It has remained relatively dry throughout April; however, with the odd light shower the flying ants have set their new queens to the air much to the delight of the local microbats in and around the golf course.
Lesser Long-eared Bat
Northern Bent-winged Bat (images kindly provided by Nathan Litjens)
The Grey Shrike Thrushes and Splendid Fairy-wrens have been coming into Niblick St mothing sheets each morning, fattening up on the remaining cup moths that have been out in force recently as they get ready to mate before the winter cold.
Grey Shrike Thrush
Male Splendid Fairy-wren
Female Painted Cup Moth
Male Painted Cup Moth
The Female and male Golden Whistlers have been coming back in to the gardens due to the dry conditions.
Female Golden Whistler
Male Golden Whistler
We continue to enjoy the Australian Owlet Night-jar that roosts in the Niblick Street bird box.
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.