Birdline Victoria Update - 04/06/01

Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 04/06/01
From: Stuart Cooney <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2001 17:56:47 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update for the week ending 4/06/01

Banded Stilts are turning up all over the place with nearly 700 having been reported in the last week!

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3 June
6 Crested Pigeons have taken up residence beside Bacchus Marsh Road a few Kilometres north of Corio Village, at the corner of Western Gateway Road, just before the Barwon Prison, thanks Russell Woodford

Late May
Spiney-cheeked Honeyeaters have been seen in the Bendigo region near the Wellsford State Forest at Barnadown, thanks Chris Tzaros

28 May
The Gang Gang Cockatoos are still at the Brighton Golf Course, 29 days after they were first reported there, thanks Michael Norris

27 May
130 Banded Stilts were at Lake Victoria, Lonsdale Lakes Wildlife Reserve, Point Lonsdale, thanks Lawrie Conole

27 May
Up to 500 Banded Stilts at Avalon Beach (between Werribee Sewage Farm & Geelong), this is an extremely large number for this bird, thanks Lawrie Conole

25 May
Two Australian Bustards wandering in an open grassy paddock approximately 50 km North West of Nhill, thanks Chris Coleborn

25 May and preceding week
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters have irrupted in Northern Victoria, sightings range from Kerang to Gunbower and south to Boort and Mitiamo, thanks Chris Coleborn

23 May
Around 100 Banded Stilts on the Austin Lagoon at the Werribee Treatment Plant, almost all without their bands.

20 May
Up to 30 Freckled Ducks at Lake Borrie in the  Werribee Sewage Treatment Plant, thanks Richard Nowotny

20 May
Numerous Blue-Winged Parrots were seen on Reef Island in Westernport Bay, in crops behind the beach and opposite the Windmill, thanks Bob Berry

15 May
A Square-tailed Kite was observed at the Bemm River Caravan Park, south west of Cann River in East Gippsland, thanks Philip Veerman

13 May
A single Red-rumped Parrot was seen at Sandringham Golf Course and near Sandringham Harbour on the 4th, these Autumn records are unprecedented for the Bayside suburbs, thanks Michael Norris

12 & 13 May
White-fronted Honeyeaters seen in box-ironbark forests and grassy woodlands at Morrl Morrl State Forest, Illawarra State Forest and Lake Lonsdale crown land, all in the Stawell area, well south of their usual range, thanks Simon Kennedy

12 May
An Azure Kingfisher was seen in Willows on the Yarra River, about 1km upstream from the Studley Park Boat-house, along with six Gang Gang Cockatoos heading towards the city, thanks Grant Palmer

12 May
3 Painted Button-Quail in leaf litter of woodland between Yarra River and Yarra Boulevard in the Yarra Bend Park, 450 m east of the Studley Park Boat-house, thanks Grant Palmer

12 May
3 Australasian Bitterns, the first for winter, were seen at Edithvale Wetlands, thanks Mike Carter

12 May
A Brown Quail was seen at Edithvale Wetlands, this is only the second record for this reserve, thanks Mike Carter

12 May
4 Freckled Ducks observed, both preening and swimming at approx midday at Austin Rd lagoon at Weribbee Treatment Plant, thanks Joy Tansey

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