Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 24 Oct 2011 01:31:38 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 23 Oct 2011.

Sun 23 Oct White-browed Woodswallow Viewbank
Noisy flock circling very high overhead and drifting south midday, ~10 birds seen
Richard Loyn

Dollarbird Fairhope (12 km N of Bairnsdale)
1 pair perched in tall dead tree, and hawking over Nicholson River at Bullock Hill Track. First record this season for locality. Cicadabird and Sacred Kingfisher also heard.
Felicity & Chris Healey

Sat 22 Oct Brush Cuckoo, Rufous Fantail Bunyip State Park
First spring arrivals here this morning of Brush Cuckoo (Camp Rd) and Rufous Fantail (end of Weatherhead Rd). Also great scope views of a gang of 14-15 Gang-gang Cockatoo, a party of 5 or more Southern Emu-wren including two males perched together in the open, as well as 3 Red-browed Treecreeper, and a very obliging pair of Eastern Whipbird. The Brush Cuckoo made it a five cuckoo morning, great to hear its manic peals ringing through the bush again.
Steven Davidson - The Melbourne Birder

Sacred Kingfisher Swipers Gully Creek, Research
In the section of creek between Ingrams Rd and Eltham Little Theatre. First sighting here for over 30 years.
Marian Weaving and Joy Pagon

Powerful Owl Wilsons Reserve, Ivanhoe
Two Powerful Owls roosting together in tree by the river, just off the main path east of the car park. Also sighted Olive-backed Oriole and Fantailed Cuckoo.
Martin Dwelly

Painted Button-quail, Sacred Kingfisher, Masked Woodswallow, Diamond Firetail You Yangs Regional Park
At least 10 Masked Woodswallows, part of a flock of about 300 mixed Woodswallows, mostly White-browed but including about 50 Dusky, feeding and sitting in tall gum trees, South East corner of park. Also 3 Painted Button-quail, 2 Sacred Kingfishers and about 6 Diamond Firetails in the same area.
Angus Hartshorn

Marsh Sandpiper, Spotless Crake T-Section Lagoon Pond 4, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Excellent array of birds at the T-Section Lagoon pond 4. Highlights were a Marsh Sandpiper and Spotless Crake. Other good birds included 10+ Spotted Crake, 5+ Baillons Crake, Greenshank, Buff-banded-Rail and 3 Black-tailed Native Hens.
Ed Williams and Mike Honeyman

Fri 21 Oct Rainbow Bee-eater Cemetery Road Newstead
At least two pairs have returned to their regular breeding site - my first local observation this Spring.
Geoff Park

Glossy Ibis Western Treatment Plant,Werribee, t section lagoon pond4
This afternoon 15 Glossy Ibis were sighted feeding with both species of Spoonbills and White Ibis.
Hedley Earl

Black-shouldered Kite, Barn Owl, Sacred Kingfisher, Rufous Songlark Royal Park, Parkville
Amazing birding in the Park this afternoon. Started with 4 Black-shouldered Kite hovering over the circle all at once. But the birds over in the White's skink habitat were even better. A Sacred Kingfisher was the first bird seen walking uphill from the wetlands (my first this season). Then heard a Rufous Songlark and while trying to get a better view flushed a Barn Owl. Had great views of both owl, and songlark singing vociferously, for the next 20 mins.
Will Morris

Rufous Songlark Galvin St, Altona
About 5pm, a Rufous Songlark heard calling from the north end of the vacant land in Galvin St.
Peter Shute

White-necked Heron, Buff-banded Rail Westgate Park
After receiving regular reports by members of the friends group of a White-necked Heron in the park commencing with a sighting of two birds on 5 September, I finally got to see and photograph one today. Also got to see the Buff-banded Rail that’s been regularly seen by others over the last three weeks.
Andrew McCutcheon

Freckled Duck Lake Lorne, Drysdale
Seven Freckled Duck seen roosting on island and near the southern shore. Also Blue-billed Duck, Black Swans with 4 cygnets and a Sacred Kingfisher.
Barry Lingham, Gordon McCarthy, Graeme Tribe

Thu 20 Oct Horsfield's Bushlark, Pectoral Sandpiper, Banded Stilt, White-necked Heron, etc. Western Treatment Plant, Werribee.
Single Horsfield's Bushlark in Beach Road, west of Point Wilson Road, Pectoral Sandpipers (one each) in 'T' Section and Conservation Pond 35 E 9, numerous Banded Stilts including juveniles at Conservation Pond 85 WC 9 and Paradise Road Lagoon. Twenty plus White-necked Herons and numerous Royal and Yellow-billed Spoonbills throughout the Plant, numerous other species. A good days birding, despite the hot and windy conditions.
Peter Gibbons together with Ranjit Gill and Peter Vanstone from the U.K.

