Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 9 Apr 2012 01:30:57 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 8 Apr 2012.

Sun 8 Apr Song Thrush Maffra
First one I've seen in Gippsland.
Duncan Fraser

Grey-crowned Babbler Boweya
Two Grey-crowned Babbler building a nest in Courtney Springs Reserve close to the St James Boweya Road entrance.
Nicole Spillane & Paul Jacobson

Powerful Owl Bourke Road Bridge over Yarra
Powerful Owl (1) In an old pine windbeak near the corner of McArthur Street and The Boulevard, East Ivanhoe. This one has been reported before, although I her from a local that its mate was found dead about six months back.
Bill Stent

Wood Sandpiper, Olive-backed Oriole, etc. Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
A Wood Sandpiper was at Ryans Swamp with several Black-fronted Dotterel early this morning. Also an Olive-backed Oriole heard in the woodlot along Pt Wilson Rd, female Flame Robin in paddocks along Ryans Swamp Rd, 2 Freckled Duck still on Lake Borrie, 3 Singing Honeyeater at 270S Borrow Pit and lots of other groovy stuff. 103 species for the morning.
Steve Davidson

Sat 7 Apr Swift Parrot Lagoon Reserve, Graham Street, Port Melbourne
Single bird feeding in flowering Corymbia maculata with Rainbow and Musk Lorikeets, Little and Red Wattlebirds and White-plumed Honeyeaters at intersection of Graham St and Esplanade West.
Daniel Gilmore

Cattle Egret Axedale, Central Vic
A single Cattle Egret associating with a small flock of rams, on Axedale-Goornong Rd, just on the edge of town. Unusual? I have never seen a Cattle Egret anywhere near this area.
Bob Cook

Osprey Cape Paterson
1 bird flying north along coast toward Harmers Haven.
Mike Tesch

Fri 6 Apr Brush Bronzewing Old Telegraph Rd, East Crossover
Single adult bird walking across road. First sighting of this species in the 23 years that I have lived in the area.
Rob Gully

Thu 5 Apr 20 Swift Parrots, Purple Crowned & Little Lorrikeets, Spotted Quail-thrush Fan-tailed Cuckoo. Muckleford, Mia Mia Track
Parrots seen around 5pm
David McInnes

Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Beaumaris
Good to see Yellow-faced HEs on my home patch for the first time in 5 years: two were at the Long Hollow Reserve. Spiny-cheeked come to our foreshore most years and today there were two behind Table Rock Point, with another heard at Ricketts Point.
Michael Norris

Swift Parrot Epping (VR Michael Reserve)
Brief but good views as 2 Swift Parrots flew between trees showing red underwings, long thin tails, red around face and distinctive calls. The park is very suburban planted with mixed eucalypts including a few just coming into flower.
Ian Sutherland

Pink Robin Triplet Falls Beech Forest
We saw 2 male ,and 1 female Pink Robin along the walk to Triplet Falls, Beech Forest.
Ian Davies and Tim McKellar

Brown Quail, Great Crested Grebe, Spotted Harrier Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Great morning at Werribee! A flock of >10 Brown Quail were milling around Beach Rd. gate, three Great Crested Grebe in about the third pond in and a Spotted Harrier on the side of Beach rd on the way out. Many Red-necked Stint, Red-capped Plover, Double-banded Plover and a few Curlew Sandpiper at the Spit.
Rohan Long (with Richard Akers & Chris Lunardi)

Wed 4 Apr Powerful Owl Doongalla Reserve, Dandenong Ranges National Park
Spotted two Powerful Owls while working at Doongalla Reserve. From around noon and were still there around 4pm, they hadn't moved an inch. Perched on a horizontal branch of a non-indigenous tree where the Dandenong creek intersects the main road to The Stables picnic ground. They were large, much larger than i imagined they'd be but only having compared them to pictures online. Truly beautiful they were.
Edmondo Ammendola

5 Swift Parrots, Painted Button-quail Muckleford
Seen late afternoon.
David McInnes

Swift Parrots Daisy Hill, Maryborough, Victoria
100+ Swift Parrot seen on two consecutive afternoons (3rd and 4th April 6.30pm) at residence in Daisy Hill. Observers saw large groups of 40+ birds and along with smaller groups flying and landing in trees on property. On the next evening another observer (Barb) saw similar numbers flying across property in a SE to NW direction, none landing.
Damian Hendrickson, Barb Williams

