Birdline Victoria Update - 14 August 2005

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Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2005 17:19:57 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 215
For the week ending: 14 August 2005

14 August
Highlight of the quarterly BOCA outing to Pinkerton Forest/Bush's Paddock (between Melton and Werribee) on a very cold and windy day was extended close views of a Spotted Harrier hunting low over the native grasslands. Other highlights included two pairs of Wedge-tailed Eagles, good numbers of Jacky Winters and two Diamond Firetails. There were also a number of Tree Martins present, which seems to be a rather early return? Thanks Dave Torr.

13 August
Fairly quiet at Truganina Swamp, Altona at present but recent sightings include White-necked Heron Sunday 14th Aug 8am in for NE corner of swamp near the railway line and Yellow-billed Spoonbill on Laverton Creek. Thanks Colin Clark.

8 August
During the EGBOC outing to Lonely Bay (Lake Tyers) a pair of Whistling Kites, a Brown Goshawk, 2 White-bellied Sea-Eagles (one adult and one immature) and a pair of Peregrine Falcons were observed. Little Corellas were heard on the opposite site of the bay in farmland and again highlight the expansion of this species into areas east of Lakes Entrance. Excellent views were also obtained of a Spotted Pardalote gathering nesting material from the trunk of an Ironbark. Thanks Len Axen.

8 August
Glowing in the sun today, four male Flame Robins and 5 female at the northern end of Seaford Wetlands, on the Wells Rd side, keeping company mainly on the ground with Yellow-rumped Thornbills. Thanks Jacqui Sheppard.

7 August
At Wychitella Black-chinned Honeyeaters were fairly common (saw at least a dozen), 3 White-backed Swallows over the old Korong Vale reservoir. Thanks Euan Moore.

7 August
At Mangalore Flora and Fauna Reserve there were 8 Swift Parrots, 11 White-browed Babblers, 3 Black-chinned Honeyeaters, a White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, 5 early return or overwintering Dusky Woodswallows and a Black Kite. Thanks Michael Ramsey

7 August
At Seymour Bushland Reserve there was a Speckled Warbler. Thanks Michael Ramsey

6 August
There was a Juvenile White-bellied Sea-Eagle soaring above Point Addis. Thanks Peter Fuller.

6 August
There was a Spotted Harrier at Mt Pollock near Inverliegh. Thanks Peter Fuller.

6 August
A pair of Red-capped Robins were back at their old haunts on the Avon River at Bushy Park today. Thanks Duncan Fraser.

4 August
One Black-browed Albatross was seen at 9.15 am on 4 August from the Queenscliff - Sorrento Ferry, approximately midway across the Bay - Strait passage in open water. Conditions were windy (15 knots from the south), showery and cold (10 C?) following the passage a major cold front about 12 hours earlier. Thanks Andrew Walter.

3 August
An Eastern Curlew was observed foraging on the sand flats adjacent to the mouth of the Snowy River. An uncommon sighting in Marlo during early August. Thanks Len Axen

2 August
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club Tuesday 2 August: 3 Gang-gang Cockatoos. Thanks Richard Nowotny.

1 August
During the EGBOC outing to Raymond Island uninterrupted views of a Grey Goshawk soaring high above the former primary school site were recorded by a number of observers. Chris Healey/Len Axen.

1 August
Approximately 2km from Genoa on the Melbourne side, feeding in thick roadside Casuarinas, were 3 Glossy Black-Cockatoos -male, female and probable juvenile. Also one Tree Martin at Genoa. Thanks Steve Davidson.

1 August
A Purple Swamphen was seen saw at the Elster Creek on 1st August is the first definite report for the City of Bayside that Michael Norris knows of since February 1958. Thanks Michael Norris.

1 August
A single Major Mitchell's Cockatoo was observed for some ten minutes in the Jackson's Creek Valley at Sunbury. It was with a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and the two acted together. The Major Mitchell was in no way distressed or concerned, sitting for some time in a tree and preening. The pair eventually flew off upstream. Thanks Roger McGlashan.

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