Published sightings for the week ending 26 Oct 2014.
Sun 26 Oct Banded Stilt (1800) Lake Tutchewop
Large flock of Banded Stilt (1800) observed today at Lake Tutchewop.
Large numbers of Whiskered Terns and waders (Marsh Sandpiper, Curlew
Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, red-necked stint) also present.
Simon Starr, James Mustafa
Eastern Koel Numurkah
Have heard the Eastern Koel here from our garden for a few days , got
to see it at a far distance tonight in the northern part of Numurkah
close to the High School.
Richard & Catarina Gregson
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Tanunda Wetlands, Mill Park
Single bird with 4 Musk Lorikeet in Eucalypts on Plenty River
escarpment. Crummy photo but identifiable. Heaps of birds about
including Aust Hobby.
Fri 24 Oct Eastern Koel Peel St, Bendigo
At last - it's back again. Regularly heard for at least past 3 years in
this area. We were missing it this year!
Satin Flycatcher Dandenong Ranges National Park
Single vocal bird heard as it was moving through upper canopy, not
seen. Corner of Nation Rd & Paddys Tk. First return for spring.
Thu 23 Oct Chanel - Billed Cuckoo Berwick
A Channel- billed Cuckoo is back in the area where they have been seen
for the last 4 years , east of Berwick avillagea on the way to
Beaconsfield. My work colleagues saw it flying over Edrington Park R V
at about 2.30 pm, harassed by Magpies it flew into the Moreton Bay Fig
on the Princes Highway.
Michael Collins & James Grant per Graham Beal
Peregrine Falcon Bendigo Sacred Heart Cathederal
The pair of Peregrines are back nesting on the upper platforms of the
Cathedral again this year. Spotted today from Mackenzie Street side of
Greg and Janice McKay
Eastern Koel Bendigo
Originally heard from Booth Street chased call around the fenced off
property eventually gaining access from Lily Street from employee on
site. Sun had set so eventually spotlit bird for further views. Bird
has been present in Bendigo area since last week and seen in it's other
spot on Peel St.
James Mustafa, Simon Starr
Wed 22 Oct Shining Bronze-Cuckoo. Rear yard of large suburban garden in
Hoppers Crossing 3029.
At 1620 hours, I heard and then observed a single Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
perched in the rear yard of my home address. This is a first siting for
me at this location, although I have seen and heard them locally,
especially at the Werribee Park and River precinct.
Pacific Golden Plover Black Rock Reserve, Barwon Heads
A flock of about 25 sighted on rocks with a large number of Red-necked
Stints and 3 Ruddy Turnstones.
Ian J Llewellyn
Magpie Goose Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
3 Magpie Goose in 35E9 Conservation Pond, which is drying out nicely
and looks good for Australian Painted Snipe at present.
Tue 21 Oct Turquoise Parrot, Painted Honeyeater Chiltern-Mt Pilot
National Park--Bartleys Block
Male Turquoise Parrot found feeding on ground close to entrance gate.
Painted Honeyeater heard calling from various points, but eventually
located at the north end near the dam. Problem was Fuscous Honeyeaters
were constantly harassing a pair. Also of note were Black-chinned
Honeyeater, Speckled Warbler and Western Gerygone.
Dave Torr, Mark, Iian, Trevor & Len
First spring return. Calling by the creek at the reserve. Again always
the last spring migrant to return.
Channel-billed Cuckoo Dookie
The strangest birding experience I have had for some time. While
sitting in my office at work I heard the loud, bizarre and unmistakable
call of a Channel-billed Cuckoo, I raced outside and saw it briefly
flying off to the east chased by the local magpies. It was likely
around later in the afternoon as many of the local birds were very
agitated with many alarm calls. First record in these parts and very
rare in Victoria in general.
Mon 20 Oct Marsh Sandpiper Coliban Water Treatment Plant, Epsom,
Marsh Sandpiper seen today. Not sure if one has been recorded here
before. Also White-browed Scrubwrens - haven't seen these in 6 years of
visiting the site.
Ian Mayo & Murray Chambers
Sun 19 Oct Southern Whiteface Glenhope
At least two Southern Whiteface (others may have seen more) seen along
Sievers Lane on a bird walk held by the Baynton-Sidonia Landcare Group
on a property where a natural bush regeneration project is being
Crested Bellbird Sullivan's Track, Newstead
Several birds calling from tree tops. Easily located by driving with
White-browed Woodswallow, Peregrine Falcon Newtown, Geelong
Flock of at least 50 woodswallows moving rapidly to NW very high OH
(14:15). Also some ahead of main bunch and a few stragglers. Warm N
wind dropped in previous 30 min, replaced by cooler SE sea-breeze. Also
Peregrine, seen well in binoculars, "shadowing" the woodswallows as it
circled behind the main bunch.
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