Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 14 Mar 2011 01:30:59 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 13 Mar 2011.

Sun 13 Mar Eastern Barn Owl Balliang/Little River area
Observation over the past two weeks revealed at least 4 birds present in immediate area. Half of the individuals are possibly young birds with some begging calls heard.
Paul Randall (

Grey Goshawk (White morph) Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
Seen over North Arm initially being hassled by Magpies, then seen perched in a tree near Wader Hide - I was alerted to its perch by the alarm calls of the smaller birds in the area. The bird flew off once it saw me. Presumably the same bird that was seen two weeks ago - resident, or visitor? Apparently there was a resident Grey Goshawk at Serendip about two years ago.
Paul Dodd & Ruth Woodrow

Long-toed Stint, Brown Quail & Blue-winged Parrot Western Treatment Plant
A Long-toed Stint in breeding plumage standing nest to the only Sharp-tailed Sandpiper we saw for the day in the T-Section lagoons, plus Brown Quail in the Western Lagoons, Stubble Quail at Austin Road and a Blue-winged Parrot on the roadway on east side of Little River near Walsh's Lagoon. Also 2 Buff-banded Rail, Lewin's Rail (calling only), 28 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Common Greenshank, 300+ Red-necked Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper and about 60 White-winged Black Tern.
John Barkla, Fred Smith & Alison Street

Pink-eared Duck, Hardhead Pakenham Treatment Plant, Koo wee rup Rd off Pakenham Bypass
8 Pink-eared Duck & 4 Hardhead in a mixed group of Chestnut Teal & Pacific Black Duck. Easily observed through perimeter fence, no access to Plant. Apologies for image quality.
Keith & Judy Humphreys

Olive-backed Oriole, Rufous Fantail Gresswell Forest Wildlife Reserve
One juvenile Olive-backed Oriole in Greswell Forest today. Also one Rufous Fantail hanging out with a flock of Brown Thornbill and a Grey Fantail. Also a couple of Mistletoebird.
Nicole Spillane & Paul Jacobson

Grey-crowned Babbler Tungamah-Peechelba Road, Wilby East
The resident, but hard to find group were seen again today after months. They were working their way through Grey Box woodland along the side of the road.
Michael Ramsey

Satin Flycatcher, Scarlet Honeyeater, Black-eared Cuckoo, Grey-crowned Babbler Killawarra Forest
Some excellent birding in the forest this morning. A female Satin Flycatcher was seen in mixed feeding flock behind the camp. Most likely on passage during migration as habitat here is not typical for this species. A female Scarlet Honeyeater was also seen nearby at the camp (picture attached). This species has been present in the forest for almost a year now, perhaps they will become residents. A Black-eared Cuckoo was a Mattamia Rd and a good sized group of 8 Grey-crowned Babblers (including 3 immatures) were seen in a Cherry Ballart at Frosts Lane. Nice to see they have bred successfully this year. A flock of 16 Turquoise Parrots, male Hooded Robin, Fan-tailed Cuckoo plenty of Little Lorikeets, and a couple of Musk Lorikeets also some interesting sightings.
Michael Ramsey

Sat 12 Mar Diamond Firetail Heathcote-Graytown National Park
3 sighted at Mt Ida section and 1 sighted on Mt Black Quarry Road, near Mt Melville lookout area.
Kerryn Ryan and Neville James

Spotted Harrier, Black Falcon Youarang
A Spotted Harrier was seen flying low over stubble, not many seen this season. A Black Falcon was also observed, in pursuit of a flock of Galahs.
Michael Ramsey

Fri 11 Mar Tawny Frogmouth Wildflower Drive, Bendigo
2 adults, in separate locations during a night excursion along Wildflower drive through the Greater Bendigo National Park. Other sightings for the night included roosting magpies and 2 Grey Currawongs.
Kerryn Ryan and Neville James

Tawny Frogmouth Buxton Street, Elsternwick
Two Tawny frogmouth in Trees 9pm. Call ( catlike growling) and behaviour suggest they are juveniles.
Jennifer Bowman

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Gresswell Forest Wildlife Reserve
Seems very reliable here, Seen 4 times in 4 visits. Also heard Striated & Spotted Pardalote.
Kevin Bartram

Little, Purple-crowned, Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets, Rainbow Bee-eater, Black Falcon Woodlands Historic Park, Somerton Road car park
All 4 lorikeets flying around the area; mostly Rainbow and Musk, with around 5 Little, 10 Purple-crowned. One bee-eater around the Moonee Ponds Creek. One Black Falcon flying overhead.
Lawrie Conole

White-throated Needletail Domain Wetlands Templestowe
13 fairly low over the Templestowe hill climb, white throats shining in the late sunshine.
Sonja Ross

Little Lorikeet Bentleigh East
Still coming; counted 25 birds this morning at Brighton Secondary College around 8:30am. Each flock had 5-7 birds in each, some flew off but some circled around and returned to the same tree.
James Bailey

Thu 10 Mar Bar-tailed Godwit Barwon River, Ocean Grove
200+ at mouth of the river (Ocean Grove side)
Ian Smissen

