Birdline Victoria Update - 9 March 2003

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Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 11:30:29 +1100
Birdline Victoria Update No. 109
For the week ending: 9 March, 2003

Things are a bit slow at this time of year, with few new sightings to post.  The missed updates over summer have also, I think, meant that some people who were reporting birds have stopped.  So to them, Birdline is now back and waiting for sightings of Hudwits, winter birds returning or anything else that is rare or unusual.  I hope that people managed to get a few hours birding in over this long weekend and have heaps of sightings to share with other birders.


2 March

A pair of Hooded Plovers with young were seen at the back beach of Pt Roadknight along the fence line between the dunes and the beach and a Rufous Bristlebird was seen on Old Coach Rd, Moggs Creek, thanks Peter Fuller.


2 March

A Rufous Fantail was seen near Limeburners Lagoon, Corio Bay, thanks Russel Woodford.


26 February

An immature Flame Robin was in a garden at Maffra, 2 - 3 months earlier than usual, perhaps as a result of the alpine fires, thanks Duncan Fraser


23 February

One, possibly two Square-tailed Kites 7km north of Violet Town on the Violet Town/Nalinga Road heading west on patrolling over the roadside Red Gums thanks Debbie Colbourne and Julian Miles.


23 February

A now disputed Broad-billed Sandpiper and both Greater and Lesser Sand Plover were seen on a BayBOCA outing to Mud Island in Port Phillip Bay. 


23 February

There were 2 Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters sitting on exposed branches at Pt Edwards Reserve, St Leonards. Viewed from the new board walk near the threatened Species sign, thanks Peter Fuller.


23 February

A pair of Pied Honeyeaters seen feeding in flowering mistletoe on a Red Box (Eucalyptus polyanthemos) along with Painted Honeyeater and six other honeyeater species. Local observers have reported both these species as well as several Black Honeyeaters approximately 1.5km north of Chiltern township, thanks Sean Dooley.


22 February

Highlights of a trip to Werribee Sewage Plant included 4 Blue-winged Parrots on the road leading to Kirk Point beside Lake Borrie South and another at The Spit, with a Little Egret, Freckled Duck still at Paradise Road and in the lake between Lake Borrie South and Beach Road and a Common Tern at Kirk Point, thanks Tania Ireton.


20 February

A Wedge-tailed Eagle was seen north west of Essendon Airport, thanks Bruce McGregor.


19 February

There were lots of Latham's Snipe and Red-kneed Dotterels feeding out in the open in the daytime, on the mud flats at Lake Guyatt, Sale, thanks Duncan Fraser


13 February

A Square-tailed Kite was seen 50 metres upstream of the Brodribb River and Cabbage Tree Creek junction, thanks Len Axen.



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