Published sightings for the week ending 28 Nov 2010.
|Sun 28 Nov
Appeared down Centre Road close to Nepean Highway.
|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
Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
Presumably an escapee. Seen in flight (west to east) from office area.
Paul Dodd & Ruth Woodrow
20ish Magpie Geese just off the Bellarine Highway, in a flooded paddock near the Moolap Rd intersection.
|Fri 26 Nov
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.
||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.
|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.
Helipad, Nicholson Track, NW of Deptford
Approximately 60 Needletails feeding just above ridge, as thunderstorms approached. First sighting for the season.
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.
|Wed 24 Nov
Near Bridge Rd road bridge Richmond
I have only heard the bird, calling for about half an hour in the morning.
Newlands Arm, Gippsland Lakes
Single bird observed in suburban garden at Newlands Arm, nr Paynesville.
Rosemary Edwards (per Chris Healey)
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.
||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 (wingsonwire.com)
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.
|Tue 23 Nov
||Grey Plover 
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
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
||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!
|Mon 22 Nov
Corner Inlet, Toora, South Gippsland, Vic
800 resting on the shore line. Seen from the hide
Howard and Jill Plowright
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.
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 (wingsonwire.com)
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.
Merri Creek Parklands. End Jukes Road, Fawkner
Heard calling, not sighted, 4.30am for several minutes. Sounded quite distant, perhaps a hundred metres away.
|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
Western Treatment Plant
Near Gate 2 en route to Western Lagoon
Yarra River opposite Newport
First sighting for the season. Seen on the rocky banks of the Yarra opposite the Newport Power Station
|Thu 18 Nov
||Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
|Tue 16 Nov
bastion point (mallacoota)
|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.
|Mon 1 Nov
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.
|Thu 14 Oct
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.