Barren Grounds: Eastern Bristlebirds (LMC)

Subject: Barren Grounds: Eastern Bristlebirds (LMC)
From: B Whylie <>
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 21:16:34 +1100
Hi Charles,

I was at Barren Grounds around dawn on Thursday the 1st of Feb and it was much the same. It was cool and drizzling at times, but I had seen 5 Eastern Bristlebirds by the time I had walked 300 metres past the rangers residence on the Cooks Nose/Flying Fox trail. I walked to Cooks Nose and back and saw 20+ including 2 in the car park on my return. They were easily the most common bird I saw that morning.

No ground parrots though.



Charles Hunter wrote:
Hi all,
I visited Barren Grounds NR on Saturday with a keen German birder, Kai Geisselhurt. Arriving at 7.30am with no one around we focused on the fire trail between the car park and the intersection of the Cooks Nose and Flying Fox Pass walks. No less than 6 Eastern Bristlebirds where seen. It must have been perfect conditions. There appeared to have been some rain and they were literally everywhere along the fire trail. We were both surprised at how common they were. After New Holland Honeyeaters they were there most common bird seen. We had superb views of all of the birds and heard around three distinct different calls. Some of the birds came within a few metres (close enough to see bristles with binoculars) so I suspect they are used to seeing humans! I also got some good video footage of a bird jumping and running on the fire trail. Our target bird, Ground Parrot, was not seen. Thanks Richard Jordan for location tips around the Budderoo Plateau. No success with the Ground Parrot but a new bird for me, a brief glimpse of a Southern Emu-Wren. Other birds seen at Barren Grounds were: Grey Shrike-thrush (2)
  Spotted Pardalote (2)
  Eastern Yellow Robin (3)
  Crimson Rosella (several)
  Bassian Thrush (1)
  New Holland Honeyeater (several)
  Eastern Spinebill (2)
  Eastern Whipbird (2)
  Red-browed Finch (1)
  Beautiful Firetail (1)
  Black-faced Monarch (1)
  White-browed Scrubwren (1)
  White-throated Treecreeper (1)
  Little Wattlebird (5)
We also enjoyed seeing a Short-beaked Echidna. Regards,
  Charles Hunter
  Paddington, Sydney

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