Published sightings for the week ending 31 Aug 2014.
Sun 31 Aug Marsh Sandpiper Yarrawonga
A single bird seen on a drying wetland by the Boomahnoomoonah Rd. A
good sighting locally, waders are rare in NE Victoria. This is the
third wader species seen in the Yarrawonga area over the late week with
a Wood Sandpiper and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers also seen.
White-winged Chough, Fan-tailed Cuckoo and Laughing Kookaburra Royal
An immature White-winged Chough was east of Elliot Avenue (as reported
by Rohan Long on Thursday) close to the circular bike/walking track, a
Fan-tailed Cuckoo was in the skink grassland above Trin Warren
Tam-boore waterhole and a Laughing Kookaburra was in and around the
Sat 30 Aug Turquoise Parrot, Masked Owl Bunyip State Park
Five Turquoise Parrots flushed from the borrow pit at the southern end
of Bunyip River Road, seem to becoming more common in the area. Single
Masked Owl of note as it was in an area extensively burnt in the Black
Marsh Sandpiper Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Three Marsh Sandpiper today in Pond 4. Some Sharpies, Red-necked Stint
and Curlew Sandpipers with good colour.
Grey-Tailed Tattler (possible) Altona Coastal Park
Not 100% sure about my identification- bird was partially hidden behind
rocks and quite far away. Bird was located along Racecourse Road, to
the left of the 'bridge' above the Kororoit Creek. Would love to hear
about any other possible IDs for this bird.
Australasian Bittern Lark Street, Altona
In flight above my backyard, heading south then east. I am very near to
Truganina Swamp which is likely where it came from and looks like it
was heading towards Kororoit Creek.
David A Richardson
Fri 29 Aug Glossy Ibis Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Single bird flying west over Borrow Pit on a very foggy morning. Large
numbers of Black-shouldered Kites, two Brolgas in sea east of Murtcain
Outlet. Brown Quail at Beach Rd Gate. Several reports of Blue-wings in
Western Lagoons but they hid from us.
Dave Torr and 4 UK visitors
Swift Parrot Gilpin Park, Brunswick
Following everyone else's reports, found at least 10 swift parrots in
trees near Pearson St..
Thu 28 Aug White-winged Chough Royal Park, Parkville
Really odd to see this bird here, but got a clear, unmistakable view.
Single bird flew in and perched in a medium-sized tree just east of
where MacArthur Rd crosses the tram track. Clearly saw down-curved beak
and white-wing detail when the bird made a preening motion. Would have
liked to have seen if there were more choughs but I occupied and
couldn't follow it up. (Also saw female Golden Whistler in more or less
the same spot.)
Swift Parrot Gilpin Park, Brunswick
At least 10 birds close to Pearson St as previously reported.
Pete Kyne & Micha Jackson
Wed 27 Aug Wood Sandpiper Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
North side of Paradise Road near Little River estuary [East of
quarantine area]- with Dotterels. Feeding quietly and not bothered by
very close car. Also one Glossy Ibis and many Black-shouldered Kites
with immature plumage.
Tue 26 Aug Wood Sandpiper Hicks Road Wetland (Yarrawonga)
Tipped off by Michael Ramsey waders were at this wetland and
photographed a Wood Sandpiper late afternoon. Two Sharp-tailed
Sandpipers also present.
Little Eagle Price Park, Viewbank
1 bird soaring high being hassled by ravens. Also, the Noisy Friarbird
is still present below the toilet block
Eastern Barn Owl Forfar Rd, Hamlyn Heights
Was attending to maintenance around my parents home at lunch time today
when I disturbed an Eastern barn owl from roosting low in a shrub next
to the swimming pool. It flew out and looked at me before flying into a
large tree two houses down the street. I will never forget this unique
Rose Robin Woodlands Historic Park
Located about 300 metres from the cemetery car park amongst flowering
wattle, near the old entrance road to the hospital.
Little Eagle Monash University Clayton Campus
Noisy Miner and Magpie alarm calls alerted me to the presence of a dark
morph Little Eagle soaring over the uni carpark at 10:40am. Also
observed were three Little Lorikeets.
Rufous Songlark Fairhope (12 km N of Bairnsdale)
Calling in paddock. Unusually early record for the season at this
Felicity & Chris Healey
Mon 25 Aug White-bellied Sea Eagle Donald Aerodrome
White-bellied Sea Eagle sighted on ground at the Donald aerodrome at 10
a.m. this morning. It took flight after being harassed by a pair of
magpies only to be chased by a pair of circling Wedge-tailed Eagles.
David and Ann Dunstan
Sun 24 Aug Dusky Woodswallow Strathtulloh Woodland
30 - 40 Dusky Woodswallows in Strathtulloh Woodland, in Toolern
Regional Park, beside Toolern Creek, south of Melton. Very actively
feeding both on the ground & in the air.
Fri 22 Aug Freckled Ducks Coolart
A few Freckled Duck plus plenty of Blue-billed Ducks. Also 20 or more
Ibis (mainly Sacred Ibis) building nests, incubating eggs,raising
chicks and quarreling, all within 20 metres of the hide
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