Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 6 May 2013 09:40:17 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 5 May 2013.

Sun 5 May Freckled Ducks Lake Guyatt, Sale
A good-sized flock of grey-brown ducks was resting at the far end of a large mud-bank. All were resting with heads turned onto their backs, but the characteristic triangular peak on the head was present. Many had heads somewhat darker than the body and several had a slightly rufous tone on the breast. When a Pelican came ashore and walked through the flock, a few raised their heads very briefly and the characteristic dished profile was seen. I counted about 45.
Anthea Fleming

Freckled Duck & Pink eared Duck Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
5 Pink-eared Duck and 3 Freckled Duck spotted from hide on North Arm.
Andre & Maria Rasquinha

Olive-tailed Thrush (Bassian Thrush) Oswin Roberts Reserve, Phillip Island
Two Bassian thrush foraging near the southern car park.Not often reported or seen on the island.
Derek & Sally Whitehead

Fri 3 May Australasian Bittern Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
A visit to T-Section to look for the Australasian Bittern (and Western Lagoons). Strong N wind Australasian Bittern (1) It's still there. A long search, finally flushed at NE corner of Austin Rd Pond 2. It flew towards T-Section
Angus Hartshorn

Fri 3 May Freckled Duck, Black Falcon Thompsons (Bream) Creek, Connewarre
While canoeing Thompsons Creek came across a single Freckled Duck, was able to get very close. Black Falcon flying low across swamp scattering Red-kneed Dotterels everywhere.
Rodney Long

Swift Parrot, Freckled Duck Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
3 Swifties in flowering gums along path towards Ponding Site, then flew to Red Gums near the lake. At least 13 Freckled Duck on the lake along with large numbers of other waterfowl. Also Black-Chinned Honeyeaters, Little Eagles, Crested Shrike-tit, etc.
Simon Starr

Thu 2 May Australasian Bittern 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.
Wayne Butterworth

Red-capped Robin 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.
Rohan Bilney

Powerful Owl 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 Clayton
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.
David Fleming

Wed 1 May Freckled Duck Winton Wetlands (Dam Wall and Borrow Pits)
Three members surveyed sites around the south-west side of the Reserve for our quarterly atlassing. The weather was cool and breezy; clouds clearing about 1pm. Two spotting scopes used. Report by V. La May, M & A Kerr.
BirdLife Murray Goulburn

Wed 1 May Double-banded Plover Winton Wetlands (Boat Ramp)
Six members in 2 teams surveyed sites around the Reserve for our quarterly atlassing. This list is the significant sightings en route to atlas sites. The weather was cool and breezy; clouds clearing about 1pm.
BirdLife Murray Goulburn

Swift Parrot Bell Avenue, Altona
2 Swifties over flying South East. Also imm Golden Whistler in my garden for the second day this week.
Colin Clark

Diamond Dove St James
A single bird sitting quietly on a farm gate on the east edge of town.
Michael Ramsey

Freckled Duck Barmah Lakes Camp Ground
3 Freckled Ducks on Moira Lake at Barmah Lakes Camp area, 7km north of Barmah
Marlene Lyell per Jenny Spry

Pink-eared Ducks 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 Jells Park
Freckled Duck on log near the island in the south-east corner of the lake.
Brendan McDonald

Spotted Harrier 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 Black Honeyeater Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park
Black Honeyeater (1) Near the Barnawatha sewerage ponds while chasing down regent honeyeaters.
Linda Hayes

Mon 29 Apr Spotted Harrier 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 :-(
James Peake

Pink-eared Duck 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.
Tony Bushell

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.
Tania Begg

Double-barred Finch Foothills Warby Ranges - Glenrowan
1 Double-barred Finch visited our bird bath along with our usual Red-browed Finches. Rarely seen here.
Jan Osmotherly

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.
Kevin Bartram

Swift Parrot 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.
Kevin Bartram

Freckled Duck 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.
Euan Moore

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.
Maarten Hulzebosch

Sat 27 Apr White-bellied Sea Eagle Chiltern Mt Pilot NP
A pair leisurely circling above Pipeline track near Magenta Mine site.
Kate Daniel

Black Kite 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 Gang-gang Cockatoo 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.
Geoff Park

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