Song Thrushes in Melbourne

To: John Penhallurick <>,
Subject: Song Thrushes in Melbourne
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 16:52:07 +1000
>When I was a young child in Melbourne (ca 1950-55) Song Thrushes were
>common in suburban gardens.  It was my understanding that their
>distribution in Melbourne had become very restricted because they were
>being out-competed by Blackbirds.  Is this right?

Song Thrushes seem nowhere to be as abundant as Blackbirds, but they are 
and quite abundant nonetheless.  Everywhere I've lived in Melbourne and Geelong
has had resident Song Thrushes.  Where I am now (Ascot Vale - inner NW 
is a noisy place in the morning at this time of year, with about 3-4 singing
Song Thrushes close by. One starts about an hour before first light!

I have seen a Song Thrush as far west as Cumberland River - about 10-15km west
of Lorne on the Otway coast.  They may yet explode into being a bush bird as
they have done in New Zealand.

Cheers -- Lawrie
Lawrie Conole
2/37 Myrnong Crescent
Ascot Vale, Victoria 3032, Australia
Mob (0419) 588993; AH (03) 9370 3928 
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