Birdline Victoria Update - 15 December, 2002

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Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 15 December, 2002
From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 18:48:44 +1100
Birdline Victoria Update No. 103
For the week ending: 15 December, 2002


16 December
A Song Thrush and a Brown Gerygone were seen at Narracan, about 20km South of Moe, in Sth Gippsland., thanks Michael Mules.
15 December
A Peaceful Dove was seen in the Long Forest (east of Bacchus Marsh) at the bottom of the Bermagui track, thanks Marilyn Hewish.
15 December
A Wood Sandpiper was seen as well as 8+ Australasian Bitterns, dozens of Spotted Crakes, a few Baillon's Crakes and a Lewin's Rail at Hird's Swamp near Cohuna, thanks Simon Starr
12 December
A single Banded Stilt was seen in the freshwater lake at Westgate Park, Melbourne, thanks Richard Nowotny.
11 December
On a trip to the Western Treatment Plant there were 4 Cape Barren Geese, I Black Kite, 1 Stubble Quail and 2 Brown Songlark, thanks Tania Ireton.
11 December
A Powerful Owl was seen, with prey, at Fairy Dell, near Bruthen, thanks Duncan Fraser.
7 December
A male Scarlet Honeyeater foraging in canopy of tall eucalypt, one female within 20m of male foraging in Blackwood, Marysville, Michaeldene walking track, about 500m from Marysville end of track, thanks Richard and Margaret Alcorn, Doug Tippett.
7 December
Up to a dozen Orange Chats regularly present around NW side of Hirds Swamp near Cohuna, thanks Simon Starr.
7 December
A female White-headed Pigeon quietly feeding in the front garden of a holiday home some 200 metres from the Snowy River estuary in Willis Avenue, Marlo, thanks Len Axen.
6 December
A Red-whiskered Bulbul was seen in a park in Greenmeadows Gardens, St Kilda - the North Eastern corner, in the block bounded by Balaclava, Hotham and Orrong roads (Melway 58 G12), thanks Greg Oakley.
5 December
After heavy winds on Wednesday 2 Hooded Plovers, with chicks and 23 Little Terns were still on the eastern side of the Snowy River in Marlo, thanks Danny Skipp
4 December
A male Black Honeyeater and 3 male and 1 female Pied Honeyeaters were seen 200 m north of the picnic rotunda, moving between eucalypts and wattles, Cussen Park, Tatura, VicRoads Directory, Map 270, Grid F/G3.  Both species previously sighted 1/12/02 by Ellen O'Reilly & Don Roberts, and on 2/12/02 by Betty Thornton, thanks Bill Ramsey.
3 December
Both a male and female Little Bittern were seen flying, after being disturbed from the edge of a small wetland, 30km North East of Bairnsdale at Waterholes Guest House, thanks Rohan Bilney.

One male and one female Pied Honeyeater along with now upwards of 40 Black Honeyeaters at Mologa railway reserve West of Terrick Terrick NP on the 7th, thanks Simon Starr
The Scarlet-chested Parrots and Grey Falcons reported from the Murrayville area were not seen again on the weekend of the 23rd, thanks Paul Peake
The Red-whiskered Bulbuls were again seen at Wilson Reserve in Ivanhoe on the 21st, behind the cricket pitches, thanks John Harris.

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