Wednesday Walk to Googong

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Subject: Wednesday Walk to Googong
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:28:29 +0000


From: Martin Butterfield <>
Sent: Thursday, 18 October 2018 5:57 AM
Cc: COG List <>; COG Wednesday Walkers <>; gang-gang <>
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Wednesday Walk to Googong


Thanks for those excellent images Roman.  I have added the one one of the Dusky in the nest site to the eBird checklist.




On Wed, 17 Oct 2018 at 22:29, Roman Soroka <> wrote:

Here is a link to a few images from this morning's walk:



On 17/10/2018 4:32 PM, Martin Butterfield wrote:

The editors of Gang-gang may wish to use this as the report on the trip.  It has been added to the Trips component of the COG website.

8 members gathered at the foreshores carpark near the dam wall at Googong.  Presumably most potential attendees had seen the BoM weather forecast  (8-20mm of rain and thunderstorms).  Or perhaps they had looked at a weather site on the internet last evening, showing massive a massive band of storms stretching from Charleville to Albury.  This had largely gone away by the morning.


No rain fell during the outing.


There were some good sightings close to the start including a Dusky Woodswallow building a nest in the slightly eroded top of a fence post.  A Whiskered Tern was seen flying across the water and a Pied Stilt wading on the edge.  In contrast to my dry run last Saturday there were good numbers of waterfowl visible on the dam including Pacific Black Duck, Australian Wood Duck, Grey Teal, Hardhead and both small Grebes.  Little Pied, Little black and Great Cormorants were mainly decorating dead trees on the bank.


Some eucalypts were flowering and were attracting some insects.  This didn't seem to be attracting many birds although we did record several species of Honeyeater (Yellow-faced; White-eared and Fuscous Honeyeaters, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Friarbird and Noisy Miners


Overall the group scored 52 species as detailed in the ebird checklist, with a few extras seen by members who arrived early or stayed on.


The editors of Gang-gang may wish to include the following in the upcoming trips area.  (More detail will be added on the COG website as it becomes available.)

The Wednesday Walk for November will be to a private property on Baroona Rd, off the Monaro Highway just South of Michelago.  As it is a longer trip folk may wish to plan car pooling and perhaps bring lunch and visit some other spots (eg Kelly Rd) on the way home.





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