Birdline Victoria Update No. 68
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
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.
A Powerful Owl was seen at the Monash Uni bus loop,
off Wellington Rd, Clayton, thanks Alistair Stewart.
A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen on Lake Victoria at
Point Lonsdale, thanks Tim Dolby.
30 or more Freckled Duck late this afternoon at Lake
Lorne, Drysdale (Melways Ref 238 C11) on the Bellarine Peninsula, thanks Russell
One or Two Bush Stone-Curlews were heard but not seen
in woodland near Avoca golf course in central west Victoria, thanks Debra
At Werribee a pair of Budgerigars and a Diamond
Firetail were seen, both probable escapees, thanks Shirley Cameron.
A Wedge-tailed Eagle was seen at the Langwarrin Flora
and Fauna Reserve, thanks Paul Hackett.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Nankeen Night-heron was seen at the Edithvale
Wetlands, on the north side, thanks Ken Shingleton.
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
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