South west WA

Subject: South west WA
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 16:47:43 +0800

Bernard O'Keefe asked about finding Western Fieldwren, Rock Parrot and Western Whipbird around Albany.

A week ago I saw eight Rock Parrots at Middleton Beach in Albany. If they are not at the top of the beach, then look in the Norfolk Island pines to see if they are roosting there. We had three at the top of the beach and five in one of the pines. If you are there mid week, then you might be able to check on the golf course where they sometimes feed.

I don't know a site for Western Fieldwren in Albany any more, but they are gettable in the Stirling Range which you can pass through on the way there or back from Perth. Try about half way up the unsealed road to the car park at Mt Trio (off Formby South Road), or along Salt River Road. I usually find them in the vicinity of the Camel Lake NR, but I missed them there this time but I am sure they would be along the road somewhere.

There are two races of Western Whipbird, and they could get split. The mallee race "oberon" is a good chance along the unsealed road at Mt Trio, either at the very top near the car park, or in the lower half of the road. They are a chance along Salt River Road but I don't normally look for them there. The problem is finding one calling. Once you hear it call you have a very good chance of seeing it calling near the top of a bush. If you get lucky on Salt River Road, then it is much easier to get closer to it than at Mt Trio. But they don't call that often, especially in autumn. The nominate race 'nigrogularis' is usually harder to see. I heard one from the Little Beach car park at Two People's Bay but it was a long way from the car park. Last year there were two right next to the car park and they were as easy as this bird gets. The other site is at Cheyne Beach behind the caravan park. Walk up the sandy track to where it forks. On the left track we heard one fairly close about 300 metres along the track about where the track splits and then rejoins, but we failed to see it. There was another bird calling close to the straight ahead sandy track near the top of the ridge. The vegetation here is sparser than I would normally expect for the bird, but even though it called once less than 100 metres away, we failed to track it down.

Frank O'Connor Birding WA Phone : (08) 9386 5694 Email :

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