Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 6 Oct 2014 06:58:59 +1000
   Birdline Victoria

   Published sightings for the week ending 5 Oct 2014.

   Sun 5 Oct White-Bellied Cuckoo -shrike Toolern Creek Park -
   Strathtulloh Woodlands Melton South
   At least 7 birds heard and observed in the north-west corner of this
   predominately open Grey Box woodland. The birds were actively feeding
   and moving between the ground and foliage in the woodland, my first
   observation of the species in the immediate Melton area since 1990.
   Amongst other observations of many local and migratory woodland species
   were nice views of Crested Shrike-tit and nesting Jacky Winter and
   Dusky Woodswallows.
   Micah Kawalek
   Sat 4 Oct Mallee Emu-wren Wyperfeld National Park
   ~4 Mallee Emu-wren were seen along the Discovery Walk. A different
   location to Matthew Crawford's previous reports. Large areas just to
   the west of the Discovery Walk were burnt out in January. This probably
   resulted in the birds moving from these large burnt zones to areas
   along the Discovery Walk. Although reluctant to fly over open areas and
   considered relatively sedentary, this population of Mallee Emu-wren
   seems to indicate they will move some distance and across different
   habitats types.
   Fiona Parkin and Tim Dolby
   Gull-billed Tern Werribee River, Werribee South
   Pair in breeding plumage a few km upstream from the river mouth.
   Ian Sutherland
   Great Crested Grebe Hattah-Kulkyne National Park--Lake Mournpall
   2 Grebes building a nest. Also Pink-eared, White-eyed Duck a Shoveller
   and at least 20 Grey Teal chicks, many other waterbirds (and other
   species). The lakes have been flooded, near to highest level ever
   Angus Hartshorn
   Lathams Snipe, Eastern Curlew, White-bellied Sea-eagle and Lewins Rail
   Inverloch foreshore caravan park/screw creek
   20 lathams snipe discovered in a locked proposed urban development site
   adjacent to caravan park will be contacting birdlife regarding the
   proposal and the significance of the area. 30 eastern curlews were seen
   on the exposing mudflats and Lewins rail was heard calling for 30
   minutes in early morning in the mangroves alongside the mudflats of
   screw creek..... Side note the Beach Stone Curlew has been absent so
   far over the last 2 days
   Philip Peel
   Fri 3 Oct Brolga Point Wilson Victoria
   Two adult brolgas feeding nonchanantly, 70 metres South of Point Wilson
   Road adjacent to the boundary fence of the security area. A sunny
   afternoon at 2:15 pm.
   martin williams
   Brown Gerygone Toolangi Black Range State Forest--Wirrawilla Rainforest
   Single adult bird around carpark of above site, singing constantly. A
   new location for this species which seems to keep expanding westward.
   Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder
   Malleefowl Murray Sunset National Park
   One bird located near the start of Mt.Crozier Track from the Pink Lakes
   end while searching for Striated Grasswrens.
   Bernie OKeefe
   Thu 2 Oct Gull-billed Tern, Banded Stilt Lake Tutchewop
   Two Gull-billed Tern standing in the shallows on the north side of the
   lake. Hundreds of Banded Stilt, Black-winged Stilt and Red-necked
   Avocet in mixed flocks around the lake. Hundreds of Whiskered Tern
   standing in the shallows and flying over the lake.
   Malcolm Cousland
   Wed 1 Oct Red-lored Whistler Murray-Sunset National Park
   A single male observed along Honeymoon track was highlight of trip out
   west. Many of the mallee specialties also recorded in area including
   Chestnut Quail-thrush, Mallee Emu-wren and Striated Grasswren.
   Scott Baker, James Mustafa and Owen Lishmund
   Square-tailed Kite Brackenbury Rd, Creswick Regional Park
   One, just above canopy, mid afternoon
   Geoff Park
   Spotless Crake Liverpool Rd Retarding Basin
   Des Palmer
   Pink-eared Duck Victoria Harbour Docklands
   On my way to work at 8:15 on the morning of 1/10/2014 I noticed a
   single pink-eared duck on Victoria Harbour, about 5 metres offshore at
   Harbour Esplanade and 10 metres off the south side of Central Pier.
   I've worked in Docklands for two years and while swans, teals, black
   ducks, and coots are all relatively common sightings on Victoria
   Harbour, this is the first time I've seen a pink-eared duck in the
   Harry Saddler
   Rufous Songlark Westona Station, Altona
   Heard a Rufous Songlark calling from a back yard adjacent to Westona
   Station around 6:15am. Did not see the bird.
   Peter Shute
   Tue 30 Sep White-browed and Masked Woodswallow Wilby
   A small flock overhead this afternoon arriving in a typical manner on
   strong warm northerly winds.
   Michael Ramsey
   Fan-tailed Cuckoo (heard) Kensington
   This morning I heard the unmistakable call of a Fan-tailed Cuckoo in
   Anne Palamountain
   Mon 29 Sep Square-tailed Kite Between Lakes Bittarang and Woterap,
   Hattah-Kulkyne NP
   Seen over Black Box/sandhill veg.
   George Appleby
   Freckled Duck Kyabram Fauna Park
   Still plenty of Freckled ducks roosting under the Willow trees and on
   the centre bank in the big water in front of the glassed observatory
   and several roosting on logs and feeding in the late afternoon in the
   South pond with all the dead trees etc. No drakes with coloured bills.
   Photos taken.
   Barney Enders
   Pink-eared Duck Elsternwick Park, Brighton
   Single PE Duck on lake. First record since December 2012.
   Debbie Lustig
   Sun 28 Sep Whiskered Tern Macleod Morass, Bairnsdale
   Flock of 70-100, some in partial breeding plumage. Uncommon visitor to
   John Saxton (per Chris Healey, BirdLife East Gippsland)
   Great Crested Grebe Lake Bolac, lake
   Eight birds close to shore near rest-stop on Glenelg Highway,
   (-37.70033, 142.86362).
   Steve Clark
   Beach Stone-curlew Screw Creek, Inverloch
   Still there east of Screw Creek on the southern edge of the mangroves.
   Kevin Bartram
   Whiskered Tern Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
   One in transition into breeding plumage on the 'triangle' rock platform
   at 0845 and later to at least 1030 on the sandbars to the east. Only
   the second record here of one on the ground. The first was also on a
   day of blustery winds (1/10/05). Thanks to Kim Croker for the pics
   taken in such difficult conditions.
   Michael Norris
   Sat 27 Sep Latham's Snipe Hearnes Swamp
   A single bird flushed twice on the eastern boundary of the treatment
   plant near the rail reserve (South Station Street extension).
   Marc Freestone, Warren Tomlinson
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