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10/5/2014

Moderators' Note

Birdwatchers are reminded that there is no access allowed to the Western Treatment Plant, Werribee on days of Total Fire Ban in the Central Fire district. Please report: Regent Honeyeater to dean.ingwersen@birdlife.org.au; Orange-bellied Parrot to chris.purnell@birdlife.org.au - no OBP reports published on Birdline; nesting Fairy Tern to chrischandler1959@gmail.com; White-throated Needletail to tarburton.m@optusnet.com.au, Black Swan with neck collars to myswan.org.au; Barbary Dove to Birdline; Little Raven with leg bands to kbekanay@deakin.edu.au; Hooded Plover to hoodedplover@birdlife.org.au.

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October 2014
Fri 31Swift Parrot
Sheoak Crt Ocean Grove
One Swiftie roosted this evening in large gum,at 12 Sheoak CRT.
Denis Sleep 31/10 #220572
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 31/10 #220549
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 31/10 #220546
Thu 302Wood 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 Sharpies. Further information
simon starr 31/10 #220573
Eastern Koel
California Gully
Heard call of Eastern Koel in the evening and through the night and again on Friday morning.
Marion Roberts 31/10 #220553
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. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 30/10 #220544
Leaden Flycatcher
Earlston
Adult male heard calling and seen this morning in garden. only the 4th record in 20 years' observation here
Doug Robinson 30/10 #220543
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 30/10 #220542
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 7.30am
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne 30/10 #220530
Wed 29Terek 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. Further information
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne 30/10 #220537
highlightTerek Sandpiper
Black Rock Reserve, Barwon Heads
Together with Pacific Golden Plovers on rocks along the beach about 300 m east of Blackrock Rd. eBird checklist
Svante Martinsson 29/10 #220519
highlightGull-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. eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds 29/10 #220518
Mon 27highlightTop-knot Pigeon, Australian Figbirds and Beach Stone-Curlew
Mallacoota
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 30/10 #220531
Sun 26Freckled Duck
Eynesbury Ornamental Lake
One Freckled Duck seen at Eynesbury ornamental lake, near Melton. Seen during Bird Week in Melton activities. Twelve Freckled Ducks last seen here in March 2014
Daryl Akers 28/10 #220484
Freckled Duck
Ruffey Lake Doncaster
Freckled Ducks in second small lake and Buff-banded Rail at first small lake. Many Noisy Miners a few Grey Butcherbirds and 2 Nankeen Night Heron.
Andrew Wallis 27/10 #220480
King Quail
St Andrews Beach Mornington Peninsula
One bird seen in backyard. Can't rule out an aviary escape - bird was not particularly tame.
Nina Hutchison 27/10 #220477
Banded Lapwing
Large area of vacant land, Williams Landing
At 1840 hours, we observed nine Banded Lapwings on the large area of open vacant land bounded by Palmers Road, Freya Drive, Chessington Drive and Williams Landing Boulevard, Williams Landing. Four of the birds appeared to be juvenile. eBird checklist
Peter & Robyn Gibbons 26/10 #220462
highlightEastern Koel
Bay St & Rowan St Golden Square (Bendigo)
One bird heard distinctly at 8am. eBird checklist
Ken Dredge 26/10 #220460
Banded Stilt (1800)
Lake Tutchewop
Large flock of Banded Stilt (1800) observed today at Lake Tutchewop. Large numbers of Whiskered Terns and waders (Marsh Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, red-necked stint) also present. eBird checklist
Simon Starr, James Mustafa 26/10 #220458
highlightEastern Koel
Numurkah
Have heard the Eastern Koel here from our garden for a few days , got to see it at a far distance tonight in the northern part of Numurkah close to the High School. eBird checklist
Richard & Catarina Gregson 26/10 #220457
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Tanunda Wetlands, Mill Park
Single bird with 4 Musk Lorikeet in Eucalypts on Plenty River escarpment. Crummy photo but identifiable. Heaps of birds about including Aust Hobby. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 26/10 #220453
Sat 25Lathams 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) 29/10 #220520
White-throated Gerygone
Private property, Earlston
One bird seen and heard in box-ironbark woodland at Earlston. First local record in 20 years' observation here.
