Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 1 Dec 2014 06:35:05 +1000
   Birdline Victoria

   Published sightings for the week ending 30 Nov 2014.

   Sun 30 Nov Long Billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   LBD sited at the southern end close to the inlet channel Lucky enough
   to turn up at the right spot first thanks to a the only birder onsite.
   spent about 2 hours with the bird being quite happy to feed and allowed
   some good photos.
   Wayne Wignall
   Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   The lake was well searched yesterday (29 Nov) by 10+ people and the
   bird was absent. It was back again this morning being found on the
   western shore about 200 m north of the (old?) brick pump house at about
   7 am. It moved around a bit of its own accord through the morning but
   mostly stayed on the western shore - seen by at least half a dozen
   Rohan Clarke et al.
   Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   The LBD was located at around 8am on the west side of the lake just
   north of the pump station near the large communication tower. It was
   amongst sharpies. This was to the joy of many punters who were able to
   get some great photos. It could not be located on Saturday despite the
   efforts of many birders.
   Bernie OKeefe
   Sat 29 Nov Satin Flycatcher, Common Tern, Red-necked Avocet (1422)
   Cheetham Wetlands (Altona Meadows)
   Some interesting sightings on the monthly Birdlife Survey. A male Satin
   Flycatcher was present and singing in trees alongside the access gate
   near the Information board. Common Tern has returned with 4 present,
   all in basic plumage and showing very worn primaries, and good numbers
   of Red-necked Avocet with 1422 counted.
   Steve Davidson & David Richardson
   Eastern Koel Peter Weinstock
   2 birds in Long Gully. Corner of Arms and Havilah road and corner of
   Curtis and Quick St.
   Peter Weinstock
   Fri 28 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   The bird was found on the northern shore amongst a large group of
   Sharpies. Access from Tresco Rd, signed as Benjeroop 13, 2.9 km from
   Murray Valley Hwy near 2 concrete bunkers. The bird was standing in the
   water close to the water level post.
   Margaret and Richard Alcorn
   Thu 27 Nov Dollarbird, Black-faced Monarch Den of Nargun, Mitchell
   River National Park.
   Dollarbird seen on an exposed perch near the Bluff Lookout. Monarchs,
   probably two, seen in Deadcock Den. Both species had also been reported
   being seen on the previous day by a team from Melbourne Museum doing
   moth surveys.
   Rohan Long
   Long-billed Dowitcher, Banded Stilts, Red-necked Avocets Lake Tutchewop
   With Kathy Costello. The LBD was feeding actively when we arrived at
   the S end of the lake at about 11am. By about midday it was resting
   amongst the flock of Whiskered Tern. Only 2 other observers there.
   Valerie La May, Kathy Costello
   Cicadabird, Brush Cuckoo, Blue-winged Parrot, Red-browed Treecreeper
   Lerdederg River west of Blackwood; 37ADEG28'00.4"S 144ADEG16'50.4"E
   Two Cicadabirds heard, one Brush Cuckoo heard. A Blue-winged Parrot
   feeding on New Sultan Mine Rd. Red-browed Treecreeper seen in one place
   near river and heard further upstream. 37 other excellent species.
   Lawrie Conole, Warren Palmer, Warwick Remington
   Channel-billed Cuckoo Nossal High School, Berwick
   Heard the CBC calling whilst teaching during class. On the way out of
   work managed to locate the bird hiding in the pines presumably from the
   mobbing of other birds. Not doubt this is one of the CBC currently
   residing in the Berwick area, have seen now twice up the road at Wilson
   Botanic Park in 2014. Apologies for poor photo - only had iPhone on me
   James Mustafa
   Wed 26 Nov White-cheeked Honeyeater, Australasian Figbird Croajingolong
   National Park--Howe Flat Track
   I saw a White-cheeked Honeyeater very close to where the two were
   reported by Mustafa and Davidson on 23/11 (I did not see their report
   until today) plus 1 Figbird at Lakeview. Also a 1 Pink Robin, 1 Brush
   Cuckoo, many Beautiful Firetails (eBird Checklist in preparation)
   Angus Hartshorn
   Red-lored Whistler Murray-Sunset National Park--Honeymoon Hut Track
   Heard calling from Honeymoon Hut Track around 2-3 km west from
   intersection with Meridian Track. Followed call in around 400-500 m to
   locate bird.
