Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 29 Nov 2010 01:31:03 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 28 Nov 2010.

Sun 28 Nov Musk Lorikeet Bentleigh East
Appeared down Centre Road close to Nepean Highway.
James Bailey

Sat 27 Nov Little Friarbird, Dollarbird Runnymede Highway Park, Elmore
A single Little Friarbird and 2 Dollarbird were present at Runnymede Highway Park this morning not long before the rain started again.
Steven Davidson - The Melbourne Birder

Cockatiel Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
Presumably an escapee. Seen in flight (west to east) from office area.
Paul Dodd & Ruth Woodrow

Magpie Geese Leopold
20ish Magpie Geese just off the Bellarine Highway, in a flooded paddock near the Moolap Rd intersection.
Sarah Mck

Fri 26 Nov Slaty-headed Parakeet St Leonards, backyard near Edwards Point Reserve
Spotted a Slaty-headed Parakeet on our back yard fence, around 6pm. Wasn't sure if it was a runaway pet or a native/wild bird. Not very shy, hung around for about 10mins.
Sarah Womersley

Common Sandpiper, Black-winged Stilt Webb Dock, Port Melbourne
Common Sandpiper: Webb Dock west, flew south from end jetty toward rocks, along shore (1). Black-winged Stilt: wetland north of Williamstown Road, with Chestnut Teal.
Peter Booth

Thu 25 Nov White-throated Needletail, Australian Spotted Crake Lake Mokoan/Winton Wetlands
Three White-throated Needletails, first record this season heading north between the duck pond area and Warby Ranges to the east. Quite stormy and unsettled weather at the time. Australian Spotted Crake calling from reeds at the old boat ramp. Hundreds of Whiskered Terns and a Nankeen Night Heron also good sightings.
Michael Ramsey

White-throated Needletail Helipad, Nicholson Track, NW of Deptford
Approximately 60 Needletails feeding just above ridge, as thunderstorms approached. First sighting for the season.
Roger Bilney

Dollarbird Newport Lakes Park
Adult bird sighted flying just above treetop height in north-westerly direction. Almost two years to the day since my first sighting here (28/11/08). Also present a female Rufous Whistler with two juvenile-type birds, and an adult & juvenile Nakeen Night-heron.
Steve Davidson

Wed 24 Nov Common Koel Near Bridge Rd road bridge Richmond
I have only heard the bird, calling for about half an hour in the morning.
Penny Johns

Spangled Drongo Newlands Arm, Gippsland Lakes
Single bird observed in suburban garden at Newlands Arm, nr Paynesville.
Rosemary Edwards (per Chris Healey)

Blue-winged parrot Whittlesea, below Toorourrong reservoir
1 bird seen flying and calling along the Plenty river below the dam wall. I had seen a pair about a month ago, also in the same place. And small numbers had been seen at Pheasant Creek prior to the fires.
Greg Cobern

Caspian Tern, Red-kneed Dotterel, Brown Falcon Western Treatment Plant
Went looking for the Ruff this morning but could'nt find it anywhere. Did manage to see a Caspian Tern hunting over Little River near the birdhide as well as a single Red Kneed Dotterel on the road towards Borrow Pits. Also, for the last 2 weeks a large female Brown Falcon has been dive bombing my car as I head down to Borrow Pits on the road opposite the conservation ponds. Seems she may have a nest in the area but I could'nt tell where exactly. She is not too upset, just likes to make a bit of noise and come in for a few cackling swoops before retreating to her vantage point 100m down the road.
Paul Randall (

Rufous Songlark Toolern Vale
Heard 23 rd in my back yard, three different occassions. Today, heard and sighted a pair, they went to ground in long grass in the back paddock. First time recorded here.
Nora Peters

Tue 23 Nov Grey Plover [4] Western teatment plant,Werribee.
2 flew off rocks at Kirks Point and 4 seen later roosting on rocks between Kirks Point and The Spit.Easily identified in flight by black axillaries [armpits].Access via road opposite T section.
Murray Grant,Ian ashton,Helen O'donnell

Ruff Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
In pond south of Pelican/ Cormorant roosts (yellow '78B' sign) as reported on Fri 19 , with 7 Greenshanks and Black-winged Stilts
Chris Lunardi

