Birdline Victoria Update - 22 June 2003

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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 09:15:14 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 121
For the week ending: 22 June 2003

Sightings keep on coming in, reflecting the commitment of many of Victoria's
birders to keeping Birdline going.  Thanks for your support.


22 June
There were approx. 8 White-fronted Honeyeaters (some singing) 2 km SE of
Kingower as well as Tawny-crowned plus a few Swift Parrots all in flowering
Ironbark with a sparse understory of Flame Heath in flower, thanks Simon

22 June
The south-eastern suburb's Magpie Goose was at Waterways Estate in Braeside,
along with an immature Darter and Blue-winged Parrots, thanks Kylie Eklom.

21 June
There is a small flock of perhaps 4 Brown Gerygones at Willsmere Billabong,
Kew, thanks Sue Taylor.

20 & 22 June
A light morph Little Eagle seen on Warneet Rd, beside the Warneet Nature
Reserve, Melways 142 J10, thanks Peter Hermans and Robin Dzedins.

20 June
There was a pair of Regent Honeyeaters seen at the Hume Highway / Chiltern
Box- Ironbark National Park roadside stop, thanks Micah Kawalek.

19 June
A Barn Owl sitting on the low bridge at the Birregurra Creek crossing on the
Princes Highway, east of Colac, thanks Ian Davies.

17 June
An Australasian Bittern was seen between the bridge and the mouth of the
Powlett River, near Kilcunda, in a wet patch on the left as you head down to
the river's mouth, thanks Elizabeth Shaw.

16 June
There were around 30 Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos at Broadford in the top
of some pines, thanks Wayne Osland.

16 June
2 Swift Parrots have been  seen overhead Bartley's Block in the Chiltern
Box-Ironbark National Park, thanks Michael Ramsey.

16 June
A pair of Little Corellas on a street-light pole over the Princes Highway in
Trafalgar (West Gippsland), thanks Jack Krohn.

16 June
More than 50 King Parrots feeding on fallen acorns under the oaks in Maffra,
thanks Duncan Fraser.

15 June
At least one, probably more Noisy Friarbird about 6 km north of Clunes
(AGD84: 37 15 33.2 S, 143 43 39.7 E, 310 masl) - at the southwestern edge of
the species' range (and the southwestern edge of their habitat -
Box-Ironbark forest), thanks Paul Peake.

15 June
There was a Chestnut-rumped Heathwren seen at Ironbark Basin, thanks Peter

14 June
1 Regent Honeyeater at Magenta Mine Chiltern Box-Ironbark National Park,
feeding in Mugga Ironbark, thanks Michael Ramsey.

14 June
There are several Spotless Crake at the Floating Islands Nature Reserve,
Stoneyford, west of Colac, thanks Ian Davies.

13 June
4 Swift Parrot were seen in East Geelong, thanks Margaret Cameron.

12 June
A pair of Brolgas were seen near a dam, West Berry Road, between Creswick
and Clunes, thanks John Gregurke.

9 June
A Spotted Harrier was seen at the Melbourne Water wetlands, Heatherton
Rd/Monash Fwy, Dandenong North, thanks Greg Cobern.

9 June
At the Grampians National Park, near western end of Cassidy Gap track about
10k north of Dunkeld.  The highlight was the large number of Tawny-crowned
- possibly out-numbering the always common New Hollands, thanks
Steve Clark.

9 June
A Fan-tailed Cuckoo was observed June 9, 2003 on the fenceline adjoining the
Surbiton Park Purification Plant dam, corner of Butlers and Greigs Roads,
Mount Cottrell, thanks Micah Kawalek.

9 June
2 Speckled Warblers were seen with a group of Striated Thornbills, on a
cleared property on Loves Lane in the Brisbane Ranges, thanks Peter Fuller.


The Regent Honeyeater outside the Whispering Gums Motel, in Newstead was
still there on the 22nd, along with some Purple-crowned Lorikeets thanks
Martin Symes.

The Corellas were still on the off-ramp of the South-Eastern Freeway near
Dandenong on the 19th, both Long-billed and Little have been seen here,
thanks Jack Krohn.

The Oriental Pratincole was still present at its now usual spot at Paradise
Road (at the end) near the Little River (east side of the Paradise Lagoons)
in the Western Treatment Plant, on the 9th thanks Aaron Organ.

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