Birdline Victoria Update - 5 January, 2003

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Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2004 09:38:47 +1100
Birdline Victoria Update No. 144   
For the week ending: 5 January, 2003


4 January

A male Rose Robin was seen while walking along the treetop walk at the Otway Fly, Beech Forest, thanks Ian Davies.


4 January

There was 1 White-winged Black Tern, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Glossy Ibis and 4 Grey-crowned Babblers amongst many other commoner species at McDonalds Swamp between Kerang and Koondrook, thanks Simon Starr.


1 January

Beside several dams in the Pine Grove Locality, Nth Vic, several flocks of Plumed Whistling Ducks, thanks Chris Coleborn.


Late December

There was a presumably escaped Chestnut-breasted Mannikin feeding 4 young in Buffalo, Southern Gippsland, thanks Yarden Oren.


31 December

Seeing in the new year in a birding fashion, Chris Coleborn sends us the following sightings:

At Hird Swamp - 6 Painted Snipe

At Johnson Swamp - 4+ Australasian Bittern

On Terricks Plains - 1 Plains-wanderer and 12+ Little Button-quail including one breeding with 4 small young

Near Mt Hope - breeding Australian Pratincole.


29 December

On a farm dam beside the Darlington-Woorndoo Road, 12 km SE of Woorndoo: 37 57 27 S; 142 54 03 E (GDA) 1 Brolga, apparently injured: it held the right leg off the ground, and hopped rather than walked, thanks David McDonald.


27 December

The Victorian Wader Study Group caught, banded and tagged, (orange leg flag), a Little Stint at the Western Treatment Plant at Werribee. It was in non-breeding plumage so will take some picking out among the numerous Red-necked Stints. It is suggested that the best place to look would be at the Austin Road Lagoons at high tide, thanks Mike Carter.


25 December

There was a single Common Sandpiper at K Road in Werribee and Little Corellas at the nearby Historic Park, thanks Vin Lam.


23 December

A large group of around 20 Glossy Ibis were seen at Lake Linlithgow (~20km east of Hamilton), thanks Steve Clark.


23 December

Manfred Ruff identified a Koel from its call early this morning around Second Street, Black Rock, thanks Michael Norris.

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