Birdline Victoria Update No. 52
For the week ending: 4/12/01
Well... I don't really know what's been going on over the last week or so,
as I have been a bit distracted with the birth of my first daughter
Georgiana Brae on Wednesday the 28th. She's gorgeous and healthy and got a
bird list of around eight birds (mostly heard). After this I had a sick
computer, the ramifications of which are still not completely fixed.
There has, however been a few reports that have been reported to Birdline,
including one of a Spotted Whistling-duck from Phillip Island, that, if
confirmed as a wild bird, will be very exciting indeed! So let's get lots
of sightings in so that Georgie's list can grow!
3 or 4 Painted Honeyeaters were sighted in the Terrick Terrick National
Park, thanks Chris Coleborn.
A possible sighting of a Spotted Whistling-duck requires confirmation. The
mystery duck was seen at the end of Soldiers Rd (next to the Reef Island
Reserve), near Phillip Island, off the South Gippsland Highway, thanks
A Pale-headed Rosella, presumably an escapee, was calling loudly, and a male
Rufous Songlark was seen and heard calling from various perches. A female
Rufous Songlark was flushed from the tall grasses at the Banyule Flats
Reserve, Heidelberg, thanks Gina Hopkins.
An albino Magpie was seen at Archibald Drive, Metung, on the Gippsland
Lakes, thanks Brenton Stokes.
A Turquoise Parrot has been reported from south of Newstead, near
Castlemaine, thanks Richard Walsh.
At the You Yangs, near Geelong, 2 Masked Woodswallow, 11 White-browed
Woodswallow and a male White-winged Triller was seen amongst the usual birds
in the Eastern paddock, not far from the Birds Australia Boneseeding plot,
thanks Merrilyn Serong.
Two Australian Pratincoles have been reported at Pyramid Hill in Northern
Victoria, thanks Chris Coleborn.
A Common Tern was seen at Fisherman's Point in the southern part of Half
Moon Bay in Black Rock, thanks Michael Norris.
A Black Kite was seen circling near the bird hide at Cherry Lake, Altona,
thanks Tim Dolby.
An Arctic Jaeger was seen 50 - 80 metres offshore from the 145 west drain
outlet at Werribee Sewage Farm, thanks Joy Tansey.
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