Doug Robinson 27/10 #220469
Common Greenfinch
Trentham railway station
At least 4-5 singing males in the vicinity of Trentham railway station and over towards main street; from atop oaks and cypresses. Only started calling in the last 2-3 days. Inexplicably invisible during much of the rest of the year when not singing! Very rare and patchily distributed in this local area. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 25/10 #220441
Fri 24Australian Owlet-nightjar, White-browed Woodswallow, Varied Sitella
Rocklands State Forest--Rocklands-Cherrypool Road, Victoria
Small family group of Sittellas were actively collecting food and feeding it to nestlings in tree beside road. Also at this site we saw White-browed Woodswallows looking at a possible nest site and an Owlet Nightjar out in the sun for approximately 10-15minutes. BirdLife Hamilton outing. eBird checklist
Samantha Greiner & BirdLife Hamilton 26/10 #220459
Eastern Koel
Peel St, Bendigo
At last - it's back again. Regularly heard for at least past 3 years in this area. We were missing it this year! eBird checklist
KPleasants 24/10 #220429
Satin Flycatcher
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Single vocal bird heard as it was moving through upper canopy, not seen. Corner of Nation Rd & Paddys Tk. First return for spring. eBird checklist
Steve Davidson 24/10 #220425
Thu 23highlightChanel - Billed Cuckoo
Berwick
A Channel- billed Cuckoo is back in the area where they have been seen for the last 4 years , east of Berwick “village” on the way to Beaconsfield. My work colleagues saw it flying over Edrington Park R V at about 2.30 pm, harassed by Magpies it flew into the Moreton Bay Fig on the Princes Highway. eBird checklist
Michael Collins & James Grant per Graham Beal 25/10 #220438
Peregrine Falcon
Bendigo Sacred Heart Cathederal
The pair of Peregrines are back nesting on the upper platforms of the Cathedral again this year. Spotted today from Mackenzie Street side of the Cathedral. eBird checklist
Greg and Janice McKay 23/10 #220421
highlightEastern Koel
Bendigo
Originally heard from Booth Street chased call around the fenced off property eventually gaining access from Lily Street from employee on site. Sun had set so eventually spotlit bird for further views. Bird has been present in Bendigo area since last week and seen in it's other spot on Peel St. eBird checklist
James Mustafa, Simon Starr 23/10 #220420
Wed 22Shining Bronze-Cuckoo.
Rear yard of large suburban garden in Hoppers Crossing 3029.
At 1620 hours, I heard and then observed a single Shining Bronze-Cuckoo perched in the rear yard of my home address. This is a first siting for me at this location, although I have seen and heard them locally, especially at the Werribee Park and River precinct. eBird checklist
Peter Gibbons 22/10 #220396
Pacific Golden Plover
Black Rock Reserve, Barwon Heads
A flock of about 25 sighted on rocks with a large number of Red-necked Stints and 3 Ruddy Turnstones. eBird checklist
Ian J Llewellyn 22/10 #220392
Magpie Goose
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
3 Magpie Goose in 35E9 Conservation Pond, which is drying out nicely and looks good for Australian Painted Snipe at present. eBird checklist
Steve Davidson 22/10 #220391
Tue 21Turquoise Parrot, Painted Honeyeater
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Bartleys Block
Male Turquoise Parrot found feeding on ground close to entrance gate. Painted Honeyeater heard calling from various points, but eventually located at the north end near the dam. Problem was Fuscous Honeyeaters were constantly harassing a pair. Also of note were Black-chinned Honeyeater, Speckled Warbler and Western Gerygone. eBird checklist
Dave Torr, Mark, Iian, Trevor & Len 21/10 #220389
Dollarbird
Wilby
First spring return. Calling by the creek at the reserve. Again always the last spring migrant to return. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 21/10 #220381
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Dookie
The strangest birding experience I have had for some time. While sitting in my office at work I heard the loud, bizarre and unmistakable call of a Channel-billed Cuckoo, I raced outside and saw it briefly flying off to the east chased by the local magpies. It was likely around later in the afternoon as many of the local birds were very agitated with many alarm calls. First record in these parts and very rare in Victoria in general. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 21/10 #220379
Mon 20Marsh Sandpiper
Coliban Water Treatment Plant, Epsom, Bendigo
Marsh Sandpiper seen today. Not sure if one has been recorded here before. Also White-browed Scrubwrens - haven't seen these in 6 years of visiting the site. eBird checklist
Ian Mayo & Murray Chambers 20/10 #220365
Sun 19Crimson Rosella
St Andrews Beach Mornington Peninsula
Unusual coloured bird, there were two birds with this colour. I was visiting the area so not familiar with the birds in this area. Is this colour form common on Mornington Peninsula?
