Share your bird sightings
For Strathmerton residents, it is time to go bird watching.
District residents are being encouraged to share sightings of endangered bird species such as superb parrots, grey-crowned babblers and bush-stone curlews as part of the GoulburnBroken Catchment Management Authority’s Linking Lower Goulburn project.
Goulburn-Broken CMA project officer Janice Mentiplay-Smith said wellknown ecologist Chris Tzaros would be surveying bird numbers and locations this month and next.
‘‘Chris conducted a similar survey back in 2016,’’ she said.
‘‘This survey will not only try to ascertain the presence of these species and whether they’ve responded to revegetation works that have been done since the last survey, but it’s also an opportunity to talk to landholders in the area and ask about their observations of the types of habitat the birds are seen in and around.’’
Mr Tzaros will also be surveying paddock trees in the area.
‘‘The importance of large, mature paddock trees is frequently overlooked,’’ Ms Mentiplay-Smith said.
‘‘However, they are crucial for wildlife. One large paddock tree can be regarded as a giant supermarket for birds like the grey-crowned babbler, which is a bird that spends a lot of its time beneath old trees looking for invertebrates that live around the base of large trees.
‘‘Bush-stone curlews also rely heavily on large paddock trees. As a primarily ground-dwelling bird, they spend their days safely hidden amongst fallen logs and timber, which accumulates beneath the trees, until they begin hunting for food at night.
‘‘A large tree is a one-stop shop for these birds. It is safer and more energyeffective for a bird to only need to visit one tree, rather than many smaller trees.’’
The project, funded through the Victorian Government’s Our Catchments Our Communities initiative, works with landholders to improve habitat for wildlife.
Grants are available for fencing remnant vegetation, linking remnants with new vegetation and weed control to encourage regeneration of native vegetation.
To find out more about the project, phone Janice Mentiplay-Smith on 5764 7506 or visit the website at jan[email protected]
Watch for birds: A bush-stone curlew is among those residents are being urged to look out for.