pectoral sand and Grampians birding.

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Subject: pectoral sand and Grampians birding.
From: "Paul Rose" <>
Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 07:57:38 +1000
Hi Stuart and Fellow Birders (not that Stuart is not a fellow birder),
Few things of note over the past week.
Last Thursday, Oct 4th, 10:30am while observing waders along Paradise Rd., Werribee treatment Plant (bulk of waders were there, continuous stream flying in from the river mouth sand bar)  :  among regular species seen, one Pectoral Sandpiper.
This past weekend spent up near Halls Gap, Victoria, 5km south of the town on the direct Ararat rd..  Can highly recommend the Grampians Getaway as place to stay.  Each 'pyramid' will house 6 people comfortably.  Property backs onto State Forest (Illawara ?) and easy walking along the horse trails.  Spent couple of hours each morning before foul weather set in birding along the trails and walking the culvert which runs conveniently through the forest.  72 species recorded, with highlights including a group of 8 White-browed Babblers, and a new species for me, Southern Whiteface, 2 birds observed flitting about the grass and small scrub along with a band of Yellow-rumped, Buff-rumped and brown Thornbills.  I was amazed at the subtly of their features (the Whiteface) in comparison to the Pizzey and Knight illustration.  Birdsong and activity was overwhelmingly alive !
One question begs of Black-chinned Honeyeater, after checking hundreds of individuals representing White-naped, should I expect to see them in that location, that is in forests typical of the foothills of the Grampians.  Otherwise I'll save my neck next time.
Cheers and good birding,

>>> Stuart Cooney <> 10/08/01 05:04pm >>>
Birdline Victoria Update for the week ending 7/10/01

Peter Lansley reports that there are now five Wandering Whistling-ducks at Lake Guyatt in Sale.  These are the first sightings of these birds since the early nineties at the Edithvale Wetlands. 

Last week was our busiest week yet for Birdline Victoria, and last month our best too. More and more people are relying on the Birdline Updates for their birding information, which is great because the more people reading the updates, the more likely that we will get lots of sightings.  Thanks for all your support, and keep those reports coming in!

7 October
A white-winged Triller was seen in a Pittosporum in a lane behind Roseneath St, Clifton Hill, thanks Neville Pamment

6 October
On the Natimuk-Douglas salt pans in the Wimmera region, some 16 000 Banded Stilts were spread across the lakes (4500 Banded Stilts, 100 Avocets on Oliver Lake; 9000 Banded Stilts Mitre Lake; 2170 Banded Stilts 240 Avocets White Lake), thanks Richard Alcorn

4 October
A Great Crested Grebe was seen in the drainage pond at end of Emily St, Point Lonsdale, thanks Rod Corinaldi

3 October
Twenty plus Whiskered Terns some in breeding plumage,fifty to a hundred Native Hen along the edge of Lake Cairn Curran near Newstead, thanks John Alexander

2 October
2 or 3 Orange Chats were seen at Lake Tyrell in Sealake, thanks Jenny Skewes

1 October
A Painted Honeyeater was seen at Clunes Forest. 5 km north of 80 km/hour sign exiting Clunes on Maryborough road, opposite Victoria Better Roads sign, along with Black-chinned Honeyeaters and White-browed Woodswallows, thanks Aidan Sudbury

28 September
A pair of Mallee Emu-wrens were seen about 6.6 km up the road marked "Warripool Lookout", which turns left off the road into Hattah-Kulkyne NP 1 kilometre from the Park entrance, in spinifex on top of a small rise about 50 m off to the right, thanks Michael and Penny Hunter

28 September
2 and now 5 Wandering Whistling Ducks were seen at Lake Guyatt (behind the main lake) in Sale. The birds can be seen south of McIntosh Road from the carpark at the end of the track, thanks Laurie Living.

28 September
Up to 35 (but definitely ten) White-fronted Terns were seen at Ricketts Point, this number is increasing, thanks Michael Norris

28 September
Along the gravel road immediately west of Point Cook CA entrance, where water from ponds rises to the road, 5 Black-tailed native Hens and 2 Australian Spotted Crakes were seen feeding along muddy edge, thanks Paul Rose

26 September
At Wandown Reserve (Nth of Swan Hill) there were several Black Honeyeaters and some small flocks of White-fronted Honeyeaters and Cockatiels were also in the area, thanks Chris Coleborn.

25 September
The Gang Gang Cockatoos at Brighton Golf Course are still present with 8 seen in Cypresses near South Road, thanks Michael Norris

23 September
A Black-tailed Native Hen at the Frankston Botanical Gardens near the fern gully and the lake, thanks Norman Cooney.

22 September
A Black Kite was seen at Woodland Historic Park, thanks Lawrie Conole

18 September
Powerful Owl seen at Corner Creek, north of Newry, in a large Eriostermon trachyphyllus shrub, thanks Duncan Fraser

18 September
A Square Tailed Kite see at Mangalore Flora Reserve, thanks Sean Dooley

18 September
2 White-breasted Woodswallow seen at Chiltern Valley Dam No 2, thanks Sean Dooley

16 September
White-browed Woodswallows were reported from 7km south of Nalinga on Violet Town - Nalinga Road, thanks Debbie Coulbourne & Julian Miles

15 September
Up to 20 Swift Parrots could readily be seen at Cyanide Dam in Chiltern N.P. along with some very confiding Turquoise Parrots.

14 September
20 or more Little Corellas were seen at Green Point, Brighton, at a similar time to last years sightings, thanks Michael Norris

9 September
Northern Shoveler seen at Lake Borrie, thanks Peter Lansley

8 September
A Square-tailed Kite was seen at Ironbark Basin, Point Addis, near Anglesea by Fred Smith and others.

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