Birdline Victoria Update - 24 October 2004

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Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004 08:31:56 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 181
For the week ending: 24 October 2004
The Little Bittern at Bundoora is still showing well. It was seen Thursday
evening from about 6, Friday evening same, and then Sunday at around 11 am
and then again at 12:30. Thanks Rohan Clarke.

25 October
A single male Brown Songlark was seen on a roadside fence along Greigs Road
at Truganina, 200 metres west of the Hopkins Road intersection. Thanks Micah

24 October
A breeding pair of Buff-banded Rails with at least 1 chick seen in the
Mullum Mullum Valley behind Whitefriars College, Donvale VIC. Thanks David
De Angelis.

24 October
A pair of Peregrine Falcons was observed in aerial acrobats whilst calling
loudly over Kurrajong Crescent in Melton South. Thanks Micah Kawalek.

22 October
A a single Peaceful Dove was seen flying along Faulkners Road at Mount
Cottrell, adjacent to the Motor Cross track. Singing Bushlarks were also
heard singing in adjoining native grassland fields. Thanks Micah Kawalek.

21 October
On Thursday evening from about 5:45 pm through till dusk a male Little
Bittern was seen on the small ponds beside Moonstone Walk, Bundoora (Melways
map 19 J5). As with suggestions in previous years if you make a visit to see
Little Bittern(s?) here stay on the Moonstone Walk side of the lakes and do
not make any attempt to flush birds from the reeds. With patience they will
appear. Thanks Rohan Clarke.

21 October
On Oct 21 at the Western Treatment Plant were 20 Bar-tailed Godwit and a
Little Egret at The Spit, 1 Australasian Bittern and 17 Black-tailed Godwit
at the Conservation Ponds, no sign of the Ruff on Paradise Rd. Thanks Ben

20 October
Highlights of a visit to the Western Treatment Plant included two chicks
with the pair of Brolgas, a Cape Barren Goose sitting on a nest at the South
 end of Lake Borrie (near nest box 157 which is near the "webcam" - the
other goose was in the usual spot at Paradise Rd) and 21 Banded Lapwings at
the corner of Beach and Pt Wilson Roads. 7 Golden Plover at Kirk Pt and lots
of Ruddy Turnstones in that area. No sign of the Ruff today. Thanks Dave

19 October
At least 150 Glossy Ibis present at Hirds swamp near Cohuna, NW Victoria.
Also 1 Long-toed Stint, 2-3 Painted Snipe and 15 Blue-winged Parrots
reported there. Thanks Simon Starr.

17 October
There was a flock of 19 Glossy Ibis at the Bendigo STW. They were feeding
furiously and moved around the northern lagoon always together, sometimes
intermingling with about 30 Black-winged Stilts. Thanks Roger Standen.

17 October
There were approximately 40 Pacific Golden Plovers in the salt marsh on Pt
Kirk and there was also Singing Bushlark on Pousties Rd, on the edge of
Avalon Airport. Thanks Peter Fuller.

16-17th October.
At least 4 parties of Mallee Emu-wren, 10 of Chestnut Quail-thrush and
single records of Pink Cockatoo and Regent Parrot at Nowingi on the exact
site of the proposed toxic waste dump. Thanks Sean Dooley.

17 October
The Brown Gerygone is still in Ferntree Gully NP. On Tree Fern Gully Track,
just above the junction with Ramblers Walk. Very vocal and active.
Large-billed Scrubwren and Brown Thornbills nearby. Thanks Richard Case.

17 October
A single Black Kite was seen over the Geelong - Bacchus Marsh Road at
Parwan, 400 meters south of the intersection with Smiths Road. Thanks Micah

17 October
Flock of 13 Gang-gang Cockatoos in Sugar Gum in a garden in Viewbank (very
unusual for suburbs in spring). Thanks Richard Loyn.

17 October
Painted Honeyeater (1, possibly 2) Bartley's Block. Chiltern-Mt Pilot
National Park. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

17 October
Pacific Black Duck (leucistic plumaged) Chiltern No.1 Dam. Same size, shape
and a strong flight as normally plumaged Black Ducks. However this bird was
off white on the upperparts, had a pale fawn eye-stripe and blotchy fawn and
off white underparts. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

16 October
More than ten Rainbow Bee-eaters, 2 Azure Kingfishers, a Dollarbird, Little
Friarbirds and four Crested Shrike-tits were highlights of birds seen at
Lake Benalla. Thanks Fiona-Marie Parkin.

16 October
There are approximately twenty thousand Banded Stilts at White Lake near
Douglas.  Thanks Simon Starr.

16 October
Rainbow Bee-eaters and Noisy Friarbirds have arrived in Maffra, Thanks
Duncan Fraser.

15 October
There were Mallee Emu-wrens along Nowingi Track in Hattah NP, in two groups
of 3 birds. Also there, heard Black-eared Cuckoo and saw Female Chestnut
Quail-thrush. East of Hattah near Annuello saw 2 adult Spotted Harriers, a
pair of Gilbert's Whistler, 2 Chestnut-crowned Babbler and Black-capped
Sittella. At Lake Boga there were at least 1000 Whiskered Terns, with one
White-winged Black Tern present, and 2 White-bellied Sea-eagles. Thanks
Steve Davidson.

15 October
Black Kite (1) Mokoan Rest Area. One observed over the Hume Freeway and
adjacent padddocks. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

15 October
There were still 3 White-fronted Terns (juvs.) at Mornington Harbour. This
sighting is getting late in the season. Thanks Mike Carter.

11 October
There was a lone Osprey gliding over beach area at “Petticoat Creek” along
the Great Ocean Rd. east of Apollo Bay. Thanks John & Sue O’Malley.

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