Grey Grasswren

To: "Janice England" <>
Subject: Grey Grasswren
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2006 16:28:38 +1000
As mentioned last year, we found GG in the lignum beside the Birdsville Track in the vicinity of Goyder's Lagoon - there were pools of water there, following the rain in June/July.

Regards, Laurie.

On Tuesday, May 2, 2006, at 09:50  PM, 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 accessible.

Better luck next time I hope.


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