Birdline Victoria Update - 10 June, 2002

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Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 10 June, 2002
From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2002 10:35:06 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 80
For the week ending: 10 June 2002

OK, I know I said it was quiet last week (and the week before I think as well), but this week Birdline Victoria has almost come to a standstill!  Only three sightings for the week.  This may mean that everyone is indoors and avoiding the cold or that people are forgetting to report what they see to Birdline, or perhaps it's a bit of both.  After all if there is nothing to see, why venture out?  This time last year Australasian Bitterns were being reported all over the place and the first of the Gang Gang sightings were beginning to role in.  I am looking forward to hearing about everyone Queens Birthday long weekend trips.

2 June
A flock of about 40 Crested Pigeons were feeding on the ground at Karkarook Park, Heatherton, thanks Tony Trood.
2 June
A Spotless Crake was seen at Albert Park on the outer edge of the reed-beds at the north-western end of the Lake, roughly opposite the swimming centre, thanks Hugo Phillips.
30 May
3 Brolgas were seen in a paddock near the Austen Road Lagoons, looking towards Avalon Airport, in the Western Treatment Plant, thanks David Stabb.
26 May
A morning trip to the You Yangs revealed among many active birds 3 Diamond Firetails and 2 Painted Button-Quail, thanks Paul Rose.
26 May
Highlights of an excursion to the Werribee Treatment Plant were copious numbers of Freckled Duck, an Australasian Bittern, and two White-bellied Sea Eagles (1 adult and 1 juvenile), thanks Debra Saxon Campbell.
25 May
Fifteen White-throated Needletails hawking over Wesley College - Glen Waverley campus, thanks Paul Rose.
23 May
Four Brolgas feeding in a stubble field near Reedy Lake Wildlife Reserve Moolap, thanks Ron Corinaldi.
19 May
Singing Honeyeaters and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters have been seen since the 10th of April, near Sandringham Harbour on the cliff above Sailboard HQ, thanks Michael Norris.
17 May
A flock of 9 Hooded Plovers including one juvenile feeding at the eastern end of Lake Victoria near the Emily St entrance of Lake Victoria, Point Lonsdale, thanks Ron Corinaldi.
14 May
Two Swift Parrots were sitting on a nearby tree on the east side carpark of the Southland Shopping Centre, thanks Albert Shirlton.
12 May
Chris Coleborn saw a Major Mitchell's Cockatoo on the edge of Cohuna township with a flock of Galahs.
12 May
A single grey morph Eastern Reef Egret was seen at Swan Bay (Queenscliff) next to where the train line intersects with Fellows Rd, thanks Tim Dolby. 


The Buff-banded Rail was in the small rush area just east of the St. Kilda St. bridge over the Elster Creek/Elwood Canal (Melways 67 D4) on the 20th of May, thanks Michael Norris
The Swift Parrots were again seen at Monash Uni on the 16th of May.  Parking in the area can be difficult and restrictions are enforced and the birds tend to move on after 3pm, thanks Merrilyn Serong.
The single Regent Honeyeater was again seen on the 11th with six other species of honeyeater at Honeyeater (Cyanide) Dam in Chiltern National Park, thanks Ian Temby.

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