Spring in Griffith

Subject: Spring in Griffith
From: "Peter Ewin" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2005 20:38:54 +1000
An opportunity for work as a Ranger for a year in Griffith in south western NSW has seen me return to the town I lived in for four years in the early nineties. I have been back about a month and Spring has certainly started, with the winter rain relieving the drought conditions of the previous few years, and plenty of fresh growth. So far I have visited Cocoparra NP a couple of times, travelled south to The Rock (near Wagga Wagga) and Urana (I am back there tomorrow to also visit Jerilderie) and east to Ingalba and Boginderra Hills near Temora. Spring migrants include:

Pallid + Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoos, Rufous Songlark and Rufous Whistler in Cocoparra in the last weekend of August.
White-winged Triller and Shining Bronze-cuckoo around Temora last week
Rainbow Bee-eaters, Shining Bronze-cuckoo, and lots more Songlarks and Trillers in Cocoparra today. I was told that Painted Honeyeaters were back in Binya SF on Monday, and I went down and found at least two on the Whitton Stock Route in about 5 minutes today (along with my first Little Friarbirds).
There are also plenty of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers about.
No Sacred Kingfisher or White-browed Woodswallows yet, though they should be about soon, and the Dollarbirds may be on the Murrumbidgee when I pass through tomorrow.

I miss my annual Koel watch around Sydney, but I will be back down for some survey work next week, and so should track down Octobedr migrants like Black-faced Monarchs and Brush Cuckoos.


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