Yesterday I spent a most enjoyable time at the You Yangs Regional Park (site 31).A group of happy birders from Birds Australia gathers here quarterly to remove boneseed from the park, which makes us feel virtuous while we actually have a great time birdwatching.
The You Yangs are 55 kilometres south-west of Melbourne, off the Geelong Road, via the township of Little River and the birding can be great.
Eastern Yellow Robin, photo by Jim Smart
For some people yesterday the highlight was great views of Black-chinned Honeyeaters feeding in the flowering eucalypts.For others, it was a small flock of Musk Lorikeets that posed perfectly in the sunshine.For me, it was the Eastern Yellow Robin who came confidingly close to enjoy the titbits I'd unearthed while I pulled out boneseed.When we arrived we were greeted by a Restless Flycatcher and a Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo.Dusky Woodswallows flew overhead and we saw Little as well as Musk Lorikeets.A Fantailed Cuckoo called constantly while we performed our gardening.
As well as birds, we saw platelets made by button-quail and admired a koala, a kangaroo and several greenhood orchids.Something for everyone, wouldn't you say?