Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos in inner Melbourne

To: Bill Stent <>
Subject: Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos in inner Melbourne
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 12:11:24 +1000
Bill Stent wrote:
This mob of YTBCs often roosts in the tall pines at the back of the St Helliers convent overlooking the Yarra.

Hi Bill et al.

I'm often at the Childrens' Farm in Abbotsford on the weekend with my kids - right next door to the convent.  I nearly always see the flock of 30-40 YTBCs come over the bushland ridge and Yarra and fly downstream at some stage of the day there - usually just before midday.

Where I live in Alphington is about 100m from the Darebin Creek, and I routinely see YTBCs moving to and from the Darebin corridor behind to the Yarra/Merri direction out the front.  There are some conifers near home that the YTBC occasionally lob into - so I can be serenaded by their chortling as I slave away in the kitchen :-)

I think the largest YTBC group I've seen between Abbotsford and Alphington so far is about 50 birds.



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