Birdline Victoria Update - 6 Janaury 2002

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Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 6 Janaury 2002
From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2002 09:39:18 +1100
Birdline Victoria Update No. 58
For the week ending: 6 January 2002

Sightings have poured in over the last week as many people exploit their
time away from work and go birdwatching.  The bird-hide at Edithvale
Wetlands is providing some great views of Spotted and Spotless Crakes, and
among various other waders Latham's Snipe, Sharp Tailed Sandpipers and
perhaps Wood Sandpipers.

The Magpie Goose can still be seen from the Edithvale Wetland bird hide and
the Wandering Whistling Duck was still at Lake Guyatt on Friday, although a
return trip on Saturday and Sunday did not reveal the bird.

Finally, special thanks to Michael Norris, who has become a Gold Star
Contributor.  Michael not only reports all the interesting sightings from
his patch of earth, he also regularly updates Birdline so that we can follow
the presence of his sightings.  Thanks again Michael.

6 January
A Spotless Crake and an Intermediate Egret was seen at Edithvale Wetlands,
along with Buff-banded Rails, Spotted Crakes, Wood and Marsh Sandpipers and
a Common Greenshank, thanks Sean Dooley.

6 January
2 Scarlet Honeyeaters at the western most point of their range were seen at
Fairy Dell, just west of Bruthen in East Gippsland, along with a Powerful
Owl, thanks Paul Peake.

4 January
A Caspian Tern was seen at Seaford Swamp.  This is only the second sighting
of this species here, thanks Sean Dooley.

4 January
An adult Square-tailed Kite was seen soaring slowly over a patch of Messmate
forest, seen from Glenburn Road about 300 m north of the junction with
McMahon's Road. Approximate co-ordinates 37 deg 28 min 52.7 S, 145 deg 21
min 26.3 sec E, thanks Danny Rogers.

3 January
9 Common Terns at Ricketts Point today, they have been there on at least 4
of the last 9 days with maximum of about 20. Michael believes each time they
have been seen the water was high (often because of the strong SW winds
rather than the tide), thanks Michael Norris.

2 January
A single Wandering Whistling-Duck was seen at Lake Guyatt in Sale also a
good number of Latham's Snipe easily seen on the island, thanks Duncan

1 January
A Double-banded Plover was seen at Pyramid Saltworks, west of Pyramid Hill.
The bird was in immature plumage and is a very unseasonal sighting, thanks
Simon Starr.

1 January
2 Square-tailed Kites were seen four times, 3Km east of Balmoral near the
Glenelg River, along with 4 Speckled Warblers, including a pair feeding a
Black-eared Cuckoo thanks Doug Holly.

31 December
A Painted Snipe was seen in unusual habitat atop Mt. Richmond in western
Victoria, thanks Debra Saxon Campbell.

31 December
On the flats near Breamlea 2 White-winged Black-terns were seen along with
10 White-necked Herons and some Great Egrets, thanks Russell Woodford.

30 December
A Magpie Goose was seen from the Edithvale Wetlands bird hide, thanks Sean

29 December
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.

29 December
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.

28 December
At least three Little Terns are breeding at the beach adjacent to the
Glenelg River Estuary at Nelson, thanks Debra Saxon-Campbell.

27 December
A Crested Pigeon was seen at the Western Treatment Plant as they continue
the expansion of their range into southern Victoria, thanks Shirley Cameron.

26 December
Four Spotted Crakes and one Red-kneed Dotterel fossicking along a muddy bank
in a small creek near the Point Cook Homestead, thanks Ron Corinaldi.

26 December
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

23 December
A Brush Cuckoo was seen and taped several times at Jackass Picnic area in
the Coobobonnie State Forest, west of Heywood, as well as Southern Emu-wrens
and a White-throated Gerygone, thanks Doug Holly.

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rare and unusual birds in Victoria and is brought to you by the VicGroup of
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