Noisy Friarbirds in Langwarriin - and Melbourne

To: "Paul Hackett" <>, <>
Subject: Noisy Friarbirds in Langwarriin - and Melbourne
From: "michael norris" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 14:39:30 +1000
Hi Paul

I've never noted down any record of two birds for the Melbourne area before. And that includes two at different locations!

One guess is that they just occasionally migrate south from places like Canberra (where they breed, with few records in the colder months).

The earliest Melbourne area record I know is 21/3/1966 (also the earliest in the year). A bird appeared by Barbara Salter's house in Black Rock, Bayside, was fed after a few days, and left about 2 weeks later.

Other records up to August are: Mount Waverley May 1997 and Ringwood July 1998 (both noted as Bird Observer no. 792), Woodlands Historic Park/Gellibrand Hill July 2000 (Lawrie Conole) and Brighton (Bayside again) 14/7/2002. (This bird stayed until 21/9 and was possibly heard as early as 10 June).

There are also Bayside records from Cheltenham on 13/8/1995 and around August 2002, and one that stayed in Beaumaris from 17/10 to 14/11/2004. Only other record I have noted for Melbourne is from Jells Park on 9/9/1998.


Michael Norris


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