Freckled Duck, Australian Spotted Crake Mill Park Lakes
The Freckled Duck is still at the Mill Park Lakes as are the Australian Spotted Crakes (2) maybe more - also other crakes flying into reeds looked smaller possibly Baillon's but no clear views
Matthew Vinicombe

Spotted Harrier, White-necked Heron Ross Street, Newport
The tedium and back-breaking nature of loading a 6 cubic metre skip with renovation rubble this arvo was punctuated by the most excellent sightings of first a White-necked Heron flying over, then half an hour later a juvenile Spotted Harrier flying over from the north. Not one's average backyard birds..
Steve Davidson

Baillon's Crake Fairhope, East Gippsland
Further to report of this species of yesterday, today we observed two Baillon's Crakes on the same small farm dam on our property.
Felicity & Chris Healey

Powerful Owl Eltham
Powerful Owl (2) Beside bike path near railway bridge, 2 birds this afternoon discovered by Rod Waterman - in same spot as last Friday. Unperturbed by passing dogs and bikes.
Peter Bennet

White-browed Woodswallow Newtown, Geelong.
Truly extraordinary - at least 11,000 woodswallows passed over in just over one hr (a conservative estimate). From 14:30 to 14:50 h (~6,000 birds) clouds of birds in flocks of 50 to 1,000+ flying to N and NW, many very high, coming from SE. Stream ended at 14:50 h. Did not see start of stream so more birds may have passed before observation commenced. At 15:10 attention of observer once more attracted by calls. From 15:10 to 15:35 h (~5,000 birds) clouds of birds in steady stream from SE flying to NW and W. Very heavy dark clouds growing in S and SE and wind becoming cooler and strengthening from W. Earlier in day two flocks each of 500 birds went over. Also odd Masked Woodswallows positively identified amongst White-brows. Also 350 White-brows, with 2 Masked on previous afternoon 19/10.
Craig Morley

Nankeen Night-Heron, Long-billed Corella Cherry Lake (Altona)
1 Nankeen Night-Heron Long-billed Corella
Peter Booth

White-headed Pigeon Bairnsdale
A single White-headed Pigeon seen flying over the Bengworden Road between the Bairnsdale Airport and the Princes Highway.
Rohan Bilney

Glossy Ibis(15+) White-necked Heron(9) Williams Landing Wetland, Hoppers Crossing
The swamp looking a treat and possibly the best ever. A nice surprise to see at least 15 Glossy Ibis here, with probably more hidden amongst the inundated grassy margins. Also 9 or more White-necked Heron, 3 Great & 2 Little Egret, a Yellow-billed Spoonbill(rare in these parts), several pairs of Black-winged Stilt and several Whiskered Tern quartering back and forth. Habitat looks great for Aus. Bittern too.
Steve & Wren Davidson

White-breasted Sea-Eagle Ringwood North
A pair drifting over my home in Ringwood North was an unexpected sight this morning. Seen occasionally along the Mullum Mullum Valley which is not far away.
Steven Creber

Wed 19 Oct Masked Owl Gum Scrub Creek, Officer, Victoria
Large, dark "Tasmanian" morph (probable female) Masked Owl observed at 11:50 pm during frog survey. Bird viewed at close range while sitting on a fence post within paddock. Dark coloration, large size, barred upper parts, fully feathered legs and massive talons made misidentification impossible.
Daniel Gilmore and Felicity Humann

Baillon's Crake Fairhope (12 km N of Bairnsdale)
A mystery small crake has been observed several times since 11 Oct flying low across farm dam from one patch of reeds to another. We finally got a good look at it this morning as it paused in the open before scuttling into the reeds to identify a Baillon's Crake. Also present, a nesting pair of Aussie Grebes.
Felicity & Chris Healey

