After the big flooding rains earlier in the month, the Deanei forest was damp but the sky was blue.
Cobblers Pegs at the stockpile site was again the target. But a pleasant surprise was the discovery of tiny Deanei seedlings in the mulch, obviously deposited by the gums towering overhead. Well spotted Mike!
An interesting session among the light drizzle saw bird watching, mysterious bugs, and intriguing plants.
At the start it was noticed that some of the young trees were infested with was first thought to be psyllid nymphs, but could also be leafhoppers.
Then it was time for a spot of birdwatching. The lack of bell miners – long a constant audio presence in the forest – was noticed. Later it was confirmed that they had vacated the area a while ago, with some of the eucalypts already looking healthier.
The plant ID apps were working overtime to identify some interesting plants spotted around the site.
The second month back after the COVID-19 break started with a session of Trad work near the Eucalypt Rd entrance.
A whipbird, eastern spinebill, and butcher bird passed by to give us encouragement, but there was no sound from the usual bell miners.
After morning tea the group went for a tour of the outer perimeter to check on the deanei plantings and the drainage issues by the highway.
Most of the deanei seemed to be growing strong, although cobblers peg (Bidens pilosa) was growing in abundance. It was also good to see that work had started on resolving the drainage problems up by the highway, which will be of great benefit for the local ecosystem.
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