Birdline Victoria Update - 17 March, 2002

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Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 17 March, 2002
From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 13:53:06 +1100
Birdline Victoria Update No. 68
For the week ending: 17 March, 2002

This week at Birdline Victoria a decision had to be made about some of the sightings that are reported on the service.  While we still encourage any and all sightings to be reported to the service only those that are truly rare or unusual will be reported.  This is done for two reasons:


1.  We are receiving so many reports that it is necessary for the sake of conciseness to limit sightings to rare ones.


2.  By reporting a species that is common on Birdline it may give the impression that it is rare, given that the Birdline service is for recording rare bird species.


Having said that, we still encourage reports of seasonal migrants that are returning early, or leaving late, and of other rare or unusual birds that may not be 'mega-rarities'.  I hope that this does not stop people from reporting the birds that they see and that it makes Birdline Victoria a better service to bird watchers.

16 March

A Powerful Owl was seen at the Monash Uni bus loop, off Wellington Rd, Clayton, thanks Alistair Stewart.


10 March

A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen on Lake Victoria at Point Lonsdale, thanks Tim Dolby.


10 March

30 or more Freckled Duck late this afternoon at Lake Lorne, Drysdale (Melways Ref 238 C11) on the Bellarine Peninsula, thanks Russell Woodford.


9 March

One or Two Bush Stone-Curlews were heard but not seen in woodland near Avoca golf course in central west Victoria, thanks Debra Saxon-Campbell.


8 March

At Werribee a pair of Budgerigars and a Diamond Firetail were seen, both probable escapees, thanks Shirley Cameron.


8 March

A Wedge-tailed Eagle was seen at the Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve, thanks Paul Hackett.


6 March

13 Nankeen Night-herons were seen in a clump of River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) abutting the Latrobe River at the Heart near Sale, thanks Don Ripper.


5 March

A male and female Gang Gang Cockatoo marked their seasonal return to the suburb by alighting in the Eucalyptus leucoxalyn rosea in the back garden, before being chased out by the resident magpies in Harrington Avenue, Balwyn North, thanks Celia Browne.


4 March

A Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater was seen and heard calling near the Sandringham Yacht Club.  Over the last 20 or so years the previous earliest Bayside date was 26 March, thanks Michael Norris.


3 March

One or possibly two Noisy Friarbirds were seen in flowering Manna Gums along the Plenty River at Yellow Gum Park, southern part of Plenty Gorge Park (north of Greensborough), thanks Paul Peake.


3 March

A Nankeen Night-heron was seen at the Edithvale Wetlands, on the north side, thanks Ken Shingleton.


The Ringed Plover was seen on Friday the 16th on the Tern colony side of the Snowy River at Marlo, thanks Alan Morris.  Drive about 1km through Marlo to MOTS BEACH carpark.  From here walk down the steps to the backwater and cross.   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.

Birdline Victoria is a service for birdwatchers to report and find out about rare and unusual birds in Victoria and is brought to you by the VicGroup of Birds Australia. Birdline can be contacted on (03) 9882 2390 or on the Internet at

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