Diario del proyecto Yellingbo and surrounds

22 de septiembre de 2022

22/09/22 Flora & Frog survey: Yellingbo

A beautiful morning greeted us to a flora survey where we haven't done one before. Seven people, including 2 new people to our flora surveys, found several large colonies of Maroonhoods, interspersed with Common Bird Orchids. We also found some Sun Orchids with flower spikes just emerging which we'll check on in the coming weeks. Which species are they? After all the rain it was boggy underfoot in what we would expect to be much drier areas. There wasn't a lot of insect life but it was nice to see some species around such as the White-spotted Swift Spider, a glossy red coloured Leaf Beetle and more. Just 2 species of frogs calling today, the Common Eastern Froglets were abundant, whilst we heard a solitary Pobblebonk. A highlight was seeing what we suspect were 2 Swamp Harriers seeming to harass a Wedge-tailed Eagle, flying high above the swamp. Another highlight was everyone saying what a great day they had out in the bush :)

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21 de septiembre de 2022

21/09/22 Bird, Platypus & Frog survey: Yellingbo

Our bird, platypus and frog survey had all of this and more today. Two sightings of a platypus, approx 2 hours apart (plus a photograph this time!!), 42 species of birds and 1 species of frog calling (Common Eastern Froglet). That's got to count as a good morning out :)
Four new people to our surveys were warmly welcomed. It's always a joy to meet new people and share the joys of the bush, laughter and the easy conversation and company of like-minded people.
Some bird highlights? A pair of Black Swans with a signet, a Pelican flying overhead (2 water birds we don't often see), a Fan-tailed Cuckoo sitting for ages on the fence letting us get a good look, 6 species of honeyeater, and so much more!
How good is this group of people?! What a joy to be out in the reserve with them all today.

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08 de septiembre de 2022

07/09/22 Youth event – Flora survey: Yellingbo

If marking National Threatened Species Day with a flora survey in near perfect weather wasn't enough, the bonus was seeing all participants actively engaged in working out what species they were observing. Today was about treading lightly on the ground, and focussing in on the species that can be a bit cryptic - grass-like blades of green, or leaves easily confused with a Eucalyptus leaf, or tiny rosettes that like magic send up the most stunning of flowers - the orchids. We found Nodding and Tall Greenhoods in flower, Large tongue-orchids with the very beginning of a flower spike emerging, and Sun orchids, some with flower spikes emerging. We'll go back to hopefully catch the flowers open and determine the species. Other species that grabbed everyone's attention were two species of Sundew (Tall and Rosy), with their glistening leaves that lure, capture, and digest insects. Then there were the wattles, rushes, grasses, herbs, eucalyptus and much, much more!

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22 de agosto de 2022

17/08/22 Bird, Platypus & Frog survey: Yellingbo

During National Science Week our Yellingbo bird survey participants recorded a staggering 52 species of birds including a rarely sighted Australian Pelican and Black Swan. Another 3 new species were recorded since our regular bird surveys began in Sept 2020: Straw-necked Ibis, Long-billed Corella and Eurasian Coot, bringing our total species list recorded to 96. Our previous daily record was 40 species recorded. Another highlight today were two Wedge-tailed Eagles soaring above us being harassed by a group of Little Ravens. It's breeding season for both species and they compete for nesting sites and resources. After heavy rain, the creek was bursting its banks but the wet ground didn't deter us! Together, a team of people that described themselves as "beginner" to "pretty good" at identifying plants, birds and other animals all contribute to what we see, hear and record. The frogs (Common Eastern Froglet Crinia signifera) were making a racquet. We didn't spot a platypus today. We wondered what protective behaviours they employ when waterways are overflowing and moving as fast as they were today. As we sat down to enjoy lunch together, the warmth of a winter's morning and shared conversation was icing on the cake. What an awesome group of people to spend a morning with!

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16 de julio de 2022

07/07/22 Youth event – Frog survey: Yellingbo

No data is good data.
The Youth Reference Group of the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater spent the afternoon in search of Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog, a ‘banana box’ frog that had been introduced into the area. Protecting the native species is a priority in the reserve. Introduced species can alter the ecology on the habitat they’re found in, as well as carry the risk of bringing in diseases and other bugs with them. The Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog had been found in the reserve in previous surveys, and the Friends wanted to know whether this tropical species would survive the harsh Victorian winter.
The day came with sporadic rain and an assortment of feathered companions who followed our journey with both curiosity and indifference; Kookaburras who watched from the trees and Superb Fairy-wrens who danced on the grass below. Some frog calls were identified, yet despite the time spent meticulously scouring the reeds with binoculars until our eyes crossed, no amphibians were spotted. But this didn’t matter, as we were given the opportunity to find something else even rarer, and what a blessing that was.
Despite having found no evidence, on this occasion, of the Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog residing in the reserve, the Friends will conduct another survey later in the year.

