I think my favourite blitz moment was on Shanahan’s Mountain, seeing a female Spotted Quail-thrush walking quietly beside the track only a couple of metres from me in full view. In between being
mesmerised at my best ever view of the female and trying to draw Kim’s attention to it without scaring it away, I forgot to get a photo. Another special find was on the Yerrabi Track just because we worked so hard to get it. Kim heard a Flycatcher well off
the track. We scrub-bashed towards the sound until we could at least verify that it was a Flycatcher. Kim was sure it was a Satin, so we continued until we were well off the track but were rewarded with great views and even a recognisable photo of a Male.
I wouldn’t have found it without Kim. It was great to see Red-browed Treecreepers there as well, though no Lyrebirds alas. Finally, I always love to see Swamp Harriers at Yankee Hat though only one this time, and no Woodswallows there apart from a couple of
From: Canberrabirds <>
On Behalf Of Philip Veerman
Sent: Monday, 25 October 2021 9:00 AM
To: 'COG bird list' <>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Blitz weekend
Sure. It has been surprising that there had been no posts about the event (unlike prior years). Big differences I found this year is the vast number of people about.
Car parks at Pine Island, Kambah Pool, Namadgi visitors centre, all almost full. People, bikes & dogs in all the reserve areas I tried. Only peaceful place was Castle Hill but too many birds and too big an area for me to get a reasonable count by myself. A
Tawny Frogmouth nest with chicks virtually at the Kambah Pool car park in (I think) the same tree as last year. And a Grey Butcherbird nest with chicks about 200 metres further along, at the Bullen range sign along the Kambah Pool track. No Trillers or Wb
Woodswallows (unlike last year).
On Behalf Of Nicki Taws via Canberrabirds
Sent: Monday, 25 October, 2021 7:51 AM
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Blitz weekend
After a fairly dour forecast early last week, the weather gods shone for us on the weekend. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Blitz, whether it was in your backyard, the local park or distant Namadgi. It was just lovely to be
out after the restrictions of the last few months.
The eBird lists have been flowing in. I haven’t had time to trawl through them yet but if you have a special moment or bird, feel free to share it. One of my first birds when I stepped outside on Saturday morning was a Scarlet Honeyeater
– not a bad way to start any day but especially a Blitz weekend.
Keep the lists coming if you are still to enter them (share with COG Blitz), or post datasheets to PO Box 348 Jamison Centre, or send an email with your results.