Week 4 January 2007:  Rain = 21.5mm
Early in January we found a Rufous Whistler nest in a Cassinia. Unfortunately this week something has destroyed the nest. We donít who was the perpetrator. The nest was rather exposed because the Cassinia foliage is rather sparse and was rather close to the ground. There has been no nests damaged that are built in our dense shrubberies.
On a more positive note: The Double-barred Finch nest, mentioned in December, in one of our Hakeas is surviving. We think that the birds are sitting on eggs.
We celebrated Australia Day this week. The Day was commemorated by the planting of Australian plants in our old Vegetable Garden.
This week some time was spent irrigating some newer plantings with grey water.
We had some success this week with plant propagation. We sowed some Waratah seeds a few weeks ago and this week we potted on five seedlings from nine sown seeds. A few months ago a friend collected some Westringia species cuttings from the gorge country, east of Armidale. This is a beautiful small shrub with blue flowers. These cuttings came from a newly discovered population and may have a different flower colour. This week we potted on some struck cuttings from this population.
We have been very impressed by Comet McNaught. This week it was still visible but is becoming rather faint. We are considering the purchase of an astronomical telescope. The sky above Yallaroo is crystal clear so we may take up astronomy as another interest.
There a number of different wasps zooming around Yallaroo at present. Some are Paper Wasps whilst others are wasps that build mud nests to protect their larvae. We have observed many types of wasps around our ponds. Some appear to be drinking.
We have a potted rose on our back patio. This week we noticed some small circles cut out of some leaves (see image). Leaf-cutter Bees have removed these leaf sections to line their nests.
Some time ago we mentioned that one our Kurrajongs was flowering. This week we noticed that the flowers are being followed by boat-shaped seed pods. There are a number of Eucalyptus michaeliana plants in our gardens. This week they started to flower for the first time.    
New on the Site: Acacia melanoxylon, Acacia Bushwalk Baby, Acmena smithii, Callistemon Eastland, Callistemon Kings Park Special, Callistemon pachyphyllus, Callistemon Purple Cloud, Callistemon Western Glory, Eucalyptus michaeliana,  and Leafcutter Bee.

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