Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 4 Apr 2011 01:31:38 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 3 Apr 2011.

Sun 3 Apr Australian Owlet Nightjar Sherbrooke
Spotted this A.M. on the track from O'Donohue picnic ground, safely tucked away in a hollow.
Vincent Marziano

Rose Robin, Blue-winged Parrot Spring Plains Nature Conservation Reserve, Heathcote
A wayward and westward young male Rose Robin was seen along Campbell Track this morning uttering weak contact calls, and a Blue-winged Parrot was heard calling overhead, also over Campbell Track. First I've heard here. Also in this area were 3 White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Black-chinned Honeyeater, White-browed Babbler and Fan-tailed Cuckoo plus heaps of other birds, including countless Grey Fantail.
Steven Davidson - The Melbourne Birder

Swift Parrot, Scarlet Honeyeater Killawarra Forest
Swift Parrot: first for 2011, two on a ridge with some lightly flowering Mugga Ironbark near Irishtown Track. Scarlet Honeyeater: still around in the forest, 3 each at Mattamia Rd and near the camp area.
Michael Ramsey

Swift Parrots Muckleford Site
Approx 20 swifties feeding this morning in Sugar Gums, haven't seen them feeding in Sugar gums before. Also Grey box still starting to flower with some lovely fresh lerp on the leaves.
Debbie Worland

Sat 2 Apr Common Bronzewing, White-winged Chough, Grey Shrike-thrush etc Weeroona, Woodlands Historic Park
Fair number of birds still feeding on caterpillars in area. Noteable lack of robins. Most birds seen around dam. Only second Common Bronzewing I've seen at Woodlands, first in this area, flushed from track. 7 White-winged Choughs still present. Also heard Eastern Spinebill & Yellow-faced Honeyeater. Saw 2 uncoloured Golden Whistlers, 1 Rufous, 1 first immature Grey Shrike-thrush (accompanying photograph) & Crested Shriketits. 2 Tasmanian Grey Fantails (ssp albiscapa) also there.
Kevin Bartram

Beautiful Firetail, Rose Robin Bunyip State Park
A juvenile Beautiful Firetail was heard and seen along Camp Rd in thick scrub along Diamond Ck, feeding on seedheads of Pomaderris aspera. Also in the area were 2 Rose Robin singing strongly, and a pair of Gang-gang Cockatoo. Several Rufous Whistler are still about and also vocalising well, and a Bassian Thrush was flushed off the side of Link Rd in dry ridge forest. Oddly no Crescent Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill or Superb Lyrebird seen or heard.
Steven Davidson - The Melbourne Birder

Peregrine Falcon Heidelberg
Bird had caught a Rock Dove and spent some time plucking the bird before eating it on a ledge of a building.
Sonja Ross

Fri 1 Apr PGP. Pacific Golden Plover Rocks on 13th Beach side of Black Rock
I am aware that some birders are looking for them at the rocks at the end of Black Rock Rd. To see them you need to approach from a track about 400 meters along 13th Beach Rd. They can be hard to spot because the ones in breeding plumage camouflage so well. They are indeed a beautiful bird. Hope this helps others find them.
Hedley Earl

Black-backed Magpie Allnutt Park, Bentleigh East
Black-backed bird found amongst common white-backed birds. First I have seen around here.
James Bailey

Wed 30 Mar Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe, Pied Cormorant Ocean Grove Nature Reserve
Australasian Grebe: (1). Hoary-headed Grebe: (1). Pacific Black Duck (30) Pied Cormorant (4). In 'dam', haven't seen more than 1 or 2 waterbirds here this year and none for at least the previous 5 years. Also Blue Winged Parrots and Flame Robins
Angus Hartshorn

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Western Gerygone Weir Rd, west of Nagambie
A nice little autumnal flock found this afternoon along Weir Rd in Grey Box woodland on low hills with Cassinia understorey. There were many Grey Fantail and 5 species of thornbill including Chestnut-rumped Thornbill as well as the Western Gerygone, both pardalotes, sitellas, treecreepers, Rufous Whistlers and Red-capped Robin. Great sight.
Steven Davidson - The Melbourne Birder

Superb Parrot Intersection of Yielima Nth Rd & Murray Valley Hwy, Yielima.
Two Superb Parrot were at end of Yielima Nth Rd where it joins Murray Valley Highway. Male seen, presumably female heard nearby but not located.
Steven Davidson - The Melbourne Birder

Nankeen Kestrel Melville Park Drive, Berwick
One flew over today causing a commotion with the local Rainbow Lorikeets. Suddenly realised that I dont see them very often here anymore.
Graham Beal

Rufous Fantail Newport Lakes reserve
3-4 birds sighted at various localities on lakeside walk.
Scott Baker

