Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

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Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 01:31:46 +1000
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Published sightings for the week ending 4 Jul 2010.

Sun 4 Jul       Gang-gang Cockatoo Warrandyte 
Whilst having lunch at The Bakery along the Yarra River at Warrandyte, 3
Gang Gangs nearly flew into the visitors at The Bakery. Wonderful
sighting with so much human activity! The Pacific Gulls remain along
side the waters at Marriot Waters Lyndhurst! 
Sue and Stephen King 

Sat 3 Jul       Powerful Owl Yarra Flats East Ivanhoe 
Solitary Powerful Owl, well concealed in the high canopy of a large pine
tree about 400m upstream from the Burke Rd Bridge. 
Peter Thomson 

        Swift parrot You Yangs Regional Park 
1600hrs. Seven Swift parrots observed near Information Centre and Car
Park, together with Musk and Purple-crowned Lorikeets, good views. Quite
a few Eastern Yellow and Scarlet Robins and scores of vocal White-winged
Choughs, at various locations in the Park. 
Peter Gibbons 

Fri 2 Jul       Swift Parrot Jells Park, E Melbourne 
Late afternoon, flock of 20-30 wheeled around and landed to feed in
eucalypt blossom between carpark and cafe. 
Carol & Andrew Iles 

        Shy Albatross Fisherman's Beach Mornington 
Single Shy Albatross seen from Fisherman's Beach Mornington (30km from
the heads inside Port Phillip Bay). Bird was only a few hundred meters
from the shoreline heading south-west - back to some more "appropriate"
waters perhaps. 
Glenn Ehmke 

Thu 1 Jul       Hooded Plover Portsea ocean beach 
Flock of 14, about halfway from Portsea SLSC to Sorrento rocks. 2
immature birds - one light grey cap, 1 mottled black. 
Peter Bennet 

        Common Bronzewing, Olive-backed Oriole Royal Park 
Two Common Bronzewing flushed from trees by a dog walker near the new
Royal Children's Hospital site. One Olive-backed Oriole seen in a tree
overhanging the Zoo boundary wall close to the Australian Bush
exhibit/Hockey Centre tram stop 
Nicole Spillane and Paul Jacobson 

Tue 29 Jun      Rose Robin Castelmaine botanical gardens 
Single bird observed today in Elms trees near the old fish Hatchery
shed. About 2.00pm seen for about 5 minutes before flying off over the
Greg McKay 

        White-winged Black Tern Eastern Treatment Plant 
The outstanding highlight was a White-winged Black Tern (see photo), the
first on any SE Melbourne wetland in winter, photos attached. Other
highlights shown in red included an abnormally high number of Black
Swans with perhaps the highest ever number of nests at 47, the most-ever
Common Bronzewings (6) and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters (15) . New Holland
Honeyeaters (6) are unusual here. 
Mike Carter, Dawn Neylan, David Stabb & Andrew Wood 

Mon 28 Jun      Southern Boobook Sorrento 
One dead Southern Boobook found on the ground in my garden at Sorrento.
It looks like it is of the Tasmanian race and it shows no signs of
having been attacked. Interestingly, during the previous week I had
heard a boobook call a number of times so it had probably been around
for a while. 
Val Ford 

        White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Bassian Thrush, Crested Shrike-tit
"Trestle Bridge" Colquhoun SF via Nowa Nowa 
Interesting observations from a sunny but very chilly EGBOC outing this
morning included single sightings of a White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike,
Bassian Thrush and Crested Shrike-tit adjacent to the Trestle Bridge car
Len Axen on behalf of 18 fellow EGBOC members 

        Grey Goshawk (White morph) Werribee River 
One bird flushed and then seen hunting along Werribee River this
afternoon between Chirnside Park and end of Synnot St. Also Dusky
Woodswallows (x2) hawking for insects above. 
Paul Randall ( 

        Gang-gang Cockatoo (M and F) 100 Acres Park Orchards 
My first sighting of this species (M and F) in the wild once again this
fantastic site reveals its secrets one by one. 
H Keith Fenton 

Sun 27 Jun      Black-browed Albatross, Shy Albatross, Brush Bronzewing,
Barn Owl Cape Nelson 
A few hundred, mostly Black-browed, but also Shy Albatrosses seen
offshore mostly following fishing boat, with large rafts of hundreds of
Fluttering/Hutton's Shearwater in area. Surprisingly nothing unusual
seen. Nice photos of a male Brush Bronzewing in area. Plenty of Rufous
Bristlebirds around. One Barn Owl seen well, hawking along road just
north of Cape Nelson at about 10PM, flew off before I could get a photo.
Kevin Bartram 

Thu 24 Jun      Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Caravan Park @ Grovedale,
x6 birds feeding in a eucalypts with a few Rainbows, not 3m away from
our Van. I guess historically they must be escapes?? but there they
John & Sue O'Malley 

Wed 23 Jun      Eastern Yellow Robin Camberwell 
A pair observed bathing in a backyard in suburban Camberwell. A rare
Winter visitor to the area. 
Barbara Bennett per Mark Bennett 

Wed 16 Jun      Flame Robin Bushy Park, Dandenong Ck, Glen Waverley,
Approx. 6, all brown birds, feeding in rough pasture with cattle. 
Carol and Andrew Iles 

Mon 14 Jun      Possible Olive Whistler Newport Lakes 
Good views of a juvenile/female Olive Whistler in lower casuarina.
Brownish above; buff/yellowish wash under; pale plain throat;vaguely
bicoloured beak;strongly rufous folded wings with darker vanes. Quiet
and unobtrusive. Moderators note. Visitors to Newport lakes may like to
look out for this bird to confirm an Id. 
Joseph P. Gatt 


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