Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

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Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 01:31:05 +1000
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Published sightings for the week ending 21 Mar 2010.

Sun 21 Mar      Brolga Clunes 
Single Brolga in a dam in a paddock 2.4km West of the 100km/h sign
leaving Clunes. Dam is on the North of the Road (RHS) and has quite a
high bank so birds may not be visible from a normal car (I have a
truck!!). This is exactly the same location where I saw 2 Brolgas on 8th
June 2007 and 22nd March 2008. There was also a Yellow-billed Spoonbill
in the dam and a stunning male Red-capped Robin at a nearby private
Colin Clark 

        Little Eagle Bundoora - between Darebin Creek and Old Boral
Came across bird on lower branch of large old gum tree. appears to have
a catch sitting at its feet. 
David Minter 

        Little Eagle Warringal Park/Banyule Flats, Heidelberg 
An adult pale morph Little Eagle went over Warringal Park (toward the
Rosanna Tennis Club), only about 10-20m in the air. I watched it for
about 1 minute as it was harassed by a couple of magpies. Very clear
views, and IDed from past experience with the species and then
double-checked in Debus. Seen at 1pm The first I have seen in this area.
Michael Mules 

Sat 20 Mar      Little Curlew Bulban Road, Little River 
Still present with Banded Lapwings, on low ridge 750 m west of Newtons
Marilyn and Dean Hewish 

        Scarlet Honeyeater Tanglefoot Track, Toolangi State Forest 
One female seen well, at one point coming within one metre of us through
an open bush. Two others heard calling. All three birds in the first
kilometre or so along the track north of Monda Road. 
Richard & Margaret Alcorn 

Fri 19 Mar      Rainbow Lorikeet Carisbrook, near Maryborough 
A single bird in the palm tree next to the Carisbrook General Store.
Possibly an aviary escapee. 
Gary Oliver 

Thu 18 Mar      Little Curlew Bulban Rd, Little River 
Little Curlew was still present in company with 4 Banded Lapwings west
of Newton Rd. The Western Treatment Plant produced Darter and Great Knot
amongst others. 
Erik Kleyheeg 

Tue 16 Mar      Rainbow Lorikeet Beebe Street, Flora Hill, Bendigo 
Pair flew from flowering street tree about 6pm. Thye are not very common
in Bendigo. 
Adrian Martins 

        Purple Crowned & Musk Lorikeet Melton Gilgai Woodland at Melton 
A couple of hundred Purple-crowned Lorikeets feeding noisily & wheeling
about flowering Grey Box trees. About 50 Musk Lorikeets also, in a
separate flock from the others. Coming down to drink from a small gilgai
temporarily filled with water from recent rains. Very nervous on or near
the ground. Also, large number of Eastern Rosellas. Dusky Woodswallows
very agitated with all the activity. Several resident Peaceful Doves &
Choughs also 
Daryl Akers 

        Whistling Kite 46 Frater Street Kew East 

Bill Stent 

        Painted Button-Quail, Little Curlew Little River Cell 
A rather bizarre find was a road-killed female Painted Button-Quail
along Edgars Rd near Kirksbridge Rd. At first glance we thought it was a
Plains Wanderer. The Little Curlew was seen well also, in company with 4
Banded Lapwing along Bulban Rd. 
Steve Davidson & Dave Richardson 

Mon 15 Mar      Little Curlew Bulban Road, Little River b/w Newton and
Edgars Rd 
About 6.30pm almost 1km west of Newton Rd. Failed to see it until it
took flight, apparently startled by a magpie that flew past it. Good
views as it circled several times, giving a clear, rising three-part
call, a softer tone than whimbrel or curlew, then landed in the open.
Had a good look as it walked slowly and cautiously about 20 metres and
took cover behind vegetation. (1). 
John Watson 

Sun 14 Mar      Little Lorikeet, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Hooded Robin,
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike Boweya Forest 
Some Mugga Ironbark were flowering which attracted a few Little and
Purple-crowned Lorikeets. Little and Noisy Friarbirds were also feeding
on this blossom. There seems to be a many Ironbarks and Grey Box in bud
so this year might be a good one for flowering gums in North East
Victoria. Male Hooded Robin also nice to see as well as 2 light morph
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes. Beautiful autumn afternoon in the forest.
The change of season is very much evident with summer migrants flocking
(Dusky Woodswallow, Rainbow Bee-eater, White-backed Swallow) and a
couple altitudinal migrants have arrived (Crimson Rosella and Golden
Michael Ramsey 

Sat 13 Mar      Sooty Oystercatcher Flinders beach 
3 SO on the beach when first arrived then a flock of 12 landed on the
reef at low tide. This group seemed to stay for most of the day. 
Jackson Airey 

Sun 28 Feb      Mallee Emu-wren Nowingi Track/Old Calder Hwy junction 
1 pair active around a clump of Triodia, just 40m up rise to left about
100m up Nowingi Track from junction. 
Colin T. Richardson 


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