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.

Impressive Mistletoe
Impressive Mistletoe

Fungi
Fungi

The highlight was a White Goshawk which turned into two Goshawks and we followed them as they moved around the central area.

White Goshawk
White Goshawk

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.

Dan's Reserve
Dan's Reserve

We identified a total of 32 species for the morning:

Rice Reserve

  1. Black Swan
  2. Grey Teal
  3. Little Corella
  4. Crimson Rosella
  5. Red-rumped Parrot
  6. Superb Fairy-wren
  7. Red Wattlebird
  8. White-plumed Honeyeater
  9. Australian Magpie
  10. Grey Shrikethrush
  11. Willie Wagtail
  12. Little Raven
  13. Flame Robin
  14. Welcome Swallow
  15. Silvereye
  16. Red-browed Finch

 

Grass Tree Park

  1. Australian White Ibis
  2. Grey Goshawk
  3. Masked Lapwing
  4. Galah
  5. Crimson Rosella
  6. Superb Fairy-wren
  7. Eastern Spinebill
  8. Yellow-faced Honeyeater
  9. Red Wattlebird
  10. White-plumed Honeyeater
  11. New Holland Honeyeater
  12. Spotted Pardalote
  13. White-browed Scrubwren
  14. Grey Butcherbird
  15. Australian Magpie
  16. Grey Shrikethrush
  17. Magpie-lark
  18. Little Raven
  19. Silvereye
  20. Common Myna

 

Dans Reserve

  1. Australasian Darter
  2. Whistling Kite
  3. Australasian Swamphen
  4. Dusky Moorhen
  5. Red-rumped Parrot
  6. Superb Fairy-wren
  7. New Holland Honeyeater
  8. Welcome Swallow

Alison Watson

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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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