Birdline Victoria Update - 3 August, 2003

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Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2003 12:14:00 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 126
For the week ending: 3 August, 2003

I have been remiss over the past few months in recognising the contributors to Birdline Victoria.  A quick catch up count has revealed that there are a number of people whose commitment to the service and generosity with their time means that they should also be Star Contributors.  So my thanks go to:
  • John Alexander for reports from his home near Newstead and across central Victoria.
  • Len Axen for reports from far East Gippsland; Bairnsdale to Mallacoota.
  • Peter Fuller for reports around the Geelong region.
  • Micah Kawalek for reports across the state, especially northern Melbourne.
  • Michael Mules who reports from everywhere, from south Gippsland to Mildura.
  • Greg Oakley for reports largely around Melbourne, but also further a field.
  • Simon Starr for reports of all sorts of exotics from the north of the state, especially Pyramid Hill.


2 August

There were a pair of Southern Emu Wrens, with more heard calling, in the Eumeralla Flora Reserve near Anglesea, thanks Matthew Fraser per Duncan Fraser.


1 August

A Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo was perched on a powerline near Lake Road at Connewarre near Geelong, thanks Peter Fuller.


31 July

There was a Noisy Friarbird near Rheola in north central Victoria (36/143) well outside its established range, thanks Sue Taylor.


29 July

At least three Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos feeding in low trees/shrubs in a revegetated area about 20 metres downstream of the St Georges Road bridge, North Fitzroy, thanks Paul Peake.


27 July

There was a Barn Owl in the bird-hide at the Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, thanks Jacqui Sheppard.


26 July

At Jack Smith Lake, >10 Striated Fieldwrens, >100 English skylarks, 3 Wedge-tailed Eagles, and 1 White-bellied Sea Eagle, thanks Duncan Fraser.


26 July

In the pines on the Giffard Rd. south of Sale, a flock of over 75 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, thanks Duncan Fraser


26 July

There was a male Rose Robin in the trees along the walking path on the eastern side of the Barwon River at the Queens Park Rd end of Zillah Crawcour Park (Melways map 227, E2, thanks Richard Nowotny.


26 July

There was an exceptionally large flock of 23 Flame Robins, with a single Pink Robin in the middle of them near Geelong Grammar School, at the northern end of Biddlecombe Avenue, a few hundred metres from the Corio Tip, thanks Don Greaves per Russell Woodford.


25 July

An Australian Bittern was seen standing in the open on the southern side of the road at Balls Dam, just out of Colac, thanks Ian Davies.


22 July

There were 2 Brolgas in a paddock close to the Willowmavin/Kilmore Rd at Willowmavin.  They were tossing clods of dirt around, thanks Jenni Staniforth.


21 July

A returning Fan-tailed Cuckoo was seen and heard at the golf course at Point Lonsdale, thanks Ron Corinaldi.


21 July

A pair of Brolgas were seen at the Austin Road Lagoons in the Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, Thanks Peter Fuller.


20 July

At Lake Victoria, Point Lonsdale there were 5 Hooded Plovers, 2 of which were juveniles, an Australian Spotted Crake and a Buff-banded Rail, thanks Ron Corinaldi.

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