Big (?) day

To: 'Martin Butterfield' <>, 'COG List' <>
Subject: Big (?) day
From: Mark Clayton <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 06:43:42 +0000

I was down at Kelly’s Swamp this morning (Sunday) doing something for the Woodlands and Wetlands group. One thing Martin  forgot to mention, unless I have missed it somewhere, is that many of the exotic trees on the FSP side of Dairy Road have been cut down and chipped, and much of the understory  and tall grass that was also there, again mostly exotic species, plus the fence, has also disappeared. I have no idea why this has been done but hopefully it will all be replaced with native vegetation. The “hill” on the southern side of the FSP also appears to have been bulldozed – or is that my imagination with the trees and tall grass missing?




From: Martin Butterfield [
Sent: Saturday, 14 May 2016 6:21 PM
To: COG List
Subject: [canberrabirds] Big (?) day


I managed 52 species through my 7 checklists.  The most exciting sighting was 152 Pink-eared Ducks on the Fyshwick Sewage ponds, viwed from Dairy Road through a scope.  A great pity that someone drove an ICON Water branded ute ariund and disturbed all the birds.  Unfortunately they didn't stop and give me an opportunity to point the error of their ways out to them.


It would be good to hear through a post from the COG Committee to this chatline what is being done to restore birding access to the ponds.



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