Published sightings for the week ending 5 May 2013.
|Thu 2 May
Western Treatment Plant (T-Section Ponds)
Flushed from reeds at pond 4 and chased first by a harrier and then by a whistling kite, flew towards drain opposite gate 2 entrance and disappeared.
5km north west of Bairnsdale
An adult female observed on the farm. An adult female also obsvered at the same location two weeks ago, so possibly the same individual.
Marong Primary School
First reported to Emma Wolters by the principal of the school. Kids in the playground sighted it in a peppercorn tree near Bullock creek. Subsequent inspection by Emma confirmed the sighting. It flew off upstream of the creek under escort by several Noisy Miners.
Adrian Martins via Emma Wolters
Banded Stilt (1) Sighted on the lake/dam at the rear of Lantrack quarry, Sth Clayton. Single bird, in the shallows, inter mingling with ~50 Pacific Gulls, ~100 Silver Gulls and 2 Pelicans. The closest record to here I could find for the Banded Stilt is Ricketts Point, 2004.
|Wed 1 May
Bell Avenue, Altona
2 Swifties over flying South East. Also imm Golden Whistler in my garden for the second day this week.
A single bird sitting quietly on a farm gate on the east edge of town.
Barmah Lakes Camp Ground
3 Freckled Ducks on Moira Lake at Barmah Lakes Camp area, 7km north of Barmah
Marlene Lyell per Jenny Spry
Mill Park Lakes
A quick walk around the lakes before going to the dentist. Two Pink-eared Ducks flew in and landed right in front of me (within 20m) just before the rain came.
|Tue 30 Apr
Freckled Duck on log near the island in the south-east corner of the lake.
Patterson Road, Clyde
A single bird flying alongside road and creekline, following James' observation yesterday in Pearcedale and an unprecedented string of sightings in Melbourne's SE in recent times
Stuart and Sam Cooney
|Mon 29 Apr
Pearcedale, North Rd.
Amazing close views of a Spotted Harrier working its way parallel to North rd heading West. First spotted when it crossed the rd in front of us shortly after we turned in from Craigs rd. It shadowed our vehicle for a few hundred metres partially crossing a number of times then fully crossing the rd to the South side where it was soon met by a pair of Magpies that then escorted it off in a Southward direction. Magic close views, but no camera :-(
Lakewood Reserve Knoxfield
A pair has been present most of this year, but 6 loafing, then feeding today. The Australian Shelducks from yesterday were not evident today.
|Sun 28 Apr
||Barking Owl, Speckled Warbler
'Kolora', Rochford, Macedon Ranges, Victoria
Private land, no public access.
Barking Owl Heard multiple times in evening, and over the past week.
Speckled Warbler seen and photographed in cape-weed, travelling with little bird co-hort.
Foothills Warby Ranges - Glenrowan
1 Double-barred Finch visited our bird bath along with our usual Red-browed Finches. Rarely seen here.
||Speckled Warbler, GIlbert's Whistler, Chestnut-rumped Heath-wren etc
Bailieston Historic Area (central section)
Delighted to find 3 Speckled Warblers in the area. Quite a few birds around, including an adult male Gilbert's Whistler & Chestnut-rumped Heath-wren on the ridge. Also White-browed Woodswallows still about, Red-capped & Flame Robin, Noisy Friarbird, Black-chinned Honeyeater.
Whroo Information Centre
A flock of 18 SPs flew around the information car park, to land in one large tree bursting with honeyeaters & silvereyes. The tree was directly above a tent set up for Orienteering event & was very busily frequented by lots of people. Despite this the Swift Parrots stayed, but it was difficult getting good photos out of it. Also Noisy Friarbirds all throughout area (including the Swift Parrot tree) & especially along the roadside between Rushworth Forest & Bailieston.
Lake Lorne, Drysdale
250+ (probably 50 or more in positions where they could not be easily counted). The ducks were mainly perched beneath the willows on small islands in the lake although some were out in the open. The rather poor photo included to give an indication of density of birds across the two small islands.
||Spotted Harrier,Little Eagle,Freckled Duck,Baillon's Crake
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
3 Spotted Harriers together at Paradise Rd, 2 Black-tailed Godwits (1 in full breeding), Freckled Duck (1 Nth Borrie, 40 Conservation pond E9), Little Eagle near Farm Rd, Baillon's Crake at Borrow Pits, 2 Brolga in 85WC-9. A pair of Grey Shrike Thrush was interesting, only the 2nd time I've seen this species at the farm.
Large numbers of Banded Stilt in several locations, also many Black & Whistling kites. Flame Robins present, the list goes on.....
Brian Johnston & Beth Carr
||Black Falcon, Spotted Harrier
Western Treatment Plant Werribee
It was, as noted by Gil Langfield on Thursday 25th, a good day for raptors. Seen today were 2 Black Falcons at the Lake Borrie Grasslands and 1 at Beach Rd. Spotted Harriers - 2 at Beach Rd
(1 adult & 1 juv.,) also 1 adult at Kirk Pt and another adult at Paradise Rd. Elsewhere, a total of 10 Black Kites, 7 Brown Falcons, 1 Nankeen Kestrel, 1 Australian Hobby, 51 Whistling Kites, 11 Black-shouldered Kites, a minimum of 37 Swamp Harriers and two Wedge-tailed Eagles at the Lake Borrie Grasslands.
|Sat 27 Apr
||White-bellied Sea Eagle
Chiltern Mt Pilot NP
A pair leisurely circling above Pipeline track near Magenta Mine site.
Merri Creek, Fawkner
A single bird seen drifting over Merri Creek at the end of Jukes Rd.
Neil Macumber per Sean Dooley
|Fri 26 Apr
Yandoit Creek, south of Newstead
Family group of four feeding on Hawthorn berries. This is my first record of the species in almost 30 years in the district, although there have been a number of recent local reports.