Birdline Victoria Update - 16 June 2002

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Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 16 June 2002
From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 16:34:34 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 81
For the week ending: 16 June, 2002

Thanks to everyone's response to my request for more sightings, and I look forward to many more sightings.  Also congratulations to Tim Dolby for earning a blue star for all of his contributions to Birdline Victoria, mainly from the Melbourne region, it's great to get these sightings.  Finally, thanks to all the visitors to Birdline Victoria, who now number in excess of 10 000, passing that milestone earlier this week!


16 June

3 Australasian Bitterns were seen on the regular survey on the south side of the Edithvale Wetlands by Mike Carter.


15 June

At the Werribee Treatment Plant the Freckled Ducks were seen on Lake Borrie, from Beach Road and lots of Banded Stilts mostly in adult plumage, were highlights, thanks Jack Krohn.


10 June

A Double-banded Plover was seen at the Kerang Sewerage Ponds, thanks Greg Oakley.


9 June

Approx 15-20 Diamond Firetails feeding with Peaceful Doves and Red-rumped Parrots about 20kms East of Koondrook on the Murray River, thanks Greg Oakley.


9 June

A Spotted Quail-thrush was seen in forest just north of Newstead in central Victoria, thanks John Alexander.


7 June

Several waves of White-throated Needletails, amounting to perhaps 30-40 birds, seen over Glen Iris, flying high and circling in windy conditions, but generally progressing from west to east, thanks Jack Krohn.


2 June

Highlights of the Port Fairy Pelagic this month include around 800 Prion species, including more than 1 Antarctic Prion, more than 4 Slender-billed Prions, a full adult Salvin’s Albatross, 3 Grey-backed Storm-Petrel and 3 Great (Brown) Skua, thanks Mike Carter.


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.


The four Brolga were still present at Reedy Lake, Lake Connewarre (Lake Moolap Rd entrance) on the 9th of June, thanks Tim Dolby.


At Lake Lorne the number of Freckled Duck has increased from 30 to approximately 100 birds!  On the 9th of June they were near the main road and were very easy to see, thanks Time 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

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