Ten of us met and after practising greetings with elbow bumps and foot shakes (in deference to the pandemic) we set off to explore Lot 2 Bambra Road Aireys Inlet.
Unfortunately while distracted with novel greetings we missed the ID on a raptor that flew over, never to return.
We had low expectations due to high winds but found sheltered spots affording good views of bush birds. The property is part of a regeneration program and was planted with tube stock last spring. The plants have taken off in the lush soil and are double the size of their tree guards. But the best birds are still to be found along the Painkalac creek line.
Highlights were a Flame Robin, a flock of Blue-winged Parrots feeding, good views of Dusky Woodswallows, and Striated Thornbills. It was also good to spot the White-plumed Honeyeater which can be quite elusive but reliably found here along the creek.
The group traversing the ephemeral wetland.
Flame Robin, female
Dusky Woodswallow, mature left immature right
Bird list not in any particular order (28 species):
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.