Wintering birds arrive in SE Melbourne

Subject: Wintering birds arrive in SE Melbourne
Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 23:38:49 +1000
Dear all

Another beautiful May day !  And on Wednesday (12/5) the Gang-gang Cockatoos 
returned (after being absent for more than a year) to the sugar gums with 6 at 
the SE corner of Dendy Park, Brighton.

Over the weekend Long Hollow Reserve, Beaumaris, came alive with a male Golden 
Whistler and Pink Robin on 8/5 with another Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, many 
Spotted Pardalotes, Spinebills feeding on the Silver Banksia blossom, 
Mistletoebirds and a group of White-plumed Honeyeaters (scarce in the foreshore 
compared with previous years) on 9/5 (after a trip to Ricketts Point showed 2 
or so Common Terns have not yet migrated). 

The Singing Honeyeater was still at Half Moon Bay on 9/5, a Spiny-cheeked 
Honeyeater was around the Hampton
Sandringham Harbour on 10/5 and the Buff-banded Rail was still at the 
Elsternwick Golf Course on 5/5.

But the oddest record was a dead Short-tailed Shearwater in Landcox Park, East 
Brighton (about 3km from the shore of Port Phillip) on 11/5.

Michael Norris

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