Hall TSR: Brown Treecreepers and Microleena [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Subject: Hall TSR: Brown Treecreepers and Microleena [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: "Whitworth, Benjamin - BRS" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:01:17 +1000
I visited Hall TSR on Sunday afternoon 11th April. Specifically to look
for the Brown Treecreepers- of which I found 2, one was sitting for at
least 10 minutes just under a hollow. A brown goshawk flew over. Not
many other birds as it was near dusk. Quite a few white plumes, a black
faced cuckoo shrike, grey butcherbird and kookaburras.
Perhaps of more interest was that the grass was in excellent condition
(thick and tall), and I personally have not seen such a large swathe of
Microleena (weeping grass) in Canberra just ripe for the picking. Im no
expert on seed collection, but the seeds just came off in my hand. You
could collect a lot, not mechanically, due to the large amount of
branches on the ground, but by hand. Also on the dryer areas were quite
good patches of kangaroo grass. Also, some Redgrass and Danthonia
seeding on the South end. There were the odd flowering goodenias,
tricoryne, Hibertias.
On the opposite side of the highway, in the dog exercise area, was also
quite a bit of microleena, but with more weeds/less pure, and probably
not quite as ripe.
At Hall Cemetery- in the North paddock, there was also a bit of
microleena seeding in patches.
Sorry about spelling, I don't have my books with me.

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