|Eastern Yellow Robin by Jim Smart|
New Holland and Black-chinned Honeyeaters cavorted in the gum trees, while Musk Lorikeets flew overhead. Weebills sang with a disproportionately loud song for such tiny birds. A Jacky Winter waggled his tail, happy to be alive, and for the second time since I've joined this group, we saw a koala while we were birding.
We admired both Scarlet and Flame Robins while being serenaded by Rufous Whistlers. Grey Fantails were determined to get onto our bird list and Striated Thornbills were most cooperative and gave us all a good look.
While pulling out boneseed, I was entertained by a flock of sittellas, several yellow robins and a couple of Dusky Woodswallows. After I'd completed my self-imposed quota of 300 weeds, as I walked back to the cars, a Black Kite flew overhead. These once rare raptors in southern Victoria, are now so commonplace, they're barely noteworthy. Nevertheless, note him I did.
We enjoy birding in the You Yangs and pretend that we're there to remove boneseed. We come away with a nice bird list and a totally unwarranted feeling of self-righteousness.