New Date for Wednesday Walk to AIS and Bruce Ridge

Wed 15 January 2020 08:30am

Sandra Henderson

Meet in the AIS arena car park where Superb Parrots are likely, We will then visit the water features near Ginninderra Drive before the lower slopes of Bruce Ridge.

If the forecast maximum is >35C or if there is a Total Fire Ban the walk will be cancelled.

Post event report

11 members gathered in the AIS car park and were consistently entertained by a modest number of Superb Parrots in the usual trees.  As we moved off towards Ginninderra Drive others flew past  in both directions.  We concluded that there were 20 birds present.

Possibly the most exciting sighting occurred as we walked through a degraded car park covered with 20 cm high grass,   A Latham’s Snipe flushed  – a long way from any water  – and took off flying fast and high.  It was joined by a second snipe and both headed towards Kaleen.

The water features provided a fair range of the usual suspects including very young Dusky Moorhen and Eurasian Coots.  Our other breeding record was Magpie-lark feeding young.

A good range of suburban and bush birds were seen as we looped around the AIS and back through Bruce Ridge below the rumble of Gungahlin Drive.  Pur final tally was 46 species.

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