Crimson Rosella - photo Bob Faulkner

Covid-19 and TBW Outings (V170920)

• It is the aim of the TBW Committee to run TBW Outings in a Covid Safe Way.

• This is in addition to the normal safety rules.

Motion passed at Committee Meeting (28/8/20):-

Should there be Covid restrictions the leader of each outing will be responsible for checking the current Covid restrictions on the NSW Website.

The leader will advise participants of the restrictions at the start of the outing.”

Please note:

• It is the responsibility of each participant to follow the Leader(s)’ instructions.

Members & guests agree to this understanding when they sign on.

• The Leaders are volunteers and need your support, especially during this difficult time.

• Pre-booking is essential. Contact the Leader to book your place


Tuesday morning birdwalks

 Tuesday morning birdwalks on second and fourth Tuesdays at 8am.

Prebooking is required

The contact person is Joan Dunne Phone 6762 4553

Saturday Outings  

Prebooking is required - contact the leader

Sep 13 Tuesday Walk to Tamworth Gardens Retirement Estate leader Annabel Ashworth, 0427 694 147

Sep 24 Saturday Outing to Warrabah NP leader Eric Fair 6769 7525, 0429 697 525

Sep 27 Tuesday Walk to Carroll area leader Geraldine Austin 0435 366 727 

Australian King Parrot - Photo Bob Faulkner

Interesting Sightings

August Sightings

Aug 23 Yellow-billed Spoonbill beside the New England Highway just south of Tamworth, TBW

Aug 23 Australasian Figbird, 15+ at Gowrie, Douglas Road , Gowrie, south of Tamworth

Aug 24 Golden Whistler at Erwin St South Tamworth, first time at this site, Joan Dunne,

Aug 29 Zebra Finch 40+and Red-browed Finch 75+ at the end of Higgins Lane Oxley Vale, Annabel Ashworth, hasn’t seen that many finches for many years

James Ardill’s Sightings

Aug 10—12 1 Australasian Figbird male at Pine Street Kootingal

Aug 15 3 Royal Spoonbills at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School (MAHS)

Aug 15 2 Pied Butcherbirds at O’Briens Lane near Farrer MAHS (regulars)

Aug 19 1 Striated Pardalote at Botanic gardens

Aug 19 Several Striated Thornbills at Botanic gardens

Aug 19 2 Eastern Spinebills at Botanic Gardens

Aug 19 1 Mistletoebird male at Botanic Gardens

Aug 19 6 Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike at NE Highway Nemingha

Aug 19 6 Brown Honeyeaters at Liberty Church with at least 1 fledging

Aug 19 2 Nankeen Kestrels at Liberty Church (regulars)

Aug 19 6 Speckled Warblers at Botanic gardens

Aug 20 2 White-faced Herons at Farrer MAHS

Aug 22 2 Australian King-parrots (pair) at O’Briens Lane near Farrer MAHS

Jan Hosking’s sightings

19 August: 3 Silvereyes, Gordon St Calala

20 August: Hybrid Rosella, returning to my garden at Gordon St after a long absence.

22 August: 6 Torresian Crows, Gordon St Calala

24 August: 1 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Calala Lane Calala

24 August: 1 Grey Fantail, 1 male Rufous Whistler, 2 Striated Pardalotes, in my garden Gordon St Calala

26 August: 1 Grey Fantail, 2 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos, Gordon St Calala.

29 August: John and I went out to Wondobah State Conservation Area, looking for terrestrial orchids (we found 5 species), and I saw 2 Brown Treecreepers, and the first Dusky Woodswallow that I’ve seen this season. It was a good day, with 30 species seen in all.

Budgerigars - Photo: Denise Kane


The Internet Bird Collection

Birdlife Australia

Ausbird  - the Australia Birding Directory

NSW Bird Atlassers Inc

Tourism Tamworth

Birding-Aus - A birding discussion group

NSW ORAC ( NSW Ornithological Appraisal Records Committee )

Grey falcon study

Eremaea Birds

Cumberland Bird Observers Club,Sydney

Hunter Bird Observers Club

Hastings Birdwatchers Inc

Manning Great Lakes Birdwatchers Inc

Toowoomba Bird Observers

Graeme Chapman Natural History Photographer

Michael Dahlem Birds of Australia (Narrabri birdwatcher and photographer)

Wirefence - a UK based collection of useful birding resources for all ages

Making Nestboxes - links

Neil Hermes - Canberra based ornithologist - answers questions, leads tours etc