The birds of Byrock NSW

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Subject: The birds of Byrock NSW
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2003 16:22:39 +1000
Hi Birders
I have made three stops at Byrock, between Nyngan and Bourke in north-west NSW in the past 10 months and it has proved to be a good birding stop-over. Herewith is my list:


Alan Morris

Byrock village is located on the Mitchell Highway between Nyngan and Bourke, being 127 km NW of Nyngan and 79 km SE of Bourke. It has a delightful pub that contains relics and information about the local people who took part in World War I; it was once the junction for the railway line to Brewarrina and contains interesting historical data about that feature; it has a lovely camping area with plenty of birds; and is adjacent to the Byrock Aboriginal site. The bird watching is good at Byrock and set out below is a list of birds seen on three recent trips of 10 July 2002, 4 May and 10 May 2003.

Systematic List     28/7/02 (a)    5/5/2003(b)     10/5/03(c)

Black Duck (c)

Grey Teal (b)

Australian Wood Duck (a)

Hoary-headed Grebe (b,c)

Australasian Grebe (c)

Black-fronted Plover (a,b)

Crested Pigeon (a,b)

Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo (c)

Galah (a)

Red-winged Parrot (c)

Mallee Ringneck (a,b,c)

Red-rumped Parrot (c)

Pallid Cuckoo (c)

Weebill (b)

Inland Thornbill (b)

Yellow Thornbill (c)

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (b,c)

Yellow-rumped Thornbill (a,b,c)

Southern Whiteface (a,c)

Western Gerygone  (b,c)

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (b)

Striped Honeyeater (b)

Blue-faced Honeyeater (b)

Yellow-throated Miner (a,b,c)

Singing Honeyeater  (a,b)

White-plumed Honeyeater (a,b)

White-fronted Chat (c)

Jacky Winter (a,c)

Red-capped Robin (a,b,c)

Grey-crowned Babbler (b)

Rufous Whistler (a,b,c)

Crested Bellbird (b)

Grey Shrike-thrush (a)

Restless Flycatcher (a)

Magpie-lark (b,c)

Grey Fantail (a)

Willie Wagtail (a,c)

Pied Butcherbird (a)

Australian Magpie (a,b,c)

Australian Raven (a)

Little Crow (a)

Apostlebird (a,b)

Spotted Bowerbird (a,b,c)

Mistletoebird (b)

Welcome Swallow (c)

A total of 45 species on 3 short visits.

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