Pied Currawong in Melbourne? Go to the cemetary

Some books will list places to find the more elusive species such as the Gang-gang Cockatoo or the Cape Barren Goose. For species like the Pied Currawong, usually only its preferred habitats are listed. However, I believe in listing some good locations for even the most common species, which can come in handy especially for visitors.

So where can you find the Pied Currawong in Melbourne? Try the south-western area of the Melbourne Cemetary. Although the Pied Currawong can be found or at least heard all over Melbourne, it’s often high in a tree refusing to pose for a picture. Not in the Melbourne Cemetary. Just past the south-west entrance there are a few smaller trees that are often visited by Pied Currawongs.

If you can’t find it there, try the south lawn of the University of Melbourne just after a light rain. Besides the Pied Currawong, there will probably be Magpies, Magpie-Larks, and even a couple of Masked Lapwings.

A City Filled with Lorikeets

It wouldn’t be bad birding, if I didn’t comment on how many lorikeets we’ve seen.

Now, the number of lorikeets we’ve seen is simply astounding. The other night we were going for a walk in Yarra Bend, and we must have seen at least 50.

And they all were rainbow.

Now, I have nothing against the rainbow lorikeet.

In fact, it’s thanks to this beautiful bird that we became interested in birds at all. Jason spotted them first in Fitzroy Gardens and we were like, “Is that a parrot? I think that’s a parrot.”

And then later, I started thinking, “Okay so we saw a parrot. But what kind of parrot was it?”

Then I found the answer on birds and backyards. Next I had to look up every single other parrot-like bird we saw (sulphur-crested cockatoo, red rumped parrot, gallah), and then that turned into having to look up every bird we saw, and then Jason came on board, and then you know it became serious.

However, in the spirit of bad birding, we haven’t found any lorikeets besides the rainbow lorikeet. And not for lack of trying. There’s supposed to be the little lorikeet, the musk lorikeet, and the purple crowned lorikeet living among us in Melbourne. Yet, we haven’t seen head, tail, or feather of them.

Meanwhile, some dude’s busy mocking us by posting a sighting of musk lorikeet at Melbourne uni! Following in his footsteps we checked out the System Garden at the university and found… rock dove.

So other lorikeets, where are you hiding?