On an absolutely glorious
Melbourne day, 20 people had a casual morning stroll through a small
area of the Back Paddock of the above park, followed by a very relaxed
lunch sitting in the sun at the Somerton Road picnic area. Another
wander along the Moonee Ponds Creek in the afternoon finished off a very
pleasant days birding!.
Not a great many birds were seen and a few of
those were only seen on the early morning recon by Ian and myself, but there
were some memorable moments.
In the Back Paddock, the Red-capped Robins always
delight. Also here we watched Striated Pardalotes flying into a hollow in a dead
tree alongside the track from the gate to the first intersection. Earlier
in the day, we watched as a pair of Tree Martins gave a Starling the 'move
on' from the same dead tree. Wood Ducks were investigating
any reasonably sized hollow whilst Varied Sittellas worked
through the area.
But the highlight was when one of the group found 2
Tawny Frogmouths snuggled up in the fork of a tree. Always a good
Some saw an Echidna, but as we were strung out like
'Browns Cows" those up the front missed out on that sighting.
Whilst having lunch a Willie Wagtail kept us
entertained with his continual attacking of a Little Raven.
Flame Robins were seen near the
gate at the beginning of the Homestead Walk.
No Wattlebirds or Noisy Miners!. One (1)
Full list below.
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
A. White Ibis