On the Owl topic - i should have checked the link on Tony's page before i asked
the question of course
Footnote about the Ninox owls simply says "Restore traditional name".
A small thing, but i can't tell you how happy that makes me! Couldn't stand
saying Powerful Boobook!.
I assume this change was made due to outcry from somewhere? Who cries and who
listens in these debates?
On 21/11/2011, at 7:30 PM, David Stowe wrote:
> 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".
> David Stowe
> 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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