RFI Mount Magnet/Cue and Paynes Find areas

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Subject: RFI Mount Magnet/Cue and Paynes Find areas
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 02:33:41 +0000

See Ross Jones reply. Grey Honeyeaters are simply hard to find even
when they are there. They very seldom call, and even with playback
they very seldom respond. So it is a matter of perseverance. I
usually look in areas of Acacia minirichi. These are acacias with
reddish trunks and stringy bark. It took me three days of searching
for me to find one several years ago.

Western Quail-thrush seems to be easiest at Kirkalocka Station from
recent reports. The first 7km of the road west from just of Mt Magnet
is another area with good chances. I tend to associate them with
fairly open areas with bluebush and a scattering of taller
vegetation. But traditionally they prefer stony ground.

Copperback Quail-thrush has been recorded on Charles Darwin Reserve
but only once or twice (as has Western QT). They are reasonably easy
to find on the road from Hyden to Norseman (mainly east of McDermid
Rock), but of course this is quite a distance from the area you
mentioned. They are a good chance near the Eyre Bird Observatory
which is a huge distance away!

Frank O'Connor                          Birding WA
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