Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 7 Oct 2013 06:54:35 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 6 Oct 2013.

Sun 6 Oct Common Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Freckled Duck, Blue-winged Parrot Jawbone Reserve, Williamstown
Fine and cloudy. Breeze light. Birdlife group of 7. Common Sandpiper (1) photo attached Common Greenshank (1) Blue-winged Parrot (1) overhead Freckled Duck (3)
Richard Arnold

Sun 6 Oct Freckled Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Buff-banded Rail, Common Sandpiper Jawbone Reserve, Williamstown
Freckled Duck (3) near bird hide Great Crested Grebe (1) on the main lake... cruising around Buff-banded Rail (2) flushed from the path near boardwalk Common Sandpiper (1) Seen at the western end of jawbone reserve up near kororoit creek
Philip Peel

Sun 6 Oct Ruddy Turnstone Ricketts Point, Beaumaris
One bird on outer edge of reef.
John Eichler

Regent Parrot Syndal (Glen Waverley North)
Single bird seen flying strongly and purposefully west to east at about 10:30 am (daylight saving time), and heard to call at least once. Presumably most likely an escapee.
Jack Krohn

Sat 5 Oct Brolga Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Pair of Brolgas at Western Lagoon on Saturday afternoon.
Sheridan Smith

Red-necked Stint Ricketts Point, Beaumaris
Five birds observed on reef initially. Two birds later seen feeding amongst seaweed on shoreline. A rare bird locally.
John Eichler

Cape Gannet Point Danger
Single bird seen on the east edge of the colony. Long gular stripe, pale iris and completely black tail. Observed over a period of 20 minutes from a distance of 25 meters. Phone pic from back of camera attached.
Ruth Woodrow, Paul Dodd and Tim Bawden

Ruddy Turnstone Indented Head
Ruddy Turnstone (28) Possibly more. One had an orange flag on its right leg. Sighted on the St Leonards side of Wrathall Reserve.
David Fleming

Fri 4 Oct Ruddy Turnstone Mornington Peninsula Nat Park (Gunnamatta Beach)
Single bird resting with a pair of Hoodies, above high water mark between the two sets of stairs. Photo by Mark Lethlean.
Neil Shelley, Mark Lethlean

Sanderling Gunnamatta beach, Victoria
Single bird. Ideal habitat but not often seen here
Mark Lethlean

Black Honeyeater Gama Bushland Reserve
Three male Black Honeyeaters seen feeding in the abundant eremophila, along the the Gama/Sealake Rd next to the Gama Bushland Reserve. A pair of variegated fairy-wrens also at the same site foraging in the understory. Sightings around lunchtime in bright sunshine.
Barbara Burns

Sacred Kingfisher Merri Creek Trail, Fitzroy North to Coburg
Sacred Kingfisher (1) Seems to have returned to Merri Creek
James Mustafa (3042)

Red-capped Robin and Rose Robin Banyule Flats Reserve
The immature Red-capped Robin was still there this morning, engaged in aggressive chasing with a female Rose Robin (don't often see these species together).
Richard Loyn and Lyn Easton

Thu 3 Oct Crimson Chat Wyperfeld NP
4 Crimson Chats seen along Meridian track near junction with Wool track. One male Chat seen in same field of view as male Red-capped Robin ! Also Budgerigar, White-browed Treecreeper, Black-eared Cuckoo, Pink Cockatoo, Gilberts Whistler , Mulga Parrot seen around the park.
Simon Starr

Rufous Songlark, Horsfield's Bushlark Elster Creek, Elwood
A single Rufous Songlark was foraging in around the edge of the Elsternwick Park Lake. It was flying back and forth to avoid walkers and cyclists. A Horsfield's Bushlark was doing the same on the Elwood Foreshore in the thin strip of Coast Saltbush/grasses between the Riva restaurant car park and the outdoor gym equipment near the Elwood Canal. Amazingly this small inner urban park appears to be a fairly good spot for anyone wanting to see Horsfield's Bushlark (at this time of year).
Gio Fitzpatrick

Speckled Warbler, Painted Honeyeater, Little Eagle, Sacred Kingfisher, Buff-rumped Thornbill Bartleys Block, Chiltern
Great morning at the block. Plenty of other birds too including Yellow Tufted & Fuscous Honeyeaters, Olive Backed Oriole, Noisy Friarbird, White Throated Gerygone, Red Browed Firetails (nesting), Mistletoebird, and Yellow Rumped Thornbill.
Wolinski & Richardson Families

Wed 2 Oct Red-capped Robin Banyule Flats
One immature in shrubs where bike path meets river.
Lyn Easton, Richard Loyn & Guy Dutson

Rufous Songlark Whittlesea City Council - Epping Depot
7am. Windy and cold morning. I was watching a small bird in the council depot carpark, when I saw it fly straight into a window. I picked it up and took it to a safer place and after a few minutes it came good and flew off. To my surprise, it was my first Rufous Songlark for the season.
Bernie McRitchie

Swift Parrot Alphington
Two briefly in my garden this evening
Guy Dutson

Eurasian Tree Sparrow West Preston
To follow up on the report of nesting Eurasian Tree Sparrows at Preston police station, for the past two months a single Tree Sparrow has been the constant companion of a pair of House Sparrows, nesting in the wall of our house.
Anthea Stubbs

