|Superb Fairy-wren, photo by Jim Smart|
I heard thornbills and went in search of a Yellow-rumped. They were uncooperative, flitting in and out of the canopy, squeaking at me provocatively. I managed to get one in my binoculars, and thought he was a Yellow-rumped, but I couldn't see his rump or his pretty spotted crown. He flew off and I found another. This time I had a good look, and it proved to be a Brown Thornbill. I believe these birds, too, are becoming more and more common around Melbourne. I've seen them every time I've been out birding this year. I wasn't going to be put off by seeing the wrong variety of thornbill. I knew thornbills were often in mixed flocks. I chased those birds, and eventually had a most satisfying view of my butter bums.
I always enjoy Melbourne General Cemetery. It never lets me down, perhaps because I never start out with high expectations. I achieved my aim. I added two species to my annual list. I couldn't ask for more than that.