October Wednesday walks

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Subject: October Wednesday walks
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2019 07:15:26 +0000

11 members gathered at Gambles TSR on Sutton Rd.  The entry to the Reserve is a bit tricky as the gateway is narrow and hard to see from a road with 100kph speed limit.  It is however well worth a visit.   While the understory has been overgrazed in much of the Reserve there are many magnificent eucalypts which were proving good habitat for a wide range of bush birds.

As we set off, early sightings included White-plumed, White-eared. White-naped and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters.  In the same family, but somewhat larger Red Wattlebirds and Noisy Friarbirds were seen and heard.  Also heard were several Rufous Whistlers and White-throated Gerygones.   Less common species included a single White-browed Woodswallow overflying the group and at least two Mistletoebirds.

Breeding was happening.  A Yellow-rumped thornbill was constructing a nest in a eucalypt and a Collared Sparrowhawk was occupying a nest.  White-throated Treecreepers were seen onvestigating a hollow.

In total we recorded 44 species at this (quite small) site.  A full list is at

7 of us  then moved to the Molonglo Gorge area, walking up the Kowen Forest out-road hoping to find Spotted Quailthrush recently reported from that area. 

We failed in that objective but added a few species to our list including Wedge-tailed Eagles .  One was initially seen being beaten up by an Australian Magpie and subsequently two soaring birds with daggy primaries – whether this was due to the attention of the Magpies was not certain.

Buff-rumped Thornbill and Weebill were added to our day list with 19 species in total here and a respectable 46 species for the day.

The walk for November will be along the Molonglo, starting from Kirkpatrick St Weston (near the RSPCA as shown on tte COG Website

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