Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 17 Nov 2014 06:22:42 +1000
   Birdline Victoria

   Published sightings for the week ending 16 Nov 2014.

   Sun 16 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   After a long drive with the wife and kids we finally reached Dowitcher
   ground zero, Lake Tutchewop. Apon ariving there were already quite a
   few other birders present whom had so far been unsuccess at tracking
   the vagrant down. It was my 5yr old son Billy who first spotted a
   strange looking wader off in the distence and once a closer inspection
   was conducted - EUREKA - we had found it!
   Tim Faulkner
   Dowitcher sp. Lake Tutchewop
   The bird has been seen by many visitors again this morning
   Simon Starr via facebook
   Eastern Koel Golden Square . Bendigo
   A single bird calls regularly aprox 8.00 am most mornings. Moving in a
   north to south direction.
   Ken Dredge
   Eastern Koel corner Curtis and Quick st. Long Gully, Bendigo
   Began calling early morning. Seen at 8:50 a.m. being chased by wattle
   Peter Weinstock
   Banded Lapwing Warmies Boatramp Reserve. Newport.3015.
   Being harassed by Noisey Miners during gentle rain. 0715.
   Anne-Maree Burgoine
   Sat 15 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop (North side)
   Bird seen around 4:30pm and viewed for about 90 minutes on the north
   shore of Lake Tutchewop. The bird was observed feeding withe
   Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Curlew Sandpipers, Red-capped Plovers and the
   odd Stilt and Avocet. The bird flew off to the north around 6pm in the
   company of approximately 20 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and could not be
   relocated. The northern shore site is easily identified because there
   are two delerict concrete structures between the road and the lake
   shore at that point.
   Paul Dodd, Ruth Woodrow, Joy Tansey, Tim Dolby and others
   Grey Goshawk Wallington
   White morph adult perched in dead tree about 100m from edge of
   Bellarine Highway, a kilometer east of Grubb Rd Roundabout
   Russell Woodford
   Dowitcher (long-billed?) Lake Tutchewop
   Dowitcher reported today, south side of lake, sighting taken from Vic
   birders facebook page, no photo
   simon starr via facebook
   Thu 13 Nov White-fronted Honeyeater Greater Bendigo National
   Park--Kamarooka--Old Distillery Dam
   Two White-fronted Honeyeaters drinking at the dam along with
   Purple-gaped, Tawny-crowned, White-eared and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters.
   Nick Talbot
   Banded Lapwing Purdies Rd Wunghnu
   Observed a pair of Banded Lapwings in a harvested wheat field in
   Purdies Road north of Wunghnu
   Catarina Gregson
   Eastern Koel Kennington - near La Trobe University
   Heard call at about 7am. Then saw the bird, calling for about five
   minutes from top of a tree, at about 8.30am.
   Helen Lunt
   Banded Lapwing Black Rock Reserve, Barwon Heads
   1 Banded Lapwing together with Masked Lapwings, flew from the rocks and
   landed at the sewage ponds East Blackrock Rd.
   Svante Martinsson
   Crested Bellbird and Black-chinned Honeyeater Bung Bong State Forest
   About a dozen Black-chinned Honeyeaters and half as many Bellbirds seen
   along with lots of other Box-Ironbark locals during a brief early
   morning visit down Chadwick Track, south of the Pyrenees Highway, west
   of Maryborough.
   Marc Freestone
   Wed 12 Nov Freckled Duck Winton Wetlands--Duck Pond
   Fifty or more Freckled Ducks seen at about 9.30am. Accessed the pond
   from the gate closest to the Glenrowan-Boweya rd as this provides good
   observing cover esp. in the morning.
   BirdLIfe Murray Goulburn
   Hooded Plover Kennett River
   One bird close to water line at low tide approx. 9am
   Debbie Worland
   Eastern Koel Quarry Hill and Bendigo
   There are at least 2 Koels in the Quarry Hill area and possibly a 3rd
   in the greater Bendigo area that I know of now. 2 birds heard calling
   to each other 1 near Harkness St Peel St intersection to another down
   near Reginald St early this morning. Another up Lily St near 3BO heard
   soon after. Would like other reports to cross reference and find out
   how many are here now.
   Greg McKay
   Orange Chat Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
   29 Mile Rd. at the first curve from Beach Rd there were 2 Orange Chats
   on the fence and adjoining wetlands. 90+ species for the day.
