Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 10 Dec 2012 01:31:58 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 9 Dec 2012.

Sun 9 Dec Latham's Snipe Berwick Springs
The newly mown paddocks surrounding the small wetlands between Berwick Springs road and Moondarra Drive [off the main wetland] produced in excess of twenty five Snipe and three Nankeen night herons in the space of an hour.
Derek & Sally Whitehead

Painted Honeyeater, Gilbert's Whistler Mount Korong Nature Conservation Reserve
Painted Honeyeater (3) At least 3 seen at one time, possibly more. Birds located 200 metres south of the picnic ground along gully that also has a path leading up the mountain. Birds calling loudly but hard to find as they sat still in medium sized bushes. see photo Gilbert's Whistler (1) Male calling loudly east of the picnic ground. Eventually located it and able to view it clearly
Hedley Earl

Pectoral Sandpiper Hospital Swamp, Geelong
One Pectoral Sandpiper seen well among thousands of Sharp-tailed and Curlew Sandpipers and Red-necked Stints in Hospital Swamp area near Geelong.
John Newman

Pied Honeyeater, Black Honeyeater, Crimson Chat Goschen
Pied Honeyeater (4) Seen several times around the old school building Crimson Chat (1) Seen 6.30am along track at back of western side of buildings toward cyclone fence that surrounds tower White-fronted Chat Several birds seen in same area as Crimson Chats Black Honeyeater (1) Seen near cyclone fence on western side of reserve.
Hedley Earl

Sat 8 Dec Fork-tailed Swift Cape Paterson
Two Fork-tailed Swifts seen flying overhead early afternoon 3 hours before SW change. Single Red kneed Dotterel and 2 Spotted Crakes at Reed St wetland bird-hide in morning.
Mike Tesch

Crimson Chat Goshen Bushland reserve
Lovely morning at Goshen with Hedley and Irena Earl. The highlight was the Crimson Chat(4) found at 7 am on the link chain fence on Goshen side just near where the fence meets the paddock. Another good photo taken of 3 birds sitting together including two males.
Bernie O'Keefe

Orange Chat Lake Lookout
Many birds (40-50) along the track. Seems to be larger than usual numbers of Orange Chats around northern plains
Gavin and Mal

Banded Lapwing, Orange Chat Lake Tutchewop
Banded Lapwing (46) Large flock along Benjeroop Rd (possibly more) Orange Chat Common. Lost count of large numbers along Benjeroop Rd and along the west side track. Anytime we stopped there were birds in the saltbush
Gavin and Mal

Red-kneed Dotterel, Pink-eared Duck Elsternwick Park, Brighton
There was an amazing assemblage of birds at Elsternwick Park today, with 5 Red-kneed Dotterels, 1 Pink-eared Duck and 1 White-necked Heron in the lake and a Nankeen Night Heron roosting in a European Ash nearby.
Gio Fitzpatrick

Red-kneed Dotterel Fishers Wetland, Phillip Island
A hot day produced good birding, with the solitary Pink-eared Duck returning after three months,accompanied by Five Red-kneed Dotterel, a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and a thirsty Echidna all surrounded by over a hundred Cape Barren Geese.
Derek Whitehead

Fri 7 Dec Slender-billed Thornbill Little Desert NP (Nhill-Harrow Rd)
Very very quiet morning (7am-830am) - no birds other than one Horsfields Bronze-cuckoo for first 30 mins. One Slender-billed Thornbill appeared briefly in some low-lying banksia around 100m north of the field that runs by Nhill-Harrow Rd south of Little Desert Nature Lodge. A possible second bird in the same area, but too brief to confirm ID.
Ed Williams

Koel Long Gully Bendigo
Keol calling in the evening at Long Gully Bendigo
Gerard Duane

Black-tailed Godwit (3) Laverton Creek Mouth, Altona 3018.
At 1730 hours, observed three Black-tailed Godwits feeding and in flight (unfortunately flushed by humans and their dogs) at the Laverton Creek mouth at low tide. Other migratory waders present were Red-necked Stint and some Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. Hundreds of Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal and Black Swans feeding on the low tide.
Peter Gibbons

Red-browed Treecreeper Bakers Gully, Bright
Red-browed Treecreeper male. First time seen in this area for us. Was chasing away a white throated treecreeper. Good view of red brow.
Linda Hayes

