Published sightings for the week ending 2 Nov 2014.
Fri 31 Oct Banded Stilt Lake Corangamite eastern shoreline, Baynes Rd
at southern end
Numerous large flocks of Banded Stilts, estimated to be many hundreds &
possibly 1000+ individuals sheltering behind rocky islets from strong
winds in warm weather. Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Black Swan, Shelduck
Kaye Trainor & Martin O'Brien
Swift Parrot Sheoak Crt Ocean Grove
One Swiftie roosted this evening in large gum,at 12 Sheoak CRT.
Alexandrine Parakeet Park Street, Carlton North
One Alexandrine Parakeet (obviously an escapee) seen flying and feeding
on eucalypt blossoms by the bike path on Park Street, between Lygon and
Nicholson Streets, Carlton North. Very distinctive in flight as it is
larger than any native parrot in Melbourne with a very long tail.
Swift Parrots Manrico Crt Sunbury
Three birds first heard and then sighted flying between flowering
Yellow Gums at the bottom of the court. Other parrots present include
Purple-crowned Lorrikeet and Musk Lorrikeet. This is about the latest
date I see them at this location.
Thu 30 Oct 2Wood Sandpiper, 8Glossy Ibis, 2Brolga, adult White-bellied
Sea-Eagle Hirds Swamp
Water levels very low, but top up water due to be delivered. 2 Wood
Sandpipers amongst big numbers of Red-kneed Dotterel, also plenty of
Eastern Koel California Gully
Heard call of Eastern Koel in the evening and through the night and
again on Friday morning.
Purple-crowned Lorikeet Banyule Flats Reserve
3 birds flying over near the playground. Noticed the red underwings and
thin, high pitched screeching. Quite a few Ironbarks in full flower,
and lots of Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets as well.
Leaden Flycatcher Earlston
Adult male heard calling and seen this morning in garden. only the 4th
record in 20 years' observation here
Female Hardhead Duck Emily's Pond
First Hardhead Duck I've seen in Emily's Pond , Lake Victoria. Due to
works pond is very low and non appealing with few birds but low and
behold .. a lone Hardhead
Australasian Bittern Eastern Freeway
Was astonished to watch as an Australasian Bittern flew only about 50
metres above the traffic jam on the eastern directly after exiting the
Mullum Mullum Tunnel. Observed for about 20 seconds as it flew
overhead, but couldn't really believe what I was watching. Seen approx
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne
Wed 29 Oct Terek Sandpiper (1), Sanderling (4), Black Rock Reserve,
At least 4 Sanderling observed yesterday along beach whilst searching
for Terek Sandpiper. Terek was successfully located, no longer with
PGP's but had moved to a large wader flock a few hundred metres down
the beach along the sand. It was very difficult to locate because the
wader flock numbered a few thousand birds of which 90% were Red-necked
Stints. Also Ruddy Turnstone, Curlew Sandpipers and a probable Whimbrel
seen briefly. Terek Sandpiper became bird 378 on 2014 VicTwitch.
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne
Terek Sandpiper Black Rock Reserve, Barwon Heads
Together with Pacific Golden Plovers on rocks along the beach about 300
m east of Blackrock Rd.
Gull-billed Tern (race affinis) Stockyard Pt.
One race affinis Gull-billed was present with around 50 race macrotarsa
Gull-billed Terns at the point at high tide. At least 30 Banded Stilts
were also present at the point for the first time this year and 1
Lewin's Rail was calling consistently from the swampy grassland near
Mon 27 Oct Top-knot Pigeon, Australian Figbirds and Beach Stone-Curlew
Six Top-knot Pigeons perched in eucalypts along the walking track at
Gypsy Point. 25/10/2014 six Australian Figbirds near Foodlands
Supermarket Mallacoota. 29/10 a single Beach Stone Curlew in saltmarsh
habitat along Lakeview Drive Mallacoota.
Sat 25 Oct Lathams Snipe Melton Botanic Garden
Two Lathams Snipe flushed from long grass in Ryans Creek, in Melton
Botanic Garden, on bird walk. Seen & identified by by Geraldine Kelly &
John Bentley (friends of Melton Botanic Garden) during Bird Week in
Melton, & identified by bird expert Birgitta Hansen.
Daryl Akers (observer Geraldine Kelly)
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