Well, you can tell spring is in the air. While the frenetic bird activity has not quite hit a peak yet, there are plenty of indications spring is around the corner. Over the past week, some of our local mammals have started to emerge in larger numbers. On dusk, wombats can be seen coming out of the coastal bush to feed, echidna have been sighted moving about, and the Eastern Grey Kangaroo mob appears to have sprung into life and becoming more present in their favoured haunts. On the bird front, the Eastern Rosellas have begun investigating the nesting boxes in the creek line, the local honeyeaters are becoming much more active and territorial, the male Superb Fairy-wrens have coloured up in their blue livery … and my old mate, Darcy the Australian Magpie, has begun swooping me!! The numbers are down on last year, but there are still a few Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos wandering through The Cape on occasions—absolutely stunning birds. While we all love to see the positive sides of nature, sometimes we come face to face with the downside, and these past couple of weeks we have seen the effect bad weather can have on small seabirds in the wild Bass Strait, and the devastating impact mange can have on our wombats.