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Merri Creek bird survey, May 2017

Red-capped Robin


Are you up for some bird surveying in May along Merri Creek? Here is your chance to do some citizen science and help survey the birds at this time of year. Surveys are on 7 May and 21 May, with the Fawkner survey on the latter date.

Beginner-birders are welcome to the surveys, as well as experienced birders.

Bring binoculars if you have them, and closed-in footwear, sun-hat or raingear if necessary, and drinking water.

No dogs, please.
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Bird surveying along Merri Creek – November 2016

Red-browed Finch

Red-browed Finch


Friends of Merri Creek: You’re invited to the November bird surveys along Merri Creek. See meeting points below.

On Sunday 20 November from 8:45am – 10:30am
at Galada Tamboore, Egan-Strettle Reserves Coburg East, CERES Blyth St-Moreland Rd, Kirkdale-Merri Parks, Clifton Hill, Edwardes Lake and Galgi Ngarrk/Craigieburn Grasslands.

On Sunday 27 November from 8:45am – 10:30am
at Bababi Djinanang and Coburg Lake.

Beginner-birders are welcome to Friends of Merri Creek surveys, as well as experienced birders. Bring binoculars if you have them, and closed-in footwear, sun-hat or raingear if necessary, and drinking water. No dogs, please.

Survey meeting points:

Galgi Ngarrk (Craigieburn Grasslands): Meet at the O’Herns Road gate off Hume Highway, Somerton (Melway 180 E6). Note this survey can take up to 12 noon to complete.
Galada Tamboore: Meet at the end of Hatty Court, Campbellfield (Melway 7 K6).
Egan Reserve-Harding St-Strettle Reserve: Meet at the steps at end of The Grove, East Coburg (Melway 30 A3).
Edwardes Lake: Meet at the playground adjacent to Griffiths Street, Reservoir (Melway 18 E5).
CERES to Moreland Road: Meet at the seats on the Merri Path at rear of CERES near Blyth Street, East Brunswick (Melway 30 B7).
Kirkdale Reserve & Merri Park: Meet at the end of Victoria Street, East Brunswick, at barbecue shelter (Melway 30 B8).
Hall Reserve Clifton Hill: Meet at the Rotunda, Hall Reserve, Clifton Hill (Melway 2D D1).
Coburg Lake Reserve: Meet near the car park, Lake Grove Coburg (Melway 17 H10).
Bababi Djinanang: Meet on the Merri Path at the end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2).

Bird survey at Fawkner Sunday 15 Feb 2015

Red-browed Finch

Red-browed Finch


Come along to the Friends of Merri Creek first bird survey for 2015 on Sunday 15 February, from 8:45 to 10:30am. The quarterly bird survey runs at different locations up and down Merri Creek, as well as at Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), in Fawkner.

How about visiting a part of the Merri that you haven’t seen? – choose a site from the list below. If this date doesn’t suit, then come along to Bababi Marning (Cooper Street Grasslands Reserve) a week later, on 22 February.

What to Bring
Bring binoculars if you have them, and drinking water, closed-in footwear and a sunhat. Preferably wear sombre colours.
Beginner-birders are welcome to our surveys, as well as experienced birders.
No dogs, please.

If you would enjoy a stroll through native grasslands by Merri Creek, spotting the birds as you go, then come along to Bababi Marning (Cooper Street Grasslands Reserve) next Sunday, 22 February. You can even have a bit of a sleep-in, as the starting time will be 10:30am next Sunday. The survey will finish around 12 noon.

Please call or text the survey leader, Stuart Dashper on 0404 012 385, to let him know that you will be coming.

Other dates for surveys in 2015:

  • 17 May
  • 6 September
  • 8 November

Surveys at Bababi Marning (Cooper Street Grasslands Reserve) will be held 24 May, 13 September and 15 November.

