Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 1 Apr 2013 01:31:55 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 31 Mar 2013.

Sat 30 Mar Brolga, Freckled Duck, Wood Sandpiper WTP
Brolga, 2 adult with 2 juv in wetland near Spit entrance, plus 2 adult in last pond on Spit Rd, near Murcain outlet. Wood Sandpiper in second pond past Western Lagoons. Freckled Duck, 7 observed at Borrow Pits and at least 6 seen at Paradise Rd. end of Lake Borrie, on stumps and rocks. 1 Bar-tailed Godwit seen with near complete breeding plumage.
Arthur & Denise Carew

White-bellied Sea Eagle Corinella
Adult White-bellied Sea Eagle seen on two occasions flying near the Corinella pier between 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM
Brian Bending

Whistling Kite Bulleen
Good views of a lone bird passing over. Second time I have seen this species in the area in over 10 years.
Owen Lishmund

Freckled Duck Coolart Wetlands & Homestead
16 Freckled Duck on the lagoon. Freckled Duck have been seen on the lagoon fairly regularly for over a year now. Also seen - 7 Red-kneed Dotterel and 7 Black-fronted Dotterel and 1 Lewin's Rail
Brian Thomas

Red-necked Avocet Jones Bay Game Reserve (near Bairnsdale)
The northern section of Jones Bay, accessed by driving south from Princes Hwy down Phillips Lane to its end, has about 675 Red-necked Avocets and among them approximately 70 Banded Stilts and 10 Black-winged Stilts. There have been about 130 Red-necked Avocets and a similar number of Black-winged Stilts present at this site over the past few years however the very large number of Avocets and the Banded Stilts is unusual for this site. This site is regularly visited by BirdLIfe East Gippsland (BLEG) and is formally surveyed twice a year by BLEG members as part of the Gippsland Lakes Important Bird Area surveys.
John Hutchison

Fri 29 Mar Red-necked Avocet Cairn Curran Reservoir
2 birds seen feeding in shallows at the south-eastern end of the storage.
Geoff Park

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Banyule Flats Reserve
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (1). Flying around the windmill area.
Ross Potter

Freckled Duck Lake Hamilton
Freckled Duck (8) around southern tip of island closest to beach area. Sme paler birds, possibly juveniles with dark adults. Aso seen 8 Red-kneed Dotterel and 10 Cattle Egret.
Samantha Greiner

Spotted Harrier, Black Falcon Braeside Park
Inland raptor kind of afternoon at Braeside. Lovely Adult Spotted Harrier seen a number of times. Black Falcon flushed from perch and made a couple of passes sending the Noisy Miners berserk. First time I have seen either species in SE Melbourne.
Tim Bawden

Flame Robin, Black Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater Chiltern
The first migrant Flame Robin for this year seen in open paddocks north of Chiltern. Also an interesting combination of Black and Scarlet Honeyeaters in Chiltern forest. Can't think of many places in Australia these two species could be recorded together.
Michael Ramsey - Bronzewing Birding Services

Thu 28 Mar Pacific Golden Plover 42W Black Rock nr Barwon Heads
26 Pacific Golden Plovers, some well into breeding plumage, together with a few Ruddy Turnstones, lots of Red-necked Stints, several Red-capped plovers, a pair of Hooded Plovers, one Golden Headed Cisticola, a lone surfer, 2 whistling kites, 2 pacific gulls and many silver gulls.
Robin & Garry Spry

Rainbow Lorikeet Wodonga Senior Secondary College
I observed a small flock the other day from a distance but dismissed the sighting. I just spotted them again (3 birds) out the window. I haven't seen them in Wodonga before.
Matt Weeks

Tue 26 Mar Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck Seaford Swamp
On the monthly BirdLife Australia census for Melbourne Water, 12 Freckled Ducks were seen, the highest total for this species at this site. 36 Pink-eared Ducks also seen, again a very high number for this site. Refugees from duck hunting perhaps?
Sean Dooley

