Running out of species

I've been attempting to add a new species every day this year and the latest Melbourne 5 Km lockdown is proving a challenge.  I'm based in Prahran so limited to roughly from Royal Botanic Gardens to Elwood. Laughing Kookaburra and Silvereye are my last realistic options. I would then still need 4 more to get me to hopefully an easing of restrictions after next Tuesday. Longer shots are a Boobook, Goldfinch (Westgate Pk – is just outside my range) , Grey Shrikethrush (Royal Park is also a bit far) and perhaps scoping a Little Penguin at St Kilda Pier.  
I can't see any other obvious gaps in my list below but would welcome any suggestions:
IOC Name
Emu
Cape Barren Goose
Black Swan
Freckled Duck
Maned Duck
Australasian Shoveler
Pacific Black Duck
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal
Hardhead
Blue-billed Duck
Musk Duck
Brown Quail
Tawny Frogmouth
White-throated Needletail
Shining Bronze Cuckoo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Rock Dove
Spotted Dove
Laughing Dove
Brown Cuckoo-Dove
Common Bronzewing
Brush Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Squatter Pigeon
Wompoo Fruit Dove
Superb Fruit Dove
Lewin's Rail
Buff-banded Rail
Australian Crake
Eurasian Coot
Australasian Swamphen
Spotless Crake
Brolga
Australasian Grebe
Hoary-headed Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Pied Oystercatcher
Sooty Oystercatcher
Pied Stilt
Banded Stilt
Red-necked Avocet
Masked Lapwing
Red-kneed Dotterel
Pacific Golden Plover
Double-banded Plover
Black-fronted Dotterel
Eurasian Whimbrel
Black-tailed Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit
Red Knot
Curlew Sandpiper
Long-toed Stint
Red-necked Stint
Sanderling
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Latham's Snipe
Common Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Nordmann's Greenshank
Silver Gull
Pacific Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Greater Crested Tern
Fairy Tern
White-fronted Tern
Parasitic Jaeger
Light-mantled Albatross
Shy Albatross
Northern Giant Petrel
Short-tailed Shearwater
Australasian Gannet
Australasian Darter
Little Pied Cormorant
Australian Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Australasian Bittern
Black Bittern
Nankeen Night Heron
Eastern Cattle Egret
White-necked Heron
Great-billed Heron
Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
White-faced Heron
Little Egret
Australian Pelican
Western Osprey
Black-shouldered Kite
Pacific Baza
Little Eagle
Grey Goshawk
Brown Goshawk
Collared Sparrowhawk
Whistling Kite
Nankeen Kestrel
Australian Hobby
Peregrine Falcon
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Galah
Long-billed Corella
Little Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Regent Parrot
Australian King Parrot
Red-rumped Parrot
Mulga Parrot
Crimson Rosella
Eastern Rosella
Swift Parrot
Blue-winged Parrot
Rock Parrot
Purple-crowned Lorikeet
Musk Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet
Superb Lyrebird
Noisy Scrubbird
Tooth-billed Bowerbird
White-throated Treecreeper
Superb Fairywren
Southern Emu-wren
Mallee Emu-wren
Eastern Spinebill
White-fronted Chat
New Holland Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater
White-eared Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater
Purple-gaped Honeyeater
Singing Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Western Wattlebird
Red Wattlebird
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Bell Miner
Noisy Miner
Rufous Bristlebird
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Weebill
Striated Fieldwren
Redthroat
Speckled Warbler
White-browed Scrubwren
Brown Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Nullarbor Quail-thrush
Australian Magpie
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Currawong
Grey Currawong
Ground Cuckooshrike
Black-faced Cuckooshrike
Varied Sittella
Crested Shriketit
Australian Golden Whistler
Olive-backed Oriole
Willie Wagtail
Grey Fantail
Pied Monarch
Magpie-lark
Satin Flycatcher
Forest Raven
Little Raven
White-winged Chough
Rose Robin
Pink Robin
Flame Robin
Eurasian Skylark
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Welcome Swallow
Fairy Martin
Tree Martin
Australian Reed Warbler
Little Grassbird
Golden-headed Cisticola
Common Myna
Common Starling
Bassian Thrush
Common Blackbird
Mistletoebird
House Sparrow
Diamond Firetail
Red-eared Firetail
Red-browed Finch
Zebra Finch
Blue-faced Parrotfinch
European Greenfinch

1 comment to Running out of species

  • admin

    Hi Mark

    Some great birds there! You’ve certainly seen some iconic species this year.

    Are you doing this (like I am) as part of the international Bird-a-Day on Facebook? There’s a few Melbourne participants who may be able to help you. The key, as I’m sure you’ve realised, is to keep as many ‘easy’ birds as possible to use on days when the weather or life itself – or another lockdown – gets in the way of birding.

    The other great resource is eBird. You don’t have to be a member / contributor to peruse the hotspots for any given species. Of course you’re probably doing this already, but the eBird app (for members) will show you what’s been seen in a given radius (1, 2, 5, 10 or 30km from your current location or any given location) over a defined time period. This has been invaluable to all of us doing Bird-a-Day eg today I know if I want to see Russet-tailed Thrush or Striated Thornbill they were both seen yesterday at a reserve about 45 minutes away. That’s today’s plan!

    I notice you don’t have any owls listed. Are you ok with just hearing the call? There are spots close to you for Boobook and I remember there used to be Powerful Owls in certain Melbourne parks. Scarlet Robin was seen at Royal Park yesterday so there’s a chance of finding a closer one.

    Good luck – and hope you can hang on until Tuesday! Some good flyovers should help!

    Russell Woodford

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