Birdline Victoria Update - 28 November 2004

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Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 28 November 2004
From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 09:02:46 +1100
Birdline Victoria Update No. 186
For the week ending: 28 November 2004
28 November
A Sacred Kingfisher was observed in the northern end of Royal Park in
Melbourne sitting in a tree overlooking a creek. Thanks Nicole Spillane.

28 November
Another Crested Pigeon, this time near the top of Arthur's Seat. Thanks Ian

27 November
There was a White-throated Gerygone in Hamilton. Thanks Steve Clark.

27 November
Here are some highlights from a weekend trip to the Wangaratta area: at
Peechalba a Black Kite; at Wenhams Camp (Warby Ranges) 1 Satin Flycatcher;
at Sunrise Track (Warby Ranges) a Painted Honeyeater and at Taminick Gap
(Warby Ranges) a Blue Bonnet. Thanks Michael Ramsey.

25 November
At the Woodlands Estate, Braeside there was a Great Crested Grebe (on most
westerly lake) and 3 Curlew Sandpiper. Thanks Ben Sinclair.

24 November
A Southern Fulmar was found at an apartment block in Bayside Mentone and
taken to a wildlife carer. Thanks Paul Hackett.

23 November
There was a leucistic Red Wattlebird in Yarra Flats Park in Heidelberg. It
had dark eyes and pink/reddish patches where the wattles would normally be
so it wasn’t an albino. It was moving from tree to tree at the end of the
driveway next to the large carpark. Thanks Debbie King.

22 November
60+ Little Corella's feeding in Cyprus Pines on the foreshore of St
Leonard's on the Bellarine Peninsula. Thanks Peter Fuller.

21 November
All five, including Black-faced, Cormorants were seen at the Western
Treatment Plant. Thanks John Barkla.

21 November
Intermediate Egret with orange-red bill in Governor Road wetlands, Braeside,
and a Sacred Kingfisher near the bird hide. Thanks Tania Ireton.

21 November
At the Royal Botanical Gardens, Cranbourne there was a male Satin
Flycatcher, and a female Brush Bronzewing along Possum Gully Track, just
before the track starts rising to meet the Trig Point track. Thanks Martin

20 November
Highlights of a BOCA Outing (led by Michelle) to the You Yangs were two
Painted Button-Quail (by the small dam on the path to Big Rock) and a
Southern Whiteface (Hovell's Creek). Other good birds included Diamond
Firetail, Rainbow Bee-eater, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Masked Woodswallow
and Sacred Kingfisher. Thanks Dave Torr.

19 November
A male White-headed Pigeon was observed sitting quietly on powerlines
adjacent to the bridge over the Orbost - Marlo road. Thanks Jacquie and Len

19 November
A walk along the ocean beach from French's Narrows to the mouth of the Snowy
River was highlighted by a pair of Striated Fieldwrens calling in coastal
dune scrub and a non breeding adult Ruddy Turnstone feeding along the tide
line and 80+ Little Terns occupy the sand spit immediately to the east of
the Snowy River mouth. Numerous nest scrapes and some eggs have already
appeared. 7 Hooded Plovers were also counted. Thanks Len Axen.

19 November
Ken and Danny Rogers spent a few hours at the Western Treatment Plant
(south-west of Melbourne) and saw a few species they don't see much of at
Werribee: on one of the rocky spits north of Beach Road - A substantial
wader flock feeding there on a low tide which didn't ebb very far. It
included eleven Bar-tailed Godwits, one Red Knot and one Great Knot - every
one of these birds a juvenile, North Spit - Four Grey Plovers (all adults),
Lake Borrie Outlet - A Lewin's Rail ran across the track at about 4 pm.

18-19 November
A Gull-billed Tern in breeding plumage with Whiskered Terns over a swamp and
adjacent grassland a few km north-west of Darlington in SW Victoria. Thanks
Steve Clark.

16 November
A pair of Black-faced Monarchs were observed in riparian wet sclerophyll
forest along Cabbage Tree Creek within the "Palms Reserve". Thanks Len Axen.

16 November
There were 4 Sanderlings and 2 Hooded Plover at a conservation section of
13th Beach/Black Rock near Barwon Heads, Victoria. Thanks Peter Fuller.

15 November
A pair of Singing Honeyeaters is hanging around the Black Rock Clock Tower
area (Melways p85 J/K 4). Thanks Michael Norris.

26 November
A Ruff in non-breeding (basic) plumage was present Friday afternoon 26/11 at
the Borrow Pits at the WTP – in the same shallow pond as 16 Glossy Ibis and
several Black-tailed Native Hen (along with many other waders, stilts,
ducks, etc). Presumably the same bird that has been being seen at the Farm
for many weeks now. Thanks Richard Nowotny.

Noisy Friarbird
14 November
The Noisy Friarbird is still in northern Beaumaris after 28 days! Michael
Norris found it today on red Callistemon at 1020 within 20 seconds of

Freckled Duck
14 November
Following on from Chris Tzaros' and Sean Dooley's report on Friday, Peter
Lansely visited Austin Road, Seaford late yesterday (Sunday 14/11/2004)
afternoon. He saw the Freckled Duck, the red base to its bill showing well
(i.e. male), at about 17:45 local time. The bird was standing and preening
about 50 metres due north of the observation platform and later swam off
with some teal and disappeared behind the reeds. A small number of
Blue-billed Ducks were seen elsewhere on Seaford Swamp along with at least
150 Whiskered Tern (biggest numbers of this species he'd ever seen here).

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