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!
Autumn 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.
A bird of prey over Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Rd Grasslands)
Fancy yourself a budding scientist? Or just enjoy a walk along Merri Creek parklands identifying the numerous bird species that live or frequent the area?
The November Merri Creek Bird Survey, the 4th survey for the year, will take place next Sunday 11 November, 8.45-10.30am. The survey is undertaken at several locations up and down Merri Creek, and at Lake Edwardes including at Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner.
Come along. No need to book. Just turn up at 8.45am. Bring binoculars if you have them, a sunhat and closed-in shoes. Leave dogs at home.
Next Tuesday, June 5, is World Environment Day promoted by the United Nations Environment Program. The day has been commemorated since 1972, the first day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. This year the Wilderness society is organising an event in Melbourne CBD on Tuesday, but there are also local events along Merri Creek this Sunday June 3.
Sacred Kingfisher seen on a bird survey at Merri Creek in Fawkner
A great way to explore Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Rd Grasslands) and the birdlife in this area of Merri Creek is to attend the Bird survey.
The bird survey allows researchers to track the changes in bird populations from season to season in this major urban wildlife corridor. Your participation in helping to spot and identify birds as part of this survey contributes to the growing database on wildlife population changes affected by land use changes and a changing climate.
Where: Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Rd, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2).
When: 8.45-10.30am Sunday May 20, 2012
More Information: Phone Ann from Friends of Merri Creek on 0429 386 102.
Merri Creek Path at Bababi Djinanang native grassland Fawkner
Mothers Day this Sunday, and while chocolates are nice any time and flowers will last a week, a tree planted at Bababi Djinanang grasslands may last a lifetime and more. Come along to a Council sponsored planting at the end of Jukes Rd this Sunday. Plant a tree for your mum or bring your mum to plant a tree.
Mother’s Day Planting & BBQ at Fawkner. Come along and bring your mum to Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Rd grassland) in this tree planting organised by Friends of Merri Creek and funded by Moreland Council. A BBQ will be held at the end of the tree planting.
Where: Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Rd grassland), Fawkner
When: 10am-12.30pm, Sunday May 13, 2012,
More details: Phone Lori Arthur at Moreland Council on 8311 4386.
Sacred Kingfisher at Fawkner logged in Nov 2011 birdsurvey
Come along to participate in the Merri Creek Bird survey. The next bird surveys along the Merri Creek and at Edwardes Lake will be held on Sunday 19 February, 8.45-10.30am.
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 birds counted in the survey in November 2011 included a sacred kingfisher, red browed finch, black faced cuckoo shrike, New Holland Honeyeater and many more.