WT Eagle, YT Black Cockatoos and WB Scrubwrens

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From: "wendy" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2003 17:01:49 +1000
Hi All,
Some bird sightings
10 Aug - MCMC planting Moomba Park, Fawkner a flock of 14+ RB Firetails were hanging about nearby - a vote of approval for the infill planting of shrubs and saltbush we were doing perhaps!
2 August - Wedge Tailed Eagle cruising very low, up and down along Curly Sedge Creek, north-east section of Craigieburn Grassland Reserve, northern Melbourne. The local magpie population was not too pleased and were giving it a rather hard time! It was a lovely view of the bird from above as I was standing on a large near-by stony knoll. I also saw another large unidentified raptor cruising high overhead when we first arrived there.
- later at the south end of the park near the exit gate I found the recent dead body of a (exotic) Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos*), although we get them in small nos. in suburban gardens, I don't usually see them in 'the bush'.
1 August - during a Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) planting working-bee adjacent to CERES, East Brunswick 3 YT Black Cockatoos were sighted nearby and a White-browed Scrubwren was nesting in a previously planted Poa
b/w 14-18 July - 4 Brown Quail in one of the fenced re-veg sites Jukes Rd Grassland, Fawkner

I only recently subscibed to birding-aus. I'd been telling a friend about crested Pigeons I'd seen in a school ground in Moonee Ponds, he forwarded your discussions about this bird. When I sent it to my brothers for info they sent me following info about birds at their work (Laverton RAAF base)-
Crested Pigeons at Laverton RAAF
Base, each day we pass several flocks of them feeding on the ground as we
drive from the car park to the base exit.  A rough count several days
running was between 10 and 18 pairs.  We will have to do a drive around
one day to determine if there are greater numbers.

The Crimson rosellas hang about the building.  A few years back I think
they had a nest, or hidee hole in the ceiling. I worked on the top floor
and there were strange parrot chatter in the ceiling at the end of the
corridor at the edge of the building.  They used to pick the black tar
foam stuff out from between the brick work and a concrete column on the
corner of the building.  Would prop there in position with back up against
 the wall and feet pressed on the protruding brick work.

The little hawk bird was "feeding" on the parade
ground (large asphalt area adjacent to buildings) again the last few mornings... not sure what he is eating.  He stands
on the prey (some sort of insect) and picks at them... (and walks/hops from item to item)
(I'd thought it was either a A Kestrel or B Falcon, a birdo friend felt  behaviour was most likely of a B Falcon - but..)
I'm pretty sure its not a brown falcon, its smaller and colourings are
different. It does not have digitised wing tips.......  I suspect its an Australian  Kestrel..
ALSO ... Earlier this year we saw several times, on the way to work, a
spotted/stripped magpie, near the 49 km post on the Princes Hwy, near
Little river.  On one occasion I pulled over and it picked its way along
the side of the road with it's mate. 
(if anyone is interested  he sent me a small (38kb) jpg picture of the bird - unfortunately rather fuzzy digi-cam pic - let me know if you are  interested in looking at the pic)
Wendy Moore
Friends of Craigieburn Grassland
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