Birdline Victoria Update - 23 January 2005

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Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2005 08:09:59 +1100
Birdline Victoria Update No. 191
For the week ending: 23 January 2005


23 January
Yesterday Maarten Hulzebosch found a gull which he believes to be a Laughing Gull at the mouth of the Little River in the Western Treatment Plant (Werribee Sewage Farm). It appears to be an adult either moulting into or in winter plumage. It seemed quite approachable but at times was difficult to pick out from the flock of silver gulls assembled there. Maarten suggests that one could wade out to it's position if it is in the same spot but asks people to use common sense and not flush other birds such as roosting waders by walking on dry mud. He noticed that the gulls started flying around and feeding at about 4 pm so a visit before then might be more productive. Note that Franklin's Gull has not been ruled out for certain yet and more photographs and notes would be useful. Thanks Rohan Clarke.

20 January
At Seaford Swamp were 7 Common Greenshank. Thanks Ben Sinclair.

18-19 January
1 White-throated Needletail at Refuge Cove and 2 swifts or needletails at Biddies Cove, Wilson's Promontory. Thanks George Appleby.

18 January
1 adult male Turquoise Parrot observed flying through bushland at the junction of the Cabbage Tree - Cape Conran and Old Coast roads. This species appears to be regularly sighted in the coastal area between Cape Conran and Bemm River. Thanks Len Axen.

17 January
2 fully grown Wedge-tailed Eagles hunting over Bills Creek, Wairewa East Gippsland. This is the 1st sighting of wedgies in area for 2 years by this observer. Thanks Ray Shaw.

16 January
75 White-throated Needletail over Ryans Lookout Warby Ranges. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

15 January
On the weekend banding trip to Rushworth, 6 White-throated Needletails were seen on Friday night, and 6 more on Saturday night about 7 pm. All were above the north-west section of the park (near Ludlows Dam). Danny Rogers also saw a pair of Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens feeding a juvenile Shining Bronze-Cuckoo near Stumpy Dam (we managed to catch and band the male Heathwren and the Bronze-Cuckoo). Thanks Dean Ingwersen.

15 January
1 Australian Pratincole seen near south-east corner of Lake Murphy near Kerang. Thanks Simon Starr.

15 January
1 Wood Sandpiper seen at Macdonalds swamp near Kerang. Thanks Simon Starr.

15 January
At Braeside Park were 2 Darter, 1 Latham's Snipe, approx 25 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, 1 Australian Spotted Crake, 1 Whistling Kite. Thanks Ben Sinclair.

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