Geelong Birds

Subject: Geelong Birds
From: (Russell Woodford)
Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2003 15:07:11 +1000
A couple of unusual records -

Song Thrush - these are resident in the older suburbs of Geelong (e.g. Newtown) 
and I've seen one once at Lara to the north.  The first thing I saw amongst my 
rose bushes in the backyard this morning was a Song Thrush - as far as I know 
the 2nd ever record for the Geelon Grammar campus, which extends for about a km 
along the northern shore of Corio Bay.

Crested Pigeons really seem to have settled in to this area now.  There are 
always a pair near our house, and a party of 6 birds has been recorded around 
the campus throughout the summer.  There were a group of 5 birds near home 
yesterday and today - two birds were smaller than the others. Slightly smaller 
crest and duller plumage suggests they might be juveniles.  I wonder if they 
have bred here?  My guess is that CPig will be a common bird on the west side 
of Port Philip within 3 or 4 years.

Rufous Fantail  -ANOTHER fantail was in the backyard early last week, the 2nd 
for the autumn.

Russell Woodford

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