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What to record in July

Starting this month we will have an article for each newsletter highlighting species that are starting to appear, flower or nest. So you can start looking out for new species you have not previously recorded on or it's a reminder to start watching your favourites.

Across Australia go out after dark and listen for the ting-ting call of the White-striped Bat (Tadarida australis). We have data from Summer and Autumn. Records from July will tell us about northern migration. So return to locations you have heard them before or get outside just after the sun goes down and try listening from a new spot.

 Some native plants start flowering in July. In the south west look out for bright purple Native Wisteria (Hardenbergia comptoniana) flowers. This species is common in bushland areas and along roadsides and train lines in Perth.

 

Around Sydney the Grey Spider Flower (Grevillea buxifolia subsp. buxifolia) and Red Spider Flower (Grevillea speciosa) are starting to bloom in coastal heathland regions.

 

Quacking Frogs (Crinia georgiana) start calling in winter so listen out if you venture near any areas with abundant temporary water.

 

Throughout northern and eastern Australia Sugar Gliders (Petaurus breviceps) are starting to mate. Look high up between trees and branches, or for nests in the hollows of old trees.

 

The following birds are starting to mate in southern parts of Australia. Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris), White-breasted Robin (Eopsaltria georgiana), Pallid cuckoo (Cuculus pallidus), Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis) and Grey Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa).

 

Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are on the move north from their Antarctic feeding region and have been sighted near Albany in the south west.

 

Finally, if you are near the North West Cape look out for the Western Jewel butterfly (Hypochrysops halyaetus) which is starting to appear.