Birdline Victoria Update - 25 April, 2004

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Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 17:30:00 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 158
For the week ending: 25 April, 2004

26 April
A single male Golden Whistler was observed this morning in a peppercorn tree
in a yard adjoining our backyard in Kurrajong Crescent, Melton South, thanks
Micah Kawalek.

25 April
There were 5 Singing Honeyeaters, a Peregrine Falcon, 13 Blue-winged Parrots
and a flock of 140 Red Wattlebirds at the monthly survey of the Eastern
Treatment Plant, thanks Mike Carter.

25 April
4 Gang-gang Cockatoos have been around Rosanna Parklands for a few days or
longer, thanks Doug Franklin.

25 April
There was a flock of 13 Hooded Plovers including 7 juveniles just inside the
gate at the Emily St end of Lake Victoria, Point Lonsdale, thanks Rod

24 April
A lone Black Kite was observed adjacent to the Western Freeway at Anthonys
Cutting, Long Forest, thanks Micah Kawalek.

24 April
A pair of Peregrine Falcons were seen near Blue tongue bend in the
Warrandyte State Park, the female sat on a dead tree over hanging a small
valley for some 10 mins before being joined by the male and then performed a
fantastic flying display, thanks Nick Portlock.

18 April
During a walk at Braeside park there was a Peaceful Dove. Rather unusual
this far south nowadays, thanks Richard Walsh.

18 April
There was a Singing Honeyeater and male Flame Robin by the cliff top path
above Half Moon Bay, Black Rock. Also a nice visit on Saturday (16/4) to
Elsternwick Park, including the Golf Course, with Buff-banded Rail,
Red-rumped Parrot and Peregrine and Whistling Kite overhead. There were 5
more Red-rumps at Brighton Golf Course, thanks Michael Norris.

15 April
Observed at close quarters a male Turquoise Parrot 1km North of Cabbage Tree
Creek Palms Flora and Fauna Reserve in East Gippsland, thanks Bryan Walsh.

Mid April
Excellent birding over the last two weeks at Ricketts Point (2nd-16th April)
- 130-140 Common Terns many attaining full B.P. by 16/4
- c.1500 Crested Terns on 2/4
- 2 definitely, maybe 8-10 White-fronted terns on 9/4 and 16/4
- A possible non-breeding Arctic Tern on 7/4 and 16/4 -slightly smaller
stature, extensive white forehead reaching to behind eye. shortish bill,
tail streamers equalling primaries at rest, different jizz to Commons. Was
chastised by Commons on several occasions. Did not, however, appear to have
shorter legs than Commons, and prominent dark trailing edge to primaries
when in flight was not obvious. Would appreciate corroboration on this
matter if at all possible by interested parties.
- 2-3 Arctic Jaegers offshore harassing terns on 9,13,16/4
- At least 1500 Short-tailed Shearwaters just offshore on 8/4
- An Eastern Curlew on 8/4, chased by Silver Gulls
- One Red-necked Stint on 8/4, thanks Steve Davidson.

12 April
There were about 8 Flame Robins at Point Cook at the Carpark to the 'Tower';
4 fully flame red ones and 4 females, thanks Vin Lam.

12 April
One of the first Swift Parrots for the season were seen just south of the
Paddy Ranges State Park (near Maryborough). Only a few Ironbarks in full
flower but plenty to keep the many Musk and Little Lorikeets happy, thanks
Alan Flack.

12 April
A couple of hours at Lysterfield Park there were abundant Spotted
Pardalotes, Striated Pardalotes, Gang Gang Cockatoos, Yellow-tailed
Black-Cockatoos, Crescent Honeyeater, Mistletoebird & White-eared
Honeyeater, thanks Michael Williams.

12 April
There were 25 Magpie Geese flying over Lara probably from Serendip, thanks
John & Sue O’Malley.

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