Edithvale Wetlands SE Melbourne suburbs

Subject: Edithvale Wetlands SE Melbourne suburbs
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2006 09:47:13 +1000
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 Sharp-tailed
Sandpipers, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 5 Wood Sandpipers, 22 Red-kneed Dotterels,
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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