When I'm in Melbourne on 1 January, I like to spend New Year's Day at Banyule Flats Reserve. Aside from Werribee sewage farm, I believe this is Melbourne's top birding spot. However, this year I did not go there.
My ever-tolerant family does its best to understand my obsession with birds. I'm sure this is why my nephew (aged in his mid-thirties) asked me to take him birding. We agreed that we'd go to Banyule on Friday 4 January. So I chose other locations on 1 January. Now it seems that it will be too hot to consider birding on Friday, so we have postponed our trip.
Meanwhile, I spent New Year's Day at two suburban Melbourne parks: Wilson Reserve in Ivanhoe and Jell's Park in Wheelers Hill.
|Jell's Park, Wheelers Hill|
Despite ideal conditions, I did not see much beside the darters. There was a lovely vocal pair of Rufous Whistlers who cavorted above my head, but not much else worth reporting. I left at 10.15, disappointed with my annual total at just 38.