Birding sites accessible during lockdown

To: 'Canberra Birds' <>
Subject: Birding sites accessible during lockdown
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 05:10:41 +0000

The general idea to raise an interest is fine. The hard part of course is how much information to include or not include. I would suggest instead: Canberra has about 200 species of birds regularly present. How many can you find whilst in lockdown in your neighbourhood and provide a link to our website.


Use of word like “Hollow” without explanation is hollow. The numbers given also mean little until explained. At the level of detail that would be at all useful, there is not a lot of value in doing this at suburb category. There is not that much difference between suburbs in the birds that Joe Average would notice, apart from a small number of species.




From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of Rosemary Blemings
Sent: Saturday, 4 September, 2021 9:29 AM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Birding sites accessible during lockdown


Every home is a habitat accessible for birdwatching during lockdown. 


Could COG reach out to those seeking purpose and activities ideas whilst in lockdown?

And give our neighbours challenges as they Covid exercise through the streets or watch from windows. 



How about a COG member from each suburb making a list of the birds most commonly seen in that suburb?

List the species as one-liners in size order.  

If needed plumage colours and maybe a distinguishing feature or comment. 

Scientific name for accurate online searching.


Add notes about the avian characteristics we take for granted. and give our neighbours challenges as they Covid exercise through the streets or watch from windows. 


Print and post the list on a pole close to the path for passers-by to photograph or make copies available.




Draft examples:

Galah    35-38      Grey & Pink    Flynn ovals are hotspots          Hollow        Cacatua roseicapilla


Crimson Rosella    32-37       Greenish as juveniles      Hollow         Platycercus elegans elegans


Red Wattlebird    32-36     Mottled beige-brown   Over assertive                 Anthochaera carunculata






On 3 Sep 2021, at 11:33 pm, regeraghty--- via Canberrabirds <> wrote:


What about making a list of sites which are currently accessible?


The following are closed:

  1. Namadgi
  2. ANBG
  3. Tidbinbilla
  4. Lower Cotter Catchment
  5. Cotter precinct (including Cotter Campground and Blue Range)
  6. Kambah Pool
  7. Uriarra Crossing
  8. Woods Reserve Campground
  9. Northern Borders Campground
  10. Googong Foreshores



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