7 March 2015
As soon as we arrived at the You Yangs for our early-autumn birding and boneseeding visit, we heard Rainbow Bee-Eaters; they were flying directly overhead. This time last year lorikeets were everywhere, but this year we saw none. However, we were pleased to record a number of small bird species.
These included Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Buff-rumped and Brown Thornbills, Weebill, Spotted and Striated Pardalotes, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Jacky Winter, Scarlet and Eastern Yellow Robins, Silvereye, Mistletoebird, and Diamond Firetail. We recorded 40 species in all, a bit down on the 50 species we found last March. The full list will be accessible on the BirdLife Melbourne website via this page http://www.birdlifemelbourne.org.au/outings/.
Despite the outing occurring on a long weekend this year, which meant it clashed with other activities, 11 people participated. The weather was mild and calm, pleasant for both birding and boneseeding. The area at Branding Yard Road, where we pulled out boneseed last March and the one before, has a new sign saying Echidna Walkabout Boneseed Control Program, so we will leave it to that organisation now. Some small boneseed plants are growing there, so Echidna Walkabout will have a little work to do. In the early afternoon we proceeded to our own official site and walked through to the bike-path that is under construction to the east. Near the path we tackled an expanse of boneseed plants that formed almost the whole of the understorey. Closer to the edges of the path where the soil has been disturbed recently, we pulled out numerous tiny new weeds. We had worked nearby on our last visit in December 2014, so we are really starting to make an impact on this area.
Thanks to all those who attended for their good company, interesting bird sightings and successful weeding. Our next visit is planned for Saturday 6 June, on another long weekend.
I have included words and pictures from the day on my website, http://www.timeinthebush.com/you-yangs-2015.html, where there are also photos from earlier visits.
Contributor and photographer: Merrilyn Serong