Monday, 18 August 2014
MY MORNING WALK
I live in suburban Kew. My usual morning walk is to the east, away from the city. I always see Rainbow Lorikeets (our most common bird), Australian Magpies, Little Ravens (that nest at the end of our street), Red Wattlebirds and, unfortunately, Spotted Doves. I usually see Magpie-larks and Common Mynas. I often see Grey Butcherbirds, Brown Thornbills, Common Starlings and Feral Pigeons. I am seeing Noisy Miners more and more frequently. They are newcomers, along with Pied Currawongs and Little Corellas, while we have lost White-plumed Honeyeaters, which used to be common. I sometimes hear Spotted Pardalotes, but I don't always see them.
This morning, I walked to the west, towards the city. I was surprised at how different the birds were. I've always known that if I want to see Little Wattlebirds, I should head west, not east, but the entire birdlife was different this morning. There were Crested Pigeons, Long-billed Corellas and Welcome Swallows in the corner park. Noisy Miners were bombing the corellas. I used to see Eastern Rosellas here, but it's been a long time since I last saw one. Sulphur-crested Cockatoos squawked overhead, and I thought I was going to miss out on my usually common Rainbow Lorikeets, until they put in an appearance just as I arrived home. I saw Silver Gulls flying overhead too, but not a hint of butcherbirds anywhere. I also dipped on magpies and Red Wattlebirds, but I saw lots of Spotted Doves, several Common Mynas, and one Common Blackbird.
I really would not have thought that the birdlife could be so different, walking in different directions from my home. I will have to be more adventurous in future, and try other directions too. I've been walking east for many years, and think I know the birds well on that route, but who knows what I might find if I venture north?