Western Treatment Plant Werribee

Subject: Western Treatment Plant Werribee
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 19:53:59 +1100
A pleasant day, though obviously all the Pink-eared Ducks have moved off inland after the rains. We dipped on the Little Curlews and saw only Sharpies, Rednecked Stints and some Curlew Sandpipers and one Greenshank: Avocets and Pied Stilts too and a large flock of Pied Oystercatchers at Kirk Point. Our fault for going when the tides didn't help.

A tick for us - Singing Bushlarks in the T-Section - sitting on fenceposts along the road. Adults speckled, younger birds with a rather orange cast to plumage.

One Blue-winged Parrot flushed beside Lake Borrie.

At the Little River mouth opposite the Hide - a very small grey bird skulking in the bushes on the riverbank - it had a triangular orange-red bill. I feel sure it was a female Zebra Finch.

Two Darters (Male and female) seen separately along the coast.

Lots of assorted raptors - Wedgetails, Whistling Kite, Black Kite, Swamp Harriers, one brown Goshawk, Brown Falcons, and a Nankeen Kestrel.

Little Grassbirds audible everywhere but determinedly invisible, unlike the Cisticolas and White-fronted Chats.

Anthea Fleming

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