Diario del proyecto Yellingbo and surrounds

13 de abril de 2021

13/04/21 Flora & Fungi survey: Yellingbo

Following plenty of rainfall in the area in the past couple of days (around 60mm), we ventured out on a sometimes drizzly morning to see what was around. Fourteen keen sets of eyes found an array of fungi, frogs eggs (with males calling constantly and one seen). Not so many flowering plants, as expected, however the Banksia flowers are now creating a stunning flash of colour. The prize went to Viggo who found a Hogg's Flatworm which I've never seen before at Yellingbo, then we found another one!!

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04 de marzo de 2021

04/03/21 Bird survey: Haining Farm Conservation Park

After nearly an entire year away from fieldwork (due to covid of course), I was able to make a return by joining the bird survey at Haining Farm that runs monthly by BirdLife Australia volunteers and which Friends volunteers joined this month. Our group was a mix of locals and those driving an hour or more, experienced birders and novices. The mood was cheery and much conversation was had as we walked through the site recording the bird species. So much information was passed back and forth between the participants, sharing knowledge on bird species, bird calls, habitat, flora and more. A very enjoyable start to the day!
My thanks to Gretchen for her unsolicited words :)
In just 2 years, the transformation from paddock to conservation zone, led by Parks Victoria with key partners Greening Australia and Zoos Victoria, is pretty phenomenal.

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01 de marzo de 2021

24/02/21 Bird & Platypus survey: Yellingbo

Anat has a way with words. Would you agree?
"On a beautiful summer day a group of 15 of us met up in the Yellingbo Reserve for a platypus and birdlife survey.
For the platypus survey, we walked along a few kilometers of the Woori Yallock Creek and the group spread out at three points along the creek, where we watched the flowing creek for 10 minutes, hoping to see platypus activity. It's interesting to know that 10 minutes is generally enough to ascertain if platypus are around in that area. We were not able to see any platypus, but will continue to survey at regular intervals, and perhaps have more success in winter, during the breeding season when the males will be more active, patrolling and protecting their habitat.
We had more luck with the bird survey, where we recorded the highest number of species of any of the previous surveys. The birds must have been enjoying the weather too! A standout was seeing the Sacred Kingfisher posing beautifully on a dead branch."

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11 de febrero de 2021

10/02/21 Flora (& fungi, insects) survey: Yellingbo

We were back at Jeanne Wilcox Reserve for a late summer survey, concentrating on an area we haven't explored. For 2 people, iNat was all new. It was great to have a new person join us, Mardi, and someone who hasn't been to one of these types of surveys before, Sandra. With the help of the iNaturalist community, we've identified a new species to us and we're all learning. Thank you! A 'line' search allowed us to find a small colony of Large Tongue-orchid's that aren't (yet) flowering. Huge thanks to Mardi and Eliza for pulling out and bagging a small colony of flowering Ragwort. Brilliant!! A lot less butterflies on the wing compared with last month. Sandra summed up our morning nicely. Thank you Sandra!!
See https://www.facebook.com/Friends.of.the.Helmeted.Honeyeater/

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27 de enero de 2021

27/01/21 Bird & Platypus survey: Yellingbo

No platypus seen today, but 12 people, 4 hours walking a 3km stretch of the Yellingbo bush and we recorded 34 species of birds, a Devil's-fingers (great spotting Danica), Striped Marsh-frogs calling and so much more. The best bit? Spending a few hours with like-minded people, keen to share and learn.

