Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

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Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 01:31:31 +1000
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Published sightings for the week ending 25 Apr 2010.

Sun 25 Apr      Swift Parrot Rushworth State Forest 
Possibly 9 Birds , Feeding in Yellow Gum at Old Mill Road. viewed for
almost 1/2 hour and many photo's. (8). 
Colin Mulvogue 

        Scarlet Honeyeater, Swift Parrot, Rose Robin Killawarra Forest 
Amazing morning at the forest. A male Scarlet Honeyeater was seen near
Irishtown Track in a flowering Mugga Ironbark. They seem to be popping
up all over the state now. Many Swift Parrots around as well. A female
Rose Robin was also seen near Mattamia Rd, a rare autumn visitor here. 
Michael Ramsey 

        Southern Emu-wren Mumbannar Nature Conservation Reserve 
Called up while 'talking' to scrubies and thornbills, very elegant and
went well with morning cuppa. 
Samantha Greiner 

        Hooded Plover, Pacific Gull Cape Woolamai Surf Beach 
8 Hooded Plovers (inc 1 juv), 120 Pacific Gulls feasting on hundreds of
dead Short-tailed Shearwaters. One beach washed White-faced
Storm-Petrel, 3 Little Penguins. 
Mark Carey 

Sat 24 Apr      Rufous Bristlebird Princess Margaret Rose Caves (Lower
Glenelg NP) 
Almost came in for breaky! 
Samantha Greiner 

        Orange-bellied Parrot (2) Western Treatment Plant, Werribee 
Flying north over borrow pits at 09:15. One bird was probably an adult
male. Probably ditched down in restricted area. Also saw a few Swift
Parrots at the You Yangs - both migratory parrots in a day, a very rare
event now. 
P S Lansley 

        Swift Parrot You Yangs 
Still present and showing very nicely. Several individuals around the
information centre and at around 15.30 a flock of at least 80 birds in a
half-dead tree above the entrance road. Other species seen include
Black-chinned and White-naped Honeyeaters and a beautiful pair of
Scarlet Robins. 
Erik Kleyheeg 

        Australasian Bittern Western Treatment Plant, Werribee 
One Australasian Bittern in the 55E Conservation Pond. Also magnificent
full breeding plumage White-winged Black & Common Terns on the coast
near the beach Road gate. Sadly the Northern Shoveler, which John &
Karan saw on Wednesday, and the OBP's did not co-operate. 
John Barkla, Fred Smith, Mike Kuhl, Wendy McWilliams & Karan Kapitan 

Fri 23 Apr      Brolga Boorhaman North 
Two Brolgas in farmland beside Colvin swamp at Boorhaman North. Also a
two Wedge-tailed Eagle in farm land beside Colvin Road. 
John Harris 

        Pacific Gull (with hook in beak) Altona Beach 
First or second year bird with hook caught in its gullet. Did'nt seem
too impeded. Not sure whether its worth reporting to animal authorities
(would be a hard one to catch I think). Hopefully it will dislodge
itself over time. 
Paul Randall ( 

        Crimson rosella Russell Street, Quarry Hill (Bendigo) 
Seen at 8.15 this morning by my wife as she walked to work. Was with an
Eastern Rosella. Both flew across Russell Street together near Harkness
Street and landed in a tree where she got a good look at them. May be
the same bird reported by Larry Wust 7/3/10. Like Larry we have never
seen Crimsons in Quarry Hill before. 
Janice McKay 

        Orange-bellied Parrot Western Treatment Plant, Werribee 
Two birds flushed from Melaleuca on southern side (high track) of Borrow
Pits around 2:15pm and flew north into the "off limits" area. 
Dave Torr, Christine Shelley, Peter Gibbons 

Thu 22 Apr      Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Pied Currawong Queenscliff 
Small migrating flocks (10-15 birds at a time) of Yellow-faced
Honeyeaters passing through Queenscliff township in mid-morning. Looked
like they were coming across the bay from the east inside the heads
(circa Sorrento direction), and heading off SW to go down the ocean
coast of the Bellarine Peninsula. Large group of ~50-70 Pied Currawongs
in town during the morning; had gone by lunch-time. Direction of travel
Lawrie Conole 