Survey meeting points:

  • Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner: Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2).
  • Egan Reserve-Harding St-Strettle Reserve: Meet at the steps at end of The Grove, East Coburg (Melway 30 A3).
  • Coburg Lake Reserve: Meet near the car park, Lake Grove Coburg (Melway 17 H10).
  • Edwardes Lake: Meet at the playground adjacent to Griffiths St, Reservoir (Melway 18 E5).
  • CERES to Moreland Road: Meet at the seats on the Merri Path at rear of CERES near Blyth Street, East Brunswick (Melway 30 B7).
  • Phillips Reserve, Merri Park: Meet at the end of Victoria St, East Brunswick, at barbecue shelter (Melway 30 B8).
  • Hall Reserve- Yarra Bend Park: Meet at the Rotunda, Hall Reserve, Clifton Hill (Melway 2D D1).
  • Galada Tamboore: Meet at the end of Hatty Court, Campbellfield (Melway 7 K6).
  • Galgi Ngaark (Craigieburn Grasslands): Meet at the O’Herns Road gate off Hume Highway (Melway 180 E6).
  • Bababi Marning (Cooper St Grasslands): Meet outside the Istrian Social Club, Cooper St Epping (Melway 387K10).

Come along and learn to identify the birds that frequent the Merri Creek ecosystems and contribute to data collection on changes in numbers and species of birds over time. This data is important to collate to understand bird numbers and movements due to changes in the environment and climate.

Sustainable Activities in February 2015 in Fawkner

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Moreland Mayor Meghan Hopper and Wills MP Kelvin Thomson joined the Fawkner community in a planting mini-parade and celebration in December 2014

Welcome to 2015 and February launches with a busy schedule of community events which Sustainable Fawkner will be involved in.

BBQ Fundraiser
Firstly, the Fawkner Community House is having a Bunnings BBQ fundraiser on Saturday February 14th and is looking for helpers. Soon the Community House will be running two Community sites, when it takes over the old Fawkner Kinder site. Fundraising will help us run a diverse and accessible range of services and activities.

There are lots of jobs and shifts to choose from:
8 -11am
11am-1pm
1pm-4pm
We also need a ‘taxi driver’ to go get people and things as required on the day, help setting and packing up and help buying things beforehand. If you can help (and we really, really need as many people as possible!) please contact the Community House on 9357 4631 or reply to this email. Unfortunately, sausages and BBQ are not halal, but hopefully there is a suitable job for everyone! And please pass the word on to others.

North-East Ward residents’ meeting
Wednesday, February 4, 7-8:30pm
Fawkner Senior Citizens’ Centre, 77 Jukes Rd, Fawkner (near Fawkner Leisure Centre & Fawkner Library)
Meet your local councilor Cr Sue Bolton. What issues concern you?
· Council’s policy for dealing with extreme heat
· Tree cover in Moreland
· Traffic congestion
· Development issues
· Amenities in Fawkner, Coburg North & Coburg
· Food security & community gardens
· Other issues?

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Open Table Lunch
First Open Table lunch for the year is Saturday 7 February from 1 pm – 3 pm. It’s  free halal vegetarian meal and everyone is welcome. It’s at the Senior Citizens Centre in CB Smith Reserve. Apologies, but this event has been cancelled.

Tree of Faith Project
Saturday 14 and 28 February from 2 till 5 at the Community House. Chat informally about faith while creating the Fawkner Tree of Faith –a lasting fabric artwork to be exhibited in the community. No art or craft experience necessary! See attached flyer for more details.

Women’s Morning Tea
Women of all ages and cultures are welcome to come along to our monthly morning tea for good conversation and delicious cakes. Meet your neighbours. Kids welcome. FREE.
Thursday 12 February 10.30 am – 12 noon

Sustainable Fawkner Food Swap
Saturday 14 February 10.30 – 12.30

Merri Creek bird survey at Bababi Djinanang in Fawkner
Sunday 15 February, from 8:45 to 10:30am.
Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner: Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2). More information

Craft Afternoon
Saturday 28 February 12-3pm

Fawkner Lawn Bowls Market
Sunday 22 February 10am – 3pm
86 Lorne St, Charles Mutton Reserve
Sausage sizzle (halal), devonshire tea, Face painting and glitter, marmalade and pickles, Greek pastry and cakes, craft and collectibles, pot plants, books, jewellery and Bric-a-brac

