Published sightings for the week ending 26 Jan 2014.
|Sun 26 Jan
Cheetham Saltworks, Point Henry
early morning look over the fence. Othe birds same as yesterday see 215639
Terek Sandpiper (1) sitting with a small group of Marsh Sandpipers. Very clear upturned bill, sitting 'scrunched up' with 'no neck'
|Sun 26 Jan
Midland Highway Sebastopol
A single bird observed at low level over the Midland Highway at Sebastopol, just entering the suburban area.
|Sat 25 Jan
||Great Crested Grebe
Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd
1 Great Crested Grebe in breeding plumage on a very small dam just north of Healesville-Yarra Glen Road close to Houghtons Lane.
|Fri 24 Jan
||Long-toed Stint (2)
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee - western lagoons
For a short time this afternoon 2 long toed stints fed side by side at the usual pond 9 spot. One of them flew off with a couple of sharpies and I relocated it feeding on the edge of pond 4, just inside the gate. No sign of the BBS but both Brolgas still there
|Thu 23 Jan
Bunyip State Park
3 maybe 4 Black-faced Monarch, all along the first 2 kilometre stretch of Ash Landing Rd from where it intersects Black Snake Creek Rd. These and the other bird reported recently at Diamond Creek near Buttongrass Walk suggesting a possible westward push of this species commensurate with recent years. Other goodies seen on this sublime morning were a couple of WT Needletail at canopy height along Link Rd, a few Blue-winged Parrot trackside, and late-nesting Satin Flycatcher and Eastern Yellow Robin.
Steven Davidson - The Melbourne Birder
|Thu 23 Jan
McKenzie Road Upper Beaconsfield
2 Birds seen ( Male and Female ) near gate to South East Water Compound , Possibly a 3rd brown bird , being chased by several Spinebill's.
||Broad-billed Sandpiper, Ruff (Reeve) and Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Many birds and birders at the farm today. Broad-billed Sandpiper in usual spot on Western lagoon, a Reeve seen on pond 5W (?) -heading towards Conservation Lagoon (thanks Bob and Martin) and Pectoral Sandpiper at Borrow Pits.
Grounds of All Saints' Anglican Church, Church St, Bright
|Wed 22 Jan
Sanctuary Lakes Pt Cook
To my pleasant surprise I spotted 3 Brolgas flying over at 11.30am.
|Tue 21 Jan
||Probable Southern Giant Petrel (white morph)
Nobbies Philip Island
Spotted in Ocean between the nobbles and Summerlands beach floating beside what looked like a seal carcass. Large all white bird with black splotches.
|Mon 20 Jan
||Latham's Snipe, Freckled Duck
Coolart Wetlands & Homestead, Somers
13 Latham's Snipe and 1 Freckled Duck.
Also 26 Pink-eared Duck observed by Peter & Liz Gower an unusually high number for this area
Pat Bingham reported by Brian Thomas
North Bendigo 36 44S 144 17E 1' Cell
sighted flying low over North Bendigo, late afternoon
Ian & Annie Mayo
Epsom Water Treatment Plant, Bendigo
Single Common Sandpiper seen at Epsom Treatment Plant, Bendigo. Not sure if one has been sighted here before.
Please note that Access conditions to the site have now changed. Details are still being considered by Coliban water.
|Sun 19 Jan
||Satin Flycatcher, Blue-winged Parrot
Lal Lal - Bungal Historic Area
A great day in the area with the highlight being a family of 5 Satin Flycatchers. Mum, Dad and 3 recently fledged, dependent young.
We watched them for approx 1 hour. Also in the immediate area was a pair of Blue- winged Parrots.
A single Latham's Snipe was also observed on the edge of a dam along one of the roads.
Peter Bright and Paul Schillier
Cape Nelson Lighthouse
On a seawatch 12.30 to 2PM spotted a lone Great-winged Petrel about 500-1000 m from shore for 5-10 minutes. Identified by it's long forward held hooked-backed wings at the carpal. Never flapped it's wings the whole time I watched it. It's tail was too long for a White-chinned or Short-tailed Shearwater. Didn't have the pale base to the bill found on Flesh-footed, there appeared a little bit of a pale face though on some angles, so perhaps subspecies gouldii. It's very rarely that I've ever seen this species from shore. Also quite a number of Shy Albatrosses, 30 or so; good numbers of Short-tailed Shearwater, 20 or so Fluttering types, the only one close enough to identify was a Fluttering Shearwater.
Distillery dam Whipstick
Boy are these things flighty.
At least 4 Brush Bronzewings at the distillery dams Campbells Rd Whipstick Forest this morning. 9,30am
Greg and Janice McKay
|Sat 18 Jan
||Broad-billed Sandpiper and Long-toed Stint
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee.
Half a day visit to the WTP, some observations were one Broad-billed Sandpiper in main conservation pond of Western Lagoon area south-west of Gate 2, off the end of central causeway road. One Long-toed Stint in Pond 9 of Western Lagoons (thanks to Danny Rogers for exact location). Banded Lapwings in paddock north of Beach Road (thanks to Angus Hartshorn who had his scope on them). Three Brolgas in grassland east of Gate 8. Quite a few Horsefield's Bushlarks around, four Cape Barren Geese in T Section. Many waders and Duck species present and active at the plant, as were quite a few birders who were good to catch up with after the stifling hot spell.
Peter Gibbons, John Forrester, Joel Merriman from Seattle, USA - via JCU in Townsville.
||White-winged Trillers (female and juvenile), Sacred Kingfisher, Beautiful Firetails(2)
Wonthaggi Heathland & Coastal Reserve
Trillers bred 2 years in a row in same location. Sacred Kingfisher only seen irregularly here. Also Blue Winged Parrots,4 Brush Bronzewings and very confiding Beautiful Firetails.
|Mon 13 Jan
Feeding on the mudflats at low tide.