Straited Field-wren in NSW

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Subject: Straited Field-wren in NSW
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 17:43:04 +1100
Hi Birders,
The Striated Field-wren in NSW is at the far north-east edge of its range and the pattern of distribution is strange. They are reasonably common on the Far South Coast of NSW where they are present in the coastal heathlands from Cape Howe on the Victoria border through Nadgee Nature Reserve and the Ben Boyd NP north to Eden. The next population is located in the elevated heathlands of Tianjarra Falls, Little Forest, Porters Creek dam  area within and at the edge of Morton National Park, to the north-west of Milton. Finally they were seen in the dune scrub and low mangroves of Towra Point in Botany Bay in 1975 and 1979. There were a number of people  who saw the birds and the first observation was during an NSWFOC outing led by John Waugh. I made numerous trips out to Towra Point 1983-1988 but did not see the birds. I have no reason to doubt those earlier observers as all knew that the species was well north of its accepted range.
Alan Morris
Birding NSW Records Officer
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