|Subject:||Cocoparra NP Trip Report|
|From:||"Matthew Herring" <>|
|Date:||Wed, 04 Jul 2001 19:34:49 +1000|
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).
*Eastern Yellow Robin
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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