|To:||COG List <>, COG Wednesday Walkers <>, Sandra Henderson <>|
|Subject:||Walk to Umbagong District Park|
|From:||Martin Butterfield <>|
|Date:||Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:19:34 +0000|
About 30 members gathered on the Western bit of Dalley Cr, Latham for a "figure of eight" tour of this reserve. The initial stages of the walk were pretty quiet with a family of Willie Wagtails and a small flock of Red-browed finches being highlights as we crossed Ginninderra Creek for the first time.
After using the stepping stones to get back across the creek we got into bushier country with a much more diverse avifauna. As well as quite a few of the usual bush birds along this stretch those at the back of the group scored a Collared Sparrowhawk while (some of) the front runners saw a female White-winged Triller.
Although there still seemed to be water in the creek waterbirds per se were very few. Two Great Cormorants and 2 Straw-necked Ibis flew over and 2 Australian White Ibis landed briefly. In the stretch to the west of Florey Drive the highlight was the relatively large number of Sacred Kingfishers observed . At one point 4 of this species were visible at one time (and 7 were recorded for the whole walk).
Returning to the cars a low point was a flock of 11 Common Mynahs - many of the group noted this to be a very large group in recent times. This was balanced by the pleasing sighting of 3 Double-barred Finches.
Overall members of the group recorded 44 species. A full list is at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52946964
I have compiled a blog post with a few extra comments and some photos.
Next months walk is to Gigerline with hope that the Honeyeater migration will have started and that we'll be able to find the Yellow-Tufted Honeyeaters at the River.
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