Birdline Victoria Update - 28 August 2005

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Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2005 17:33:13 +1000
Birdline Victoria Update No. 217
For the week ending: 28 August 2005

28 August
A flock of at least 2000 Fluttering Shearwaters massing in flight and on water in very strong north winds off Altona Beach. Thanks George Appleby.

28 August
NO White-fronted Terns were seen at any of several expected sites in the Altona-Pt Cook area on 28/8/2005. This appears to continue a trend this winter of few or no individuals of this species being reported in Victoria. Thanks George Appleby.

25 August
Don Greaves saw a pair of Swift Parrots flying over an oval at Geelong Grammar School on Thursday 25/8/05. They were heading SW towards the Shell Refinery. Thanks Russell Woodford

25 August
One Australian Kestrel seen flying northeast over Mayer Park, Thornbury is the first recorded in nearly 3 years living in the area. Thanks Paul Peake.

22 August
One adult Australian Ringneck (probably Mallee, possibly Cloncurry subspecies) seen along the Merri Creek in Kirkdale Reserve, about 30 metres south of the elbow formed by the corners of Weigall and Victoria Sts, East Brunswick. Thanks Paul Peake.

21 August
At least one Olive-backed Oriole calling at Melbourne Zoo (in the area between the Giraffes and the Mandrills). Thanks Paul Peake.

21 August
There was a male Rose Robin singing at a box-ironbark site at Miller's Lane, Rushworth State Forest, on 21 August. It was presumably on southwards migration (it isn't typical Rose Robin breeding habitat), so it interested me that it was singing. Rose Robins are regular and early migrants in southern Victoria, and the first arrivals at their wet sclerophyll breeding habitats are almost always detected in the last ten days of August. Thanks Danny Rogers.

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.

18-19 August
Two successive excursions to the Cabbage Tree Palms Reserve resulted in observations of a male Rose Robin, 8 Brown Gerygones, numerous Crested Shrike-tits (heard calling), and an early Olive-backed Oriole. Thanks Bob Semmens, Jacquie and Len Axen.

17 August
Over 100 Double-banded Plovers were observed on the Corringle ocean beach adjacent to the mouth of the Snowy River. Many of them were in full breeding plumage. Thanks Len Axen

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.

Mid August
A late report from Ken Norris (last week) of a pair of Channel-billed Cuckoos flying over his house at Mount Taylor (north of Bairnsdale) is most unusual for this time of year. Thanks Len Axen.

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.

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