Published sightings for the week ending 18 Apr 2010.
Sun 18 Apr Sanderling Mud Islands, Port Philip Bay
One Sanderling, one Blue-winged Parrot and 2 Brown Quail were amongst
the highlights of the day. Also Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstones and
Red-necked Stints in absolutely full breeding plumage.
John Barkla & Peter Menkhorst
Swift Parrot You Yangs Regional Park
As previously reported - a largish flock of 30+ birds first seen
circling the admin buildings before settling in trees. With a flock of
about 30+ Purple-crowned Lorikeets.
Paul Dodd & Ruth Woodrow
Scarlet Honeyeaters Banyule Flats, Heidelberg
Flock of about 12 birds in and around East Paddock at Banyule Flats,
moving between east bank of dry Billabong (Windmill Track), south end of
paddock near Windmill, large wattle clump near Main Yarra Trail, and
eastern fence near informal track along Yarra Bank. In all sites feeding
on Grey mistletoe clumps in wattles. Also Yellow Thornbills, Silvereyes
(Tas.), Grey Fantails, one grey Golden Whistler. NB - young Tiger Snake
left dead minus head on Windmill Track - presumably it emerged in
current warm spell.
Sat 17 Apr Northern Shoveler Lake Borrie, WTP
Northern Shoveler male still present at Lake Borrie.
Swift Parrot, White-browed Woodswallow, White-throated Gerygone,
Painted Honeyeater, Common Blackbir Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park
Swift Parrot: behind Cyanide Dam (5). White-browed Woodswallow: late
sighting, at Bartley's Block, first sighting since early January (5).
White-throated Gerygone: late sighting, at Donchi Hill (1). Painted
Honeyeater: scruffy brownish bird at Bartley's Block (1). Common
Blackbird: pair at Bartley's Block, female was partially albinistic with
white nape and spots over the back and rump (2).
Swift Parrot You Yangs Regional Park
Same spot as Thursdays sighting but I think the number may be closer to
30+ birds. Birds seemed to be in bigger flocks earlier in the morning
before spreading out after 8:30am or so. Hard to get photographs but
managed one or two.
Paul Randall (wingsonwire.com/birdingoz)
Swift Parrots Kismet Park Woodland
5 Swift Parrots sighted this morning flying between tree tops adjacent
to the creekline at Kismet Park woodlands, Sunbury. Mt first sighting of
small groups of swift Parrots in this vicinity was on 8 April. The birds
are mixed with large groups of Musk Lorrikeets and Purple-crowned
Blue-faced Honeyeater 200m south of Spavin Drive Lake Sunbury
Single adult bird feeding in flowering eucalypt on creek line near the
playground. No others were sighted or heard in the locality. This is the
first time I have sighted this species in this locality.
Fri 16 Apr Pied Currawong Story Street, Parkville
One seen at ~1800 hours foraging on the Royal Parade end of the grassy
Swift Parrot Woodlands Historic Park (Greenvale)
Good flight views 5:30pm, nr Weerona cemetery gate (1).
Mat & Cathy Gilfedder
Thu 15 Apr Swift Parrot You Yangs
20+ feeding on flowering eucalypts around the admin. building and just
north of the adjoining car park. The area is the best it has been for
Gordon McCarthy & Tom Fletcher
Scarlet Honeyeater Bourke Road Bridge, Ivanhoe
More than ten birds seen at the site reported earlier by Guy Dutson et
al, including at least two juvenile-looking birds (yellow gape still
evident) which suggests that the birds have bred nearby.
Sean Dooley, Susan Myers
Wed 14 Apr Turquoise Parrot, Restless Flycatcher, Dusky Woodswallow
Canni Creek Flora Reserve, via Buchan
Interesting observations included a pair of Turquoise Parrots, a
Restless Flycatcher and some 30+ Dusky Woodswallows in the eucalypt
woodland behind the golf clubhouse.
Jacquie and Len Axen
Tue 13 Apr Scarlet Honeyeaters Banyule Flats Heidelberg
With Andrew Fuhmann, searched for Scarlet Honeyeaters - found about 5 or
6 near the Windmill, among Grey Mistletoe. Also Yellow and Brown
Thornbills, Spotted Pardalotes and Silvereyes - Tasmanians judging by
dark flank colour.
Swift Parrot Wallan Cell
Seen flying south over Treatment plant on Station Rd. Red underwing and
thin Tail. Alerted by it's call as it flew overhead. (1).
Scarlet Honeyeater Bourke Road Bridge over Yarra
Went for a lunchtime trip to try to find the birds reported by Guy
Dutson. They were certainly there, and responded immediately to
playback, but stayed high in the trees. Guy's estimate of up to eight
birds seems about right.
Mon 12 Apr Scarlet Honeyeater Banyule Flats Reserve
Southeast of Somerset Dve carpark. 2 single males in dead Black Wattles,
2 Females ( 1 maybe Juv.) Feeding with Superb Fairy-wrens in
blackberries and 5 birds landed in a dead wattle above me , 2 Males , 3
Brown birds , others heard and brief glimpse but many Eastern Spinebills
flitting about, so not sure of ID. (9). Poor photo provided of 3 of the
Swift Parrots and Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters Mia Mia Track,
Muckleford State Forest, north of Newstead
Three seperate flocks of Swift Parrots with between 12 and 15 birds in
each flock, plus a few singles. The birds were moving from the east into
the firewood harvesting area on the western edge of Mia Mia Track. Also
a few Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters feeding in a plantation of ornamental
eucalypts in the same area - an unusual bird for the district.
Sun 11 Apr Scarlet Honeyeater Bend of Islands
Sub adult male. Birds reported regularly in the area now for the last 5
months (1). Also 2 Powerful Owls. Private land - No public access
Gavin Masters & Mal Chicksen
Possible Broad-billed Sandpiper Mud Island, Port Philip
Amongst the highlights of a trip to Mud Is (organised by Tania Irenton,
BAYBOCA) include a possible Broad-billed Sandpiper, Grey Tailed Tattler,
Greater and Lesser Sand Plover, Grey Plover and late Artic Jeager. Also
several migratory flocks of Flame Robin, including one consisting of 4
males and 3 females.
Tim Dolby et al.
Flame Robin The Village Glen, Rosebud West
5 Flame Robins (3 male, 2 female) on golf course
Celia M. Browne
Sun 4 Apr Rufous Fantail Koonung Creek Reserve, Mont Albert North
Single adult on the edge of the creek.
Carl & Knud Hansen
Sat 20 Mar Scarlet Honeyeater Koonung Creek Reserve, Mont Albert
Sub-adult male seen several times for about a week, in wattles with
abundant mistletoe in flower. Different male and female also seen in
early April. Apparently have moved out of area.
Carl & Knud Hansen
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