Griffith area

To: Tim Dolby <>
Subject: Griffith area
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:51:05 +1000
One thought would be to check the RTA website
<> for road closures.   I've been
watching this as we are going West soon, and several of the roads NW of
Griffith we were planning to use have been closed due to flooding.


Martin Butterfield

On 19 April 2015 at 14:14, Tim Dolby <> wrote:

> Hi Stephen,
> Just noticed Peter message, he basically says the same thing as me. I
> wrote my post while he posted his -  so here's some more details.
> You might find my trip report quite useful on Cocoparra,  Binya and
> Pulletop to the north east of Griffith, and Leeton and Fivebough Wetland to
> the south-east of Griffith - they are basically a country stone’s throw
> away, see
> .
> Immediately around Griffith, there are also a few good spots. North-west
> of Griffith there are a series of lakes and swamps:
> Campbells Swamp (-34.227554, 146.031274) has some interesting birds, with
> Australian Little Bittern, Australasian Bittern, Magpie Goose, Pink-eared
> and Freckled Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Baillon's, Australian Spotted and
> Spotless Crake, Black-tailed Native-hen, Red-kneed Dotterel all regularly
> recorded, and even a chance of White-bellied Sea-Eagle.
> Lake Wyangan (-34.235396, 146.019558) – best at the south end - can be
> good, with chance of Plumed Whistling-Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Australian
> Darter and all the cormorants, Spotted Harrier, and a range of others
> raptors i.e. Osprey was recorded their in 2011and it’s also good for
> thornbill, such as Inland, Chestnut-rumped, and Yellow.  In terms of
> parrots, Major Mitchell, Blue Bonnet, and Australian Ringneck are all on
> the list.
> Depending on water levels, Nericon Swamp (-34.217121, 146.040757) can be
> good, and it is a good spot for White-fronted Chat, Zebra Finch,
> honeyeater such as Singing, Spiny-cheeked and Striped Honeyeater,
> Just north-east of town, the Griffith Golf Course (-34.264558, 146.061938)
> is also quite good for Blue Bonnet, Yellow-throated Miner, Spiny-cheeked
> and Striped Honeyeater, Southern Whiteface and Apostlebird.Major Mitchell
> has been recorded there – although I’m not sure how recently, and Ground
> Cuckoo-shrike has also been recorded.
> South of Griffith, the Murrinbidgee River at Darlington Point (-34.564538,
> 146.003448) is interesting and is another spot – I’ve seen Superb Parrot
> here, and in the adjacent Willbriggie State Forest.
> Note that there are also two brochures on the 'Bird Routes of Griffith'
> and 'Bird Trails of the Riverina and South West Slopes of NSW'. These may
> be available the tourist Information office in Griffith – you could give
> them a call. There is also a brochure on ‘Bird trails of the Riverina and
> South West Slopes of NSW’ see
> Interested to know how you go. Cheers,
> Tim
> ________________________________________
> From: Birding-Aus  on behalf of
> Peter Ewin 
> Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 11:21 AM
> To: Stephen; 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Griffith area
> Stephen,
> Depends how far you want to go and if you any species in particular (I
> will concentrate on parrots but these areas are generally good bird
> watching spots):
> The closest point to town is scenic hill - likely to see Ringnecks,
> Red-rumps and Galahs - if you head down to the golf/course airport likely
> to add a few extra species and probably the best spot in the district to
> see Pink Cockatoos
> Out at Lake Wyangan there are a number of wetlands (probably limited
> water) - Campbells Swamp, Nericon Swamp and the Lake itself. There are a
> number of options theer and a good mix of birds - Cockatiels are a
> possibility
> The best spot locally is Binya SF and Cocoparra NP and NR east of Yenda -
> many options here, have a look at some of the birding websites/books for
> details. Good chance for Mulga Parrots and Turquoise and (at this time of
> year) Blue-winged Parrots are a possibility. Good sites are the 'Painted
> Honeyeater site' south of Burley Griffin Way, Spring Hill, Store Creek and
> Mailman's Gap area in the north (the local NP in Griffith can give you more
> details on this).
> To the south there are a number of reserves along the Murrumbidgee River
> (former SFs) - at the right time of year Superbs are relatevely easy to
> find (though a bit late now) and Yellow Rosellas are common.
> There are many options further afield - Pulletop NR, the various sites
> around Rankins Springs, Loughnan NR (and few other smaller reserves near
> Hillston). The main thing is that the MIA is a higly cleared landsacpe so
> usually any remnant patch of bush (if big enough) is worth a look. Also
> just walking around town, particularly near the hill there are quite a few
> common birds around.
> Hope that helps.
> Cheers,
> Peter
> > From: 
> > To: 
> > Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:42:30 +1000
> > Subject: [Birding-Aus] Griffith area
> >
> > I am soon going to Griffith, NSW, and I'd like to know of good birding
> spots
> > in the area. I'm especially interested in parrots. I'll be grateful for
> any
> > tips.
> >
> > Stephen
> >
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