Birdline Victoria Update - 5 September 2004

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Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 08:51:42 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 175
For the week ending: 5 September 2004

3 September
A single Long-billed Corella on the corner of Marine Pde and Pickles Rd.
Thanks Vin Lam.

3 September
Both Fan-tailed and Pallid Cuckoo’s could be heard calling from the look out
tower on the summit of Mount Tarrengower near Maldon township. Thanks Micah

2 September
There was an extremely large congregation of 60 White-fronted Terns at
Mornington Harbour.  Thanks Mike Carter.

1 September
1 Scaly-breasted Lorikeet with a Rainbow Lorikeet on a powerline at the
corner of Marine Pde and Pickles Rd, South Melbourne.  Thanks Vin Lam.

30 August
There was a Grey Goshawk (white morph variety) perched along the Werribee
River at the Werribee Zoo.  Thanks Prue Simmons.

30 August
Highlights of a birdwatching morning at the Cabbage Tree Palms Reserve in
East Gippsland included numerous Olive Backed Orioles, Golden Whistlers, a
Large Billed Scrub Wren and a pair of Rose Robins. Thanks Len Axen.

29 August
There were 141 Cattle Egrets and an Olive-backed Oriole at Banyule Flat.
Thanks Richard Loyn.

29 August
On a BOCA visit to Serendip Sanctuary, there were a pair of Black Falcon,
plus one Black Kite, one Peregrine & 2 pairs of breeding Whistling Kite.
Thanks Glen White

28-29 August
At the far western end of Barmah Forest a small flock of Tree Martins was
seen; one Western Gerygone was heard and one Fan-tailed Cuckoo heard. Thanks
George Appleby

29 August
An Eastern Curlew was seen feeding on the sand flats at low tide adjacent to
the mouth of the Snowy River. A very early season sighting for this area.
Thanks Len Axen.

29 August
In the banksia heathland next to farmland on the Nhill- Harrow Road, 2 km
south of Stringybark Walk, there were 2 White-winged Triller, 1 possible
Slender-billed Thornbill, 1 Collared Sparrowhawk, as well as large numbers
of Tawny-crowned and White-fronted Honeyeater. Thanks Tim Dolby.

29 August
At the BA Victoria survey of Mt Elgin Swamp (dry), a Trust for Nature
property near Nhill, there were half a dozen Rufous Songlark as well as
large numbers of Tree Martin. The property also supports an excellent array
of raptors, with 7 species recorded during the survey including Black Kite,
Peregrine Falcon, Nankeen Kestrel, Black Shouldered Kite, Whistling Kite,
Brown Falcon and Brown Goshawk. Boobook Owl, Barn Owl, Tawny Frogmouth and
Owlet Nightjar (with a fantastic daylight view of a flushed bird) were also
recorded. Thanks Tim Dolby.

29 August
At the Western Treatment Plant there was a Black Kite and 2 Fan-tailed
Cuckoo on New Farm Rd, 4 Glossy Ibis and 15 Black-tailed Godwit on Paradise
Rd as well as 6 White-necked Herons – T-section lagoons, a Fairy Tern – Kirk
Point and Marsh Sandpipers – Borrow Pits. Thanks Richard Nowotny.

29 August
There was a Western Rosella, presumably an escapee, at Darebin Park in
Ivanhoe. Thanks Anthea Fleming.

28 August
Fan Tailed Cuckoos have arrived in Marlo and incessantly called throughout
the day. Thanks Len Axen.

28 August
Steve Clark popped out to Lake Linlithgow today and checked out all the
nearby lakes and swamps: Lake Linlithgow had small numbers of Double-banded
Plovers on the northern shore line with some Red-necked Stints and
Red-capped Plovers, Lake Bullrush had an estimated 600-800 Black Swans and I
counted 64 nest mounds. A pair of Brolgas were also nesting here and Krause
Swamp had small numbers of Pink-eared Ducks and Hardheads and a pair of
Brolgas - not nesting as far as I could see.

28 August
Chris Doughty saw a Regent Honeyeater in the front garden of 7 Geale Street,
Meeniyan.  Thanks Mike Carter.

27 August
20+ Little Penguin loafing and diving just beyond and between Station and
Princes Piers, Port Melbourne. Thanks Richard Nowotny.

26 August
There was a Red-winged Parrot at Wheelers Hill, probably an aviary escapee.
Thanks John Stirling.

25 August
There were two male White-winged Trillers near Pyramid Hill.  Thanks Simon

25 August
There was a Powerful Owl at Shepherds Bush in Glen Waverly next to Jells
Park. Thanks Bruce Wedderburn.

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Stuart Cooney
Birdline Victoria

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