Published sightings for the week ending 5 Sep 2010.
Sun 5 Sep Swift Parrot Boweya Forest
Still some birds about in the forest, seen in two groups. 18 counted
though probably more. Using three food resources, on Mugga Ironbark and
hybrid box blossom, also lerp on Grey Box.
Brown Songlark Almonds
In a wheat crop along the Wilby Road. First return for spring, a week
later than usual than seen in previous years.
Fan-tailed Cuckoo Collingwood Children's Farm
Single bird calling next to the Yarra.
Sat 4 Sep Great Crested Grebe Tullaroop Reservoir
Two birds sighted just below the dam wall at Tullaroop Reservoir - first
time I have seen this species at this site.
Fri 3 Sep Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Diamond Creek
Seen in rural area (private property) close to confluence of Scrubby
Creek & Diamond Creek. Initially seen in African Box-thorn, then moved
to a deciduous tree where photographed. Unusual in north-eastern
P S Lansley & Bill Wallach
Little Eagle, Pallid Cuckoo, Crested Shriketit etc Weeroona,
Woodlands Historic Park
Little Eagle flew past & sat on tree branch nearby, 2 Crested Shriketits
very alarmed and harassing the eagle. Got some photos, but too dull to
get anything brilliant. Also 3 species of cuckoos calling, Pailled,
Fan-tailed & Shining Bronze-.
Pink Robin, Scarlet Honeyeater Darebin Parklands (Ivanhoe and
This morning about 11 am - working my way upstream along Darebin Creek
at the far north end of the Park - I had a brief sighting of a Pink
Robin (Petroica sp.) - a brown bird with buff wing markings and no tail
markings. It was perched in a small tree and hopped into bushes, moving
higher up the rocky basalt slope. Despite scrambling up the rocks I
could not find it again. (A few years ago I saw another a few yards up
the Darebin Path, about 50 metres north of today's sighting). As I left
the Park by the Pine Ridge Track, I saw a female Scarlet Honeyeater
perched on a tree-top - it flew off to the north side of the ridge and
dropped down towards the Creek.
Crested Shrike Tit Melbourne Zoo
Two Crested Shrike Tits in the canopy above the Gorilla Exhibit
Thu 2 Sep Variegated Fairy-wren, Australian Hobby Ouyen water
storage & bush track
Variegated Fairy-wren: including at least 2 males in full colour. Near
old water storage dams (dry) (4). Australian Hobby: perched on dead
branches of tree over track. Stayed there some time (half an hour at
Janine Duffy, Roger Smith
Rose Robin Kensington
Close views of a male seen flitting amongst small trees alongside a
Swift Parrot, Australasian Bittern, Wood Sandpiper Western
Following TF & HP's sighting on Tuesday, found 2-3 Swifties in woodlot
along Pt Wilson Rd near Paradise Rd. Also there an Olive-backed Oriole
and 2 Fan-tailed Cuckoo. At 35E-8 Cons Pond the/an Australasian Bittern
(sorry Dave...) seen in open along edge of pond, plus 2 Wood Sands as
reported earlier by MH.
Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder
Rose Robin, Large-billed Scrub-wren Bunyip State Park
2 male Rose Robin singing- 1 along Camp Rd near Tonimbuk/Gembrook Rd and
1 along Link Tk. These are spring arrivals in regularly held
territories. Also 3 LB Scrub-Wren in riparian scrub along Camp Rd near
Tonimbuk/Gembrook Rd; this species appears to be quite uncommon in the
Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder
Wed 1 Sep Brown Goshawk, Black Falcon Werribee Zoo
An imm. female Brown Goshawk was found dead yesterday. An autopsy
performed by the zoo veterinarian revealed shotgun pellets and shotgun
pellet related injuries. On a brighter note the Black Falcon recorded
previously is still present and reported most days.
Latham's snipe St Leonards college Bangholme
Flushed one Latham's snipe from wetland this morning
Olive-backed Oriole Linton
An Oriole has heralded Spring in Linton. With total cloud cover and
light rain, it was calling just after 7.00am this morning
Tue 31 Aug Aus Bittern, Latham's Snipe Western Treatment Plant,
Very brief visit after a BOCA outing. Bittern on track south of 35E9 and
single Snipe in the open in 35E9. Lots of Zebra Finches on road going
east from the Little River crossing, and several Aussie Grebe in one of
the ponds north of that road.
Dave Torr, Iian Denham, Virginia Moylan, Elizabeth Hurley
Swift Parrot & others Western Treatment Plant
Approx. 6 Swift Parrot in plantation, Pt. Wilson Rd., 0.5Km. south of
Paradise Rd. also 1 O.-b. Oriole calling at same location. Cape Barren
Goose (pair nesting L.Borrie), Wedge-t. Eagle (pair at nest site), A.
