Re: Backdated back yard sightings - Alphington/Fairfield, Melbourne, Vic

Subject: Re: Backdated back yard sightings - Alphington/Fairfield, Melbourne, Victoria
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Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 22:07:55 +1000
Hi Lawrie et al,

A few of my recent (last month) local birds in 
Alphington/Fairfield/Northcote etc: 

* A family of Brown Thornbill has moved into my backyard in Westgarth 
(Northcote), living in the shrubs along my back fence line. In effect 
the shrubs and bushes along my fence line are acting like an English 

* Pied Currawong have moved into the immediate local area in the six 
months. Previously the closest place to see them was at Yarra Bend.

* A flock of 50 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo was seen at Yarra Bend, 
along the river directly opposite the golf club house, along with 
Rainbow and Musk Lorikeet, Eastern Rosella, Galah, and Red-rumped 

* A female Golden Whistler, a female Flame Robin, Grey Fantail and a 
Brown Goshawk in the bush directly behind the Studley Park Boathouse. 

* Darter over Penley Park in Thornbury - and a Hobby over houses in 

* Resident Song Thrush, Blackbird, White-backed Magpie and Pied 
Butcherbird in my backyard, street and local surrounds.

* And of course the million or more (well... approx. 200 plus in 
reality ;-) Musk Lorikeet at the Ivanhoe Golf Club.




Hi birders

Geographical context:  I live in the inner eastern suburb of Alphington 
in Melbourne, Victoria - in between the Yarra River, Darebin Creek and 
the vast asphalt expanse known as Northcote - not far from Darebin 
Parklands, Clifton Hill where Neville Pamment often reports, Ivanhoe 
(including Wilson Reserve)  and Anthea Fleming, Kew etc. from Bill 
Stent, and the general surrounds by Tim Dolby.  So far about 70 species 
from the area about 1km radius around home (since mid January).

A flock of 45-50 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos flying upstream along 
the Yarra River, seen from Alphington Wetlands.  A few more than the 2-
5 I generally see around home.

At least two Swift Parrots flying north from Alphington Railway Station 
towards Pitcher Park, Fairfield.

... and I'm still enormously amused by the presence of Brown Thornbills 
in the largely 'undergrowth free zone' of my yard and the 
neighbours' ...


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