This month Rhonda Bunbury hosted our walk on her farm ‘Belongarhon' near Bellbrae.
She took us on a relaxed stroll through her stand of bush where she has planted and weeded to create a very natural bush setting. It has been very dry and it was a hot day so the birds were elusive.
We saw 25 species with Grey Fantails being the most dominant. There was a good range of honeyeaters including white-naped, yellow-faced, white-plumed and white-eared. Highlights, apart from the tranquil setting and relaxed stroll, were a female Rufous Whistler and a glimpse of a female Mistletoebird.
For the April bird walk we will drive to a private property at the end of Hurst Road to record the birds present.
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.