Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 4 Jul 2011 01:30:46 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 3 Jul 2011.

Sun 3 Jul Powerful Owl Wilson Reserve, Ivanhoe
Two Powerful Owls roosting in separate silver wattle trees 25m apart. The larger (?male) clutching a dangling bloodied corpse of a large fruit bat. The smaller (?female) owl did not appear to be holding any prey remnants but the low late afternoon back-lighting prevented clear vision. Hopefully they will breed again this year. Please do not harass these magnificent predators.
Peter Thomson

Cattle Egret Trinity Sports Grounds, Bulleen
A group of around 20 Cattle Egrets still here on sportsfields.
Owen Lishmund

Red-necked Avocet Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Approximately 100 in the Paradise Road lagoon.
Debbie Lustig

Sat 2 Jul Swift Parrot Quarry Hill, Bendigo
About 10-15 Swift Parrot's flying high overhead the Bendigo Cemetery in a south-west direction towards Spring Gully, around 10am. Distinctive call heard in flight.
Adrian Martins

Pied Oystercatcher Hastings jetty
8 birds seen at low tide at Hastings jetty.
Sue and Stephen King

Magpie Goose Edithvale Seaford Wetlands (Edithvale)
The same 2 birds reported earlier this week located at -38.029138,145.117362 on the edge of the dam in the Rossdale golf course amongst many other ducks.
James Bailey

White-throated Gerygone, Buff-banded Rail Burramine South Swamp
A White-throated Gerygone observed today was a big surprise. It was an immature bird with a yellow belly and throat, with just some white starting to show through on the throat. It was seen with a small mixed species flock of thornbills and honeyeaters in revegetation plantings on the southern side of the swamp. Out of season, usually a spring-summer bird and out of range as well, mainly found more to the east in the ranges and foothills. A Buff-banded Rail was also seen briefly as it ran across the road between the two sides of the swamp.
Michael Ramsey

Fri 1 Jul Swift Parrot Delacombe Park, Frankston
Three swift parrots flying from a eucalyptus tree at Delacombe Park in Frankston.
Jaye Williams

Regent Honeyeater Lurg
A Regent Honeyeater is still at the same site it has been at for over 3 weeks now.
Michael Ramsey

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Mill Park Lakes, Mill Park
Two birds observed in trees around sub-station/pumping station on north side of Findon Rd, near corner with Lakes Blvd. Quite vocal and active.
Dean Ingwersen

Song Thrush Victoria University
Song Thrush have suddenly appeared in good numbers - and calling loudly - around Victoria University (Nicholson St, Footscray), and nearby parklands, such as corner of Lyon St and Hyde St. Not previously recorded at site. Numbers may be on the increase due to the wet summer, and increased availability of food sources such as snails.
Tim Dolby

Thu 30 Jun Powerful Owl Newstead
Powerful Owl observed roosting in large Acacia on the Loddon River.
Emma Wolters

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Long gully. Bendigo
55 in flock Flying north.
Gerry duane

Swift Parrot, Painted Button-quail Anakie Reserve
We found 3 Swift Parrots in the Yellow Gums alongside the road at Anakie Reserve today. Also there were Musk and Little Lorikeets, Eastern Rosella, Red-rumped Parrots and Painted Button-quail.
Ian Davies and Kay Campbell.

Wed 29 Jun Little and Fairy Tern, Singing Honeyeater, WTP
Seen on Beach Rd app 200m from gate. Also Little, Fairy and Crested Terns off Kirk's Point.
Arthur Carew

Tue 28 Jun Red-browed Treecreeper. Uralla Reserve, Trafalgar
A pair of Red-browed Treecreepers right at the car park entrance feeding up the trunks of stringybarks. Lots of Brown Gerygones present as well.
David Mules

Swift Parrot. Hoppers Crossing 3029.
At 1604 hours, four birds observed flying low overhead in residential area, southwest of Derrimut and Sayers Road intersection, Hoppers Crossing.
Peter Gibbons.

Brolga, Barn Owl On east side of Buckley Road Nth, between Princes Hwy and Buckley School Road, Buckley.
Brolga (3) A pair with an immature, feeding in a wet paddock at 5pm. Barn Owl (1) Flew across Buckley Road Nth, heading west at 6pm.
Chris Lindorff

Bar-tailed Godwit Barwon River, Ocean Grove
10 Bar-tailed Godwit feeding on the mudflats on the Barwon River at Ocean Grove at 1:30PM.
Ian Smissen

Australasian Bittern Troups Creek Wetland
One bird flushed at eastern end of wetland. Also one female Hardhead with mixed group of Pacific Black Duck and Chestnut Teal. Total list for the morning 37.
Arthur Carew

