Birds on a bike ride 1

Subject: Birds on a bike ride 1
From: "Martin O'Brien" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1996 15:14:19 -0812 (utc)
While out for my regular weekend morning ride along Melbourne's (Victoria, 
Australia) Yarra boulevard 
in the suburb of Kew, the following birds were heard.  

Date was 8/12/96. Time 0700-0730 hrs EST and the road was quiet, except for the 
TV crew flying 
along in an open truck at the Burnley/Kew end of the Boulevard.

The Boulevard is a winding, mostly eucalypt bushland lined road that follows 
the Yarra river for approx. 
8 km (the section I rode).  Birds recorded were not unusual but I thought it 
worth noting there 
presence for a spot only a few km's from the central business district of 

I will try to report my observations to this list for the spot on a regular 
basis and maybe some 
interesting patterns will become apparent.

Laughing Kookaburra - pr. heard calling @ jn. of Burnley St. &Yarra R. 
Bell Miners - numerous heard in riparian Eucalypts upstream of footbridge
Willy Wagtails - several on 
Red-rumped Parrots - 2 prs. observed on road edge near Studley Park Rd. 
Red Wattlebirds - numerous heard calling along the entire section of the 
Little Flacons (Aust. Hobby) - Pr. heard then seen in courtship flight high 
above the lookout point near 
Willsmere Estate.
Mistletoe Bird - 1 heard calling at the Grange Rd. Bridge (Eucalypts line both 
sides of the river at this 
Plus Blackbirds, Sparrows and European Greenfinches.

(Recorded while in training for the Alpine Audax, to be held in Bright NE 
Victoria , Australia Day 
Weekend 1997)
Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Policy Officer
Flora and Fauna Branch
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
GPO Box 41
East Melbourne,  3002
Tel: +61 3  9412 4273
Fax: +61 3 9412 4586

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