Published sightings for the week ending 27 Jun 2010.
Sun 27 Jun Sooty Owl Bunyip State Park
Brilliant views of a single bird were the highlight of an otherwise
quiet early evening spotlighting in Bunyip SP
Swift Parrot Paddy's Ranges, Maryborough, Vic
3 Swift Parrots drinking and bathing, Karri Dam, Paddy's Ranges.
Cape Barren Goose Approx 0.5Km North of Ascot on
On a large Farm Dam on the East side of the Road about 100m in from the
fence three (3) Cape Barren Geese. A most unusual siting for this area.
We were on our way home from a Ballarat BOCA outing to the Maryborough
District. We had had a great days birding lot of Robins including a pair
of Hooded Robin and in Dunnolly Blue-faced Honeyeaters but this sighting
topped the lot.
Paula&Adrienne Schreuder, Betty&Colin Johnson
Golden Whistler Collingwood children's farm
A golden whistler 3 km from Melbourne CBD!
White-fronted Chat, Flame Robin, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Whittesea Public Gardens, Lalor
We went to the Whittlesea Public Gardens today to access the new Merri
Creek Parklands. We were surprised to see 50 or more small birds in the
grasses growing on the bottom of what looks like an empty disused
ornamental pool. Species included 6 or more Flame Robins and many
White-fronted Chats. There was also a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater in the
Nicole Spillane & Paul Jacobson
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Quarry Hill Golf Course, Bendigo
A flock of 29 Yellow tailed blacks flew over our heads and landed in
trees in Soloman Gully where they remained for about 1 hr before heading
off in the direction of One tree Hill.
Thu 24 Jun Zebra Finch Numurkah
A flock of at least 50 Zebra Finches were roosting in wattles along
Numurkah Road at the intersection with Naring Road about 3 km north of
Blue-winged Parrot Strzelecki Hwy Latrobe Valley
35 birds with several juveniles seen feeding on side of hwy 5km south
west of Morwell Leongatha turn off.
mick and adam arnold
Cape Barren Goose Eastern Treatment Plant
Survey highlight of E.T.P PARCS Wetland (Rossiter Rd Drain & Wetland)
was a single Cape Barren Goose.
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove Lake Tyers
(Late report). A Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove was found, killed on a window
at Lake Tyers beach in April. Handed into the DSE via EGBOC.
Per Mike Carter and Martin O'Brien
Wed 23 Jun Spotless Crake, Brown Goshawk Mt St Josephs Pond,Altona
Spotless Crake x1 seen foraging along margins of drain channel below
"Northern" viewing platform at 16:55hrs. Also single Brown Goshawk
hunting along railway tracks nearby.
David A Richardson
Tue 22 Jun Cattle Egret Huntly
Five birds feeding with cattle in paddock adjacent to Midland Highway
between Epsom and Huntly about 8.30am.
Powerful Owls 100 Acres Park Orchards
I thought yesterday was great at Braeside Park but today was fantastic
at this site. many bush birds of many species but the highlight was a
pair of Powerful Owls in the same tree. Just wonderful.This has to be
the best bushland site in suburbia.
H Keith Fenton
Mon 21 Jun Blue-winged Parrot Glengower, between Campbelltown and
About 25 birds seen feeding in paddock/unharvested crop.
Peregrine Falcon and Scarlet Robin Braeside Park Keysborough
Not many birds about on a beautiful afternoon water birds very
scarce.this was my first sighting of a Peregrine Falcon in the 5 years I
have been coming to this park.
H Keith Fenton
Swift Parrot & Pink-eared Duck Jells Park, Wheelers Hill
BIG surprise to find a flock of approx 8 Swifties in amongst Rainbow &
Musk Lorikeets feeding off eucalypt blossom near cafe (I've never seen
them in suburban Melbourne before). Unfortunately were scared off by
fighting Red Wattllebirds & Noisy Miners. On lake were a lone Pink-eared
Duck & Royal Spoonbill, plus numerous Chestnut Teals.
Claire & Eva Wolinski and Phil & Barbara Richardson
Hooded Plover Point Roadknight, Anglesea
Five birds seen feeding on rock shelves at mid tide. Two birds had
paired off and were last seen roosting on fenced off sand dune at end of
the point. Banded bird has been reported to ABBBS.
Paul Randall (wingsonwire.com)
Swift Parrot Kooyoora State Park (Glenalbyn block)
Brenanah-Glenalbyn Rd and Sunday Morning Hills Rd (18). Hundreds of Musk
Lorikeets, 4 Little Lorikeets but no Purple-crowned Lorikeets. Also an
Eastern Yellow Robin and some Black-chinned Honeyeaters.
Olive-backed Oriole Melbourne Zoo
Still hanging around MZ and surrounding parkland
Sun 20 Jun White-fronted Tern Portland
2, probably 3, birds roosting in the evening with Crested Terns and
Silver Gulls in Portland Harbour after the return of the BA-Vic boat
Chris Lester, Rohan Clarke et al
Southern Skua, Giant Petrel spp. Portland Harbour
At least four Southern Skua ashore on the breakwater at Portland
Harbour, 5 Giant Petrels on the water within 100 m of the breakwater.
Blue and Cape Petrel, Southern Royal and Salvin's Albatross,
Antarctic and Slender-billed Prion Off Portland (BA Vic Group trip)
Good diversity with 25 species of seabird recorded during the trip. The
highlight was a Blue Petrel, but it was only seen fleetingly and at some
distance. Other highlights were the good numbers of albatross including
Southern Royal and Salvin's Albatross, Antarctic, Slender-billed and
Fairy Prion, large numbers of Cape Petrel and close approaches by Sooty
Shearwater. Cape Petrel photos in the link below.
Rohan Clarke, Chris Lester et al.
Scarlet Honeyeater (5), Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (2) Lerderderg
Gorge State Park
Minimum of 4 Scarlets still present in eucalypts around car park at
southern end (McKenzie Flat) and one heard closer to Grahams Dam. One
bird seen very closely was possibly a first immature male with red from
the mantle to rump and blackish feathers developing in the wing, but
otherwise brownish plumage. The two bronze-cuckoos were seen well
(adults) and heard calling towards Grahams Dam, being mobbed by three
species of honeyeater (yellow-faced, brown-headed and white-naped).
Unusual winter sighting for Vic.
P S Lansley
Pacific gull Marriott Waters Lyndhurst
Checked out this man made lake today and there would be at least 300+
Pacific gulls just sitting quietly on the banks. Also sighted were
crested pigeons, crows, Indian mynas, pied egret and one snake bird.
Great assest for the area and bird observers!
Sat 19 Jun Grey-crowned Babblers Kimbolton Kiosk Lake Eppalock
5, but possibly 8 seen along the levee bank in front of the kiosk. First
sighting of 3 (possibly 1 juv being preened by 2 adults see photo) which
flew off across the road. About 4 minutes later another 5 arrived
slightly closer to the kiosk. Whether the original 3 had joined up in
this group, I'm not sure.
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