RE: where are those Grasswrens

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Subject: RE: where are those Grasswrens
From: "Barry Bucholtz" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 15:29:43 +0930

Dusky Grasswren was indeed regularly found at places mentioned in the posting. They have not regularly been seen at Simpson’s Gap in recent years because the spinifex was burnt out and in its place buffell grass has grown. The suitable habitat at Ellery Gorge and Ormiston Gorge was burnt by the NT Sparks and Wildfire Commission and completely destroyed the suitable habitat for Dusky Grasswren, Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Spinifexbird, Painted Finch etc

There are still a number of good sites for the Dusky Grasswren including parts of the West MacDonnell Ranges where the spinifex still flourishes. One such area is the turn-off to Ormiston Gorge where I have recently heard of sightings. Last Saturday, some overseas birders also saw some on the Ormiston Pound track.

East of Alice Springs there is also a couple of usually reliable spots.

The various guides referred to are useful where there has not been a substantial change of habitat, and we must bear in mind how country can change dramatically because of an abundance of, or lack of rain. Some of the books referred to are a number of years old, and there has been much habitat change since their publication, but overall they are still helpful in many instances.

Another factor is the dramatic change in bird behaviour as a result of rain, such as the excellent falls we have had here in the last week.


Barry Bucholtz

Alice Springs NT



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