Published sightings for the week ending 12 Sep 2010.
Sun 12 Sep Black Falcon Lower Ovens River Bundalong
A single bird was observed soaring over paddocks and the river by the
Murray Valley Highway.
Scarlet Honeyeater, Painted Honeyeater, Regent Honeyeater.
Bartley's Block, Chiltern
Excellent birding at Chiltern this morning. At least 6 Scarlet
Honeyeater's and 2 Painted Honeyeater's were the highlights for
Bartley's, but other good birds on the 'block' were Little and
Wedge-tailed Eagle, Turquoise Parrot, Speckled Warbler, Fan-tailed
Cuckoo, White-bellied Cuckoo Shrike and Olive-backed Oriole. 10 species
of the smaller Honeyeater's were recorded for the morning, including
Painted Honeyeater, Black-eared Cuckoo, Rainbow Bee-eater,
Scarlet Honeyeater Killawarra Forest
Painted Honeyeater, Black-eared Cuckoo and Rainbow Bee-eater all
returning spring migrants. At least 1 Scarlet Honeyeater at Mattamia Rd
where they were found last autumn. A male was seen chasing a Fuscous
Honeyeater, others probably heard nearby.
Sat 11 Sep Latham's Snipe Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
One Latham's Snipe at the T-section lagoon near gate 1. Two
Double-banded Plovers at the re-worked western lagoons.
Fiona Parkin and Jon Thornton
Intermediate Egret, Spotless Crake, Wood Sandpiper &
Olive-backed Oriole Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Intermediate Egrets are occasionally reported for the WTP, but we rarely
see them (we have only about 3 records in past 40 years and no recent
records). One was seen today in the 95 E conservation pond which then
flew to the 35E conservation pond). Other unusual species - Spotless
Crake, Olive-backed Oriole & Dusky Woodswallow. Our first Sharp-tailed
Sandpiper (very late due to floods in northern parts?) and the 2 Wood
Sandpipers reported earlier. Double-banded Plover (2) still present
(thanks Fiona & Jon).
John Barkla & Fred Smith
Kelp Gull Red Rocks look-out, west of Point Addis
A single Kelp Gull flew straight past our vision as I was sea watching
with an Angair group. We had great views and were able to compair size
difference as 10 minutes later 2 Juv pacific gulls showing distinctive
black marking across tail. The Kelp gull was slightly smaller and had an
all white tail. Also seen was Cresent HE, Peregrine Falcon, Tree
Martins, and female Golden Whistlers.
Tim Mckellar with Angair Birding group
Fri 10 Sep White-bellied Sea Eagle (Imm) Hamilton
Flying over Church Hill, Hamilton, towards the Nth East being mobbed by
the local magpie gangs.
Samantha, Marlene & Marie Greiner
Thu 9 Sep Pallid Cuckoo, Intermediate Egret Edithvale Wetlands
Late afternoon. Pallid Cuckoo fence-post hopping in northern wetlands.
Single Intermediate Egret standing a few metres from a Great Egret on
island visible from birdhide viewing platform.
Swift Parrot Woodlands Estate, Ocean Grove
2 seen, others heard, feeding in flowering Yellow Gums.9.00am (Maybe
their last stop before heading off over Bass Strait?)
Wed 8 Sep Cockatiel Mallacoota
1 Cockatiel flying north over the main shopping strip at Mallacoota
around 2:00pm. A further 4 Cockatiels seen flying north west over the
inlet at 5:00pm.
Fairy Martins, Curlew Sandpiper, Tree Martins, Fairy Terns
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Big flock of Fairy Martins has arrived with a few Tree Martins mixed in.
They have wasted no time and are building nests in many of the drainage
ditch tunnels along the way down to Borrow pits. Also a couple of newly
arrived Curlew Sandpipers mixed in with Red-necked Stints and Fairy
Terns on rocks near end of Beach Rd (boat ramp).
Paul Randall (wingsonwire.com)
Scarlet Honeyeater Koonung Creek Reserve, Mont Albert North
A few birds have been present continuously since May or earlier.
Apparently feeding mainly on the nectar of numerous Grey Mistletoe
(Amyema quandang); also on Drooping Mistletoe (A. pendula) which is far
less common at this location. Both mistletoes flower for a long time and
the commencement of flowering of individual plants can vary
considerably. Additionally, from a month or so ago, some trees of Yellow
Box and Manna Gum have been flowering. Sufficient nectar from various
species of eucalypts (inc. River Red Gum, Swamp Gum) could see the birds
remain into summer or beyond.
Knud and Carl Hansen
Tue 7 Sep Baillon's Crake Conservation Ponds, Western Treatment
Single Baillon's Crake seen in tall sedges near Wood Sandpiper spot at
Conservation Ponds. 3 Buff-banded Rails and a Spotted Crake seen in same
pond later in the day.
Grace Lewis, Craig Morley, Maarten Hulzebosch
Australian Reed-Warbler Barwon River, Fyansford
Lots of Reed Warblers arrived and calling from the reeds on a flooded
Rose Robin Barwon River, Fyansford
A Rose Robin (spring migrant) was seen on the eadge of a flooded Barwon
River. Photographed eating a spider and an earwig. (among other flooded
Brush Cuckoo Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
One Brush Cuckoo feeding on caterpillars at 29 Mile Road (extension from
Point Wilson Road) in plantation between Beach Road and concrete drain.
Also present at this location were Fan-tailed Cuckoo and Horsfield's
Sacred Kingfisher Wilby
First return for spring, in the front garden where it caught and ate a
Mon 6 Sep Pallid Cuckoo Linton
The first Pallid Cuckoo calling this spring on Clarkesdale Bird
Sanctuary was heard this morning.
Sun 5 Sep Regent Honeyeater, Olive-backed Oriole, Little Lorikeet
Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park (Chiltern)
Four, but possibly more birds in large flowering gum next to Greenhill
Dam; most banded but at least one unbanded wild bird. Observed them with
some very helpful local birders. Other birds of interest included an
Olive-backed Oriole, 2 Little Lorikeets, 2 Fan-tailed Cuckoos and a male
Hutton's & Fluttering Shearwaters, Fairy Terns, Shy Albatross
Good numbers of Fluttering/Hutton's Shearwaters offshore (as seen
earlier in the day at Point Addis), about 100 or so. Some came close
enough to identify, a few Hutton's amongst the Fluttering. Also 3 Fairy
Terns, & about 5 Shy Albatrosses.
Rufous Bristlebird, Fluttering/Hutton's Shearwater etc Point
Nice photo of a Rufous Bristlebird singing next to car park. About 500
or so Fluttering/Hutton's Shearwaters offshore, most appeared to be
Fluttering, but I did suspect a few Hutton's too. About 4 Shy & 1
Black-browed Albatrosses too.
Wed 1 Sep Fairy Tern werribee treatment works
A small flock of terns were hovering and diving near the first pond as
you enter the first gate from Pt Wilson near the boat ramp.
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