Birdline Victoria Update - 26 January, 2004

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Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 07:58:36 +1100
Birdline Victoria Update No. 146
For the week ending: 26 January, 2004


24 January

An Australian Hobby has successfully fledged a chick from their nest site in a Sugar Gum at Melton Railway Station, thanks Micah Kawalek.


24 January

In the Rupanyup area, the Australian Pratincoles that were on a fallow paddock as reported 14/11/03, have had at least ten nests and now have flying young. Also on the 18/1/04, one immature Inland Dotterel was seen in the same paddock and remained for approximately 24 hours, thanks Ian Morgan.


18 January

Bob Swindley found two Oriental Pratincoles at the WTP, Werribee, thanks Mike Carter.


18 January

A ‘black-headed’ gull was seen briefly in flight at Breamlea, some 20 km S of Geelong on the Otway coast (per Margaret Cameron), about lunchtime the next day (19th), Jenny Zimmerman watched a similar bird squabbling with Silver Gulls on a beach at Anglesea, 22 km to the SW. The bird was outstanding with a wholly black hood and prominent white eyelids. So it was either a Laughing or a Franklin’s Gull. Rob Ganly obtained some excellent digital pictures at very close range. Unfortunately, they are not as revealing as we would like because the bird was mostly facing him and didn’t fly! Mike Carter believes that the bird is a Franklin’s for the following reasons:
1) Visible even in the closed wing, is a white bar across the base of the primaries.
2) The white eyelids are very broad.
3) Although it is a slightly foreshortened view, bill structure seems to fit that species better, thanks Mike Carter.


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.

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