Peregrine Falcon Castlemaine Town Hall
Very surprised to find a Juvenile Peregrine Falcon this morning on a high ledge at the front of the Castlemaine Town Hall building. The bird was clearly visible from the ground and appeared very comfortable with the noise and activity of the street.
Joe Park

Wed 9 Mar Rufous Fantail Woodlands Historical Park (Weeroona)
One Rufous Fantail seen with large mixed flock of Thornbills , Grey Fantail and Red Capped Robins. Looked to be a juvenile bird.
Colin Mulvogue

Black Falcon Moolort Plains
Great views of a pair of Black Falcons on the plains this morning. Other notable species were a Swamp Harrier and Plumed Whistling Ducks.
Joe Park

White-throated Needletail Wodonga Senior Secondary College
Catching a few moments rest on the 'throne', staring through the high windows, when my 'toilet' list went up by 1 species. About 30 needletails (confirmed by 5 minutes later) circling in developing storm clouds above the school.
Matt Weeks

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Bentleigh East
Two birds following a flock of Galahs.
James Bailey

Striated Pardalote Newport Lakes Park
Brief view of pair before they were chased off by New Holland HE. Appeared to be early striatus from Tas. (2).
Steve Davidson

Tue 8 Mar Gang Gang Cockatoo Diamond Creek Victoria
A male and female eating berries in the town park area
Lyndal Wilmot

Barking Owl Wangaratta
A pair calling at 1 am in the park along the King River near the centre of town.
Chris Lester

Yellow-faced Honeyeater Mullum Mullum Creek Linear Park
About 6 flitting about some gums in flower and "hovering" to catch insects just outside them late this afternoon. This is the first time I have seen them here in several years of regular walking along the path in East Doncaster. A juvenile Eastern Spinebill passed through too.
Sonja Ross

Intermediate Egret Eastern Treatment Plant
Highlight from the Birds Australia ETP bird count conducted 6 March 2011: Intermediate Egret (3), White-bellied Sea-Eagle (1), Wood (1) and Common (2) Sandpiper, Double-banded Plover (1), the first Red-kneed Dotterel for many months, and Striated Pardalote (1).
Mike Carter per Tim Dolby

Little Lorikeet Bentleigh East
All three lorikeets crowded themselves into one tree. Confirmed 2 Little Lorikeets, but a possible extra individual.
James Bailey

Mon 7 Mar White-throated Needletail Bellbird Corner, Maffra and Lake Glenmaggie
White-throated Needletails were observed at two locations during today's EGBOC outing around Maffra. 20+ were noted at Bellbird Corner, Maffra and 150+ at Lake Glenmaggie later that same morning.
20 EGBOC members per Len Axen

Painted Button-Quail Wyperfeld National Park
One bird heard at start of Eastern Lookout Track, a female seen on Malleefowl Track. An unusual habitat for this species? Also Redthroat, Southern Scrub-robin and Shy Heathwren along Discovery Walk.
Sean Dooley

Little Egret Sandy Creek Arm, Lake Hume
An immature Little Egret practising slapstick comedy - pretending to be invisible, then diving into water much too deep for it to stand in; it ended up looking like a white Darter, but eventually made it back to shore. Never recorded this species in NE Victoria before, presumably from breeding colonies further down the flooded Murray system.
Dale Tonkinson

Spotted Harrier Hume Freeway between Euroa and Violet Town
Flying above the trees just adjacent to the freeway
Chris Lester

Nankeen Night-Heron Lake Meran
40 flushed from trees along 400m of shoreline - many juveniles. Also 4 Great Crested Grebe, White-faced and White-necked Heron, Great Egret, Little Pied and Little Black Cormorants.
Malcolm Cousland

Wedge-tailed Eagle, Dusky Moorhen Altona Memorial Park
Eagle flew from trees near carpark, and settled again nearby. Moorhen seen swampy area near front gate. It was a shame to see that one of the wet areas was being filled in.
Roger McGlashan

Little Lorikeet Bentleigh East
2 more over Brighton Secondary College at 9:05am.
James Bailey

Sun 6 Mar Tawny Frogmouth Northcote, corner of Dennis/Cleveland Streets
Roadkill adult, opposite All Nations Park. I don't see them often around here, but they are in parkland in various parts of Northcote.
Lawrie Conole

White Throated Nightjar Arthurs Seat ( Lookout )
Observed Nightjar from Lookout along Arthurs Seat road . Bird seen well in headlights of cars parked nearby .
Colin Mulvogue

Buller's Albatross, Grey-backed Storm-Petrel BA VicGroup Pelagic off Portland
A nice pelagic trip off Portland produced Buller's, Yellow-nosed, Black-browed and Shy Albatross. A single adult Salvin's Albatross (one of the NZ forms of Shy Albatross) was also a highlight. Other birds included Fairy Prion, Grey-backed Storm-Petrel, White-chinned Petrel, and Great-winged Petrel.
Rohan Clarke, Chris Lester and 10 others

Black-eared Cuckoo Bailieston Historical Reserve, Bailieston
Single Black-eared Cuckoo calling in the reserve was soon located and seen well.
John Barkla, Fred Smith & Alison Street

Sat 26 Feb Rufous fantail Elsternwick
Single seen foraging in undergrowth in my garden. Sighted from 1metre through window. Colouration and tail shape very apparent.
Jennifer Bowman

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