Great report thanks Richard - sounds like a great place to visit! Love to add a
couple more Grasswrens to my poor list!
On the topic of checklists - does this mean that birders have fully accepted
the IOC list as the new C&B? Love to hear everyone's thoughts on this in order
to keep up with the times so to speak :)
Also doesn't the IOC list name Powerful Owl etc as Powerful Boobook? I notice
on Tony's list that he still has "Owl".
On 21/11/2011, at 7:19 PM, Richard Baxter wrote:
> Hello all,
> With the recent release of the new 2011 Australian Birdlist,
> which includes several updates from the 2008 list, I found myself needing
> another grasswren. The newly split Thick-billed GrasswrenAmytornismodestus(
> Gawler Ranges SA etc).
> I'd only previously seenA textilis, which is now called Western Grasswren
> from Shark Bay, Monkey Mia etc.
> Having a couple days spare after seeing the Hoopoe in Broome I decided to
> head down to Mt Ive Station in the Gawler Ranges. Mt Ive is about seven
> hours drive from Adelaide Airport and with dry roads can be reached with a
> 2WD or SUV quite easily.
> Birdlife in general wasn't all that abundant, with most of the species seen
> at the station visible on the drive in. Despite the general lack of birds,
> the Grasswren were plentiful. I stayed in the stone cottage and had seen
> modestuswithin minutes of arriving and within 100m of my accommodation. I
> walked down the side of the main dam, adjacent to the runway. At the back of
> the dam wall there was a depression, which although dry, obviously often
> holds water. A quick squeak and out popped three grasswren.
> The other species on the property and also close to the accommodation is the
> A.m.pedleri sub species of Short-tailed Grasswren. To see this I parked at
> the base of Mt-Ive and walked straight up the hill to the aerial. I saw two
> birds on the way up and a further three on the top. Again, very easy to see.
> This ssp is very different in appearance to the Flinder's Ranges race.
> Note: The new 2011 Australian Birdlist download Excel version is on Tony
> Palliser's Birder's Total webpage.
> Richard Baxter
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