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 22:52:10 +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

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 Drysdale.

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