Hobby ( 1 over Paradise Rd), Brolga ( 1 at T-Sect.) Wood Sandpiper ( 2 @
Conservation Pond west), Double-banded Plover (6 in breeding plumage,
Western Lagoon), Pallid Cuckoo (1 silent bird, Pt. Wilson Rd.), Zebra
Finch ( 200+ in two large flocks east of lower ford), Fairy & Tree
Martin ( hundreds in mixed flocks over the site), Orange- bellied Parrot
(3 seen & photographed by C.T.& S.D.) Total: 80 species.
Tom Fletcher & Hugo Phillipps
Mon 30 Aug Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo Neilborough, north of
2 pairs happily perched in large pine tree. Flew off in westerly
direction to perch in other trees.
Swift Parrot Muckleford Forest, Pullans Rd, Maldon
Countless Swift Parrots feeding on lerps on Grey Box at edge of my
property. Stood amongst them for 30 min, watching them darting about. I
have seen many flocks every day for the past few months.
Brolga St Albans Park, Geelong
3 birds feeding on waterlogged farm paddock between Wilsons Rd and
Boundary Rd 5:30PM
Swift Parrot Kooyoora State Park (Wehla)
1 seen, 1 heard on Burkes Flat-Wehla Rd at 5.30pm. Musk, Purple-crowned
and Little Lorikeets common.
Sun 29 Aug Shining Bronze-Cuckoo Mount Burnett, Dandenongs
First bird of the season heard calling and a Fan-tailed Cuckoo this
morning ( 31st Aug )
regent honeyeater Chiltern -Mt Pilot National Park
3-4 birds observed for some time feeding high in large gum next to dam
on Green Hill Rd (near intersection with Magenta Rd) . Birds were
calling loudly and moving rapidly from one patch of flowers to another.
At least 1 had a band. Feeding in mixed flock of red wattlebirds and
Tawny Frogmouth Brimbank Park
Saw a pair of TF's on Sun, 29 Aug 10 in the Brimbank Park (Keilor). -
Gum tree/s on the LHS of the path as you approach the currently
overflowing concrete path to cross the river. We had been told of this
pair by a friend who saw them perched together. However when we spotted
them they were in 2 separate trees (domestic dispute ;-)).
Powerful Owl Williamstown Botanic Gardens
After hearing of a Powerful Owl seen flying in a nearby street the
previous night, we decided the obvious place to look was the Botanic
Gardens - and there it was
Dave Torr, Iian Denham, Peter Gibbons
Swift Parrot Greater Bendigo National Park (Kamarooka section)
Swift Parrots still present at Mulga Dam site. Approx. 40 birds seen
Crested shrike-tit Banyule Flats Reserve
1 in tree regeneration patch on path between windmill and Plenty path
junction. Also scarlet honeyeater, oriole, f-t cuckoo - 46 spp in all,
an excellent morning.
Sat 28 Aug Painted Button-Quail, Collared Sparrowhawk Alexandra
Found a single Painted Button-Quail in our car port, and trapped by two
wire doors. I picked it up and it squirmed out of my hands and took off.
Later in same day a Collared Sparrowhawk landed on the garden fence. We
have not seen Button-Quail in this district for some time now.
Collared Sparrowhawk Kensington
Collared Sparrowhawk has been sighted around Kensington Banks off and on
for many months.
Australia Reed-Warbler Albert park lake
These are the first reed warblers I have heard (and seen) so far this
spring. Could they have stayed over winter?
Fri 27 Aug Yellow-rumped Thornbill Inner-city Geelong
For the first time, I have observed four Yellow-rumped Thornbills in my
backyard. Unusual location and the Thornbills were being harassed by New
Crested Shrike-tit Wyndham Park, Werribee
Single individual seen feeding on young flowering gums growing on the
river banks. It was being hassled by hordes of White-plumed Honeyeaters,
but didn't seem to mind.
Thu 26 Aug Australasian Shoveler, King Parrot Chiltern
3 (M,M,F) shovelers at Chiltern Dam #1 in the afternoon, 4 King Parrots
at Bartley's Block in the morning. The Chiltern Bird trail guide notes
that both these species are considered unusual in the area.
Interestingly, the King Parrots responded to me making a fool of myself
pishing, which is behaviour I haven't seen before - the birds responding
to pishing, that is.
Grey Goshawk Private Backyard - Canterbury, Melbourne
I saw what looked like a very large pidgeon with a very small hawk-like
beak, grey wings and barred chest, slightly wedged tail - think it was a
grey goshawk? Moderators note. Sighting unconfirmed
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