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August 2, 2009

Swift Parrot – Regent Honeyeater Survey 090801

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Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot Survey, Pelton Road, 1st August, 2009.

This morning I did the Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot Survey along Pelton Road in Werakata National Park, Pelton, in the Hunter Valley near Cessnock. This is part of the Woodland Bird Conservation Project for Birds Australia. Further information on this project and these species can be found at

For Swift Parrot sightings, please call 1800 665 766.

For Regent Honeyeater sightings please call 1800 621 056.

From the Pelton side I drove along Pelton Road until just past the electricity wires. There was a massive mud hole in the road which I had no chance of getting through so I just stopped there and started walking east towards Quorrobolong Road. It was a pretty quiet day and at first I saw some Brown Thornbills and some raucous Noisy Friarbirds who were feeding on the blossoms on the eucalypt trees. A couple of Laughing Kookaburras were cackling as well and a Pied Currawong was scurrying around on the ground and flew up into a tree, eyeing me off suspiciously. I thought it was a goanna.

Buff-rumped Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza reguloides)

Further on just before Red Hill Road, there were a bunch of Buff-rumped Thornbills and some Superb Fairy-wren. I also heard a single Eastern Whipbird in the distance. Along the road a bit I saw heaps of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and a solitary Mistletoebird. I eventually got to the end of Pelton Road at Quorrobolong Road. I was going to go into the National Park off a track going in at that junction, but there were no junctions, so I turned around and went back along Pelton Road.

Going back, I saw a pair of Golden Whistlers and a couple of Australian Ravens. Near Red Hill Road were a few Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, the same old Noisy Friarbirds as before, and some more Buff-rumped Thornbills.

I started at about 8:30 am and reached Quorrobolong Road at 10:15 am. I finished at 11:30 am. The weather was sunny and fine with the temperature being 7 degrees Celsius at 8 am. There was a light West North West wind blowing.

Pelton Road, Werakata NP Bird List, 1/8/09

Brown Thornbill – 5
Noisy Friarbird – 8
Laughing Kookaburra – 2
Pied Currawong – 1
Superb Fairy-wren – 8
Buff-rumped Thornbill – 10
Eastern Whipbird – 1 (H)
Yellow-faced Honeyeater – 12
Mistletoebird – 1
Golden Whistler – 2
Australian Raven – 2
Australian Magpie – 1

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