Wednesday Walk

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Subject: Wednesday Walk
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:41:42 +0000
30 members and guests gathered on Dryandra Street for a definite return to the Tom Green model of a Wednesday Walk: close to the centre of Canberra and not too long.  (This was reinforced with a unanimous vote not to extend to Bruce Ridge.)

The basic route was along the back of the Youth Hostel and towards the top of the ridge, then a counterclockwise loop.  After the initial ascent there was a little excitement with the first Scarlet Robins of the day.  (We ended with 8, spread fairly well through the walk, but appearing such that we felt they were different birds , not the same ones following us.)  Little Corellas flew from the direction of the AIS into the suburb.

Shortly after encountering a small flock of Double-barred Finches (some seen, others evident by toy trumpet calls) we got onto a mixed feeding flock comprising some of the finches, a Speckled Warbler, Buff-rumped and Yellow-rumped Thornbills, Grey Fantail, Grey Shrike Thrush and Silvereyes.

A small dam produced 2 Australasian Grebes - until a passing pooch (on lead) went for a wade, whereupon the grebes headed for the reeds.

All up we recorded 36 species for the day.  The full species list is at and a few images (some of which even include birds!) is at

Next month the walk will be led by Sandra, going to North Weston ponds.  Details are at the Field trips page of the COG website.

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