Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 7 Mar 2011 01:30:59 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 6 Mar 2011.

Sun 6 Mar Red-necked Avocet Pyramid Hill
4 Red necked Avocets and 30 Black-winged stilts in a flooded paddock between Pyramid Hill and the Cohuna turnoff
Greg and Janice McKay

Ruff, Double-banded Plover Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
A single Ruff was at the Western Lagoon this morning. Also was 2 Double-banded Plover, Red-necked Stints, and Curlew Sandpiper.
Simon Blanchflower

Sat 5 Mar Australian Hobby Dandenong South
Australian Hobby perched on a TV antenna in Raymond Street, Dandenong South
Dorine and Brian Bending

White-throated Needletail, Square-tailed Kite Chiltern-Rutherglen
White-throated Needletail: over 100 birds over Chiltern No.1 Dam swooping low and drinking from the dam, spectacular sight, some birds so close you could hear them 'wooosh' past. Square-tailed Kite: just west of the DPI research station at Rutherglen flying low over Grey Box woodland, looked like a young bird.
Michael Ramsey - Bronzewing Birding Services

Common Sandpiper, Nankeen Night Heron, Aust. Grebe, Sooty Oystercatcher Newport Lakes/ Altona
Aust. Grebes have raised another batch of young at Newport Lakes and all chicks are now swimming in open water. A fairly tame Night Heron was hunting in the ponds near the ampi-theatre. Common Sandpiper was seen at the Kororoit Ck ford and two Sooty Oystercatchers seen on rocks just offshore along the Esplanade near Altona Beach.
Paul Randall (

Fri 4 Mar Wedge-tailed Eagle Eastlink, Scoresby
Two Wedge-tailed Eagles were soaring over Eastlink this morning around 8:45am approximately 1 km north of Ferntree Gully Rd.
Mark Bennett

Thu 3 Mar Black-faced Cormorant Shelley Beach, Pt Gellibrand, Williamstown.
Single juvenile Black-faced Cormorant preening on rocks near Pt Gellibrand around midday today, along with 158 Crested Tern and a single Common Tern.
Steve Davidson

Wed 2 Mar Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike W side of Kooyong Road just S of Glen Eira Road, Caulfield
One adult and one juvenile in someone's birch tree at 6 pm.
Debbie Lustig

Peregrine Falcon, Double-banded Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit Barwon Heads
Young Falcon seen at "The Bluff" with freshly killed Feral pigeon. Plovers and Godwits at the mouth of Barwon River.
Paul Randall (

Grey Goshawk (white morph), Brown Goshawk Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
The Grey Goshawk was initially seen in flight over the aviaries and causing a ruckus amongst the captive species. Subsequently seen perching in the Spoonbill roost tree in the Kangaroo and Emu enclosure.
Ruth Woodrow

Australian Hobby Preston
I noticed this Hobby a few days ago when it was perched on one of the floodlights of the Cramer St oval. Since then it's been back on and off. Nice change from the Silver Gulls that usually occupy the ground.
Dirk Tomsa

Tue 1 Mar Australasian Gannet Ricketts Point Melbourne Victoria
Single juvenille bird siting on the rocks about 7pm on Tuesday 1/3/2011. Bird was not disturbed by our presence as we stopped about 30 yards away.
Alan & Loris Baker

Mon 28 Feb Wedge-tailed Eagles x 3 Keysborough, Springvale Rd, near Frankston Fwy
About ~ 5 pm noticed 3 Wedge-tails in a large paddock adjacent to Springvale Rd just a few hundred metres from the turnoff to the Frankston Fwy. I was able to turn off a side road a got a very clear look at them - two adults with dark plumage and a youngster with golden nape, the youngster in the same tree as one of the adults. I have seen Swamp Harriers, Black-Shouldered Kites and kestrels in the area as there are quite a few open fields and marshes in the area but seeing Wedge-tails in such close proximity to the suburbs is remarkable
Andrew Martin #1580

Barn Owl Balliang/Little River area
One bird seen roosting in medium sized gum.
Paul Randall (

Sanderling and Pacific Golden Plover 13th Beach, Black Rock, Barwon Heads
Early afternoon I sighted an extraordinarily large number Golden Plovers (53). 1moulting adult Sanderling was amongst 40 Red-necked Stints. Also present were 4 Double-banded Plovers, 4 Red-capped Plovers with one small young, 6 adult and one imm. Hooded Plovers and 12 Ruddy Turnstones. 10 of the Ruddy Turnstones had orange flags which I was able to decipher.
Maarten Hulzebosch

Little Lorikeet Bentleigh East
The call instantly got my attention; much different from the local Musks. This has made me consider how long have been going afar looking for this bird, only to have it appear as a vagrant on my doorstep. Would not have minded better photography conditions, however....
James Bailey

Sun 27 Feb Stubble Quail Lake Cairn Curran Near Newstead
I'm sure they were Stubble Quail ,reading the guides they were acting more like Stubble Quail than Brown Quail.
John Alexander

Sanderling, Brown Quail Mud Islands
One Sanderling and two Brown Quail were the more unusual of the birds recorded on Mud Islands today.
John Barkla, Annette & Oscar Hatten

Speckled Warbler Steiglitz Historic Park.
Observed 3 Speckled Warblers foraging on ground near Hutts Track ford @ 1645 HRS.
Warren Palmer.

Lewin's Rail (2), Double-banded Plover (2) Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
The rails were behind the Spit in the saltbush and the plovers in the lagoons behind the Spit.
Chris Lester

Sat 26 Feb Diamond Dove Mia Mia Rd Newstead
Seen perched high in a dead tree preening , heard later in the morning now seemed to have moved on.
John Alexander

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