London Bridge Homestead

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Subject: London Bridge Homestead
From: John Brown <>
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2015 08:29:56 +0000


I walked from the Woolshed to London Bridge Homestead, wandering around the Homestead area between 10-11am, the returning to the Woolshed. I ticked the following:


Australian Magpie

Australian Pipit (? on a wire... see photo)

Australian Raven

Brown Falcon

Common Starling

Crimson Rosella

Diamond Firetail

Eastern Rosella

Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Heard only)

Flame Robin


Grey Shrikethrush

Hooded Robin

Laughing Kookaburra (Heard only)

Maned Duck (aka Australian Wood Duck)

Noisy Miner (in proximity to Woolshed only)

Pied Currawong

Red-browed Finch

Southern Whiteface

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (in proximity to Woolshed only)

Superb Fairywren

Tree Martin

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Welcome Swallow

White-winged Chough (in proximity to Woolshed only)

Yellow-rumped Thornbill


The vast majority of these were seen around the homestead, especially on the small knoll behind the homestead.


Attached are photos of the “Australia Pipit”. It was on a wire! Is it really a Pipit?? It looks like one but I’d never expect to see one on a wire!






From: Marnix Zwankhuizen [
Sent: Saturday, 15 August 2015 2:49 PM
To: Martin Butterfield <>
Cc: Julie Clark <>; COG Chatline <>
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] London Bridge Homestead


No luck at the London Bridge Homestead this morning but I did see a male Hooded Robin and 8 Southern Whitefaces at the other end of the dam.


I did manage to see 8 Gang-gangs half way between the London Bridge Homestead and Tin Hut Dam. A female Musk Duck at the dam.



On 11 Aug 2015, at 5:13 pm, Martin Butterfield <> wrote:

I was inspired by Julie's message to go and try my luck at London Bridge today.  On the walk to the Homestead the only mildly unusual bird seen was a Speckled Warbler  - about 5m up a eucalypt rather than feeding on the ground.   However once at the Homestead it was as described by Julie: quite astonishing.  The Hooded Robins (pair) were my target but the Southern Whiteface were very good - and were displaying which is a bonus.  I have seen Brown Treecreepers in the area before but was astonished to see one walking on the lawn around the house!


A pair of Flame Robins, 4 Diamond Firetails and 43 Red-browed finches completed the collection.




On 11 August 2015 at 13:16, Julie Clark <> wrote:

Hi All,


Len & I visited the London Bridge Homestead yesterday afternoon. What a terrific place for little birds! There were Flame & Hooded Robins, Red-browed Finch, Diamond Firetails, European Goldfinch, Southern Whiteface, Thornbills, Treecreepers, Shrike-thrush ....


Another highlight was a Brown Falcon (my first sighting so I hope I'm right ... photos attached).


The weather was cold, but reasonable when the sun was shining.


Thanks to Frank, who we met along the way, for passing on really useful information about the location of some of the birds.


I was surprised to see brown treecreepers there, having never seen them in the Canberra area before.


I also managed my first Southern Whiteface photos (rather poor) and female Hooded Robin.


Some photos attached for anyone interested.


Confirmation of Brown Falcon ID (or otherwise) also appreciated.




Julie Clark




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