Jerrabomberra Hill

Sun 05 July 2015 09:00am

Sandra Henderson

This will be at Jerrabomberra Hill (Mount Jerrabomberra) in the Jerrabomberra area of Queanbeyan. Meet at 9am at the carpark.
Access via Tompsitt Drive off Lanyon Drive. Take first left off the big roundabout, into Limestone Drive, then a left at Halloran Drive. Jerrabomberra Hill Road is off to the right along that road – look for the signpost. There is a small parking area next to the locked gate into the reserve. There is limited on-street parking.
The road to the top of the hill is a very pleasant, easy walk on a well-maintained dirt road through woodland with lots of stringybark, other eucalypts and acacias. Keep your fingers crossed for a non-foggy morning, so that the view from the newish lookout at the top can be admired! No bookings required.

Post event report

Keen COG members met in sub-zero conditions for the walk to the top of Mount Jerrabomberra. Although it briefly seemred that things were improving, the fog rolled back in; by the finish at 11.30 the temperature had improved to a balmy one degree!  Despite the fog, a good haul of 32 species was seen.  The first surprise was a group of five Laughing Kookaburras in one tree – perhaps someone is feeding them? A mixed feeding (freezing?) flock gave us good views of a pair of Scarlet Robins, a White-Eared Honeyeater, Buff-rumped and Striated Thornbills, Eastern Spinebills, a Golden Whistler, a Mistletoebird and a White-throated Treecreeper. The fog thwarted hopes of views of the mountains from the lookout, but towards the end of the walk we were treated to a fly past by nine Common Bronzewings, and encountered a flock of Red-Browed Finches. Views of Fuscous, White-plumed and White-eared Honeyeaters in a flowering eucalypt finished the morning on a good note.

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