Wednesday walk – Glendale Depot

Wed 19 April 2023 08:00am

Sandra Henderson

Meet at Namadgi Visitor Centre at 8am for carpooling.
Glendale Depot is a decommissioned Parks works depot, and a COG favourite. Over 120 species have been seen there, and
recent highlights include Jacky Winter, Restless Flycatcher, Diamond Firetail, Grey Currawong and Ganggangs. Sturdy shoes,
hat, water recommended. Some walking will be offtrack.

To register please conta
ct Sandra ( with your name and number, and name and number of an emergency contact.

Post event report

I joined COG a couple of days before this walk and duly met walk leader Sandra Henderson at 8:00 at Namadgi National Park Visitor Centre. Actually I was running a little early and Sandra was already there; she admitted she got there about 7am, and had done a list.  I can see why COG gets Sandra to lead walks; eBird revealed Sandra started at 6:40 and put in a list of 40 species, just around the Visitor Centre.


We gathered for carpooling in the cool morning air and drove on to Glendale Depot, where 14 of us walked for 2 and a half hours in almost perfect birding conditions, ool to start and then warming under full sun and light breeze.


In total 319 individuals across 38 species were recorded. Highlights for a visitor from the Illawarra included:  White-naped and White-eared Honeyeater, Weebill and Scarlet Robin. It was also interesting to hear a distant Superb Lyrebird calling, a bird we associate with subtropical rainforest in the Illawarra.


We had obscured views of a female flycatcher and despite the expertise of experienced members, we couldn’t settle on Satin or Leaden. Unfortunately a male didn’t make an appearance. Close inspection of the birds on the dam revealed a single Hoary-headed Grebe with 3 Australasian Grebe.


Fleeting views of a Speckled Warbler were had by most, but I wasn’t quick enough and dipped on that, as well as a European Goldfinch and Striated Thornbill, and I failed to hear a Satin Bowerbird calling.


A most enjoyable first outing with COG. Many thanks to Sandra for leading and other members for making me welcome.


Ralph Stadus

Illawarra Birders


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