Bellingen birders at Blue Poles, Valla Beach
A record turn-out of 27 people (including some new members) –
7:30am Robert Lowden Park Sunday 27 April
A large turn-out but a cloudy start and no sign of the Noisy Pitta on the Bus Stop Track (seen on a recce Friday morning), a Little Shrike-thrush was one notable viewing.
We walked the Four wheel Drive track to the beach through the Paperbark Swamp, (now dry and quiet) onto the beach where three Red-backed Fairy-wrens posed in non-breeding plumage so the difference to the Superb and Variegated clear.
Then around to the foot track with Spotted and Striated Pardalotes together, not usual, and Varied Sittellas and a carpet python wrapped up a tree. Richard appeared eager for breakfast. A slap-up sumptuous brekky at Blue Poles came served with a Brown Goshawk.
After breakfast we went down to Deep Creek, Valla Beach. A pair of Ospreys greeted us and the sun appeared. We crossed the bridge via a pair of Brahminy Kites, a juvenile White-bellied Sea-Eagle and a Mistletoebird in the Casuarinas. From the beach we watched a large pod of over twenty dolphins swim up and down, specially booked and choreographed by John and Bron. Then back up Deep Creek with an Azure Kingfisher, Striated Heron, Great Egrets and Australian Pelicans. We watched a pair of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets inspect the various orifices of an old gum with a wonderful youthful enthusiasm.
All in all 67 birds. The bird list for the morning is appended below.
“Thank you, John and Bron, for a most enjoyable outing, and for making us welcome in your home – but the breakfast is what all of us will remember I think.”
We had a great view of Red-backed Wrens, none in breeding plumage, but the difference is no blue in the tail and no red around the eye
Pacific Black Duck Crested Pigeon Bar-shouldered Dove Great Cormorant Pied Cormorant Little Black Cormorant Australian Pelican Eastern Great Egret Striated Heron White-faced Heron Australian White Ibis Eastern Osprey Black-shouldered Kite White-bellied Sea-Eagle Whistling Kite Brahminy Kite Brown Goshawk Purple Swamphen Australian Pied Oystercatcher Bar-tailed Godwit Crested Tern Silver Gull Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Galah Rainbow Lorikeet Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Australian King-Parrot Fan-tailed Cuckoo Azure Kingfisher Laughing Kookaburra White-throated Treecreeper Satin Bowerbird Superb Fairy-wren Red-backed Fairy-wren White-browed Scubwren Large-billed Scrubwren Mangrove Gerygone Brown Thornbill Yellow Thornbill Spotted Pardalote Striated Pardalote Little Wattlebird Noisy Friarbird Blue-faced Honeyeater Lewin’s Honeyeater Brown Honeyeater White-cheeked Honeyeater Eastern Spinebill Eastern Whipbird Varied Sittella Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Golden Whistler Little Shrike-thrush Olive-backed Oriole Pied Butcherbird Australian Magpie Pied Currawong Spangled Drongo Grey Fantail Torresian Crow Eastern Yellow Robin Tawny Grassbird Silvereye Welcome Swallow Mistletoebird Red-browed Finch