Published sightings for the week ending 14 Mar 2010.
Sun 14 Mar Little Curlew Bulban Road Werribee/Little River
Still present at the same site, on South side of road, 900 m West of
Newton Road, with at least 3 Banded Lapwings.
Alan Crawford & Elizabeth Shaw
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren Solomon Gully Flora reserve,Quarry
Pair of CRHeathwren seen along ridge , access off Boyd road. Also Yellow
and Brown Thornbills, Brown Goshawk.
WTNeedletails, Rose and Pink Robin,Olive Whistler, Red-browed
Treecreeper, Satin Flycatcher Toolangi, Quarry Rd & Mt Tanglefoot loop
Rose Robins calling everywhere - at least 20 heard. Quite a few birds
with fledglings including King Parrot, Pink, Flame and Yellow Robin,
Rufous Fantail and Olive Whistler. Lyrebirds pretty vocal and common.
Other good sightings : Large-billed scrubwren, Lewins Honeyeater,
Needletails 10+, Crested Shrike Tit.
Wood Sandpiper, Cape-barren Goose, Little Egret Eastern
Amongst the birds seen at the Eastern Treatment Plant were 3 Wood
Sandpiper, 1 Cape-barren Goose, 1 Little Egret and a late late
Sat 13 Mar Silver Gull, Black-winged Stilt Anderson's Swamp,
Derrimut Grassland Reserve,Boundary Rd, Derrimut.
Interesting late afternoon sighting of huge number of Silver Gulls on
the 15 hectare swamp, which is now full after recent rain. Also
congregating on nearby factory roofs. Estimate of up to five thousand
Gulls. Fair numbers of White-faced Herons and Black-winged Stilts also
Blue-winged Parrot Western Treatment Plant, Werribee.
Two Blue-winged Parrots observed at 1210hrs, on the track between the T
Section Lagoon Ponds 3 & 4.
Fri 12 Mar Little Corella, Crimson Rosella Norwood Crescent, Moonee
About 6 seen feeding in a front yard cypress tree. One sounded to be a
begging youngster. Also 4 Pied Currawongs and a Grey Butcherbird in the
grounds of Brunswick South West Primary School, Daly St ,West Brunswick
most days during the last week, and 1 Crimson Rosella on the Moonee
Ponds Creek nr Brunswick Rd earlier this week- eating Boxthorn berries.
Little Egret Tullaroop Reservoir
Single bird feeding near outlet towe at dam wall
Zebra Finch Lock's Lane, Moolort
Flock of four birds on irrigated lucerne paddock
Wed 10 Mar Brolga Midland Highway
Approx 20km west of Benalla close to Goomalibee turn off. Brolga flew
into flooded paddock approx. 7pm.
White-throated Needletail Wilby
27 birds seen overhead in the late afternoon, flying to the south in
clear and calm conditions.
Tue 9 Mar Rufous Fantail Point Lonsdale coastal scrub between
beach and cemetery
Angus John Hartshorn
Mon 8 Mar Little Curlew Western Treatment Plant
3 Little Curlew at Austin road lagoon number 2 in same area as
previously reported. Other species of interest on the day incuded Black
Kite, Black Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, White-breasted Sea-Eagle, Stubble
Quail and a small number of Double-banded Plover -early returns. Only
small numbers of migratory waders remain.
Scott Baker, Peter Lansley
Ground Parrot Mallacoota - Heathland Walk
One bird flushed from knee-high heath. Bird flew away calling, landing
about 10m further on. As we walked through the heath a few more metres,
it flushed again and flew into inaccessible scrub. Two good views of a
few seconds each..
Paul Dodd & Ruth Woodrow
Sun 7 Mar Black Honeyeater, Crested Bellbird Bailieston
Single female seen in flowering Grey Box and mistletoe at "Birremathool"
on the north side of Pontings Lane. Crested Bellbird heard here, and
also at Bailieston Quarry and the central block of the Bailieston
Richard & Margaret Alcorn
Black Honeyeater, White-fronted Honeyeater, White-throated
Needletail Kamarooka Forest
Male Black Honeyeater observed along Campbells Road. The attached photo
was taken in the same location back in October 09. Other intersting
sightings included White-fronted and Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, Shy
Heathwren and around 6 White-throated Needletail flying high overhead.
Sat 6 Mar White-throated Needletail Linton, south-west of Ballarat
8+ White-throated Needletails on 6th March, 12+ on 8th March & 2+ on 9th
March. Observed by BOCA campers at Linton.
Celia M. Browne et al
Crested Pigeon Riverbank Road, Bairnsdale
On road to The Cut. Single bird flew from road to nearby wattle tree.
Elizabeth Shaw and Alan Crawford.
Grey-crowned Babbler, White-bellied Sea-Eagle Barmah
A group of three Grey-crowned Babblers seen along Bradleys Road, north
east of Barmah. Also an adult White-bellied Sea-Eagle seen perched
beside Gulf Creek in Barmah Forest (at intersection of 4 Mile Creek
Track and Gulf Creek).
Black Honeyeater Wychitella Forest, Tip Block
Black Honeyeaters were feeding in flowering Grey Box in the northern end
of the Tip Block of Wychitella Forest (north of Wedderburn, intersection
of Old Boort Rd and Borung-Wedderburn Rd). Also present were
Black-chinned, Fuscous, and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters. Black Honeyeaters
were easily located by their 'seep-seep' call and were also observed
further south along Old Boort Rd where Grey Box were flowering.
Alistair Stewart and Gregg Müller
Fri 5 Mar 25 Black Honeyeater Inglewood/Wedderburn
Black Honeyeaters still in numbers through central Victoria. A flock
seen in mallee north of Inglewood, plus others recorded widely
throughout the area including Wychitella. Lots of Grey Box flowering
plus some mallee and mistletoe that flowered in the spring is bursting
with buds again!
Tue 2 Mar Fairy Martin Holden Road Bridge over Kororoit Creek
About a dozen Fairy Martins nesting beneath the bridge of Kororoit Creek
near Toolern Vale. Many old abandoned nests also among the ones in use
Mon 1 Mar Glossy Black-Cockatoo Tambo Upper
Pair of Glossies heard on the wing and then sighted heading from the N/E
(Bruthen) to the S/W possibly toward Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park.
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