White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis)

Bayside inland birds

The Bayside greenbelt is fortunate in its areas of Indigenous trees, shrubs and wildflowers, which provide important habitat for over 113 different species of native and migratory birds.

The Bayside greenbelt stretches from the Bayside Road Heathland Reserve to the George Street Reserve, ending south at Tulip Street Black Rock and bordered in the east by George Street and on the west by Cooke Street and the Spring Street/Tulip Street complex of three sports ovals.

The permanent bird inhabitants are attracted to the mixed bushland and heaths found in sand dune areas. Migratory species of birds come to heathlands, golf courses and parks where they find food, water and shelter.

The Bay Road Heathland Reserve consists of two hectares of Tea-tree scrub heathlands, bracken, banksia trees and casuarina. The native birds of the reserve are Brown Thornbill and White-browned Scubwren and it is one of the few remaining breeding grounds of the Superb Fairy-wren in the whole City of Bayside. Red and Little Wattlebirds and White-plummed Honeyeaters are common in the bordering trees.

The large sporting ovals provide habitat for Magpies, Magpie-larks and Willie Wagtails who feed on the ovals surface throughout the year while Welcome Swallows maintain an aerial patrol.

The sporting ovals comes into prominence in autumn when it sustains migrating Flame Robins and Richard’s Pipits; one or two of the robins remain to winter. The common birds in residential areas are Masked Lapwings, common Bronzewings, Noisy Miners and Eastern Rosellas come to feed from the grass.

Ponds provide habitat for Pacific Black and Australian Wood Ducks with White-faced Herons visiting and Willie Wagtails as regular breeders in surrounding trees.

For further information, please contact Council on (03) 9599 4444.


Page last updated: 13 Dec 2010