Birdline Victoria Update - 21 August 2005

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Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 16:57:50 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 216
For the week ending: 21 August 2005

21 August
There was a Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo calling in Richmond: the first record the observer has had of the species in 16 years at this address. Thanks Martin O'Brien.

21 August
A trip around North-central Victoria yielded a variety of interesting species. At Kirwan's Bridge on the Goulburn Weir there was an early return Little Friarbird and 5 Purple-crowned Lorikeets. At Reedy Lake there were 4 White-bellied Sea-eagles, a Black-chinned Honeyeater, and 2 Purple-crowned Lorikeets. At Whroo Histroic Reserve there was a Singing Honeyeater and a Peregrine Falcon. Along Two Tree Road at Carag Carag there was a Spotted Harrier. Nearby at Green Lake there was a Caspian Tern. At Runnymeade Flora Reserve there were 3 Purple-crowned Lorikeets. Finally at Heatcote a Peaceful Dove was seen at Lady's Creek. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

20 August
An adult White-bellied Sea-eagle gracefully flew over the Coolart Wetlands heading NW. Good views of Australian White Ibis incubating eggs at Minnsmere Hide, Australasian Shovelers and a Blue-billed Duck. Also saw a very vocal pair of Whistling Kites and four Royal Spoonbills in the adjacent paddock. Thanks Fiona Parkin.

18 August
Eileen Collins of Chiltern has recorded (18 August 2005) a single Diamond Dove adjacent to a wetland just south of the Murray Valley Highway about 16km west of Rutherglen, north east Victoria. The bird was in Jones Swamp Rd. which is about 500m south of the highway. Other birds recorded were Apostlebirds and a Swamp Harrier. Thanks Martin O'Brien.

16 August
There was a Southern Boobook at Truganina Swamp, Altona. Thanks Colin Clark.

16 August
The first 4 Latham's Snipe have been sighted at the Powling Street Wetlands, Port Fairy. Thanks Jodie Honan.

16 August
A few highlights at Western Treatment Plant. Australasian Bittern at conservations ponds. The bird was stalking on the far bank in full view for approx 20 minutes during the middle of the day. 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Common Greenshanks and a small flock of Whiskered Terns at Walshes Lagoon. (eastern side of Little River). Juv Black-shouldered Kite with Adult near the ford at Little River. Thanks Wendy Dunn, Audrey Goldburn.

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

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