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Hairpin Banksia - Banksia spinulosa

Autumn

Weather March is one of the wetter months. Equinox is 22 March. There are still cloudless days in April.

Mammals Greater Gliders born in April.
Bush Rats, Rattus fuscipes, born (March-May), numbers peak in May, many juveniles present.

Reptiles and Frogs Whistling Tree Frogs begin to call (March to September).

Insects Blue Jewel Butterfly, Hypocrysops delica delica (March/April) - ants attend caterpillars on wattle.
Solender Brown Butterfly, Heteronympha solandri solandri (March/April)
Banks Brown Butterfly, Heteronympha banksii banksii (March/April)
'Easter Moth', Chalepteryx felderi, (family Anthelidae) - large brown moths bump on window panes at night.
'Ghost Moth', Aenetus eximius (May), Swift Moth familypink and green.

Aquatic Crayfish moult at Easter (related to the lunar cycle?)
Eels migrate to sea.

Birds male Gang Gang Cockatoo - Christine Davies March: Highest bird species diversity.
Silvereye migration to north.
Tree Martins, Satin Flycatchers leave for Queensland, New Guinea.
Rose Robins, Thrushes, Brown Gerygones go to open forest areas (and lawns, ovals, etc).
Red-browed Finches flock.
Fledgling birds sometimes get cold and wet.
Gang Gangs feed on Scribbly Gum and Peppermint Gum seeds.
Currawongs flock.
April: Yellow-faced Honeyeater and White-naped Honeyeater migration to north.
Spotted Pardelote migration through mountains to north.
First Lyrebirds call.
Crimson Rosellas often come down with virus, get sick, stagger, bump into trees, etc.
May: Honeyeater migration continues.
Currawongs and Bowerbirds flock to towns (fruit eaters).
Tasmanian Silvereyes pass through mountains on migration to north.

Plants Sweet-scented Wattle - Acacia suaveolens March/April/May: Red Bloodwoods flowering; Flying Foxes attracted. March: Parson's Bands Orchids, Eriochilus cucullatus in flower, native bee pollinates it.
Banksia spinulosa flowers.
Acacia suaveolens flowers.
Fungi abundant after rain.




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