Melton Environment Group Bird walk at Caroline Springs

On Saturday 16th February Lyndall, Debra, Denice & Daryl participated in a bird walk at Caroline Springs. The wetlands here have a rich variety of waterbirds, making it one of Melton’s best bird sites.  However some locals we met made the observation that there seemed to be less birds there than in the past. The waterbirds were extremely tame & friendly. Normally shy waterbirds approached us closely, often only a metre or so away. Whenever we stopped on a bridge we were beset by a host of birds that surrounded us, presumably expecting to be fed!

Birds included a Greater Egret with immaculate white plumage resplendent with lacy breeding plumes. A large Pelican stood drowsily on a muddy island.

A ’Robyn Gordon’ Grevillea planted beside the wetland never fails to disappoint as there were a large number of New Holland Honeyeaters & Little Wattlebirds feeding on the large flowers. Notable absences were Long-billed Corellas, Eastern Rosellas & Galahs

 

32 bird species seen were: eBird Checklist S52750231

 

Black Duck

Wood Duck

Chestnut Teal

Domestic Duck

Great Cormorant

Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant

Silver Gull

Pelican

White Ibis

Swan

Greater Egret

White-faced Heron

Dusky Moorhen

Purple Swamphen

Coot

Masked Lapwing

Little Corella

White Cockatoo

Red-rumped Parrot

Rainbow Lorikeet

Domestic Pigeon

Red Wattlebird

Little Wattlebird

White-plumed Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

Little Raven

Reed Warbler

Magpie-lark

Welcome Swallow

House Sparrow

Greenfinch

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