Upper Warks Road this morning

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Subject: Upper Warks Road this morning
From: Mark Clayton via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2021 01:55:22 +0000

Having banded in the general area of Wark's and Lee's Creek and up at New Chum's  roads back in the mid to late 1960s to the mid 70's and frequent visits since over the years, I have commented that the area in the last 10 years or so has been totally "dead, dull and boring" bird wise. I did a blitz site there several years ago and didn't even record any White-browed Scrubwrens, one of the commoner species we used to band, and only a couple of Brown Thonbills. This also applies to Campbell Park and the Lake Road near Lake George. Species that I used to see regularly back then appear to have completely disappeared from the local area. Several examples are Brown Treecreeper, Hooded and Flame Robins, Southern Whiteface and even species that people probably still think of as common, the White-plumed Honeyeater. Climate change has a lot to do with it but so have successive ACT Governments (both persuasions) with their mad desire to knock down every native eucalypt, build as many "houses" on tiny blocks as they can  and then try and replant with exotics. I drove down John Gorton Drive yesterday and couldn't believe the amount of clearing going on near Bluett's Block. The current ACT Government couldn't care less about their local legislation concerning our listed "Threatened Species". I have lived in Canberra for nearly 70 years so have seen huge changes in our bird life, mostly for the worst!


On 30/12/2021 12:30 pm, calyptorhynchus via Canberrabirds wrote:
I went out via Picadilly circus and Bendora dam road to the upper part of Warks Road. All the roads were open and in fact the gate at the top of Warks Road was open to although I parked outside and walked down.
The road was eerily quiet, I’m not sure why this is but there didn’t just didn’t seem to be many birds about and even the common species weren’t very common. Perhaps the birds are between the first and second broods, or perhaps they have had such a rotten time with the cold, wet and windy weather they have just given up on breeding.
I did manage to see a few good things, Rufous fantail, red browed tree creeper, and around the junction of Warks Road and new chums Road they were five or six Cicadabirds calling from different directions. I manage to get the bins on one female.

John L

John Leonard

Make nature great again.

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