John Hutchison 28/10 #220486
Southern Whiteface
Glenhope
At least two Southern Whiteface (others may have seen more) seen along Sievers Lane on a bird walk held by the Baynton-Sidonia Landcare Group on a property where a natural bush regeneration project is being undertaken. eBird checklist
Sean Dooley 20/10 #220356
Crested Bellbird
Sullivan's Track, Newstead
Several birds calling from tree tops. Easily located by driving with windows down. eBird checklist
Dave Dickson 20/10 #220345
White-browed Woodswallow, Peregrine Falcon
Newtown, Geelong
Flock of at least 50 woodswallows moving rapidly to NW very high OH (14:15). Also some ahead of main bunch and a few stragglers. Warm N wind dropped in previous 30 min, replaced by cooler SE sea-breeze. Also Peregrine, seen well in binoculars, "shadowing" the woodswallows as it circled behind the main bunch. eBird checklist
Craig Morley 19/10 #220344
Pacific Golden Plover
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
One bird on the "triangle" rock platform c1000 in strong northerly. In transition from breeding plumage with a black belly and pale brown and off-white upper parts. No sign of the remnants of the black spangling on the upper parts that I would expect in a Grey Plover. It flew after 2 minutes and I can't rule out American Goldern Plover :-) eBird checklist
Michael Norris 19/10 #220334
Australasian Figbird
Mallacoota - Casuarina Walk
Piercing squeak call drew my attention to bird. Initially noticed streaks on belly and thought Oriole then male bird arrived and olive back and glaring red eye patch clarified ID. EBird shows one or two records/year in the Mallacoota area. eBird checklist
Martin Butterfield 19/10 #220333
Sat 18White-throated Nightjar
Bunyip State Park
WTN have returned to Bunyip SP, with two seen and another 2-3 heard at the Helipad this evening just on dusk. Also a Sooty Owl heard along Black Snake Ck Rd near Ash Landing Rd, a recently fledged bird judging by the incessant begging calls. Adults nowhere to be seen or heard. eBird checklist Further information
Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder 18/10 #220327
Olive-backed oriole
Westgate Park, Port Melbourne
Seen around northern edge of Fresh Water Lake eBird checklist
George Fotheringham 18/10 #220324
Fri 17Southern Whiteface
Eynesbury Forest and Grasslands
Party of 3 Southern Whiteface seen in trees off the SE corner of the forest. A first record for us in southern Victoria although I see there is a previous record at this site. Also a single Freckled Duck, some very confiding Little Grassbirds calling/displaying and Diamond Firetail, Zebra Finch and Speckled Warbler also seen. eBird checklist
Michael & Margaret Noble 17/10 #220307
Western Gerygone
Cooper St Grassland, Campbellfield
Heard, then observed for around 15 minutes foraging in wattles and young eucalypts. Also seen in short lunchtime walk: small flock (7-8) Fairy Martins, White fronted Chat (male), Golden-headed Cisticola, Superb Fairy Wren, Red-browed Finch; heard Fan-tailed Cuckoo and Reed Warbler. eBird checklist
Ian Sutherland 17/10 #220304
Wed 15Channel-billed Cuckoo (1)
Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick
Channel-billed Cuckoo observed again today at Wilson Botanic Park around 1.45pm in the pine plantation area at the bottom of the hill on the side furthest away from the car park on the main lake. Was heard squawking and then the bird flew over head and seemed to disappeared. Spent a while searching but could not relocate. Further information
James Mustaa 15/10 #220280
probable Asian Gull-billed Tern (race affinis)
Stockyard Pt.
