Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 17 Dec 2012 01:32:11 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 16 Dec 2012.

Sun 16 Dec Freckled Duck , Pink-eared Duck Fishers Wetland Phillip Island
There were three Freckled Duck accompanied by one Pink- eared Duck and 150 plus Eurasian Coot at the wetlands this morning.The three Freckled Duck are in addition to the five Freckled Duck in temporary residence at Swan Lake at the western end of the Island.
Derek Whitehead

Sat 15 Dec Square-tailed Kite Ararat
Seen near Chalambar Golf Course, Ararat
Tristan Kennedy

Budgerigar Osbornes Flat (Yackandandah)
Surprised to find 2 (possibly 3) budgerigar on our block yesterday.The birding was magnificent after the rain, also with dollarbird (pair), diamond firetail, white-bellied cuckoo shrike, bee-eater and over 40 other species.
Matt Weeks

Eastern Koel Kangaroo Flat
Heard male calling loudly around the Chapel St railway underpass. Found & seen in a fig tree & then calling from a large Eucalypt. OK shots of the bird. Heard many times afterwards in the evening. Not sure if this is the same bird that's been seen around Bendigo recently or a new bird, but given there's been so many records lately of this previously rare Victorian bird, it may well be new. .
Kevin Bartram

Eastern Koel Carson Crescent, Hawthorn
One calling in the distance at 5:30am. Another one to add to the list.
John Gray

Black Honeyeaters Yarrawalla, near Pyramid Hill
7 or 8 birds scattered through Nardoo flower farm near Yarrawalla, feeding from flowering Fuschia Gum. My first record for this site. Makes sense after big numbers arriving in Victoria this year, and then dispersal as Emubush comes to end of flowering.
Simon Starr

Fri 14 Dec Eastern Koel Disraeli Street Kew
Koel seen calling from top of grevillea robusta in neighbour's garden. Flew away heading south.
Gina Hopkins

Thu 13 Dec Baillon's Crake, Latham's Snipe Alexandra
Both these two birds were seen on our property today and both are the first sightings of these spp I have made in 37 years living here. I also observed three black little balls of fluff just out of the nest and swimming.
Bob Tate, Gillian Steward.

Wed 12 Dec Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, White-throated Needletail, etc Bunyip State Park
Highlights of an explosive day at Bunyip SP included a single adult Chestnut-rumped Heathwren that was heard and finally seen along Guide Track, whenceupon it posed beautifully about 4m up in a spindly eucalypt. This is the first I know of for the area and there are no records on Birdata. Also a Painted Button-quail near the heathwren, 30+ White-throated Needletail over Ash Landing Rd, a Lewin's Rail grunting like a bunyip along Bunyip River Rd, Black-faced Monarch still on Ash Landing Rd, a Pilotbird high on a ferny hillside along Ash Landing Rd and Brush Cuckoo & Scarlet HE calling all over the park.
Steven Davidson - The Melbourne Birder

Wed 12 Dec Freckled Duck Private property near Lake Murdeduke
Still aproximately 75 Freckled Duck on dam on private property today. Australian Shovelers have appeared here in last week while numbers of Pink-eared duck and Hardhead are down.
Trevor Lumb

Freckled Duck, White - necked Heron Phillip Island
At Swan Lake this evening there were five Freckled Duck and a White - necked Heron both uncommon on the island.The White - necked Heron we see frequently around Bass coast and Westernport Bay but not on the Island.
Derek Whitehead

Tue 11 Dec Crimson Chat Goschen
2 pairs of Crimson Chats seen in previously reported location along chainwire fence near tower. Singing Honeyeaters have moved in and are very aggressive to all other species. Emu Bush has basically finished flowering and Black and Pied Honeyeaters seem to have moved on with the odd exception.
Ian & Annie Mayo, Murray Chambers

Lewins Rail also Pectoral Sandpiper, Baillon's Crake, Black-Tailed Godwit Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
In company with American friends Terri and Mike Church saw Lewins Rail, Pectoral Sandpiper, Baillon's Crake and Black-tailed Godwit amongst a nice sample of Werribee birdlife.Thanks due to Headley Earl for assistance.
Trevor Lumb

Baillon's Crake, Pectoral Sandpiper Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Baillon's Crake (1) Single bird foraging in reed bed in the north western corner of conservation pond 35E 9. Pectoral Sandpiper (1) Single bird located on edge of peninsula in Paradise pond closest to gate. Photos taken to confirm sighting.
Hedley Earl

Eastern Koel Teatree Close Ocean Grove
Koel heard early this morning in trees at the rear of my home in the Grove!
Denis Sleep

Mon 10 Dec Pectoral Sandpiper, Baillon's Crake, Flame Robin Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
A spanking Pectoral Sandpiper seen on 85WC Conservation Pond, 2 Baillon's Crake on 35E-8 Conservation Pond, and an unseasonal Flame Robin seen along 280 South Rd were some of the highlights in an action-packed birdfest today, as well as around 60 Freckled Duck scattered across the plant with a few probably missed, Ruddy Turnstone, Grey Plover, Red Knot and an apparent increase in Cape Barren Goose numbers with 11 in total. Absentees included Crested Tern, Buff-banded Rail and Pacific Gull.
Steven Davidson - The Melbourne Birder

Mon 10 Dec Black Kite, Little Eagle and Spotted Harrier Princes Hwy between Lara and Werribee
At 12.30pm, just before the Werribee turnoff Melbourne bound, 14 Black Kites and 2 Little Eagles were circling over the highway. On the highway again Geelong bound at the Lara turnoff at 6.30pm 2 Black Kites and 1 Spotted Harrier were seen. Another Spotted Harrier was sighted at Hovells Creek. (Moderators note:although often seen around the Princes Fwy between Geelong and Melbourne these are quite high numbers, perhaps reflecting an influx from the inland at the start of summer).
Maarten Hulzebosch

Mon 3 Dec Grey Goshawk (white) Clarkesdale Sanctuary, Linton, Vic
In dense bush
Andrew Martin

Sat 1 Dec Topknot Pigeon Cape Conran Camping Area
About 7:15 am a large bird was observed in a dead tree top between the camping area and the beach. On closer inspection with binoculars it was identified as a Topknot Pigeon. It sat there for over 5 minutes then flew eastwards through the trees. I followed it but was unable to relocate it. It seemed to be a solitary bird. Latitude & longitude: 37 47' 52.3" 148 44' 39.6"
Murray Haby

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