Birdline Victoria Update No. 209
For the week ending: 26 June 2005
During the weekly EGBOC outing to the Canni Creek Racecourse (south of
Buchan) the following observations were noted. 6 species of Honeyeater (Bell
Miner, Lewin's, Yellow-faced, White-faced, New Holland and Yellow-tufted), 4
species of Thornbill (Brown, Striated, Yellow-rumped and Yellow) and 4
species of Robin (Eastern Yellow, Flame, Scarlet and Hooded). The recording
of 12 Scarlet Robins and the 6 Hooded Robins (2 male and 4 female) were both
sizeable numbers for this location. Thanks Len Axen.
There was a Lewin's Rail at Tamarisk Creek, near the Tamarisk Wetlands in
Langwarrin. Thanks Peter Lansley.
WESBOC had an outing to Swan Lake on the western part of Phillip Island this
afternoon and came across a group of three (3) Scaly-breasted Lorikeets.
Thanks Elizabeth Shaw.
After 26mm of rain overnight, 80+ Black-winged Stilts suddenly appeared on
the Brodribb wetlands adjacent to the Orbost - Marlo road this morning.
Thanks Len Axen.
The number of Freckled Ducks currently on Lake Guyatt has risen to between
400 and 500 within 50 metres one can also observe a pair of nesting Azure
Kingfishers makes a 2 ½ hour drive from Melbourne well worthwhile. Thanks
There was a Black Falcon over Rockbank (western suburbs of Melbourne) and a
Black Kite over Bacchus Marsh. Thanks Rohan Clarke.
There were 12 Brolga feeding in a paddock of new crop approximately 10 km SW
of Willaura, along the Glenthompson Rd. Thanks Grant Palmer.
3 Scaly-breasted Lorikeets with Rainbows feeding on apples from tree in
Highton (Geelong) garden. Thanks Jenny and Graham Possingham.
At Lake Burrumbeet there were 2000 stilts in a mixed flock of Banded and
Black-winged Stilt and 2000-3000 ducks, mainly Grey Teal and Pink-eared Duck
with some Australasian Shoveller and Australian Shelduck. Thanks John
At the Werribee Sewage Farm there was: 1 Black Falcon, 1 Black Kite, 1 Fairy
Martin and 1 adult Fan-tailed Cuckoo. Thanks Rohan Clarke.
On Queens Birthday Public Holiday, there was a Little Eagle struggling in
the wind at Spectacle Lake in the Point Cooke Coastal Reserve. The
Red-necked Avocets at Laverton Creek were still there as were the large
number of Red-capped Plovers. Thanks Vin Lam
4 Great Crested Grebe. Tait Point Lake Connewarre. Melway 481 H4. Thanks
1 White-bellied Sea-Eagle ( Imm/Sub-adult) Sorrento. Thanks Roger McGlashen.
There were 50-100 Red-capped Plovers and at least 6 Double-banded Plovers at
the mouth of Laverton Creek in Altona. Thursday 9th there was a Pink-eared
Duck on Laverton Creek just North of Queen Street. Also recently in the area
20+ Red-necked Avocets, Swamp Harrier, Singing Honeyeater and Buff-banded
Rail on the pond behind Mt St Josephs School. Thanks Colin Clark.
Along the country roads of Boorhaman North there was 10 Apostlebird, 7
Grey-crowned Babbler and a Barn Owl. Thanks Michael Ramsey.
At Brimin, 15km west of Rutherglen there was a pair of Brolga with an
immature bird, 2 Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, a pair of Red-capped Robin and
three overwintering Dusky Woodswallows. Nearby at Dugays Bridge there was a
flock of 18 Zebra Finch and a Pied Butcherbird. Thanks Michael Ramsey.
3 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo. Bellarine Basin, Wallington. Melway 470 D
10. Thanks Roger McGlashen
At Lumbys Bend along the Murray River there was 2 Barn Owl, 1 Rufous
Whistler (overwintering), 2 Western Gerygone (overwintering), 11 Flame Robin
and 1 White-bellied Sea-eagle. Thanks Michael Ramsey.
There were a group of 7 Orange-bellied Parrots at the WTP today. Of these 5
were adults and 2 juvenile. Thanks Peter Fuller.
1 Australian Bustard present near Pyramid Hill from at least the 7th of
June. Thanks Simon Starr.
Val Ford saw her first Pink Robin [brown bird] for the 'season' in Sorrento.
Each year she has one Pink Robin for some time however the date of first
seeing the bird varies greatly. Thanks Val Ford per Mike Carter.
The Werribee Wagtails saw a Major Mitchell Cockatoo on Drysdale Road at the
eastern side of the You Yangs. Merrylin Serrong saw the bird on Sunday in
the same area. Thanks Shirley Cameron.
A walk along management tracks in McLeod's Morass (behind the Bairnsdale
saleyards) produced the following interesting sightings; 12 Golden-headed
Cisticolas, 6 Little Grassbirds, a pair of Spotless Crake, 13 Red-kneed
Dotterels and a pair of Black-fronted Dotterels. Thanks Len Axen.
James Watson reported a Powerful Owl at Royal Parade, Parkville, on the
night of Monday, 6th June 2005, at about 22:00. Thanks Peter Lansley.
A pair of Southern Emu-wrens were observed flitting through Scented
Paperbark regrowth on the perimeter of the Marlo aerodrome this afternoon.
Thanks Len Axen.
Highlights of the Port Fairy Pelagic trip were repeated close views of
Slender-billed Prions, both Northern and Southern Giant-Petrel together for
a side by side comparison at the back of the boat and an immature Northern
Royal Albatross that remained with the boar for the entire time they were
beyond the shelf. Thanks Rohan Clarke.
There were 70+ Gang Gang Cockatoos, mostly females and immatures, around the
new mountain bike course at Lysterfield. Thanks Giles Daubeney.
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