Grey Grasswren

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Subject: Grey Grasswren
From: "John Leonard" <>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2006 07:43:10 +1000
I went on a trip to the Sturt NP in far nw NSW last October and visited the
Adelaide Gate site for the Grey Grasswrens. The area around this was not in
drought and there was a good range of lignum from dry and dead-looking to
very green. However, despite almost a day's searching no GGs were observed.

The problem with this site is that this is simply the most southerly point
of an extensive swamp and the GGs may not visit the extremities of the this
swamp very frequently. I suspect you would probably have to search the swamp
several kms further to the north, in Qld.

And around Sept last year it was extensively discussed on Birding Aus that
Onepah was not accessible.

John Leonard

On 5/2/06, Janice England <> wrote:

I have just returned from a 3 week trip west to look for the Grey
Grasswren.  The first few days were spent at Bowra near Cunnamulla which is
a fantastic spot and has all the birds of Eulo area and more.  Then a few of
us continued west to Coopers Ck to look for the Grasswren.  Thanks to Bill
Moorhead and Reg Oakley for their information re this site.

The area had been very dry and there was virtually no green lignum to be
seen and despite 4 of us spending two half days walking the area we had no
sign of the GG.

However, water was just coming down the Cooper from the floods in Winton
and the road will be impassable across the floodplain for the next few
weeks.  The situation should change dramatically as a result of this
water.  The lignum was already greening up and I feel this will be a top
spot in spring.  One of the advantages of this site is that it is bitumen
all the way from Brisbane and the area can be accessed by walking along the
causeway at the western end of the 14 km floodplain.  Virtually no need to
even walk off the road as the causeway gives you a good vantage
point.  There is also a good campsite beside the creek at the western end of
the floodplain.

So we headed south to Tibooburra to visit the Onepah area.  But
unfortunately due to the 7 yr drought in the district, there wasn't even any
lignum to be seen.  I had tried on numerous occasions to contact Mrs. Betts
at Onepah without any luck and we found our that  Mrs Betts no longer allows
birdwatchers on to her property.  So we headed off to Sturt NP and then home
via Currawinya NP.  Even the trees were dying in Sturt NP and there were few
kangaroos to be seen which was contrary to what I saw last time I visited
this park when roos were evident in huge numbers.

Could people  please spread the word that the Onepah site is no longer

Better luck next time I hope.


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