Special Visitors to Glenfern...
Local twitchers are very excited over recent sightings of two special visitors, the Fan-tailed Cuckoo and especially the Olive-backed Oriole. This species is not listed on our bird list, which means it hasn’t been sighted at Glenfern since records have been kept from 2001.
To the trained ear, its call gives it away … orri oriole. To the un-trained ear, you may think it is a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike.
The Fan-tailed Cuckoo is a regular seasonal visitor and no doubt takes advantage of our local birds that build and raise their young in dome shaped nets, such as the White-browed Scrub Wren and Superb Wren. Cuckoos are renown for laying their eggs in other species nests and where the hosts do all the parenting.
These cuckoos were often seen in the area above Echidna Track, pouncing from over hanging branches onto caterpillars that were amongst the long native grass.
We are not 100% sure, but these caterpillars may be the larvae of the Common Brown Butterfly.
Turn up the volume, to enjoy the oriole.
Words & Video by Mike Sverns
After a run of cancellations due to much welcome rain, we had a stunning day on Saturday for our last bush restoration of the year. And the only thing more exciting that spotting a snake in the grass was the morning tea.
Thanks to all who showed up to lend a hand. A lovely time was had.
Photos by Daniel Jackson
Two volunteering opportunities coming up this weekend - both on Saturday morning.
Glenfern is having it's last Bushland Restoration session for the year this Saturday. See flyer for details. Come and see us before the year ends.
Friends of Thompson Road Reserve are also having a Working Bee this Saturday, from 10.30-12.30. Drop in and see how good the reserve looks with many plantings growing and some hard landscaping completed!
A quick note to let you know that we will hold an extra midweek working bee this coming Wednesday 14 November, from 9am till 11am. We are just trying to get Glenfern in good shape for the summer.
This time we meet at the New Rd car park, to tidy around the lovely native plantings there. At 11am we conclude with morning tea at the picnic table. Morning tea provided. A couple of whipper snippers would be very handy as there is some long grass to cut. Please bring gloves and a smile and we will make quick work of this task. Photo is of an Eastern grey roo near the picnic table at the New Rd entrance!
Yesterday's rain had given the Reserve a good soak making the weeds easier to pull. We also spread a bit more of the mulch - nearly there with that - topped up the gravel around the logs and whipper-snipped the main entrance. Looking good.
Everyone welcome at our next Midweek Conservation and Conversation this Wednesday 7th November, 9-11am, followed by morning tea. We meet at the central car park.
We will be working in the old quarry area - spreading mulch and doing a tidy up. A whipper-snipper or two would be handy. Bring gloves and a smile. See flyer for other events.
A mini working bee in the quarry today saw us installing logs for seats and playing on.
Nest boxes for sugar gliders and kookaburras installed in Glenfern.
At the end of September the Glenfern nest box team installed two kookaburra and six sugar glider boxes. We also reinstalled one parrot boxes that had housed a feral bee colony. We now have 20 boxes installed throughout the reserve. Glenfern has already supplied data and photos to the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (DELWP) regarding feral bee occupation of nest boxes. Many thanks to our great team, particularly Rob, Doug and Lincoln for the tree work.