South west WA

To: "'Bernard O'Keefe'" <>
Subject: South west WA
From: "Wedderburn Birding" <>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 09:32:05 +1000
Hi Bernard,

Here's some good info on the Western Whipbird and other skulkers for Cheynes
Beach and Two Peoples Bay in SW WA
kers.html  .


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Frank O'Connor
Sent: Monday, 18 May 2015 6:48 PM
Cc: Bernard O'Keefe
Subject: South west WA

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
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