Bushcare Volunteer meanderings and observations during self-isolation

We are interested in any photos and observations you have taken whilst ‘safely’ self-isolating.

Liz Field– I went and did a pre season migratory Honeyeater survey this morning. It starts officially the second week of April, but we are going early to see if there is any movement already. Sure enough, in my twenty minutes I saw more than a hundred birds heading north, mostly Yellow Faced Honeyeaters, but a few Silvereyes amongst them.

We had a delightful avian visitor two days ago. A pair of Glossy Black Cockatoos and a juvenile perched on trees not far from here. No sooner had they gone and a gorgeous Grey Goshawk perched in the same place for about twenty minutes.

Liz Field also encountered this Yellow Faced Whipped snake at Birdword Gully

Dan Marshall from 3 Gullies Landcare saw this bug while rambling from the station through the upper reaches of the 3 Gullies, and also found a lantana bush, moth vine, passion fruit vines farmers friend and black eyed susan.

Liz Kabanoff thinks the insect looks like a spot-less ladybird. (The photo isn’t very clear). But I believe these are used as biological control agents. This looks like Cyclodena sanguinea. I’m not sure if they’re used in Australia as they’re from America and Asia

If you find a fungi and wish to get it idendified then our Bushcare fungi expert – Liz Kabanoff is always interested to see different fungi. Liz Kabanoff identified the bright yellow/orange ones as Dacryopinax spathularia which grows on rotting wood. The one that looks like an umbrella is either Parasola or Coprinellus.