Moondyne Festival


Sightings

These are the most recent sightings sent to us by members and the public.
If you would like to log a sighting of any flora or fauna in the Toodyay area, please click the link provided. Please enter your name for for us to verify your sighting,and contact details at the end of your notes, as we may need to get more details from you.
You do not have to be a member.
The following information would be useful, if at all possible.
1) time of day?
2) weather conditions?
3) landscape eg: road verge, scrubland, breakaway country, high or low in a tree, etc, ?
4) what the creature was doing at the time of the sighting?
5) approximate size?
6) gender (if possible)?
7) colouration?
8) photographed?
9) any other interesting observation/s at the time of sighting?
10) for plants, the surrounding growth, number of plants and their general condition, is it a wetland?

Please try and limit the number of characters you enter to 100. A photograph will be a great advantage in identification of those hard to categorise animals or plants

Log a sighting

# Date Location Species Notes
4041 01-02-1989 Toodyay Parrot, Red-capped In wandoo thicket near house. By D Harwood
4042 01-02-1989 Toodyay-Northam Road Turtle, Long-necked (Oblong Snake-necked) Seen crossing road near Glen Avon. By Chris Miles
4043 01-02-1989 Harper Road, Toodyay Python, Carpet (Morelia spilota imbricata) By D Watson.
4044 30-01-1989 Glen Avon, Northam Road, Northam Turtle, Long-necked (Oblong Snake-necked) Several seen on Glen Avon within 500m of the Avon River Jim Masters
4045 15-01-1989 Stirlingia Drive, Majestic Heights Eagle, Wedge-tailed Diary record
4046 02-01-1989 Bindoon-Dewars Pool Road Event Major fire, started near Black Wattle Road and burnt west through to Hakea Road, and along Phillips Brook
4047 15-03-1988 Stirlingia Drive, Majestic Heights Dragon, Western bearded (Pogona minor) In over-story of felled tree (to make way for house pad)
4048 17-05-1985 Stirlingia Drive, Majestic Heights Lizard, Western bluetongue (Tiliqua occipitalis) Beneath floor of tent on property near where house pad to go
4049 04-04-1978 South-western WA Event Cyclone Alby: Tropical Cyclone Alby was expected to move over cooler waters and quickly lose momentum. But Alby accelerated from 10 to 25km/hr as it curved towards the coast, passing close to the south-west corner of the state at up to 60kph. Wind gusts up to 150kph left a trail of destruction hundreds of km inland from Geraldton to Albany, with widespread flooding and power blackouts. Five people died including inaugural TNC President Alby North after he was blown from the roof of a shed. Fires fanned by the very strong winds burned through an estimated 114,000ha of forest and farmland.
4050 30-06-1972 Woodendale Road, Nunyle Chat, White-fronted Found nesting in grass by the roadside. Barely 6 inches from the ground these tiny black and white birds chose a precarious nesting site as stock moves freely along the road. However, the story had a happy ending as the young flew safely from the nest. From Toodyay Nature Diary in Newsletter No. 1
4051 17-02-1972 Clackline Sandswimmer, Broad-banded Young local naturalist Neville Lane�s find at Clackline of an unusual lizard identified as a Broad-banded Sandswimmer Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) richardsonii (now Eremiascincus richardsonii) made the local paper in May, highlighting the Club�s natural history sighting records.
4052 30-11-1971 Extracts Factory, Northam Road Event In November the Industrial Extracts factory on the Toodyay-Northam Road was closed. This event was of local significance as new employment opportunities were needed.
4053 15-10-1971 Avon Valley National Park Event Reserve A30192 was officially named the Avon Valley National Park on 15 October 1971 (WA Govt. Gazette, 1971, p. 4023
4054 19-06-1971 Toodyay Memorial Hall Event The Club organised another film show at TDHS. School teacher Les Brown was the projectionist showing 7 films to a large crowd of children and adults
4055 24-04-1971 Toodyay Memorial Hall Event Another very successful public film show was held on 24 April in the Toodyay Memorial Hall. Prior to the event, a poster competition was conducted at the TDHS won by students Amanda Nixon & Brendon McKittrick. Two hours of Vincent Serventy's Walkabout nature films were shown to 250 adults & children. The Club's share of the profits ($40) was donated to TDHS in the form of nature books for their library. The Shire also contributed to the scheme.
4056 17-07-1970 Yorkrakine Rock (26 km north of Tammin) Event Club members went on their first weekend excursion in October to Yorkrakine Rock (26 km north of Tammin). In November, the inaugural Club Secretary/Treasurer Hazel Hastie was presented with a farewell gift as she was moving away from the district. It was reported by the Club that only two naturalist clubs existed outside Perth: Toodyay and the Busselton Naturalists� Club (commenced in 1964)
4057 25-05-1970 Avon River Event Jim Masters sent the Shire an �interesting and enlightening review of the effects of the River Training and an alternative solution�. (Toodyay Shire Council minutes, 18 May 1970)
4058 22-09-1942 West Toodyay Galah Historical data - Donnelly Diaries. 22.09.1942 Mrs Emma Donnelly sighted three Galahs on the family property. Galahs were a rare sight but moved west and south as agricultural land was cleared for farming. g
4059 31-01-1941 Station House, Toodyay Eagle, Wedge-tailed Toodyay Herald. 31 Jan. 1941, p.1 A young eagle hawk paid a visit to the Station House on Sunday morning last at break of day after his breakfast, but was disturbed by the owner. He again returned an hour later to be again frustrated, but this time he made a direct line across to Mr. Joe Purser's chickens. The hawk now has a permanent residence up the tree in Joe's backyard, he having disposed of him per medium of the gun with which Joe has few rivals in this town.
4060 08-05-1931 Bolgart Eagle, Wedge-tailed Toodyay Herald. 8 May 1931, p.4 Bolqart News. A Record ? The chief item of interest in Bolgart in recent weeks was the shooting of two eagle hawks by Mr. Dalas Waters, of Bolgart; the largest of the two being reported to have measured 7ft. 4in. from tip to tip. Surely this is almost a record. According to the claws and heads they must have been two very fine birds.

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