As I was saying, it's an ill wind...
The new wide margins to Lockyer Creek as it flows through our place today
delivered their first new bird to the Abberton list, a Latham's Snipe. First
seen from a window looking out onto the creek, it brings our garden list to
211spp, and our verandah list to 204. It's the first new bird on our list for
nearly two years, but I suspect these developing margins could yield more
before summer's been and gone.
I mentioned in a previous posting that Platypus have returned, so too have
native Water Rats and Echidnas, Black Bittern, and Nankeen Night-heron. Raptors
and garden birds seem just as evident as before the flood - in fact nearly
everything seems to be back, excepting only us, but we're hopeful that our
return home might be only a week or so away. We haven't been wasting our time
though - thanks to very generous help from SEQ Catchments, Land for Wildlife,
the Green Army and other friends and volunteers, we've planted about 3,800
native tube-stock so far to begin the replacement of what was destroyed on 10th
We'll recommence our monthly species lists once we're back. It will be very
interesting to compare 2012 with 2010. On our calendar, 2011 basically just has
a line through it!
27º 34' 21" S, 152º 08' 21" E
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