Inner Melbourne birding

Subject: Inner Melbourne birding
From: "Jan & Alan" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 13:41:38 +1000
Dear Birding Aus folk,

The listings seem to have thinned out a bit over the holiday season, so here 
are 2 inner Melbourne lists to perk up your interest.

6th January 2001 - Fairbairn / Pipemakers Parks, Maribynong River
7km NW of Melbourne's centre - S 37° 46' 45"  E 144° 53' 48"

White-plumed Honeyeater
Welcome Swallow
Common Myna
House Sparrow
Common Starling
Australian Magpie
Silver Gull
Pacific Black Duck
Musk Lorikeet
Little Pied Cormorant
Spotted Turtle-Dove
Common Blackbird
Little Wattlebird
Latham's Snipe
Rock Dove
European Greenfinch
Australian White Ibis
Crested Pigeon
Nankeen Night Heron
Dusky Moorhen
Little Raven
Clamorous Reed-Warbler
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Willie Wagtail
Superb Fairy-wren
Red-rumped Parrot
White-faced Heron
Red Wattlebird
Pied Cormorant

7th January 2001 - Napier Park, Essendon
9km NW of Melbourne's centre - S 37° 44' 35"  E 144° 55' 04"

Common Blackbird
Australian Magpie
Willie Wagtail
Welcome Swallow
Musk Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet
Red Wattlebird
Common Myna
Noisy Miner
Little Lorikeet
White-plumed Honeyeater
Red-rumped Parrot
Common Starling
Spotted Turtle-Dove
Little Raven
Eastern Rosella
Little Falcon
Bird of Prey. Quite small, up high, very tattered in profile (hard to believe 
it was airworthy!). Likely suspect either a Brown Falcon or Collared 

Napier Park is a tiny remnant of original Red Gum Woodland with extensive 
natural hollows augmented by nest boxes. The City of Moonee Valley should be 
congratulated for it's management of this reserve, pity they haven't culled the 
Mynas though!

Some other interesting areas of northern / western Melbourne are:
Melbourne General Cemetery, Parkville
Wastelands beside the CSL laboratories / railway cutting, Parkville
Strettle Street wetlands, Merri Creek, Thornbury
Northern Memorial Park, Fawkner
Lily Street / Steeles Creek Parklands, Avondale Heights
Westgate Park, Fishermans Bend
The Melbourne Zoo, both the grounds and the excellent aviaries

So, no excuses, get out and about and wear off some Plum Pudding poundage. The 
birds aren't on holidays!

Jan Flack

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