|Subject:||Morning watch in Darebin Parklands|
|From:||"Mules, Michael" <>|
|Date:||Sun, 22 Jun 2003 21:24:17 +1000|
I went to Darebin Parklands for a first-time exploratory birdwatch this morning. Temperature was about 10 oC, and it was overcast and still.
The Parklands are a mixture of hillside, alluvial flat and creek valley, in Ivanhoe (inner eastern Melbourne). The park is a mosaic habitat of open parkland, former farm-estate orchards and back-engineered wetlands and native plantings. It is also an off-leash dog park in many places.
Anyway, for the amount of people and dogs around, it was an enjoyable and profitable watch. The highlight bird was Yellow Thornbill (2) in the casuarinas and acacia at the "summit" of the park. Also, Australasian Grebe already in breeding plumage, and an Hoary-headed Grebe starting to enter it. The most common bird by far was Blackbird. All in all, 33 spp. in a cold, winter solstice hour.
Carey Baptist Grammar School
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