Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 13 Oct 2014 16:15:17 +1000
   Birdline Victoria

   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.
   Matt Weeks
   Beach Stone Curlew Screw Creek to Townsend Bluff, Inverloch
   Solitary Beach Stone Curlew foraging South of Townsend Bluff at 9 am
   this morning.
   Andrew Williams
   Speckled Warbler Dunneworthy State Forest
   2 Speckled Warblers seen at Dunneworthy forest near Ararat, both
   Tristan Kennedy
   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.
   James Mustafa
   Swift Parrot Monash University Clayton Campus
   Approx. 50 in one tree on Ring Road East opposite hockey pavilion, 8am.
   Trevor Kerr
   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.
   Andrew O'Brien
   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.
   Lewis Hiller
   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
   the farm.
   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.
   James Mustafa
   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
   Scott Baker
   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,
   Ken Dredge
   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.
   Chris Tzaros
   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.
   Aleks Arsoski
   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
   Jeni Bedin
   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.
   Richard Hook
   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.
   Eleanor Dilley
   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.
   Marc Freestone
   Fri 3 Oct Musk duck male & female Swan Lake, Phillip Island
   Female Viewed from hide No. 2. Male viewed from hide No. 1
   Stephanie Wylaars
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