Birdline Victoria Update -15/7/01

Subject: Birdline Victoria Update -15/7/01
From: Stuart Cooney <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2001 17:27:34 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update for the week ending 15/7/01

I was lucky enough to see the Sub-adult Sea-Eagle at Werribee last week, near the mouth of the Werribee River.  At the time it was feeding on a Coot with 4 hungry Whistling Kites looking on.  If anyone else has seen some of the birds mentioned on Birdline, I would be delighted to include the sighting.

Mike Carter becomes the first Gold Star Contributor for reporting more than 20 sightings to Birdline Victoria!  Thanks go to Mike for his continued support of the service.

15 July
A pair of White-eared Honeyeaters were seen feeding in tree tops while five Black-chinned Honeyeaters where bathing in a dam 2-3 kilometres north of Newstead in the Muckleford Forest, thanks John Alexander

14 July
A Glossy Ibis was seen at the Edithvale Wetlands, in the southern section, thanks Mike Carter

5 July
A pair of Brolgas were seen between Beacc and Cressy today - about 8Km west of Cressy, on the eastern side of the road, thanks Dean Woodford

4 July
An Australasian Bittern was was found dead on the road near the Salt swamp on the road from Barwon Heads to Geelong, and also on 4 July another was found injured on the road near the Bream Creek bridge at Breamlea, thanks Margaret Cameron

1 July
A Pale-headed Rosella, probably an escapee from the Zoo was seen at Royal Park in Melbourne, thanks Tim Dolby

1 July
An Azure Kingfisher was seen at Yarra Bend Park, near Kane's Bridge, along the Macfarlene Walk, thanks Tim Dolby

1 July
Pied Currawongs have been reported in unprecedented numbers from around the City of Bayside, including a report of 5 being fed by someone!  All of the birds that have been carefully studied have been immatures on the basis of brown tips to their secondaries, thanks Michael Norris

1 July
In the City of Bayside Gang Gang Cockatoos have been seen at Elsternwick Park (4), and near Dendy Park (12), all of the sightings in Bayside since the end of April have been in association with Sugar Gums, thanks Michael Norris

1 July
An Australasian Bittern was seen at the Western Treatment Plant at 270 South Road, thanks John Barkla

1 July
5 Great-crested Grebes were seen on Corio Bay off Kirk Point in the Western Treatment Plant, thanks John Barkla

1 July
5 Gang Gang Cockatoos were seen in gums adjacent to the Eastern Freeway bridge over Merri Creek at Clifton Hill, thanks Neville Pamment

1 July
An Australasian Bittern was seen near a narrow drain or soak running across the big block of grassland between Shell Parade and the old Corio tip, thanks Don Greaves

1 July
The Peaceful Dove reported in May has returned to Hamilton, thanks David Cameron

30 June
A Black Kite was seen on the Geelong Freeway, near Little River, thanks Rohan Clarke

30 June
9 Australasian Bitterns were seen by wader counters at Reedy lake near Geelong, thanks Margaret Cameron

30 June
A pair of Whistling Kites around a large Red Gum tree on the shore of Lake Cairn Curran near Newstead in central Victoria, thanks John Alexander

29 June
An Australasian Bittern was seen at Alcoa's sewage ponds at Point Henry, thanks Margaret Cameron

26 June
2 Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters in trees alongside Yarra River south-west of Westgate Park,  Port Melbourne, thanks Richard Nowotny

26 June
2 Gang Gang Cockatoos were seen at Wheatsheaf Rd Glenroy, thanks Joy Tansey

26 June
A Bush Thick-Knee was seen on a bush track 8 kilometres north of Bealiba, central west Victoria, thanks Simon Kennedy

25 June
A Singing Honeyeater was seen at Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula, the bird had a very definite russet cap, thanks Margaret Bell

24 June
A Great Crested Grebe was seen on the north-western arm of Greenvale Reservoir, Greenvale, thanks Richard Nowotny

23 June
A southerly sighting of a Pied Butcherbird was reported from Kellalac between Horsham and Warracknabeal, thanks Steve Clark

23 June
A single European Greenfinch in riverside vegetation on the Avon River at Bushy Park near Boisdale, thanks Duncan Fraser

23 June
On the regular survey of the Eastern Treatment Plant in Carrum the now regular winter visitor Little Eagle was seen with some unusual winter visitors in a White-winged Triller and 4 Fairy Martins, thanks Mike Carter

23 June
3 individual Grey Goshawks (white phase) were seen on the Cobden-Warrnambool Road, Ellingamite (AM), the Cobden Warrnambool Road, Allansford (AM) and the Great Ocean Road, Nullawarre (late PM), perched on powerlines or in trees adjacent to roads, thanks Charlie Pascoe

22 June
A large 'francolin' type bird with large red bare patches on each side of face, pale yellow bill and legs, dark head and rich brown complexly patterned plumage. Described as a juvenile male Common Pheasant, possibly a tame escapee, on the Cressy - Rokewood road (about 5km north of the Hamilton Hwy), thanks Charlie Pascoe

22 June
In the 3 weeks leading up to the 22nd, initially 6 but now 12 Gang Gang Cockatoos have been reported from gum trees at Nunawading South Primary School, Mt Pleasant Rd and in Edith St near the school, thanks David Cunnigham

20 June
An Australian Bittern can be seen at Braeside Wetlands in the southern section, on the main wetland, along with Blue-billed Ducks and a Magpie Goose, thanks Bob Berry

18 & 19 June
A Lewin's Rail was seen at the Bendigo Sewage Plant, a first record for the region, thanks Chris Tzaros

17 June
Crescent Honeyeaters have been reported from north of the Valencia Creek at Mt Angus Creek, they were feeding in heavily flowering Red Gums, thanks Duncan Fraser

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