SE Melbourne birds - again !

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Subject: SE Melbourne birds - again !
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 14:00:00 +1000
A Buff-banded Rail was on the Elsternwick Golf Course on 8
August, perhaps the bird seen nearby from 31 March.  That
day there was also a Black-tailed Native-hen at the larger
lake in the south of Elsternwick Park. 

While I was away (on 22/7) Ian Parsons saw 2 Pink-eared Duck
at that lake. Unfortunately he did not have his cameras with
him - he's videoed most of our recent rarities including the
Singing Honeyeater, most recently recorded near Sandringham
Harbour on 31/7.  The Great Crested Grebe was last seen
there on 2/8.

Musk Lorikeets are unusually numerous and widespread for
August. In contrast White-plumed Honeyeater numbers seem low
and there has been only ONE record of Grey Shrike-thrush. 

Are the last two species relatively scarce throughout the
Melbourne area this year?

Michael Norris
Bayside Friends of Native Wildlife
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