The day was overcast threatening rain as ten of us set off through the reserve.

Group

At a couple of spots the birds seemed to congregate as they fed and flitted amongst the trees. Along the aquaduct track we were excited to see a group of Varied Sitellas (a first for some of the group) cavorting with Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Striated and Spotted Pardalotes.

Varied Sitella
Varied Sitella

A brilliantly coloured male Mistletoebird was sighted feeding amongst mistletoe on the roadside.

Of interest throughout the walk were the various nests seen, including an Eagle nest, a low set bark nest on the side of a tree and various hollows of different sizes. Suggests a spring and or night walk is required. In total we identified 26 bird species (with a couple of unidentified LBJ’s).

This is a special place well worth returning to.

Below is a list of all the species identified:

  1. Australian Wood Duck
  2. Laughing Kookaburra
  3. Galah
  4. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  5. Crimson Rosella
  6. Red-Rumped Parrot
  7. White-throated Treecreeper
  8. Superb Fairy-wren
  9. Yellow-faced Honeyeater
  10. Red Wattlebird
  11. New Holland Honeyeater
  12. White-eared Honeyeater
  13. White-naped Honeyeater
  14. Brown-headed Honeyeater
  15. Spotted Pardalote
  16. Striated Pardalote
  17. Brown Thornbill
  18. Grey Butcherbird
  19. Australian Magpie
  20. Varied Sittella
  21. Grey Shrikethrush
  22. Golden Whistler
  23. Rufous Whistler
  24. Grey Fantail
  25. Little Raven
  26. Mistletoebird

 

Alison & Phil Watson

Photos by Marg Lacey

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Freesia

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.

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