Thursday 1 March – Stirling Park, Yarralumla – Morning
The second walk of the Thursday trial will be through the woodland south of the Yacht Club up towards the Embassy of Mexico along the ridge and then back to Club. Ian Hufton is planning to be there to help us find good birds as for Weds Walk on 17th Feb 2010, on which we had great views of Speckled Warblers and young, female and male White-throated Treecreepers, as well as young Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes and a heap of water birds. Coffee at the club afterwards.
Meet at 8.30 am at the Yacht Club near Lake Burley Griffin, Mariner Pl off Alexandrina Drive, Yarralumla.
Booking is not required. Michael Robbins (mrobbins[at]home.netspeed.com.au) and/or Jenny Bounds.
Saturday 10 to Monday 12 March – Ben Boyd NP - Weekend (still a few places)
This trip focuses on birdwatching in the southern end of Ben Boyd National Park. We will camp at the Bittangabee camp ground (fees apply). Be aware that the road to Bittangabee is gravel and can be a bit rough.
We hope to find a variety of birds in various habitats including the heathland and coastal areas. Possible highlights include Southern Emu-wrens, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater and a chance of a Striated Fieldwren. We will also spend some time trying for Ground parrot and studying the sea birds off Green Cape. At night we will spotlight for mammals and owls with a chance of a Wombat and Long Nosed Bandicoot.
Registration is essential. The trip will be restricted to 20 participants and filled on a first reply basis. Please contact Kathy Walter or John Goldie on 6241 7639 or email
Walter.goldie[at]optusnet.com.au to book. More detailed information will be provided closer to the day.
Saturday 17 March – Gungahlin Hill/Gungaderra Grasslands - Morning
This area is of particular interest at the moment because of construction at Crace. Previous visits have seen Speckled Wabler, Sacred Kingfisher, Dollarbird, White-winged Triller, and Leaden Fycatcher, and there might even be a Superb Parrot. The walk will be undulating and explore both the woodland immediately adjacent to Crace and the Gungaderra Grasslands east of the woodlands. The walk should take about 2 – 3 hours.
Meet at 8.30 am at dirt parking area just off Barton Highway. Because the Barton Highway is divided road at this point you need to be driving towards Civic coming from the big roundabout near Gold Creek. Look for the pull off to the left, at the end of the open area of Crace just before you get to the wooded rise, or if you miss the first “exit” watch for the other end of the track, which is about another 250 m along the Barton.
No booking required. Any questions please contact Margaret Robertson (billrobertson[at]netspeed.com.au)