Text by: Cerrita Louw

Thank you Cerrita :)

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22 de junio de 2022

23/06/22 Bird & Frog survey: Yellingbo

The frogs were quiet today and the birds weren't vocalising much, but despite that, we came away having seen 35 species of birds. The tracks were wet after so much rain in the region lately, and the skies overcast for most of the morning, but it was still and dry. As we sat down to enjoy lunch together, the blue skies peaked through. As Wendy said, "it's great to be out in the bush in winter!" The highlight for all of us were three Varied Sittellas finding food under the bark of the Eucalypts, two Bassian Thrush picking their way through the leaf litter just ahead of us on the track, and ... one partridge in a pear tree? No! One Powerful Owl sitting proudly in the Blackwood hanging onto dinner, a Ringtail Possum. As Ron said, it was "another enjoyable and relaxing day out with a really good group of people."

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31 de mayo de 2022

28/05/22 Twilight Walk: Yellingbo

Fourteen enthusiastic participants, under Karen's guidance, braved the early evening on a Twilight Walk. It was a still, mostly clear night, and a waning moon with just 5.6% illumination. We sighted 5 Common Brushtail Possums, 5 Ringtail Possums, 5 Sugar Gliders and Common Wombat scats on our approx 2km walk. Heard, but not seen, were the Common Eastern Froglet, Victorian Smooth Froglet and Southern Brown Tree Frog. Bird species heard were: 3 Masked Lapwing, 2 Common Blackbird, 4 Australian Wood Duck, 2 Purple Swamphen and 2 Superb Fairywren.
As we drove away at 8pm, the temperature gauge was showing 4 deg celsius. With our coldest months to come, it's pretty incredible to think our native animals are so well adapted to life outdoors, provided we as humans leave their critical habitat intact!
Thank you to Karen for sharing her knowledge and passion for animals with us tonight.

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11 de mayo de 2022

11/05/22 Bird & Frog survey: Yellingbo

I don't think we could have had a better day to be out in the bush - unless the sun was out a little more perhaps! An overcast, but still day with a touch of crispness in the air saw 8 of us walking a mostly shaded track along Woori Yallock Creek this morning surveying for birds. The fungi stopped many of us in our tracks however - there were lots of species that just had to be photographed and uploaded to iNat :)
A Bassian Thrush caught our eye before heading out of the carpark, as did a pair of Common Bronzewings taking a drink. A highlight was a Powerful Owl staring down at us from its perch high in a Blackwood. By the size, we felt it was most likely a female. In all, 27 bird species today, and perhaps best of all, the company and chatter of people who don't think your a little unusual by getting excited at the fungi & animal scat finds :)

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13 de abril de 2022

13/04/22 Bird & Frog survey: Yellingbo

I don't think we could have wished for a better morning. A sunny, still day combined with the easy conversation of 9 like-minded people as we walked the Yellingbo tracks on our Bird & Frog survey. Ron's keen eyes spied a Tasmanian Grey Fantail with its very dark plumage setting it apart from the Grey Fantails commonly seen. Crossing the Bass Strait heading north in winter, it's quite a trek for a small bird! Our list of 36 bird species seen today included a Whistling Kite, 4 honeyeater species, lots of Red-browed Finches anD a raptor we could hear but couldn't see high in the Manna Gum. No ID for that one - next time perhaps :)
A chorus of Common Eastern Froglets rang through the bush, enjoying the wet swampland areas. The wildlife is just part of why we come together though. A large part of the joy in surveying the Yellingbo bush for its wildlife and flora is meeting new people and sharing the Yellingbo bush with them. It's hard to care about this special piece of bush behind the locked gates if you don't know about it. Two weeks ago we loved meeting Donna and Lou, whilst today we met Robert who as a new kid to the area over 30 years ago attended Macclesfield Primary School taking the total enrolment to 7 kids. Now one of the larger primary schools in the area, how things change!

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08 de abril de 2022

30/03/22 Flora & Frog survey: Yellingbo

It was great to have two new people join us for a survey today. It's always surprising how much you start to see in the Australian bush when on the surface it just looks like a field of green foliage in front of you - though we had plenty of that too! There wasn't much warmth in the morning air, but it was still and mild. Very few insects buzzing about, just the odd butterfly that we couldn't get a photo of. The Hairpin Banksia and Yellow Hakea are flowering beautifully, with many of these two species along the stretch of track running alongside Cockatoo Creek swamp that we walked. The wet depressions we walked past were refuge for quite a few different plant species in flower, whilst the Common Eastern Froglet were making a racket in these same patches. Though the bird life wasn't plentiful this morning, the ones we did see were enjoying the sun high in the Eucalyptus canopy or hawking for the insect life along the track and swamp edge. Their eyes are clearly better than ours! A relaxed morning with great company. Thank you!

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