Lyrebird Trail, Tidbinbilla NR

Wed 16 December 2020 08:30am

Sandra Henderson

The December Wednesday Walk will be on the Lyrebird Trail at Tidbinbilla, which should offer some shady sections. Meet at the Mountain Creek carpark at 8.30am. To get to the carpark, follow the Tidbinbilla Ring Road and turn up Mountain Creek Rd. The carpark is at the end of this road. The walk is 2km.

Post event report

Twelve keen souls met at the Mountain Creek carpark, on a very wet  and rather gloomy morning. The rain persisted through much of the walk.

A Shining Bronze-Cuckoo called several times as we gathered at the carpark and, although we heard several birds along the first part of the track, few were seen. At the first bridge, I and one other member of the group caught brief glimpses of a male Rose Robin, which disappeared much too quickly. Following that moment of excitement, we saw no birds for a considerable distance,  although we admired the fringe lilies, trigger plants and a couple of hyacinth orchids about to burst into flower. On the downward track, a Common Cicadabird called close by, then flew into the top of a dead tree next to the track – a lifer for some, and a welcome addition to year lists for others. In the same area, most saw a Rufous Fantail which proved to be camera-shy.

We managed only 25 species for the walk, but some of those were very special, so we were all well satisfied.

Sandra Henderson

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