Birdline Victoria Update - 17 April 2005

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Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 18:00:46 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 201
For the week ending: 17 April 2005


16 April
A single Orange-bellied Parrot was seen at the Spit at the Western Treatment
Plant. Thanks Simon Mustoe.

16 April
There were 3 Zebra Finch on Mansfield Road, on the north west side of
Melbourne Airport. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

15 April
3 Swift Parrots were observed feeding in the outer canopy of a Mahogany Gum
in Marlo this afternoon. Thanks Len Axen.

15 April
A visit to and around Point Cook Coastal Park yielded a variety of species.
At Spectacle Lake there was a Red-kneeded Dotterel. At the Cheetham Wetlands
there was a flock of 33 Flame Robin, 7 Brown Quail, 8 Striated Fieldwren and
a Blue-winged Parrot. At Point Cook itself there were 2 Double-banded Plover
and 3 White-fronted Tern. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

15 April
At Cherry Lake Altona there was a male Flame Robin and 6 Purple-crowned
Lorikeet. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

13 April
There was a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles about half way up an east-facing
open grassy hillside near Deep Creek on Konagaderra Road, just south of
Konagaderra Springs, about 12km north of Melbourne Airport. Thanks Nick

13 April
Dave Torr saw a single Orange-bellied Parrot at the T Section, Werribee this
afternoon in a flock of 20 or so Blue-winged Parrots. He also had his first
Flame Robins (4 females) for the season there, and there were two Banded
Stilts in the pond on the N side of the Little River near the ford.

12/13 April
Flocks of Swift Parrots have returned to the Chiltern-Mt Pilot NP along with
large numbers of Noisy Firarbirds. Thanks Jim Caine.

12 April
Around the lake/dam near Toynes Rd in the You Yangs were about 6
Black-chinned Honeyeater, 1 Restless Flycatcher, a female Leaden Flycatcher
(could have been a Satin), a couple of Crested Shrike-Tits, and about 10
Diamond Firetails. Thanks Peter Fuller.

12 April
A minimum of 130 Freckled Duck were roosting at Lake Guyatt in Sale. Thanks
Sean Dooley.

10 April
There were more than 500 Fork-tailed Swifts circling over Torquay (Great
Ocean Road) and smaller scattered groups further west along the Surf Coast
towards Lorne. Also at Anglesea Heath ("The Bald Hills") was pretty windy
and hot, but still yielded a couple of Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens, a Pink
Robin, a Southern Emu-wren, Australian King Parrots, a female Myiagra
(Leaden/Satin, pretty late) and a couple of Little Lorikeets amongst scores
of Purple-crowned's. Thanks Frank Rheindt.

10 April
4-5 King Quail near Long Swamp, French Island. Also at least 1,000
Fork-tailed Swifts (essentially many tens of birds visible in the binoculars
at any one time along a 300 metre wide north-south band extending as far
north and south as the binoculars could see) coming through a few hundred
metres ahead of the (north-south) cloud front at about 2:00 pm near Clump
Lagoon, French Island. Thanks Paul Peake.

10 April
More than 1500 Fork-tailed Swifts were seen over Kirk Point, heading north
and Birdline's first Orange-bellied Parrot for the season was also seen at
the Western Treatment Plant. Thanks Joy Tansey.

10 April
3 Brown Quail on West side of Laverton Creek in grass close to path 100m
from beach 8:30am. Thanks Colin Clark.

9-10 April
2 Cape Barren Geese on the ninth green at Sandhurst Golf Course, Skye.
Thanks Dean Miniken, per Paul Peake.

5 April
There was an adult Pied Butcherbird at Jones Ridge - off the Winnap-Nelson
Road at Drik Drik. A first for the Portland region. Thanks Peter Barrand per
Mike Carter.

5 April
At Yan Yean Reservoir Park there was a late sighting of a Clamorous
Reed-warbler and approximately 4700 Eurasian Coot. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

4 April
There was a White-throated Nightjar at Truganina Swamp, Altona. Seen at dusk
near entrance on Bell Avenue and one Sooty Oystercatcher still at mouth of
Laverton Creek. Thanks Colin Clark.

3 April
50 Fork-tailed Swift flying North against a strong NW wind. No Needletails
at Flanagans Rd, Buninyong. Thanks Graeme Hosken.

3 April
2 Sooty Oystercatchers were at the mouth of Laverton Creek in Altona Melway
(209 C2). Thanks Colin Clark.

3 April
There was a Spotless Crake to the left of the sign at “The Spit” Werribee
Treatment Plant, the tide was almost dead low at the time. John and Sue have
noticed at the Spit that when the tide is three quarters coming in you may
see the Lewin’s Rail, and when the tide is beginning to drop the Australian
Spotted Crake seems to come out, and now of course the Spotless Crake is
seen at the same spot at dead low tide. Thanks John and Sue O’Malley.


3 April
Chris and Rosemary Lester found the Pied Heron again at Bairnsdale adjacent
to the picnic area where Jim Reside originally found it. Thanks Mike Carter.

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