Rare bird sitings along Moonee Ponds Ck

To: <>, "Bill Stent" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Rare bird sitings along Moonee Ponds Ck
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 15:04:11 +1100
Hi Andrew,

The following's a list of the birds I've seen recently along (or near)
the Moonee Ponds Ck (mainly between Racecourse Rd and Footscray Rd).
This list also includes birds seen at the southern end of Royal Park
(including the new wetlands called the Trin Warren Tam-boore Waterhole -
built as part of the Commonwealth games development).

Of these a few could be described as uncommon:

- Common Sandpiper: actually an uncommon wader in Victoria. Its presence
at the Bellbird Waterhole may well be because of the drought.

- Spotted Crake: seen near the reed beds at the intersection of
Footscray Rd and the Moonee Ponds Creek. This is a rare and very shy
skulking bird.

- Swift Parrot: perhaps the best example of a bird moving into the city
because of drought (seen in the southern section of Royal Park). Also
lots of other parrots, such a Musk Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted & Rainbow
Lorikeet, Red-rumped Parrot, Eastern Rosella, a couple of Pale-headed
Rosella (a zoo escapee) , Galah, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (a bird which has become increasingly
common in Melbourne, possibly because of the drought).

- Some other interesting birds along the Moonee Ponds Ck are Darter,
Great Egret, Nankeen Night-Heron, Collared Sparrowhawk, Peregrine
Falcon, Wedge-tailed & Little Eagle.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.


Tim Dolby

1.      Australian Pelican                   Pelecanus conspicillatus
2.      Little Black Cormorant               Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
3.      Great Cormorant                      Phalacrocorax carbo
4.      Pied Cormorant                       Phalacrocorax varius
5.      Little Pied Cormorant                Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
6.      Darter                               Anhinga melanogaster
7.      Great Egret                          Ardea alba
8.      White-faced Heron                    Egretta novaehollandiae
9.      Nankeen Night-Heron                  Nycticorax caledonicus
10.     Black Swan                           Cygnus atratus     
11.     Australian Wood Duck                 Chenonetta jubata
12.     Chestnut Teal                        Anas castanea
13.     Mallard                              Anas platyrhynchos
14.     Pacific Black Duck                   Anas superciliosa
15.     Hardhead                             Aythya australis
16.     Black-shouldered Kite                Elanus axillaris
17.     Brown Goshawk                        Accipiter fasciatus
18.     Collared Sparrowhawk                 Accipiter cirrhocephalus
19.     Wedge-tailed Eagle                   Aquila audax
20.     Little Eagle                         Hieraaetus morphnoides
21.     Australian Hobby                     Falco longipennis
22.     Peregrine Falcon                     Falco peregrinus
23.     Australian Spotted Crake             Porzana fluminea
24.     Purple Swamphen                      Porphyrio porphyrio
25.     Common Sandpiper                     Actitis hypoleucos
26.     Dusky Moorhen                        Gallinula tenebrosa
27.     Eurasian Coot                        Fulica atra
28.     Silver Gull                          Larus novaehollandiae
29.     Crested Tern                         Sterna bergii
30.     Rock Dove                            Columba livia
31.     Spotted Turtle-Dove                  Streptopelia chinensis
32.     Crested Pigeon                       Ocyphaps lophotes
33.     Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo         Calyptorhynchus funereus
34.     Galah                                Cacatua roseicapilla
35.     Sulphur-crested Cockatoo             Cacatua galerita
36.     Eastern Rosella                      Platycercus eximius
37.     Pale-headed Rosella                  Platycercus adscitus
38.     Red-rumped Parrot                    Psephotus haematonotus
39.     Swift Parrot                         Lathamus discolor
40.     Rainbow Lorikeet                     Trichoglossus haematodus
41.     Scaly-breasted Lorikeet              Trichoglossus
42.     Musk Lorikeet                        Glossopsitta concinna
43.     Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo            Chrysococcyx basalis
44.     Laughing Kookaburra                  Dacelo novaeguineae
45.     Sacred Kingfisher                    Todiramphus sanctus
46.     Welcome Swallow                      Hirundo neoxena
47.     Fairy Martin                         Hirundo ariel
48.     Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike            Coracina novaehollandiae
49.     Common Blackbird                     Turdus merula
50.     Golden-headed Cisticola              Cisticola exilis
51.     Australian Reed-Warbler              Acrocephalus australis
52.     Little Grassbird                     Megalurus gramineus
53.     Willie Wagtail                       Rhipidura leucophrys
54.     Grey Fantail                         Rhipidura fuliginosa
55.     Flame Robin                          Petroica phoenicea
56.     Grey Shrike-thrush                   Colluricincla harmonica
57.     Superb Fairy-wren                    Malurus cyaneus
58.     White-browed Scrubwren               Sericornis frontalis
59.     Brown Thornbill                      Acanthiza pusilla
60.     Yellow-rumped Thornbill              Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
61.     Mistletoebird                        Dicaeum hirundinaceum
62.     Spotted Pardalote                    Pardalotus punctatus
64.     Silvereye                            Zosterops lateralis
65.     White-plumed Honeyeater              Lichenostomus penicillatus
66.     New Holland Honeyeater               Phylidonyris
67.     Eastern Spinebill                    Acanthorhynchus
68.     Bell Miner                           Manorina melanophrys
69.     Noisy Miner                          Manorina melanocephala
70.     Little Wattlebird                    Anthochaera chrysoptera
71.     Red Wattlebird                       Anthochaera carunculata
72.     Magpie-lark                          Grallina cyanoleuca
73.     Dusky Woodswallow                    Artamus cyanopterus
74.     Grey Butcherbird                     Cracticus torquatus
75.     Australian Magpie                    Gymnorhina tibicen
76.     Little Raven                         Corvus mellori
77.     Common Myna                          Acridotheres tristis
78.     Common Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
79.     House Sparrow                        Passer domesticus
80.     Eurasian Tree Sparrow                Passer montanus
81.     Red-browed Finch                     Neochmia temporalis
82.     European Greenfinch                  Carduelis chloris
83.     European Gold Finch                      Carduelis carduelis


Have you had any rare bird sightings reported along Moonee Ponds Creek,
as a result of the drought ?

Andrew Miller
Journalist - Moonee Valley Leader
Leader Community Newspapers

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