Bassian Thrush The 100 Acres Reserve
Single bird seen near the perimeter track at the northern end of reserve.
Owen Lishmund

Swift Parrots Regent st Mt Waverley
Spotted a pair of Swift Parrots resting in a gum tree overhanging Scotchmans Creek, Regent St Mt Waverley. Also dead Barn Owl on Ferntreegully Rd Mt Waverley.
Chris Gittins

Magpie Goose Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
15 Magpie Geese in 2nd pond in from Beach Rd Gate, 2 Brolga on Austin Rd, 1 Lewin's Rail at Bird Hide, 1 Yellow-faced H/E at Borrow Pits
Dave Torr, Christine Shelley, Iian Denham,

Tue 3 Apr Scarlet Robin Westgate Park
During our regular monthly survey we saw a single female Scarlet Robin, a first record we have of this species in the park. This poor little bird must have been exhausted as it did not attempt to move away when we approached it within 4 metres, which made for an easy photograph. Other highlights were raptors including a Collared Sparrowhawk, Brown Goshawk and Black-shouldered Kite.
Andrew McCutcheon, Rob Youl & Gio Fitzpatrick

Swift Parrots Muckleford
Approx 20 swifties this morning feeding up high in flowering grey box also large numbers of all different types of honeyeaters, dusky woodswallows and quite a few pardalotes.
Debbie Worland

Mon 2 Apr Beautiful Firetail Mitchell River National Park (Den of Nargun)
Beautiful Firetail (1) 2 observers heard call, identified by later view of photo
BirdLife East Gippsland

Swift Parrot Eynesbury
Two Swift Parrots were seen flying towards the Eynesbury Grey Box woodland, stopping en route in a line of Sugar Gums.
Gabrielle Roy

Laughing Kookaburra. Hoppers Crossing 3029.
At 1806 hours, I was alerted to the presence of a Kookaburra in my rear yard by it's call. I was able to observe the single bird which was perched in a Eucalypt. It stayed in the area, which comprises well treed large residential allotments, for some time. [Moderator's note: Although generally widespread, Laughing Kookaburras are not often seen in Hoppers Crossing]
Peter Gibbons.

Grey Goshawk Mt Egbert
Grey Goshawk (1) All white hawk with bright yellow cere and legs. Flew past and perched on a dead tree giving excellent close views with binos. Flew off to the west.
Malcolm Cousland

Australian Owlet-Nightjar Pound Bend Warrandyte
Heard at 4am this morning, first time in 17 years that I have heard one in this area
Geoff Jones

Sun 1 Apr Wedge-tailed Eagle and others Tanunda Wetlands, Bundoora
Pair circling together low along Plenty River escarpment, 1 very dark, 1 moderately so, pursued as they climbed higher by dusky woodswallows; then 1 light-mantled bird along same track a few minutes later being harassed by Pied Currawongs. Also pairs of Brown Goshawks and Brown Falcons, a big raptor morning in suburbia!
Peter Bennet

Brolga, Lewin's Rail, Cattle Egret, Flame Robin etc Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Brolga (2) in T-Section; Lewin's Rail (2) Little River reed bed; Flame Robin (1 first for season) Western Lagoons; Singing Honeyeater (1) Borrie Outlet; Spotted Harrier (1) Kirk Point; Little Eagle (1) Ryan's Swamp; Grey Plover (3) Spit NCR; Australian Pied Oystercatcher (70 - exceptional number) Spit NCR; Black-tailed Native-hen (2) pond near Beach Road gate; and Cape Barren Goose (1) Lake Borrie.
John Barkla + Fred Smith

Swift Parrot Bolton Street, Eltham/Montomorency
At least 4 birds flying between large eucalypts being harrassed by Noisy Miners. Very vocal. In the general area for most of the afternoon.
Dan Weller

Sat 31 Mar Little Corella Bellbird Picnic Area, Kew
While attending the 'Earth Hour' activity at this reserve last Saturday night we observed large numbers of Grey-headed Flying-fox (thousands) with a backdrop of around 1000 Little Corellas that were put up by something unseen. The dusk flight of the corellas was certainly a sight to see. Other birds seen were Eastern Rosellas, Magpies and a single Tawny Frogmouth after dusk.
Martin O'Brien

Spangled Drongo Marlo
A Spangled Drongo was observed being harassed by a group of Red Wattlebirds as it flew between a clump of Mahogany Gums in a quiet residential area of Marlo late this afternoon.
Jacquie Axen

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