Recent observations

To: "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: Recent observations
From: "J & C Krohn" <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 22:45:41 +1000
Just a couple of observations that might be of interest.
The Corellas are still hanging around Dandenong/ Hallam, south-east of Melbourne.  There were at least 20 sitting on street lights along the Princes Highway just east of the freeway interchange about 4 km east of Dandenong around 4 pm on Tuesday afternoon.  The couple I got a good look at (given heavy traffic, drizzle and fading light) were definitely Long-billed, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are Littles in the group as well.
Earlier on Tuesday I poked my nose over the fence of the sewage works at Drouin, about 50 km further east.  The water level in the pond that had Avocets a couple of months ago was much higher - no Avocets but at least 140, and probably >200 Blue-billed Ducks.  There were also a dozen or so Shovelers, some dozens of Hardheads, lots of Pink-eareds and at least a couple of dozen Grey Teal, plus heaps of Coots and Hoary-headed Grebes.  No Chestnut Teal or Pacific Blacks as far as I could see through the mist.  A site well worth a glance if you happen to be passing.
Early Wednesday moring (~7:15, lightish but not yet sunrise) at home in Syndal (~20 km east of Melbourne), the Noisy Miners suddenly got excited.  I looked up to see a smallish accipitrid cruise stealthily over.  Tail-tip looked more rounded than square so my guess would be Brown Goshawk (probably male by the size) rather than female Sparrowhawk.  I don't know whether the distinction would affect the Miners - they definitely reacted to the bird even more vigorously than they usually do to the much more frequent passage of the Little Falcons that inhabit the area.
Still Crested Pigeons and Red-rumped Parrots at the primary school just around the corner - seem to have settled in for the long haul.
Nearly up to the shortest day - I always feel spring is on the way once we get past the equinox, even if it takes a while for the daylight to stretch out in any perceptible way.  Good birding, all.
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU