This is a very similar bird list to Castle Hill. Brown Treecreepers are (from my memory) always there, or at least they have been for many years and all the
previous blitz surveys I have done there, including last weekend. Indeed over all those years always within the same specific about 2 hectares. Hooded Robins were a regular there but not this year or last year and Diamond Firetails were not seen by me last
weekend, though usually are there. There is so much grassland all around that presumably they have a wide range to cover. White-plumed Honeyeater, Mistletoebird, Dusky Woodswallow, Rufous Songlark, White-throated Gerygone and Bee-eaters are also usually there
on the blitz surveys. It is the only site I do regularly that is too full of birds for me to be reasonably confident of getting most, in about one to two hours. Two years ago I had someone surveying with me which made it a much nicer and more successful day.
The first time I went there was I think in the late 1980s when McComas Taylor lead a COG day trip. The good bird that day was Regent Honeyeater but I have not
encountered them there since.
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Subject: [Canberrabirds] Brown Treecreepers in paddock at junction of ApolloRoad and Naas Road
Quite excited today to see these birds in that paddock. People began talking about Brown TCs at that spot about 8 years ago on the chatline and I starting stopping there regularly to see if I could see them. Never have until today!
[This paddock is on the opposite side of the road from Apollo Road, it begins at the junction and stretches down the hill towards the river. It is a hillside with trees and rocks, open woodland.]
One bird was hopping on rocks on the skyline and another bird was in a dead tree at the base of the slope right at the top of the tree (about 20 meters off the ground) keeping an eye on a perched Kestrel.
About 50% of the time I see Hooded Robins in that paddock, but not today. However, there were also Diamond Firetails, Southern Whiteface, White-plumed Honeyeater, Mistletoebird (1), Dusky Woodswallow, and one House Sparrow! A Pallid Cuckoo
was calling in the distance.
At Namadgi Visitors' Centre there are now two Jacky Winters, so presumably they are breeding. Also a Rufous Songlark, White-throated Gerygone and, across the road, a few Bee-eaters hawking in the paddocks.