This message sent 3 days ago did not get through. Although now less useful,
Russell suggested I try again as a test so here goes.
Sent: Sunday, April 16, 2006 9:47 AM
> On Thursday 17 April, Andrew Silcocks and I did our monthly census of this
> wetland. Water levels had dropped particularly in the lakes on the north
> side of Edithvale Road and the swamp there was dry. The South was shallow
> but over 40% of the area was still inundated. Rains since then will have
> replenished this and reduced the area of mud.
> We logged 67 species, a pleasing number for this increasingly urbanised
> area. Highlights included 3 Australian & 3 Spotless Crakes, 150
> Sandpipers, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 5 Wood Sandpipers, 22 Red-kneed
> 40 Black-fronted Dotterels, 80 Black-winged Stilts & 1 Whistling Kite. We
> also had a Common Bronzewing (rare here) and 7 Flame Robins. The latter
> species arrived at the due date. Andrew saw one on the 1st April!
> Mike Carter
> 30 Canadian Bay Road
> Mt Eliza VIC 3930
> Ph: (03) 9787 7136
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