Melbourne mystery sound

To: Jason Polak <>
Subject: Melbourne mystery sound
From: Michael Tarburton <>
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 20:11:28 +1000
Yes I agree

Noisy Miner Alarm Call.  I have had them use it on the other side of Melbourne 
- for Wedge-tailed Eagle, Black Falcon, & Collared Sparrowhawk in the last 
month.  I also had them using it and scaring all the Rainbow Lorikeets and Musk 
Lorikeets out of the trees when an Australian White Ibis was going over at 
600m.  Guess they do not have binoculars and so sosmetiems make mistakes.


Mike Tarburton.

> On 9 Sep 2020, at 1:07 am, Jason Polak <> wrote:
> Dear Fellow Birders,
> I was hoping someone with really good audio bird ID abilities could help
> me ID a bird that my friend recorded in Melbourne in Clifton Hill along
> the Merri creek (it is near the Yarra Bend Park, not far from the CBD).
> Here is about a minute of recording:
> He hears it between 5-6am, and it seemingly has two different types of
> calls.
> My first guess is Noisy Miner. Noisy Miners have a wide range of songs
> and a lone Miner singing can sound something like this. The pitch seems
> right.
> On the other hand, I have never really heard a Noisy Miner quite like
> this either. I lived quite close to Clifton Hill (Kew, right next to the
> Yarra Bend Park) also. So, I may also be totally wrong and the obvious
> answer is just eluding me. I've listened to hundreds of calls on Xeno
> Canto and I can't come up with a closer match. I feel like someone on
> here who is great at bird call ID will have no trouble with this one!
> Cheers,
> Jason

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