Birdline Victoria Update - 28 July, 2002

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Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 28 July, 2002
From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2002 12:33:23 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 86
For the week ending: 28 July, 2002

Birdline will be off line next week for a three week sabbatical as the family and I head off for three weeks birding and relaxing in the Flinders Ranges.  Please keep sending me your sightings and I will update the site when I return as the first flushes of spring wash over us.  
First stop on the trip is Hattah-Kulkyne N.P. look for the elusive Mallee Emu-wren then onto Flinders Ranges N.P. for Short-tailed Grasswren among many others, before returning via the Birds Australia reserve at Gluepot for Black-eared Miner perhaps, maybe Scarlet-chested Parrot.

27 July

At Jack Smith Lake in Gippsland there were in excess of 75 Musk Duck were seen on a kilometre of water, also an extraordinary concentration of Coots, numbering several thousand birds, thanks Duncan Fraser


27 July

An Australian Hobby was seen on the eastern part of French Island, thanks Chris Chandler.


26 July

An adult and a juvenile White-bellied Sea-eagle were seen on Coast Road on French Island, thanks Chris Chandler.


24 July

There were a couple of sightings of Australasian Bitterns at Werribee Treatment Plant; one in reeds in Little River, another in grass near the sea, thanks Sue Taylor.


22 July

A Spotted Harrier was seen flying low over grassland and perching in dead trees at the Hamilton Parklands reserve on the northern edge of the city, thanks Steve Clark


21 July

A flock of 12 Blue-winged Parrots were seen feeding among the beaded glasswort patches on the edges of Swan Bay near Queenscliff, thanks Ron Corinaldi.


21 July

Two Red-capped Robins, an adult male and an immature male, were seen along the Djerriwarrh Track in the Long Forest Flora Reserve, thanks Isaac Clarey.


20 July

In a garden in Maffra, a party of seven Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes, as well as a Restless Flycatcher and a Fan-tailed Cuckoo, thanks Duncan Fraser


19 July

Black Kites have been seen on the Western Highway, 4 km east of Stawell and 3 km east of Kaniva, thanks Ian May.


18 July

A Spotted Harrier was seen at the Western Treatment Plant, thanks Gil Langfield.


17 July

A single Cape Barren Goose observed with a large number of Australian White Ibis at 4pm on a small wetland on private land viewed from Coleman's Road, Lyndhurst, thanks Sally Koehler.


14 July

A Black Falcon was seen flying over the Spit Lagoons at the Werribee Sewage Farm, thanks Joy Tansey.


14 July

A male Olive Whistler was seen on French Island, thanks Chris Chandler.


13 July

A Cape Barren Goose was seen with 5 goslings, hatched on the 12th on Tankerton Road, French Island and a juvenile White-bellied Sea-eagle was seen along Coast Road, thanks Chris Chandler.


The Powerful Owl was at the same perch along the Yarra River in the Banyule Wetlands, sitting on what appeared to be a ringtail possum on the 25th, thanks Celia Browne
The Powerful Owl was not seen at the Botanical Gardens on the 14th, thanks Fiona Anderson 

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