Published sightings for the week ending 8 Jun 2014.
|Sun 8 Jun
(Ryans Rd) Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park
4 birds seen, 3 of them banded. Very vocal and the wild bird was vigorously defending territory.
Kate Daniel and John Saw
Bababi djinanang /Jukes Rd Grassland, Fawkner
A male and a female feeding alongside around 8 Flame Robins. First time noticed Scarlet in this site. Birds are using maturing woodland revegetation while Flame Robins favouring adjacent open parkland and grassland.
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendgo
Found roost other day found lone owl in attendance today
|Sat 7 Jun
Winton Wetlands--Duck Pond
An amazing count of 137 seem among other waterfowl on the Duck Pond. Probably more as well. The highest count I have had in many years.
Baxter (suburban garden)
Morning flyovers whilst doing DIY. Also Swamp Harrier and Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo.
||Black Falcon, White-Bellied Sea Eagle, Australian Hobby
Western Treatment Plant (Beach Road)
A great afternoon for raptors with a dizzying 10 species seen at the WTP, all along Beach Rd - Black Falcons on the hunt (2), Australian Hobby (1), Nankeen Kestrels, Brown Falcons, Black-Shouldered, Whistling and Black Kites (numerous), Swamp Harriers and a juvenile Collared Sparrowhawk. Juvenile Sea Eagle seen flying overhead at dusk.
Little Eagles seen earlier at the first Werribee turn-off.
|Fri 6 Jun
An adult bird seen near the weir.
2 Australasian Bittern seen along Wetlands Track. One flushed from reeds on track side then a smaller one from reeds app.10m across water. Flew in different directions.
Arthur Carew and John Stirling
|Thu 5 Jun
Two adults and a sub-adult feeding in a small cattle feedlot paddock adjacent to Bendigo-Tennyson Road.
Swallow Lagoon Nature Conservation Reserve (Munro)
On a still and sunny winter's afternoon, a Scarlet Honeyeater was heard incessantly calling from flowering mistletoes along the main management track within this reserve.
Jacquie and Len Axen
The Briars (Chechingurk Hide)
Surprised to see a good number of Black fronted Dotterels at Chechingurk hide today. 14 were counted in total, possibly stimulated by recent rains. Water levels still low there so lots of muddy margins to forage on.
Spavin Lake, Sunbury
Around 10 Purple-crowned lorikeets were observed feeding on a flowering eucalyptus tree on the south side of the lake.Two freckled duck were observed paddling near the "bird habitat" island. 12 cattle egrets were also present.
Noisy Miner and Magpie alarm calls alerted me to the presence of a light morph Little Eagle soaring overhead at 1:40pm. Ascended very high.
|Wed 4 Jun
||Song Thrush, Buff-banded Rail
Royal Melbourne Zoo, Parkville
Song Thrush foraging in leaf litter between koala enclosure and services area entrance. Buff-banded Rail scampering about near Bush Stone Curlew cage. Both quite tolerant of nearby pedestrian traffic.
Whilst working near the corner of High St and McDonalds Rd, Epping, I saw a large, pale raptor fly over, going west. Some quick photos revealed a sub-adult Sea-Eagle, a species that I've never seen in this area before. No large bodies of water come to mind for it to frequent.
Pontings Lane, Bailieston
At least 96 birds chattering and calling in Grey Box, with small flocks frequently leaving and arriving. This count represents the minimum number present based on two flocks seen leaving the area one after the other.
Margaret and Richard Alcorn
||Whiskered Tern 3, Red-necked Avocets 2, Silver Gulls 2
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendgo
Ken Dredge & Miles Geldart ( park ranger )
|Tue 3 Jun
Sawmill Rd, Castlemaine
1 Rose Robin private property just Sawmill Rd this afternoon. 1st one I've seen in Castlemaine this year.
|Sun 1 Jun
Royal Park, Parkville
Although Australian Magpies are very common I thought the markings of this particular one were very unusual. Sighted near Netball/Hockey Centre
|Fri 30 May
1 Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus) sitting on rocks, among Pied and Little Pied Cormorants, Elwood Beach.
|Thu 29 May
James Cook Drive, Emu Creek
Barking owls heard close by (in gully below our house).7:40am last Thursday morning. Perhaps 2 birds, they called for a short time and then after a few minutes seemed to have move further away. Just wondering if anyone locally has seen or heard them.
|Sat 24 May
||Osprey, Australian Spotted Crake
Hodgins Rd, Devilbend Reservoir overlook
At least one bird present over the last 2.5 weeks in shallows and reedy edges. Eastern Osprey seen over Bittern Reservoir from Stumpy Gully Rd at lunchtime on 24th May. Great Egret regularly seen, occasional sightings of Little Eagle, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Brown Goshawk, Peregrine, Australian Hobby throughout May.
|Wed 21 May
Balnarring Community Wetland
Numbers of Freckled Ducks at this site have dropped significantly from the peak count of 37 in mid-March down to 13. Other wildfowl include seen this autumn here have included Hardhead, Australian Shelduck, Blue-billed Duck with regular species lists of between 22-35 species in the different habitats.