New Grasswren Species

To: Richard Baxter <>
Subject: New Grasswren Species
From: Graham Buchan <>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 19:26:14 +1100
Hi Richard,

What are the top 5 birder totals for Australia now?


Graham Buchan

                      Reducing real risk

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.
> Cheers
> Richard Baxter
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