Cocoparra NP Trip Report

Subject: Cocoparra NP Trip Report
From: "Matthew Herring" <>
Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2001 19:34:49 +1000
G'day All,
I've just returned from my first visit (two days) to the wonderful Cocoparra National Park, just north of Griffith in central NSW. I had a small amount of time for some serious birdwatching. Nothing too exciting to talk of, however Mulga Parrot and Bar-shouldered Dove really surprised me. I just did not expect them here, especially the former. Guess I'll ask the Murrumbidgee Field Nats. Unfortunately i did not have a chance to check out Binya SF. Honeyeater diversity and abundance was impressive (10, possibly 11 species). One Mistletoe species and the ironbarks were flowering, but not prolificly and the park appeared very dry. There were many other birds not found around Albury that were good to see (e.g. Eastern Ringneck, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Spiny-cheeked, Striped and Singing Honeyeaters). Never before in one patch of bush had i seen so many Speckled Warblers (groups of 10+ and they were seemingly everywhere we stopped). A single Spotted Harrier crossing the road as we left the park added a final highlight.
The following birds were seen in the park, with * species appearing to be particularly common (relatively).
Black-shouldered Kite
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Brown Falcon
Nankeen Kestrel
Painted Button-Quail
Peaceful Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Crested Pigeon
Eastern Ringneck
Blue Bonnet
Red-rumped Parrot
Mulga Parrot
Barn Owl
Laughing Kookaburra
Splendid Fairy-Wren
*Speckled Warber
Brown Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Red Wattlebird
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Yellow-throated Miner
Noisy Miner
*Singing Honeyeater
White-eared Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater
*Eastern Yellow Robin
*White-browed Babbler
Golden Whistler
*Grey Shrike-Thrush
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Australian Raven
Zebra Finch
Additionally, a treecreeper was seen once, but only for a short time (Brown or White-browed) and another honeyeater (Grey-fronted or Yellow-plumed) was also not seen for long enough. Well worth a visit, and the mistletoe is about to explode! (Painted, White-fronted Honeyeaters etc).
Cheers, Matthew Herring, Albury NSW.

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