Briefly saw a gull-billed tern in non-breeding plumage fly past a group of 200+ gull-billed tern (full-breeding plum) this morning. Originally caught my attention because of smaller size. Got a few poor photographs and I believe this could be the Asian subspecies (race affinis) gull-billed tern. Was only seen for less than 10 secs before it disappeared. Detailed scoping through the remaining birds could not relocate. Further information
James Mustafa 15/10 #220279
Australian King-Parrot
Mount Waverley - Damper Creek
For two years now we have been enjoying the company of a breeding couple of King Parrots. Last years brood of two young males has since left the district, but the adults still claim the suburban reserve behind us. Their distinctive bell echos through the park, being particularly strident both morning and evening. As a suburban location it is unusual to have these magnificent parrots living in this area. They are exceptionally bold, tapping on the window when they see us in the kitchen, or joining us on the back verandah when we are out having a cup of tea ... asking ever so politely for some seed. Their gentle nature and iconic call is a very welcome addition to the area. Jenny Jones-Ellis
Jenny Jones-Ellis 15/10 #220277
Tue 14 Beach Stone Curlew
Screw Creek, Inverloch
Beach Stone Curlew seen this morning at 10.00 am on the eastern side of the mangroves soaking up the sun. Viewed from Townsend Bluff, downhill part of circular path, by the seat. Not visible from the beach.
Barbara Burns, Cecily Falkingham 14/10 #220265
Sacred Kingfisher
Royal Park --Trin Warren Tam-boore
Jan Thomas 14/10 #220258
Sun 12Pallid Cuckoo
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Donchi Hill Rd
Between 0900 and 0940 hrs, 11 members of Birdlife Bellarine witnessed an adult Pallid Cuckoo feeding ( what we believe to be) a juvenile Pallid Cuckoo. In the 40 minutes that the observation took place, food was passed at least 6 times.
Peter Bright, Charmian, Gerry, Graeme, Jeanette, Kaylene, Liz, Pamela, Paul, Robin (PHOTO), Val. 16/10 #220299
Satin Bowerbird
Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick
Leading a Bird Walk for the Friends of Wilson Botanic Park, 8.00-10.20am. Two Satin Bowerbirds in the garden area at the northern end of the car park opposite the Information Centre. Members of the 'Friends' indicated the Bowerbirds have been in the park for over a week and one member has taken several photos of the birds which he showed to the 15 members on the Bird Walk. The Satin Bowerbird is a new species for the Wilson Botanic Park. Unfortunately, the Channel-billed Cuckoo, reported at the 'park' several days earlier couldn't be located. Photos of the Cuckoo are displayed in the Visitors Centre. Thirty species recorded on the morning.
Graeme Hosken 13/10 #220254
Tawny Frogmouth, Gull-billed Tern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Tawny Frogmouth spotted by Jenny in woodlot, Pt Wilson Road. 8 Gull-billed Tern roosting in T Section Pond 7, among many Whiskered Tern and waders eBird checklist
Bill Ramsay, Dave Torr, Jenny Rowland, Euan Moore, Gina Hopkins 12/10 #220217
Pied Butcherbird
Allan's Flat (Yackandandah)
Pied Butcherbird song this morning was quite a surprise. A first for me in this part of the world.
