Running out of species

To: Tony Russell <>
Subject: Running out of species
From: Michael Johnson <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2021 08:36:37 +0000

To be clear, birding would appear to be entirely acceptable so long as it is undertaken within 5km of home and takes no longer than 2 hours. Taken directly from the COVIDSafe Settings website:


 Outdoor activities that can be undertaken without accessing a facility, such as hunting, are permitted within the 5km and 2 hour limits.


If hunting is permitted, then birding surely must.



From: Birding-Aus <> On Behalf Of Tony Russell
Sent: Thursday, 22 July 2021 8:49 AM
To: Russell Woodford <>
Cc: Mark Stanley <>; Birding-Aus <>
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Running out of species


People shouldn't be moving around just to see birds!!!. Totally irresponsible.


On Thu, 22 Jul 2021, 07:35 Russell Woodford, <> wrote:

Hi Mark

Some great birds there! You’ve certainly seen some iconic species this year.

Are you doing this (like I am) as part of the international Bird-a-Day on Facebook? There’s a few Melbourne participants who may be able to help you. The key, as I’m sure you’ve realised, is to keep as many ‘easy’ birds as possible to use on days when the weather or life itself - or another lockdown - gets in the way of birding.

The other great resource is eBird. You don’t have to be a member / contributor to peruse the hotspots for any given species. Of course you’re probably doing this already, but the eBird app (for members) will show you what’s been seen in a given radius (1, 2, 5, 10 or 30km from your current location or any given location) over a defined time period. This has been invaluable to all of us doing Bird-a-Day eg today I know if I want to see Russet-tailed Thrush or Striated Thornbill they were both seen yesterday at a reserve about 45 minutes away. That’s today’s plan!

I notice you don’t have any owls listed. Are you ok with just hearing the call? There are spots close to you for Boobook and I remember there used to be Powerful Owls in certain Melbourne parks.    Scarlet Robin was seen at Royal Park yesterday so there’s a chance of finding a closer one.

Good luck - and hope you can hang on until Tuesday! Some good flyovers should help!

