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
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
Fiona Parkin and Tim Dolby
Gull-billed Tern Werribee River, Werribee South
Pair in breeding plumage a few km upstream from the river mouth.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Spotless Crake Liverpool Rd Retarding Basin
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
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.
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.
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (heard) Kensington
This morning I heard the unmistakable call of a Fan-tailed Cuckoo in
Mon 29 Sep Square-tailed Kite Between Lakes Bittarang and Woterap,
Seen over Black Box/sandhill veg.
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.
Pink-eared Duck Elsternwick Park, Brighton
Single PE Duck on lake. First record since December 2012.
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,
Beach Stone-curlew Screw Creek, Inverloch
Still there east of Screw Creek on the southern edge of the mangroves.
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.
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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