|Two thirds of the 'gardens' are untouched bush.|
I trudged up to Trig Point, planning to take a photo of the view, which can be impressive. Not today. This morning all I could see was haze. I was begining to think I should have stayed at home. Then a Varied Sittella caught my eye and I knew the trip had been worthwhile. I lost count of the number of Grey Fantails I saw. They were playing together with both Striated and Spotted Pardalotes. Bell Miners were calling, so I had to add them to my list. It took a couple of minutes, but soon I was rewarded with good sightings. I also saw Brown and Striated Thornbills. Some other disappointed hikers asked me if I'd seen the Wedge-tailed Eagle's nest, but when I said no, they didn't volunteer where it was.
Because I was denied access to Bushland, I decided to explore the planted native gardens, an area I've never bothered with before. It was delightful! Lots of New Holland Honeyeaters in the banksias, while scrubwren, fairywren and Eastern Yellow Robins played around my feet. And there were coots and grebes in the ghastly water feature in the middle. A bronzewing flew over, but I failed to convince myself that it was a Brush. Lots of Welcome Swallows warmed themselves on the red earth, called the 'Red Sand Garden.'
I returned to the car park and a Grey Butcherbird bade me farewell. It was not an altogether successful morning, but I find it hard to complain when I've been treated to sittellas, and a yellow robin almost landed on my foot.