The day was overcast threatening rain as ten of us set off through the reserve.
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.
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:
Alison & Phil Watson
Photos by Marg Lacey
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.