Corner Country Trip Report

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Subject: Corner Country Trip Report
From: "Lois j Piroch" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 10:02:07 +1000
Hi fellow birders,
Route : Melbourne, mutawintji[nee mootwingee], Pyampa Station, Sturt N.P., Innamincka, Birdsville, Lyndhurst, Hattah, Home.
Time : 28th June to &th July
Participants : Laurie Living, Nicholas Day & Geoff. Walker
Highlights :
Mutawintji : 50-100 very Tame Apostlebirds sweeping through the campground.
Apparently Hall's Babbler & Little Woodswallow are still resident in the park.
Pyampa Station : As previously reported on birding-aus, this station now owned by Ross Betts of Onepah whom we contacted before departure.  We also called in on our arrival & bade farewell when leaving.  A very pleasant man who welcomed our visit.   In about 4hours we located 50++ Grey Grasswrens in the larger, green lignum bushes on the fringe of the swamp.
Also several very handsome dingoes.
Sturt N.P.:  1000+ Red 'Roos in half days travel.
Cordillo Downs : 2pairs Gibberbirds & Bourke's Parrot.
Lake Surprise Bore : Small flock Ground Cuckoo-shrike.
Mungerannie : Eyrean Grasswren[4].  Cattle have recently devastated the dunes behind the roadhouse, but we found the wrens just south, adjacent to the 'PANADOL' sign, within a few hundred metres of the road.  A small flock of Australian Pratincole soured overhead late afternoon.  A Spotless Crake on the edge of the waterhole was unexpected.
Mungerannie to Marree : Black-tailed Native-hens,  20,000+, 500-1000 on almost every patch of casual water.  This was one of the trip highlights.... to see so many 'rafts' of large numbers of Native-hens resting  & feeding on ephemeral water & probably migrating through the outback at night.
Mt Lyndhurst Station : Despite a very strong & chilly breeze managed to locate a few Chestnut-breasted Whiteface just near the parking area as per T & T,  but not the Thick-bills.
Daily Sightings : Orange Chat, Crimson Chat, Chirruping Wedgebill, Cimmamon Quail-thrush, White-winged Fairy-wren, Little Crow.
Occasional Sightings : Chestnut-crowned Babbler, Red-winged Parrot, Diamond Dove, Pied Honeyeater, Budgerigar, Red-backed Kingfisher.
Incidental Sightings : Redthroat, White-browed Treecreeper< Brolga, Elegant Parrot, Spotted Bowerbird & Black Falcon.
Birds Unexpectedly NOT seen : Inland Dotterel, Australian Bustard, Spotted Harrier.
Birds Expectedly NOT seen : Grey Falcon, Letter-winged Kite, Yellow Chat & Flock Bronzewing.
Before departure we contacted Clifton Hills Station requesting access to Kooncherra & Pandiburra, but were denied on the grounds they were mustering.  The same reason/excuse given to friends several months prior.  One can only hope Onepah/Pyampa, Mt Lyndhurst etc., do not adopt a similar attitude.
Geoff. Walker
03 9568 2909
0418 572 922
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