Update No. 119|
For the week ending:8 June 2003
It has been a bit slow, at a slow time year here at
Birdline. I hope people share in my motivation for Birdline, and that is
to ensure that all the birders in Victoria hear about and get to see rare and
unusual birds in a timely fashion, and to have these birds recorded in one
easily accessible place for future reference. I started the service
because it was difficult to find out about these birds if, as a new or isolated
birder, you were not in the telephone 'loop'. However Birdline will only
work if I receive sightings from the birding public so that I can share them
with everyone else. I have had some great contributors to the service, the
type of people that are generous with time in a whole range of matters, however
there are some people who are still yet to send me anything, despite having seen
some good birds in the last two and a half years. I am happy to receive
any feedback about the service and will certainly consider it in the light of
the revamp which is currently, slowly, underway. So thanks to those people
who regularly send me sightings and here's to a future packed with birds all
over the state.
Humphreys of Bendigo reports a large flock of Noisy Friarbirds
in the flowering ironbarks there, thanks Sally Symonds.
male Pink Robin at Mandurang SF, near Sedgwick - SE of Bendigo,
thanks Giles Daubeney.
Honeyeater was seen at Sedgwick, near Bendigo, along with a pair of
Speckled Warblers, thanks Glenise.
highlights of a pelagic trip off Port Fairy include 3
Antarctic, 2 Slender-billed and around 1500
Fairy Prion, 1 Northern Royal Albatross and 15
Grey-backed Storm-petrel, thanks Mike Carter.
The highlight of a pelagic off Portland was 40 or more
Grey-backed Storm-petrel, thanks Rob Farnes.
A possible sighting of a Bush Stone-curlew has been
reported from a sugar gum plantation between Hamilton and Lake Linlithgow,
thanks Steve Clark.
Parrot was seen on Foreshore Road, outside the large ornamental gates
at Geelong Grammar - between the school and the little swamp beside Corio Bay,
thanks Russell (& wife) Woodford.
2 or 3 pairs of
Powerful Owls have made home at the Birdsland Environmental
Education Centre in Belgrave South, thanks Donna Grundy.
A Little Eagle was seen over Banyule Flats, Heidelberg,
thanks Richard Loyn.
On the Port Fairy pelagic trip 10,
including 1 dark phase, Soft-plumaged Petrels, 4 Sooty
Albatrosses and 6 Grey-backed Storm-petrels were
highlights, thanks Rohan Clarke.
A pair of Major
Mitchell's Cockatoo were seen in a paddock about 40kms north of Bendigo
on the Pyramid Hill Road, thanks Greg Oakley.
2 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Blue-winged Parrots
and 2 Cape Barren Goose at the Western Treatment Plant, thanks
Pratincoles were still present at their now usual spot at the Paradise
Road Ponds in the Western Treatment Plant on the 8th of June, thanks Rick
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