RE: FW: Re: [Birding-Aus] Owls

To: "James O'Connor" <>, "Susie Anderson" <>, <>
Subject: RE: FW: Re: [Birding-Aus] Owls
From: "Steve Creber" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2006 09:34:50 +1000
They are around Alphington - nearby to Norhcote - in larger numbers than
usual at the moment. This is not a species I associate with migration
movements I wrong about that?
Steven Creber

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-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of James O'Connor
Sent: Friday, 8 September 2006 10:17 AM
To: Susie Anderson; 
Subject: Re: FW: Re: [Birding-Aus] Owls

Hi all,

White-plumed Honeyeaters appear to be arriving in large numbers in
the Melbourne area this year. I live in Northcote and they are
everywhere at the moment; I haven't seen them in my 'burb since 2003.
I sometimes see Tawnys on the Merri creek near Heidelberg Rd.


At 10:33 PM 9/7/2006, Susie Anderson wrote:
>Hello Wendy and Birders,
>I live in the even more urban suburb of Brunswick (Melbourne) and in
>I occasionally see a Tawny Frogmouth fly over my house. I've never seen
>Boobook (or heard one) around here but did add White-plumed honeyeater
to my
>garden list only last week.
> >From: "Wendy" <>
> >To: <>
> >Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Owls
> >Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2006 10:29:27 +1000
> >
> >I concur with Graham!
> >I have always been an owl fan, collecting images and figurines all my
> >Let me share my own recent owl experience.
> >A couple of months ago I received notification from my council that
> >were going to do powerline clearance pruning of our street trees.
Last time
> >they did this they kindly stomped all over the correas and other
natives I
> >have planted in my naturestrip. To circumvent a repeat of this I
decided to
> >do the pruning myself . One evening while up a tall ladder in my
> >tree
> >(Lophostemon confertus) finishing the job I was amazed when an owl -
> >young
> >Boobook I assume - landed in the tree an arms length from me. It too
> >amazed at what it found and left immediately. I had observed a lot of
> >at
> >that point but assumed this was from the huge number of Indian
> >and Feral Pigeons my neighbour insisted on feeding in my yard, (I
> >bore
> >you with reasons) or the local Indian Miner tribe. (I subsequently
> >beneath for pellets but could find none. -  the local flying foxes
use my
> >trees - tall Eucs to perch in and masticate palm fruits etc so I have
> >sorts of strange debris from that!)
> >I'm guessing the attraction of my home for the owl was the only large
> >for quite some distance and the large number of mice in my front yard
> >attracted by my neighbours grain feeding of ferals.
> >I live in very urban (no bush) Coburg (inner Melbourne suburb) 1
block from
> >Bell St.
> >I've never heard owls calling here, and spend a lot of time in my
garden at
> >night. Have others noticed urban owls refrain from calling, or is
> >because they are unlikely to breed in such an area so have little
need for
> >mating/territorial calls?
> >Wendy
> >ps I am in a between circuits, insulated wire section of the power
> >

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