Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 8 Nov 2010 01:30:50 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 7 Nov 2010.

Sun 7 Nov Grey Shrike-Thrush Private Property Smiths Rd Parwan
A pair of Grey Shrike-Thrushes being very vocal on my friend's property at Parwan. Birds observed in a stand of Grey Box near their dwelling.
David Whelan

Sat 6 Nov Masked Lapwing, Olive-backed Oriole Upper Yarra Reservoir

William Paul

Australian Koel Richmond
Male still present (16:15-17:30) as previously reported by others. Sighted at several locations beside Yarra River from just upstream of Victoria St bridge, near where boats are moored, to where powerlines cross the river before the Bridge Rd bridge. Great views obtained while the bird was mobbed by Noisy Miners and Red Wattlebirds.
Mark Bennett

White-headed Pigeon "Forest Park" Orbost
Prior to an early morning "Breakfast with the Birds" hosted by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, most participants obtained good views of an adult White-headed Pigeon that circled around the trees bordering this parkland.
Len Axen

Whimbrel, Common Greenshank Breamlea
Whimbrel (2) and Common Greenshank (1) on mudflats in Thompson Creek, Breamlea this morning
Ian Smissen

Fri 5 Nov Dollarbird Springs Road Brown Hill (Ballarat)
First sighted by Murray Grant on his early morning bike ride along Springs Rd. and reported to other Birdo's in Ballarat. Attached photo taken Sunday morning 7/11/2010. First sighting of this bird in Ballarat nearest previous sighting Clunes.
Colin & Betty Johnson, Bernie Scott, Wally Coles etc.

White-throated Nightjar Bunyip State Park
A Nighjar turned up at the Helipad off the Black Snake Creek Rd at about 8.30pm and was still hawking around the open area until it became too dark to be seen.
Mick Brasher

Dollarbird Spings road Brown Hill,Ballarat.
Hawking dragonflies from powerlines.The closest record to Ballarat city ever.Tall eucalypts along a small watercourse provided excellent ''Roller''habitat.
Murray Grant

Australian Koel Victoria St Bridge
Bird is pretty easy to find with its loud, strident call. Flew from upstream of the bridge to perhaps 100 downstream.
James & David Dickson

Painted Honeyeater Mt Korong
gave me enough time to watch and then get a proof of view photo (2).
Samantha Greiner

White bellied Sea-Eagle Western Treatment Plant
One adult bird seen on the way down to Borrow Pits. Forgot how big these birds really are!!!
Paul Randall (

Thu 4 Nov Cox's Sandpiper Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Cox's Sandpiper Feeding with a handful of Curlew Sandpipers & numerous Red-necked Stints on the Bay shoreline between the Beach road rocks & Beacon Point at approx. 1610 hours - a dropping tide. It's been quite some time since one of these curiosities has been recorded.
Bob Swindley

Australian Koel Richmond, Yarra River at Victoria Street
One male Koel calling incessantly (koel, koel, ...) from riverside trees around 6pm.
Lawrie Conole

Wed 3 Nov Tawny Frogmouth Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Tawny Frogmouth calling in broad daylight at lunch time today in Fitzroy Gardens. First heard then spotted in first oak tree above the cafe. They are a regular (and breeding) species around my garden in Donvale, but never heard them call in broad daylight.

Grey-crowned Babbler, Hooded Robin Leaghur State Park
Grey-crowned Babbler: at the gate in a scruffy plantation tree (3). Hooded Robin: female and juvenile (2).
Samantha Greiner

Tue 2 Nov Mallee Emu-wren, Striated Grass-wren, Chestnut Quail-thrush Hattah National Park
Mallee Emu-wrens initially heard from car in patch of mallee & spinifex north of Hattah township on track veering north-west, just past plains. Easily found & seen, but buggers to photograph because of the very tall, seeding spinifex, often head high. Observed for about an hour & a half, with OK photos in the end. Striated Grass-wrens also easily found early in the morning on the Norwingi track, just off the Old Calder Highway. Also Chestnut Quail-thrush heard singing in same area.
Kevin Bartram

Turquoise Parrot Warby State Park
Single female feeding on moss with thin growth of grass on granite outcrop along Adams Track.
Mark Stanley

Swift Parrot Mallacoota
Typical staccato piping call heard then single bird seen flying south, at about 30 metres high, from Adobe Flats, Karbeethong Avenue at 07:00. Late mainland date - species normally in Tasmania by now.
P S Lansley & Scott Baker

Painted Button-quail Wyperfeld National Park
Painted Button-quail at the start of the Desert Walk. Redthroat on the walk in Desert Tea-Tree. Chestnut Quail-thrush near the start of Lowan Track.
Stuart Dashper and Chris Lester

Square-tailed Kite Fairhope (12 km N of Bairnsdale)
One bird working into SW breeze low over pasture and road reserve.
Chris Healey

Dollarbird & White-backed Swallow Shepparton
Two Dollarbirds at Gemmill's Swamp, Mooroopna and a single White-backed Swallow at Reedy Swamp, Shepparton.
Philip Jackson, Greg Hunt, Paul Kelly & Frank Mitchell

Superb Parrot, Noisy Friarbird Near Barmah State Forest
Two male Superb Parrots along Yielima North Rd and a group of over 14 Superb Parrots along Lancaster Rd. Also a Noisy Friarbird, Yellow Rosella and a Peregrine Falcon. Note: Barmah State Forest is still closed & very wet!
Philip Jackson, Greg Hunt, Paul Kelly & Frank Mitchell

Dollarbird Strathewen, Victoria
First time a Dollar Bird has been observed after 17 years of taking notes of birds in the area. Also noted 2 Sacred Kingfishers in Oct. - first ones seen in area since the Feb. 09 Bushfire.
Sandi Kogtevs

