“Hey, what’s that?” was the cry at breakfast. A pair of Black-faced cuckoo-shrikes were flying about the garden, from the washing line to the gum tree to the apricot and back. OK, it must be about time that I wrote down all the birds we’ve seen in — or above — our garden. The following table is from the Monash city council, I’ve added in a column for our house!

Bird species. An asterisk (*) denotes an exotic species.

Common Name Scientific Name Mill road
White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae
Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatus
Dusky Moorhen Gallinula ventralis
Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata
Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa
Chestnut Teal Anas castanea
Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis
Latham’s Snipe Gallinago hardwickii
Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles
Black-fronted Dotterel Elseyornis melanops
Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera
Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes +
*Spotted Turtle-Dove Streptopelia chinensis +
*Rock Dove Columba livia +
Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus +
Musk Lorikeet Glossopsitta concinna
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus
Galah Eolophus roseicapillus
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita +
Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius
Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans
Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus
Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
Powerful Owl Ninox strenua
Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides
Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis
Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata +
Little Wattlebird Anthochaera chrysoptera
Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala +
Bell Miner Manorina melanophrys
White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus +
Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris
Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla +
Striated Thornbill Acanthiza lineata
Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus
Spotted Pardalote Pardalotus punctatus
Silvereye Zosterops lateralis +
White-browed Scrub-wren Sericornis frontalis
Superb Fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus
Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca
Grey Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa
Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys
Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Coracina novaehollandiae +
Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum
Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen +
Grey Butcherbird Cracticus torquatus +
Red-browed Finch Neochmia temporalis
Pied Currawong Strepera graculina +
Grey Currawong Strepera versicolor
Australian Raven Corvus coronoides
Little Raven Corvus mellori +
*Common Blackbird Turdus merula +
*Song Thrush Turdus philomelos
*Common Myna Acridotheres tristis +
*Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris +
*House Sparrow Passer domesticus +
*Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus

Seems that we’ve also seen birds here that the Monash City Council doesn’t list, below are the rest of the ones we’ve seen either in the garden or flying overhead:

Common Name Scientific Name Mill road
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus/ +
Silver gull Larus novaehollandiae/ +
Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus/ +