YackaYacka

October Journal - 2020

The main highlight in October was the annual wildflower display. I missed getting any photos of the range of native orchids this year but was able to get some of the flowers. More of those photos will be displayed in the 'Images' section of this site at a later date.
For info, each year I try and grab a few seeds from some of the easier plants and scatter them. Bit by bit the volume of wildflowers has been increasing.

JX 15th November 2020 

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September Journal - 2020

As is normal this time of year weather fluctuations have resulted in both reasonable rainfalls & strong winds at times.
General observations have been that there is a bit more Salvation Jane than previously, new tree & shrub plantings have gotten off to a good start, a slight overall decline in Rabbit numbers & some of the 2-3 year old trees being damaged by male Kangaroos. Seems to be much more birdlife, a few younger Kangaroos & the first snake for Spring. Plus that constant variety of clouds.

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Glimpses through the fog

It was a balmy evening tonight. There was some drizzle, areas of fog or mist, about 15 degrees C and getting dark as I drove around the back of my block ie YackaYacka. There were glimpses of the Freeway Interchange at Totness, the top track, the misty fog on the Ridgeline, a weird reflection of a tree in my rear vision mirror - thanks brake lights. There is also another image which shows some patches of white & a large tree in the background. The white patches are actually shredded scrap paper from our office. I use it to try and help revegetation on an area of water repellant soil.

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A change at Littlehampton

In a matter of 10 hours there was a dramatic change in the sky at Littlehampton yesterday. From an unseasonal hot Autumn dust storm there was a transition to blue sky and and some clouds drifting in,  Apart from the obvious change in colour, it was the improvement in air quality that was the most noticeable.
JX 12/4/2018

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YackaYacka Log - November 2015

It was a month of many contrasts was November. From cool days to cold mornings to very warm days. Was a month of many snakes with 3 being seen close to the house & shed. Was a lot of bird activity, especially from Kookaburras. Lots of Kangaroos, Wallaroos & Euros around. Looks like lots of Joeys on the way. There were lots of wildflowers as well but no photos this year.

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Recycled materials in homes

4/10/2011 
I collect the shredded paper from our office and put it around some of the trees as a mulch. I have started to see bits of it being used now in the construction of bird nests and even at the entrance of a spiders 'home'.
I am now starting to wonder what bit of writing the birds or spiders can see on the inside lining of their homes!
 
9/3/2014
Updated to add 2 photos of a birds nest that is using pieces of orange & blue Bale twine in its construction.

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The Stringybark Trees are dying

The Stringybark trees on YackaYacka at Littlehampton are some of the more easterly that I've seen around this area. They tend to grow in the higher rainfall areas of the Mount Lofty Ranges.
Over the last 2 to 3 years there have been increasing numbers of them dying on my property and why that is I am not sure. I thought initially it was because of the preceeding exceptionally dry years but the trees continue to die even in a wet year such as the second half of 2010 into 2011.
 
8/3/11 - Advice from the Native Vegetation Council

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