Brighten your day with a wattle

Since 1992  September 1 has been Wattle Day. Golden Wattle is Australia’s national floral emblem and is in full flower now in many areas. Here is a link to learn more about wattle day and some photos to show that there a many from which to choose. Many provide food for wildlife in the form of the seeds and prickly ones are ideal for safe nesting sites for small birds. When in flower wattles seem to light up the bushland.

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Hollows are important

If you don’t make a lot of noise when you take a walk in the bush you may be rewarded by seeing a bird using a hollow. In this case it was a young Crimson Rosella. Quite a few birds need hollows to raise their young so it was pleasing to see this hollow being checked for size.

White Bread or White Punk

Just about every time I go for a walk in the bush there is something interesting or usual to see. On Sunday at Dereel I came across what looked like a chunk of bread, it turns out to be the last stage of the fungi, white punk. Laetiporus portentosus White Punk grows on eucalypts. The photos healthy white punk were taken at Teesdale. Wallabies often eat fungi but I am not sure if they eat this one.

White Punk with flat side where it was attached to a tree

White Punk

White Punk

White Punk with ants

Top of a White Punk

Look out for Phascogales

Phascogale photo by Bianca Fammartino

Recently Wombat Forestcare hosted a talk about Brush-tailed Phascogales, Phascogale tapoatafa tapoatafa, at Trentham. by La Trobe University student Jess Lawton. Jess is conducting research on this threatened arboreal mammal, which inhabits dry eucalypt forests and woodlands.

They are secretive animals but easy to identify due their small size and big brush like tail. Continue reading

To feed on not to feed

A citizen science survey conducted this month will lead to the development of bird feeding and watering guidelines. Is feeding birds a good idea? This survey will help to provide some science behind the recommendations. If you take part in this survey you will be able to access the results. Here is the link to the survey.