Bassian Thrush - Garden Tick

May 12, 2012

One of only two indigenous mainland thrushes, Bassian Thrush is fairly common in forests around Melbourne but I've never seen on in the garden before. This individual spent about an hour feeding on the lawn just outside the kitchen window.

Whether it's coincidence or not, I've let the grass grow a bit this autumn and all week, a troop of Superb Fairy Wrens have been feeding just outside the office window. Rufous Fantails and Golden Whistler have been amongst other seasonally uncommon visitors. All these birds are relatively easy to see locally, though Bassian Thrush can be a bit secreative. It's unusual though, to have them in the gardens where we live, a few kilometres from any wet forest. What a lovely start to the weekend.

It's always nice to see a new bird enjoying our garden and makes up for any guilt I feel about not having mown the lawn recently ; )

Locations visited

Belgrave Park Lake


Land Birds 1 species
Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata) 1



Written by

Simon Mustoe

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