Movies in the Park
Friday 13 February 2015 Bain Reserve Merlynston
Bend it like Beckham (PG-13) – free entertainment and film
8 pm onwards (film screening around 9 pm)

Friday 20 February 2015 CB Smith Reserve Fawkner
Ponyo (G) – free entertainment and film
8 pm onwards (film screening around 9 pm)
For more details:
http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/arts-and-festivals/community-festivals/movies-in-the-park.html

Habitat Heroes

Scarlet Robin, blue sky, Mt Wombat small, EuroaMerri Creek Management Committee and Friends of Merri Creek invite you to help out at this event:
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Launch & free BBQ including Vegetarian and Halal food

Sunday 24th August, 10am-12.30pm
Eastern end of Jukes Rd Fawkner, (Melway 18 A2)

Featuring: Wurundjeri Elder Welcome to Country, planting, reptile display (including snakes), self-guided walks to learn about the 10 top plants for providing habitat, followed by a BBQ.

Merri Creek Bird Survey 31st August

Later in the month Friends of Merri Creek have their quarterly bird survey on Sunday 31st August
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Autumn bird survey along Merri Creek

1. Friends of Merri Creek have an informative session on the birds of the Merri and northern Melbourne, on Tuesday 29 April. Please register (see details in flyer below).

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2. Friends of Merri Creek quarterly bird survey – 18 May 2014

IMG_1085_black_faced_cuckoo_shrikeA couple of Autumn events to do with local birdlife. Come along to observe and count cool weather avian visitors at the next Friends of Merri Creek bird surveys on Sunday 18 May, 8.45-10.30am.

The survey at Bababi Marning will be a week later, on 25 May, 8.45-10.30am. No need to register beforehand.

Beginner-birders are welcome to the surveys, as well as experienced birders. Bring binoculars if you have them, and drinking water, closed-in footwear and a sunhat. Preferably wear sombre colours. No dogs, please.

How about visiting a part of the Merri that you haven’t seen? – choose a site from the list below.

Survey meeting points:
Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner: Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2).
Egan Reserve-Harding St-Strettle Reserve: Meet at the steps at end of The Grove, East Coburg (Melway 30 A3).
Coburg Lake Reserve: Meet near the car park, Lake Grove Coburg (Melway 17 H10).
Edwardes Lake: Meet at the playground adjacent to Griffiths St, Reservoir (Melway 18 E5).
CERES to Moreland Road: Meet at the seats on the Merri Path at rear of CERES near Blyth Street, East Brunswick (Melway 30 B7).
Phillips Reserve, Merri Park: Meet at the end of Victoria St, East Brunswick, at barbecue shelter (Melway 30 B8).
Hall Reserve- Yarra Bend Park: Meet at the Rotunda, Hall Reserve, Clifton Hill (Melway 2D D1).
Galada Tamboore: Meet at the end of Hatty Court, Campbellfield (Melway 7 K6).
Galgi Ngaark (Craigieburn Grasslands): Meet at the O’Herns Road gate off Hume Highway (Melway 180 E6).

The survey at Bababi Marning will be a week later, on 25 May, 8.45-10.30am. No need to register beforehand.
Bababi Marning (Cooper St Grasslands): Meet outside the Istrian Social Club, Cooper St Epping (Melway 387K10).

Next Merri Creek Bird survey 16 February 2014

IMG_1101_New_Holland_HoneyeaterInterested in seeing the Bababi Djinanang grasslands in Fawkner and the native fauna and flora of the area? Come along to the next bird survey on Sunday 16 February, 8.45-10.30am.

Bird surveys gather data which provides useful information for tracking bird species numbers and movements over several seasons.

Beginners welcome. Bring drinking water, and binoculars if you have them. Closed-in footwear and a sunhat would also be useful. No dogs, please. Be aware that snakes could be around.

