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February 21, 2010

Merri Creek Birdwatching

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 1:05 am

Merri Trail

21st February 2010.

The Merri Trail is in the Suburb of Northcote in Melbourne. To get to it, go down High Street and turn into Westgarth Street, and then into Ross Street and follow it to the bottom. And there you will be. Merri Creek seems to be a creek that feeds the storm water drains into the Yarra River. Its quite amazing really that there is such a piece of bush in the middle of a huge city like Melbourne. There is a lot of bush regeneration going on and Melbourne Water is doing a great job in this regarding sponsoring the land care initiatives.

The Merri Trail
The bush and the city co-existing side by side

On the walk to the trail, I saw quite a few birds flitting around in the streets. There were Little Wattlebird, Common Myna, Spotted Turtle-dove, Rock Dove and Common Blackbird. In fact, there seemed to be more bird life in the streets than along the trail in the bush. In the creek itself, I saw only some Pacific Black Ducks and a Dusky Moorhen. There were a number of parrots and lorikeet type birds. I saw Rainbow Lorikeets, Eastern Rosella, Australian King-parrots and, surprisingly, a mob of Red-rumped Parrots. I did not expect to see them here. On the way back I spotted a Crested Pigeon, a Magpie being harassed by some weasly poodles, a few Common Starling and this House Sparrow hanging around a tree near a block of flats. Maybe he should be called a Block of Flats Sparrow 😉

House Sparrow
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Merri Trail bird list 21/2/10

Little Wattlebird
Common Myna
Spotted Turtle-dove
Crested Pigeon
Rock Dove
Common Blackbird
Common Starling
Silver Gull
Australian Raven
Pacific Black Duck
Dusky Moorhen
Australian Magpie
Superb Fairy-wren
Eastern Rosella
Rainbow Lorikeet
Australian King-parrot
Red-rumped Parrot
House Sparrow


  1. Amazing, as you say, that these places exist. And how precious they are! You saw a great variety for what sounds quite a small area. Hey – maybe I could look it up on Google maps!

    Comment by adam — February 21, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

  2. Thanks Adam,
    yes its a little oasis in the city for sure.
    Sorry i did not give the google maps link, I did not have time.
    Its all a mad rush for me lately.
    I have to juggle signal, battery power, etc.


    Comment by admin — February 22, 2010 @ 7:02 am

  3. Steve – don’t worry, it is fun looking these places up for myself!

    Comment by adam — February 22, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

  4. Looks like you saw quite a bit in your walk. Thanks for posting.

    Comment by CE Webster — February 22, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

  5. No worries. Its good to get out into the bush when you are in the big smoke. 🙂

    Comment by admin — February 23, 2010 @ 5:51 am

  6. Adam,
    I did the link to google maps. I have some time and bandwidth here in the library at Rosebud.

    Thanks library doods 🙂

    Comment by admin — February 23, 2010 @ 6:02 am

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