Published sightings for the week ending 11 Dec 2011.
|Sun 11 Dec
||Bush Stone Curlew
A pair has been observed during the past week in bush close to the Community Centre and Golf Course.
|Sat 10 Dec
7.30 am. 1 (possibly 2) birds. South end of park, browsing lawn between patches of dense vegetation. Near large, open, grassed area east of barbeque shelters and bike path.
||Sanderling, Arctic Jaeger
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
A juvenile Sanderling with black spangling on mantle & scapulars and worn lesser coverts was at Kirk Point with about 1500 other waders.
Also at least 9-10 Arctic Jaeger along coast, including a loose group of 8 birds hammering gulls, terns and gannets offshore from North Spit in the afternoon, a Spotless Crake put in a brief appearance at Pond 4 T section, 8 Freckled duck loafing on Lake Borrie and a Mistletoebird over Ryans Swamp early morning.
Steven Davidson - The Melbourne Birder
Two birds observed today but at least 3 have been at this site in the last week.
||Great Crested Grebe, Baillon's Crake, Australian Spotted Crake
Great Crested Grebe (1) hiding among the Hardheads
Baillon's Crake (1) very small crake hunting 'bugs' on water surface amongst the water ribbons on the beach, very cool calm & collected allowing photo for positive ID, pale pearl gray front chestnut back & wings with strips & spots of black & white, 'zebra' pattern to vent, green bill
Australian Spotted Crake (1) very shy dark steel blue bird among the water ribbons on the beach, bright red eye, distinctive green legs and bill, step up in size from the Baillon's Crake
Wimmera River, Horsham
Noticed pale-bellied bird walking dog in Horsham. Red-eyed doves (2) foraging close to river, not far from fishermen. Rather a contrast compared to last sighting in desert at White Cliffs!
The 100 Acres Reserve, Park Orchards
Two immature birds perched high in a gum directly above a walking track.
Richard & Margaret Alcorn
|Fri 9 Dec
||Blue Winged Parrot
Coalmine Rd Anglesea
There were more than 50 Blue Winged Parrots feeding on both sides of the road about 2kms past the open cut coal mine at Anglesea.
||Brolga, Magpie Geese, Black-tailed Native-hen, Australian Spotted Crake
Reedy Lake Leopold
Two adult and one immature Brolga feeding in cereal crop next to lake. Three Magpie Geese at the lake. Also Black-tailed Native-hens and single Australian Crake.
||Latham's Snipe, Australian Painted Snipe
Berwick Springs Lake
Latham's Snipe Counted 94 flushed birds , probably repeat sightings but still plenty of birds present estimate 40 /45 , easily spooked . 19 birds flushed in 1 small area . Most birds are located around 3 hidden ponds in centre of Wetlands , between 2 main lakes . APS flushed from edge of pond , well hidden by T-Tree , seen well in flight.
Bunyip State Park
A total of 4 White-throated Nightjars around the helipad area, a few Australian Owlet-nightjars and Boobooks, but a quiet night otherwise.
|Thu 8 Dec
Peter Scullin Reserve Mordialloc
This is the first time we've seen a Buff-banded Rail in Mordialloc.
Jan & Peter Metherell
|Wed 7 Dec
Lake Lorne (Drysdale)
40+ at Eastern end of lake,feeding close to shore!
|Tue 6 Dec
||Painted Button-quail, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Painted Button-quail (2) Flushed along track north of Forest Rd from water channel. Also 2 Chestnut-rumped Heathwren.
5 on ocean beach - all tagged.
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Solitary Black Falcon observed along Point Wilson Rd just after turn-off to Beach Rd perched in dead tree.
Western Treatment Plant
Picked out a sandpiper working a sandy area at low tide at 7PM at the 85W outfall just east of the marker & the Little River Mouth. The sandpiper was with some Curlew Sandpipers but had with a distinct crown stripe & a long, only slightly curved bill. After watching it a bit, realised that it was smaller than the Curlew Sandpipers & after a Red-necked Stint went past ascertained it was midway between the 2. The straighter bill & the more marked appearance confirmed the bird as a Broad-billed Sandpiper. Managed to get some distant photos confirming the species, the first time I've seen 1 here for ages! Other highlight were a juvenile Night-heron on Beach Rd near the dam where the Banded lapwings are. A very pallid Peregrine Falcon at the Conservation Ponds spooking the waders there.