Thu 6 Dec Arctic Jaeger Port Phillip Bay
Single dark morph bird, then group of two dark morph and one light morph birds, all seen hassling Crested Terns: Late in the fading light, seen from the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry on our way back to Tassie after a successful and enjoyable birding holiday in Vic and southern NSW.
John and Shirley Tongue

Painted Honeyeater Leaghur State Park
Painted Honeyeater (1) Seen in area of mistletoe just north of Forest Lane near west entrance. Orange-pink beak seen.
Malcolm Cousland

Wed 5 Dec White-throated Needletail Toolangi Black Range SF (Tanglefoot Tk-Quarry Rd)
A single White-throated Needletail seen soaring over the canopy near the Quarry Rd car park. Very high up, but an unmistakable silhouette
Tim Nickholds

Wed 5 Dec Cox's Sandpiper (possible) Cheetham Saltworks, Altona
Bird seen well initially with large flock of mostly Curlew Sandpipers. Appeared similar to Curlew Sandpiper in body shape and bill but buffish face, yellowish base to bill, brownish plumage and strongly streaked breast more like Pectoral Sandpiper. Birds moved and was able to relocate, photo is a screenshot from distance and does not show streaking but was definitely not a partial breeding plumage Curlew Sandpiper. [Moderator's Note: We are looking for confirmation of this sighting.]
Scott Baker

Orange Chat Lake Tyrrell
Orange Chat Large group (15+) mixed in with White-fronted Chats. At least 6 males.
Damian Kelly and Sonja Ross

Tue 4 Dec White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike Anglesea Heath
A dark phase White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike was observed foraging in Swamp Gum woodland along Coalmine Rd Anglesea Heath, near Anglesea Riding Club this morning. Unusual habitat choice & southerly location for this species. Also in area two white phase Grey Goshawk as per previous recent reports. Despite strong wind 3 separate parties of Southern Emu-wren seen up on Bald Hills Rd and Alcoa Boundary Tk, as well as a very vocal Tawny-crowned Honeyeater. Forest Ravens obvious along No 2 Tk as was a Peregrine coursing along edge of the open cut.
Steven Davidson - The Melbourne Birder

Tue 4 Dec Banded Stilt Moolap Saltworks Geelong
1050+ Banded Stilts in 2 tight flocks in SW corner of salt works, mixed with Avocets and a few Marsh Sandpipers, just a few km from Geelong GPO. Note: this is private property but birds can be viewed from the fence.
John Newman

Pectoral Sandpiper, Grey Plover Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
With most of a VERY windy day spent unsuccessfully searching for the Broad-billed Sandpiper, we did locate the Cape Barren Geese (8) at the 'back' of Western Lagoon. We also had the earlier-reported Grey Plover on the Spit, and 4 or 5 Pectoral Sandpipers weeding amongst the sedge and saltbush in the swampy area of The Spit reserve, just beyond the gate to Spit Road. Sadly, despite scrutinizing thousands of Red-necked Stint, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, and lots of Curlew Sandpiper..... NO Broad-billed!!
John, Shirley, Peter and Kimberley Tongue

Mon 3 Dec Glossy Ibis, Freckled Duck, Lake Murphy, near Kerang
A quick visit produced 30+ Freckled Duck and c.20 Glossy Ibis.and many thousands of waterbirds as reported previously
simon starr

Budgerigar Leaghur Forest
A few pairs in the same area as they bred in previous years.
Simon Starr

Glossy Ibis Lindenow Wastewater Treatment site wetland
Three Glossy Ibis found with many other water bird species on wetland adjoining west side of the Lindenow Wastewater Treatment lagoons, Racecourse Road Lindenow.
John Hutchison and Gary Cousens

Diamond Dove Macleod Morass Bairnsdale
Single bird found on wetlands track just south of wetlands information board. Thought bird may have been sick at first however on close approach bird walked and then flew up to a perch in nearby tree. Judging by condition of feathers bird appears to be healthy. Diamond Doves are very rare visitors to East Gippsland. Can't rule out possibility that this bird has escaped from an aviary.
John Hutchison and Gary Cousens

Cicadabird Buchan Caves Reserve and Canni Creek Racecourse
Further to recent observations of the Cicadabird. A pair were heard constantly calling from a forested ridgetop west of "Moon Hill" at Buchan this morning while another bird was heard calling from the foothills adjacent to the Canni Creek racecourse early this afternoon. Our first records for both of these sites.
Len and Jacquie Axen

