Marie-Laure's bird sightings on the Central Coast, 70km north of Sydney, Australia.
Created by emmelleb on Jul 15, 2008
Last updated: 11/09/09 at 11:33 AM
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Was away at weekend, so they could have arrived then, but heard and saw pair on Monday.
Causing havoc already...panicking the poor red wattlebirds.
having a good wash in the bird bath. Brush turkeys pretty active. Male and female superb fairy wrens hopping about in the lower garden, haven't seen them here before.
Been hearing them at dusk and was treated to a fine observation as a male and female pair progressed from trees to the right, across pool railing to the left. Photo from: http://www.graemechapman.com.au/cgi-bin/viewphotos.php?c=52
Went for a stroll in Rumbalara reserve and saw lots including new spots: Eastern yellow robin Olive-backed oriole Pair Brown gerygones building a beautiful nest. will post a photo when I go back with my camera. Unsures: tree-creeper...red-browed? very small red-breasted bird, possibly with no tail, thin beak, high up in middle storey trees Usuals: Superb fairy wrens Lewin's Honeyeaters Grey fantail Golden whistler Spotted pardalote Bell miners King parrot (female) Kookies Eastern spinebill Brush turkeys Bower birds (female) Not so usuals: Black-faced cuckooshrike White-headed pigeon
A mad and amazing few minutes had several small birds drinking and bathing in the bird bath. Eastern spinebill, Lewin's honeyeater, golden whistler and a female superb fairy wren. Grey butcherbird in trees. Red wattle bird is building a nest in a eucalypt tree almost opposite the balcony, so will be great to watch progress. Although most activity seems to be shooing away the currawongs at present.
I have now worked out the bird I saw at the coast edge of the Warra Trig walk. A pair of Rockwarblers, skitting along the sandstone, singing away and sweeping their tails. They only live in NSW and only in coastal sandstone areas between the Hunter River and Clyde River. So I live in just the right place to spot them! Photo from Charlie at http://10000birds.com/
Saw single spotted pardalote in lower garden whilst clearing out lantana. Lewin's honeyeaters and female bowerbirds all pretty active. Currawongs are jumping around in a gang - probably youngsters as fairly small and sleek. They and red wattle birds are drinking at my water dish! Wonder if they will put off the smaller birds, will have to wait and see. Identified golden whistlers which are flitting about up in the tree tops. Photo from Charlie at http://10000birds.com/
brown honeyeater (new), new holland honeyeaters, little wattle birds, superb fairy wren (m+f), reddish-brown robin type, white-cheeked honeyeaters (new), eastern spinebill. image from: http://www.aviceda.org/abid/search.php?keyword=spotted+pardalote Went for a walk to Warrah Trig - lovely views over Patonga and to Palm Beach and Barranjoey lighthouse. Then walked over road inland a bit to get different views over the eucalypt hills - you wouldn't know the F3 was in between hills! Very calming and peaceful.
sound resembles a machine-gun chuckle
image from: http://www.birdphotos.com.au/lewinshoneyeaterweb/
or two around the back.
Trip out to Kulnura, saw white-browed scrubwren,
Birds very active and noisy out the back at the moment...
Rainbow lorikeets were drinking at 'billlabong pool' next door.
Male King Parrot also hovering wanting to join in but didn't seem to feel secure enough. I haven't seen it these parrots this close to the house before.
Eastern Rosellas also twittering around
More usual residents:
Bell birds, Kookaburras, Wattle birds, Satin bowerbirds (m&f), Eastern whipbird calling.
Magpie trying to drink from our pool, but couldn't reach down to water level.
Birds must be very thirsty just now - really must get my water dish/tower sorted.
and looking very dapper and shiny feathered. Nest bit of a mess, so wonder if he'll try and repair or start new. He has been at that nest for several years now, but nest was damaged.
White Throated Tree Creeper
White throated honey eater nb white eye also Eastern yellow robin, Silvereyes, possibly Red-browed finch, but just saw red beak and brown back, so not sure. Also saw 3 pods of humpback whales travelling up the coast, frolicking! Wyrrabalong reserve, between Forresters Beach and Bateau Bay
Male White-headed pigeon
plus the usuals,
kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, red wattle birds, flock of female bower birds feeding on berries and shoots, with one or 2 males, Lewin's honey eaters, pelicans wheeling in the sky.
Friarbird - not a regular sighting.
Haven't seen brush turkey for a while.