Birdline Victoria Update - 18/3/01

Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 18/3/01
From: Stuart Cooney <>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 11:46:14 +1100
Birdline Victoria Update for the week ending 18/3/01

The House Swifts are a great sighting if confirmed, however almost a week on and no-one has confirmed the sighting.  The White-headed Petrel, while not twitchable, provides us with a clue as to what is out there, when we are not.  Keep those reports coming in!

15 March
A Bassian Thrush was seen at the Hamilton Botanical Gardens, this is possibly the first record for the city, thanks Steve Clark

13 March
Unconfirmed sightings of up to 20 House Swifts at Nelson in South West Victoria.  This would be the first sighting in Victoria if confirmed, thanks Mike Carter

12 March
The Pectoral Sandpiper has again been seen at the Bendigo Mining Evaporation Ponds on the road to Dingee and Mitiamo at Woodvale, 20 km's north of Bendigo, thanks Simon Kennedy

12 March
A long dead White-headed Petrel was retrieved from Flinders Beach by Clive Minton

12 March
2 Wood Sandpipers left in the northern section of the Edithvale Wetlands that is rapidly drying, thanks Mike Carter

11 March
A Plumed Whistling-Duck at the Bendigo Sewage Ponds, thanks Margaret Cameron

10 March
A Painted Button-Quail at the You Yangs, near the Birds Australia Boneseed Management Area, thanks Mark Kliene

5 March
A Ruff at Point Cook was seen by Fred Williams, thanks Margaret Cameron

3 March
A Little Bittern was seen at the Western Treatment Plant It was on the Lake Borrie side of the Little River in the patch of reeds about a km downstream of the ford, viewed from the opposite bank of the river, thanks Chris Lester.

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