Birdline Victoria Update - 24 March, 2002

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Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 24 March, 2002
From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 13:06:37 +1100
Birdline Victoria Update No. 69
For the week ending: 24 March, 2002

More winter migrants reported this week, as the warm weather continues, but threatens to break jus tin time for Easter.  I hope everyone has a great Easter break and has the opportunity to do heaps of bird-watching.



25 March

14 Gang Gang Cockatoos were seen in a large Eucalypt only 40m from Burwood Highway at the Gardiners Creek Reserve, Burwood, thanks Greg Oakley.


23 March

At the Werribee Treatment Plant 30 or more Freckled Duck were seen in the south-west corner of Lake Borrie, 3 Cape Barren Geese were seen at Paradise Road Lagoons, and an Intermediate Egret was seen on Paradise Road, about 200 metres east of the pumphouse, thanks Paul Peake.


21 March

A flock of around 30 Swift Parrots were seen at Gunbower Island in northern Victoria, thanks Chris Coleborn.


20 March

3 Arctic Jaegers were seen of Altona Beach, harassing Silver Gulls and Crested Terns, one of the jaegers was an intermediate morph which at one point landed in the water a mere 50m from shore, thanks Paul Rose.


20 March

At the northern end of Laverton Creek off Queen St. there was one Little Egret, one Great Egret, the resident Pipit, 5 Marsh Sandpiper and 43 Banded Stilt, thanks Paul Rose.


18 March

Approximately 70 Cape Barren Geese were counted feeding in the paddocks ( 4 separate flocks) at Sandy Point , South Gippsland, thanks Peter Anton.


17 March

A pair of Blue-billed Ducks were seen at Pakenham sewerage works, Koo Wee Rup Rd, Pakenham South, thanks Noel Billing.


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.


The Ringed Plover was seen on the 18th 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.  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.


The Freckled Ducks could still be seen on the 18th at Lake Lorne at Drysdale. 

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