Birdline Victoria Update No. 57
For the week ending: 31 December 2001
After a very quiet couple of weeks as people focused on Christmas and Family
a few sightings are starting to turn up. The most exciting is the Yellow
Wagtail at the Carrum Sewage Treatment Plant, however this organisation is
paranoid about safety on its plant and does not allow visitors to the area,
even if they are doing something as important as Twitching.
Banyule continues to provide birders with the opportunity for some good
birds including Nankeen Night-Heron, Buff-Banded Rail and Powerful Owl,
although I've had no report of a sighting of the Snipe for some weeks now.
We have also been informed that the Pratincoles seen west of Pyramid Hill
are still present.
At the start of this new year I would again like to thank all of the
contributors to Birdline who have made it such a success. Directly or
indirectly this is nearly 100 birders who have reported a sighting and
provided feedback and updates about where birds can be seen in Victoria. I
hope 2002 brings you all a Grey Goshawk, or whatever bird you need to add to
your life list.
2 Freckled Ducks were seen at a wetland on the east edge of the Murray
Valley Highway, 14 km north of Nathalia along with about 400 other wetland
species, thanks Paul Peake.
At the Eastern Treatment Plant near Carrum a Yellow Wagtail, only the third
Victorian record, was seen. Unfortunately, access is extremely restricted
so it can't easily be twitched, thanks Mike Carter.
A Crested Pigeon was seen at the Western Treatment Plant as they continue
the expansion of their range into southern Victoria, thanks Shirley Cameron.
Red-chested Button-Quail have been reported at the corner of 65W Rd and
Rowan Lane at the northern end of the Western Treatment Plant, thanks Paul
A Nankeen Night-Heron was seen in the middle of the large lake at the
Banyule Wetlands, thanks Margot Praddock.
A Powerful Owl was roosting in tree beside walking track along Yarra River
at Banyule Flats Reserve, Heidelberg, thanks Gina Hopkins.
A Grey-tailed Tattler was seen at Ricketts Point in Beaumaris. The bird was
on "triangle" reef from 0845 to 1000 when flew to the tea house reef, this
is only the 2nd record for Bayside (last stayed Sandringham in 1988-89),
thanks Michael Norris.
A White-winged Triller was seen being chased by a Noisy Miner at Elsternwick
Golf Course, thanks Michael Norris.
A Whimbrel was seen amongst thousands of waders at the Austen Road Lagoon in
the Werribee Sewage Plant, thanks Paul Rose.
5 Freckled Ducks were seen at Blackburn Lake, Melway Ref 48 C11, on the
western side under the Night-Heron roosting area, thanks Howard Plowright.
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