        Scarlet Robin Dandenong 
I saw a male Scarlet Robin yesterday (Thurs) morning in the vegetation
beside the Hallam Bypass where it merges south into Sth Gippsland Fwy. 
Brian Johnston 

Wed 21 Apr      Black Falcon Princes Highway 5km west of Port Fairy 
Further to Kevin Bartram's record of Black Falcon from Yambuk 29/03, a
female crossed the highway not very far from my windscreen around 1745.
Also a previous record from this area of a male on 12/03 near Carrolls
Road, Yambuk. 
Dale Tonkinsoo 

        White-throated Treecreeper, White-winged Chough, Southern
Boobook and Tawny Frogmouth Woodlands Historic Park, Providence Road
(Weeroona) entrance 
First treecreeper recorded here since I began visiting the area in the
late 1960s; it was ~150-200 m SW of the information stall near the Back
Paddock entrance gate. Six choughs and a frogmouth seen near the
entrance car-park and later a boobook roosting in a Casuarina. Also at
least eight separate male Red-capped Robins encountered during the early
afternoon walk, a flock of around ten Flame Robins, a female Peregrine
Falcon with a very full crop and a Swamp Wallaby. 
Charles Silveira 

        Swift Parrots You Yangs 
60+ Swift Parrots observed in close vicinity of information centre
between 12-1pm. These birds were resting in the canopy of two gums.
Denis Sleep and Neil Hickman 

        Long-billed Corella x Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Grant's Picnic
Ground, Sherbrooke Forest, Kallista 
A Long-billed Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo cross ( small yellow
crest and shorter long beak) was being fed by tourists with 70 +
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Galahs, Long-billed Corellas and Crimson
Rosellas etc. A nice looking bird! 
Graham Beal 

Tue 20 Apr      Little Eagle (dark morph) Pascoe Vale Road, Glenroy 
One seen circling ~100 m high over the main road near Chapman Avenue at
~1600 hours. 
Charles Silveira 

        Orange-bellied Parrot Western Treatment Plant, T-Section/The
A flock of 6 seen feeding beside the track, they then flew off toward
The Spit. Also of interest was observing the Northern Shoveler in Lake
Borrie North, a female Musk Duck feeding 2 half grown young in Borrie, 3
Brolga flew into T-Sect., and a flock of ~50 White-winged Black Tern of
which ~2/3rds were in full breeding plumage. 
Tom Fletcher & Tim McKellar 

        Swift Parrot You Yangs 
Near the Information centre carpark at about 10am this morning. A group
of 4 birds with another bird which seemed to be a bit seperate. Also
spotted or heard- Black-chinned Honeyeater, Restless Flycatcher (heard
only), Tawny Frogmouths (2) 
Grace Lewis & Craig Morley 

        Australasian Darter Berwick Springs Off Greaves Road, Berwick 
11 birds, females and imms. Counted resting at midday, possibly 1 or 2
more present. 
Graham Beal 

        Northern Shoveler Western Treatment Plant 
Bird found easily this morning in same area as previously reported on
the western side of Lake Borrie in association with the main group of
Australasian Shoveler that often congregate here. 
Scott Baker 

        Swift Parrot You Yangs Regional Park. 
Approximately eight birds sighted in flight about 300 metres west of the
Administration area and car park. Sighted at 0840hrs flying in a north
westerly direction. Some Swift Parrots had been observed earlier by
members of the group, perched in a nearby dead tree. 
Peter Gibbons, Dave Torr and other keen birders. 

