28th January 2010
* Meadow Argus Junonia villida calybe are in good numbers at the moment.
8th January 2010
* Water Ribbons Triglochin procera flowering in Muckleford Creek.
3rd January 2010
* Small colony of Lobelia gibbosa north of Spring Hill Track [location].
25th December 2010
* River Red-gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis flowering along the Loddon River at Newstead.
22nd December 2010
* Lemon Beauty-heads Calocephalus citreus flowering along Pullan’s Road.
19th December 2010
* Magenta Stork’s-bill Pelargonium rodneyanum now flowering (and has been for sometime).
14th December 2010
* Pink Bindweed Convolvulus erubescens flowering on roadside near Walker’s Swamp.
1st December 2010
* Shiny Everlasting Xerochrysum viscosum now flowering throughout the Newstead bushlands
* The Slender Onion-orchid Microtis parviflora is widespread locally and flowering well.
14th November 2010
Red-anther Wallaby-grass Joycea pallida is just beginning to flower.
8th November 2010
Tiger Orchids Diuris sulphurea flowering throughout the local bushland at the moment.
30th October 2010
* Crane Flies mating and Dragonflies out in numbers along Demo Track.
29th October 2010
Black-anther Flax-lily Dianella admixta flowering along Demo Track.
27th October 2010
Rainbow Bee-eaters have arrived to nest again near the Newstead Cemetery.
19th October 2010
Cypress Daisy-bush Olearia teretifolia in flower along Rilens Track where it enters the forest.
23rd September 2010
Waxlip Orchids Glossodia major in full bloom in Muckleford State Forest.
Jacky Winters seen mating in Muckleford State Forest, near Sullivan’s Track.
20th September 2010
Yam Daisies Microseris scapigera flowering in the Rise and Shine.
11th September 2010
Gold-dust Wattle Acacia acinacea just coming into flower around Newstead.
7th September 2010
Family of White-winged Choughs including recently fledged young (see bird second from top) at Bells Swamp – indicates winter breeding activity.
4th September 2010
Blackwood Wattle Acacia melanoxylon buds about to burst.
22nd August 2010
Our local wildflowers are starting to flower in profusion – it promises to be a fantastic spring! The following species were spotted yesterday along Blow Mine Track: Common Hovea Hovea heterophylla, Golden Cowslips Diuris behrii and Cat’s Claw Grevillea Grevillea alpina.
13th August 2010
Steady rainfall over the past ten days has meant continued high flows in the Loddon – todays inflows to Cairn Curran Reservoir are running at more than 5000 ML/day.
6th August 2010
Yam Daisy Microseris scapigera – first leaves have appeared along with the first few flowers of Scented Sundew Drosera peltata.
4th August 2010
Early this morning heard my first Fan-tailed Cuckoo of the season calling from the garden in Wyndham St.
23rd July 2010
Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha beginning to flower around Newstead
17th July 2010
Ploughshare Wattle Acacia gunnii flowering in the Rise and Shine.
3rd July 2010
Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata – pair inspecting potential nesting hollow on Cemetery Rd.
14th June 2010
Wirilda Wattle Acacia provincialis flowering in the Muckleford Gorge. Also Yellow Box still flowering at the top of the gorge.
31st May 2010
First sighting of a Pied Currawong for the season – Wyndham St, Newstead
30th May 2010
Ramaria sp – one of the coral fungi fruiting in the local bush.
22nd May 2010
First observations of Eastern Spinebills for the year – good numbers in our front yard.
15th May 2010
Red Box Eucalyptus polyanthemos and White Box Eucalyptus albens (Bells Lane Track) have commenced flowering.
7th May 2010
Eastern Silvereyes Zosterops lateralis have returned from the south – some from all the way across Bass Strait!
12th April 2010
Swift Parrots Lathamus discolor return to the Box-ironbark after their Tasmanian sojourn.
9th April 2010
Parson’s Bands Eriochilus cucullatus along with other autumn orchids flowering – see post
6th April 2010
A steady downpour of rain this evening and the Goat Moths have emerged. In 2009 they appeared on the 26th April after ~ 20mm over 3 days – see post
4th April 2010
Yellow-faced Honeyeaters Lichenostomus chrysops have arrived back in the Box-Ironbark country after breeding in moister habitats. Good numbers seen in the Rise and Shine today.
2nd April 2010
Autumn Greenhoods Pterostylis sp. aff. revoluta flowering in the Muckleford State Forest
23rd March 2010
Meadow Argus Junonia villida active
21st March 2010
Golden Orb Weaver Spiders active in the Muckleford NCR.
20th March 2010
Yellow Gum (also known as White Ironbark) Eucalyptus leucoxylon starting to flower around Newstead and small number of Red Ironbark Eucalyptus tricarpa beginning to flower in Muckleford NCR.
6th March 2010
A severe storm passed through Newstead from the west dumping 34 mm of rain in about 30 minutes. A total of 48 mm was recorded in our gauge over the 24 hours. Chris Simmins of Green Gully took this photograph of Green Gully Creek where it crosses Cemetery Road after the storm had passed. This event caused a small flow down the Loddon overnight with the river flowing at the ford this morning. This was followed up with another 32 mm on the 7th March – a total of 84.5 mm now over three days!
22nd February 2010
New Holland Honeyeaters Phylidonyris novaehollandiae feeding on ripening figs – Cemetery Rd, Newstead
21st February 2010
White-browed Woodswallows feeding on Grey Box and Mistletoe flowers – Gully Track area
15th February 2010
First flowering of Cranberry Heath Astroloma humifusum in Muckleford State Forest.
30th January 2010
First flowering of Grey Box Eucalyptus microcarpa. Watch out for mass flowering over the next few weeks as mature trees have huge numbers of buds ready to burst.
15th January 2010
Jewel (Christmas) Spiders Austracantha sp. actively spinning their webs
12th January 2010
Lightwood Acacia implexa in full flower
7th January 2010
Christmas Beetles (Anoplognathus sp.) appear
31st December 2009
Rainbow Bee-eaters Merops ornatus feeding young in nesting tunnels
24th December 2009
Spreading Wattle Acacia genistifolia flowering
20th December 2009
Wire-leaf mistletoe Amyema preissii [on Silver Wattle] in flower
16th December 2009
Yellow Box Eucalyptus melliodora – flowering heavily across the district