Birdline Victoria Update - 5 May 2002

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Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 5 May 2002
From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Date: Mon, 6 May 2002 13:48:54 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 75
For the week ending: 5 May, 2002

More winter migrants this week.  We've had sightings of Australasian Bitterns, more Swift Parrots and the return of Gang Gang Cockatoos to the suburbs.  We haven't heard anything about the Ringed Plover at Marlo, though, for a month now.  Has anyone been to check recently?



5 May

Swift Parrots were seen flying over Eltham, thanks Ian Temby.


5 May

At least 5 Swift Parrots were seen between Laurel Grove and Pakenham Street, Blackburn, Melways ref. 47 H11, on the creek, and on both sides in tall eucalypts, thanks Trevor Kerr.


4 May

At least 5 Swift Parrots were present at the You Yangs Regional Park in flowering eucalypts near Hovell's Creek, thanks Richard Nowotny


28 April

Lots of Freckled Ducks, 3 Glossy Ibis and 3 Cape barren geese were seen at Werribee Sewage Farm, along with White-winged Black Terns and lots of Blue-billed Ducks, thanks Richard Nowotny


28 April

2 Australasian Bittern were flushed at dusk on Lake Coonawarre at the Moolap Station Rd entrance, thanks Tim Dolby.


28 April

A Powerful Owl was seen in a liquidamber tree in Beverley Road, Heidelberg, thanks Anthea Fleming.


27 April

A single Lesser Sandplover was seen at Sandy Point on Shallow Inlet, with a group of Hooded Plovers and Red-capped Plovers, thanks Noel Billing.


26 April

A House Crow was seen at Sebastapol, thanks Ralph Reid.


26 April

At least 2 Swift Parrots, initially and up to 50 on the 28th, were seen flying around the car-parks just to the south of the Bayview Avenue entrance to the Monash Clayton campus, thanks Aidan Sudbury.


24 April

A Regent Honeyeater was seen at Cyanide Dam, in the Chiltern National Park, thanks Paul Hackett.


24 April

A Crested Pigeon seen in Maribyrnong today at the Highpoint shopping centre, thanks Joy Tansey.


23 April

A Spotted Harrier was seen along the roadside a few kilometres west of Lake Bolac, thanks Steve Clark



The Swift Parrots were again seen at Monash Uni on the 2nd of May.  Parking in the area can be difficult and restrictions are enforced and the birds tend to move on after 3pm, thanks Alex Farias.


The Buff-banded Rail on the 24th was in the small rush area just east of the St. Kilda St. bridge over the Elster Creek/Elwood Canal, thanks Michael Norris

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