Matt Weeks 12/10 #220212
highlightBeach Stone Curlew
Screw Creek to Townsend Bluff, Inverloch
Solitary Beach Stone Curlew foraging South of Townsend Bluff at 9 am this morning.
Andrew Williams 12/10 #220210
Speckled Warbler
Dunneworthy State Forest
2 Speckled Warblers seen at Dunneworthy forest near Ararat, both singing
Tristan Kennedy 12/10 #220209
Cicadabird
Bellbird Rd, Fairhope (12 km N of Bairnsdale)
One, possibly two birds heard calling from box-ironbark-stringy ridge-top forest. First record for locality this year.
Felicity & Chris Healey 12/10 #220208
Sat 11Rufous Fantail
You Yangs Regional Park
Another early Rufous Fan, this time an adult singing in Sugar Gum lot alongside carpark entrance to You Yangs at end of Drysdale Rd. eBird checklist Further information
Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder 13/10 #220241
Spotted Quail-thrush
Bailieston
One male Spotted Quail-thrush was seen by all and photographed by those with cameras at Bailieston on the Birdlife Echuca District outing to Rushworth last Saturday. We observed this beautiful bird at a distance for about half an hour before walking away. A "lifer" for some members.
Geoff Russell, Murray Chambers, Ian Mayo, Betty Waterson, Keith Stockwell, etc. 13/10 #220225
highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Cheviot Hill, Point Nepean
A male Scarlet Honeyeater seen by several members of the RFNC just back from the gun emplacement on Cheviot Hill. Was calling loudly while perched but flew and we could not re-locate it.
Jackson Airey and members of the RFNC October excursion 12/10 #220218
highlightPowerful Owl (3)
Yarra Flats
Two adult Powerful Owl and juvenile bird located in unknown exotic pinophyta this afternoon. Further information
James Mustafa 11/10 #220193
highlightSwift Parrot
Monash University Clayton Campus
Approx. 50 in one tree on Ring Road East opposite hockey pavilion, 8am. -37.909054,145.137070
Trevor Kerr 11/10 #220190
Thu 9mallee Emu-wren
Hatta Kulkyne NP
Right on dusk 3 little emu-wrens gave up their position. Found them on the small nature trail just as you enter the park off the Calder hwy.
Andrew O'Brien 10/10 #220176
Rufous Fantail
Toolangi-Black Range State Forest
Single bird heard along Sylvia Ck Rd near Blowhard Tk; an early return. Also 3 Little Raven at Wirrawilla Rainforest, which is an odd occurrence in tall forest here. eBird checklist Further information
Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder 9/10 #220172
Swift Parrot
Woodlands Drive, Ocean Grove
3 flying easterly at tree top level, calling. a.m. (moderators note: late record)
Tom Fletcher 9/10 #220169
Wed 8Swift Parrot, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet hybrid
Monash University Clayton Campus
As a follow-up to the recent report I counted 22 Swifties in the flowering eucalypts around the carpark, could well have been more. Also seen was a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet x Rainbow Lorikeet, and a Spotless Crake at the uni lake.
Lewis Hiller 8/10 #220153
highlightWood Sandpiper
Dandenong Valley Wetland
One Wood Sandpiper in the most northern lagoon accessible to the public. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 8/10 #220146
Tue 7highlightSpiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Gapsted
One bird in garden, feeding in an eremophila. Not previously seen on the farm.
