Banded Stilts at Truganina Swamp Melbourne

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Subject: Banded Stilts at Truganina Swamp Melbourne
From: Tim Dolby <>
Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2013 02:06:41 +0000
Hey Martin, with just a little research using some of the other bird resources 
that are freely available on the web, and easy to use, you would've noticed 
that Banded Stilt have been at Truganina Swamp for at least two and a half 
years :-)

See below just some of the Birdline reports since Oct 2011. The most birds seen 
was 88 individuals. The report rate for Truganina is 14% which, by comparison, 
means they're seen there nearly as often as they're seen at the Western 
Treatment Plant, with a report rate of 19%. This means they're seen there so 
regularly we probably should stop reporting them on Birdline. (Make note to 



10/5/2011       Banded Stilt Truganina Swamp, Altona
Eight adults & juveniles on a shallow lagoon overlooked from birdhide.(thanks 
Anthea for putting me onto them) 17:40 hrs AEDST.
David Richardson 5/10 #96955

11/2/2011       Banded Stilt Truganina Swamp, Altona
Around 30 Banded Stilts on the main pool and the smaller pool behind, several 
in breeding plumage. Avocets stil present and other recent sightings include 2x 
Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo (1 near Mt St Josephs Pond and other near the bridge 
at the main pool), Sacred Kingfisher in my garden (cnr Bell Ave and Grant Ave), 
Marsh Sandpiper, Hardhead and Aus Shoveller.
Colin Clark 2/11 #100027

11/4/2011       Curlew Sandpiper Truganina Swamp, Altona
There were around 20 Curlew Sandpipers on the main pool at 10am. Flock of 
Banded Stilts, Avocets still present. Sharpies, Red-Necked Stints and Marsh 
Sandpiper also.
Colin Clark 4/11 #100448

12/1/2011       Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake, Buff-Banded Rai lTruganina 
Swamp, Altona
The whole centre area of the swamp is flooded. Best view is achieved by 
crossing bridge behind the retirement village and then through the gate and 
look back towards the City. Baillon's Crake nearby in reeds, others on the far 
bank (scope rqd). Gumboots also rqd as path is flooded too. Flock of Corellas 
over in distance (species unknown). Huge number of coots but only 2 Banded 
Stilts remaining.
Colin Clark 1/12 #102776

12/23/2011      Banded Stilt Laverton Creek, just north of Queen Street, Altona 
At 1600 hours, observed 60+ Banded Stilt feeding in the creek with an equal 
number of Red-necked Avocet. Also 25 Banded Stilt observed with a few 
Red-necked Avocet at the nearby Truganina Swamp. Also present at the swamp were 
a few Common Greenshank and a good number of Curlew Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed 
Sandpiper and Red-necked Stint.
Peter Gibbons 23/12 #104911

Banded Stilt Truganina Swamp, Altona
Small flock of 10 Banded Stilts present on the main pool. There is also a flock 
of around 30 Red-Necked Avocets and there was a Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo at 
the weekend.
Colin Clark 28/8 #141416

9/5/2012        Brown Songlark, Banded Stilt Truganina Swamp, Altona
Brown Songlark in the grassland area over the wooden bridge at the back of the 
retirement village. Banded Stilts also still present on the main pool 
(Moderators note: We have had a number of Brown Songlarks reports recently. It 
has been established that they have returned for Spring. We won't be publishing 
any more reports of this species unless they specifically fit the report 
Colin Clark 5/9 #142281

10/3/2012       Curlew Sandpiper Truganina Swamp
First real flock of waders of the summer seen today. Around 100 birds, mostly 
Sharp-tailed Sandpipers but a few Red-necked Stints and at least 3 Curlew 
Sandpipers. One of the Curlew Sands had about 50% breeding plumage on the 
underparts. Also 1 Marsh Sandpiper, Banded Stilts and Avocets.
Colin Clark 3/10 #145569

10/31/2012      Cattle EgretTruganina Swamp, Altona
3 Cattle Egrets, 2 in breeding flush on the main pool at 6:30pm. Also a great 
number and variety of waders - Sharp-tailed, Marsh and Curlew Sandpipers, 
Greenshank, Red-necked Stint, Avocet, Black-winged and Banded Stilts and if you 
include Masked Lapwing and Red-capped Plover that gets the wader species count 
into double figures! All are on the main pool and most are very close to the 
Colin Clark 31/10 #149367

11/13/2012      Great Crested Grebe and Glossy IbisTruganina Swamp, Altona
Breeding plumage Great Crested Grebe bobbing in front of the hide at 6:40pm. 
Glossy Ibis flew over heading west. Both new for me at this site and the Grebe 
not recorded here on Eremaea. Also 8 PInk-Eared ducks and all the current usual 
suspects including huge number of Avocets and Marsh Sandpipers, Banded Stilts 
Colin Clark 13/11 #151199

12/25/2012      Banded Stilt (88) & Red-necked Avocet (220 approx).Truganina 
Swamp and Laverton Creek, Altona.
>From 1710 hours onwards, observed a group of 88 Banded Stilts in the main pond 
>at Truganina Swamp, also a large number of Red-necked Avocet (220 approx) 
>feeding in Laverton Creek, north of the Queen Street road bridge. Two 
>Black-tailed Godwits still present at the Laverton Creek Mouth.
Peter Gibbons 25/12 #157483

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Sent: Friday, March 08, 2013 12:15 PM
Subject: Banded Stilts at Truganina Swamp Melbourne

Interested in people's thoughts on the following.

Have received a report of Banded Stilts (with Black-winged Stilts) at
Truganina Swamp Altona.

Has anyone else reported the species from this locality recently??

Martin O'Brien

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