Birdline Victoria Update - 18 January, 2003

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Birdline Victoria Update No. 145
For the week ending: 18 January, 2003


17-18 January
There were 3 Black-tailed Godwits in the second pond at the Austin Road lagoons at Werribee and a Hooded Plover at Pt. Impossible, Torquay, thanks John and Sue O’Malley.
15 January
A Powerful Owl, was seen during the day time, unusually heard as it touched the branches in its flight and Blue-winged Parrots both at Yellingbo, thanks Margot Craddock.
14 January
At least one recently-fledged Collared Sparrowhawk has been calling conspicuously in Edinburgh Gardens, about 100 metres south of North Fitzroy Primary School for the last month or so. The same observation was made at this time in 2002-2003 (at the start of regular observations at this site), thanks Paul Peake.
14 January
A male Leaden Flycatcher seen at Warneet, Melways 142 G10-an unusual sighting in this area, thanks Robin Dzedins.
12-14 January
At least two Long-billed Corellas have been heard near Mayer Park, Thornbury; the first record in 13 months' residence at this site, thanks Paul Peake.
12 January
There were 6 Great Crested Grebes at Konongwootong Reservoir in Western Victoria, thanks David Cameron.
11 January
At Lake Victoria at Point Lonsdale there were 4000+ Banded Stilts, at least 50-60%+ immature birds and amid thousands of other waders were 4 Red Knot and 2 Hooded Plovers, thanks John Newman.
9 January
At Westgate Park (about 5km West of Melbourne's CBD) there were excellent views of Red-capped Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel and Whiskered Tern, thanks Alan Flack.
8 January
Highlights of the Birds Australia monthly census of the Edithvale Wetlands were: 1 Magpie Goose, 6 Blue-billed Duck, 1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Baillon's Crake, 4 Latham's Snipe, 2 Marsh Sandpiper, 2 Common Greenshank, 2 Wood Sandpiper and 2 Pectoral Sandpiper, thanks Mike Carter
6 January
There was a Common Sandpiper at Albert Park Lake this afternoon. It was in one of the sheltered ponds at the northern end of the Lakeside Drive side, thanks Alan Flack.
5 January
There was a Gull-billed Tern hawking over a small dam right next to the Geelong Road near the Little River turn-off (on the left travelling towards Geelong) and at the Treatment Plant - 2 Common Terns at Kirk Pt., 1 Banded Stilt at the Werribee River mouth and 2 Marsh Sandpipers at Austin Road, thanks Greg Oakley.
5 January
One of few sightings of White-throated Needletail so far this summer comes from Avon River at Bushy Park in Gippsland, where 100s were soaring overhead, thanks Duncan Fraser.
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.
3 January
A very recently-fledged, hungry but otherwise healthy, Nankeen Night Heron was found near the corner of Leinster Grove and Woolton Avenue, Thornbury - raising the possibility of a breeding site nearby (perhaps along the Merri Creek which is about 300 metres away at its nearest point), thanks Paul Peake.
3 January
There were Southern Emu-wren at Coongarough park Anglesea and a flock of about 35 Blue-winged Parrots feeding on the ground at Anglesea & district Riding club in Anglesea, thanks Tony Trood.
2 January
There were 4 Hooded Plover at Point Roadknight back beach, thanks Tony Trood.
1 January
Beside several dams in the Pine Grove Locality, Nth Vic, several flocks of Plumed Whistling Ducks, thanks Chris Coleborn.
Early Jan
There was a Spotted Crake on Sandringham Golf Links this is the first recorded in the City of Bayside, thanks Michael Norris.

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