Birdline Victoria Update - 23 June 2002

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Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 23 June 2002
From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 17:48:02 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 82
For the week ending: 23 June 2002

Based on current visitor numbers, Birdline Victoria gets more than 10 000 visitors to the website per year!  It is really satisfying that all these sightings are being passed on to 100s of birders right around the state (country and world for that matter), who are ticking and watching to their hearts content.  There are, however still some sightings that get reported to the BOCA that don't seem to make it to the site, which is a pity as I don't have easy access to their publications.  So if you know of a sighting by someone from BOCA why not phone it through on 9882 2390 or report it online at Birdline Victoria.


23 June

A Black-faced Cormorant was seen at Mornington harbour, thanks Peter Lansley. 


22 June

5 winter plumaged White-winged Black Terns were seen at the T-section lagoons at the Werribee Sewage Farm, thanks Peter Lansley.


18 June

A Southern Boobook was seen in the Peppercorns at the western end of Bowen Street, Richmond (Melways 2G H4), about 1.7 km east of the nearest point of the Melbourne CBD, thanks Paul Peake.


17 June

An Azure Kingfisher was seen sitting in dead Fennel(?) bush beside Merri Creek at the junction of the Merri Creek and the Yarra River.  Easily seen from city side of junction and has been seen four times in past two weeks, thanks Alan Clarke.


17 June

A Powerful Owl was seen sitting approx 5m up a wattle tree with Brushtail Possum in claws, beside the Yarra River at Banyule Wetlands.  It is the third time the bird has been seen in the past few weeks in same tree (previously reported by Gina Hopkins) and also reported in nearby street on another occasion, thanks Alan Clarke.


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.


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

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