Brown thornbills and fairy wrens were observed within the plantation, which is thickening up nicely on the south site. Pairs of sacred kingfishers and rufous whistlers gave prominent displays, with the latter being bombed by yellow-faced honeyeaters. Only one noisy miner was heard calling on the western edge of the north site.
After a wet spring, flowering is prolific – spear grass and wooly tea tree are pictured. Weeds were not overly prominent on the south site, though scotch thistle blanketed the north site.
The bird survey was led as usual by ornithologist Tanya Loos. Other participants were Steve Murphy, Phil Kinghorn and myself. Two hour bird surveys following the same transect have now been regularly conducted every two months for over three years. This is the 2nd survey when we have seen birds using the plantation – the other being in June 2013.
Next year (2014) we will publish our schedule of bird surveys, which you will be able to join if interested.