Morning watch in Darebin Parklands

Subject: Morning watch in Darebin Parklands
From: "Mules, Michael" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 21:24:17 +1000
Hi all,
I went to Darebin Parklands for a first-time exploratory birdwatch this morning.  Temperature was about 10 oC, and it was overcast and still.
The Parklands are a mixture of hillside, alluvial flat and creek valley, in Ivanhoe (inner eastern Melbourne).  The park is a mosaic habitat of open parkland, former farm-estate orchards and back-engineered wetlands and native plantings.  It is also an off-leash dog park in many places.
Anyway, for the amount of people and dogs around, it was an enjoyable and profitable watch.  The highlight bird was Yellow Thornbill (2) in the casuarinas and acacia at the "summit" of the park.   Also, Australasian Grebe already in breeding plumage, and an Hoary-headed Grebe starting to enter it.  The most common bird by far was Blackbird.  All in all, 33 spp. in a cold, winter solstice hour.
Hoary-headed Grebe
Australasian Grebe
Chestnut Teal
Black Duck
White-faced Heron
Dusky Moorhen
Spotted Turtledove
Rainbow Lorikeet
Crimson Rosella
Tawny Frogmouth
Superb Fairy-wren
Yellow Thornbill
Brown Thornbill
Striated Thornbill
Red Wattlebird
White-plumed Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill
Grey Shrike-thrush
Grey Fantail
Willy Wagtail
Grey Butcherbird
Grey Currawong
Little Raven
Welcome Swallow
Red-browed Finch
Common Mynah

Michael Mules

Carey Baptist Grammar School
Kew Campus
349 Barkers Road Kew Victoria Australia 3101
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