Birdline Victoria Update - 1 May 2005

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Birdline Victoria Update No. 202
For the week ending: 1 May 2005

30 April
On a BOCA digital photography workshop-outing to Serendip, six species of raptor were seen: 5+ Whistling Kite, 3 Little Eagle (2 dark morph), 2 Wedge-tailed Eagle, one Spotted Harrier, one Brown Goshawk & one Black Falcon. Thanks Glen White.

30 April
A single Crested Pigeon was sighted on the eastern end of the Stratford township. Thanks Duncan Fraser.

29 April
Flame Robins are not often seen among the dairylands around Warrnambool. Male and female seen today on bank of Hopkins estuary between Warrnambool and Allansford. Thanks Peter Tyler.

25 April
There was an adult Black Falcon flying over the vast section of dried lake bed at Lake Burrumbeet, west of Ballarat. Also hundreds of Red-necked Advocets foraging in the vast area of shallow water that is present. Thanks Grant Palmer.

25 April
A group of finches were recorded feeding on exotic grass seeds alongside Orchard Road, Hamilton Park (approx halfway between Glenrowan and Wangaratta). Amongst this group were 20+ Red-browed Firetail, two Zebra Finch, a Spotted Pardalote and a single Double-barred Finch. Thanks Chris Timewell.

24 April
The highlights of the monthly Eastern Treatment Plant survey include late Marsh Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and 57 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and 14 Double-banded Plover. Thanks Euan Fothergill per Mike Carter.

24 April
A remarkable day at Whipstick/Kamarooka section of GBNP, with 15 species of honeyeater seen. Highlights were 4-5 White-fronted Honeyeater, 5-6 Purple-gaped Honeyeater, 1 Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater absolutely everywhere in all habitats, innumerable Purple-crowned, Little and Musk Lorikeets, 10-15 White-browed and 1 Masked Woodswallow, Red-capped Robin, 3-4 Shy Heathwren, 3 Diamond Firetail, Collared Sparrowhawk and Wedge-tailed Eagle. 65 species for the morning. Thanks Steve Davidson.

24 April
There were approx.35 Orange Chats in a paddock full of Atriplex sp. (huge roly-polys) 10kms west of Pyramid Hill(SW of junction of Collins Road and the Pyramid/Gladfield Road Vicroads map 30 A2). Note that Collins Road does continue north to meet the Gladfield Road, not shown on my Vicroads map. Thanks Simon Starr.

23 April
A single Powerful Owl was heard calling along McLeans Highway (VicRoads Map 77-F7) in the Brisbane Ranges National Park on Saturday night. Thanks Aaron Organ.

23 April
At Mount Disappointment State Forest, No.1 Camp there were 3 Spotted Quail-thrush and a female Rose Robin. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

20 April
A Brown Gerygone was seen at Sherbrooke section of Dandenong Ranges NP along Wattle Track, 300m from Sherbrook Road. Thanks Peter Crabtree per Mike Carter.

19 April
4 Red-Kneed Dotterel at Truganina Swamp, Altona. Thanks Colin Clark.

17 April
There were about a two dozen Swift Parrots seen feeding in Grey Box trees in the Mia Mia Rd, Mia Mia Track area of the Muckleford forest Newstead. Also a large number of Fork-tailed Swifts flying high above the same area. Thanks John Alexander.

17 April
Look at this report from John Barkla at the Western Treatment Plant. As well as 2 Orange-bellied Parrots other highlights for the day were: 200-300 Freckled Duck (I counted over 200 but there were many others on the adjacent lagoon which I could not see properly); a Flame Robin at the mouth of the Little River (Fred saw 6 there yesterday); Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints and White-winged Black Terns in full breeding plumage; 5 Common Terns (Michael Seyfort had seen over 20 earlier in the day) and 7 Fairy Terns; some unusual passerines for the WTP (presumably moving through) including 5 Mistletoebirds, 2 Crested Shriketits, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters (regular winter visitors) and Spotted and Striated Pardalotes; many Cape Barren Geese (now a regular feature); nesting Darters; and a dozen Black-tailed Native-hens crammed together under a one metre wide Boxthorn to escape the attentions of a quite interested Swamp Harrier. In all they saw exactly 100 species on the WTP for the day. Thanks John Barkla.

17 April
At a swamp in Harrison road, Dennington (Warrnambool), 5 Wood Sandpipers mid morning, still there late afternoon, not found Monday or Tuesday. Thanks Peter Tyler.

17 April
On the Flooding Creek Track, Sale, this Sunday morning during the ABSA bird walk, many immature Olive-backed Orioles, a Shining Bronze Cuckoo, and many Darters, including half a dozen soaring over the Sale Common water body. Thanks Duncan Fraser.

16 April
The highlights of the monthly Port Fairy Pelagic include: 10 Slender-billed Prions, 15 Antarctic Prions, 2 Sooty Albatross and a Grey-backed Storm-Petrel. Thanks Rohan Clarke.

16 April
A single Orange-bellied Parrot was seen at the Spit at the Western Treatment Plant. Thanks Simon Mustoe.

16 April
There were 3 Zebra Finch on Mansfield Road, on the north west side of Melbourne Airport. Thanks Michael Ramsey.


25 April
ANZAC Day at the Werribee Sewage Farm: Paradise Ponds/ Lake Borrie: Black Falcon (2 ind's, repeatedly hunting over ponds for 1 hr), Freckled Duck (min 150, potentially lots more), Cape Barren Goose (ca 20). Spit/T-junction: Spotted Crake (ca 10), Spotless Crake (1), Buff-banded Rail (2), Brolga (3), still more than 100 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, a few Curlew SPs, still hundreds of Red-necked Stints. Also, Wayne Longmore reported both OBPs (both bearing a green band) from the surroundings of the gate to the T-junction area in early morning. Thanks Frank Rheindt.

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