Published sightings for the week ending 12 Oct 2014.
Sun 12 Oct Pied Butcherbird Allan's Flat (Yackandandah)
Pied Butcherbird song this morning was quite a surprise. A first for me
in this part of the world.
Beach Stone Curlew Screw Creek to Townsend Bluff, Inverloch
Solitary Beach Stone Curlew foraging South of Townsend Bluff at 9 am
Speckled Warbler Dunneworthy State Forest
2 Speckled Warblers seen at Dunneworthy forest near Ararat, both
Cicadabird Bellbird Rd, Fairhope (12 km N of Bairnsdale)
One, possibly two birds heard calling from box-ironbark-stringy
ridge-top forest. First record for locality this year.
Felicity & Chris Healey
Sat 11 Oct Powerful Owl (3) Yarra Flats
Two adult Powerful Owl and juvenile bird located in unknown exotic
pinophyta this afternoon.
Swift Parrot Monash University Clayton Campus
Approx. 50 in one tree on Ring Road East opposite hockey pavilion, 8am.
Thu 9 Oct mallee Emu-wren Hatta Kulkyne NP
Right on dusk 3 little emu-wrens gave up their position. Found them on
the small nature trail just as you enter the park off the Calder hwy.
Rufous Fantail Toolangi-Black Range State Forest
Single bird heard along Sylvia Ck Rd near Blowhard Tk; an early return.
Also 3 Little Raven at Wirrawilla Rainforest, which is an odd
occurrence in tall forest here.
Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder
Wed 8 Oct Swift Parrot, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet hybrid Monash
University Clayton Campus
As a follow-up to the recent report I counted 22 Swifties in the
flowering eucalypts around the carpark, could well have been more. Also
seen was a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet x Rainbow Lorikeet, and a Spotless
Crake at the uni lake.
Wood Sandpiper Dandenong Valley Wetland
One Wood Sandpiper in the most northern lagoon accessible to the
Margaret and Richard Alcorn
Tue 7 Oct Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Gapsted
One bird in garden, feeding in an eremophila. Not previously seen on
Marjorie Paul, via Kathy Costello
King Quail French Island
Following up on Marc Freestoneas post of King Quail on French Island, I
arrived at the site and after searching Fairhaven Campsite, moved to
the wet heath grasslands of the Heifer Swamp a a site where the birds
have been recorded in the past. After 45 minutes, I eventually got onto
some birds calling quite strongly from the heath north west of the
nearest road (coast road?). Unfortunately despite over an hour of
trying I could see any birds in that area. By that time they had also
well stopped calling. I followed Coast Road southwards and eventually
found myself near the heath at what I believe must be the southern area
Duschers Swamp and coastal heath. Almost instantly after entering area,
to my complete surprise and astonishment I saw two birds. I set camera
to video and about 25 minutes later saw a further two (possibly 3)
birds and managed to get 1 male off in the camera. Apologies for low
quality images a they are cropped from the video footage. Last
confirmed record of this bird (according to online results) is from
2009, and last sighting from 2006.
Satin Bowerbird Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick
Pair of green-brown birds displaying at bower was a surprise find at
this location. Unfortunately no sign of the Channel-billed Cuckoos this
Swift Parrot Monash University, Clayton Campus
Feeding in a loose flock of between 13 and 15 individuals in flowering
ironbarks along Union Loop Road
Shane Baylis, Julie Groce, Ash Herrod, Rowan Mott, Lee Peacock and
Nancy Van Nieuwenhove
Great Crested Grebe, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Crested Bellbird,
Olive-backed Oriole Crusoe Reservoir, Bendgo
Great Crested Grebe back after an absence,
Eastern Osprey Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Observed flying over T Section and Point Wilson Road from 11.45am to
Gina Hopkins, Graeme Hosken, Mike Roser
Channel-billed Cuckoo (2) Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick
My attention was bought to a number of ravens and magpies harassing
something in a Euc. along the eastern fence line of the gardens, a
closer inspection revealed a single Channel-billed Cuckoo. After
meeting up with James we attempted to relocate the bird, eventually
near the maintenance shed, the bird burst out of a pine tree and landed
close by where we found a second bird, giving us some fantastic views
before they took off together, potentially a breeding a pair which
would be exciting this close to Melbourne
Tim Nickholds and James Mustafa
Mon 6 Oct Fork-tailed Swift Third Avenue, Altona North
A single forker flying low overhead our house this evening, battling
into the gusty northerly.
Australian King-Parrot Epping
Two King Parrots flying over works depot in Epping. Stop in a tree to
rest which gave me an opportunity to see it before they were harassed
by Noisy Miners. One was an immature bird.
Channel-billed Cuckoo Wilson Street, Berwick
At 2:00pm as I was returning to my car, I observed a Channel-billed
Cuckoo flying erratically in an easterly direction along Wilson St. It
was being hotly pursued by a family of angry Magpies and two Little
Whiskered Terns Devilbend Reservoir, Hodgins Rd causeway
9 Whiskered Terns and 3 Black-winged Stilts at 3pm this afternoon are
the first of the year at the site. Recent Spring arrivals have included
Fan-tailed Cuckoos, Australian Reed Warblers, White-fronted Chat and
Dusky Woodswallow. A pair of King Parrots have also been evident
overflying the reservoir on a couple of occasions over the last two
weeks whilst Black-tailed Cockatoos peaked at 38 today.
Sun 5 Oct Hooded Plover Tulum Beach, Balnarring
Leg ring yellow 06. This bird appeared to be young and seemed to be on
its own. The first time I have seen one here. It was about 9.30 am on
an overcast morning.
Soft-plumaged Petrel Portland pelagic
One bird at the continental shelf break. Also Southern Royal Albatross
(2 or 3), Northern Royal Albatross (1), c. 5 Wandering Albatross types
including 1 old chionoptera type ('Snowy' Albatross) and the rest
probably Antipodean subsp. gibsoni, Sooty Shearwater (1). Excellent day
for cetaceans - several Humpback Whale (one seen breaching), dozens of
Common Dolphins, and Orcas seen by some.
P S Lansley & others of BirdLife Australia - Victorian group.
King Quail and Olive Whistler Fairhaven, French Island
One female King Quail and an Olive Whistler seen near the campground.
Fri 3 Oct Musk duck male & female Swan Lake, Phillip Island
Female Viewed from hide No. 2. Male viewed from hide No. 1
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