Mt Sonder/ Spinifexbird

Subject: Mt Sonder/ Spinifexbird
From: "Amanda Markham" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 20:28:04 +0930
Hi all,

Walked up Mt Sonder today (I hate my job!!) as part of the NT government's bid to list the West MacDonnell Ranges as a World Heritage Heritage area. Wonderful for birds and wildflowers at the moment - the Hakea gramatophylla are in flower along which is a rare plant plant with spectacular pink blossoms.

Anyway, am happy to report the following birds on the climb:

Dusky Woodswallows (lots)
Dusky Grasswrens (lots!) if you make kissing noises they will come up close to check you out
Striated Grasswrens
Singing Honeyeaters
Whistling Kite

And right at the very top:

A spinifexbird

I was very excited to find him, sitting in a clump of spinifex neat to a eucalypt, singing away. What an amazing song they've got! I didn't have the camera, as Gary (my partner) was about 50mins behind me with the consultant who's writing up the World Heritage nomination. Bugger!!

Also, a reliable sighting of Grey Honeyeaters near the Ochre Pits (about 1km out on Section 9 of the Larapinta Trail) last week. This sighting was made by Colin & Sheila who run Glen Helen Resort. They've told me to tell anyone who's up this way and wants some birding info to call in at Glen Helen and have a chat.




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