Autumn in your garden

To: "David Geering" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Autumn in your garden
From: Barry McLean <>
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 02 20:09:05 +0100
>Can I suggest that next week people post something about what is happening 
>birdwise in your garden this weekend.  No long lists, just a summary of 
>what your garden is like, where it is, what interesting birds you had in 
>over the weekend and whether you have noticed autumnal changes (have 
>migrants started moving through, the summer birds have disappeared etc etc 

Thanks David for the excuse to post something.  Even though we have been 
thoroughly enjoying our garden and its birds for the 6 weeks that we have 
been living here (and resubscribed to birding-aus), I have been waiting 
in vain for something really exciting unusual or otherwise worthy of a 

Much of our daily enjoyment comes from watching our population of Superb 
Fairy Wrens which are out and about from daylight until dark.  They are 
much more omniverous than I realised - today I noted one feeding on the 
remains of a bunch of grapes, pecking at the little bit of flesh where 
the berries had been removed.  The flock/s of delightful Red-browed 
Finches are the next most numerous and obvious (and still actively 
nesting in some mistletoe) but they are not around the house and its 
watering points so much in the middle of the day.  Most noisy and also 
very numerous are the Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and as well as being very 
noisy they are also 'attacking' our red gums and casuarinas - leaving a 
carpet of foliage on the ground.  Love watching the Crimson Rosellas too 
but wish that they didn't want most of our fruit - the orchard looks 
pretty untidy because of our attempts to deter their enthusiasm with nets 
and soft toys etc but we did get some of the fruit.  The Pied Currawongs 
which have been here daily, are  also loud but a little more secretive.

Also apparently resident are Rufous Whistlers and Grey Shrike Thrushes 
(both now starting to call again after about 4 weeks of silence), a few 
New Holland, White-plumed and Brown-headed Honeyeaters, Yellow-rumped and 
Buff-rumped Thornbills, Spotted and Striated Pardalotes, Restless 
Flycatchers, Willy Wagtails, Magpies, Kookaburras, Galahs, Blackbirds and 
a couple of House Sparrows

The Rainbow Bee-eaters are flying around daily in (possibly increasing) 
numbers but do not appear to be moving in any particular direction yet 
and the Grey Fantails are still present.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes are with us intermittently as are Red 
Wattlebirds, Welcome Swallows, Wedge-tailed Eagles (up to 3), 
White-winged Choughs

I was excited last week to see our first Gang Gangs (for only about one 
minute) and we have had occasional flying visits by King Parrots, a Brown 
Falcon, Magpie Larks

On and around the dams Wood Duck and White-faced Herons have been often 
seen and once only sightings of an Australasian Grebe and a White-necked 
Heron.  Lots of Grey Teal, Black Duck, Pelicans, Straw-necked and Sacred 
Ibis, Masked Lapwing have been noted on nearby dams and I have also seen 
Starlings and Mynahs within  2km or 3km


         Barry & Roberta McLean             
         Long Gully Rd
         Violet Town  Vic  3669
         03 57981213
         0418 584433


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