1. Visit to Shelley Lagoons, 8:00 am, Sunday, 4 August
The aromatic lagoons are now at their best. Over the last few weeks, 64 species of birds have been seen there (see http://eBirdsearch.org), including the out-of-region rarity (a male Bobolink) in the photograph. More importantly, though, the shorebirds are now arriving in significant numbers. And for those with lepidopteral interests, Jack Bowling reports seeing Bronze Coppers, European Skippers, and Mariposa Coppers recently.
To find the lagoons, head east of town on highway 16 for about seven kilometres past Mr G, turning left on Shelley Road. (You’ll see a sign to the Links of Maggie May.) About two kilometres along Shelley Road you’ll see a dirt road to the left. Take that road, and drive past the transfer station to the end of the road – it’s just a couple of hundred metres. Make sure you don’t block the gate.
Visits normally take a couple of hours, so a lunch is not necessary, but binoculars will be very useful. For those with a sensitive nose, note that sometimes the septic lagoons can be less than fragrant.
2. Visit to Mugaha Marsh Bird Banding Station
The Bird Banding station near McKenzie is now in full operation, and the annual club trip is being planned. Since Mackenzie involves several hours drive each way, and the nets are taken down at 11:00 am, this requires a very early start. If you are interested in a visit, with a departure from Spruceland at 5:00 am (at the green sign), please let us know by return email, and the dates that suit the largest number will be decided.