It was a freezing morning with strong wind and intermittent showers and we all waited for each other to cancel but in the end eight hardy birders set off to Lot 2 Bambra Road in Aireys Inlet.

It was the interest of a new location that drew us out into the rain.

group

Mick Loughnan has recently purchased this land and invited us to observe the birds here. He is undertaking vegetation regeneration so it was an opportunity to begin documenting the birdlife.

swallowsWelcome Swallows

Despite the dreadful weather we counted 31 species. We shared the paddocks with Eastern Grey Kangaroos who were moving freely as Mick has removed some fences and the bottom strand of barbed wire from others.

blue wrenSuperb Fairywren

Birding highlights were Magpies warbling brightly in the rain, a flock of 37 European Finches, Satin Bowerbirds and a Wedge-tailed Eagle.

white faced heronWhite-faced Heron

STOP PRESS! Conrad White brought along his new lens and snapped a Bassian Thrush on Old Coach Road. So we can add another species and highlight for the day.

bassian thrushBassian Thrush

Marg Lacey

Below are all the birds identified:

  1. Australian Shelduck
  2. Maned Duck
  3. Pacific Black Duck
  4. Gray Teal
  5. Little Pied Cormorant
  6. White-faced Heron
  7. Wedge-tailed Eagle
  8. Laughing Kookaburra
  9. Galah
  10. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  11. Crimson Rosella
  12. Satin Bowerbird
  13. Superb Fairywren
  14. Eastern Spinebill
  15. Red Wattlebird
  16. New Holland Honeyeater
  17. White-eared Honeyeater
  18. White-naped Honeyeater
  19. Australian Magpie
  20. Gray Currawong
  21. Gray Shrikethrush
  22. Willie-wagtail
  23. Magpie-lark
  24. Little Raven
  25. Scarlet Robin
  26. Flame Robin
  27. Welcome Swallow
  28. European Starling
  29. European Goldfinch
  30. Red-browed Firetail
  31. Bassian Thrush

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Weed of the month

Freesia

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.

More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.

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