Tue 29 Mar Peregrine Falcon Mokoan wetlands (formerly Lake Mokoan), Benalla
Peregrine seen in the early moning near Lake Mokoan. This is a great area for raptors. Without fail I see Whistling Kites and often Black Kites, Brown Falcons as well as a resident nesting pair of Wedge-tails and occasionally Little Eagles. Have seen Peregrines here before rarely.
Andrew Martin

Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Painted Button-Quail, Spotted Quail-thrush Brisbane Ranges (various locations)
Pair Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens responded well to pishing in dense wattle regrowth along Durdidwarrah Rd. 15+ Blue-winged Parrots (mostly juveniles) present along Durdidwarrah Rd near Koala Track, feeding on roadside grasses and picking small pebbles from sandy areas on roadside for their gizzards. Dusky Woodswallows (including juvs) and Common Bronzewings also noted in same area. Spotted Quail-thrush (pair present, only female seen) in fire regrowth along Buckshot Track. Painted Button-quail (1) along Butchers Rd. A Buff-banded Rail ran across the road at Durdidwarrah South Reservoir. In early morning, Brown Quail and Stubble Quail calling in paddock along the Geelong-Steiglitz Rd 9km S of Maude. A great day's birding!
Grace Lewis, Craig Morley

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo Paddy Track, Dandenongs
A pair of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos a little after the start of the track and the only Lyrebird sighted that day towards the end of the track.
R brockett, Mark Chang

Mon 28 Mar Little Tern Tambo River mouth
30+ Little terns were observed sheltering at the mouth of the Tambo River along with 6 Pied Cormorants.
John and Pam Hutchison (EGBOC members) per Len Axen

Black-faced Cormorant Tambo Bay and associated wetlands
During today's EGBOC outing 2 Black-faced Cormorants were sighted while "scoping" Tambo Bay. An infrequent sighting and a first for our club at this site. Other notable observations included 26 Australian Pied Oystercatchers sheltering along the shoreine, an Australian Hobby and the remains of a barn owl.
15 EGBOC members per Len Axen

Swift Parrot and Noisy Friarbird Edwards Rd Bendigo - near Latrobe uni.
Heard Noisy Friarbirds in an iron bark in the outdoor ed carpark and then saw a Swifty fly overhead.
phil robertson

Painted Button-quail Lilydale
A dead female Painted Button-quail was found in the yards at Lilydale railway station.
David Spicer

Sun 27 Mar White-bellied sea-eagle Sugarloaf Reservoir, Christmas Hills
Single sea-eagle seen clearly through binoculars hovering high over the northern end of the main dam wall before diving out of sight towards the water. Never seen one in this area before.
Martin Norvick

Speckled warblers, Scarlet robin, Grey fantail, Varied Sitellas and Buff-rumped Thornbills Emu creek
Lovely mixed flock passed through our block. Nice to see a couple of Speckled warblers - I hadn't seen them for a year or so.
Phil and Clare Robertson

Powerful Owl Flowerdale

Kate Hawkins, Ron Litjens and David Wakefield

Eastern Spinebill Wilby
Unexpected, young male seen in flowering Eucalyptus macrandra at the back of the garden. On autumn dispersal I am assuming, but i usually would not expect this bird this far north or west. Quite far away from the usual habitat in the ranges or even Box-Ironbark forests.
Michael Ramsey

Sooty Owl, Powerful Owl Bunyip State Park
An adult Sooty Owl was seen very well along Link Track. Two possibly three Powerful Owl were heard in two locations.
Steven Davidson - The Melbourne Birder

Southern Emu-wren Mumbannar Nature Conservation Reserve
A marvellous 10 minutes view to absorb all the magnificent details, now permanently imprinted in my memory. Also gave six other HAMBOCA members a new tick for their life lists.
Samantha Greiner

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo Cheltenham Park
Six YTBCs in indigenous planting area. Also Grey Fantails, Musk Lorikeets (two each)
Debbie Lustig

Sat 26 Mar Common Greenshank Apex Park, Altona
Leucistic bird.
James Bailey

Fri 25 Mar 4 Sooty Oystercatchers and 5 Pied Oystercatchers Altona Beach between Maidstone and McBain streets
Pied Oystercatchers can often be seen at a low tide along the Altona Foreshore. Sooty's are not seen as frequently.
Emma Camilleri

Black Falcon Barfold Gorge
Individual bird flew from dead tree on private property within Barfold Gorge and headed up the Campase River.
Adrian Martins

Wed 23 Mar White-throated Nightjar Mandurang /Emu Creek
Bird had been around for a while and was flushed on a couple of occasions prior to this sighting photo courtesy of Richard. The bird is located on private property.
Phil Robertson, Richard Hodgson, Gregg Mueller, Alistair Stewart, Don Butcher

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