Yarra Bend Trip Report

To: 'Tim Dolby' <>, "" <>
Subject: Yarra Bend Trip Report
From: "Mules, Michael" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2000 16:43:01 +1000

Hi Tim,
I've also seen Striated Thornbill and Musk Lorikeet (although infrequently) in the past at Yarra Bend and Wilsmere Parks in Kew.  The fact that the thornbills you saw were high in the canopy also points towards them being Striated.

The raven could well have been the Australian Raven, as both are found in Melbourne, although the Little Ravens are far more common, and I have seen them in Wilsmere Park before (distinguished by the call).   And the only Currawongs I have seen around the Kew area have been Pied.

Cheers,  Michael.

Michael Mules
Curator, Science Program
Museum Victoria
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    From:   Tim Dolby[SMTP:
    Sent:   Thursday, 22 June 2000 4:24 PM
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    Subject:        Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Yarra Bend Trip Report

    Dear Charles and co,

    In regards to your note (see message below) you are quite correct to pick the bones out of my Yarra Bend list -- see notes below:

    * Striated Thornbill - in this case the birds were seen high in the canopy. I adjudged them to be Striated, but definite identification was difficult. You are probably right - Brown Thornbill would seem likely. 

    * The same applies to the Musk Lorikeet - ie identification was fast moving small lorikeet, looked like Musk, bigger than Little and definitely not Scaly Breasted or Rainbow. At the time I was fairly sure they were Musk, but they could have been Purple Crowned?

    * Australian Raven vs Little Raven - personally I have never really distinguished! (Laziness on my part - sorry everyone). Again you are probably right. .

    * I hate to say this - the Currawong were heard not seen - and once again you are probably right. Pied makes much more sense. (I regularly see Grey in the Otways and around Ballarat - and lazily identified them as Grey rather than Pied.)

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