Wildlife Inventory

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We acknowledge that some of these sightings may include wildlife that are not confined to our property but are present in other parts of  the Moggill Pocket.

There has been a disappearance of fireflies (glow worms) that, in our first 2 years of living here, sparkled at night under the large ficus virens. There also used to be large dark moths that gathered in a dark corner of the verandah – they may still be present but not in droves as was the case in the early years of living here.

John Fenton, the author of The Untrained Environmentalist ( Allen & Unwin, 2010), quotes an officer of the World Wide Fund for Nature on page 99 as saying:                         ‘The number of species of birds present on a given piece of [farm]land and the           number of  individuals [birds] present on that land is a direct indicator of the health            of that piece of land.’

Wildlife we have identified at Moggill Haven as of January 2012

Bird Place Time
Australian Wood Ducks Dam, graze on lawns, nest on driveway All year round
Australasian Grebes Dam and River Before and after hatching ducklings
Blue-face Honey-eaters Silk trees, trees in flower Frequent visits
Brush Turkeys In gardens with mulch Only occasional sightings
Bush Stone-curlew – one Driveway Rarely
Pied Butcher Birds Gardens on the northern side of house All year
Channel-billed Cuckoos Fig trees September through to March
Coucals Nest in long grass of pontoon banks During springtime
Crested Pigeons Near the chook house and around the pool All year
Crows Tall trees with lookout, close to human activity All year
Currawongs Singing in the vicinity Often
Figbirds Figtrees or Poinciana Occasionally
Galahs Driveway Occasionally
Grey Shrike-thrush – one In native long-leaf olive trees in side paddock Rarely
Lewin’s Honeyeaters Around flowering pool bushes Rarely
Little Kingfisher – one High in trees of side paddock overlooking grass lawns Rarely
Koels High in fig trees Especially in very early morning
Kookaburras On posts and trees

kookaburras visiting garden

Occasionally visits
Lapwings On front lawn or paddocks Seasonally
Little Black Cormorant – one Dam Occasionally
Little Pied Cormorant – one Top of post in dam Occasionally
Magpies Driveway Often
Pacific Black Ducks Dam Occasionally
Pale- headed Rosella House, flowering bushes Rarely
Pelicans Overhead Flying east or west
Noisy Miners Especially in south-western gardens All year
Peewees Around dam, house Sometimes
Quails In long grass in side paddock and gardens All year
Rainbow Lorikeets In trees or bushes with nectar Visit frequently
Red-backed Fairy-wrens Along riverside bushes near dead Chinese Elm Often
Scaly-breasted Lorikeets Flowering bushes Rarely
Spangled Drongos – pair In trees near gully In spring
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos Inside paddock near macadamia trees When nuts are present
Tawny frogmouth Owls Cocos Palm tree Only very occasionally
Tick birds – Cattle Egret Front paddock In spring and summer
White Herons River Sometimes wading on edge
White Ibis Lawns During drought
Animal Place Time
Asian House Geckoes House All year
Bandicoots Paddocks, lawns, gullies, river banks All year
Bats Cocos Palms, fig trees All year at night
Bearded Dragons Driveway and gully Occasionally
Brown Hares Side and front paddock and front lawn Often
Cane Toads Everywhere All year
Carpet Pythons In garden, poolhouse, ceiling Occasionally
Common Brushtail Possums On roof, carport, near vegetable garden All year
Dingo – one Along edge of river Once
Eastern Water Dragons Log along river, stump in gully Once near bays, 3 times Goat gully
Echidna – one South-western gardens and neighbour’s property Occasionally
Green Treefrogs In gutters and around house When it rains

Monitor – one

Tree in front fence garden Once
Ornate Burrowing-frog     – one

In soil under Grandaddy Tereticornis

Only once when digging up asparagus fern vines
Red-bellied black snakes Riverbanks and gullies More often since flood


Near chook-house, under cottage, down gully

Striped Marsh Frogs Swimming Pool A few times after intensive rain
Sugar Glider – one Bay of riverbank Once – dead
Tree snakes Gardens near house Sometimes
Turtle Dam Several times
Verreaux’s Skink Pool – dead Once
Water Rat – one River’s edge Only tracks seen
Insect Place Time
Ants – black, green, white House, soil, timber Often
Native Bees Veranda hive Constant
Beetles and Bugs Bush and grass Often
Butterflies – Wanderer, Emperor Gum, Common Crow, Joseph’s Coat Garden flowers Often
Cicadas Garden plants and trees Especially summer nights
Dragonflies (blue) Dam Often
Earthworms Garden soil Often
Flies – House, Fruit, March House and garden Seasonally
Fireflies Around ficus virens First 2 years – no longer
Granny’s Cloak Moth In dark parts of veranda A few occasionally
Green Grasshoppers/ Mantids Gardens Occasionally
Lacewings Dam Often
Mosquitoes House and garden Night-time
Moths Tomatoes Often
Pests Citrus and roses Often
Paralysis Ticks Paddocks, undergrowth, near bandicoot burrows Continuously after flood
Snails Vegetable garden In times of new growth
Spiders House and garden All year
Wasps –mud, potter Around house and garage Seasonally



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2 Responses to Wildlife Inventory

  1. Randolf says:

    Looks beautiful not sure about the red belly black snake

    • janetsstory says:

      It’s pretty special to have Red Bellied Black Snakes. They disappear at the first hint of humans and no-one has been bitten in the years we’ve lived here. Perhaps the birds, such as Kookaburras, keep them under control. So we tell everyone who visits that they can relax!

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