New bird for a very small garden list

Subject: New bird for a very small garden list
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2002 14:19:47 +1000
Living as I do in a block of flats in a part of Melbourne 
with scarcely
a native avifauna to talk about (Ascot Vale), a new bird for 
the garden
list is a red letter day.  The garden is spartan, but does 
contain a
large Hawthorn (Crataegus sp.) tree which has a number of 
Mistletoe (Muellerina eucalyptoides) plants in it.  The 
mention of
mistletoe probably gives away the element of surprise ... 
but this
morning amongst the incessant chirping of Tree Sparrows I 
heard a
MISTLETOEBIRD.  That begins to even up the feral:native 
ratio of birds
in my garden slightly.

On any given day the birds of the yard are generally Tree 
Sparrows with
the odd House Sparrow and Greenfinch joining in; Song 
Thrush, Blackbird,
Common Mynah, Spotted Turtle-Dove; White-plumed Honeyeater, 
Wattlebird, Magpie-lark, Willie Wagtail.  Little Raven, 
Magpie and
lorikeets (Rainbow, Musk, Little) fly over regularly.  
Things improve
slightly in the local parks (add Red Wattlebird, Spotted 
Pardalote, Grey
Butcherbird, Welcome Swallow, Red-rumped Parrot, Eastern 
Rosella, etc.),
but not much!

Lawrie Conole
2/37 Myrnong Crescent, Ascot Vale Vic 3032 AUSTRALIA

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Senior Zoologist
Ecology Australia Pty Ltd
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