Mt Sonder/ Spinifexbird

Subject: Mt Sonder/ Spinifexbird
From: "Amanda Markham" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 22:24:41 +0930
Hi there guys,

You're right, ***howeve*** please note that locally in Central Australia, Little Woodswallows are commonly called 'Dusky Woodswallows'. Please feel free to check with the Ormiston Rangers 08 8956 7799 to verify this localised vernacular


From: Grant Brosie <>
To: Amanda Markham <>, birding australia <>
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Mt Sonder/ Spinifexbird
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 22:28:09 +1000 (EST)


Some great birds seen and a few ticks for my list but
I presume you meant Little Woodswallow rather then


--- Amanda Markham <> wrote:

> 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
> Butcherbird
> 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.
> cheers
> Amanda
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