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Tuesday, 21 November

15:38

Annual Bird Count day for Castlemaine district 2&3 December 2017 Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club

For many years, the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club has participated in Birdlife Australias annual Challenge Count.  This always takes place across the country on the first weekend in December which is not a convenient time of the year with so many other competing end-of-year activities.  But it has also been the same weekend for decades, which allows a good comparison with the results from previous participations.  In 2017, this will allow us to record birds for a 24 hour period on or around the 2nd and 3rd December.

The aim is to document as many bird species as possible, and the also numbers of individuals, within a 25km radius of central Castlemaine within a single calendar day.  Whether a species is actively breeding (e.g. sitting on nest, feeding nestlings, taking food to a hollow) is also documented.  For a bird to be officially recorded on the team list, it must be accurately identified by at least two people by sight or by at least three people if it is heard only.

In 2016, Castlemaines overall team was made up of 5 separate groups which mostly ranged in size from three to five people, but with one group organised by Connecting Country containing more than 15.  There is no maximum group size, but having at least three is very helpful.  The five groups were dispersed in all directions across the district.  So far we have six groups prepared to go in 2017.

The results from the Castlemaine teams going back to 2011 are summarised below.  (Many earlier years are not recorded here).

You dont need to be a birding expert, as you can be paired with a group that has at least one specialist.  Its always a lot of fun, a chance to see some different local birding hotspots, add to the local knowledge and also learn a bit more about our feathered friends.  For more info or to express interest in being in a group, feel free to contact Chris before 30 November (castlemainefnc@hotmail.com).  We also have a few locations that are not currently being covered if you have a new group to be involved.  We can also accept records from counts undertaken during your morning walk or from your backyard (as long as the birds were seen by 2 or more people, or heard by 3 or more people).

 

Challenge Count results from the Castlemaine team over recent years

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Year # bird species # individual birds
2011 83 1328
2012 115 3296
2013 127 2727
2014 103 1789
2015 106

15:25

12 Dec 2017 Members Presentation Night Whats your story? Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club

Its a tradition of the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club that the December general meeting is set aside for club members to make a short presentation on a topic of their choice.  Of course there is no obligation to get up in front to tell a story, show some photos or even sing a song about some aspect of natural history from a local area or further afield.  But it is encouraged, and the audience is very supportive.

A projector and laptop will be available for those that want to show photos or a powerpoint display.  To allow as many people as possible the opportunity to give their presentation, there is a maximum of 7 minutes per person.  If you have a computer-based presentation, it is also preferable if you get there early to make sure that it all works OK.

If you dont wish to get up in front of everyone, all members and supporters are encouraged to come along to listen, and to join us for a chat over supper  afterwards.  Bring along a plate of food to share, and help us celebrate the conclusion of another successful year for the club.

The evening commences from 7.30pm on Friday 8th December 2017 in the Chapel behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St, Castlemaine (next door to the Castlemaine Art Gallery).  The UC Parish has a dinner in the hall that night, so we cannot use our usual venue.

If youve got a bigger story to tell, why not also consider being one of our guest presenters in 2017.  We are on the lookout for people to be a monthly speaker and are particularly encouraging of members and locals.  Contact the club at castlemainefnc@hotmail.com if you are interested or if you know someone else who might be interested.


08:29

Weight of numbers Natural Newstead

This tiny bush pool in the Rise and Shine is the domain of Fuscous Honeyeaters at present. Even the larger and more aggressive Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters are well and truly outnumbered, while other species, such as the Red-rumped Parrots and Dusky Woodswallows (pictured yesterday) just have to queue up and hope for an opportunity.

Fuscous Honeyeater on Yellow Gum sapling, Rise and Shine, 19th November 2017

Monday, 20 November

17:06

Driving Kind Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

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Where ever you go, whatever you do, make your kindness count

And that is just what happened today as we headed to Melbourne in the company of one forthright and dont mess with me chicken, Kung Fu Panda.  Whilst the details of our important mission cannot be revealed until next week, we can tell you that our day was brightened by fellow commuters who showed their love and support of our work.  From the tradesman who inched up to our vehicle as we were stuck in traffic, wound down his window and shouted, I love your quote, I dont eat animals, to the lovely young lady who waved excitedly at us at the traffic lights and all salutations in between, we truly appreciate your support and take great comfort that you too are driving the world to a kinder place for all.

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07:12

Last Bee and First Strawbs in the garden

Our last working bee made a change from all that weeding, mowing, chopping, digging. We actually harvested! The first pick of the strawberries. And it was a good one. The photos show most of what was harvested to take home. But I think the general rule for pick your own is one for the stomach Continue reading Last Bee and First Strawbs

07:00

100 Fuscous Honeyeaters, then Natural Newstead

patience was rewarded.

Dusky Woodswallow, Rise and Shine, 19th November 2017

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