Birdline Victoria Update - 7 April, 2002

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Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 7 April, 2002
From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 12:41:27 +1000

Birdline Victoria Update No. 71
For the week ending: 7 April, 2002

I'm back from my mid semester study excursion, and I am delighted with =
the sightings that have come in while I've been away.  I've trawled =
through around 200 messages on the Birding-Aus mailing list and =
hopefully got most of the significant sightings mentioned there, but =
please let me know if I have missed any.

I have missed two sightings of Ospreys around Western Port Bay.  This =
comes hot on the heals of a sighting from August last year at Shoreham.  =
At the time it was reported that that bird would be only the 23rd =
sighting for Victoria, and only the second close to Melbourne and it =
might be assumed that this is the same bird turning up again, although =
John Boyce, who saw a bird on the other side of Western Port Bay at =
Phillip Island, said that the bird he saw was a juvenile, so perhaps =
there is more than one bird!



6 April
A pair of Swift Parrots were seen along the creek that runs through =
Black's Walk, just behind the scout hall in Main Street Blackburn, =
thanks Trevor Kerr.

5 April
A juvenile Osprey was seen at Observation Point at the north eastern end =
of Phillip Island in Westernport Bay, thanks John Boyce.

2 April
An Arctic Jaeger was seen from the Werribee Sewage Farm, thanks Susan =
Anderson (?).

1 April
There were 5 Pectoral Sandpipers at Austin Road Lagoons and at least 80 =
White-winged Black Terns at Little River Mouth in the Werribee Sewage =
Farm, thanks Danny Rogers.

1 April
An Osprey was seen at Main Creek about 10 mins steady walk south along =
the Two Bays Walking Track from the Bushrangers Bay Car Park in the Cape =
Schanck National Park, thanks Charles Silveira.

30 March
A Grey Goshawk (white phase) was seen at Eltham, some 18 km north east =
of Melbourne, thanks Ian Temby.

29 March - 1 April
A Red-lored Whistler, Mallee Emu-wren and Shy Heath-wren were all seen =
at or near Wymlet Tank in Murray Sunset NP during the BA VicGroup Easter =
campout, thanks Debra Saxon-Campbell.

31 March
A Buff-banded Rail was seen by the Elster Creek near the St Kilda St =
bridge, thanks Michael Norris

27 March
2 Hooded Plovers, an adult and a juvenile hooded plover were seen =
feeding along with a small flock of Red-necked Stints at Lake Victoria, =
Point Lonsdale, thanks Ron Corinaldi.

27 March
A Black-tailed Godwit was seen from the bird-hide at Edithvale Wetlands, =
but not seen on the following weekend, thanks Jacqui Sheppard.

27 March
A Powerful Owl was seen in a backyard at Como Parade in Parkdale, thanks =
Margaret Krupinski.

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 =



The Ringed Plover was seen on the 1st 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 31st at Lake Lorne at =


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