A recent trip round Halloween for 3 days at *Euthella* showed that birders
must seldom stray from the highway when travelling between Townsville and Mt
Isa. This small property about 120 km north-west of Richmond is well
vegetated, in contrast to the grasslands farther south.
Correspondingly, the birding is more productive. Several species recorded
there seem beyond documented limits according to Storr's Revised List of
Queensland Birds and the Atlas of Australian Birds (both 1984). These
included Striped Honeyeater, Brush Cuckoo, Grey Butcherbird, Brown
Treecreeper, Pale-headed Rosella, Yellow-tinted Honeyeater, Banded
Honeyeater and Olive-backed Oriole.
Additionally, the presence of birds such as the Brown Treecreeper and Hooded
Robin, that are both vulnerable to local extinction in many pastoral areas,
indicates that the cell-grazing techniques applied on this property are
beneficial to birds.
Other birds seen included several parties of Ground Cuckoo-shrikes. This
species is so ubiquitous in the Gulf region, that the area must qualify as
the best place in Australia to see this bird.
Glenn Holmes & Associates
*birding & botanical specialists*
PO Box 1246 Atherton Qld 4883
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