Gellibrand Hill (Woodlands Historic Park)..

Subject: Gellibrand Hill (Woodlands Historic Park)..
From: "Michael Ramsey" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 13:49:01 +1100
Hi all,
I spent a great morning today (14/2/05) around Gellibrand Hill in Woodlands Historic Park. The park is in the north of Melbourne, adjacent to the airport.
The best sighting for the day was approximately 250 Fork-tailed Swifts, birders in Melbourne keep your eyes out for them. They were over the hill and circling in thermals near the airport. A variety of birds of prey was also seen. Pairs of Whistling Kites, Brown Goshawk, Little Eagle (one dark morph) and Brown Falcons were seen in the thermals with the Fork-tailed Swifts. A Kestrel, Black-shouldered Kite and Collared Sparrowhawk were also seen. The Brown Falcons and Goshawks seemed to be catching dragonflies mid-air and feeding on them.
In the bushland Purple-crowned Lorikeets were heard while Eastern and Crimson Rosellas were seen. A late Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo was observed as well as a small flock of Weebills.
On the way home at Yuroke, north of the park more Fork-tailed Swifts were seen along with a Black Kite. A great morning for birds.
Michael Ramsey, Whittlesea, Victoria.
Bird List Below: 53 Species:
Australian Wood Duck
White-faced Heron
Australian White Ibis
Black-shouldered Kite
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
Little Eagle
Collared Sparrowhawk
Brown Goshawk
Brown Falcon
Nankeen Kestrel
Rock Dove
Spotted Turtle-dove
Crested Pigeon
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Long-billed Corella
Purple-crowned Lorikeet
Crimson Rosella
Eastern Rosella
Red-rumped Parrot
Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo
Fork-tailed Swift
Laughing Kookaburra
Superb Fairy-wren
Straited Pardalote
Spotted Pardalote
Brown Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Red Wattlebird
Little Wattlebird
White-plumed Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
Varied Sittella
Rufous Whistler
Willie Wagtail
Grey Fantail
Little Raven
Australian Magpie
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Tree Martin
Welcome Swallow
House Sparrow
European Goldfinch
European Greenfinch
Red-browed Finch
Common Blackbird
Common Myna
Common Starling
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