Urambi Hills

Sun 23 September 2018 08:00am

Sandra Henderson

Meet at 8am at the Meredith Circuit entrance to Urambi Hills Nature Reserve (off Learmonth Drive – if unsure of location, copy this into Google: -35.396822, 149.047919). This walk will explore the lower western slopes of Urambi Hills, an area on the very western edge of suburban Canberra, with uninterrupted views towards the Murrumbidgee River and the ranges beyond.  Being an early spring walk, we will have the opportunity to look for newly returned migrants.  Please bring water, sunscreen and morning tea.

Post event report

Seven COG members took advantage of the perfect weather to visit this area most had never birded in before.  We walked from the Meredith Circuit entrance down to Tuggeranong Creek, and took in the dam close to the creek, as well as stopping for a short break at the bridge over the creek.  There were a number of real highlights:

  • two Baillons Crake at the dam, foraging in the open next to the reeds. One of them flew across the dam, which is the first time most of us have seen this species fly;
  • a Little Eagle circling over the hill. A report from two days prior in Canberra Nature Map noted that this species is seldom seen at Urambi Hills;
  • two Brown Falcons flying very close to us, perching nearby, with one calling several times

A total of 48 species was seen, a good result considering the continued very dry conditions.

Sandra Henderson

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