Wedge-tailed Eagle Altona North
Wedge-tailed Eagle (1)
Peter Booth

Buff-banded Rail Doncaster Primary School
Amazing sighting of a Buff-banded Rail in thick reedy plants in garden near office at around 10:30am, then again at around 12:00 The bird was extremely shy and ran straight into the plants as soon as it realised my presence.
Owen Lishmund

Mon 27 Jun White-headed Pigeon Marlo
An adult White-headed Pigeon was observed being harassed by a small group of Red and Little Wattlebirds before flying into dense roadside cover in Marlo early this morning. This continues the regular observation of single WHPs throughout the area between Bairnsdale and Mallacoota from the Easter period to the end of June.
Len Axen

Fluttering Shearwater, Scarlet Honeyeater and Shining Bronze-Cuckoo Lake Tyers
EGBOC members visited a variety of locations around Lake Tyers this morning and heard Shining Bronze-Cuckoos calling at "Red Bluff", "Mill Point" and the "Fisherman's Landing. 6 Fluttering Shearwaters were scoped from the lookout at Red Bluff while 4 Scarlet Honeyeaters were observed actively feeding and calling amongst flowering Ironbarks adjacent to the jetty at the Fisherman's Landing. Other interesting sightings from the same location included a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles and a Leaden Flycatcher.
12 EGBOC members per Len Axen

Satin Bowerbird Clifton Road, Carpendeit
Satin Bowerbird (1) One female. Unexpected (for me) among the stony rises woodland country. A single female was sighted, providing great views. Viewed also by Libby Woodward and John Irving.
Chris Lindorff

Magpie Goose Edithvale Wetlands
Two magpie geese observed on the pond north of Edithvale Rd. There has been a single resident goose for quite a while but this is the first time that I have seen two. The second goose is a smaller, younger bird. I also observed two buff banded rails and a solitary musk duck.
Wayne Butterworth

Swift Parrots Muckleford
Approx 10 birds this morning feeding in Sugar Gums, not in flower
Debbie Worland

Sun 26 Jun Scaly-breasted Lorikeet LaTrobe University Wildlife Reserve Bundoora
A pair of Scaly Breated Lorikeets observed in and around a tree hollow close to the Ironbark shed, presumably nesting or about to nest.
John Young

Swift Parrot Bailieston Historical Reserve, Bailieston
3 birds feeding in the canopy of large box trees which were in bud but not in flower. I could not determine what they were feeding on (lerp?).
John Barkla

Regent Honeyeater, Grey-crowned Babbler Lurg Hills
Regent Honeyeater still seen in the district. Also several Grey-crowned Babbler, consisting of one group of 3 and another group of 7. Also a single Little Friarbird, 3 Blue-faced Honeyeater, a Black-chinned Honeyeater and several each of Little & Purple-crowned Lorikeet. Still plenty of ironbark blossom about and birds everywhere.
Steven Davidson - The Melbourne Birder

Brolga Tungamah
Three Brolga, a pair and an immature were observed foraging in an open paddock on the north side of town. Last seen here in 2009.
Michael Ramsey

Black-tailed Native-hen Burramine South Swamp
Two Black-tailed Native-hen seen at the south end of the swamp, not often seen in winter. Two Peregrine Falcons and a small flock of White-fronted Chat also observed here as well as hundreds of ducks.
Michael Ramsey

Sat 25 Jun Eastern Reef Egret Bastian Point ,Mallacoota
A solitary dark morph Eastern Reef Egret on rocks adjacent to the boat launching ramp.
Peter Thomson and Michael Drake

Buff-banded Rail Yarra Bend Golf Course (14th tee)
A Buff-banded Rail was seen walking around near tee only 6 foot away from us untill it calmy walked back into long grass.
Wes Gainard

Thu 23 Jun Slender-billed Prion Gunnamatta Beach
Regarding report #86045 of a Fairy Prion at this site; the bird has now been identified by Mike Carter as a Slender-billed Prion.
Neil Shelley

Fairy Prion Gunnamatta Beach
Single bird found dead at the eastern end of the beach, along with three dead Little Penguins.
Neil Shelley

Thu 16 Jun Buff-banded Rail Wesburn
A Buff-banded Rail was seen on margin of small dam, just east of station platform, south side, with a number of ducks and other waterbirds. A riding mate told me, he had seen it every 2nd or 3rd week for the last 6 months, further east, until the reeds were slashed beside the trail.
Peter Booth

Thu 2 Jun Black-eared Miner Pink Lakes Road, Murray Sunset National Park
The miner was perched in the branches of a mallee tree on the side of the road as we drove in to the National Park. I'm glad we stopped the car to have a look! There were also plenty of Yellow-throated Miners around.
Corinna Byrne

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