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.
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.
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.
Birding highlights were Magpies warbling brightly in the rain, a flock of 37 European Finches, Satin Bowerbirds and a Wedge-tailed Eagle.
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.
Below are all the birds identified:
Sat 9:30am - 1:30pm
Get to Know our Tracks
Sun 9:30am - 11:00am
Friends of Allen Noble Sanctuary
Mon 9:30am - 11:00am
Tue 10:00am - 11:30am
St Bernard’s College, students’ working bee
Fri 7:30am - 9:30am
Social evening: Our water future – protecting the Barwon
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.