Birdline Victoria Update - 12 June 2005

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Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 19:02:06 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 207
For the week ending: 12 June 2005

12 June
There were 50-100 Red-capped Plovers and at least 6 Double-banded Plovers at the mouth of Laverton Creek in Altona. Thursday 9th there was a Pink-eared Duck on Laverton Creek just North of Queen Street. Also recently in the area 20+ Red-necked Avocets, Swamp Harrier, many Rose Robins, Singing Honeyeater and Buff-banded Rail on the pond behind Mt St Josephs School. Thanks Colin Clark.

12 June
Along the country roads of Boorhaman North there was 10 Apostlebird, 7 Grey-crowned Babbler and a Barn Owl. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

12 June
At Brimin, 15km west of Rutherglen there was a pair of Brolga with an immature bird, 2 Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, a pair of Red-capped Robin and three overwintering Dusky Woodswallows. Nearby at Dugays Bridge there was a flock of 18 Zebra Finch and a Pied Butcherbird. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

11 June
At Lumbys Bend along the Murray River there was 2 Barn Owl, 1 Rufous Whistler (overwintering), 2 Western Gerygone (overwintering), 11 Flame Robin and 1 White-bellied Sea-eagle. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

8 June
There were a group of 7 Orange-bellied Parrots at the WTP today. Of these 5 were adults and 2 juvenile. Thanks Peter Fuller.

7 June
1 Australian Bustard present near Pyramid Hill from at least the 7th of June. Thanks Simon Starr.

7 June
Val Ford saw her first Pink Robin [brown bird] for the 'season' in Sorrento. Each year she has one Pink Robin for some time however the date of first seeing the bird varies greatly. Thanks Val Ford per Mike Carter.

7 June
The Werribee Wagtails saw a Major Mitchell Cockatoo on Drysdale Road at the eastern side of the You Yangs. Merrylin Serrong saw the bird on Sunday in the same area. Thanks Shirley Cameron.

7 June
A walk along management tracks in McLeod's Morass (behind the Bairnsdale saleyards) produced the following interesting sightings; 12 Golden-headed Cisticolas, 6 Little Grassbirds, a pair of Spotless Crake, 13 Red-kneed Dotterels and a pair of Black-fronted Dotterels. Thanks Len Axen.

5 June
A pair of Southern Emu-wrens were observed flitting through Scented Paperbark regrowth on the perimeter of the Marlo aerodrome this afternoon. Thanks Len Axen.

5 June
Highlights of the Port Fairy Pelagic trip were repeated close views of Slender-billed Prions, both Northern and Southern Giant-Petrel together for a side by side comparison at the back of the boat and an immature Northern Royal Albatross that remained with the boar for the entire time they were beyond the shelf. Thanks Rohan Clarke.

5 June
There were 70+ Gang Gang Cockatoos, mostly females and immatures, around the new mountain bike course at Lysterfield. Thanks Giles Daubeney.

3 June
On private property along the Werribee River south of Melton there were 6 Zebra Finches, a Singing Honeyeater and several Brown Treecreeper. There was also a vocal Fan-tailed Cuckoo. Thanks Grant Palmer.

1 June
A party of 25 Black-winged Stilts has suddenly appeared on the Brodribb wetlands along the Orbost-Marlo road. Thanks Len Axen.

19 May
Bruce Weir was involved in a bus trip near Shepparton on the 19 May 2005 and noted a lone Australian Bustard just out of Shepparton in an irrigated paddock. Thanks Bruce Weir per Alan Morris.

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