Week 2 September 2006: Rain = 7 mm
This week we are rather big on wildlife news.
One day we saw a pair of Topknot Pigeons near our big dam. They are very common around Armidale but we seldom see them at Yallaroo.
The birds, at Yallaroo, are nesting early this year. We saw a baby White-eared Honeyeater that appeared to have just left its nest. One of the parents became rather agitated and ran along the ground pretending it had a broken wing. This behaviour continued until we moved away.
The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes have returned to Yallaroo. These large, attractive birds turn up every spring. Usually we only see a couple of pairs. This week we observed eight individuals flying around the garden.
We came across two spots near the house where rocks had been turned over. It seems that an Echidna has been busy feeding on ants.
We travel to Armidale once a week on a shopping expedition. This week we were surprised to see a Spur-winged Plover nesting right beside the busy road on the way to Armidale. We will keep an eye on this bird to see if its nesting activities are successful.
Further afield: we had a call from one of our granddaughter who lives with her family on the Central Coast, north of Sydney. The family had found a roosting Mopoke and were visited by a Sugar Glider that landed on their screen door.
This week we spent some time with edible exotics. We potted on some Tommy Toe Tomato seedlings and planted some Sugar Pea plants beside our shed. We have put some chicken wire against the shed and hopefully the pea plants will use the wire for support.
We also planted and mulched more native plants near our new pond. This week 23 plants went into the ground. We also sowed Eucalypt and Wattle seeds.
We ordered another book, to add to our horticultural library, this week. It is a new edition of Grow What Where that is brought out by a Victorian group of the Australian Plant Society. This very handy book is guide to the selection of native plants for many situations. We have a very old edition and this new book will get plenty of use.
New on the site this week: Grampians National Park