Eastern Spinebill, White-winged Triller, Little Eagle Weeroona, Woodlands Historic Park
My first Eastern Spinebills for the park (which takes my personal list for this area to 100), 3 seen, 2 juveniles, hinting the posibility of breeding in area. White-winged Triller heard, good to have them back again. Little Eagle light morph perched & probably breeding in area. A pair of adult Brown Goshawks hanging around. Also Pallid, Horsfield Bronze & Shining Bronze Cuckoos calling, Shriketit calling. Not bad for an hours birdwatching!
Kevin Bartram

Mon 22 Nov Bar-tailed Godwit Corner Inlet, Toora, South Gippsland, Vic
800 resting on the shore line. Seen from the hide
Howard and Jill Plowright

Rainbow Lorikeet Yarraville
2 parrots never seen by myself in Yarraville ( in 20 years) don't know if of interest. Feeding off some sort of red banskia type tree in my garden.
Pamela Whitehead

Southern Boobook Werribee River, Werribee
The young of the nesting Boobooks I reported last week have fledged. They appear to still be roosting in the nest hollow through the day. More images on my website (click on "further info" below).
Paul Randall (

Latham's Snipe. Heathdale Glenorden Wetlands, Hoppers Crossing 3029.
At 1205hrs, two Snipe were observed and then flushed at this Wetland, which is generally reliable for Snipe. Numbers appear to be down this year.
Peter Gibbons.

Common Koel Merri Creek Parklands. End Jukes Road, Fawkner
Heard calling, not sighted, 4.30am for several minutes. Sounded quite distant, perhaps a hundred metres away.
Brian Bainbridge

Sun 21 Nov White-throated Nightjar, Powerful Owl, Brush Cuckoo, Scarlet Honeyeater Bunyip State Park
2 WT Nightjar seen over Helipad after dusk, others heard in distance there and along Link Track. Powerful Owl also heard at Helipad from direction of Dyers Picnic Ground, as well as several Southern Boobook, with one superb adult seen very close. Just before dark a Brush Cuckoo was heard then seen and another heard calling after dark along Black Snake Ck Rd. Single Scarlet Honeyeater heard then seen briefly at forest edge along Cannibal Creek. Also present a very silvery Mountain Brushtail Possum, Sugar Glider and several Koala.
Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder

Hooded Plover (2), Nankeen Kestrel (1), Caspian Tern (1) Koonya Beach, Mornington Peminsula National Park
Two Hooded Plover seen feeding on the beach, one Nankeen Kestrel flying over dunes with a rodent in its talons. Also of interest one Caspian Tern flew past and caught a small fish.
Jaye Williams, Tristan Moore, Alex Moore and Diane Cooper

Sat 20 Nov Brolga Western Treatment Plant
Near Gate 2 en route to Western Lagoon
John Manger

Comman Sandpiper Yarra River opposite Newport
First sighting for the season. Seen on the rocky banks of the Yarra opposite the Newport Power Station
Andrew Hurnard

Thu 18 Nov Collared Sparrowhawk Truganina Park

James Bailey

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Heathmont

William Paul

Tue 16 Nov White-fronted Chat bastion point (mallacoota)
3or4 pairs
Roger Williams

Tue 2 Nov Australian Painted Snipe 2 Tree Swamp and Ganers Swamp Corop
Pair in shallow water amongst the Banded Stilts nests with several Jack Snipe (Latham's) 1 single cock seen several times in the swampy area where water is leaking from Ganers Swamp into Lake Cooper. Again amongst Stilts nests and Jack Snipe.
Barney Enders

Mon 1 Nov Dollarbird Aireys Inlet Water Treatment Plant
Seems to be quite a southerly location for a Dollarbird. Other good birds in the area were a Grey Goshawk and a beach-washed Common Diving-Petrel.
Graeme Brown

Thu 14 Oct Australian Pratincole Lake Cooper. Corop .
3 pair hawking over barly crops East side of lake. 2 weeks later 3 hens only seen several times at aprox.20 mt above shore line where the dust has accumulated into small dunes when lake was dry. 1 sitting 2 doing the broken wing act. Cocks seen feeding at Ganers Swamp on several occasions. Observed again several times uptill 13 Nov when I came home Chicks seen in the distance. Haven't seen for several years,used to be many in the dry bed of Ganers Swamp I spent many days in area taking photos for a small book on the area.
Barney Enders

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