A very wet Saturday morning turned into perfect weather (with almost no rain) to explore Torquay reserves.
We started at Grass Tree Park where the Emu-wrens eluded us again but we did find 20 species of birds and some interesting plants.
The highlight was a White Goshawk which turned into two Goshawks and we followed them as they moved around the central area.
We hope they are a pair thinking of nesting.
… On to Rice Reserve in Horseshoe Bend Rd where we were delighted with a group of Flame Robins, with the brilliant reds of the males against the grey day.
Finally a quick visit to nearby Dan’s Reserve, where the 3 Darters resting on dead trees over the water were a nice finish to a lovely birding morning.
We identified a total of 32 species for the morning:
Grass Tree Park
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.