Freckled Duck Lake Murphy (south of Kerang)
Freckled Duck 65 counted along southeast side. Thousands of Grey Teal, Eurasian Coot and Black-tailed Native Hen, hundreds of Pink-eared Duck and Black Swans.
Malcolm Cousland

Ballion's Crake Phillip Island
The Shearwater Wetlands (opposite the Cowes Golf Club) continues to produce good early morning sightings, with two Ballion's Crake, three Australian Spotted Crake and five Latham's Snipe.
Derek Whitehead

Sun 2 Dec White-throated Needletail, Black-faced Monarch Bunyip State Park
Initially one then 6 more White-throated Needletail seen high over Ash Landing Rd around 7pm. A little earlier than usual for here by a few weeks. Also a beautiful adult Black-faced Monarch in trees along creekside vegetation on Ash Landing Rd near Black Snake Ck Rd; the first I've seen in Bunyip SP. We witnessed a great aerial display by 4 White-throated Nightjars at The Helipad, and Scarlet Honeyeaters were seemingly everywhere, with little flowering though now some birds seen searching vigorously for insects in a sittella-like fashion along branches and stems.
Steven Davidson - The Melbourne Birder

Sun 2 Dec Budgerigar Earlston
flock of 20 in Grey Box-Red Box woodland on private property. First sighting for several years.
Doug Robinson

Freckled Duck Lake Victoria, Point Lonsdale.
1 bird loafing on rock amongst many teal in large pond near golf course. A very rare species at this site, probably first record. Also at least 200 Banded Stilts at site.
BirdLife Australia Challenge Count on Bellarine Peninsula per Craig Morley

Freckled Duck, Great Crested Grebe Lake Lorne, Drysdale
At least 70 Freckled Duck spread across southern stretch of water and also roosting in under vegetation on "main" island. Also 1 Great Crested Grebe (rare species at this location) loafing on water with head under a wing. Another highlight was several Blue-billed Ducks.
BirdLife Australia Challenge Count on Bellarine Peninsula per Craig Morley

Barking Owl Rushworth
Exited to hear and then see a pair of Barking Owls in the forest in the early morning. Precise locality is here withheld to protect them from any harassment of this rare Victorian species.
Kevin Bartram

Pectoral Sandpiper, Pacific Golden Plover, Grey Plover etc Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 3 Marsh Sandpipers & 12 White-winged Black Terns in 85WC, 11 PGP's at Kirk Point, 4 Grey Plovers, 4 Red Knots & 2 Bar-tailed Godwits on The Spit, 11 Common Terns at Kirk Point in 122 species on the WTP for the day.
John Barkla & Alison Street

Cicadabird Whroo Forest
Cicadabird, first heard giving it's very distinctive call, then an adult male seen. Several others also heard in vicinity. First time I've ever had them in this area.
Kevin Bartram

Sat 1 Dec Fairy Tern South coast French Island (location not disclosed)
Mick Douglas found 6 pairs nesting at the traditional colony site, each pair with 2 eggs. Anyone else who has found Fairy Terns nesting in Vic recently, can they please contact me?
Chris Chandler

Baillon's Crake, Australian Spotted Crake, Black-tailed Native-hen Shepparton and Mooroopna
Baillon's Crake (1) Victoria Lake - from jetty near boathouse at southern end. Excellent views by 18 members present. Australian Spotted Crake (2) Gemmill's Swamp - excellent views by all. Also Black-tailed Native-hen.
BirdLife Murray Goulburn

Freckled Duck Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
84 Freckled Duck in Walsh's Lagoon
John Barkla, Alison Street & Elizabeth Lloyd

Thu 29 Nov Buff Banded Rail Inverloch, Vic
Single bird crossing Surf Parade near centre of town, travelling to beach side of road.
Frank Tyndall

Tue 27 Nov Buff-banded Rail Tankerton Jetty, French Island
2 adults with 2 half-grown chicks in the Tankerton jetty carpark at 4.30 pm!
Chris Chandler

Thu 22 Nov Buff-banded Rail Tankerton, French Island
0800 hours - one adult with very small chick ran into Poa grassland at the edge of Tankerton saltmarsh. First time for me to see a chick of this species on the island. (Recent reports of Buff-banded Rails in two different gardens on the island.)
Chris Chandler

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