Mon 1 Nov Eastern Reef Egret Bastion Point Mallacoota
Dark phase bird seen on rocks. Apparently regular at this location but is first time i have encountered this species in Victoria.
Scott Baker, P.S. Lansley

Satin Flycatcher Christmas Hills area
Male and female observed at One Tree Hill Reserve while 2-3 others heard calling in the nearby vacinity. Also heard in two other areas in the forest around Sugarloaf.
Jackson Airey

Diamond Firetail, White-winged Triller Mt Taylor, n of Biarnsdale
Single Diamond Firetail, and 2 White-winged Trillers in mixed woodland and pasture.
EGBOC group (per Chris Healey)

Masked Owl State Forest and Private land near Cape Conran Coastal Park
Brilliant views of a pair of Masked Owl at the edge of State Forest near Cape Conran Coastal Park. One light phase individual and one intermediate individual. Seen at the interface of heath, tall forest and private land.
Tim Bawden and Simone Reinertsen

Crimson Rosella Gunbower Cell
One seen near the town oval
Malcolm Cousland

Regent Parrot Crossing road 20 ks south of Mildura
Had good view of severn Regent parrots as they flew over the road in front of me about 20ks south of Mildura end of September.
Mr Bruce Tindle

Dollarbird, Rainbow Bee-eater Mahon Lane, Osbornes Flat
It continues to be an excellent birding spring in Yackandandah. My first Dollarbird for the house block this morning, with a pair of Rainbow Bee-eater just up the road. Rufous Songlark have arrived on the property (at least 2 birds), and Fantail, Horsfields and Shining-bronze Cuckoo continue to call most mornings.
Matt Weeks

White-throated Gerygone Wodonga Senior Secondary College
I was surprised to locate a gerygone in claret ash on the school grounds this morning. Not exactly ideal habitat, yet singing quite happily.
Matt Weeks

Bush Stone-curlew, Intermediate Egret, Nankeen Night Heron, Rainbow Bee-eater, White-winged Triller Dowdle Swamp
Bush Stone-curlew seen in the same vicinity as previous visits. A good number of Intermediate Egret observed (5), one with a red bill. One Nankeen Night heron flushed from a red gum while wading through the swamp. Rainbow Bee-eaters have returned and a male White-winged Triller, very scarce this spring, sing from sapling gums.
Michael Ramsey

Satin Flycatcher, Sacred Kingfisher Banyule Flats, Viewbank
Satin Flycatcher and pair of Sacred Kingfishers seen east of carpark, near the Plenty River footbridge at a waterlogged Banyule Flats.
Martin Dwelly

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Bendigo East
11 YTB Flew over coming from the airport area heading towards McIvor Highway
Wayne Wignall

Australasian Darter Karkarook Park
One bird on the eastern side. First time I have seen this bird and certainly as peculiar as it looks in photos.
James Bailey

Sun 31 Oct Mallee Emu-wren, Striated Grasswren Nowingi Track, Hattah National Park
A great, if damp, morning along Nowingi Track with two Striated Grasswrens just south of the Konardin Track intersection and a group of 6 Mallee Emu-wrens a few hundred metres north of the intersection. Four Pink Cockatoos flying over. A family of Chestnut-crowned Babblers near the north end of the track along with a single White-browed Woodswallow. Red-backed Kingfisher west of Colignan township which is just north of the park. Great to see so much water in the landscape.
Stuart Dashper and Chris Lester

Eastern Bristlebird Howe Flat, Mallacoota
Bristlebirds were vocal and sighted close to walkway from Howe Flat track. Many Scarlet Honeyeaters present. Single Beautiful Firetail and White-throated Nightjar recorded in woodland area.
Scott Baker, P.S. Lansley

Hardhead, Blue-billed Duck Ballarat
Hardhead: female amongst many pacific black ducks and chicks (1). Blue-billed Duck: male and female with five chicks (7). Observed at Lake Wendouree, Ballarat. Good depth of water in lake, water plants plentiful and verdant. Observed lone mature female Hardhead duck 31 Nov, amongst large number of Pacific Black duck and ducklings, southern end of 'fairyland'. Returned the next day to investigate report of Bluebill duck: located male and female Bluebill with five duckling/chicks, in sheltered lagoon - northern section of 'fairyland'.
Lauren Leviston & Audrey Leviston

Caspian Tern Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Single bird.
Richard Nowotny

Painted Honeyeater, Western Gerygone, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Rufous Songlark Kerang Weir, Kerang
At least 2 Painted Honeyeaters calling near the bridge at Kerang Weir after a night of solid rain. Also good to hear a Rufous Songlark in full voice as well as Western Gerygone, Little Friarbird and a couple of White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike. Several nesting spp including White-breasted Woodswallow, Fairy Martin and Sacred Kingfisher.
Greg Oakley

Sat 30 Oct Malleefowl Walpeup-Patchewollock Rd.
A pair seen 200 m north of the Ouyen rd and a single 200 m south of the Ouyen rd at around 5.30 pm.
Stuart Dashper and Chris Lester

Square-tailed Kite, Australian Koel Mallacoota Cell
Square-tailed Kite: Seen over main road into Mallacoota just outside town. Later over Watertrust Road . Australian Koel: At least 2 birds calling incessantly. One male bird tracked down pre-dawn on Sunday.
Tim Bawden

Powerful Owl Diamond Creek, Eltham
Two Powerful Owls in a large Eucalyptus near the railway line. I think they were both juveniles but it was difficult to tell as the rain made it difficult to see clearly
Lindy Damoulakis and JIm and Carolyn Minifie

Australian Koel East Bairnsdale
Male heard calling from suburban gardens. Koels have become regular visitors to this part of East Gippsland in last few years.
Chris Healey

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