Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 23 Sep 2013 06:46:42 +1000

Birdline Victoria

Published sightings for the week ending 22 Sep 2013.

Sun 22 Sep Beautiful Firetail Harrison Track Nth (Anglesea Heath)
Beautiful firetails (2), rufous bristlebird (1) and several southern emu-wrens along Harrison's Track Nth, off Gum Flat Rd, off Forest Rd in Anglesea Heath. Sitellas nesting, blue winged parrots searching hollows. Wildflowers and orchids abound.
John Newman

Sat 21 Sep Great Knot Stockyard Point, Westernport Bay
Full day banding with members of the Victorian Wader Study Group, mainly targeted Pied Oystercatchers, but there where plenty of other birds around including a solitary Great Knot found late in the day among a flock of Silver Gulls, there where also around 200 Bar-tailed Godwits and around 100 Red Knots at the point today, many around hours before high tide
Tim Nickholds

Fri 20 Sep Grey Plover Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
An adult Grey Plover in worn breeding plumage was present this morning on low tide at the North Spit. First for spring.
Steve Davidson

Fri 20 Sep Little Crow (breeding) Mildura
A pair of Little Crow nesting in a large spotted gum just of Fourteenth Avenue.
Rohan Clarke

Thu 19 Sep Diamond Firetail Broken Boosey State Park
2 Diamond Firetails seen along the Nine Mile Creek close to the old homestead Brookfield
Catarina Gregson

Wed 18 Sep Australasian Bittern, Pallid Cuckoo, Brown-headed Honeyeater Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Mild and calm with sunny breaks at first, cloud building to rain as I left. Highlights included the booming calls of an Australasian Bittern heard whilst stopped along 280 South Rd near intersection with 65W Rd, coming from somewhere back toward 85WA Lagoon. Also a Pallid Cuckoo along Beach Rd near Gate 4, and a single Brown-headed Honeyeater heard then seen in the woodlot along Pt Wilson Rd - first I've had here.
Steve Davidson

Wed 18 Sep Osprey Cape Liptrap Coastal Park (Point Smythe)
Single Osprey seen flying south along beach on ocean side of Point Smythe.
Jonathon Stevenson

Elegant Parrot Goschen Flora Reserve
I was suprised to find 3 Elegant Parrots among flock of 30+ Blue-winged Parrots feeding among grasses in the Goschen Reserve. They were much nicer looking than Blue-wings. Each bird had a two-toned blue bands (extending well past eyes) and two-toned wing bars - contrasting with yellow bellies. The reserve was teaming with birds - most common: Brown Treecreeper, Hooded Robin, White-browed Woodswallows (300+), Little Button-quail ( with two chicks) and plenty of honeyeaters (including few Black HE)
Ted Wnorowski

Pallid Cuckoo Tylden and Kyneton, central Victoria
First 2 Pallid Cuckoos seen here for the season. Neither calling.
Lawrie Conole

Tue 17 Sep Rufous Songlark, Brolga, Baillon's Crake, Great Crested Grebe Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Rufous Songlark at 270S Borrow Pit, 2 Brolgas at Kirk Point & later displaying in the 29 Mile Rd herbfield, 4 Baillon's Crake in T-Section, 2 Great Crested Grebe Paradise Road, plus 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Glossy Ibis, Fairy, Little and Whiskered Terns.
John Barkla, Andrew & Chris Galbraith

Square-tailed Kite Spring Creek Greytown - Rushworth Road
One bird over Creekline Grassy Woodland and Box Ironbark Forest seen by Box Ironbark participants.
Garry Cheers

4 Eurasian tree sparrows Next door to Preston police station Roseberry Ave Preston
Was pleasantly surprised to see four tree sparrows on roof next to police station. Easily seen from footpath, were there an hour later. Nesting material seen carried on both occasions.
Mark Stephens

Swift Parrot Willis Avenue, Marlo
Yesterday, 4 Swift Parrots were observed calling from E botryoides in Willis Avenue. Initially harassed by Red Wattlebirds they sheltered in the canopy of these gums affording us extended views in the early afternoon. Late today amidst driving wind and rain, Jacquie observed a small flock of 7 Swifties flying fast and direct towards the Snowy River estuary and the "first island". First observation within the Marlo township for a number of years.
Jacquie and Len Axen

Sun 15 Sep Double-barred Finch indigo valley rd Barnawartha 3688
Saw 4 of these finches in a group of firetail finches feeding on grass seeds in private garden
celia de coverley

White-bellied Sea-Eagle Barmah National Park (Ulupna Island)
First time that I have seen one here. It was a great 1hr of birding on Carters Beach. Lot of birds around a number of nests found.
Matthew Vinicombe

Grey Currawong Toorak
A single and very vocal bird seen near the corner of Toorak and Orrong Roads. Pied Currawong in the area too.
Sean Dooley

Sat 14 Sep Powerful Owl Williamstown
Powerful Owl heard and sighted. Sitting on electricity wires above road, observing brushtail possum.
Megan Erm

Bassian Thrush Strath Creek
Single bird located on Murchison Spur Rd. It's gob full of worms indicate it is busy feeding young at the moment.
Bernie OKeefe

Fri 13 Sep Pink-eared Duck Violet Town Sewerage Ponds
60 counted on the ponds, along with smaller numbers of Hardhead and Grey Teal
Doug Robinson

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