Birdline Victoria Update - 6 April, 2003

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Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2003 07:59:42 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 113
For the week ending: 6 April, 2003


4 April

The first of the wintering Scarlet Robins has arrived at Royal Park, Melbourne in the scrubland near Manningham Rd, thanks Tim Dolby.


Late March

A flock of 60 Magpie Geese on a wetland near Lake Yambuk, west of Port Fairy, thanks Jack Krohn.


31 March 

A couple of Zebra Finches were seen and some more heard in Nth Dandenong, most likely aviary escapes (white) and a Peachface Lovebird was seen last week, thanks Kylie Eklom.


31 March

A Great-crested Grebe was seen at the wetlands on the corner of Springvale Rd and Governor Rd, opposite Braeside Wetlands, thanks Kylie Eklom.


30 March

A male Black Honeyeater, a drought vagrant, was seen in a flowering Mugga Ironbark and two Swift Parrots were seen flying over, Bartleys Block, Chiltern National Park 36 07, 146 36, thanks Michael Ramsay.


30 March

Several White-fronted Honeyeaters along the Lower Norton-Nurrabiel Road and at John Smith Reserve (about 20 km SW of Horsham), thanks John Gregurke.


30 March

Swift Parrots and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters have been seen in Altona, thanks Chris Tzaros.


29 March

7 Swift Parrots, feeding in flowering grey box in the Brynterion State Forest 13 kms South of Rupanyup latitude 36.44.06 longitude 142.37.10, thanks Ian Morgan.


29 March

Seen amongst the fog and heavy rain (!) we had good sightings of several pairs of Pink Robins and an Olive Whistler along the sides of the walking track at Beachamp Falls, Beech Forest, thanks Ian Davies.


28 March

A very large flock (for Melbourne) of about 70-100 Long-billed Corellas, flying over Ashburton, thanks Greg Oakley.


26 March

An adult Emerald Dove feeding on the side of a sandy 4WD track. Approached to within 7 - 10 metres before it quietly moved ahead of us while continuing to feed from seeds on the track. The sighting occurs within a closed canopy of Southern Mahogany and Saw Banksia ","First sighted by David McKenzie on 23/3/2003 on 4WD track near Bemm River. Subsequently confirmed by Joy Johnstone ( BOCA ) and myself today. Seen on Fletch's Stretch GR 701186 Murrungowar - Bemm River Map 8622 - N 1:50,000, thanks Len Axen.


23 March

3 Swift Parrots in bush near the southern end of the Paddy's Ranges Park (approx 10 km south of Maryborough), thanks Jack Flack.


23 March

Swift Parrots were seen making use of the newly proclaimed Greater Bendigo National Park (15 kms south of Bendigo) along with with Musk and Little Lorikeets and Black-chinned, Fuscous and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters, thanks Chris Tzaros.

Both Long-billed and Little Corellas could be found through out Melton and Melton South on the 2nd of April, thanks Micah Kawalek


There were still up to 30 Freckled Ducks at Lake Lorne in Drysdale on the 16th March, thanks Tim Dolby

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