Grey Goshawk Ocean Grove Nature Reserve
White morph Grey Goshawk glimpsed as it flew away through woodland accompanied by strident alarm calls of honeyeaters. Also small flock of 8 Yellow-faced Honeyeaters flew over about noon. First sighting for autumn of this species "moving through" the Geelong area. Also noteworthy were the numerous and vocal Spotted and Striated Pardalotes and Grey Fantails. Odd Blue-winged Parrots flying over.
Craig Morley, Gordon McCarthy

Pectoral Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
2 Pectoral Sandpipers on Borrow Pits, 1 (maybe 2) Wood Sandpipers on 35E9. 2 Brolgas by 85WC9. Freckled Duck on Borrie (rocks at Paradise Rd end). Hobby on Paradise Rd. 1 well hidden (presumably Black-tailed) Godwit on Walsh's Lagoon and several Bar-tailed Godwits on beach. Spotted Harrier in T-Section and Baillon's Crake in T-Section pond 3. Lots of Banded Stilt still present.
Dave Torr, Graham and Linda Lee

Mon 25 Mar White-headed Pigeon Marlo
Adult bird observed quietly sitting on the 'back fence' around 1730hrs today sheltering from cold and windy conditions. First observation around our house since 25/9/2012.
Len and Jacquie Axen

White-bellied Sea-Eagle Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve
Warm afternoon. High cloud, light breeze. White-bellied Sea-Eagle (1) Adult. First seen from Anthony's Cutting on old highway. I first thought it was a Wedge-tail, so pulled over. Continuously circling north from Deep Creek Cutting, over Long Forest bushland towards Merrimu Reservoir. About 100 m up, mobbed by Brown Falcon and Little Eagle.
Bernie McRitchie

Black Kite Tungamah
Another large flock of Black Kites (55) seen circling over a stubble fire east of Tungamah. Four Black Falcons also seen with the kites.
Michael Ramsey

Black Kite Dookie
Black Kites have been lurking around Dookie for the last week but a flock of 46 circling over burning stubble this afternoon is the most I have seen here.
Michael Ramsey

Sun 24 Mar Black Kite Boeing Reserve, Strathmore Heights
A lone individual brought to our attention at 1445 hours by the incessant alarm calls of several Noisy Miners. After circling overhead a few times the kite moved off to the south-west.
Charles, Reuben and Joseph Silveira

Black Falcon Bacchus Marsh
At 13:55hrs whilst driving south along the Bacchus Marsh - Balliang Rd and approximately 200 metres from the junction of the Rowsley - Glenmore Rd, I observed a flock of starlings being pursued by a female Black Falcon.(Large falcon with long, broad wings, dark brown colour, long tail, straight trailing edges to wings, rapid flight). The most amazing thing was seeing the falcon attack the starlings in a horizontal fashion and instantly roll into a vertical descending attack with no loss of speed to single out a lone starling - simply amazing! Observation time was approx 2 minutes and the bird was unsuccessful in that time and headed off in a north-westerly direction.
David Whelan

Fork Tailed Swift Bacchus Marsh
2 Fork Tailed Swifts observed whilst driving along ridge between Bacchus Marsh and Gisborne.
Adrian de Leiros

Sat 23 Mar Ruddy Turnstone, Hooded Plover Killarny beach
Large number Ruddy Turnstone (30) and also Hooded Plovers (12). Also Kelp and Pacific Gulls and 2 Pied Oystercatchers.
David McInnes

Pectoral Sandpiper (3), Freckled Duck (14), Brolga (2), Intermediate Egret Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
3 Pecs together at the Borrow Pits around 10am, with only a few extra Sharpies and some nice Curlew Sands coming into breeding plumage, 14 Freckled at eastern conservation pond, 2 Brolga just southwest of 85W C-9 conservation pond and an Intermediate Egret photographed at T-section.
P S Lansley & Teet Sirotkin

Thu 7 Mar Malleefowl Ouyen-Patchewollock rd
35 Malleefowl counted around sunset, 10 the following morning.
Helga Kieskamp & Peter Waanders

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