Marjorie Paul, via Kathy Costello 9/10 #220163
highlightKing Quail
French Island
Following up on Marc Freestone’s post of King Quail on French Island, I arrived at the site and after searching Fairhaven Campsite, moved to the wet heath grasslands of the Heifer Swamp – a site where the birds have been recorded in the past. After 45 minutes, I eventually got onto some birds calling quite strongly from the heath north west of the nearest road (coast road?). Unfortunately despite over an hour of trying I could see any birds in that area. By that time they had also well stopped calling. I followed Coast Road southwards and eventually found myself near the heath at what I believe must be the southern area Duschers Swamp and coastal heath. Almost instantly after entering area, to my complete surprise and astonishment I saw two birds. I set camera to video and about 25 minutes later saw a further two (possibly 3) birds and managed to get 1 male off in the camera. Apologies for low quality images – they are cropped from the video footage. Last confirmed record of this bird (according to online results) is from 2009, and last sighting from 2006. eBird checklist Further information
James Mustafa 7/10 #220136
Satin Bowerbird
Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick
Pair of green-brown birds displaying at bower was a surprise find at this location. Unfortunately no sign of the Channel-billed Cuckoos this afternoon.
Scott Baker 7/10 #220131
Swift Parrot
Monash University, Clayton Campus
Feeding in a loose flock of between 13 and 15 individuals in flowering ironbarks along Union Loop Road
Shane Baylis, Julie Groce, Ash Herrod, Rowan Mott, Lee Peacock and Nancy Van Nieuwenhove 7/10 #220125
Great Crested Grebe, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Crested Bellbird, Olive-backed Oriole
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendgo
Great Crested Grebe back after an absence,
Ken Dredge 7/10 #220122
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo (2)
Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick
My attention was bought to a number of ravens and magpies harassing something in a Euc. along the eastern fence line of the gardens, a closer inspection revealed a single Channel-billed Cuckoo. After meeting up with James we attempted to relocate the bird, eventually near the maintenance shed, the bird burst out of a pine tree and landed close by where we found a second bird, giving us some fantastic views before they took off together, potentially a breeding a pair which would be exciting this close to Melbourne eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds and James Mustafa 7/10 #220117
Mon 6highlightFork-tailed Swift
Third Avenue, Altona North
A single forker flying low overhead our house this evening, battling into the gusty northerly.
Chris Tzaros 6/10 #220110
Australian King-Parrot
Epping
Two King Parrots flying over works depot in Epping. Stop in a tree to rest which gave me an opportunity to see it before they were harassed by Noisy Miners. One was an immature bird.
Aleks Arsoski 6/10 #220109
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Wilson Street, Berwick
At 2:00pm as I was returning to my car, I observed a Channel-billed Cuckoo flying erratically in an easterly direction along Wilson St. It was being hotly pursued by a family of angry Magpies and two Little Ravens.
Jeni Bedin 6/10 #220102
Whiskered Terns
Devilbend Reservoir, Hodgins Rd causeway
9 Whiskered Terns and 3 Black-winged Stilts at 3pm this afternoon are the first of the year at the site. Recent Spring arrivals have included Fan-tailed Cuckoos, Australian Reed Warblers, White-fronted Chat and Dusky Woodswallow. A pair of King Parrots have also been evident overflying the reservoir on a couple of occasions over the last two weeks whilst Black-tailed Cockatoos peaked at 38 today.
Richard Hook 6/10 #220095
Sun 5Freckled Duck
Doncaster, Ruffey Lake
A very odd sighting of this single species down in a built up suburb. Other birds more common were purple swamp hens, chestnut teal, black ducks, dusky moorhens and a night heron.
Andrew Wallis 16/10 #220283
Hooded Plover
Tulum Beach, Balnarring
Leg ring yellow 06. This bird appeared to be young and seemed to be on its own. The first time I have seen one here. It was about 9.30 am on an overcast morning.
Eleanor Dilley 9/10 #220162
highlightSoft-plumaged Petrel
Portland pelagic
One bird at the continental shelf break. Also Southern Royal Albatross (2 or 3), Northern Royal Albatross (1), c. 5 Wandering Albatross types including 1 old chionoptera type ('Snowy' Albatross) and the rest probably Antipodean subsp. gibsoni, Sooty Shearwater (1). Excellent day for cetaceans - several Humpback Whale (one seen breaching), dozens of Common Dolphins, and Orcas seen by some.
