Birdline Victoria Update - 20 February 2005

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Birdline Victoria Update No. 195
For the week ending: 20 February 2005

20 February
Highlights of a trip to Mt Disappointment State Forest, north of Melbourne
were: at Strath Creek Falls a Red-capped Robin in dry forest and numerous
White-throated Needletail and at Upper King Parrot Creek a Rufous Fantail.
Thanks Michael Ramsey.

19 February
A single Ground Parrot was flushed from a fire break at Wilson's Promontory
NP. 5 mile road, 1km east of main road on south side. (co-ordinates: S38
55.844, E146 17.242). Thanks Stephen Nutt.

18 February
200+ White-throated Needletails in the Ceres/Gnarwarre area west of Geelong,
ahead of the cold front today. Thanks John Newman.

16 February
160 plus, Long-billed Corellas feeding on ground, corner of Heatherton and
Springvale road. (opposite MacDonald's) 7am 16.2.05. The birds have been
around since before last Christmas but not in this number. They appear to be
digging up roots of a weed or grasses. Thanks Wendy Dunn.

14 February
Highlights of a trip to the Western Treatment Plant were 4 adult Banded
Stilt at the sand banks off Little River at low tide as well as Little and
Fairy Terns, a pale phase Arctic Jaeger flying past, immature Spotted
Harrier over Lake Borrie and a Lesser Sand Plover at Kirk Point. Thanks
Tania Ireton.

14 February
4 more Cape Gannets were seen at Lawrence Rocks off Portland among
thousand's of Australasian Gannets. Thanks Rob Farnes.

14 February
Approximately 20 White-throated Needletails over Glen Waverley at 11.45 am,
but quickly disappeared. Thanks Bill Ramsay.

13 February
The quarterly BOCA survey of Pinkerton Forest/Bush's Paddock found 46
species, including Diamond Firetail, Zebra Finch, Little Eagle, Jacky
Winter, Brown Treecreeper and Weebill. The next survey is on May 8th. Note
these are private properties. Thanks Dave Torr.

13 February
A Psittacula parrot on an overhead power line along Point Cook Homestead Rd
(near the house on the northern side of the road, Melway Map 208, G12).
Initially seen near a perched Crested Pigeon, then joined by a Magpie-Lark,
the bird was last seen flying swiftly NE across the surrounding fields. An
all-green bird with a coral bill and eye-ring, it was most likely either a
female/juvenile Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria) or a
female/juvenile Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri), both of which are
popular cage-birds. Thanks Richard Nowotny.

13 February
A large flock, 200+, Corella (probably Long-billed ) flew into Jackson's
Creek at Sunbury, continuing upstream. The Sunbury flock has grown
considerably over the past ten years, but this was by far the biggest group
that Roger has observed here. Thanks Roger McGlashan.

13 February
At Womelano Falls Kinglake National Park there was a Rufous Fantail and a
female Satin Flycatcher. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

12 February
At Yellow Gum Park, Plenty there was a female Restless Flycatcher. Thanks
Michael Ramsey.

11 February
There was a single Lewin’s Rail along the edge of vegetation at “The Spit
Reserve” Werribee Treatment, turn 2nd. Road to the right on entry to reserve
and go to the end, look along the fringes of the creek/lagoon?? Thanks John
& Sue O’Malley.

10 February
25 - 30 Topknot Pigeons, mainly adults, were observed gorging themselves on
ripening palm fruit within the Cabbage Tree Palm reserve early this morning.
Thanks Len Axen.

9 February
Black Falcon – Kirk Point, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee (flying fast
through a flock of small waders). Presumably the same bird which has now
been reported several times from various locations around the WTP. Thanks
Richard Nowotny.

9 February
Dave Torr made a brief visit to the main part of the Western Treatment Plant
on Wed 9th - one week after the record rains. All tracks were open and
seemed in good conditions. Pond levels of course were quite high. The second
pond down from the ford on the north side of Little River had an adult
Banded Stilt amongst the Avocets, and there were 2-3 White-winged Black
Terns over Little River amongst the Whiskered Terns. 270S Borrow Pit had no
waders at all - not even stilts. 35E8 Conservation Pond (nearest one to the
Borrow Pit) had a reasonable number of waders, including a Ruff.

8 February
There was a single Pomarine Jaeger (dark morph), flying close to shore in
Corio Bay Geelong, up near the docks car park. Also Sue and I observed 4
Painted Button-quail at the Stony Creek Picnic area near the Anakie Gorge
walk in the Brisbane Ranges. Thanks John & Sue O’Malley.

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Stuart Cooney
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