RFI Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, NSW

To: Jenny Stiles <>, Birding-Aus <>
Subject: RFI Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, NSW
From: <>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 22:06:13 +0000
Good morning Jenny, and list

If you know the call of Eastern Bristlebird, you will have no trouble this 
weekend - I’ve been kicking them out of the way in my two visits over the last 
two weeks (9 and 8 on each visit respectively). There are two particularly tame 
individuals which often feed on the track and allow approach down to 3 or 4m. 
From the carpark, walk south until you reach the old Birds Australia research 
building. The track right (service trail) is best for Ground Parrots 
(“allegedly”, I’ve never seen one at Barren Grounds itself, only in Budderoo, 
but this is where we heard 9 of the 12 calling birds last Saturday). This is 
where they are most often flushed from the track in the day, but your best 
chance is to spotlight one after the sun has set in the evening and they call 
more regularly. The midday calling last weekend was extremely unusual. One of 
the tame bristlebirds is 20m down this track, the other 50m up the left hand 
fork. Apparently if you do the whole Griffith Loop Ground Parrot becomes a 
fairly likely bird, but I’ve never done this. There is a map at the carpark of 
all the trails. Beautiful Firetails are also everywhere at the moment.

Cheers and good luck!

Joshua Bergmark

From: Jenny Stiles
Sent: ‎Wednesday‎, ‎2‎ ‎April‎ ‎2014 ‎11‎:‎30‎ ‎PM
To: Birding-Aus

Hi List,
Rod & I are heading down to the Barren Grounds this weekend for our first 
visit, inspired by recent reports of lots of Eastern Bristlebirds and calling 
Ground Parrots. I can’t seem to find a good map with walking trails marked on 
it. Will it be clear where to go when we get there? Where would be the best 
areas to look for Bristlebirds? Any advice appreciated!
Thank you,
From Jenny Stiles

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