White headed pigeon sighted in Lorne (Vic)

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Subject: White headed pigeon sighted in Lorne (Vic)
From: "lingham" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 21:35:41 +1100
Hi to Rick and Tim
The White-headed Pigeon at Lorne is probably a new species for the area
southwest of Melbourne. It has not been recorded in Trevor Pescott's "Birds
of Geelong" (1983) or the Geelong Bird Report (published annually by the
Geelong Field Naturalists Club 
The Geelong Bird Report is compiled by Marilyn Hewish and she collates all
known records of bird sightings between Bacchus Marsh and Port Campbell
(excluding the Western treatment Plant) and gives details of the status of
each species and where they were seen. There are no records of White-headed
pigeons between 1993 and the present.
If you visit the Sheoak Picnic ground looking for Satin Bowerbirds, you may
also wish to walk on the track towards Phantom Falls to see the Satin
Flycatchers. They are just past the road leading into the picnic ground.
Barry Lingham
Bird Group Coordinator
Geelong Field Naturalists Club
Hi Rick,
Great bird! I've put your record up on Birdline Victoria - see (click on Birdline Victoria, right hand side).
The Geelong Field Nats would also be very interested in this record -
see They may also have other records
of White-headed Pigeon in the greater Geelong area. (I'd be Interested
to hear.)
The most westerly recent record I have of a White-headed Pigeon is at
Ferny Creek near Sassafras NE of Melbourne (30/10/2007). This year (this
spring season) they have also been record Swan Reach near Lakes Entrance
(09/10/2007) and at Mallacoota (10/07/2007).
Also Satin Bowerbird is reasonably common in the Otways. A good place to
find them is at the Sheoak Panic Area (on the Allenvale Rd) a couple of
km behind Lorne.
Tim Dolby
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Sent: Sunday, 11 November 2007 6:08 PM
Subject: White headed pigeon sighted in Lorne (Vic)
Single white headed pigeon sighted on several occasions at feeder in
Hopetoun Tce Lorne. Adult bird. Photographed at feeder. Nice
sighting...anyone heard of them being this far west?
Rick Purcell.



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