Birdline Victoria Update No. 66
For the week ending: 3 March, 2002
After all the excitement with the three good birds in Victoria, the
attention seems to have shifted to NSW and the pursuit of a Kentish Plover.
Only two new sightings this week makes it one of the slowest weeks in a long
One of the interesting facts that we have noticed at Birdline, and which
will no doubt be born out by the Atlas, is the almost complete spread of
Crested Pigeons across the Melbourne Metropolitan area. Today I have had
reports of around 20 in Ascot Vale, I saw 4 or 5 at Edithvale Wetlands on
Saturday, and other recent sightings come from Burwood, Glen Waverly and the
Geelong region. For a bird that is listed as only occurring north of the
Great Dividing Range in most field guides, it sure is a long way from home.
A Nankeen Night-heron was seen at the Edithvale Wetlands, on the north side,
thanks Ken Shingleton.
A Darter with a milk bottle ring, or the like, around its neck was seen next
to the Charles Grimes Bridge which crosses the Yarra River about 1.5 km
downstream from Flinders Street Station, thanks Alan Flack.
A female White-winged Triller observed feeding juvenile and male, female and
immature Red-capped Robins all seen close, though not together at Gellibrand
Hill Park near Tullamarine airport, thanks Joy Tansey.
There were at least 11 Double-banded Plovers, all immatures at the Borrow
Pits, Werribee Treatment Plant, thanks Glen White.
Two Diamond Firetails were seen perching on a wire fence at the eastern
perimeter of the You Yangs Park. There were male and female Restless
Flycatchers and Jackie Winters nearby as well, thanks Merrilyn Serong.
At least 2 Black-tailed Native-Hen was seen from the middle viewing platform
at Braeside Park, thanks Tim Bawden.
At the You Yangs there was a Rainbow Bee-eater (a summer migrant to the
area) and an albino Superb Fairy-wren, thanks Debra Saxon-Campbell.
5 White-breasted Woodswallows along Lake Road, Connewarre, near Geelong,
thanks Tom & Pauline Fletcher.
A rewarding trip to Werribee Sewage Farm netted 4 Black-tailed Godwit and
the first Double-banded Plover for the season at Austin Rd, 3 Cape Barren
Geese at Paradise Rd, 15 Freckled Duck in the pond by the gate and 18 Fairy
Tern and 1 Common Tern at Kirks Point, thanks Joy Tansey.
A pair of resident Grey-tailed Tattlers were seen in residence west of the
boat ramp at Queenscliff, thanks Denise Moore.
The Ringed Plover was seen on Wednesday on the Tern colony side of the Snowy
River at Marlo. Drive about 1km through Marlo to MOTS BEACH carpark. From
here walk down the steps to the backwater and cross, angling towards a white
sign on the opposite bank. Expect to get wet, possibly waist high depending
on your & the tide height. Then it is a short stroll to your Right to the
Little Tern fenced area.
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