Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 3 Nov 2014 08:03:40 +1000
   Birdline Victoria

   Published sightings for the week ending 2 Nov 2014.

   Fri 31 Oct Banded Stilt Lake Corangamite eastern shoreline, Baynes Rd
   at southern end
   Numerous large flocks of Banded Stilts, estimated to be many hundreds &
   possibly 1000+ individuals sheltering behind rocky islets from strong
   winds in warm weather. Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Black Swan, Shelduck
   also present.
   Kaye Trainor & Martin O'Brien
   Swift Parrot Sheoak Crt Ocean Grove
   One Swiftie roosted this evening in large gum,at 12 Sheoak CRT.
   Denis Sleep
   Alexandrine Parakeet Park Street, Carlton North
   One Alexandrine Parakeet (obviously an escapee) seen flying and feeding
   on eucalypt blossoms by the bike path on Park Street, between Lygon and
   Nicholson Streets, Carlton North. Very distinctive in flight as it is
   larger than any native parrot in Melbourne with a very long tail.
   Harry Saddler
   Swift Parrots Manrico Crt Sunbury
   Three birds first heard and then sighted flying between flowering
   Yellow Gums at the bottom of the court. Other parrots present include
   Purple-crowned Lorrikeet and Musk Lorrikeet. This is about the latest
   date I see them at this location.
   Gerard O'Neill
   Thu 30 Oct 2Wood Sandpiper, 8Glossy Ibis, 2Brolga, adult White-bellied
   Sea-Eagle Hirds Swamp
   Water levels very low, but top up water due to be delivered. 2 Wood
   Sandpipers amongst big numbers of Red-kneed Dotterel, also plenty of
   simon starr
   Eastern Koel California Gully
   Heard call of Eastern Koel in the evening and through the night and
   again on Friday morning.
   Marion Roberts
   Purple-crowned Lorikeet Banyule Flats Reserve
   3 birds flying over near the playground. Noticed the red underwings and
   thin, high pitched screeching. Quite a few Ironbarks in full flower,
   and lots of Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets as well.
   Owen Lishmund
   Leaden Flycatcher Earlston
   Adult male heard calling and seen this morning in garden. only the 4th
   record in 20 years' observation here
   Doug Robinson
   Female Hardhead Duck Emily's Pond
   First Hardhead Duck I've seen in Emily's Pond , Lake Victoria. Due to
   works pond is very low and non appealing with few birds but low and
   behold .. a lone Hardhead
   Lachlan Manley
   Australasian Bittern Eastern Freeway
   Was astonished to watch as an Australasian Bittern flew only about 50
   metres above the traffic jam on the eastern directly after exiting the
   Mullum Mullum Tunnel. Observed for about 20 seconds as it flew
   overhead, but couldn't really believe what I was watching. Seen approx
   James Mustafa, Clancye Milne
   Wed 29 Oct Terek Sandpiper (1), Sanderling (4), Black Rock Reserve,
   Barwon Heads
   At least 4 Sanderling observed yesterday along beach whilst searching
   for Terek Sandpiper. Terek was successfully located, no longer with
   PGP's but had moved to a large wader flock a few hundred metres down
   the beach along the sand. It was very difficult to locate because the
   wader flock numbered a few thousand birds of which 90% were Red-necked
   Stints. Also Ruddy Turnstone, Curlew Sandpipers and a probable Whimbrel
   seen briefly. Terek Sandpiper became bird 378 on 2014 VicTwitch.
   James Mustafa, Clancye Milne
   Terek Sandpiper Black Rock Reserve, Barwon Heads
   Together with Pacific Golden Plovers on rocks along the beach about 300
   m east of Blackrock Rd.
   Svante Martinsson
   Gull-billed Tern (race affinis) Stockyard Pt.
   One race affinis Gull-billed was present with around 50 race macrotarsa
   Gull-billed Terns at the point at high tide. At least 30 Banded Stilts
   were also present at the point for the first time this year and 1
   Lewin's Rail was calling consistently from the swampy grassland near
   the point.
   Tim Nickholds
   Mon 27 Oct Top-knot Pigeon, Australian Figbirds and Beach Stone-Curlew
   Six Top-knot Pigeons perched in eucalypts along the walking track at
   Gypsy Point. 25/10/2014 six Australian Figbirds near Foodlands
   Supermarket Mallacoota. 29/10 a single Beach Stone Curlew in saltmarsh
   habitat along Lakeview Drive Mallacoota.
   Rob Farnes
   Sat 25 Oct Lathams Snipe Melton Botanic Garden
   Two Lathams Snipe flushed from long grass in Ryans Creek, in Melton
   Botanic Garden, on bird walk. Seen & identified by by Geraldine Kelly &
   John Bentley (friends of Melton Botanic Garden) during Bird Week in
   Melton, & identified by bird expert Birgitta Hansen.
   Daryl Akers (observer Geraldine Kelly)
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