Birdline Victoria Update - 20 January 2002

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Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 20 January 2002
From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 17:23:39 +1100
Birdline Victoria Update No.60
For the week ending: 20 January 2002

Birdline Victoria is rolling along nicely with new sightings to add nearly
every day.  New ones today include the Black Honeyeater well south of its
usual range near Melbourne and lots of interesting waterbirds as well as the
return of Swift Parrots to the state.

Congratulations to Richard Nowotny for becoming a Blue Star Contributor.
Richard has provided us sightings largely from the western suburbs of
Melbourne, especially Werribee Sewage Farm.  Thanks also to Peter Lansley,
who for giving us the update on Edithvale became a Red Star Contributor,
only the third person to achieve such status.

Some recent 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

20 January
A waders for beginners trip to Werribee Sewage Farm produced some excellent
birds as usual including a Great-crested Grebe on Little River and a
Pectoral Sandpiper on the ponds north of South Rd and east of 15 East Rd,
thanks Joy Tansey.

20 January
A Rufous Songlark was seen bathing in a fishpond in suburban Mulgrave,
thanks Rae Gay.

20 January
35 Freckled Duck scattered across the southern end of the last lagoon before
Beach Rd (travelling south from Lake Borrie), this is immediately before the
locked gate, near the boat ramp at the end of Beach Rd, thanks Richard

19 January
A Red-necked Avocet was seen on the side of the rocks of Rickets Point,
Beaumaris amongst 115 immature Crested Terns, thanks Alex Farias.

17 January
A male Black Honeyeater has been heard calling frequently for two days at
Point Lonsdale in the vicinity of Kirks Road, thanks Rob Drummond.

17 January
A single immature Olive-backed Oriole was seen near Rickets Point, at the
corner of Reserve Rd and Beach Rd (in the bushes dividing the harbour and
the beach), thanks Alex Farias.

16 January
A single Caspian Tern has been seen frequenting the Glenmaggie Creek arm of
Lake Glenmaggie for two or three months, thanks Duncan Fraser.

14 January
7 Australian Pratincoles at Lookout Lake 16km South West of Lake Charm in
North West Victoria, thanks Chris Coleborn.

14 January
Freckled Ducks can be found on Johnsons and Herds Swamp near Cohuna, thanks
Chris Coleborn .

14 January
A pair of Swift Parrots were seen at Wurundjeri Walk in Blackburn South,
thanks Jack Krohn.

13 January
A Black-tailed Native-hen was seen on the Northern Shore (the place opposite
the botanic gardens where they are currently building a structure on the
lake side and where the only real habitat reaches the shore) of Lake
Wendouree in Ballarat, thanks Simon Mustoe.

13 January
At the Edithvale Wetlands along with the other Rails seen over the last
week, a Baillon's Crake was seen, as well as a Nankeen Night-Heron, thanks
Richard Nowotny.

9 January
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

8 January
A Crested Pigeon was seen sitting on power lines at Fairbairn Park, Ascot
Vale West, thanks Michelle Judson.

8 January
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.

6 January
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.

6 January
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.

6 January
A Spotless Crake and an Intermediate Egret was seen at Edithvale Wetlands,
along with Buff-banded Rails and Spotted Crakes, 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.

Birdline Victoria is a service for birdwatchers to report and find out about
rare and unusual birds in Victoria and is brought to you by the VicGroup of
Birds Australia. Birdline can be contacted on (03) 9882 2390 or on the
Internet at


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