birding-aus Melbourne migration

Subject: birding-aus Melbourne migration
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 20:11:32 +1000

Watching my garden (in Hampton, City of Bayside) I get the impression
that bird movements through Melbourne this year have been unusual.  I've
added grey fantail and spinebill to the list and an immature fan-tailed
cuckoo passed through last week. In Bayside we've had the earliest
Rufous Fantail and Spiny-cheeked HE autumn/post-breeding dates for yonks
and several cuckoo records (Pallid, fan-tailed and unidentified
bronze-cuckoo). A Crescent Honeyeater (in a coastal heath remnant) was
the first recorded in Bayside since, as far as I know, July 1953. I'm
also pretty sure I heard an Oriole in Brighton yesterday.

Any comments (other than get your eyes and ears fixed ?)

Michael Norris
Hampton, Vic

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