Outing to London Bridge Homestead

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Subject: Outing to London Bridge Homestead
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:03:48 +0000
The editors of gang -gang may wish to use this as the trip report. 

5 weather resistant members participated in this visit to the Homestead at London Bridge, in Googong South.  While there was little evidence of global warming, extreme weather events were evident in the wind.  
This had some impact on the avifauna with very few smaller birds seen on the walk to the homestead.  Good numbers of Australian Magpies, Eastern Rosellas and particularly Crimson Rosellas were evident at this stage.  3 Grey Currawongs were a less common species observed.
On arrival at the Homestead area 4 Flame Robins (2 of each sex) were flying around from perch to perch.  At least 6 Southern Whiteface were observed feeding on the ground before flying off downwind at fair speed.  The classic descending call of a Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo alerted us to the presence of this species and 2 birds were observed together with one fluttering its wings in an obvious display activity.  A female Hooded Robin then appeared with a male of that species seen soon after.  They were observed over quite some time but again the wind kept them oving.
We followed the creek back down to the Bridge itself where a large(ish) flock of 26 European Goldfinches were seen.  The final excitement was a flock of hirundines flying low over an open area.  It was concluded that most (15) of these birds  were Tree Martins - migrants are returning.
In total we recorded 31 species plus a  distant accipiter and we couldn't decide whether it was a Collared Sparrowhawk or Brown Goshawk.

​A few photographs and some commentary on related matters are in my blog. ​

As shown in the COG website, the walk for September will be to the Cotter Dam area on 20 September.

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