Published sightings for the week ending 24 Aug 2014.
Sun 24 Aug Latham's Snipe Heathdale Glen Orden Wetland, Werribee 3030
At 1750 hours, I observed two Snipe that flushed at this Wetland. The
first returns I have observed for this season at this location.
Beach Stone Curlew Anderson Inlet, Inverloch.
Single Bush Stone Curlew still on mud flats near Screw Creek nature
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Rufous Songlark Hicks Road (Yarrawonga)
One recently arrived Sharpie at the east end of the wetland in drying
shallows. Also first spring return of Rufous Songlark in full song.
Sat 23 Aug Blue-faced Honeyeater Royal Melbourne Zoo, Parkville
Three individuals flying free near the entrance to the gorilla
enclosures. I've never seen them this far south.
Beach Stone-Curlew Screw Creek, Inverloch
Beach Stone-Curlew still present at Screw Creek. Was seen sheltering
amongst rocks at low tide, approximately 100m from bridge.
Robyn & Nick Goode
Brolga Rokewood Shelford Road. east of Rokewood
Two brolga in wet area near side of road.
Noel and Lynne Billing
Plumed Whistling Ducks Railway Dam, Canola Depot, Willaura
260 birds resting beside dam, counted by two individuals and then seen
again at the 'poo farm' in the afternoon
Samantha Greiner & BirdLife Hamilton members
Pectoral Sandpiper etc Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
1 Pectoral Sandpiper in worn breeding plumage seen in the 5W
Conservation Ponds 5W - the one just south-west of the intersection of
the South Rd. It was with a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper also in worn
breeding plumage. Other highlights include: a pair of Brolgas at the
T-Section Lagoons; 6 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in the T-Section Lagoons;
1 Black Falcon on the fence next to the Spit.
Scott Baker, Merv Marsh, Kevin Bartram
White-winged Triller, Brown Songlark, Banded Lapwing, White-winged
Fairy-wrens Gladfield South
A scout around the plains west of Pyramid Hill turned up an early male
Triller on the move through, a displaying Brown Songlark, 6 Banded
Lapwings, numerous White-winged Fairy-wrens and Zebra Finches, Stubble
Quail calling, a Peregrine, Pied Butcherbird and White-fronted Chats
feeding young. Not bad for a few treeless paddocks !
Fri 22 Aug Wood sandpiper Dandenong Valley Wetlands, Rowville (Rigby's
One solitary bird as observed on Saturday 16 August
Thu 21 Aug Swift Parrot Gilpin Park, Brunswick
About 6- 8 birds seen near the Pearson Street side of the Park where
Southern Boobook Valley Reserve, Mt Waverley
Boobook seen this afternoon at Valley Res` being harassed by usual
Swift Parrot, Crimson Rosella Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
3 male Swift Parrot seen in flowering Sugar Gum at woodlot along Pt
Wilson Rd this morning around 0930hrs. Also there a roving band of
Crimson Rosella which is a rare bird for the plant. Fairy Martin is
returning in good numbers now and I saw one and heard two other
Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo in saltmarsh at T-section and Western Lagoon.
Wed 20 Aug Intermediate Egret & Latham's Snipe Lake Colac Bird
Went down looking for a few Snipe a friend told me about. I was lucky
enough to find the Snipe and an Intermediate Egret. Also lots of other
species including several Swans nesting, Yellow-billed and Royal
Spoonbills, a Pacific Heron and 2 Great Egrets in breeding plumage.
Swift Parrot Gilpin Park, Brunswick
At least 8 swift parrots still present this afternoon (4pm). All seen
at the Pearson Street end of the park feeding on tall flowering gums.
Song Thrush Dundee St, Reservoir
1 seen in a private backyard this morning
Tue 19 Aug Swift Parrot (2) Monash University Clayton Campus
2 Swift Parrot seen in usual area today feeding in natives. Seems like
there is a small number hanging around at the moment.
Mon 18 Aug Swift Parrot Gilpin Park, Brunswick
Feeding near Pearson Street. Witnessed several interactions with Noisy
Sun 17 Aug Powerful Owl Dandenong Ranges National Park ,Old Coach Rd
Des and Jeremy Palmer
Sat 16 Aug White-winged Chough Viewbank (Melbourne)
Flock of 7 foraging among red gums at end of Martins Lane. 10
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos in wattles nearby.
Richard Loyn & Debbie Tully
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Spotted Harrier, 70 Neophemas, 30 Double-banded
Plover Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
3 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at the T-Section Lagoons & 2 at the Western
Conservation Ponds (=5). Also around 70 Neophemas seen at the saltmarsh
south of the T-section Lagoons, presumably all Blue-winged Parrots. A
few hundred Curlew Sandpipers, around 6 Red-necked Stints, about 30
Double-banded Plovers also at T-section. 1 adult Spotted Harrier on
fence post on Pt Wilson Rd. 1 Glossy Ibis, Western Conservation Ponds.
Noisy Friarbird Price Park, Viewbank
The Noisy Friarbird was living up to its name at 9:30am, so it was very
easy to find in the gum trees below the toilets. It kept chasing
Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and Red Wattlebirds over the houses and into
the tall trees 100m away, only to return to its preferred gum tree
after about a minute. (In addition, at least 4 Swift Parrots were seen
feeding at 11am in Car Park 8 of La Trobe University Campus.)
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