Russell Woodford

> On 21 Jul 2021, at 11:56 pm, Mark Stanley <> wrote:
> I've been attempting to add a new species every day this year and the latest Melbourne 5 Km lockdown is proving a challenge.  I'm based in Prahran so limited to roughly from Royal Botanic Gardens to Elwood. Laughing Kookaburra and Silvereye are my last realistic options. I would then still need 4 more to get me to hopefully an easing of restrictions after next Tuesday. Longer shots are a Boobook, Goldfinch (Westgate Pk - is just outside my range) , Grey Shrikethrush (Royal Park is also a bit far) and perhaps scoping a Little Penguin at St Kilda Pier. 
> I can't see any other obvious gaps in my list below but would welcome any suggestions:
> IOC Name
> Emu
> Cape Barren Goose
> Black Swan
> Freckled Duck
> Maned Duck
> Australasian Shoveler
> Pacific Black Duck
> Grey Teal
> Chestnut Teal
> Hardhead
> Blue-billed Duck
> Musk Duck
> Brown Quail
> Tawny Frogmouth
> White-throated Needletail
> Shining Bronze Cuckoo
> Fan-tailed Cuckoo
> Rock Dove
> Spotted Dove
> Laughing Dove
> Brown Cuckoo-Dove
> Common Bronzewing
> Brush Bronzewing
> Crested Pigeon
> Squatter Pigeon
> Wompoo Fruit Dove
> Superb Fruit Dove
> Lewin's Rail
> Buff-banded Rail
> Australian Crake
> Eurasian Coot
> Australasian Swamphen
> Spotless Crake
> Brolga
> Australasian Grebe
> Hoary-headed Grebe
> Great Crested Grebe
> Pied Oystercatcher
> Sooty Oystercatcher
> Pied Stilt
> Banded Stilt
> Red-necked Avocet
> Masked Lapwing
> Red-kneed Dotterel
> Pacific Golden Plover
> Double-banded Plover
> Black-fronted Dotterel
> Eurasian Whimbrel
> Black-tailed Godwit
> Hudsonian Godwit
> Red Knot
> Curlew Sandpiper
> Long-toed Stint
> Red-necked Stint
> Sanderling
> Buff-breasted Sandpiper
> Latham's Snipe
> Common Sandpiper
> Marsh Sandpiper
> Common Greenshank
> Nordmann's Greenshank
> Silver Gull
> Pacific Gull
> Gull-billed Tern
> Caspian Tern
> Greater Crested Tern
> Fairy Tern
> White-fronted Tern
> Parasitic Jaeger
> Light-mantled Albatross
> Shy Albatross
> Northern Giant Petrel
> Short-tailed Shearwater
> Australasian Gannet
> Australasian Darter
> Little Pied Cormorant
> Australian Pied Cormorant
> Little Black Cormorant
> Great Cormorant
> Australian White Ibis
> Straw-necked Ibis
> Glossy Ibis
> Royal Spoonbill
> Yellow-billed Spoonbill
> Australasian Bittern
> Black Bittern
> Nankeen Night Heron
> Eastern Cattle Egret
> White-necked Heron
> Great-billed Heron
> Great Egret
> Intermediate Egret
> White-faced Heron
> Little Egret
> Australian Pelican
> Western Osprey
> Black-shouldered Kite
> Pacific Baza
> Little Eagle
> Grey Goshawk
> Brown Goshawk
> Collared Sparrowhawk
> Whistling Kite
> Nankeen Kestrel
> Australian Hobby
> Peregrine Falcon
> Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
> Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
> Gang-gang Cockatoo
> Galah
> Long-billed Corella
> Little Corella
> Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
> Regent Parrot
> Australian King Parrot
> Red-rumped Parrot
> Mulga Parrot
> Crimson Rosella
> Eastern Rosella
> Swift Parrot
> Blue-winged Parrot
> Rock Parrot
> Purple-crowned Lorikeet
> Musk Lorikeet
> Rainbow Lorikeet
> Superb Lyrebird
> Noisy Scrubbird
> Tooth-billed Bowerbird
> White-throated Treecreeper
> Superb Fairywren
> Southern Emu-wren
> Mallee Emu-wren
> Eastern Spinebill
> White-fronted Chat
> New Holland Honeyeater
> White-cheeked Honeyeater
> White-eared Honeyeater
> Blue-faced Honeyeater
> Brown-headed Honeyeater
> White-naped Honeyeater
> Purple-gaped Honeyeater
> Singing Honeyeater
> White-plumed Honeyeater
> Western Wattlebird
> Red Wattlebird
> Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
> Bell Miner
> Noisy Miner
> Rufous Bristlebird
> Spotted Pardalote
> Striated Pardalote
> Weebill
> Striated Fieldwren
> Redthroat
> Speckled Warbler
> White-browed Scrubwren
> Brown Thornbill
> Buff-rumped Thornbill
> Yellow-rumped Thornbill
> Yellow Thornbill
> Nullarbor Quail-thrush
> Australian Magpie
> Grey Butcherbird
> Pied Currawong
> Grey Currawong
> Ground Cuckooshrike
> Black-faced Cuckooshrike
> Varied Sittella
> Crested Shriketit
> Australian Golden Whistler
> Olive-backed Oriole
> Willie Wagtail
> Grey Fantail
> Pied Monarch
> Magpie-lark
> Satin Flycatcher
> Forest Raven
> Little Raven
> White-winged Chough
> Rose Robin
> Pink Robin
> Flame Robin
> Eurasian Skylark
> Red-whiskered Bulbul
> Welcome Swallow
> Fairy Martin
> Tree Martin
> Australian Reed Warbler
> Little Grassbird
> Golden-headed Cisticola
> Common Myna
> Common Starling
> Bassian Thrush
> Common Blackbird
> Mistletoebird
> House Sparrow
> Diamond Firetail
> Red-eared Firetail
> Red-browed Finch
> Zebra Finch
> Blue-faced Parrotfinch
> European Greenfinch
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