Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 1 Jul 2013 06:59:38 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 30 Jun 2013.

Sun 30 Jun Grey Goshawk (white phase) Grubb rd WALLINGTON (Bellarine Peninsula)
Seen at 1225hrs over Grubb rd, being harassed by 4 Red Wattlebirds
Peter Bright

Swift Parrot Ararat
Along McDonald Park Rd. N. of Ararat, a total of 13 Swift Parrots, plus a few Tawny Crowned Honeyeaters
Tristan Kennedy

Sat 29 Jun Hooded Plover Thirteenth Beach [northern side of Black Rock Sewerage Plant]
Hooded Plover: Adult x7 [4 wearing red flags] Juvernile x2 feeding amongst dried kelp at waters edge with other small group of waders: Red capped Plover and Red-necked Stints.
David Tytherleigh

Broad-billed Sandpiper Lake Connewarre Wildlife Reserve (Lake Connewarre)
Return visit this morning to show Irena the Broad billed sandpiper. Beautiful clear conditions 10c Broad-billed Sandpiper Feeding alone about 400 metres east of car park. Much better views than yesterday. Some dotterels and black winged stilts nearby.
Hedley Earl & Irena Earl

Pink-eared Duck, Spotted Harrier Woodlands Historic Park (Greenvale)
Absolute stunning Spotted Harrier seen hunting over an open area in the back paddock. First record here I am pretty sure and followed up sighting of a lone Pink-eared Duck on the Geriatric Dam.
Philip Peel

Lewin's Honeyeater Beechworth Historic Park (Silver Creek)
Lewin's Honeyeater (1). Seen and heard calling in tall peppermint forest by the creek. My first record in North East Victoria, this time of year likely dispersing during the winter. A very rare bird in this part of the state with Eremaea only showing one record near Falls Creek and Birdata a couple of records in the Upper Murray area.
Michael Ramsey

Fri 28 Jun Little Penguin Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
2 Little Penguin seen through scope foraging well offshore in glassy water and calm conditions, not seen here since last July.
Steve Davidson

Fri 28 Jun Northern Shoveler Lake Borrie, Western Treatment Plant
The adult male Northern Shoveler was still showing well towards the western end of Lake Borrie adjacent to Paradise Rd. The bird spent much of the time drifting with its head tucked under, with occasional quick swims to reposition itself towards the edge of the flock. Flushed (amongst all the other waterfowl) by Swamp Harriers on two occasions.
Rohan Clarke

Speckled Warbler Bendigo Regional Park
Plant Rd, near Rifle Range. Only one observed, moving through with group of thornbills and Silvereyes
Rustem Upton

Freckled Ducks Mill Park Lakes
Freckled ducks were reported here earlier in the year and they are still here. 5 counted on the rocks in the largest lake and 2 distinctly smaller (possibly juveniles) swimming close by. Maybe they bred here?
Greg McKay

Rose Robin Woodlands Historic Park (Greenvale)
2 males and 3 females seen together 8.00am this morning.
Greg Mckay

Thu 27 Jun Black Falcon, Spotted Harrier, Pink-eared Duck, Freckled Duck Limeburners Lagoon/Hovells Creek via Corio
Black Falcon circling high overhead. Sub-adult Spotted Harrier quartering over grassland adjacent to creek. Also 2 dark morph Little Eagles. 3 Pink-eared Ducks on N end of lagoon and 1 Freckled Duck loafing with head under its wing at S shore of lagoon. At least 1 male Flame Robin with 2+ brown birds. Great birds and wonderful winter weather for Geelong Field Naturalists Club Bird Group mid-week excursion.
GFNC Bird Group Excursion led by Geoff Gayner per Craig Morley.

Wed 26 Jun Black Falcon Thomastown East Reserve
Seen at 2.15pm gliding in from the Thomastown East Reserve to suburban Casey Drive. Attracted by a flock of about a dozen racing pigeons (Rock Doves), which circled high as the falcon soared higher.
Bernie McRitchie

Hooded Robin Pilchers Bridge Nature Conservation Reserve
Male and female in northern part of the reserve, south of Abbotts Rd.
Rustem Upton

Swift Parrot Mt Moliagul Historic Reserve
15 to 20 Swifties in a loose flock around the reserve enjoying the Yellow Gum blossum and Grey Box foliage.
Simon Starr

Eastern Osprey Point Impossible Karaaf Wetlands area.
While watching Brown Goshawk lazily soaring in circles overhead I glimpsed a second bird come into the edge of my field of view and was delighted to observe an Eastern Osprey..I held it in view for a minute or so before it disappeared from view heading up the coast in N/E direction. Also 3 Shy Albatross sitting on water offshore. As a bonus a pod of Dolphins were also present.
Trevor Lumb

Black Falcon Whites Lane, Mt Duneed area
Saw it coming in plenty of time to get ready for the superb viewing it gave me. Flying N/E direction in straight purposeful flight .Also flushed male Goshawk from dense roadside vegetation just prior to sighting Black Falcon.
Trevor Lumb

Lewin's Honeyeater Belgrave Heights, private garden
Last seen here in January 2012.
Ian Wilson

Tue 25 Jun Spotted Quail-thrush Strath Creek
Male bird in creekside vegetation on low open farming land
Kevin and Noreen Foster, reported by David Wakefield

Broad-billed Sandpiper, Pacific Golden Plover Lake Connewarre Wildlife Reserve (Lake Connewarre)
Broad-billed Sandpiper feeding in close proximity to Red-necked Stints gave a wonderful opportunity to compare size and distinctive characteristics of the bill! Also the over-wintering Golden Plover reported on 22/06 was sighted. Many other spp, incl Bar-tailed Godwits, Red Knots, Red-necked Avocets, Black-winged and Banded Stilts, Double-banded Plovers, and many more ... also Blue-winged Parrots ...
Craig Morley, Cat Tayler, Brooke Connor.

Spotted Harrier Junction of Baxter/Tooradin road and Craig's Lane

Keith Caldecott

Mon 24 Jun Spotted Harrier Rhyll Wetland/Swamp.
Possibly the same bird that was at Kitty Millers Bay on the 17th June?
Keith Caldecott

Painted Button-quail Yarra Bend Park
A pair of Painted Button-quail were seen this morning at this site. Near the ridge, at the monument overlooking Dight Falls.
Basil Artemides (2975)

Sun 23 Jun Spotted Harrier Rigbys Wetland, Scoresby
At aprox 12.05pm one Spotted Harrier flying over the wetland from East to West and descended into the grass area beside Dandenong Creek. Also one Little Eagle being harassed by two Nankeen Kestrels. Other raptors seen in the one & half hours observing. Two Black-shouldered Kite and one Brown Falcon. Over 250 Purple Swamphen in the water and reed beds at the eastern end of Cell No. 2. This site is surveyed monthly by BirdLife Melbourne. First record of Spotted Harrier.
Graeme Hosken

Red-backed Kingfisher Almonds-Wilby Road at 36 12 32S 146 01 52E
Second time seen here, has been present in this spot for over a month now. Great views perched on powerlines in the afternoon sunlight.
Michael Ramsey

Mon 3 Jun Spotted Harrier Kilberry Boulevard Wetland, Hampton Park
At 1.15pm one Spotted Harrier being harassed by Little Ravens. Actual location where the HT Power Lines cross the wetland. First time this species seen at this wetland since monthly surveys commenced in June 2007.
Robert Wright (Submitted by Graeme Hosken)

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