Despite the bad weather forecast, a willing group of 10 hardy birders set out for Pru Acton's property in Hurst Road.
Pru has generously encouraged groups to visit her land for bird watching and we were looking forward to this trip. We only managed 8 very common species before the rain set in and, resolving to return on a nicer day, we went back to ANGAIR for morning tea.
No one begrudged the rain as it's been such a long dry summer.
The highlight was a dead Tawny Frogmouth that we picked up along the mad mile on the Great Ocean Road and brought back to the clubrooms where we got a close look at its feathers and features.
Here is the list of birds identified:
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.