Tawny Frogmouth Dalny Rd Murrumbeena Vic
Have over last few years had a pair of frogmouth owls in large mahogany gum in our suburban garden. This year there are two pairs, the latest pair are smaller.
Dave Thompson

Common Tern, White-browed Woodswallow, Spotted Harrier, Black Falcon Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Single Common Tern at Little River mouth, and several on rocks along coast adjacent to Pond 24. First spring arrivals here. A few White-browed Woodswallow were heard then seen as faint specks high in the sky as they were spirited away by the wind, along Beach Rd near 29 Mile Rd. Spotted Harrier (2) a very pale (almost white underneath) juvenile bird along coast road opposite 85WB Lagoons, and a sub-adult along 29 Mile Rd opposite gate to T-section. A Black Falcon was seen in flight near Spotted Harrier along coast road opposite 85WB Lagoons, possibly waiting to pounce on any stray sparrow that the harrier put up...
Steven Davidson - The Melbourne Birder

Tue 18 Oct Tawny Frogmouth Harleston Park, Elsternwick
Tawny Frogmouth Two tawny chicks in Harleston Park
Debbie Lustig

Brush Cuckoo Fairhope (12 km N of Bairnsdale)
Cuckoos aplenty calling on our regular morning walk in box-ironbark forest here at Fairhope, including at least 3 Brush Cuckoos, first record for the season at this locality, and an uncommon summer visitor. Also our first Sacred Kingfisher for the property.
Felicity & Chris Healey

Freckled Duck Mill Park Lakes
Freckled Duck (1) First seen swimming past, then stood up on the rocks in the middle lake. Very active, feeding and preening.
Fran Murphy and Ann Murphy

Cicadabird, Little Lorikeet, Scarlet Honeyeater "Fairy Dell" via Wiseleigh
Interesting sightings from today's outing at Fairy Dell included 5 Scarlet Honeyeaters, 5 Little Lorikeets, and single observations of a Whtie-bellied Cuckoo-shrike ( our first record for this site ), Cicadabird and Black-faced Monarch.
11 EGBOC members per Len Axen

Latham's Snipe Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Following Jennifer Spry's report I visited the WTP this afternoon to look for the snipes. They took quite a while to venture out but there are indeed 4 of them and they are in the exact spot previously reported. Both Wood sandpipers were on view also.
hedley and Irena Earl

Mon 17 Oct Latham's Snipe, Pectoral Sandpiper Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
There were four Latham's Snipe in the dead grass and mud at the south east corner of the Conservation Pond 35 E 9. The birds were seen at about 1530 along with one Pectoral Sandpiper at the same place. The resident Wood Sandpiper was seen beside a grass surrounded inlet close to the north bank of the same pond.
Jennifer Spry

Common Sandpiper Mouth of Kororoit Creek, Williamstown North.
At 1450 hours, a single Common Sandpiper observed on the southern bank of the creek mouth. The bird was feeding and bathing at the waters edge adjacent to the mangroves on the falling tide. Excellent views from a small jetty in front of the fishing shacks on the north side of the creek.
Peter Gibbons

Grey Plover and Wood Sandpiper Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
The Wood Sandpiper is still present on the northern side of conservation pond SE35-8 providing excellent photographing opportunities as it feeds very close to the track. The 3 grey plovers reported by Gina Hopkins last week are still visible from the track that leads down to the Murtcairn drain at western lagoons. Today they were 600 metres down the track and about 100 metres off shore standing in the shallows of the spit lagoon. two of the birds have orange bands and 2 are in breeding plumage. They are a bit difficult to photograph but easily identified with a scope.
Hedley Earl

White-browed Woodswallow, White-winged Triller, Olive-backed Orioles You Yangs Regional Park
White-browed Woodswallow (10) 'interacting' with Duskies White-winged Triller (3) 1 male 2 female Olive-backed Oriole (2) One sitting 'in' nest
Angus Hartshorn

