Birdline Victoria Update - 18 September 2005

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Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 19:04:06 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 219
For the week ending: 18 September 2005

19 September
At Newport Lakes Park in Newport a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater was observed.
Thanks Michael Ramsey.

19 September
At Cherry Lake in Altona a male Rose Robin was observed in native shrubs
between Millers Road and the bike path around the lake. This is not usual
habitat for this species and it may have been on migration.

19 September
Around the Altona Coastal Park 3 Striated Fieldwrens were observed singing,
a Little Egret was also found as well as a recently dead Little Penguin.

19 September
At Jawbone Conservation Reserve in Williamstown there were two pair of Great
Crested Grebe, a Little Egret and 4 Eurasian Tree Sparrows.

18 September
At Yan Yean Reservoir there were 5 Purple-crowned Lorikeets, 30 Great
Crested Grebe, an Australian Spotted Crake, a pair of White-bellied
Sea-eagles and spring return sightings of a Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Olive-backed
Oriole and Australian Reed-warbler.

18 September
Highlight of the monthly Rossiter Rd, Carrum wetland was the return of 150
Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. Thanks Mike Carter.

12 September
Despite inclement weather conditions 53 species were observed during the
EGBOC outing to Nyerimilnag Park (Lakes Entrance). Of interest were
sightings of a Brush Bronzewing in the homestead gardens, a Little Egret, a
small party of Brown-headed Honeyeaters, and four early returning
Olive-backed Orioles. Thanks Harvey Rodda and Len Axen.

Mid September
Recent arrivals at Truganina Swamp, Altona - 4 Common Greenshank, 2 Marsh
Sandpiper, 1 Fan-tailed Cuckoo. Also a Black-fronted Dotterel on pool on
West side of Laverton Creek near path to Time Beacon. Thanks Colin Clark.

12 September
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos have suddenly been showing up around inner
Melbourne. John Harris saw 40 flying over the Royal Botanic Gardens on
Saturday 10th, Euan Moore saw a similar sized group in Faulkner Park near
the Alfred Hospital on the 12th while Chloe Youl saw 2 birds flying over
Church St, Richmond, just next to the Yarra. They narrowly missed the top of
a tram before heading off in the direction of the Botanic Gardens.

10 September
At Mornington Harbour there were 4 imm. White-fronted Terns with >120
Crested Terns. Thanks Mike Carter.

10 September
A pair of Eastern Curlews have been seen foraging on the sand flats adjacent
to the mouth of the Snowy River. Thanks Len Axen.

9 September
At Killawarra Forest near Wangaratta there were 4 Painted Honeyeaters in the
mistletoe near 'the Cricket Ground' about 500 metres from the Picnic Ground.
We visited the forest again on Sunday and again sighted one in the same
vicinity. This may be a fairly early sighting. Thanks Janet Norman.

9 September
In eucalypt woodland around Marlo a pair of Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoos have
been incessantly calling. A Shining Bronze-cuckoo and a flock of 21 Tree
Martins were also noted. Thanks Len Axen.

9 September
There was an Eastern Curlew and 22 Great Knots at “The Spit” Werribee
Treatment and a Spotted Harrier at the boat ramp entrance to Lk. Borrie WTP
area hawking over the long grass on the right as one drives down the road.
Thanks John & Sue O’Malley.

6 September
Flying over Sale, 200 Cattle Egrets. Thanks Duncan Fraser.

5 September
A Barn Owl was stunned after colliding into the windows at the back of the
Bendigo Art Gallery in Rosiland Park. It was being mobbed by Ravens, Red
Wattlebirds and Magpielarks. Thanks Adrian Martins.

5 September
A Shining Bronze-Cuckoo was calling from a tree near the Hamilton railway
station this afternoon. These birds arrive in town anytime between the end
of August and mid October so this is on the early side. Thanks Steve Clark.

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