re: Snipe and Baillon's Crake on Maribyrnong River

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Subject: re: Snipe and Baillon's Crake on Maribyrnong River
From: Jim Caine <>
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 11:36:31 +1100
Hi All,

Over the last couple of days I 've had some sightings that may be of interest 
to others. The area is along the Maribyrnong River between the Farnsworth 
Avenue Bridge and Pipemakers Park on the west side of the Maribyrnong River in 
the Ascot Vale/Maribyrnong area. It includes the river side of  the new 
Edgewater Estate, Jack's Magazine, Jack's Canal, the recently renamed "Frog's 
Hollow" and Pipemakers Park. 

On Tuesday at the pond just north of Jack's Canal, among other birds, there was 
a single Latham's Snipe in the grass around the pond. It flew several times. A 
Brown Goshawk flew down the hill into trees in Pipemakers Park. A Richard's 
Pipit was in the grass on the river bank and four White -faced were in Jack's 
Canal - which is now dry.

Returning to the site on Wednesday there were two Black-winged Stilts, a Great 
Egret and a Nankeen Night Heron and the Snipe was still there sneaking around 
the edge of the pond.

On Thursday at the newly created ponds nearest to the Farnsworth Avenue Bridge 
among the usual suspects was a single Baillon's Crake. It worked it way along 
the edge of the pond before disappearing into some reeds.

In this area there is also Dusky Wood-swallow and Australasian Grebe as well as 
about 40 more common species


Jim Caine

Jim Caine

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