Birdwatching in Wagga Wagga


Owls and Wolves on Willans Hill
January 9, 2010, 3:27 pm
Filed under: General, Observations | Tags: , , , ,

There was an article in the Daily Advertiser yesterday about a family of five Southern Boobooks (Ninox novaeseelandiae) that had taken up residence in a suburban backyard. Boobooks seem to be rather more content in residential areas than other owl species: another family has found a home on Willans Hill. The two photographed above are juveniles (too young to have learned the famous ‘boobook’ call, instead making insect-like trills). Two other owls were seen nearby, at least one of which was an adult.

The Yellow Owl-Fly (Suhpalacsa flavipes) is so named, I suppose, for its enormous eyes. They are not especially nocturnal, though the individual above was photographed late in the evening.

I spotted one for the first time shortly after posting the previous entry, which lists many of the insect species found on the hill. This is one more for the already lengthy list.

Alright, so it’s not an actual wolf:

The Wolf Spiders (family Lycosidae) dig very neat, circular burrows in which they spend much of their time. I can’t identify the above to the level of species, but the most common of the Wolf Spiders is the Garden Wolf Spider (Lycosa godeffroyi).

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We have two such holes in our path in the front garden, the holes are lined with a fine silk webbing!

Comment by Chris Orchard

They can be quite impressive constructions, sometimes extending about 20cm underground. I unearthed a female Wolf Spider in my lawn recently. On its back were dozens of tiny spiderlings. Apparently the mother carries them around for some time after they hatch.

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