Welcome to my March. I have already posted some bits and piece during March, so this one doesn’t have a photo overload.
March was a most unusual month weather wise. Summer was mild, things were a bit hot in February but that is normal. February is our hottest month. March is usually mild as that’s when it is good to plant a lot of things in the garden but mainly for planting Australian native plants. The mild weather and occasional rain makes March ideal.
This year there have been so many hot days in March a lot of plants have been kept in their pots so they are easy to water. Some of those whose garden beds were prepared were attacked by Brown Bandicoots in the dead of night. I gave up with the Marigolds, smoothing soil and replanting every morning. I just stood them up and left the holes. I got them to help turn the soil in a few other beds by a doing bit of digging, adding some compost and mulch.
Attack when I wasn’t looking was a rodent of some sort. It was bigger than a mouse and tail was shorter than a rat but much the same size. I put live traps out and caught three Black Rats who were relocated far from here. But this one didn’t go anywhere near the live trap but did sometimes step on a mouse trap, set it off but leave it without any signs.
The worse moment came when I noticed this strange liquid on the floor in the pantry. Looking further I found some cubes for making stock on the same shelf as a carton of UHT milk. Apparently stock cubes are salty and you need a drink. I found out that a rat like rodent cannot drink a litre of milk. Luckily it was on the second to shelf not the top shelf. It just disappeared and has never come back after I actually nearly caught it in the pantry. I shut the door behind me but somehow it squeezed under the door which has hardly any gap to the floor.
Any way lets get going
I hope you enjoy your March scrolling song
March bought some lovely foggy mornings
Earlier posts about Figbirds coming in at this time of year. This is the tree they come for which has so many figs
Wandering around town I was almost swooped by this White-headed Pigeon
The Whipbirds have been in the garden a few times in march. A bit of new plant growth sometimes means there are insects about to grab a quick snack
Also hoping for something to eat, a female Red-backed Wren or Jenny wren, hop around the ground looking for insects and grass seeds. A small flock come through the garden most mornings
A story with a happy ending. I was in the loungeroom when something banged in to window. It wasn’t a loud thump, so I thought a bird has made a good go at braking. When I had a look, I found this beautiful Red-browed Firetail Finch laying on the verandah couch. It was a bit dazed bit seemed OK. I put it in a box in filtered sunlight. I can back after a while to see if it was OK. It was sitting up and moved a little. I picked it up and as soon as I opened my hand, it flew off.
I hope to think that is one of these in the birdbath one hot afternoon. I just replaced the water that was quite warm with cool water. Not only were there Red-browed Firetail Finches but a Grey Fantail and Eastern Yellow Robin jumped in as well
I have a large Bearded Dragon who hangs around close by but never close to the house. I think there has been a bit of a meeting of Bearded Dragons As I have had this little one scuttling around the verandah for a few weeks. That’ll stop a few insects getting into the house.
One wet morning, I went to go to the rain gauge and looked in a gumboot and there it was, sleeping off a hard night. We both got a bit of a fright.
Isn’t this a weird one. I don’t know if it’s a wood borer or a wasp or who knows. That is one long ovipositor
So many dragonflies in the garden at the moment too. I should just take time and sit by the dam for a while to see how many and what sorts there are.
The Cassia tree which usually flowers in January didn’t come into full glory until the start of March. Because of this perhaps that is why there wasn’t as many Lemon Migrant Butterflies this year either. I am still trying to ID the native bee
There was an occasional Lemon Migrant Butterfly
There has been so many tiny Line Blue Butterflies. So small and so beautiful sitting on an Hibiscus flower bud
All of the Hibiscus have been flowering non-stop for weeks now. Isn’t this pink one just so pretty?
This Hibiscus was planted in the wrong place a long time ago but it still kept going, even being ignored during droughts, but this year it just has gone whoosh with so many of these delicately shaded flowers
Some of the Poinciana in town flowered so well
A Teddy Bear Bee enjoys an early morning buzz around the garden. Pentas are a firm favourite.
I love this sign at one of the pub in towns beer garden. I wonder if they are still called that now-a-days. They probably have some wanky name like outdoor recreation area now.
One night, sitting at my desk, from the corner of my eye I spotted something drop from the desk light to the to of the printer. By the time I went to have a closer look it has disappeared. It went up inside the light shade. It is quite hot in there as I had the light on for quite a while while I sitting here. Eventually the spider decided just to hang about.
Speaking of which, I can’t hang about. I should have finished this last night but weariness overtook me. I spent over two hours mowing down the back paddock and a bit of the house yard in the afternoon. So off you go and construct your Changing Season post.
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About The Changing Seasons
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