Birdline Victoria Update - 31 July 2005

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Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 17:48:20 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 213
For the week ending: 31 July 2005

26 July
At lunch today (after a kick of the footy, around 1:30pm), saw 50+
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos flying Albert Park'wards over the St Kilda Rd
and Toorak Road Intersection making a lot of noise. Thanks Vin Lam.

25 July
There was a single Fairy Martin with a small flock of Welcome Swallows just
inside the gate going from Western to Eastern Treatment Plant near
Lk.Borrie, thought this was strange enough at this time of year to report.
John & Sue O’Malley.

24 July
On Sunday 24th July at about 2:30 in the afternoon I saw Barn Owl behind
Edwards Place, Edwards street Reservoir. It was in a stand alone Eucalypt
with many Lorikeets. The Lorikeets were screeching at it, but not attacking
it. After 30 seconds or so it left the tree and flew North. Thanks John

24 July
8000 Eurasian Coots at Lake Modewarre near Whittlesea. Thanks Sean Dooley.

24 July
It was a quiet count at the regular Eastern Treatment Plant survey but the
Australasian Bittern and Fan-tailed Cuckoo were good sightings. Thanks Mike

24 July
Dean Ingwerson, along with Noel, Asha and Brenna Billing, saw an
Australasian Bittern along the coast in the Western Treatment Plant this
afternoon. It was sitting out in the open next to the coast track, near the
causeway across to the Borrow Pits, when we found it. Had great views for
several minutes before it hid in some reeds, only to fly out to the coast
shortly after.

23 July
At Yan Yean Reservoir Park there were approximately 3500 Eurasian Coot, a
White-bellied Sea-Eagle and a male Scarlet Robin on the reservoir wall.
Thanks Michael Ramsey.

23 July
At Yellow Gum Park in Plenty there was a female Peregrine Falcon and an
overwintering Yellow-faced Honeyeater. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

23 July
There are still some Orange Chats in a similar area to that reported in late
April, to the west of Pyramid Hill. Also many White-winged Fairy-wrens,
Stubble Quail, Brown Songlarks in the same paddocks plus Black Falcons and a
Spotted Harrier amongst the many raptors in the area. Thanks Simon Starr.

22 July
There has been a Powerful Owl roosting in the Melbourne Zoo grounds now for
about 3 weeks, it is always around the Otter enclosure perched about 4
metres up in either Lilly Pilly or Melalueca. It visited us about the same
time last year. A flock of up to 70 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos flew over
the zoo Friday 22nd with a few landing in our pine trees. Thanks Deb Crosby

21 July
A Brown Songlark, 2 Little Egrets and a Pallid Cuckoo were observed at
Rutledge Cutting (Tower Hill) west of Warrnambool. Thanks Peter Barrand.

21 July
Today or yesterday, Kevin Bartram identified at least 2, an adult male and
female, Elegant Parrots in a flock of 18 Neophemas, mostly Blue-winged
Parrots, on Phillip Island, Victoria. They were near some ponds and in
surrounding grassland on the left of the road which goes to the Shearwater
Restaurant. This is a left turn off the main road to the Nobbies, see Melway
532 F8. Thanks Mike Carter.

21 July
There was a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater at Rippleside Park in Geelong this
afternoon. (3 minutes drive from the city centre). Thanks Peter Fuller.

20 July
A mMale Olive Whistler on the Lyrebird track off of Grants picnic ground,
Sherbrooke Forest. Foraging for 15 minutes before flying off. Made no calls.
Thanks Wendy Dunn.

20 May
Male Olive Whistler on the Lyrebird track off of Grants picnic ground,
Sherbrooke Forest. Foraging for 15 minutes before flying off. Made no calls.
Thanks Wendy Dunn.

19 May
Peter Tyler reports seeing his first Singing Bushlark, near Clunes.

18 July
About 30 Long-billed Corellas were flying (in a 'V') rapidly and directly
southeast over Eunson Ave and St Georges Rd Northcote at about 6:50 this
morning (when it was still basically dark). Thanks Paul Peake.

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