In an effort to make up for not getting out in April and May I have already posted entries about two field trips I made earlier this month to Narrandera Common and Mulligans Flat, so go check those out if you haven’t already. However, this is the actual official Monthly Field Visit for June 2015. Today I went to Kindra State Forest near Coolamon.
This is the first time I’ve been to Kindra State Forest, but according to the information on Coolamon Shire Council’s website it ‘is made up of 52 hectares of remnant bushland. The Forest contains a number of walking tracks that will lead you on a trail of discovery, taking in the flora and fauna of the Forest, seating and viewing areas, picnic spots and interperative signage to help you discover the area.’
The reserve apparently hosts more than 100 bird species, as well as multiple frog, reptile and mammal species, and from what I saw walking around, it should have a fair few native wildflowers in evidence come spring, so I will be sure to head back in a few months to see what’s in bloom. It also looked like a good place to find echidnas and goannas to me, so I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for those on future visits as well.
The overstorey looked to be mostly Grey Box (Eucalyptus microcarpa) and Cypress Pine (Callitris sp.), with an understorey of assorted Acacias and knee-high scrub species, including some Sticky Everlastings (Xerochrysum viscosum) that had a few brave early buds on them.
Not too far from the gate I heard a loud thumping noise, which I at first thought was a kid bouncing a soccer ball on the road outside, but which turned out to be a large Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) doing its best to get as far away from me as possible. With the one I saw at Mulligans Flat, this seems to have been my month for wallabies; sadly they’re camera shy (or people shy) and I was unable to get a photo for you.
I spent my walk surrounded by bird calls I was mostly unable to identify, because my bird call ID skills are rubbish, so I will have to return sometime with a keen birdo in tow to help me identify what I’m hearing. The birds themselves kept mostly out of my way, so today’s photos are all of things that don’t move around much.
For example – I saw quite a lot of macropod footprints on all the tracks I walked along, courtesy of the recent rain:
I also saw two different processionary caterpillar nests:
Very appropriate trail signage:
Lots of moss:
Lichen on a cypress pine:
Lichen on the road:
This very important public message:
Hidden jewels in a road washout:
Grey box trees (Eucalyptus microcarpa) that just needed a hug:
A pied Currawong (Strepera graculina) next to what might or might not be its own nest:
And whatever the hell this is:
At first I thought it was a lump of fur, possibly from a kangaroo, but I couldn’t think of any reason why a random lump of fur would be lying in the middle of the road, with no signs of conflict or other lumps of fur in evidence. Then I wondered if perhaps it was a very lush mould of some sort. A friend of mine has suggested it might be a Phycomyces fungus on an animal turd. If you have any light to shed on the matter please let me know in the comments.
All in all though, I’m very pleased with my little jaunt to Kindra Forest today, and have a new addition to my ‘places to revisit’ list. If you’re in the Coolamon area, be sure to check it out yourself sometime.