Truganina Cemetery, Woods Road, Truganina 3029.
At 1718 hours, observed a male Rufous Songlark in full song in flight and also perched at Truganina Cemetery. The cemetery is a protected high quality remnant Basalt Plains Grassland reserve. The bird was observed for some twelve mInutes.
||Painted Button-quail & Western Gerygone
5km north Axedale
On the 4th a Painted Button-quail in the garden and today a Western Gerygone.
Continuing the recent run of suburban reports. A male Painted Button-quail wandering unconcerned down the footpath of our very suburban street!
Tim and Lucas Bawden
|Mon 5 Dec
Cattle Egret (6) Flew into paddock on Lake Rd south of Lake Connewarre
||Brush Cuckoo, Pink Robin
Brush Cuckoo, heard and then seen, then photographed. A nice adult male Pink Robin also seen. Other birds of interest were Rose Robin (heard), Pilotbird (heard).
|Sun 4 Dec
Spring Valley Road, Flowerdale
Fire swept through this property in Feb. 2009
||Freckled Duck, Lewin's Rail etc
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
19 Freckled Duck on Lake Borrie, 2 Grey Plover on The Spit, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit & 6 Red Knot on coast east of Beach Road, 4 Latham's Snipe on Ryan's Swamp, 10 Cattle Egret on 160 South Road, 8 Baillon's Crake & 1 Spotted Harrier T-Section lagoons, Lewin's Rail, Arctic Jaeger, Caspian Tern, White-winged Black Tern were highlights on an appalling day weather-wise during BOCA annual bird count. Total species for WTP 107, but sadly no Australian Panted Snipe.
John Barkla, Fred Smith & Alison Street
||Black-faced Monarch, Brown Gerygone, Large-billed Scrubwren
Glen Nayook Nature Reserve
Highlights of a quick visit to this impressive little reserve were close views of a single Black-faced Monarch, several Brown Gerygone and a few Large-billed Scrubwren.
Greg Oakley, Tim Bawden
||Cicadabird, Red-browed Treecreeper, Southern Emu-wren, Blue-winged Parrot, Brush Cuckoo
Single Cicadabird calling on Gembrook-Tonimbuk Road, pair of Red-browed Treecreeper and a single Rufous Fantail at Dyers Picnic Ground, several groups of Southern Emu-wren and several Blue-winged Parrot at Buttongrass, all 5 southern cuckoos - Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Pallid, Fantail and Brush Cuckoo (calling in several locations).
Tim Bawden, Greg Oakley (BA Vicgroup activity)
||Brown Quail, Fairy Martin
Jells Park, Wheelers Hill
Brown Quail (2) Flew up from knee length grass about 6m off the path. I didn't flush them so flight was relaxed and quiet. Very light rufous on wing backs and landed back on the ground. Walked in but unable to locate them and they didn't flush for me. Fairy Martin are common - maybe 20-30 over a particular reedbed towards the South conservation gate. More with WS over the largest grassy area.
|Sat 3 Dec
Bushrangers Bay near Cape Schanck
Nine Kelp Gulls including several juveniles at the mouth of Main Creek, Bushrangers Bay
|Fri 2 Dec
||Spotted Harrier, Brown Songlark
Nambrok (east of Rosedale)
Immature Spotted Harrier (picture attached), several Brown Songlarks singing and displaying in grassland (both uncommon species in Gippsland according to Birdata), also many Stubble Quail calling.
|Tue 29 Nov
Pakington St, Newtown, Geelong, grounds of former Hermitage school
Heard for about 20 mins around 8pm, and then on 3 occasions over next two days.
|Wed 16 Nov
Blairgowrie, Mornington Peninsula
Flew alongside my car for a few seconds at around 5.30am on beach side of Nepean Hwy between Hughes & Stringer rd.