Sun 20 September 2015 08:30am

Roslyn & John Sexton

Address is 259 Badgery Road Burra, via Queanbeyan 2620.

If using a GPS put in Southern Tablelands

From Queanbeyan head in the direction of Googong along Cooma Road. Proceed past the Googong turnoff and continue on past Fernleigh Park Estate. Shortly after you’ll see a turnoff to the left which is Burra Road. Take this turn and proceed along Burra Road for 12.7 kms. Slow down after your pass Hilltop Road on the left as you need to make a right turn onto Williamsdale Road. Cross over the flood way over the Burra Creek and go along Williamsdale Road for exactly 2.6 kms and you’ll see Badgery Road on your left. Go along Badgery Road for 2.5kms and we’re on the left hand side.

Coming from Tuggeranong get onto the Monaro Highway and turn off at Williamsdale. Make a left turn onto Williamsdale Road. The road is only partly sealed but it’s only about 6.1 kms and you’ll see Badgery Road on your right.

We have a long road frontage and if the rain ever stops, and the front paddock dries out I’ll have the paddock gate open with a COG sign on it. Drive through the gate, turn right and proceed towards the house. If conditions are still very wet, then you’ll need to park on the road verge.

No need to register. Bring morning tea.

Post event report

Ros and John Sexton hosted just five COG members to their property at Burra, on a clear, still and warm morning. We enjoyed a stroll along the creek line where Superb Fairy-wrens, Grey Fantails and Silvereyes found cover in the shrubs. Striated Pardalotes, carrying nesting material, were seen flying in and out of a culvert under the road so Lach Read, the youngest member of the group, was despatched to investigate further. He found a bolthole in the top of the culvert, just the right size for pardalotes and with no possibility of predators reaching it.
Small groups of Yellow-faced and a few White-naped Honeyeaters were moving through, perching in the tree tops for a while before darting across open country to the next line of trees. The dam yielded a pair of Eurasian Coots with the male quite aggressively trying to warn us off by patrolling backwards and forwards in a flattened pose. It was a good morning for rators with four Wedge-tailed Eagles, two Nankeen Kestrels and a Collared Sparrowhawk.
Ros produced a sumptuous morning tea and as we sat on the verandah indulging in homemade sausage rolls, mini quiches, biscuits and a slice, we added Red-browed Finch and Cunningham Skinks to the list.
Our thanks to Ros and John for inviting COG to their property. We were pleased to be able to add two new species to their property list and to see 37 species in total.

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