Over the years, with the increased plantings along the creek, many of us have noted the increasing bird life. In the 1970’s, when we first came to the area, blackbirds, sparrows, starlings, common mynas. and the occasional magpie were the most commonly sighted species. Now, thanks to the abundant native plantings along the creek, we have seen both a great increase in the number of birds and a greater diversity of native bird species, with a decrease in the number of non-native birds. Steele Creek corridor has a number of birdlife hot spots identified by bird watchers. For example, bird watchers using eBird have recorded sightings of 121 different bird species in the Steele Creek Reserve (Avondale Heights Parklands) where the creek enters the Maribyrnong.