In late summer we had, in modern parlance, an ‘awesome’ visit to Melbourne Water at Werribee on a glorious sunny day, fortunately not too hot.
Initially, on the inland sewage ponds we saw thousands of ducks and other of species of year-round shorebirds, such as the oh-so-handsome Pink-eared Ducks, also many Stilts , mostly Black-winged, three Maned Stilts, and a few Avocets.
Lots of birds on the ponds
After we had our fill of these we moved on to the bay waters for the migratory waders.
Lots of birds on the bay
We were not disappointed as flocks of them wheeled around, and, after landing, fed non-stop running around the mud flats. We worked on identifying the three most common species, but were not sure if there were less common species in amongst them.
We often were not sure exactly where we were on the map, but there were so many birds to see that everywhere was good.
Checking species and numbers at the end
We departed in the late afternoon happy with a total of 58 species.
Below is a list of all the birds identified:
Pacific Black Duck
Little Black Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.