Trip report: Woodlands Historic Park, Melbourne, Vic.

Subject: Trip report: Woodlands Historic Park, Melbourne, Vic.
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 09:59:36 +1000
Hi birders

On the weekend I had a couple of hours to spare, and there 
was a gap in the Antarctic-inspired weather, so I headed 
over to Woodlands Historic Park near Tullamarine Airport in 
Melbourne.  There are a few other reports from this place on 
the Birding-Aus archive (
aus/) - from Mike Norris and I over time.

On Saturday the weather wasn't enormously cooperative, but 
still the birding was OK.  My binoculars were last in use in 
southern Spain a couple of weeks ago, so it was with 
pleasure that a male Red-capped Robin in all his glory was 
the first thing glassed by the Swarovskis back on home 
soil.  I saw one pair directly inside the gate to the 'back 
paddock' from the Providence Road carpark, and 3 more pairs 
of Red-capped Robins on the loop I did via Gellibrand Hill.

Raptors were prominent too - a lone Little Eagle soared 
overhead the whole time I was there - and a pair of 
Whistling Kites shadowed me out of the Grey Box woodland, 
where they presumably have a nest.

Another encouraging sign was that the predator exclusion 
perimeter fence has been restored to integrity - BTW, the 
quarry pools at the bottom end are as a consequence now 
inaccessible again.  Foraging signs of Eastern Barred 
Bandicoots (Perameles gunnii) were evident along the edge of 
the Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra) patch near Moonee 
Ponds Creek.  The restoration of the fence, along with fox 
and rabbit baiting, has no doubt helped.

Less pleasing signs included the abundance of Eastern Grey 
Kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) - still too many for such a 
small enclosure, and liable to lead to over-grazing again at 
some point.

Serrated Tussock (Nassella trichotoma) is well out of 
control over large parts of the 'back paddock', and unless 
Parks Victoria gets serious about it soon will overrun the 
native grassland, etc.

Anyhow - here's the list:

Australian Wood Duck                 Chenonetta jubata

Whistling Kite                       Haliastur sphenurus

Little Eagle                         Hieraaetus morphnoides

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo             Cacatua galerita

Crimson Rosella                      Platycercus elegans

Eastern Rosella                      Platycercus eximius

Superb Fairy-wren                    Malurus cyaneus

Spotted Pardalote                    Pardalotus punctatus

Weebill                              Smicrornis brevirostris

Brown Thornbill                      Acanthiza pusilla

Yellow-rumped Thornbill              Acanthiza chrysorrhoa

Yellow Thornbill                     Acanthiza nana

White-plumed Honeyeater              Lichenostomus 

Brown-headed Honeyeater              Melithreptus 

Red-capped Robin                     Petroica goodenovii

Varied Sittella                      Daphoenositta 

Golden Whistler                      Pachycephala pectoralis

Grey Fantail                         Rhipidura albiscarpa

Willie Wagtail                       Rhipidura leucophrys

Australian Magpie                    Gymnorhina tibicen

Little Raven                         Corvus mellori

Red-browed Finch                     Neochmia temporalis

Common Blackbird                     Turdus merula

Eastern Barred Bandicoot             Perameles gunnii

Common Brushtail Possum              Trichosurus vulpecula

Eastern Grey Kangaroo                Macropus giganteus

Rabbit                               Oryctolagus cuniculus

Common Eastern Froglet               Crinia signifera

28 species

Lawrie Conole
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