Wednesday Walk to Googong

Wed 17 October 2018 09:00am

Martin Butterfield

Meet in the Foreshores carpark, past the dam wall and the boat ramp.

We will explore areas of bush close to the car park as well as checking the water for fowl and shorebirds. Depending on time and enthusiasm we might also drive back and cross the Queanbeyan River to explore the Black Wallaby Walking Track.

Post event report

8 members gathered at the foreshores carpark near the dam wall at Googong. Presumably most potential attendees had seen the BoM weather forecast (8-20mm of rain and thunderstorms). Or perhaps they had looked at a weather site on the internet last evening, showing massive a massive band of storms stretching from Charleville to Albury. This had largely gone away by the morning.

No rain fell during the outing.

There were some good sightings close to the start including a Dusky Woodswallow building a nest in the slightly eroded top of a fence post. A Whiskered Tern was seen flying across the water and a Pied Stilt wading on the edge.

In contrast to my dry run last Saturday there were good numbers of waterfowl visible on the dam including Pacific Black Duck, Australian Wood Duck, Grey Teal, Hardhead and both small Grebes. Little Pied, Little black and Great Cormorants were mainly decorating dead trees on the bank.

Some eucalypts were flowering and were attracting some insects. This didn’t seem to be attracting many birds although we did record several species of Honeyeater (Yellow-faced; White-eared and Fuscous Honeyeaters, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Friarbird and Noisy Miners

Overall the group scored 52 species as detailed in the ebird checklist, with a few extras seen by members who arrived early or stayed on.

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