        Swift Parrot You Yangs Regional park 
30+ birds in trees around the dam near the admin buildings 
Brett Whitfield 

Mon 19 Apr      Swift Parrot Rosebud 
Flock overhead flying North along Cape Schanck Rd. (10) 
Malcolm Cousland 

        Swift Parrots Mia Mia Track Newstead,Maldon & Muckleford 
Saw over 60 birds this weekend at Mia Mia Track feeding in Grey Box,
then drove to Sandy Creek Road Maldon and saw another 6 birds, this
morning there were 20 plus birds at Castlemaine Golf Course and this
evening there were 6 swifties were in my Blue Gum in Ross Road
Debbie Worland 

        Northern Shoveler Western Treatment Plant, Vic 
The bird was showing well in the half sunlight in the middle of the
southern end of Lake Borrie North. The bird was favouring the centre of
the lake, east to the western edge of the dead trees, so best viewing
was from the west bank. It was loosely associated with rafts of very
nervous Aus Shovelers. 
Jen Spry & Joy Tansey 

        Swift Parrot Mont Albert North 
4 birds flew out of a Yellow Box in parkland, giving distinctive calls
in flight, around 7.35am. Two birds were later observed by C.H & Knud
Hansen for about 40 minutes feeding in a nearby Spotted Gum. 
Carl Hansen 

        Swift Parrot Hoppers Crossing, Vic 
Approx 15 birds flew from gum at junction of Barber and Dowling Ave
around 7:30 this morning. 
Dave Torr 

Sun 18 Apr      Beautiful Firetail Cape Nelson 
Good seawatching from Cape Nelson - dozens of BB Albatross, 2 Shy, many
presumed Huttons Shearwaters and a couple of probable Short-tailed in
the drizzly morning. Firetail showed up in the brighter afternoon - see
photo. Also Brolgas in a paddock and 4 adult and 1 immature Kelp Gulls
in the harbour. 
Mark Stanley 

Sat 17 Apr      Black-faced Shag, Common Sandpiper Wattle Hill
Creek-Fawthorp Lagoon, Portland 
I was rather shocked to see a Black-faced Shag perched on a dead tree in
Wattle Hill Creek. From Google Maps, this is about 700 metres from the
sea. I have never seen one away from a pelagic location, though they are
numerous in Portland Harbour. The tide was rushing in at the time, and
the water was obviously saline. Also present a late Common Sandpiper. 
Kevin Bartram 

        Brown Skua, Pomarine Jaeger, Beautiful Firetail, Flame Robins
Cape Nelson 
1 early Brown Skua following fishing boat. Also 2 Pomarine Jaegers, 1
light, which was heavily beating up a Silver Gull to get it to drop some
fish, 1 dark morph. About 20 or so albatrosses, all Black-browed & Shy.
A number of Fluttering type (30-40) shearwaters, those close enough were
identified as Fluttering. A few Short-tailed Shearwaters. A small group
of firetails, at picnic area north of Cape. 5 uncoloured Flame Robins on
t-intersection of main road & tourist route. A number of large whales
Kevin Bartram 

Fri 16 Apr      Scarlet Honeyeater Chiltern-Mt pilot national park 
Male bird seen feeding at honeyeater picnic area. Good views of bird
seen by a number of people. 
Joseph Birckhead 

        Blue-winged Parrot East St Kilda 
At least 3 birds heard calling overhead at night. Follows on from two
similar records last Autumn. 
Sean Dooley 

        Swift Parrot You Yangs (info centre car park) 
5 seen, at least 20 more present in trees around the dam area. 
Grace Lewis 

Sun 11 Apr      Grey (White) Goshawk Gipsy Point, East Gippsland 
Spotted one white Goshawk sitting in a riverside tree late in the day on
the 11th. Relocated on the 12th, and a possible grey phase was sighted
on the 14th. No sign of the recently reported Black Bittern or Striated
Heron, but Azure Kingfisher was nice. Also, at least four Glossy Black
Cockatoos on the 15th 
Ashwin Rudder 

Wed 31 Mar      Flame Robin Devilbend Reserve, Tuerong 
One male and one female. This reserve is not accessible without
permission from Parks Victoria. 
Val Ford & Penboc outing participants 


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