Binya SF

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Subject: Binya SF
From: Michael Todd <>
Date: Sun, 02 Sep 2001 19:55:17 +1000
Hello Birdos,

On Saturday afternoon myself and Keith Hutton visited a couple of Keith's favourite birding spots in the Binya State Forest which is approximately 20 km east of Griffith in central west NSW. Many of the Acacia species, particularly the Yarran (Acacia homophylla?) were flowering making the forest a feast for the eyes. Considering the fairly constant breeze and the rain periods we found a good diversity of birds. Some of these included White-browed Treecreeper, Black-eared Cuckoo, Turquoise Parrot, Hooded Robin, Brown Treecreeper, Speckled Warbler, Mulga Parrot, Splendid Fairy-wren, Little Eagle, Emu, Striped Honeyeater, Painted Button-quail, Crested Bellbird and White-winged Triller among many others.

The WWTriller was the first that either Keith or myself have noticed this spring. There were 2 separate Black-eared Cuckoos that we found, both were calling vigorously. One bird in particular we got a lovely view of, the light showing up an almost peachy shade on the breast. It was many years since I had seen my last White-browed Treecreeper and my memories of my last one were a little hazy. The only bird that we observed was a very well marked male. I hadn't been aware of how strongly streaked the belly of the WBTC is.

I'm looking forward to seeing how Binya develops over the next month or two after the respectable amount of rain that we have had in Griffith over the last month or so.


Mick Todd
Griffith, NSW

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