Woodstock NR

Sun 20 November 2022 07:30am

Sandra Henderson

Description:  Woodstock Nature Reserve is a reserve of 356 ha, spanning both sides of the Murrumbidgee River and stretching from Uriarra Crossing to the NSW border. We will walk along the northern shore of the River, from Fairlight Road to Giorgios Sandwash.  The walk is along a fire trail with some uphill sections.  Species observed there recently include Australian Hobby, Double-barred Finch, Satin Bowerbird and Gang-gang Cockatoo.

Meeting Place:  As car parking is very limited, we will meet at Stromlo Forest Park, in the first section of the main carpark and carpool to the entrance to the Reserve.

Meeting Time:  07:30

Walking distance:  5 kms return.

End time:  Approximately 10:30

What to bring: Water, sunscreen. a hat and sturdy shoes.  Wet weather gear if considered necessary.

Name of leader and contact details:  Please register with the leader, Sandra Henderson by email to shirmax2931@gmail.com, providing your name and mobile number, and the name and mobile number of an emergency contact.  Please do so before 7pm on Friday 4 November 2022.  Numbers will be limited to 18.


Post event report

I was joined by only three other COG members for this outing. The weather forecast was not promising, and our planned carpooling at Stromlo Forest Park was abandoned when I discovered the Running Festival had the site jam-packed with cars and runners. We convened instead at East Uriarra and drove up to the reserve entry on Fairlight Road. During occasional light showers, lighter winds than forecast, and a couple of sunny breaks we found 31 species.  The highlights included a Rainbow Bee-eater which was hanging around the creek crossing, a White-faced Heron which flew across the track just in front of us, a group of about 20 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos flying on the other side of the river and a couple of Fan-tailed Cuckoos calling repeatedly.

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