Recent observations

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Subject: Recent observations
From: "Val Ford" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 08:24:45 +1000
Hi Jack
Having just read your 'Recent observations' piece I thought what a what a great way to pass on observations that are not unusual but of general interest.  I, and probably many others, have a non-birding partner and need someone to 'talk to'.  
You wrote:
>On both Saturday and Sunday mornings there were flocks of fifty-sixty Corellas, mostly Long-billed as far as I could see, foraging on the eastern batter of the Monash Freeway immediately north of the Princes Highway overpass, 3-4 km east of Dandenong.  On the Sunday they were present at about 8:30 but gone by 9:15 am.
When we were driving back to Melbourne, at about 4.30pm Sunday [6/4], there were numerous corellas at the site mentioned above - wasn't able to tell what species.
Whilst getting ready for a pack carry at the Mt St Gwinear car park, Baw Baw National Park, Vic, on 5/4 - male Flame Robins everywhere and a lovely view of a Superb Lyrebird crossing  the road on the way up. Whilst the flame robins were expected it was great to see them and whilst walking in the park many more were seen.
The Briars Historical Park, Mt Martha, Mornington Peninsula, Vic . Always a great place for birding however on March 31 the place seemed to be 'overflowing' with birds. Nearly all the expected bush birds were seen and nearly every second tree seemed to contain Spotted Pardalotes.  I have never seen so many at one time.  Were they migrating?
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