Ruddy Turnstone, Black Falcon Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Another very windy morning - hardly any ducks at the plant at the moment. Most of the tracks are drying out. 2 (maybe 3 but was very windy!) Ruddy Turnstone on 280S Rd and a Black Falcon hunting along the same area. Lots of Black Kites on Pt Wilson Rd. Marsh Sandpiper in Western Lagoon Pond 4. Brown Songlark in Western Lagoon area as well.
Dave Torr, Trevor Hunt, Theresa from USA

Red backed Kingisher, Blue winged parrots Goschen bushland Reserve
Surprised to see the kingfisher here! Came in search of elegant parrots but we did find 7 blue wings. Lots of bird activity as always with 3 species woodswallow, 2 species of babbler and a single black honeyeater
Hedley and Irena Earl

Tue 1 Oct Latham's Snipe Corner Graydens Rd and Marine Parade Hastings
Wet and muddy area between railway line and roads. One Latham's Snipe flushed as we walked along bike path here! First time we have seen this species here in over 30 years living in this area!
S and S King

Mon 30 Sep Regent Honeyeater Green Hill Dam, Chiltern
4 Regent Honeyeaters seen today, including one with a radio transmitter on it's back. They were very defensive of their area & were even seen chasing Noisy Miners away.
Kevin Bartram & Scott Baker

Double-barred Finch Black Dog Creek, Lilliput
Six Double-barred Finch seen on northern side of Black Dog Creek south of Lilliput, east of Chiltern.
Kevin Bartram & Scott Baker

Painted Honeyeater, Masked & White-browed Woodswallow, White-throated & Western Gerygone Bartley's Block, Chiltern
Lots of activity from Painted Honeyeaters, at least 6 about, calling frequently & zipping about. Hundreds of White-browed & Masked Woodswallows seen heading south, seemed like a significant movement, about 1/3 were Masked. White-throated Gerygone heard, & several Western Gergones provided great views. Brown Quail flushed.
Kevin Bartram & Scott Baker

Gull-billed Tern Western Treatment Plant, Werribee.
At 10.30am today, 3 Gull-billed Terns in adult breeding plumage flew over Austin Rd/Summer Pond one heading towards Beach Rd. This species is not often recorded at the WTP. Also seen today were Singing Bushlarks and 1 Brown Songlark at Beach Rd (opposite banded lapwing paddock) and a Rufous Songlark at 29 Mile Rd.
Maarten Hulzebosch

Sun 29 Sep Australian Magpie Newport Lakes Park
Australian Magpie (1) Black-backed individual, spotted on verge of road near Mason St entrance to park
Matthew Crawford

Sun 29 Sep Olive Whistler Banyule Flat
One calling hard among tree violets beyond powerlines: rarely found here in spring
Richard Loyn

Barking Owl Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park
1 Barking Owl calling most of the night. An adventure into the night produced nice views.
Kevin Bartram & Scott Baker

Black Falcon, Cattle Egret Viewbank
Large uniformly dark and very fast falcon with pointed wings observed from Plenty River Trail, at high point above the historic silos. Wing-beats shallow and body plus tail long and narrow. Face and underparts were seen ( with binocs) to be uniformly dark. I've not seen Black Falcon in this area before (23 years residence), but know it from elsewhere, and am confident that the bird was neither a dark morph brown nor a juvenile peregrine. Also had just flushed a Cattle Egret from long grass nearby - common here but the first I've seen this season with breeding colour on face and breast.
Neil Murray

Sacred Kingfisher Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
A Sacred Kingfisher has returned to the main ornamental lake in the RBG. It was feeding from the willow at the western end.
John Barkla & Alison Street

Sat 28 Sep Baillon's and Spotted Crake, Banded Lapwing, Banded Stilt, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Gull-billed Tern Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
A full-day visit to the WTP with Rick and Elis Simpson of WaderQuest fame. Very, very windy and showery. Baillon's Crake (1) T-Section Pond 4 Australian Spotted Crake (1) T-Section Pond 4 Banded Lapwing (10) Pousties Road paddock (visible from far western corner of Austin Road) Banded Stilt (5) Summer Pond 1 Broad-billed Sandpiper (1) Beach Road Pond Gull-billed Tern (1) Summer Pond 1
Paul Dodd, Rick & Elis Simpson (WaderQuest)

Thu 26 Sep Black-tailed Godwit Western Treatment Plant
Sighted & photographed three Black-tailed Godwit feeding on the waters edge,through Gate 2 Western Lagoon,to the right between 29 Mile Road & the Spit.Photo confirmed by John Stirling. Steve Davidson,i noted your remark about the Brolgas maybe not nesting because of possible interference by a Fox.Well i saw the Brolgas in the Saltbush on the 26th from the road leading down to Murtcairn.I also saw a Fox on this road as well.this was the third time i have seen a Fox in the area.
Ray Fox

Wed 25 Sep Red-rumped Parrot Rosalind Park, Bendigo
Five pairs of Red-rumped Parrots found nesting in introduced Plane Trees in or adjacent to Rosalind Park (around Pall Mall) in the centre of Bendigo. Other pairs which were in the area may have added to this tally if we had found their nests too.
John Barkla & Alison Street

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