Talk about coincidence! Peter Valentine is staying with us at the moment
and had just told me about the Spinifexbird! And yes, it does give hope
that other birds might turn up where unreported previously.
on 31/7/10 4:26 PM, Tim Dolby at wrote:
> Hi birders,
> 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
> 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.
> Tim Dolby
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