A new Bird For The House List
On December 29th I was casually working away at home when a very familiar bird song floated through my open office window. I practically leapt from my chair and bounded out the window! It was the iconic call of the Pacific Koel (Eudynamys orientalis)! Now, this may seem rather uneventful to birders who live in northern Australia and even other parts of Victoria, but for me this was incredible news! I have lived here in Ringwood North for over 3 years, and in all that time I have never ever had a Pacific Koel. I watched as they continued to rapidly pop up all across Melbourne, following their influx with every year (as global warming continues to push all east coast species further south) hoping that one day I'd get one in my street!
Well finally, I had one!
Well finally, I had one!
As I stumbled outside I could still here the classic "wuru wuru wuru" call that the male birds often make. It was calling from about half a block away somewhere out of view. Unfortunately it only called 3 or so minutes before it shut up and never made a peep again.
Thankfully a few days later on Wednesday the 2nd January I was once again sitting at my desk and the Pacific Koel's voice floating through my window at 11.12am this time calling from much closer, only a few houses down on the adjacent street. I grabbed my speaker and tried to lure it into my backyard, but no cigar. It then called again at 2.50pm and finally again at 7.36pm. This time it's been calling all from the same spot, so I jumped in the car and drove around to the adjacent street.
I located two fig trees which is usually a good sign for Koel's (and Channel-billed's I might add) but unfortunately despite my careful searching, so no Pacific Koel could be found. Either way, this was a great way to keep 2019 rolling on! This is the first record for Ringwood North, though there is one record for Ringwood East back in 2010. Fingers crossed it hangs around and let's me track it down!
Over the last 3 or so years, I've managed to record 51 species from my little place, 52 with the Pacific Koel! How many on your house list? Oh, and as far as the Year List goes, now sitting at 72.
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James Mustafa is a birder, wildlife enthusiast and self-confessed twitcher from Melbourne, Australia. A musician and composer by trade, he has been birding, exploring nature and appreciate wildlife for all his life. Since taking up a real fascination with birds, he has soared with tropicbirds in the Indian Ocean, played with hummingbirds in North America, chased owls in Asia, and twitched everything from gulls to leaf warblers across Australia.