Conditions report - Mt St Joseph pond, Altona, Vic

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Subject: Conditions report - Mt St Joseph pond, Altona, Vic
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 11:14:14 +1100
The main pond is still dry and getting a nice covering of grass, but the 
puddles at the north platform have filled up and merged because of the light 
rain over the weekend.  As a result there aren't any muddy edges and I haven't 
seen any crakes or rails.

I met some birders there yesterday morning who said they'd seen a Spotless 
Crake at the north platform, and this morning I heard a Lewin's Rail there.  It 
was making the "mrrp!" call, which I don't think I'd heard yet this summer.

Little Grassbirds are usually seen well there.  Yesterday morning I saw two 
having a tussle, and was surprised to hear one give a typical plaintive 
grassbird "pheeeep" call during the fight.  It just didn't sound right for an 
agressive call.


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