Birdline Victoria Update - 26 Sep 2005

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Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 11:01:08 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 220
For the week ending: 26 September 2005

Late September
Six Grey-Crowned Babblers (4 adults and two sub adults) sighted feeding and preening directly at the back of the Kimbolton kiosk at Lake Eppalock. Constantly mobbed by Noisy Miners when in flight to and from their nest situated on the lake side of the levee bank. Thanks Adrian Martins.

23 September
At the Western Treatment Plant there was a dead Barn Owl at the Western Lagoon. Adjacent on The Spit Nature Conservation Reserve there was a Whimbrel and two Caspian Tern. At Lake Borrie there was a Glossy Ibis. On Pardadise Road there was a Black-tailed Godwit and three Cape Barren Geese. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

22 September
There was a mixed flock of 60+ waders at Truganina Swamp, Altona 22nd September, mostly Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and a few Red-necked Stints. Also 10 Common Greenshank.Thanks Colin Clark.

20 September
David Archer reported that he had found a Southern Fulmar, freshly dead, on the beach at Frankston in Port Phillip Bay. Thanks Mike Carter.

20 September
Following the several earlier reports this month, this morning there were at least 32 YTBCs feeding noisily in the mature wattle plantation on the east side of Merri Creek, Clifton Hill, just upstream from the Roseneath St footbridge. This is about 6 km from the GPO Melbourne. Thanks Neville Pamment.

19 September
Ross Beeby (pers.obs.) reports a female/ brown-plumaged Satin Bowerbird feeding in his garden in residential Airey's Inlet, on 19/09/05, possibly on the edge of the species range in the Otways region. Thanks Steve Davidson .

19 September
There was a pair of Hooded Plovers on the rock ledge foreshore about 300m east of the Skenes Creek beach. Thanks Owen Slattery.

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
A Buff-banded Rail and a Latham's Snipe were seen at Banyule Flats on Sunday 18th September. Thanks James Bailey.

18 September
A male Rose Robin was seen at Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula, Vic on a Penboc outing last Sunday - 18 September. Whilst we see them occasionally on the peninsula Cape Schanck is not their usual habitat and it was no doubt passing through. Thanks Val Ford.

18 September
There was an Emu in the Anglesea heathlands behind Airey's Inlet along the Distillery Creek Rd. Thanks Peter Fuller.

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.

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