Much of this comes down to the weather which has been cloudy and often with strong wind. This does not make it pleasant to be outside so I have been staying indoors a fair bit, mainly finalising an article for Canberra Bird Notes (of which you'll see more when it is published).
The birds themselves have largely followed my example. It has been a bit of a struggle to find bird of the day on occasion:
- on Thursday I used House Sparrow (not that common in Canberra these days but I saw one hopping around the car park at Fyshwick Markets);
- Friday was looking like Common Myna but a flock of migrating honeyeaters contained some White-naped Honeyeaters which are quite uncommon here.
Plants have definitely adopted Winter mode, and all that is flowering on our block is Melichrus urceolatus (urn heath). A very pleasant plant - and apparently providing food for the migrating honeyeaters - but I have taken many images of it in he past. The ANPS Wednesday Walks have been affected by the weather so again no source of inspiration there.
While we have a few fungi on our lawn that seems to be about the only place they are generating fruiting bodies at present. We picked 4 small Field Mushrooms in the top paddock yeserday morning but that was all. I presume the dryness of March caused the mycelia to shut down.
My other usual topics of choice are:
- Politics - unfortunately no change there, except the Monk has gone to Gallipolli to show his respect for the ANZACs. Unfortunately, he will be returning. (As a footnote on that, today being the 100th anniversary I have found the media hysteria over the event extremely annoying. A great feeding frenzy with a sincerity rating of zero.)
- Beer: after a very pleasant trot through IPA I felt I should revert to the cheap and low alcohol stuff from ALDI for a while.
Oh well, lets see what the future holds.