A pair of Gang gangs visit our garden every morning at about 6.30 am (7 Toms Crescent, Ainslie), and are usually around for 10-15 mins before the SC Cockatoos
And I have been hearing/seeing GGangs on almost every (nearly) daily walk on the lower slopes of Mt Ainslie (between Chisholm St and Philip Ave) in recent days.
From: Barbara Preston [
Sent: Monday, 20 January 2014 4:54 PM
To: 'Tom McCrie'
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] RFI: a Darwinite in Canberra for the weekend
there has been a pair of gang gangs around here (NW O’Connor) over recent days – I will post just to Tom if they are around later in the week.
BTW – we had lots of small birds in our cool and green garden over the hot days – including Grey Fantails, Eastern Spinebills, Spotted Pardalotes, various Thornbills, as well
as the Fairy-Wrens and WB Scrubwrens (and the rest of the bigger birds) that have been around through the summer. Certainly made being outside much more pleasurable!
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Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 11:25 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] RFI: a Darwinite
in Canberra for the weekend
Some of the top of my head comments inserted in blue. I can only find
Ginninderry Homestead in the phone book at Parkwood road Wallaroo NSW. Not a place I know of, so I looked for it on Google. The venue is over
the border in NSW, west of Charnwood.
-----Original Message-----From: Tom McCrie
Sent: Monday, 20 January 2014 10:29 AMTo:
Subject: [canberrabirds] RFI: a Darwinite in Canberra for the weekend
I will be in Canberra for a wedding next weekend and i'm hoping to sneak away for a couple of hours once or twice over that time to go birding. I'm still very much an amateur,
We are staying at Gininderry Homestead and have arranged to hire a car.
Reading the canberra birds website and emails over the last few weeks (and checking eBird) a few targets are:
superb parrot Should be fairly easy. I wonder if they would be in the garden of
That would not surprise me. Lots breeding or at least with dependent young around northern Canberra.
crakes Should be fairly easy provided you have the time to sit around at the relevant places. There have been some likely
spots mentioned in the north of Canberra recently. I don't know any of these places.
fan-tailed cuckoo A likely species to find in any woodland area in summertime Canberra, whether you can do so in
couple of hours
shining-bronze cuckoo Somewhat less likely but would hardly unexpected. Horsfield's is the likely more common one.
blue-billed duck Only place they have been semi regular over the past x years is Fyshwick Sewage Ponds but I think they haven't
been there for a year or two. Anyway the site is off limits now, so little to nil chance.
flame robin or any pink robins (although these may be more in autumn?) Likely in winter, not at all likely in summer unless
you have time to go into the ranges, which seems unlikely.
gang-gang cockatoo (who wouldn't want to see these if they are around!)
Possible but not likely in summer unless you have time to go into the ranges,
'Tthe Complete Guide to Finding Birds in Australia' says that Red-Browed Treecreeper,
Not unless you have time to go into the ranges.
a rare visitor that could turn up anywhere at any time but chances of stumbling across one in a
couple of hours is remote to nil.
have been recent records local but these are rare.
little lorikeet and (maybe only in winter?)
a rare visitor could turn up anywhere at any time but chances of stumbling across one in
couple of hours is remote to nil.
fairly likely in winter, in summer sort of possible if you have time in the ranges or along the river.
and pwerful owl
only if you know of someone who can take you to a known roost, otherwise little to nil chance of a random find.
are possible? Not sure how accurate or likely these are though.
Irrespective of the above targets, really i'm just looking forward to getting out somewhere different!
I will probably have a couple of hours to go out birding perhaps first thing Saturday and Sunday morning. Any advice on a few good places to check out would be wonderful?
Also, is there much close by the Ginninderry Homestead? It sounds like Ginninderra creek is dry.