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jennybickleyMon, 07/01/2013 - 9:07am

Hi Everyone,

I am just writing to say that we too enjoyed the sightings of the Tawny Frogmouth and took the photo’s over a period. It was a beautiful animal and I was sad to hear of its death.

I support the advice posted and urge everyone to be very careful and mindful of the wildlife in our environment when using poisons.

J Bickley

Tawny Frog Mouth poisonedmpicklesSun, 23/12/2012 - 5:10pm

Last week my grandsons found a Tawny Frogmouth dead in our yard. The bird had been hunting around Water St and the Cove for a few years and would roost in our yard, it met an untimely death. We also found evidence of a regurgitated small mammal probably a marsupial mouse that had taken a rat/mouse bait next to the dead bird. One can presume that this was the cause of death.

People may not realise that baits containing anticoagulants like Warfarin and Bromadioline or Brodifacoum are likely causes of death to local wildlife. These poisons take three to...

Choughs on the nest mpicklesWed, 12/09/2012 - 8:03pm

Help protect our Choughs

Choughs are breeding in the bush behind Eastslopes. Many long term residents are familiar with these amusing birds. The White-winged chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos) is a black bird with white wing feathers visible when in flight. On first sight they may be mistaken for a raven or currawong. They live in family groups of up to 10.

The numbers of Choughs in the Cove are difficult to confirm, I have counted 13 around the nest area, one group of 7 appear to be there consistently and another group of 6 visitors were...

mpicklesMon, 18/06/2012 - 1:23pm

Doplhin Watch results for Port Stephens have been completed.

A few residents in the Cove joined in the watch for 30 minutes from 9;00 am on the 6 May 2012 . Points for observations were provided by National Parks.No Dolphins were sighted at the time.

A total of 58 dolphjins were sighted in the area surveyed.Maquarie University record a consistent count of approximately 100 dolphins in the Port Stephens area. the National Parks survey augments the work being done by Universities.

For more details see the attached letter and graph. One of the problems is the declining...

Fungi in the CovempicklesMon, 07/05/2012 - 2:15pm

Autumn is the time in the Cove people will notice many of the macro fungi start to fruit, that is produce mushrooms, puffballs, polypores and other visible fungi ( as oppposed to the invisible type). There are numerous fungi around the forests in the cove.

Did you know that the mushrooms and other fungi fruit you see are really only a small part of a very large system of fungi below the ground?

It only recently that botanists and others have been studying the complex structures and relationships of fungi and other plants and microorganisms in the...

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