Birdline Victoria Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
Date: 22 Dec 2014 07:06:38 +1000
   Birdline Victoria

   Published sightings for the week ending 21 Dec 2014.

   Sun 21 Dec Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   At around 5:30 p.m., the Long-billed Dowitcher was sleeping amongst the
   strings of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in the southeast corner of the lake.
   Logan Lalonde
   Dollarbird Seymour River Walk
   5 Dollarbirds calling loudly from both sides of the river & in a
   paddock tree. 2 appeared to be immature, ie with dull-coloured beak &
   feet. Several Little Friarbirds seen.
   Val La May
   Sat 20 Dec Eastern Koel Eltham
   Calling from treetops beside Kerrie Crscent, 6.30 to7.15
   Danny Rogers
   Eastern Koel Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
   Koel heard calling from tall trees near the Arid Garden (started from
   around 1745).
   Jason & Jo Caruso
   Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   The Long-billed Dowitcher was observed between 1000 hours and 1330
   hours on the eastern shoreline (not the north-western shoreline) of the
   lake in company with a number of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. The bird was
   located and as reported on Thursday 18/12/2014. The bird was also
   observed at this location by Laurie and Heather (bird observers and
   photographers) for some five hours the previous day (Friday
   19/12/2014). Also present at the lake were approximately 3000 Banded
   Peter Gibbons and Maarten Hulzebosch
   White-winged Black Tern Western Treatment Plant--Beach Rd Boat Ramp
   (restricted access)
   Two birds with many Whiskered Tern and one Latham's Snipe on pond near
   Tom Tarrant, Dr David Bird (from Canada)
   Long Billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Seen at the NW end of lake at 10 am ~ Still in breeding plumage
   Giles Daubeney
   Fri 19 Dec Grey-tailed Tattler Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
   At high tide (11.35am) a Grey-tailed Tattler was found on rocks between
   Beach Rd and Kirk Point. Also at this location were 13 Red Knots. Other
   interesting birds were Pectoral Sandpipers, one at T Section lagoon
   pond 5 and another one on the foreshore near the bird hide (at high
   tide). 11 Pacific Golden Plovers at Kirk Point, two Arctic Jaegers
   along the foreshore, a dark and a light morph. Also, 28 Glossy Ibis at
   Walsh's lagoons (first ponds to the left if you cross Little River).
   Maarten Hulzebosch
   Arctic Jaeger Avalon Beach
   Dark-phase bird harassing Silver Gulls
   Tom Tarrant, Brett Lane
   Thu 18 Dec White-throated Nightjar Chiltern-Mt Pilot National
   Park--Honeyeater Picnic Ground
   At exactly dusk, one White-throated Nightjar came swooping in to feed
   above Cyanide Dam, and it stayed for less than 10 seconds.
   Logan Lalonde
   Long Billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   seen on Eastern side of lake in with flock of Sharp Tailed Sandpipers.
   Des Palmer
   Eastern Koel Oak Park
   Koel heard calling several times this morning. Bird was heard from our
   house but was a fair distance away. Possibly in the tall gums/pines
   along the northern or western boundary of the Northern Golf Course.
   Jason & Jo Caruso
   Wed 17 Dec Eastern Koel Ivanhoe
   Koel heard calling several times morning, evening and night both 17th
   and 18th of December. The Koel was in a suburban area but near Darebin
   Parklands. Seen briefly in flight once.
   Robin Massey
   Dollarbird Seymour
   2 Dollarbirds seen along Goulburn River Walk at 11:00 am. Also several
   Little Friarbirds.
   Warren Palmer & Warwick Remington
   Scarlet Honeyeater Silvan Reservoir Park
   3 Scarlet Honeyeaters initially heard around the Greygum-Olinda Creek
   Track junction, after about 15 minutes of searching I was eventually
   able to locate a male actively feeding in the canopy. As I headed south
   down Greygum Track (towards the Overflow Carpark) I heard a further 5
   more calling from the canopy. Also good numbers of Red-browed
   Treecreepers around at present with at least 6 heard in their usual
   area around the Greygum-Olinda Creek Track junction and an adult, with
   juvenile in tow, providing excellent views near the Overflow Carpark
   Tim Nickholds
   Tue 16 Dec Eastern Koel Viewbank
   One calling pre-dawn
   Richard Loyn
   Eastern Koel Millgrove
   One Eastern Koel heard calling 7.15am around Wonga Rd Millgrove. Not
   Magpie Goose Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
   6 Magpie Geese observed from viewing platform off Edithvale Rd.
   Greg Thompson
   Terek Sandpiper (1), Lesser Sand Plover (3), Grey-tailed Tattler (4)
   Ram Island, French Island
   All waders seen today along the beach and mud flat areas on the
   southern part of French Island near Ram Island. Terek Sandpiper,
   Pacific Golden Plovers and Lesser Sand Plovers were in a restricted,
   private property area.
