Trin Warren Tam-Boore is an artificial wetland on the far west corner of Royal Park, in Parkville, within the City of Melbourne. It is a birdy haven, now surrounded by residential development. As far as I can tell, all the vegetation has been planted. Even most of the large gum trees appear to me to be species not endemic to Parkville.
|Hard to believe this is just a couple of kilometres from Melbourne's CBD|
The skies were grey; conditions were not ideal. As I walked along the path to the wetlands, the smell of a Lemon-scented Gum was more alluring than any hot cross bun. The wetlands attract all the usual suspects. The swamphens, moorhens and coots were there in numbers this morning, although I didn't think there was the usual complement of ducks. I had just three: Pacific Black Duck and Grey and Chestnut Teal. There was also a very attractive family of Australasian Grebes, with teenage chicks with stripy heads. A Willie Wagtail sat, unusually passive, while a New Holland Honeyeater attacked a pair of Little Wattlebirds. Little Wattlebirds are common in Melbourne, yet I didn't see one in March and I was pleased to get them onto my April list. A Little Grassbird called once, but I couldn't see it. Nothing special, but I'd started April off with a list of 23 species.
I decided to call in at Willsmere Billabong on my way home. I thought I'd be able to add a few bush birds. With any luck, I might even see a cuckoo or an Azure Kingfisher.
|Yarra River, Willsmere Park|
I used to see an Azure Kingfisher here regularly, but I haven't seen him for a while. The problem is that it was a single bird. He never had the opportunity to breed. I fear he has gone forever, but I can hope that he is hiding upstream, perhaps having found a mate.
The park was quiet this morning, apart from raucous Rainbow Lorikeets and ubiquitous Noisy Miners. I managed to add five species to my April list, but one happy bounding labrador ensured that the bronzewing I'd hoped for was not present. I missed out on my scrubwrens too, normally guaranteed here. I guess nothing is guaranteed in the birding world. A pleasant morning, a good start to April.