Published sightings for the week ending 9 Nov 2014.
Sun 9 Nov Wood Sandpiper Killarney Wetlands, Middle Swamp
Single Wood Sandpiper observed in the Killarney Wetlands. It was in the
swampy area which is to the right of the road when travel towards
Killarney Beach. A handful of Sharpies also present.
Scott Baker, Kevin Bartram, James Mustafa
Sat 8 Nov Dollarbird Jaycee Island, Benalla
I read the report by Fiona Parken re this bird. Decided to take a look
today on the way back from Wangaratta and was in luck
Tim Van Leeuwen
White-headed Pigeon Toolangi, Spraggs Rd - Private Property
For the last week and a half (on and off), we have had a White-headed
pigeon loitering around our chicken pen, presumably after the free
Eastern Koel Private Gardens Murchison East
Eastern Koel still present in Murchison East. Neighbors have seen it
eating in Loquat tree.
Common Koel, Cooee Bird Quarry Hill, Bendigo Victoria
We have heard the distinctive male and female call in our neighbourhood
for the last 2 years at the same time of year. The male sits in a large
fig tree on Peel Street. He's very easy to spot.
"Ranger" Cameron Smith and "Detective" Samuel Pitson (9 year old
Channel-billed Cuckoo Middle Park, inner Melbourne
Visiting from Sydney for the weekend and surprised to hear the
unmistakeable calls of a Channel-billed Cuckoo - glimpsed briefly
Fri 7 Nov Glossy Ibis Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Spotted & photographed 7 Glossy Ibis at the Borrow Pits in the early
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Indian Ringneck) Bentleigh East
A green long-tailed parrot flying overhead with some Rainbow Lorikeets
in the late afternoon, calling loudly. Presumably an escapee...
Thu 6 Nov Royal Spoonbill Royal Park Wetlands
A pair of Royal Spoonbills in treatment pond of Royal Park Wetlands
sighted at around 9:00am.
White-throated Gerygone Stone Street, Heywood
One adult bird observed, calling as it foraged in eucalypts.
Whiskered Tern Albert Park Lake
About 25 terns seen flying and diving into Albert Park Lake, at least 2
of which were definitely breeding plumage (dark-bellied) Whiskered
Terns. Presumably the rest were Whiskereds too. May have been around
for a while as I usually don't drive home this way. Good to see so
close to the city.
White-throated Gerygone Inverleigh Flora and Fauna Reserve
1 very vocal bird in crisp plumage singing continuously in this dry
grassy woodland 25 km west of Geelong. It was being harassed constantly
by white-throated treecreepers when it sang. Rare in the Geelong
Banded Stilts Lake Victoria
A flock of probably over 2000 Banded Stilts are now feeding in the
shallows of Lake Victoria near the golf club pond.
Wed 5 Nov Turquoise Parrot x2 Stanley State Forest--Gapsted Block
9 km from Myrtleford
Painted Honeyeater Stanley State Forest--Gapsted Block
9 km from Myrtleford
Eastern Koel (Australian Koel) North Valley Rd, Highton
Unmistakable repetitive "coo-ee" call heard; 18:00. Still calling from
grove of tall trees opposite Gweneth Ave corner; 18:50.
Lynne Clarke per Craig Morley
Painted Honeyeater Fighting Gully Rd near Beechworth
Good sighting in heavy mistletoe growth on the roadside near Ryans
Lane. Thanks to Richard Loyn for the tip off.
Linda and Bill Hayes
Tue 4 Nov Freckled Duck Albert Park Lake
This afternoon David Eades alerted me to the presence of a (probably
immature male) Freckled Duck in the NW section of Albert Park Lake.
When I arrived it was resting on a dead Juncus tussock on the SW of the
larger of the two mud islands. We had crippling views of this cracking
bird on the island, which got even better when it swam within about 4m
of us! This is the second known record of this species in the City of
Port Phillip. The other also being a single bird found by David in
January of this year. Video footage of the duck should be available
soon at https://www.youtube.com/user/gioecoenviro
David W. Eades and Gio Fitzpatrick
Mon 3 Nov Osprey Darby River beach Wilsons Prom
Escorted by a dozen or so Pacific Gulls.
Mallee Emu-wren Murray-Sunset National Park
Large (8-12) group on Pheeneys Tk just east of Underbool Tk.