   Alex Holmes and Dan Eyles
   Eastern Koel Station street Port Melbourne
   Bird calling from Moreton Bay Fig in Station street
   Colin Mulvogue
   Scarlet Honeyeater Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve
   Just the one, observed in woodland down the southern end, near the
   Latrobe River; calling it's little heart out. One Magpie-goose in the
   wetland also.
   Rustem Upton and Joe Wilson
   Tue 25 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   We arrived at the lake to find a very helpful man (Greg) that directed
   us to where the Dowitcher was roosting. We joined a team of three
   birders on the eastern shore where we watched the Dowitcher roost with
   a small flock of sharpies. There was some movement of this group of
   birds from the occasional Whistling Kite or false alarm. The Dowitcher
   moved between the southern and northern ends of the eastern shore. It
   did not feed between 12 and 2 pm.
   Amanda Lilleyman and Rowan Mott
   Eurasian Tree Sparrow Strathtulloh Woodland (restricted access)
   A pair of Eurasian Tree Sparrow's seen in open box woodland habitat,
   unusual environment for a principally urban species. Also nesting Dusky
   Woodswallow and Varied Sittella.
   Micah Kawalek
   Caspian Tern Kororoit Creek Mouth (Williamstown North)
   Single bird seen along Kororoit Creek near the ford (which is currently
   closed to traffic)
   Paul Randall (
   Cicadabird, Brush Cuckoo, Spotted Quail-thrush, Olive Whistler
   Lerdederg River near Blackwood; 37ADEG28'00.4"S 144ADEG16'50.4"E
   Two Cicadabirds calling; one cracking view of male low in a streamside
   Blackwood tree. Two Brush Cuckoos calling incessantly. Male Spotted
   Quail-thrush heard singing, one seen on Lerdederg Road. One Olive
   Whistler singing from streamside scrub, observed. At least 6 pairs of
   Satin Flycatchers along 2km of river; most prospecting nest sites - one
   pair of Leaden Flycatchers as well. 3 pairs of Rufous Fantails; 2 pairs
   Red-browed Treecreepers. Astonishing 2 hours.
   Lawrie Conole
   Eastern Koel Peter Weinstock
   Much movement in the Long Gully area, two birds calling and flying
   around the area from 6.00
   Peter Weinstock
   Mon 24 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Found the dowitcher around midday feeding on the southern shore just
   east of the outlet, among the four fence posts. Watched for an hour
   feeding in the shallow water with sharpies catching prey in the water
   rather than poking the mud
   Al Stewart
   Brolga Williams Landing Wetland
   Amazed while sitting in peak hour traffic this morning to see 2 brolga
   take off from the swamp, cross the freeway and head off across the ever
   expanding suburbs of Point Cook.
   Joy Tansey
   Sun 23 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   From early on Sunday morning until about noon, about 30 birders watched
   the Dowitcher roosting on the south-eastern shore with the large flock
   of Whiskered terns and other waders, feeding along the eastern shore
   with a small group of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and then roosting again
   on the south-eastern shore. I understand other birders turned up in the
   afternoon and also saw it.
   Chris and Rosemary Lester
   Eastern Koel Hawthorn
   Koel calling around 8 am in the St James Park precinct of West
   Hawthorn. It's early this year.
   Greg Hunt
   Eastern Koel Burnley, not far from Yarra River
   The unmistakable call of a male Koel heard from my place in Burnley
   Sunday morning at about 0715hrs. Just two rounds of calling then
   nothing further. May be the one that has recently been reported in the
   Royal Botanic Gardens South Yarra (?). A bit earlier this year. 'Usual'
   time for Koels in Richmond has been in December.
   Martin O'Brien
   Sat 22 Nov Eastern Koel Genoa 10' VICCell
   Near the Mallacoota road about 1 Km south of Genoa
   Angus Hartshorn
   Wed 19 Nov Rufous Fantail, Satin Flycatchers Wilsons Promontory
   National Park--Lilly Pilly Gully
   Nice to see Rufous Fantail, a pair of Satin Flycatchers, Beautiful
   Firetail, Bassian Thrush and others along this walk.
   Jenny Skewes
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