They are classed as resident or sedentary in HANZAB, but there are
several old long-distance retraps recorded there, and some local
movements e.g. in response to drought.
My thought on the Northcote birds was that they are responding to the
flowering of young eucs planted locally a couple of years ago, but
they seem to be in quite common this year in several places,
including along the Merri/Yarra between Northcote and East Hawthorn.
I suppose its a complicated combination of factors, rainfall, nectar
supply etc. I do know that they have not been a year-round bird in
Northcote during my time there (six-seven years); when they have
turned up, they disappear after breeding. Do you get them regularly
in Alphington, ie year-round, and/or every year?
At 09:34 AM 9/9/2006, Steve Creber wrote:
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 though...am I wrong about that?
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Sent: Friday, 8 September 2006 10:17 AM
To: Susie Anderson;
Subject: Re: FW: Re: [Birding-Aus] Owls
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
>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.
> >they did this they kindly stomped all over the correas and other
> >have planted in my naturestrip. To circumvent a repeat of this I
> >do the pruning myself . One evening while up a tall ladder in my
> >(Lophostemon confertus) finishing the job I was amazed when an owl -
> >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
> >that point but assumed this was from the huge number of Indian
> >and Feral Pigeons my neighbour insisted on feeding in my yard, (I
> >you with reasons) or the local Indian Miner tribe. (I subsequently
> >beneath for pellets but could find none. - the local flying foxes
> >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
> >Bell St.
> >I've never heard owls calling here, and spend a lot of time in my
> >night. Have others noticed urban owls refrain from calling, or is
> >because they are unlikely to breed in such an area so have little
> >mating/territorial calls?
> >ps I am in a between circuits, insulated wire section of the power