The first bird to greet me as I entered the gate was a Red Wattlebird. 'Kwok!' he asserted and I agreed. Wattlebirds were the dominant bird of the morning, mainly red ones, but also Little. I suspect that Little Wattlebirds are extending their range. I lived in this vicinity for twenty years and they were not commonly seen then. Today they are easily observed.
The next most common bird was the Little Raven. Flocks flew overhead, cawing. They played in the cyprus trees and on the ground. I lost count of how many I'd seen. I tried to check out each bird to ensure that they were all Little Ravens, and no Australian Ravens had crept into their ranks.
Then, came magpies. Two families had full size young begging constantly. There were also a couple of free flying, apparently unattached males, soaring overhead, calling occasionally to make sure I noticed them.
I did not see anything particularly startling yesterday. However, I saw my favourite bird (Willie Wagtail) so I was happy. I always see Yellow-rumped Thornbills, Rainbow Lorikeets and Welcome Swallows and I usually see Galahs, Crested Pigeons and New Holland Honeyeaters. Yesterday I was surprised to miss out on Superb Fairy-wrens, White-plumed Honeyeaters and Silvereyes. I managed 18 species in about 45 minutes, which is okay for a site without water so close to the city. Anyway, I was happy. I'm always satisfied if I see a Willie Wagtail.