Published sightings for the week ending 17 Nov 2013.
|Sun 17 Nov
Near Lake Lorne, Drysdale
Spotted Harrier (1) Nearby (c. 1.5km) at corner of Grubb and Belchers Road. Adult. Superb views. Flew low beside road then across farmland towards Lake Lorne.
Dam adjacent to Balbirooroo Wetland, Balnarring
3 Freckled Duck
Ocean Grove, east end of Woodlands Drive.
First heard calling at 0915 then seen flying between the trees for at least the next half hour.. Possibly the same bird recorded by Dennis Sleep not far from Woodlands, on 1/11/13.
|Sat 16 Nov
||Powerful Owl & offspring?
Blue Tongue Bend Track Warrandyte
I was surprised to see the bird only 4mts? above ground, in a native cherry. In between the branches as they meet the trunk, you might discern a (presumably) a fledgling, roughly 60% the size of the pictured bird. Sorry only an Iphone image! Located at a slight bend, north side of track, about half way down from top of the ridge to the river edge.
Fishers Wetland Phillip Island
The Glossy Ibis are still at Fishers Wetland . Three of us saw 18 today. A local told me the birds have been there for about a month and 30 were sighted one day.
Geoff Russell, Robert Wright & Roger Needham
||Scarlet Honeyeater, Crescent Honeyeater
Baluk Willam Nature Conservation Reserve
Quite a few Scarlet Honeyeaters near the Southern carpark with more calling from nearby gullies in farmland and the north of Lysterfield Park. Crescent Honeyeater and nesting Satin Flycatcher and Scared Kingfisher of interest this close to SE Suburbs.
|Fri 15 Nov
|| Short-tailed Shearwater
Barham River estuary, Apollo Bay
At least 40 Short-tailed Shearwaters scattered along 1 km of beach and 1 Little Penguin also beach wrecked. At least one Rufous Bristlebird calling strongly behind caravan, able to get some nice views and pics.
Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Clydesdale
Black-eared Cuckoo (1) Amazed to see one in bush north-west of the clearing near intersection of Zumpies Road and Drury/Milne Lane. Nice views, sometimes calling and photographed as well.
|Thu 14 Nov
Seymour River Walk
Three calling, flying and roosting in tall tree. Downriver section of walk from Bolton St. to the mouth of Whiteheads Creek.
Val La May
|Thu 14 Nov
Orange Chat (2) M&F. On the left, 200m along the left hand track from the 'parking area'
|Wed 13 Nov
Flora Hill, Beebe Street
Calling loudly from the large Blue Gum behind our house this evening. Have been hearing calls along back creek adjacent to Rowcliffe Street Quarry Hill which is just down the road and consistent with earlier reports from other observers. Last week, whilst driving past the Queens Arms Hotel mid morning I heard it en route to Golden Square and about two hours later a call was heard near Pallet street Golden Square. Same bird maybe?
|Tue 12 Nov
Mill Park Lakes
Black-tailed Native-hen breeding ( 1 medium size downy chick).. few breeding records in southern Victoria. No sign of Freckled Duck which have been here for some time.
|Tue 12 Nov
Phillip Island Cemetery Phillip Island Victoria
When we drove in I am sure there were 2 but I only got a photo of 1 though.
Diana van Eck
||Short tailed Shearwater
25+ dead Shearwaters on the beach. From the Point to the Homestead.
||Eastern x Crimson Rosella hybrid
Bendigo [Our backyard]
Photo shows 3 of 6 chicks from an Eastern and Crimson Rosella pair in birdbox in our backyard.
John & Margaret McInerney
|Mon 11 Nov
About 200 shearwaters dead and dying on the beach at Lorne - a number also chasing the bait on fishing lines at the pier. At least 20 birds caught and released by the fishermen while I was there.
Lake Colac Bird Sanctuary
28+ Snipe sighted feeding in Sedges at edge of swamp near car park.
Corrie & Ian Macartney
West Beach to Langridge Street groyne. 41 dead Short-tailed Shearwaters as per recent 'wreck'. Also 1 dead Little Pied Cormorant, 1 dead young Silver Gull and unidentified dead chick found near rocks at end of pier. Anything breeding near St Kilda Pier seems noteworthy.
Geelong Grammar School Corio
Quite a few flying up and down the shoreline in front of the Grammar School. Some flying so close to the edge their wings were almost touching the shell grit. Quite an extraordinary sight! A further search revealed many sitting on the water 10 metres from the shoreline all around the North Shore esplanade and inner Corio Bay.
North Geelong. Industrial Area
Seen flying over our work place 08:15 today, about 1 km from Corio Bay. Yesterday my daughter told me several dozen STSWs were washed up on the beach at Barwon Heads.
|Sun 10 Nov
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Single bird at Conservation Pond 35E.
Mark Stanley & Annette Hatten
||Black-eared Cuckoo, Redthroat, Gilbert's Whistler, Southern Scrub Robin
Wyperfeld National Park
All seen well on Discovery Walk. Also 20+ Regent Parrot seen well at close range at Lake Brambuk. Many Splendid Fairy Wren in speccy breeding plumage. Surprisingly very few honeyeaters.
Greg Oakley, Tom Evans, Mark Landmann
||Common Diving Petrel?
Ricketts Point, Beaumaris
Single bird approximately 20 cm long washed up on the beach near the Tea House
|Sat 9 Nov
||Great Crested Grebe, Cattle Egret, Latham's Snipe, Caspian Tern
Colac Botanic Gardens, Colac 1' Cell
On the way to work stopped in for a look at the bird sanctuary and the lake from boat ramp to the sanctuary to Clark St. Happy to see a few Latham's snipe back again. Great Crested Grebe (5) mouth of barongarook creek. Cattle Egret sanctuary. Latham's Snipe (3) on the grass South side of bird sanctuary Caspian Tern (1) above Barongarook Creek mouth.
|Fri 8 Nov
Neds Corner Station
One juvenile and one immature bird in separate locations on property. Small groups of up to 20 Crimson Chats also observed at multiple locations.
|Sat 2 Nov
Plenty on Melbourne outskirts
Not actually seen just heard for several days around my home, unknown bird type until contacted a bird enthusiast who told me what type of bird it was. Assume it had moved so far south due to bush fires???