Scrubwrens in inner west Sydney

To: Chris King <>
Subject: Scrubwrens in inner west Sydney
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 15:20:47 +0000
Depends on the weeds.  I’ve not recorded much in dense Gamba grass here in the 
Top End.


On 6 Sep 2017, at 6:46 pm, Chris King <> wrote:

> Thanks for everyones responses. Same story, different places - weeds are
> good habitat if they're dense, and the little birds disappear if the weeds
> or shrubs are tidied and the habitat is not replaced. In my backyard they
> use the dense tall cyperus, which is not native, to access the bird bath,
> but they seem to feed on the ground and up to a couple of metres on any
> plants that have insects.
> On Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM, Chris King <> wrote:
>> That spot is only a couple of blocks along the Greenway / LR corridor from
>> me. I suspect the scrubwrens could have dispersed from the block you
>> studied, which is now either cleared or under concrete. Is your report
>> available? I'd really appreciate being able to read it.
>> On Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 10:41 AM, Stephen Ambrose <>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi Chris,
>>> I recorded a pair of White-browed Scrubwrens in weedy thickets along the
>>> Greenway in Lewisham West, just south of the main Western Sydney train
>>> line
>>> and north of Old Canterbury Road, while conducting an ecological impact
>>> study there about four years ago.  I suspect that scrubwrens occasionally
>>> disperse into the Greenway from vegetated areas along the Cooks River, to
>>> the south. It's good to hear that the Greenway is providing habitat for
>>> small populations of native birds.
>>> Kind regards,
>>> Stephen
>>> Dr Stephen Ambrose
>>> Director
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>>> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Scrubwrens in inner west Sydney
>>> Hi everyone
>>> I live in Dulwich Hill along the light rail / Greenway corridor. There
>>> are a
>>> resident pair of White-browed scrubwren living in the adjacent bushcare
>>> site
>>> and nearby weedy thickets. The pair frequently visit my small garden to
>>> use
>>> the birdbath and to feed amongst my thick plantings. I know there are
>>> probably scrubwrens surviving on a section of the Greenway in Leichhardt
>>> but
>>> I wondered if anyone knows of others in the inner west?(ie not Wolli
>>> Creek).
>>> We also have resident Superb fairywrens and Spotted pardalotes.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Chris
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