Birdline Victoria Update - 20 July 2003

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Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 12:02:27 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 124
For the week ending: 20 July 2003


20 July

At Lake Victoria, Point Lonsdale there were 5 Hooded Plovers, 2 of which were juveniles, an Australian Spotted Crake and a Buff-banded Rail, thanks Ron Corinaldi.


19 July

There were a pair of Australasian Shovelers at Westgate Park, thanks Michael Veitch. 


19 July

While driving along along Walhalla - Rawson Rd there was a female Spotted Quail-thrush crossing the road, a Wonga Pigeon and Bassian Thrush, thanks Giles Daubeney.


19 July

There was a "brown" Pink Robin at Long Forest near Melton, thanks Sean Dooley.


19 July

A pair of Flame Robins hawking in the reserve abutting the north side of the Eastern Fwy, west of Middleborough Road, thanks Trevor Kerr.


15 July

1 silent male White-winged Triller seen on farm west of Pyramid Hill, thanks Simon Starr.


14 July

In an open gully south of Licola at 207 metres altitude, a mixed flock of mainly Flame, plus Scarlet Robins, numbering around 100 birds, also numerous Jacky Winters, and three Diamond Firetails. Duncan Fraser


13 July

A Black Kite feeding with 3 Whistling Kites at the Austin Road Ponds at the Austin Road Ponds, Western Treatment Plant, thanks Paul Hackett.


13 July

There were a pair of Purple-crowned Lorikeets feeding in an introduced deciduous birch type tree in the gardens of the Glenrowan roadside stop on the Hume Freeway, thanks Sean Dooley.


13 July

There was a Spotted Harrier in Braeside Park that was actively hunting over the now dry wetlands on the Governor Road end of the park, thanks Richard Walsh.


12 July

A male and female Flame Robin was seen at the Coolart Estate, Merricks, on the fence adjacent to the grazing paddocks, thanks Tony Trood.


11 July

A sick Barn Owl was seen at the Western Treatment Plant. It fell off his branch as we were observing it, appeared close to death and died on the way to the vet, thanks Paul Hackett.


11 July

A Pied Currawong was seen very close to the city flying across the intersection of St Kilda Road and Moubray Street, the same intersection that has the Royal Victoria Institute for the Blind on the corner, thanks Tania Ireton.


7 July

There are at least two, maybe three Scarlet Honeyeaters outside the Whispering Gums Motel, in Newstead, thanks Sean Dooley & John Alexander.


The Regent Honeyeater outside the Whispering Gums Motel, in Newstead is no longer there, however there are at least two, maybe three Scarlet Honeyeaters, thanks Peter Fuller.

The Powerful Owl in Williamstown was not seen on the 5th. From downtown Williamstown drive south along the Strand and turn left (east) into Nelson Place, heading towards the Bay.  The elm/s in question are on the left (northern) side of Nelson Place just beyond Ann St, out the front of Nelson House (the offices of Tenix), thanks Richard Nowotny.

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