Autumn in Nth Victoria

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Subject: Autumn in Nth Victoria
From: "Chris Coleborn" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 11:41:26 +1000
The autumn weather in northern Victoria at present is really something. The
tranquil, warm days with the hint of a cool breeze and refreshingly cool
evenings make for great weather and good birding.

Over the last week I had opportunity to spend two days birding in the
Terrick Terrick area and the Yassim Swamp area. It was very satisfying
birding, with good numbers of species being seen. The Plumed Whistiling
Ducks continue to hang out at their usual site, and despite the duck hunting
season, a good variety of ducks were seen, including Blue Bill, Musk,
Pink-ear and Shoveler. Raptors were out in force. Peregrines and Hobbys are
fairly common up here, so it was good to see both them as well as a Black
Falcon, who was chasing some Starlings and Sparrows in some open grassland
with scattered bushes. Black-tail Native hens are still in the area, as are
some waders. The most common at present are Red-necked Stints. I saw over
500 at Lake Kelly. There were also some beautifully coloured Curlew
Sandpipers and over 400 Banded Stilts. Out on the grassy plains were some
good flocks of Banded Lapwings. In the Woodlands, our regulars were to be
seen, including Australian Ringneck, Blue Bonnet and our Yellow 'Crimson'
Rosella. Western Gerygone, Chestnut-rumped Thornbills joined the more common
Weebills and Yellow Thornbills. Red-capped and Hooded Robins, joined
Southern Whiteface, Grey-crowned and White-browed Babblers. Gilbert's
Whistlers made an occasional song to liven the bush up and to compete with
the more vocal Rufous Whistlers and Grey Shrike-thrush. Out on the plains,
White-winged Fairy-wrens were fairly common, and it was great to see the
Orange Chats still at Tutchewop.


Chris Coleborn

The full list of sightings was as follows:
Plumed Whistling Duck
Blue-billed Duck
Musk Duck
Black Swan
Australian Shelduck
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Shoveler
Grey Teal Pink-eared Duck
Australian Grebe
Hoary-headed Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Little Pied Cormorant
Pied Coprmorant
Little Black Cormorant
Australian Pelican
White-faced Heron
White-necked Heron
Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
Cattle Egret
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Black-shouldered Kite
Black Kite
 Whistling Kite
Spotted Harrier
Brown Goshawk
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Little Eagle
Brown Falcon
Australian Hobby
Black Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Nankeen Kestrel
Purple Swamphen
Dusky Moorhen
Black-tailed Native-hen
Eurasian Coot
Marsh Sandpiper
Common greenshank
Red-necked Stint
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Black-winged Stilt
Banded Stilt
Red-necked Avocet
Black-fronted Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel
Banded Lapwing
Masked Lapwing
Silver Gull
 Whiskered Tern
Rock Dove
Cpommon Bronzewing
 Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Long-billed Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Crimson (Yellow) Rosella
 Eastern Rosella
Australian Ringneck
Blue Bonnet
 Red-rumped Parrot
Pallid Cuckoo
Southern Boobook
Laughing Kookaburra
Sacred Kingfisher
White-browed Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper
Superb Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren
White-winged Fairy-wren
Striated Pardalote
Western Gerygone
Brown Thornbill
Chrstnut-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Southern Whiteface
Red Wattlebird
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Noisy Friarbird
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Yellow-throated Miner
Singing Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
Orange Chat
White-fronted Chat
Jack Winter
Red-capped Robin
Hooded Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
Grey-crowned Babbler
White-browed Babbler
Varied Sitella
Gilbert's Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Restless Flycatcher
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Olive-backed Oriole
White-breasted Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow
Ppied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Australian Raven
Little Raven
White-winged Chough
Singing Bushlark
Richard's Pipit
House Sparrow
Zebra Finch
Diamond Firetail
White-backed Swallow
Welcome Swallow
Clamorous Reed-Warbler
Common Blackbird
Common Starling

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