Trucking a Yard Lane Dam

To: Canberrabirds <>
Subject: Trucking a Yard Lane Dam
From: "David McDonald (personal)" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2020 23:01:19 +0000
Yes Martin, I still check both Trucking Yard Lane and the sewage works at least once a week. On the rare occassions when I have seen them at the sewage works they have just been loafing on the banks, awaiting their evening foraging expeditions, not feeding.

On 2020-01-20 09:52, Martin Butterfield wrote:

I presume you checked the sewage works on the way past?  Pete Cranston had them there a couple of weeks ago: perhaps there is more grass in that area.

On Mon, 20 Jan 2020 at 09:47, David McDonald (personal) <> wrote:
The Bungendore Trucking Yard Lane dam clean-out has been completed. High banks now cover about 3/4 of the dam's perimeter. The spots where they used to congregate are no more. In addition, the high bank obscures sight of much of the dam from the road.

A couple of dozen Grey Teal there yesterday, on the water.

The Plumed Whistling-Ducks seem to have left the Bungendore area (again). Considering that they graze '... at night on grassy margins of wetland or on short-grass plains ...' (Menkhorst et al./CSIRO bird guide), and that both of these habitats are few and far between, it may be a long time before they become resident again. Though of course we don't know for sure if they were ever resident, as none have been banded or leg flagged. Our assumption re resident status simply reflected the largely stable number of birds there over an extended period. For further information see Butterfield, M 2014, 'Plumed Whistling-Ducks in the COG Area of Interest', Canberra Bird Notes, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 173-84.


On 2020-01-19 21:56, Graeme Clifton wrote:

I swung by last a Friday to have a look and an excavator was reshaping the dam wall and extending the excavation.  Needless to say, no ducks in sight.

Graeme Clifton

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