In Fawkner: Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner: Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2) at 8.45am. The bird suvey provides an opportunity to explore the fenced off area of Bababi Djinanang grasslands area, an opportunity to see some of the rarer grassland plant species and the birds that make this part of Merri Creek their home. In recent months there has been a small mob of kangaroos in the grasslands.

Friends of Merri Creek run the bird survey on a quarterly basis up and down Merri Creek.

How about visiting a part of the Merri that you haven’t seen? – choose a site from the list below.

Survey meeting points for Sunday 16 February 2014 at 8.45-10.30am:

Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner: Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2).
Egan Reserve-Harding St-Strettle Reserve: Meet at the steps at end of The Grove, East Coburg (Melway 30 A3).
Coburg Lake Reserve: Meet near the car park, Lake Grove Coburg (Melway 17 H10).
Edwardes Lake: Meet at the playground adjacent to Griffiths St, Reservoir (Melway 18 E5).
CERES to Moreland Road: Meet at the seats on the Merri Path at rear of CERES near Blyth Street, East Brunswick (Melway 30 B7).
Phillips Reserve, Merri Park: Meet at the end of Victoria St, East Brunswick, at barbecue shelter (Melway 30 B8).
Hall Reserve- Yarra Bend Park: Meet at the Rotunda, Hall Reserve, Clifton Hill (Melway 2D D1).
Galada Tamboore: Meet at the end of Hatty Court, Campbellfield (Melway 7 K6).
Galgi Ngaark (Craigieburn Grasslands): Meet at the O’Herns Road gate off Hume Highway (Melway 180 E6).

Bababi Marning (Cooper St Grasslands): Meet outside the Istrian Social Club, Cooper St Epping (Melway 387K10). The survey at Bababi Marning will be a week later, on 23 February, 8.45-10.30am.

Merri Creek Bird Survey at Bababi Djinanang November 2013

Red-browed Finch

Red-browed Finch

The quarterly bird survey along Merri Creek is on Sunday 10 November. In Fawkner the survey is at Bababi Djinanang. Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2) just before 8.45am.

Beginner-birders are always welcome to participate in surveys. Bring binoculars if you have them, and preferably wear sombre colours. Closed-in footwear and a sunhat would also be useful. No dogs, please.

Also on 10 November following the surveys, you are invited to a workshop on tackling Common (Indian) Mynas, an invasive pest bird.
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Bird survey: Red-capped Robin visits Bababi Djinanang grasslands

Red-capped Robin at Bababi Djinanang

Red-capped Robin at Bababi Djinanang

The Merri Creek bird survey at Bababi Djinanang in Fawkner recorded 36 different bird species in the May survey. Last year the survey at the same time of year recorded a similar number: 37 species. Relatively still conditions, but overcast made for good birdwatching. For several birds we heard their song well before seeing them.

Some of the highlights of the survey include seeing a purple swamphen in the reeds where Central Creek meets Merri Creek. Though common elsewhere along Merri Creek and Edgars Creek it is not often seen in Fawkner.

Up in the open grasslands we flushed into flight some Brown Quail, saw Spotted Pardalotes in a mixed species feeding group, and even caught a sight of a Golden-headed Cisticola.

Right at the end in some re-vegetated woodland at the edge of the grasslands we came across a Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii) mingling with a small flock of female Flame Robins. An exciting find, not having been seen before at this location. Red-capped robins favour perching on rocks and low branches and are subject to predation by domesticated and feral cats, and nests sometimes raided by larger bird species. Welcome to Fawkner, little Red-capped Robin!
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Surveying the birds of the Merri in Winter Sunday 26 May

IMG_1101_New_Holland_HoneyeaterAutumn is upon us and another bird survey is about to take place up and down Merri Creek. Bird surveys provide useful data for mapping the changing patterns and distribution of bird species. It is one small but significant way that anyone can contribute to science. (See Using Citizen Science in Urban Bird Studies)

In Fawkner the survey will be at Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner. Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road at 8.45am, Sunday 26 May 2013.
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