   James Mustafa
   Magpie Geese Williams Landing Wetland
   Observed 3 Magpie Geese from the train at 5.15pm
   Mark Helle
   Grey Goshawk (white morph) Dandenong Ranges National Park--Grants
   Picnic Ground
   Seen gliding overhead about 9.30 am causing alarm among the
   Sulphur-crested Cockatoos.
   Ian Wilson
   Song Thrush Large residential allotment in Hoppers Crossing 3029
   At 0650 hours, I observed a single Song Thrush at a bird bath in my
   rear yard. I have observed this species only occasionally in this area.
   Peter Gibbons
   Mon 15 Dec Latham's Snipe Lake Colac Bird Sanctuary
   12+ Snipe flushed from grassy verge.
   Corrie & Ian Macartney,Will Bridgeman
   Red Knot Stockyard Pt.
   At least 12 Red Knot mixed in with other waders along the spit area. No
   sign of race affinis gull-billed tern or any sand plover species.
   James Mustafa
   Sun 14 Dec Square-tailed Kite Hicks Road Echuca east
   After the completion of the Birdlife Echuca and district AGM, and with
   just a few people still present, a Square-tailed Kite arrived in the
   area, and landed in a large Red Gum right next to the house where we
   held the meeting ! Over the next 45 minutes it ate a fledgling
   bird....species unknown, had a snooze, preened and finally did another
   couple of laps of the property before heading off to the west.
   Simon Starr et al
   Eastern Koel McLean Street Maffra, Vic
   Eastern Koel heard in tree in rear of yard in Mclean Street, Maffra
   Vic. No observation. Calling late evening Sat 13 Dec and early morning
   14 Dec. Calling again evening 14 Dec, sounding like similar location.
   Sharna Cole
   Sat 13 Dec Long-billed Dowitcher Lake Tutchewop
   Present on SW side of lake near some nest boxes around midday, in warm,
   near still conditions. It flew to the east around 2pm.
   Peter Shute, Bill Stent, Russell Woodford
   Fri 12 Dec Grass Owl Myall
   Grass Owl seen again in grass swamp area.
   Eric Finder, Malcolm Eyles
   Thu 11 Dec Australian Pratincole Speed
   Single Australian Pratincole seen soaring elegantly over the Sunraysia
   Highway about a kilometre south of Speed. Light sandy brown coloured
   bird with dark black underwings and lighter belly/breast clearly
   observed from the car. It continued east across a farming property that
   had been recently ploughed. Could not relocate in despite scoping.
   James Mustafa, Clancye Milne
   Wed 10 Dec Inland Dotterel (4), Pratincole sp. (1) Neds Corner Station
   After 6 visits and over 10 nights spent out looking for Inland Dotterel
   this year, finally managed to locate some birds along Old Mail Rd
   heading out towards to Lake Wallawalla. 3 birds originally located in
   the middle of the road (almost ran over first bird) and a 4th bird
   flushed from the side of the road when out of the car. Light brown with
   dark black stripe on face and breast, slight streaking in wings and
   dumpy, fat little bodies. The dotterels all ran off the road and could
   not be located once in the salt bush area. Also of interest was a bird
   I believe to be a Pratincole species which was located in the middle of
   the road near the entrance to Murray-Sunset (heading towards Lindsay
   Island). Light brown/tawny colour with dark/black wings when it
   elegantly flew up from the road. There has been very light spiting rain
   early evening over Neds Corner - I wonder if this has inspired the
   activity from the birds?
   James Mustafa
   Tue 9 Dec Little Button-quail, Red-chested Buttonquail, Stubble Quail
   Terrick Terrick National Park
   Two nights at Terrick unfortunately did not reveal any Plains-wanderer
   but did provide many experiences with Little Button-quail and Stubble
   Quail. Second night included a Red-chested Buttonquail, overall darker
   bird with rufousy flanks clearly observed when flushed. Large numbers
   of White-backed Swallow and Rainbow Bee-eater also observed in site.
   James Mustafa, Clancye Milne
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