   Gordon McCarthy & Tom Fletcher
   Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   No reports have been received by birdline today, positive or negative,
   of the Dowitcher at Lake Tutchewop despite many birders apparently
   visiting the site. Will update any news as soon as we recieve some. An
   ebird list entered for today recorded the bird ar 2pm. We can't confirm
   whether this is accurate
   simon starr for birdline victoria
   Pomarine Jaeger, Arctic Jaeger Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
   Among a loose flock of feeding Crested Terns, gannets and gulls
   offshore from Ricketts Point, I noticed a pale and a dark morph Arctic
   Jaeger. Also present was a pale morph Pomarine, identified by its much
   bulkier body shape and larger size (substantially bigger than the
   Crested Tern it was harassing).
   Sean Dooley
   Eastern Koel Gresswell Habitat Link Nature Conservation Reserve
   Unmistakeable call of a male Koel heard from 6:20am this morning (12
   Nov) for about 15mins. Previously heard on the morning of 3 November -
   just hours before the first report of a Koel in the Royal Botanic
   Gardens in the City.
   Reza Mohammed
   Tue 11 Nov Possible Stilt Sandpiper Cheetham Wetlands (Altona Meadows)
   Sorry about late report ( no access to net due to work ) . Observed
   what I first thought a Marsh Sandpiper with a group of Sharp tail and
   Curlew Sandpipers, a closer look ( about 300mts ) showed a thicker bill
   and a faint white eye brow , bill slightly curved down , bird same size
   as Curlew SP. Very grainy pic added . Seen about 300mts South East of
   Ford from Boardwalk at Sunflower Dve. (Moderator's note: published to
   hopefully confirm identify)
   Colin Mulvogue
   Grey-crowned Babbler Kerang, Murray Valley Hwy
   A family of Grey-crowned Babblers was seen at the pull-of on the north
   side of the Murray Valley Highway about 10 metres after crossing the
   Lodden River bridge in Kerang.
   Jennifer Spry, Brian Johnston
   Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Bird still present. A bit flightier today and alternating between north
   and south shores of the lake. Well done again to the Sawyer's for their
   initial find. Amazing!
   Dean Ingwersen, Andrew Silcocks and a group of other birders.
   Eastern Koel Bennet St, Long Gully, Bendigo
   Photo of Koel and Pee Wee.
   P. Weinstock
   eastern koel Bennet street Long Gully, Bendigo
   8.00 a.m. calling loudly from elm tree. Chased away by peewees who have
   a substantial nest in the tree. The bird has been in the area for
   several weeks and has been sighted around town as per earlier reports.
   P. Weinstock
   Mon 10 Nov Beach Stone-curlew Snowy River estuary
   As we walked along the estuary shoreline at Corringle this evening a
   Beach Stone-curlew was observed quietly roosting among timber debris
   some 500m west of the entrance. Given the frequent sightings of this
   species in Victoria during 2014, it is interesting to speculate just
   how many are present at any one time.
   Len and Jacquie Axen
   American Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Bird still present at Latitude: -35.499044 Longitude: 143.753457
   Waiting on ID confirmation
   James Mustafa, Scott Baker and Tim Nickholds
   Short-billed Dowitcher (possible) Lake Tutchewop
   There is currently a Short-billed Dowitcher in breeding plumage at Lake
   Per Joshua Bergmark
   Sun 9 Nov Brolga Rokewood/Shelford Rd
   Adult & chick on roadside verge. Approx 2k west past Gumley/Gumley Sth
   crossroads. A small waterhole very close to road near old bluestone
   bridge. She took the chick over to the stone wall fence in amongst high
   Phalaris grass. Male (?) flew onto waterhole when we pulled over. 6pm
   Peter Warner
   Wood Sandpiper Killarney Wetlands, Middle Swamp
   Single Wood Sandpiper observed in the Killarney Wetlands. It was in the
   swampy area which is to the right of the road when travel towards
   Killarney Beach. A handful of Sharpies also present.
   Scott Baker, Kevin Bartram, James Mustafa
   Sat 8 Nov Leaden Flycatcher Warby Ranges (Booth Winery)
   Heritage Trail behind Booths Winery. Diamond Firetail was at Ben
   Warby's 1857 Sheepwash. Leaden Flycatcher, Varied Sitella were upstream
   on slope above Weir 3. Sitella chased away by Rufous Whistler, which
   were very abundant and provided continuous sound screen.
   Neil Murray
   Fri 7 Nov Dowitcher sp. (either Long-billed or Short-billed) Lake
   A Dowitcher sp. either Short-billed of Long-billed has been recorded
   and photographed at Lake Tutchewop but confirmation of which species is
   required. Posted here to confirm this sighting and obtain more photos
   is possible.
   Eremaea Moderators via Peter Sawyer
   Sat 1 Nov Eastern Koel Hawthorn
   Koel has returned to the same pine near corner of Lisson Grove and
   Through Street for third consecutive year.
   John Gray
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