Uncommon birds in SE Melbourne

Subject: Uncommon birds in SE Melbourne
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 17:57:42 +1100
A pair of Singing Honeyeaters is hanging around the Black Rock Clock Tower area 
(Mel ways p85 J/K 4).

Please let me know PRIVATELY if you get a good idea of where they are nesting 
as this is a very rare breeding species in the metropolitan area.

I found a single bird on 15/11 and a pair subsequently in the foreshore reserve 
north and south of the Clock Tower, and in gardens opposite between Beach Road 
and Bluff Road.  This morning (18/11) at 6.45 they were even in a small tree by 
the bakery with starlings, apparently waiting for scraps from the shops !

In Perth this may be commonplace. But urban Melbourne !!

The Noisy Friarbird was reported as still present in northern Beaumaris on 

On our recent frog watch we saw a couple of swimming spiders, probably 
Dolomedes australianus. They are reputed to dive under the water & eat tadpoles 
& small fish.

I have never seen them before. BUT mosquito species which carry Dengue Fever 
have reach 1000 km from the northern coast of Australia.  "Tiger Spiders" from 
Europe are spreading around London, England.  You now have to walk for 8 km 
from the old Base Camp on Mount Everest to reach the snow.

"Creationist theories should be given the same time as evolution on the school 

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Michael Norris
Bayside Friends of Native Wildlife
Hampton, Victoria  38° 56' S  145° 1' E

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