Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 30 Jan 2012 01:31:02 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 29 Jan 2012.

Sun 29 Jan Long-toed Stint and Wood Sandpiper Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
I sighted a Long-toed Stint at 1.30pm at Pond 35E-8 (Eastern Conservation Ponds). Also present was one Wood Sandpiper, presumably the bird which was reported quite some time ago and found again by Bob Swindley last week. Both birds were in the south-westerly corner of the Conservation Pond.
Maarten Hulzebosch

Satin Flycatcher Private garden Belgrave Heights
Last seen at this location 14 November 1987. Calling throughout the day and occasional clear view of male bird.
Jill Wilson

Lewin's Rail, Freckled Duck, Banded Lapwing, Banded Stilt Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Just a couple of hours early morning. Lewin's Rail calling near hide. Also many Spotted Crake and a few Buff-banded Rail same spot. Single Pacific Golden Plover and several Common Tern at Kirk Pt. A couple of Freckled Duck on Lake Borrie South. Several Banded Lapwing, Beach Road. Single White-winged Black Tern, Lake Borrie near boat ramp. 3 Cape Barren Geese and several Banded Stilt, Paradise Road. Waders - mainly Sharpies, Red-necked Stints, Curlew Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper.
Greg Oakley

Pied Butcherbird Raywood
This is the second time I have posted a picture of a Pied Butcher bird seen between Raywood and Dingee and I have seen more on 3 or 4 other occasions. This one was on the Raywood Dingee Rd about 1/2km out of Raywood. I am of a thought they are becoming established this far south in this area.
Greg and Janice McKay

Great Crested Grebe Yan Yean Reservoir
Great Crested Grebe (200+) At least 200 near shore from north end of dam wall around below picnic area. Many more elsewhere on lake ... astonishing! A couple of chicks but the rest adults.
Peter Bennet

Spotted Quail-thrush Coombs Rd, Yan Yean
Spotted Quail-thrush (1) male, beside lower locked gate on Coombs Rd
Peter Bennet

Sat 28 Jan Sooty Owl, Powerful Owl, Striated Heron Mallacoota and Gypsy Point
Two Sooty Owls seen near the Shipwreck Creek camping area making the cricket call. Plenty of Yellow-bellied Gliders in the same area. Two Powerful Owls seen roosting during the day at Shady Gully in Mallacoota. One holding the remains of a largish bird. A Striated Heron seen at Gipsy Point as well.
Kathy Walter and John Goldie

Lewin's Rail, Australian Crake, Buff-banded Rail, Common Sandpiper. Kororoit Creek, Altona Coastal Park 3018.
At approximately 1600 hours observed, one Lewin's Rail, twelve Australian Crake, eight Buff-banded Rail (including two juveniles) and one Common Sandpiper, all on the southern bank of Kororoit Creek. All of the birds were either in the Mangrove aerial roots or at the waters edge. Observations were made from the north side of the creek mouth and upstream (west) for 400 - 450 metres. Twelve plus, Common Greenshank, observed on the creek mouth tidal flats.
Peter Gibbons and Tim McKellar.

Baillon's Crake, Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake Lake Hamilton
Baillon's Crake, Australian Spotted Crake and Spotless Crake (3) Very small over all dark Spotless Crake, answered to recording played from App. All easily seen from edge of lake, foraging on water line close to bullrushes.
Samantha Greiner

Turquoise Parrot, Sooty Owl, Beautiful Firetail Bunyip State Park
Reasonably successful evening visit to the park. Turquoise Parrot - Single female flushed from side of road near Nash Creek. Sooty Owl - Small, silent dark bird showing off on Link Road. Beautiful Firetail - Loose flock of at least 30 individuals with many juveniles Bunyip River Road. Also plenty of Needletails and great views of WT Nightjars at the Helipad.
Tim Bawden

Brown Quail Back Swamp Reserve, Kerang
Group of 23 seen together on road along the east side of the Loddon around 7am. More heard in the lignum in the area.
Malcolm Cousland

Red-browed Treecreeper, Pilotbird, Rufous Fantail Sherbrooke Picnic Ground, Dandenong Ranges
Red-browed Treecreeper (3) Seen fairly low down in trees close to Wattle Track. Pilotbird sandlandi (3) One heard, then seen calling from bush nearby, good views on ground as well within 3 to 4 m. Saw two birds on path just a bit further on, with good extended views in the open. Rufous Fantail (3) displaying nicely.
Bruce Wedderburn

Pacific Golden Plover Benjeroop (between Kerang and Swan Hill)
With Red-kneed Dotterels and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers
Shaun Austin

Fri 27 Jan Llittle Lorikeets , Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo Trin Warren Tam-boore wetlands, Royal Park
I had very close encounters with what I assume was a juvenile Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo. Also a small group of Little Lorikeets feeding in the tall eucalypts behind the bird hide.
Anne Palamountain

Pacific Golden Plover, Sacred Kingfisher Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Approx 8 PGP on rocks at Kirk Pt. Sacred Kingfisher on wires on Pt Wilson Rd on the way home. Good numbers of Banded Lapwing still on Beach Rd. Lost count of the number of Spotted Crakes (maybe 30+) and good numbers of Buff-banded Rails and Banded Stilts. Many ponds quite dry, including the T-Section Pond 4 where all the Baillon's have been, although there was a brief glimpse of a probable Spotless Crake in the reeds there.
Dave Torr, Iian Denham and UK Visitor

Great, Intermediate and Little Egret Victoria Lagoon, Hollands Landing Road (Old Onga Pump Sign)
Despite a very strong easterly blowing and shaking the scope, an impressive flock of 37 Great, 13 Intermediate and three Little Egrets sitting on sand bank in water amongst Pelicans was observed. Most of the Great Egrets observed intermittently neck stretching; pointing bill directly to the sky with some snapping at nearby neighbour (pre breeding behaviour) ? Two White faced Herons foraging amongst flock to assist in determining correct sp. of Egret.
Faye Bedford

