Birdline Victoria Update - 13 March 2005

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Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 09:05:31 +1100
Birdline Victoria Update No. 197
For the week ending: 13 March 2005

Birdline is delighted to announce the arrival of it's second beautiful baby girl: Eliza Jayne Cooney, born 13 March 2005 at 06:20. She's 3.6 kg, looks like her big sister Georgie and both mother and child are extremely well. While on matters domestic rather than birding, some of you may know that I am moving, with family in tow, to Canberra to pursue a PhD at ANU at the end of this month. Despite this, I will continue to update Birdline Victoria on a daily basis and issue weekly updates into the future. Happy birding, Stuart.


13 March
At the Ovens River in Wangaratta there was an Australian King Parrot and an Azure Kingfisher. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

12 March
At Chiltern Valley No.2 Dam there was a Musk Duck and 20 Pink-eared Duck. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

11 March
There was a small flock of White-throated Needletails swooping low over the Melbourne-Ballarat Freeway near the Pentland Hills exit this morning. Thanks Dave Torr.

8-9 March
A Magpie Goose was seen at the Campbell Street Wetlands, Wonthaggi. Thanks Peter Lansley.

6 March
Barb and David Kinloch first heard their first Swift Parrots for the year in Yellow Gums along the boundary of their Land for Wildlife property adjacent the Cemetery at Clunes, Central Victoria. They have remained in our area and they have had numerous sightings this week. Highest number seen at any one time would be 11. Swift Parrots are regular Autumn/Winter visitors to the property and this is the earliest date of return they have observed since purchasing the block in 1988. Thanks Barb and David Kinloch.

6 March
There were 2 Pink-eared Ducks and one Blue-billed Duck at Karkarook Park, Moorabbin. Also a flock of Long-billed Corellas were observed chasing a Pelican nearby at Moorabbin airport which was quite a noisy site indeed! Thanks Mel Mitchell & Erika Anderson.

5 March
Dale Tonkinson saw what he considers was probably a "Cox's Sandpiper" at Lake Wallace in Edenhope, south-western Victoria, at 1800 hrs on Saturday 5 March. It was feeding on southern shore of the lake, and was often harried by Sharp-tailed Sandpipers (the only other migratory waders noticed on Dale's short visit). Its plumage was closer to sharpie than Curlew Sandpiper and the bill length and shape were intermediate: several other plumage features were noted. The bird fed by vertical probing, in the manner of Curlew Sandpiper. There have been very few records of this hybrid in recent years, so it would be good if this gets confirmed. Thanks Richard Loyn.

5 March
There was a basic-plumaged (non-breeding, eclipse) Red-necked Phalarope this morning on the northern side of Lake Martin near Cressy in western Victoria. It was not found subsequently. Thanks Peter Lansley.

1 March
There were 3 Gang Gang Cockatoos in Mernda 30km North of Melbourne. 1 Male, 2 Female resting on a Radiata Pine. Thanks Darren Peters. 5/3

1 March
Highlights of a high tide roost at Stockyard Point, Jam Jerrup included 1 Terek Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, approx 30 Red Knot, approx 30 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Double-banded Plover, 12 Eastern Curlew, 1 Pacific Golden Plover, 1 Caspian Tern. Some of the Curlew Sandpipers and Red-necked Stints present were coming into breeding plumage which was excellent to see. Thanks Ben Sinclair.

1 March
There was a Blue-winged Parrot at Kinglake West. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

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