Eastern Treatment Plant , (Sewage Works SE Melbourne), June count.

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Subject: Eastern Treatment Plant , (Sewage Works SE Melbourne), June count.
From: Mike Carter <>
Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2003 11:12:51 +0000

ETP count 29.06.03

On Sunday 29 June, Peter Lansley, Paul Hackett, Joy Knight and I, assisted and escorted by Melbourne Water’s Liz Hubbert & Kirsten Lingard, conducted Birds Australia regular monthly bird count at the Eastern Treatment Plant SE of Melbourne.

            Listed below are some of the highlights of the nearly 5,700 birds counted of 70 species, (42 wetland & raptor species and 28 non-wetland species).

            Among 12 species of waterfowl were 400 Blue-billed Ducks, 6 Freckled Ducks and 280 Pink-eared Ducks. Australian Pelicans use this site as an overnight and daytime roost. The count this day was 270 and we had 1 Darter. Among the eight-raptor species was a Spotted Harrier and a Little Eagle, the latter is a regular winter visitor, but the former is rare at any time. There were seven species of shorebird including 95 Black-fronted Dotterels and 62 Red-kneed Dotterels. The only migratory waders were 2 Curlew Sandpipers one of which was in breeding plumage. Among the few passerines of note were some winter visitors to this site: 2 Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters and 60 Red-browed Finches. 

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mt Eliza    VIC     3930
Ph:  (03) 9787 7136
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