P S Lansley & others of BirdLife Australia - Victorian group. 8/10 #220137
King Quail and Olive Whistler
Fairhaven, French Island
One female King Quail and an Olive Whistler seen near the campground.
Marc Freestone 7/10 #220116
White-Bellied Cuckoo -shrike
Toolern Creek Park - Strathtulloh Woodlands Melton South
At least 7 birds heard and observed in the north-west corner of this predominately open Grey Box woodland. The birds were actively feeding and moving between the ground and foliage in the woodland, my first observation of the species in the immediate Melton area since 1990. Amongst other observations of many local and migratory woodland species were nice views of Crested Shrike-tit and nesting Jacky Winter and Dusky Woodswallows.
Micah Kawalek 5/10 #220085
Sat 4highlightMallee Emu-wren
Wyperfeld National Park
~4 Mallee Emu-wren were seen along the Discovery Walk. A different location to Matthew Crawford's previous reports. Large areas just to the west of the Discovery Walk were burnt out in January. This probably resulted in the birds moving from these large burnt zones to areas along the Discovery Walk. Although reluctant to fly over open areas and considered relatively sedentary, this population of Mallee Emu-wren seems to indicate they will move some distance and across different habitats types.
Fiona Parkin and Tim Dolby 5/10 #220076
Gull-billed Tern
Werribee River, Werribee South
Pair in breeding plumage a few km upstream from the river mouth.
Ian Sutherland 5/10 #220069
Great Crested Grebe
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park--Lake Mournpall
2 Grebes building a nest. Also Pink-eared, White-eyed Duck a Shoveller and at least 20 Grey Teal chicks, many other waterbirds (and other species). The lakes have been flooded, near to highest level ever
Angus Hartshorn 5/10 #220068
Lathams Snipe, Eastern Curlew, White-bellied Sea-eagle and Lewins Rail
Inverloch foreshore caravan park/screw creek
20 lathams snipe discovered in a locked proposed urban development site adjacent to caravan park will be contacting birdlife regarding the proposal and the significance of the area. 30 eastern curlews were seen on the exposing mudflats and Lewins rail was heard calling for 30 minutes in early morning in the mangroves alongside the mudflats of screw creek..... Side note the Beach Stone Curlew has been absent so far over the last 2 days eBird checklist
Philip Peel 4/10 #220065
Fri 3Musk duck male & female
Swan Lake, Phillip Island
Female Viewed from hide No. 2. Male viewed from hide No. 1 eBird checklist
Stephanie Wylaars 9/10 #220170
Brolga
Point Wilson Victoria
Two adult brolgas feeding nonchanantly, 70 metres South of Point Wilson Road adjacent to the boundary fence of the security area. A sunny afternoon at 2:15 pm. eBird checklist
martin williams 4/10 #220049
Brown Gerygone
Toolangi Black Range State Forest--Wirrawilla Rainforest
Single adult bird around carpark of above site, singing constantly. A new location for this species which seems to keep expanding westward. eBird checklist
Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder 3/10 #220046
Malleefowl
Murray Sunset National Park
One bird located near the start of Mt.Crozier Track from the Pink Lakes end while searching for Striated Grasswrens. eBird checklist
Bernie OKeefe 3/10 #220040
Thu 2Gull-billed Tern, Banded Stilt
Lake Tutchewop
Two Gull-billed Tern standing in the shallows on the north side of the lake. Hundreds of Banded Stilt, Black-winged Stilt and Red-necked Avocet in mixed flocks around the lake. Hundreds of Whiskered Tern standing in the shallows and flying over the lake. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 2/10 #220023
Report
Difficult to find/ hard to see
Early arrival or late departure
Interesting behaviour
High/low numbers
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Outlying population
Repeat report of highlights
Of general interest to birders
Highlight
Rare
Vagrant
Outside normal range/irruption
Exceptional number
Repeat report of megas
Mega
Rare vagrant
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