Birdline Victoria Update No.
For the week ending: 13 January 2002
The bird-hide at Edithvale Wetlands is continuing to provide some great
views of Crakes and Rails, and among various other waders Latham's Snipe,
Sharp Tailed Sandpipers and perhaps Wood Sandpipers.
Birdline Victoria has introduced another feature to make finding birds
easier. We now have a section that is devoted to updates on the birds
reported on Birdline at the bottom of this page. All information about
attempts to see the birds, successful or not, would be most welcome and will
help others birders decide whether or not a trip is necessary. We have also
included a complete list of all of the bird species found in Victoria,
follow the link in the left hand frame to see it.
These changes have led me to decide that the site needs a revamp. I would
be grateful for anybody who has any suggestions for the site, that are
related to bird-watching in Victoria, to contact me and let me know.
Together we can make Birdline Victoria the best website for Victorian
At the Edithvale Wetlands along with the other Rails seen over the last
week, a Baillon's Crake and a Lewin's Rail were seen, as well as a Nankeen
Night-Heron, thanks Richard Nowotny.
A small party of six White-throated Needletails flying low - 30/40 feet -
while having a barby in the backyard above suburban Northcote, thanks Tim
A Crested Pigeon was seen sitting on power lines at Fairbairn Park, Ascot
Vale West, thanks Michelle Judson.
A single Black-tailed Native-hen at the lake in Elsternwick Park (south of
Bent Avenue) on the south side of island and then on the bank, feeding,
thanks Michael Norris.
A pair of Darters on a nest in the Spotted Dog Inlet area of Blue Rock Lake,
about 15 kms north of Moe, thanks Damien Cooney.
A White-necked Heron was seen at Jerringot Wetland (Belmont Common,
Geelong): on the broad open soak between the bike path and the 18th(?)
fairway, along with a Great Egret, more than 20 Masked Lapwings and a dozen
Latham's Snipe, thanks Russell Woodford.
A Spotless Crake and an Intermediate Egret was seen at Edithvale Wetlands,
along with Buff-banded Rails and Spotted Crakes, thanks Sean Dooley.
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.
2 Wood, 3 Marsh Sandpipers and a Common Greenshank were seen at the
Edithvale Wetlands bird hide.
A Caspian Tern was seen at Seaford Swamp. This is only the second sighting
of this species here, thanks Sean Dooley.
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.
A single immature Double-banded Plover was seen at Maher's Landing just past
Inverloch, thanks John Boyce.
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.
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
A Black-tailed Native-hen was seen at Lake Guyatt, Sale: this species is
rarely reported in Gippsland, thanks Peter Lansley.
Scarlet Honeyeaters are presently common at Mallacoota Inlet (Shady Gully,
Double Creek) in Melaleuca armillaris, thanks Peter Lansley.
A White-throated Nightjar was seen at dusk, flying over the road at
Goolengook, and heard early AM also a Sooty Owl was heard, thanks Peter
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
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.
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