Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 25 Aug 2014 10:03:26 +1000
   Birdline Victoria

   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.
   Peter Gibbons
   Beach Stone Curlew Anderson Inlet, Inverloch.
   Single Bush Stone Curlew still on mud flats near Screw Creek nature
   Dave Dickson
   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.
   Michael Ramsey
   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.
   Gary Oliver
   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 !
   Simon Starr
   Fri 22 Aug Wood sandpiper Dandenong Valley Wetlands, Rowville (Rigby's
   One solitary bird as observed on Saturday 16 August
   Stephan Megroz
   Thu 21 Aug Swift Parrot Gilpin Park, Brunswick
   About 6- 8 birds seen near the Pearson Street side of the Park where
   previously reported.
   Nick Koutoulis
   Southern Boobook Valley Reserve, Mt Waverley
   Boobook seen this afternoon at Valley Res` being harassed by usual
   Chris Gittins
   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.
   Steve Davidson
   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.
   Adam Fry
   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.
   Richard Arnold
   Song Thrush Dundee St, Reservoir
   1 seen in a private backyard this morning
   Matt Vinicombe
   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.
   James Mustafa
   Mon 18 Aug Swift Parrot Gilpin Park, Brunswick
   Feeding near Pearson Street. Witnessed several interactions with Noisy
   Debbie Lustig
   Sun 17 Aug Powerful Owl Dandenong Ranges National Park ,Old Coach Rd
   The Basin
   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.
   Kevin Bartram
   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.)
   Reza Mohammed
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