Rufous Fantail in Geelong

Subject: Rufous Fantail in Geelong
From: (Russell Woodford)
Date: Sun, 02 Mar 2003 11:21:16 +1100
Last night about 6pm there was a Rufous Fantail in our backyard (near 
Limeburners Lagoon, Corio Bay, the southestern arm of Port Philip).  It stayed 
around for 15 or twenty minutes. This species occurs in wet forests, but not 
usually close to Geelong.  I've only recorded it once before, in another house 
on the Geelong Grammar campus, in November 1994.  Don Greaves also recorded it 
once, around twenty years ago - his report was published in a Port Philip 
faunal survey.The species is occasionally recorded in spring as they move back 
to their breeding grounds in the Otways and Wombat forests, etc.   I don't know 
of any other autumn records - almost summer, being 1st March.  I guess the 
drought and bushfires have caused all sorts of unusual movements.Russell 

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