Additions to my 'back yard' list - Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria

To: Birding-Aus <>, Tim Dolby <>
Subject: Additions to my 'back yard' list - Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 09:59:45 +1100
The last few weeks have produced a few new birds for the block including my street (plus a few metres over here and there as required!).  I moved into this street in Northcote in Melbourne's inner north about Christmas 2002, and started a local list in January 2003.  The area contains no native vegetation, and a mish-mash of European gardens with a few eucalypts and acacias sticking up in odd spots.  >From then to now I've recorded 45 species of birds (plus 3 mammals, 2 reptiles, 5 butterflies) - typical daily birds (from this morning's dawn chorus for example) are Song Thrush, Blackbird, Common Myna, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Spotted Turtle-Dove, Red and Brush Wattlebirds, White-plumed Honeyeater and Eastern Rosella.  In the last fortnight the additions have included Powerful Owl (October - and stretching the boundary slightly!!), Red-whiskered Bulbul (October), Sacred Kingfisher (this week), Olive-backed Oriole (yesterday) and Scarlet Honeyeater!!!! (today).  The Scarlet Honeyeater is definitely the least expected - as I walked to work this morning I heard and then saw one male feeding in a flowering Lemon-scented Gum (Corymbia citriodora) near the bottom of my street.  Obviously part of the small irruption west in Victoria of this species in 2003.

Lawrie Conole
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Ornithology & Terrestrial Ecology
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