Our group was small because this weekend clashed with the SEANA (South East Australian Naturalists Association) Autumn Camp which was hosted by Geelong Field Naturalists in the Bellarine area.
Nevertheless we spent a very enjoyable few hours strolling through the wetlands and nearby bushland of Coogoorah Park.
Our small group at Coogoorah Park, Anglesea
We didn’t see any unusual species but were pleased to have good views of spotted pardalotes and a couple of flyovers of a pair swamp harriers.
A local park side resident new to the group spotted the grey butcher bird which has been frequenting her garden.
One of the many things we discussed on our walk was a recent article from The Age publicising the Feather Map project. We thought it would be an excellent project to participate in but we weren’t informed enough to begin. Read about it here http://feathermap.ansto.gov.au/ The project requires people to collect and label feathers found in wetlands and send them to the researchers who can study bird movement, diet, life cycle etc. This might be an idea for a future bird walk.
We were surprised when our bird list added up to 37 species, not bad for a quiet day.
Below is a list of all the birds identified:
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.