Spent an enjoyable day birding around the Cessnock area with Nick and Liz. Our aim was to clean up a few woodland species missed on previous trips and to see the Regent Honeyeaters that have just arrived.
We hit Kitchener early and immediately found Black-chinned Honeyeater and Regents in the carpark. Musk and Little Lorikeets were common and gave great views. Both Pardalotes and White-throated Gerygone could be heard.
We walked further up the track and heard Spotted Quail-thrush calling down the slope so off we went and after much searching located the pair. At one stage the male was calling high in a eucalypt.
We left Kitchener and headed into the North Cessnock section of the Werakata NP. Here we found Yellow-tufted, Brown-headed, White-naped, Scarlet, Black-chinned and Fuscous Honeyeaters. A Shining Bronze-cuckoo was heard and Dusky Woodswallows were common.
Having scored all our year ticks early we then decided to go for a drive around Wollombi and Laguna. We travelled along this small country road scoring some good birds as we went: Crested Shrike-tit, Golden Whistler, Spinebill, Sittella and Little Raven.
Failed to see Goldfinch in Maitland on the way home.
Great day out with 93 species recorded.