Sun 16 Oct Australian Little Bittern, Baillons Crake Winter Swamp, Cardigan
A dead Little Bittern was found near the viewing platforms at the end of the walking track out into the wetland. It looked to be a female, and was possibly the victim of a bird of prey. Also at this wetland a Baillons Crake, seen feeding. Other birds about included a Black-tailed Native Hen, a Buff-banded Rail, 4 Nankeen Night-Heron, a female Blue-Billed Duck, 2 Australasian Shoveller and 6 Musk Duck, a Great Egret and 2 White-necked Herons.
Fran Murphy

Red-Browed Finches Overnewton Castle, Keilor
Whilst photographing a wedding at Overnewton Castle in Keilor, at least 10 Red-Browed Finches active in the beautifully manicured gardens.
David Whelan

Pied Butcherbird Elmore
Sitting on the wires just as you pass the 100kmh sign heading towards Rochester
Greg McKay

Latham's Snipe Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Single snipe amongst the Sharpies, Curlew Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints, Red-kneed Dotterels and Greenshank in the lagoon by the Beach Road entrance. No sign of the Intermediate Egret seen here previously.
Mark Stanley, Annette Hatten

White winged Triller Western hospital, Footscray staff carpark
While I was coming back to the car park, around 3.00 pm, I saw this bird in a tree . It was a male white winged Triller. It was perched in a tree and singing.
Tissa Wijeratne & Chanith Wijeratne

Sat 15 Oct Sacred Kingfisher Elsternwick, Victoria
I found a Sacred Kingfisher (unfortunately dead) in my driveway on Sunday. It looked as if it had simply fallen out of the sky and hit the ground. It saddened me because it was such a beautiful little bird. Very special. After consulting my bird book - A Field Guide to the Birds of Australia (Pizzey) - I read the Sacred Kingfisher can be found throughout most of Australia but I was surprised to find one in Elsternwick!
Sarina Delanis

Thu 13 Oct Pink-eared Duck Lillydale Lake
A pair seen on Lillydale Lake wetlands around 5pm.
Ann Williamson

Sun 2 Oct Baillon's Crake Mont Albert North
One seen on the wetlands near Koonung Creek on 2 Oct and 3 Oct; not seen since.
Knud Hansen

Sat 1 Oct Nankeen Night Heron Polly Woodside, Melbourne
Juvenile Nankeen Night Heron being harassed by Magpie Larks and Silver Gulls on the raft in the dry dock at Polly Woodside, Melbourne.
Shara Canzano and Justin Johnstone

Black Swans 10 minutes south of Foxhow on the Foxhow/Camperdown road
A small lake has re appeared after 10 years of drought on the left of the Foxhow road on the way from Melbourne to Camperdown. There is an amazing number of swans and cygnets...thousands. No other lake nearby has even one swan.This small lake would have to be quite shallow. We were wondering what would attract them to this one spot. It's quite a sight!
Jill McKenzie

Sat 24 Sep White bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Red capped Robin, Hooded Robin, Speckled Warbler, Rufous songlak Wartook State Forest
Great day - full list Emu, Black Swan, Wood Duck, Pacific Heron, White faced Heron, Intermeadiate Egret, Sacred Ibis, Wedge tailed Eagle, Painted Button-quail, Masked Lapwing, Crested Pigeon, Gang gang Cockatoo, Galah, Long billed Corella, Sulphur crested Cockatoo, Musk Lorikeet, Crimson Rosella, Eastern Rosella, Red rumped Parrot, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Boobook Owl, Laughing kookaburra, White throated Treecreeper, Brown Treecreeper, Superb Fairy Wren, Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, White browed Scrubwren, Speckled Warbler, Brown Thornbill, Buff rumped Thornbill, Yellow rumped Thornbill, Weebill, Red Wattlebird, Spiny cheeked Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Yellow faced Honeyeater, White eared Honeyeater, Yellow tufted Honeyeater, Fuscous Honeyeater, White plumed Honeyeater, Brown headed Honeyeater, White naped Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill, Jacky Winter, Red capped Robin, Hooded Robin, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike- thrush, Restless Flycatcher, Willy Wagtail, Grey Fantail, Black faced Cuckoo-shrike, White bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Dusky Woodswallow, Magpie-lark, Australian Magpie, Grey Currawong, Australian Raven, White winged Chough, Red browed Finch, Mistletoebird, Welcome Swallow, Rufous Songlark.
Phil Robertson

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