Birdline Victoria Update -19/8/01

Subject: Birdline Victoria Update -19/8/01
From: Stuart Cooney <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 17:01:48 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update for the week ending 19/8/01

Quite a few people have seen the Freckled Ducks at Edithvale Wetlands.  They can be seen quite easily from the viewing platform nearest to the golf course on Edithvale Road (the extension of Springvale Rd).  The birds were originally seen on Sunday and could still be seen at lunch time on Thursday from the ramp.  This may be the first sighting for the wetland of Freck's so make sure you pay a visit.

The viewing platforms are always open, however the hide is open between 1-5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, as is staffed by volunteers from the Friends of Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands

16 August
3 Common Terns were seen at the rocks at Ricketts Point in Beaumaris, along with a female Musk Duck in the bay beyond the rocks, thanks Alex Farias.

13 August
An Osprey was reported in pines at the end of Cliff Road in Shoreham on Monday and Tuesday by Malcolm Legg and Brent Hall, this would be only the 23rd sighting for Victoria, and only the second close to Melbourne, thanks Mike Carter and Martin O'Brien for the sighting records.

12 August
A juvenile northern form of a Royal Albatross was seen off Port Fairy on a pelagic trip, thanks Mike Carter.

12 August
3 Freckled Ducks were seen from the bird-hide at the Edithvale Wetlands, thanks Joy Knight.

12 August
7 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos were seen flying low over a suburban driveway in Heidelberg Heights, thanks Mark Kliene.

11 August
A Freckled Duck was seen at Lake Borrie North, along Paradise Road in the Western Treatment Plant, thanks Debra Saxon-Campbell.

11 August
On Rams Island, off French Island, a pair of Caspian Terns were seen and up to 70 Eastern Curlews were in a loose flock over Tortoise Head marsh near Tankerton Jetty, on French Island, also seen was a White-bellied Sea-Eagle, thanks Martin O'Brien.

10 August
A pair of Gang-gang Cockatoos were seen on Pleasant Rd, East Hawthorn, thanks Peter Lansley.

9 August
A pair of Crested Pigeons were seen in the close vicinity of Melbourne at the Albert Park Golf Course, thanks Bob Cook.

8 August
3 Orange-bellied Parrots were seen at the Western Treatment Plant in Werribee, thanks Richard Nowotny.

1 August
A Gang Gang Cockatoo was seen flying from Were Street towards the centre of the south section of the Brighton Golf Course, around 94 days at this location, thanks Michael Norris.

Late July
A flock of 6 Australian Bustards were in a paddock along Noskes Settlement Road, off Hensley Park Road just north of Hamilton airport which is 12km north of Hamilton, thanks Steve Clark.

31 July
4 Masked Woodswallows, 200 White-browed Woodswallows and 150 Swift Parrots were seen feeding on profuse flowering of Yellow Gum, at the Illawarra State Forest (8km west of Stawell), thanks Simon Kennedy.

29 July
1 Red-whiskered Bulbul at Wilson Reserve/Chelsworth Park, Ivanhoe, thanks Peter Lansley.

29 July
6 to 8 Peaceful Doves in a group at the Nuggerty Ranges near Maldon, thanks John Alexander.

29 July
60 Musk Duck on permanent water on Jack Smith Lake east, thanks Duncan Fraser.

28 July
An Australasian Bittern was seen at Belmont Common and another flushed at Reedy Lake in Geelong, thanks Giles Daubeney.

28 July
Australasian Bitterns are regularly being seen from the bird-hide at the Edithvale Wetlands on Edithvale Road, one was seen flying south across the wetlands on Saturday.

27 July
7 Glossy Ibis were seen with a pair of Swans on the northern pond on Paradise Road, near the small walkway at the Western Treatment Plant.

26 July
A male Northern Shoveler was seen on South Lake Borrie at the Western Treatment Plant. South Lake Borrie is the large lake (pond 24) between the treed pond (pond 9) and Beach Road. It was near the concrete block where the Freckled Ducks hang out, but moved 500m east towards the bay, where it was resting, thanks Richard Loyn.

22 July
A South Polar Skua was seen on a pelagic trip off Port Fairy, this is an exceptionally rare sighting for winter in Australia, thanks Mike Carter

22 July
A pair of Swift Parrots near Goldsworthy Rd in Geelong, thanks Don Greaves

21 July
Two groups of Swift Parrots were seen at Deep Lead Flora and Fauna Reserve. At 37 01' 34"s, 142 45' 05"e. Thanks Steve Clark.

21 July
At Bannockburn Reserve, about 20 km west of Geelong two groups of Swift Parrots were seen feeding among Golden Wattle, and a Black-chinned Honeyeater was also reported, thanks Lawrie Conole

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