Published sightings for the week ending 16 Nov 2014.
Sun 16 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
After a long drive with the wife and kids we finally reached Dowitcher
ground zero, Lake Tutchewop. Apon ariving there were already quite a
few other birders present whom had so far been unsuccess at tracking
the vagrant down. It was my 5yr old son Billy who first spotted a
strange looking wader off in the distence and once a closer inspection
was conducted - EUREKA - we had found it!
Dowitcher sp. Lake Tutchewop
The bird has been seen by many visitors again this morning
Simon Starr via facebook
Eastern Koel Golden Square . Bendigo
A single bird calls regularly aprox 8.00 am most mornings. Moving in a
north to south direction.
Eastern Koel corner Curtis and Quick st. Long Gully, Bendigo
Began calling early morning. Seen at 8:50 a.m. being chased by wattle
Banded Lapwing Warmies Boatramp Reserve. Newport.3015.
Being harassed by Noisey Miners during gentle rain. 0715.
Sat 15 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop (North side)
Bird seen around 4:30pm and viewed for about 90 minutes on the north
shore of Lake Tutchewop. The bird was observed feeding withe
Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Curlew Sandpipers, Red-capped Plovers and the
odd Stilt and Avocet. The bird flew off to the north around 6pm in the
company of approximately 20 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and could not be
relocated. The northern shore site is easily identified because there
are two delerict concrete structures between the road and the lake
shore at that point.
Paul Dodd, Ruth Woodrow, Joy Tansey, Tim Dolby and others
Grey Goshawk Wallington
White morph adult perched in dead tree about 100m from edge of
Bellarine Highway, a kilometer east of Grubb Rd Roundabout
Dowitcher (long-billed?) Lake Tutchewop
Dowitcher reported today, south side of lake, sighting taken from Vic
birders facebook page, no photo
simon starr via facebook
Thu 13 Nov White-fronted Honeyeater Greater Bendigo National
Park--Kamarooka--Old Distillery Dam
Two White-fronted Honeyeaters drinking at the dam along with
Purple-gaped, Tawny-crowned, White-eared and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters.
Banded Lapwing Purdies Rd Wunghnu
Observed a pair of Banded Lapwings in a harvested wheat field in
Purdies Road north of Wunghnu
Eastern Koel Kennington - near La Trobe University
Heard call at about 7am. Then saw the bird, calling for about five
minutes from top of a tree, at about 8.30am.
Banded Lapwing Black Rock Reserve, Barwon Heads
1 Banded Lapwing together with Masked Lapwings, flew from the rocks and
landed at the sewage ponds East Blackrock Rd.
Crested Bellbird and Black-chinned Honeyeater Bung Bong State Forest
About a dozen Black-chinned Honeyeaters and half as many Bellbirds seen
along with lots of other Box-Ironbark locals during a brief early
morning visit down Chadwick Track, south of the Pyrenees Highway, west
Wed 12 Nov Freckled Duck Winton Wetlands--Duck Pond
Fifty or more Freckled Ducks seen at about 9.30am. Accessed the pond
from the gate closest to the Glenrowan-Boweya rd as this provides good
observing cover esp. in the morning.
BirdLIfe Murray Goulburn
Hooded Plover Kennett River
One bird close to water line at low tide approx. 9am
Eastern Koel Quarry Hill and Bendigo
There are at least 2 Koels in the Quarry Hill area and possibly a 3rd
in the greater Bendigo area that I know of now. 2 birds heard calling
to each other 1 near Harkness St Peel St intersection to another down
near Reginald St early this morning. Another up Lily St near 3BO heard
soon after. Would like other reports to cross reference and find out
how many are here now.
Orange Chat Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
29 Mile Rd. at the first curve from Beach Rd there were 2 Orange Chats
on the fence and adjoining wetlands. 90+ species for the day.
