birding-aus Spring migrants

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Subject: birding-aus Spring migrants
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 1999 22:04:20 +1000
On Wed 22 Sept 1999, we visited La Trobe Uni.Wildlife Reserve in
Bundoora and had a short walk round - saw or heard 36 species without
really trying in about 40 mins around midday.
First Sacred Kingfisher of the season shouting its head off! Didnt see
it but no doubt about that call.
Greenbacked Orioles were calling.
Cuckoos have been around since first week in Sept. This day we saw a
Fantail Cuckoo, heard Pallid and Shining Bronze.
We got a good look at a male Golden Whistler feeding in low shrubs near
the lake.
Little Grassbird calling invisibly in the swamp (we used to have them
close to home at the Wilson Reserve, Ivanhoe, but they and Reed Warblers
disappeared there a long time ago).
Kookaburras were using a nestbox behind the plant nursery.
Little Ravens were nesting in a tall tree.
Bruce showed us a Grey Butcherbird's nest, probably with young.
A Black Duck had a flotilla of 10 young babies on the Lake - very hard
to count!
We dipped out on the Dusky Woodswallows.
A very nice place for a spring walk. Highly recommended.
Anthea Fleming
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