Gavin Masters & Mal Chicksen
Dollarbird (2) Jaycee Island Lake Benalla
Best views from playground looking over opposite side of river
treetops. Same spot as previous years. Birds very vocal and territorial
at dusk. Attacked Galahs, Eastern Rosellas and Sulphur-crested
Channel-billed Cuckoo Cemetery Track (Cann River)
Channel- billed Cuckoo identified by its distinctive call from a
forested area along Cemetery Track near Noorinbee around midday today.
James Turner and Len Axen
Eastern Koel Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Single male Eastern Koel calling and then seen at 3pm in a tall tree
outside Gardens House.
John Barkla & Alison Street
Eastern Koel Private Gardens in Murchison East
Eastern Koel sighted on Saturday 1st November being harassed by Red
Wattlebirds and Willie Wagtails in our garden, heard again early this
morning in the neighbours gardens
Sun 2 Nov Cicadabird and Blue-billed Duck Lake Kerford, near Beechworth
A male Blue-billed Duck on lake, where the only other waterbirds seen
today were Coot and Wood Duck. Blue-bills are rare in this area of NE
Vic. A Cicadabird calling in nearby forest, also White-throated
Gerygones etc. Painted Honeyeaters still at Buckland Gap.
Eastern Koel Trees ~50-100 m north of 1 Chum St Bendigo
Single Koel calling 8:20 pm on 1 Nov and 8 pm on 2 Nov when leaving St.
John's Hospital (visiting from Sydney). Spotted one Koel in patch of
eucalypts across the road from Bendigo Day Surgery.
Charles M Allan
Male Koel 3 Nelson Street, California Gully 3556
A male Koel has been sitting in the canopy of our very large Morton bay
fig tree for a number of days now. Today was the first time we observed
and identified him by his call and description on google. We will keep
our ears out for the call of the female.
Jane and Lily Melhuish
Marsh Sandpipers and Banded Stilts Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
30+ Marsh Sandpipers and 150 + Banded Stilts In Pond 7, T Junction.
Also a possible Long Toed Stint (with lone Sharp-tailed Sandpiper) on
beachfront rocks in vicinity of 145 WB Lagoon.
Corrie and Ian Macartney
Australian Spotted Crake Lake Sambell, Beechworth
One feeding regularly along rushy shore near caravan park, from 29 Oct
to today. Very faithful to a short 20m stretch of shore, and quite
easily seen despite dense cover of rushes behind. This species is rare
at this lake (>500m asl, and water levels often higher than at
present). Also present are 3 Latham's Snipe, 2 Red-kneed Dotterel, an
Australasian Shoveler (all scarce at this lake), 2 Hardhead, a
Buff-banded Rail, a Darter, Black-fronted Dotterels, Little Grassbirds,
8 Cattle Egrets in breeding plumage (on 31 Oct), etc. Painted
Honeyeaters calling nearby.
Glossy Ibis Reed Cres. wetland, Wonthaggi
1 Glossy Ibid in full breeding plumage feeding along muddy margins 25m
from bird hide. Poor phone photo only!
Mike Tesch, Geoff Glare
Sat 1 Nov Topknot Pigeon Gipsy Point
Flock of 25 birds seen on Genoa river. A subsequent flock further
upstream probably same birds. Another single bird recorded at Adobe
Flats same day.
Scott Baker, James Mustafa, Tim Bawden,, Kevin Bartram, Rob Farnes and
Bird observed from Adobe Flats. Apparently has been other recent
reports on the Genoa river.
Scott Baker, James Mustafa
Brush Cuckoo Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary Linton Vic
A couple of birds calling strongly from 6:00 am Saturday morning at two
separate sites on the sanctuary. Light rain falling and quite calm, by
7:00am, wild, wet and windy.
Fri 31 Oct Square-tailed Kite Gipsy Point
Single bird observed flying over forest near river.
Scott Baker, James Mustafa and Rob Farnes
Australasian Figbird Mallacoota
Are presently 6-10 Figbirds in Mallacoota township, mostly seen in
trees near supermarket and easily located by distinctive call. Another
single bird recorded at Adobe Flats.
Painted Honeyeater Buckland Gap near Beechworth
A few in treed farmland, lots of mistletoe, 29-31 Oct. Also
White-throated Gerygone, etc.
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