Lunctime birds - Melbourne

Subject: Lunctime birds - Melbourne
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2001 15:19:23 +1000

From: Martin  on 09/03/2001 03:19 PM

Subject:  Lunctime birds - Melbourne

While getting out of the office at lunchtime today to warm the body up from an
over airconditioned city office, I took a walk in the adjacent Fitzroy Gardens.
The usual Blackbirds, Mudlarks and Common Mynahs were about.

This park has turned up a number of interesting birds over the years (Sacred
Kingfisher, Powerful Owl, Tawny Frogmouth, Australian Hobby , Kestrel and even a
Brown Songlark!).

Another species to add to that list was a small group (~6) of Dusky
Woodswallow's busily hawking between the trees near Albert Street.  Possibly the
closest record of the species to Melbourne central business district in recent

A wonderfully calming observation to settle the nerves before returning to work.

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer - Scientific Advisory Committee
Parks Flora and Fauna Division
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne  3002

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