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13 de enero de 2021

13/01/21 Flora (& fungi, insects) survey: Yellingbo

Our mission? With no experience or knowledge needed, 7 of use grabbed our smart device or camera and used iNaturalist to record what grabbed our attention at a 19.65 hectare property purchased through funds raised by the Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Association (JESWA) and transferred to the Crown. It is named in honour and memory of the late Jeanne Wilcox, who worked tirelessly for conservation in this area.
For 3 people, iNat was all new. For all of us, it was a joy to explore, in the shade of mature Eucs. The only rule? It is, or was, living - plants, animals, fungi, mosses etc. Why? We love being out in the natural world, but more than that, we're getting the assistance of a world full of scientists and naturalists to help us identify and visually record what's calling YNCR home. Once onboard with the challenge, everyone's observations are automatically added to our iNaturalist Project: 'Yellingbo and surrounds'. Magic!
Alison's thoughts? "It was quite a different experience to focus on the ground rather than the tree canopy. As always, I was astounded by fellow observers' extensive knowledge; an inspiring and creative activity."
Eliza's thoughts? "I loved today, it was so good to be looking at the finer details to see what we could find!"
A highlight? Lots of butterflies, and with thanks to Bruce for spotting it, a colony of the tiny, tiny Elbow Orchid, significant within the Yarra Ranges Council area, only being known from very few local sites where it is uncommon. We've found 2 colonies in YNCR so far 🙂 A whisp of breeze though and photographing them proved a challenge. Oh, and some dumped rubbish was removed... groan. Thanks for putting in the recycling bins what you can Rachel.

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09 de enero de 2021

23/12/20 Flora (& insects) survey: Yellingbo

“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” ― Ian Fleming. It's happened twice. I was standing taking a photo of the miniature world at Yellingbo - a beautifully camouflaged moth on a Eucalyptus trunk and a moth moving gracefully amongst the flowering Poa. A bird came in from nowhere and took the camouflaged moth... was that my fault? Was I watching too closely? Bang! The graceful moth was captured by a flying insect its same size, 6 orange legs wrapped around it, and taken away. Was I watching too closely - again? Coincidence? The natural world is fascinating, with looming enemies all around!!

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18/12/20 Fauna survey: Yellingbo

We were up early today, looking for platypus on a 2km stretch of Woori Yallock Creek. No platypus, but our 'wow' moments? Two Sacred Kingfishers, an Azure Kingfisher and a Southern Boobook all in a couple of minutes, plus a fabulous moth which iNaturalist enabled me to ID as Epidesmia chilonaria. Beautiful markings. The Boobook was being harassed for well over an hour by a group of Honeyeaters - they clearly weren't happy about it being there, but we thought it was pretty cool!

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25/11/20 Bird survey: Yellingbo

Anat writes: Great birding this week at Yellingbo with my fellow Helmeted Honeyeater volunteers. A few lifers or rare-for-me birds, highlights being: Dusky Woodswallows! A lifer and one I'd been hoping to see for a while, and I got to sight it both on a nest, in flight, and a bit of resting. Fantailed Cuckoo, have seen and heard before but never properly been able to have a good look and photo. Jacky Winter, again a lifer for me, Crested Shrike Tits, love them, have not seen them in a while. And an interesting behavior from an Eastern Yellow Robin that after a bit of feeding swooped down to lay on its side and seemed to be playing dead for a good few minutes! Very odd and interesting, it almost looked like a little stuffed animal.
Editors note: What we observed with the Eastern Yellow Robin was sunbathing. Researchers believe using the sun in this way serves two purposes: it helps the preen oil to spread across the feathers and drives parasites out from within the plumage. Feather maintenance is a critical job for all birds, but not many species are known to sunbathe. Helmeted Honeyeaters are another species that do it.

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18/11/20 Fauna survey: Yellingbo

The morning's plan? An early morning walk searching for future platypus survey site/s along Woori Yallock Creek. No platypus or Rakali seen, but absolutely delighted by watching Spotted Pardalote hovering along the creek bank a few metres from us. We didn't know they hovered! We think they were just feeding on insects caught in web. On the way out we did a 2 hectare 20 minute true spring bird survey, recording just 14 species, quite possibly the consequence of a group of approx 15 Bell Miners (commonly called Bellbirds) being present. Their call is a great Australian bush sound, however they aggressively defend their territories against all intruders, including Helmeted Honeyeaters, so we're not so excited by hearing or seeing them in or close to Yellingbo NCR.

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