon, raising money for research into Gang-gang Cockatoos. In what turned out to be a great day, we saw and heard 69 species in all. We were allowed to split the time into 3 blocks, with travel time between not counted, so we went to 3 locations – Woolomin Reserve, Sheba Dams, and Cockburn River Campsite, Limbri. We had a great start at Woolomin, counting 44 species, including the Satin Bowerbird, Peaceful and Bar-shouldered Doves, and Bell Miner. Then it was on to Sheba Dams, with a quick stop for coffee at Nundle on the way. At the dams, we saw both the Leaden and Satin Flycatchers, the Red-browed Treecreeper, heard the Fan-tailed Cuckoo, and had a wonderful view of a Spotted Pardalote, adding a further 17 species to our list. Finally we went to Limbri, and were able to add another 8 species, including the Restless Flycatcher, Brown Quail (which flew out right from under Fran’s feet!), Brown Treecreeper, and Turquoise Parrot. We were very lucky with the weather, with no rain or floods to worry about, and all in all, had a great day. So far, we have raised over $500, and I understand that you can still donate to our team if you would like to by going to the Twitchathon website.

So thank you Denise and Fran for inviting me to join the group, it was such a fun day, and I’m looking forward to maybe even doing the 8 hour Twitchathon next year!

Jan Hosking