Collared Sparrowhawks ? in Cheltenham, Melbourne

Subject: Collared Sparrowhawks ? in Cheltenham, Melbourne
Date: Fri, 08 Jan 1999 18:24:54 +1100
There was I out with the dog but no bins. 

Heard a spinebill and then grey fantail in the tea-tree 
o the south of
the flora and fauna reserve in Cheltenham Park (Melways p86 around the
junction of squares G1,G2,H1,H2).

Got to where there are high tea-trees, but an almost closed canopy, and
twiddled with the bird call thingy I was given for Xmas.  An immature
accipter appeared on a perch about 10m away and soon swooped about a
metre over my head to another perch.  Soon it was joined by another two

Reckon all were about 35cm, at least 2 had forked, not merely notched,
tails. Legs looked about as thin as matchsticks, possibly thinner.

I intend going back tomorrow (Saturday) morning at about 730pm, starting
from the car park ("commuters only") on the west side of the station
(during the Victorian golf Open parking in the Park can be difficult). 

If you're coming please bring an easy to identify uncommon bird -
painted snipe would be fine.

Michael Norris
9598 3092

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