Birdwatching in Melton

Diamond Firetail II chris luniardi

Diamond Firetails at Eynesbury photographed by Chris Luniardi

Birdwalk at Eynesbury Forest

Eynesbury township, Eynesbury Road Saturday 28thSeptember

On Saturday 28th September MEG will host a birdwalk at Eynesbury Forest.

We will walk around the ornamental lake to the historic shearing shed & back, along the gravel walking track (no bushwalking required). September should see a luxuriance of flowering wattles & bushpeas, after recent rains.

132 bird species have been observed here to date, as per Eremeae.

http://www.eremaea.com/BirdlineRecentSightings.aspx?Birdline=1;

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Bird watching beginners who have had no prior involvement in serious bird watching are invited to MEG bird walks, although all birdwatchers are invited to participate. All sites are easy walking, with no bushwalking involved.

Possibly finish at the bluestone cafe for snacks. We should see a variety of both wetland & woodland birds.  Wear hats, walking shoes & suncream.

Meet in the carpark beside the Information Centre. Melway 226 Ref H2 (or just follow

Birdwalk in Long Forest Mallee,  Saturday 26th October 9.00 – 11.00

On Saturday 26th October Melton Environment Group will host a bird walk in Long Forest Mallee.

Long Forest Mallee is a unique Mallee remnant between Melton & Bacchus Marsh

It is the only Mallee south of the Great Dividing Range & has been isolated from the other Mallee regions in Central & Northern Victoria for about 4,000 years. Several Mallee bird species have also been isolated here also for these 4,000 years. There are isolated populations of 3 species of Mallee birds: Crested Bellbird, Chestnut-rumped Thornbill & Yellow-rumped form of Spotted Pardalote. The woodland has been maintained over many years by the Friends of Long Forest Mallee & Werribee Gorge.

Birds of the Long Forest 1889 – 2005 by Marilyn Hewish, Rosemary Ward, Rohan Bugg & David Munday is a local book describing birds here. It is also an excellent book covering all local bird species.

Bird watching beginners who have had no prior involvement in serious bird watching are invited to MEG bird walks, although all birdwatchers are invited to participate. All sites are easy walking, with no bushwalking involved. When our long awaited website is operational Melton bird records will be placed here.

Meet at the picnic ground in Long Forest Road

From Melton drive west along High St onto the old Western Highway through Anthony’s Cutting. Turn right (north) into Long Forest Road (opposite the turnoff into Hopetoun Park).                     Melway 335 Ref E3

Hannah Watts Park,  Saturday 23rd November 9.00 – 11.00

On Melton Environment Group will host a bird walk in Hannah Watts Park. .

Hannah Watts Park is a popular picnic & BBQ site in Melton. It has several undercover BBQ’s as well an impressive kids’ playground. Despite its familiarity, it is also home to a surprisingly impressive diversity of birdlife. Large numbers of Crested Pigeons, Red-rumped Parrots, Black & Wood Ducks are common here.. Large numbers of the smaller lorikeets (Musk & Purple-crowned) come here in early evening to roost. The only Melton population of Noisy Miners is centred here. These are more commonly seen in Long Forest Mallee & Melton Gilgai Woodland. They are noticeably absent from other woodlands around Melton.

Bird watching beginners who have had no prior involvement in serious bird watching are invited to MEG bird walks, although all birdwatchers are invited to participate. All sites are easy walking, with no bushwalking involved.

Hannah Watts is in High St, just east of the shopping centre, opposite the golf course. Melway Page 337 Ref D9

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