Birdline Victoria Update - 28/10/01

Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 28/10/01
From: Stuart Cooney <>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 21:45:47 +1100
Birdline Victoria Update No. 48
For the week ending 28/10/01

As some of you already know, the female Painted Snipe is still easy to see at Banyule Wetlands [Melway ref. 32 F1].  Park your car opposite 255 Banyule Road in bay with bus stop. Walk short way south through native garden, many new trees planted with 3 sticks & green bags.  Come to a fence which has a cyclone type gate.  The gate will be just to your right.  Walk about 20 paces through grass to northern edge of a ?grubby? pool.  For those with a GPS, the co-ordinates are: 37 44 51 S, 145 05 15 E. (thanks to Celia Browne & Peter Lansley for directions)

28 October
A Turquoise Parrot was flushed from the side of the main road, 15km south of Dargo, clear views of the blue on wings and face, as well as the bright yellow breast and bright green plumage ruled out blue-winged parrot, thanks Nick Leseberg.

24 October
At a property near Nagambie some excellent sightings including Dollarbird, Crested Bellbird and Diamond Firetail, thanks Tania Ireton.

23 October
An albino Galah was seen amongst a flock of Galahs in the LaTrobe Valley, thanks Gordon Stewart.

21 October
A week after the sighting of a Great-crested Grebe on 4 October this bird was found dead in the same location. There were no signs of damage to the bird and it has been passed on to the Museum of Victoria. Another Great-crested Grebe has now been sighted on Lake Victoria not far from the pond at Emily St Point Lonsdale, thanks Ron Corinaldi.

21 October
A male Painted Snipe was seen at Banyule Flats in Heidelberg on the edges of a small pool at the northern end of the swamp, thanks Gina Hopkins.

20 October
A male Orange Chat was seen at Griffith's Island, Port Fairy on the rocky beach about 500m west of lighthouse, thanks Steve Clark.

20 October
The first Noisy Friarbirds of the season are arriving in East Gippsland, with one being seen at Providence Ponds, east of Stratford, thanks Duncan Fraser.

14 October
A pair of Turquoise Parrots were seen at the Box-Ironbark rally at Paddys Ranges State Park, thanks Debra Saxon-Campbell.

14 October
A White-browed Treecreeper was seen within 300 metres of the (southern or main) entrance gate to the park in unusual habitat - Black box/Moonah woodland in Wyperfeld National Park, thanks Peter Lansley.

13 October
A return trip to Werribee Sewage Farm resulted in 104 species for Tania Ireton, including notably 1 Common Tern, 8 Grey Plover, 3 Red Knot, 1 Whimbrel and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit at The Spit and a Crested Shrike-tit at the corner of Farm Road and 160 South Road.

13 October
A male Sacred Kingfisher was observed in suburban West Brunswick, a mere 4 kilometres from the Melbourne GPO! thanks Jan & Alan Flack.

12 October
A Ruddy Turnstone was seen near the Cafe at Rickets Point, Beaumaris, thanks Alex Farias.

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