Short-tailed Grasswren at Stokes Hill Lookout, SA

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Subject: Short-tailed Grasswren at Stokes Hill Lookout, SA
From: "Bob Way" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 13:33:08 +1000
Ref:    Stokes Hill Lookout is just off the Hawker/Blinman road which runs east 
of the Flinders Ranges, SA.

Four Sydneysiders targeted the Short-tailed Grasswren there last week.  While 
we saw one bird near three marker posts with blue triangles 80-120 metres 
south-southeast of the lookout, by far the best area was one referred to by 
John Barkla in an email to birding-aus of 15 January 2005.

1 km south-southwest of the lookout some low, Spinifex covered rocky hills run 
on for another 500 metres.  On reaching the hills you will see a washout to the 
right and a gully to the left.  The gully leads to a fence line running on the 
southeast side of the hills.

We found many birds there, particularly in the gully and along the fence line.  
They are shy and elusive.  If weather conditions or time of year are 
unfavourable, they may need to be attracted to the observer.

Willow Springs property, situated 3 km on foot and 6 km by road from the 
Lookout offers convenient cottage accommodation.


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