Monday, June 13, 2011

Heyfield Birdwatchers - June 2011

G’day HBW’s and Others,
I could sub head today’s entry – ‘An Awkward Orchid Moment’.

As we gathered at our meeting place for yesterday’s outing, a couple of new faces began arriving. I commenced introducing myself and the ‘regulars’ to the ‘newies’, and started to ask how they’d  gotten to hear about our exclusive little mob. Nancy had told Ross about us – yep, fine, that makes sense. (Welcome Ross, hope to see you on some future activities).  The cars kept pouring in! All these new people? Strewth, hope I can find some birds for them. Then the penny dropped. It was another group, (of orchid hunters from Melbourne), assembling at the same place and time as us.

The orchid mob pulled out and we set off beside the Avon, just about right under the bridge, me with my face still red with embarrassment, and started seeing birds right away. Pardalotes, Silvereyes, Eastern Spinebills, Yellow Thornbills, etc, were all very active in the feathery wattle foliage and the mistletoe.

Someone suggested we’d hadn’t been to the Knob Reserve for awhile, so we ducked around to see Short-billed Corellas, white cockies, Galahs etc, gallivanting in the big Red Gums. There wasn’t too much other bird activity just here, but some nice fungi appeared on the little walk below the lookout.

Earthstar fungi
Agaricus augustus perhaps?
After a minor navigating glitch, we found our way onto the Stockdale road and the first of the pine forests began to appear. I was hoping to spot some fungi here that might get the cameras going again, but in the immortal words of ‘Banjo’ Patterson, ‘there were flocks of ‘em here last week’, when I sussed out the place. Oh well birdos this is what they looked like…

Fly agaric
Next it was just a short hop onto Beverly’s Rd and into a small patch of remnant bush I’d found. Two or three different honeyeaters in the crowns, (see the PS below), Blue Wrens, treecreepers, yellow and Scarlet Robins, a ‘remnant’ Fan-tailed Cuckoo who should have been gone by now, King Parrots, Mistletoe Bird, etc, were some of the ticks here.

There were some nice orchid beds too…

Fringed Helmet
Nodding Greenhood
Trim Greenhoods
  On the way back to the coffee shop, Dingo showed us a spot in the Stockdale forest where there were the remains of some old charcoal kilns. A nice little bit of local history to wind up a beaut day.

 PS: I mucked up PG with the change in meeting place. He emailed me later to say that on his unsuccessful quest to find us, he came across a small colony of Regent Honeyeaters, a bird that is listed endangered and Birds Australia is currently asking for info on sightings.

1 comment:

  1. Nothing to be embarrassed about! Could have been a great opportunity for cross-fertilisation (in the nicest possible way!)

    Sounds like it was a great day all round, esp. with the inadvertent regent honeyeater sighting. Maybe this could be a new strategy!