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A Timeline for the
Upper Blue Mountains
compiled by Jim Smith, 2002
(March, April, May)
March is one of the wetter months. Equinox is 22 March. There are still cloudless days in April.
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).
Crayfish moult at Easter (related to the lunar cycle?)
Eels migrate to sea.
Blue Jewel Butterfly, Hypocrysops delica delica
(March/April) - ants attend caterpillars on wattle.
Solender Brown Butterfly, Heteronympha solandri solandri
Banks Brown Butterfly (Heteronympha banksii banksii
"Easter Moth" (Chalepteryx felderi
) (family Anthelidae) - large brown moths bump on window panes at night.
"Ghost Moth" (Aenetus eximius
) (May), Swift Moth family - pink and green.
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.
Yellow-faced Honeyeater and White-naped Honeyeater migration to north.
Spotted Pardalote migration through mountains to north.
First Lyrebirds call.
Crimson Rosellas often come down with virus, get sick, stagger, bump into trees, etc.
Honeyeater migration continues.
Currawongs and Bowerbirds flock to towns (fruit eaters).
Tasmanian Silvereyes pass through mountains on migration to north.
Red Bloodwoods flowering; Flying Foxes attracted.
Parson's Bands Orchids (Eriochilus cucullatus
) in flower, native bee pollinates it.
Fungi abundant after rain.
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