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janinerMon, 20/11/2017 - 4:57pm

If you own a moored boat it might be a good idea to check it out for seagull nests. There is one boat near Water Street that has not one, but two nests. Once the eggs have hatched, I don't have the heart to get rid of the birds. But beware, they make a terrible mess.

Onion Orchid in gutter outside Fire Station

Photographer: 
Bob Reid, spotted by Bill Moller
Taken: 10 November, 2017
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Pied Butcherbird at the Community Centre

Photographer: 
Janine Reid
Taken: 20 August, 2017
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janinerTue, 24/10/2017 - 12:37pm

In the last few years the recommended method for tick removal has totally changed. Do not use tweezers, metho or kerosene. Don't disturb the tick as this will squirt allergen into you!

Avoidance of tick bites is the best option.

This involves “dressing for the occasion” and the use of repellents.

If you are bitten by a tick, kill the tick where it is:

For small ticks (larvae and nymphs), use permethrin cream (scabies cream available at pharmacies) &

For adult ticks, freeze them with an ether-containing spray (available at pharmacies).

Wait for the...

Birds in the CovejaninerSat, 07/10/2017 - 4:00pm
Channel-billed cuckoo

Birds in the Cove

North Arm Cove sounds like an aviary at the moment. The gums are still in flower and all sorts of birds are feeding and nesting.

I heard the channel-billed cuckoo for the first time this spring on 17 September. The Eastern koel has also arrived.The minor birds are busy chasing these larger birds wherever they go, mainly as they are cuckoos who lay their eggs in the nests of other birds.

The local plover was fussing in the middle of the night on Friday, so I hope his sole surviving chick...

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