good spots for Double-barred Finch

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Subject: good spots for Double-barred Finch
From: John Harris <>
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2016 05:50:54 +0000
I have about 20 of them in my bird feeder right now in Nicholls.

From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sunday, 11 December 2016 at 3:19 PM
To: 'Wayne Gregson' <>, "'calyptorhynchus .'" <m("","calyptorhynchus");">>
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Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] good spots for Double-barred Finch

The closest to home (my home that is) that I have sort of regularly seen them is on the west side of Mt Taylor. Normally only about 2 to 6. The Kambah track off Colquhoun St. The track goes parallel to Tugg Parkway then turns right at a dam towards the summit, then crosses the powerline track. Follow the powerline track back towards Kambah.  It is in that area that I have encountered them. However much less in the last year or so than in most previous years. Also they are regularly present at the National zoo. That may be the closest to central Canberra. When I first came to Canberra in 1973 I saw and photographed them at the site of the ANBG but I don’t think I have seen them there since my residence in Canberra (1983). I have seen flocks at Fyshwick Sewage Ponds when we could get in there.




From: Wayne Gregson
Sent: Sunday, 11 December, 2016 9:22 AM
To: calyptorhynchus .
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Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] good spots for Double-barred Finch




I occasionally see them on Urriarra Road on my bike rides, about 3 to 4 kms west of the roundabout at the entrance to Stromlo Forest Park.  However I wouldn’t guarantee that you would find them even over several visits.


If your friend left their car on Urriarra Rd at the junction with the forest road on top of a small hill almost exactly 3kms from the roundabout then walked west through the paddock/ lightly forested area parallel to and on the south side of Urriarra Rd this might work.  This is part of Stromlo Forest Park so is open to the public.  A walk of 1km takes you to the western boundary of Stromlo.  This is also a good area for speckled warblers, tree creepers and quite a few other species.





From: calyptorhynchus .

Sent: Sunday, December 11, 2016 9:00 AM

To: Canberra Birds

Subject: [canberrabirds] good spots for Double-barred Finch


Someone at work who is  beginning birder wants to see Double-barred Finches. I don't like to tell him anywhere because I haven't actually seen any for a couple of years in the ACT.

Does anyone have any good spots?


John Leonard

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