Of interest, a pair of Spinifexbird has just been recorded on a spinifex
covered mesa plateau at Mt Walker, 8.5 km south Hughenden (385 west of
Townsville). A relatively sedentary species, this appears to be at least 200 km
outside the northern end of its range. The closest records are from Bladensburg
National Park (sth of Winton) and Adelong Reserve (near Lake Galilee).
They were observed last Saturday (24 July) by Peter Valentine nest building in
a clump of spinifex near the Reay Lookout. Peter took some excellent
photographs. They were first observed on Tuesday June 29, where (it appears)
they were mistakenly identified as Striated Grasswren.
Personally I'm always greatly fascinated by this sort of observation, giving us
real hope that other species (such as Night Parrot and the grasswrens spp) may
turn up in areas previously unreported.
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