Gordon McCarthy & Tom Fletcher
Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
No reports have been received by birdline today, positive or negative,
of the Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop despite many birders apparently
visiting the site. Will update any news as soon as we recieve some. An
ebird list entered for today recorded the bird ar 2pm. We can't confirm
whether this is accurate
simon starr for birdline victoria
Pomarine Jaeger, Arctic Jaeger Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
Among a loose flock of feeding Crested Terns, gannets and gulls
offshore from Ricketts Point, I noticed a pale and a dark morph Arctic
Jaeger. Also present was a pale morph Pomarine, identified by its much
bulkier body shape and larger size (substantially bigger than the
Crested Tern it was harassing).
Eastern Koel Gresswell Habitat Link Nature Conservation Reserve
Unmistakeable call of a male Koel heard from 6:20am this morning (12
Nov) for about 15mins. Previously heard on the morning of 3 November -
just hours before the first report of a Koel in the Royal Botanic
Gardens in the City.
Tue 11 Nov Possible Stilt Sandpiper Cheetham Wetlands (Altona Meadows)
Sorry about late report ( no access to net due to work ) . Observed
what I first thought a Marsh Sandpiper with a group of Sharp tail and
Curlew Sandpipers, a closer look ( about 300mts ) showed a thicker bill
and a faint white eye brow , bill slightly curved down , bird same size
as Curlew SP. Very grainy pic added . Seen about 300mts South East of
Ford from Boardwalk at Sunflower Dve. (Moderator's note: published to
hopefully confirm identify)
Grey-crowned Babbler Kerang, Murray Valley Hwy
A family of Grey-crowned Babblers was seen at the pull-of on the north
side of the Murray Valley Highway about 10 metres after crossing the
Lodden River bridge in Kerang.
Jennifer Spry, Brian Johnston
Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
Bird still present. A bit flightier today and alternating between north
and south shores of the lake. Well done again to the Sawyer's for their
initial find. Amazing!
Dean Ingwersen, Andrew Silcocks and a group of other birders.
Eastern Koel Bennet St, Long Gully, Bendigo
Photo of Koel and Pee Wee.
eastern koel Bennet street Long Gully, Bendigo
8.00 a.m. calling loudly from elm tree. Chased away by peewees who have
a substantial nest in the tree. The bird has been in the area for
several weeks and has been sighted around town as per earlier reports.
Mon 10 Nov Beach Stone-curlew Snowy River estuary
As we walked along the estuary shoreline at Corringle this evening a
Beach Stone-curlew was observed quietly roosting among timber debris
some 500m west of the entrance. Given the frequent sightings of this
species in Victoria during 2014, it is interesting to speculate just
how many are present at any one time.
Len and Jacquie Axen
American Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
Bird still present at Latitude: -35.499044 Longitude: 143.753457
Waiting on ID confirmation
James Mustafa, Scott Baker and Tim Nickholds
Short-billed Dowitcher (possible) Lake Tutchewop
There is currently a Short-billed Dowitcher in breeding plumage at Lake
Per Joshua Bergmark
Sun 9 Nov Brolga Rokewood/Shelford Rd
Adult & chick on roadside verge. Approx 2k west past Gumley/Gumley Sth
crossroads. A small waterhole very close to road near old bluestone
bridge. She took the chick over to the stone wall fence in amongst high
Phalaris grass. Male (?) flew onto waterhole when we pulled over. 6pm
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 Leaden Flycatcher Warby Ranges (Booth Winery)
Heritage Trail behind Booths Winery. Diamond Firetail was at Ben
Warby's 1857 Sheepwash. Leaden Flycatcher, Varied Sitella were upstream
on slope above Weir 3. Sitella chased away by Rufous Whistler, which
were very abundant and provided continuous sound screen.
Fri 7 Nov Dowitcher sp. (either Long-billed or Short-billed) Lake
A Dowitcher sp. either Short-billed of Long-billed has been recorded
and photographed at Lake Tutchewop but confirmation of which species is
required. Posted here to confirm this sighting and obtain more photos
Eremaea Moderators via Peter Sawyer
Sat 1 Nov Eastern Koel Hawthorn
Koel has returned to the same pine near corner of Lisson Grove and
Through Street for third consecutive year.
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