Australian Spotted Crake Truganina Swamp, Altona
At least 30 Spotted Crakes on the remaining (and fast-evaporating) pools at the Laverton Creek end of the swamp.
Colin Clark

Thu 26 Jan Barking Owl, White-throated Nightjar Chiltern, Honeyeater picnic ground
Barking Owl called for a few minutes at dusk. Hot evening birds quiet. Also saw Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters, Fuscous Honeyeaters, juvenile Red-capped Robins.
Fiona Parkin & Jon Thornton

Diamond Firetail Anakie Gorge Picnic Ground, Brisbane Ranges Nat Pk
One bird in creekline at entry to picnic ground.
John Newman et al

Blue Bonnet Nardoo Flower Farm, Yarrawalla, west of Pyramid Hill
Blue Bonnet 1 passed though calling mid afternoon. First record for the site over 18 years. My most south-easterly record. This species has increased in the Kerang/Boort region over the last few years. Historically they still occurred as far south as Calivil until the 1950's. Maybe they'll make it back across the northern plains one day?
Simon Starr

Pacific Golden Plover Breamlea
Pacific Golden Plover (11) on sandbank north of the end carpark. Some observations with Geelong Field Naturalists
Angus Hartshorn

Wed 25 Jan Little Lorikeet Lake Rd, Connewarre
At least 2 Little Lorikeets seen and heard in small stand of Eucalypts in flower just E of Baenschs Lane along Lake Rd. Always good to find this uncommon species around Geelong. Also Musk, Purple-crowned Lorikeets with White-plumed & New Holland Honeyeaters and Red Wattlebirds in trees.
Craig Morley & Bob Hughes

Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Baillon's Crake, Spotless Crake Hospital Swamp, Baenschs Lane
The Intermediate Egret remains at this site ... keeping to itself, 40+ Eastern Great Egrets (many feasting on elvers) also a little Egret! Good numbers of Australian Spotted Crake, at least 2 Baillon's Crake and a Spotless Crake( hd and seen). Also a male Australasian Darter and many Royal Spoonbills.
Craig Morley & Bob Hughes

Black-tailed Godwit Point Cook Coastal Park
Black-tailed Godwit (1) Bird seen on Spectacle Lake , clear views and photo's . White belly , White underwing , White rump with Black Tail and White wing Bars. Very easily spooked , staying close to Black Winged Stilts
Colin Mulvogue

Common Tern, Peregrine Falcon Western Treatment Plant
30+ Common Terns on rocks east of Beach Rd boat ramp sitting amongst many Stints and Sandpipers....that is until a lone Peregrine sped through like a bullet.
Paul Randall (

Song Thrush Hoppers Crossing 3029
At 1025 hours, I observed a Song Thrush in and around a bird bath in my rear yard. Unfortunately, they appear to be an uncommon sighting in this area.
Peter Gibbons

Tue 24 Jan Painted Button-quail Woodlands Historic Park (Greenvale)
Painted Button-quail (2) Flushed, then observed one at close quarters for ID. Not shy.
Bernie McRitchie

Mon 23 Jan Southern Boobook Dandenong Creek, Heathmont
A Southern Boobook has been calling at the back of my house for approx 15 minutes. Also heard approx 3 months ago, but in the 14 years I've lived here, it's the only times I've heard one.
Martin Dwelly

Bassian Thrush Shepherds Bush, Glen Waverley
Bassian Thrush (lunulata) Single bird seen in heavy undergrowth and feeding on berries.
Bruce Wedderburn

Sun 22 Jan Eastern Reef Egret ( grey morph ) Cape Conran
An Eastern Reef Egret was observed along the rocky shoreline at Cape Conran ( west ) this afternoon. It adds to a number of reports over recent years during the summer months within the Cape Conran Coastal Park.
David McKenzzie per Len Axen

Baillon's Crake Commonwealth Golf Club, South Oakleigh
Single bird in open view on surface vegetation on the lake between the 3rd and 16th fairways. (Previous interesting sightings on this ornamental lake have included Australian Spotted Crake and Latham's Snipe.)
Richard Nowotny

Brush Cuckoo Great Otway National Park (Maits Rest)
Brush Cuckoo (1) heard in two locations separated by about 15 minutes, possibly same bird which had moved. Call clear and strong - I checked it against recording on my phone just to be sure.
Janine Duffy

Sat 21 Jan Rufous Bristlebird, Buff-rumped Thornbill Point Addis
Went to Point Addis early Sat morning to photograph Rufous Bristlebird and observed at least 5 individuals as well as a party of Buff-rumped Thornbills.
Geoff Jones

Nankeen Night Heron Wilson Botanical Park , Berwick
1 seen flying at top lake at dusk.
Graham Beal

Wed 18 Jan Square-tailed Kite Haws Road, Barkers Creek
One (missing a couple of tail-feathers) seen and photographed flying low over the canopy of pines and nearby eucalypts on the western edge of the Moonlight Flat pine plantation; second time seen in this area in recent years.
Charles Silveira

Sat 14 Jan Hooded Plover Between Wingan and Mallacoota
Walking along coast noted 3 Hooded Plovers in a group and again we thing the same ones on the way back but only two this time
Lachlan Judd

Sun 1 Jan Musk Duck, Red Kneed Dotterel, Edithvale Wetlands
Seen a lone Musk duck, four Red-kneed Dotterels, six Black-fronted Dotterels, Lathams Snipe, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and heaps more water birds. Also seen a bird which I think is a Little Egret cross White-faced Heron.
David Kelly

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