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1/21/2014

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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July 2014
Wed 30Swift Parrot
La Trobe University Bundoora Campus
Heard the chattering and clinking calls, then saw and heard around 5-10 Swifties in trees next to carpark 8. Good views, but they often flew between trees and wouldn't settle for long. Reported to Dean Ingwersen. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 30/7 #218952
Tue 29Swift Parrot
Davey track (northern section) Mandurang block Greater Bendigo National Park
One Swift Parrot flying south and calling this morning. Two Swifties seen in the same location, but flying eastwards, last Saturday morning.
Phil Robertson 29/7 #218940
highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Anderson Inlet, Inverloch.
On a cold + blustery day, the Beach Stone-curlew was initially located hunkered down in the dead trees on the small beach behind Rotary Park along the Esplanade. It later flew out and walked along the beach and into the grassed area.
Philip Jackson 29/7 #218939
Mon 28Ruddy Turnstone
Mushroom Reef, Flinders
8 Ruddy Turnstones still present along with 9 Double-banded Plovers, 2 Hooded Plovers and 7 Red-necked Stints. High Tide and plenty of birds offshore.
Colin Mulvogue 29/7 #218943
highlightAustralasian Bittern, Pink Robin
Seaford Swamp
Once a regular at Seaford each winter, this is only about the third record of Aussie Bittern in last 10 years. Seen hunting frogs (Crinea signifera) in southern section of wetlands. Pink Robin a probable female (based on call and bill base colour)- only the third bird recorded in 20 years of surveys. Also 185 Blue-billed Ducks, the highest number recorded at this site.
Sean Dooley 28/7 #218925
highlightNoisy Friarbird
Price Park, Viewbank
The bird is still present along Lyon Rd below the toilet block, it's been there for about a week now if anyone wants to have a look, mostly vocal and active around mid morning from what I have seen and heard.
Greg Cobern 28/7 #218917
Olive-backed Oriole
Great Alpine Road Tarrawingee
An early return.The birds have been about for a few days now. They usually arrive here in the middle of August. I have not seen or heard them this early before. (Moderator's note: the idea that Olive-backed Orioles (and many other birds we perceived as spring-summer migrants) is not completely correct with some birds not migrating at all, or birds from further south being migrants as well possibly in this part of the state. Orioles have been seen at Chiltern and Killawarra in NE Victoria throughout winter, and although not as common as in spring some are still around).
Micheal O'Sullivan 28/7 #218912
Swift Parrots
Muckleford
Numbers have increased to approx. 20 birds. Watched them for about an hour this morning feeding in Sugar Gums.
Debbie Worland 28/7 #218909
Sun 27Brolga
Western Highway, between Beaufort and Ballarat, near Brewery Tap Rd.
Two Brolgas approached flying from the south and passed over our car, about 1.40 pm.
Anthea Fleming 28/7 #218922
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Chiltern Box-Ironbark NP
At least 1, possibly 2 birds on Ryans Road. Great views of a banded bird and fleeting glimpses of a second bird in the same area. (Banded bird had an orange band - I would be interested in whether this was a captive-bred individual). Interesting that the several previous recent sightings at this site were of an unbanded bird. (Moderator's note: the banded bird is orange/white a captive bred female released in 2010!)
Greg Oakley and Tom Evans 28/7 #218906
highlightMarsh Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Saw 2 very worn-plumaged Marsh Sandpipers in the southernmost pond next to the road at the T-Section Lagoons. I haven't heard of any of this species overwintering here, & it would be unusual for Marsh Sandpipers to winter here, so I'm wondering if they could be early arrivals? I can't remember seeing this species in winter before. Also present hundreds of Curlew Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints, about 50 Double-banded Plovers, & quite a few Banded Stilts.
Kevin Bartram, Scott Baker 27/7 #218900
Crested Shriketit, Grey Shrike-thruah, Golden Whistler etc
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
In the late afternoon we found a puddle on the intersection of Point Wilson & Beach road on the east side with a bit of bird activity. We flushed a number of birds from the road, including 1 Crested Shriketit, 1 Grey Shrike-thrush, 1 adult male Golden Whistler, at least 3 Flame Robins. Also present were Red-browed & Zebra Finches, & Silvereyes. I've never seen the Shriketit or the Shrike-thrush at the WTP prior to this. Also had Blue-winged Parrots at the Borrow Pits, heaps of Swamp Harriers, & 1 adult Spotted Harrier around the Austin Rd area.
Kevin Bartram & Scott Baker 27/7 #218899
Swift Parrots
Muckleford
At least 12 swifties this morning, having a wash in the top leaves of a River Red Gum.
Debbie Worland 27/7 #218872
Sat 26Lewin's Rail
Gisborne Racecourse Marshlands Reserve
Single Lewin's Rail calling from a densely vegetated drainage line on eastern edge of swamp this afternoon just before 4pm. Very little else on swamp, although looks great for Aus. Bittern with shallow water (<300mm) throughout and many vocal frogs.
Steve Davidson 26/7 #218864
Lewin's Rail
Gisborne
Single Lewin's Rail "kek, kek, kek"ing in dense vegetation along Jackson's Creek next to Kilmore Rd. Further upstream behind the council offices there were 2 Spotless Crake calling as well.
Steve Davidson 26/7 #218863
highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Inverloch
Previously reported. At 4pm, 200 m East of Jetty. Thanks to Geoff and Rohan for locating it.
Terry Gourley 26/7 #218862
Thu 24highlightFreckled Duck
Lake Guthridge, Sale
300+ Freckled Ducks
Tristan Kennedy 25/7 #218846
Spotted Harrier
Lara
Two birds gliding over the park near Hovell's Creek near Rennie Street crossing. Good to see them back after a couple of months absence. eBird checklist
Russell Woodford 25/7 #218841
Wed 23Pink Robin
Eynesbury Forest and Grasslands
Single female on west side of main road.
Dave Torr, Iian Denham, Mark Buckby 24/7 #218829
Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo
Ryans Road Happy Valley south of Linton
A flock of about 50 YTB with 1 leucistic bird
Wayne Wignall 24/7 #218825
highlightNoisy Friarbird
Price Park, Viewbank
1 bird seen and heard in flowering gums along Lyon Rd; mimicking a mix of red and little wattlebirds to some effect as it wasn't getting hassled. It was also heard on the 22nd July.
Greg Cobern 23/7 #218819
highlightBeach Stone-Curlew
Anderson's Inlet Inverloch
Between 1.30 and 2.15pm today on a beautiful tranquil Inlet with the tide half out a small group of local enthusiastic birdos watched a this solo adult nonchalantly feeding on Soldier crabs on the sand flats near Screw Creek. Once it had taken its fill it wondered to the high tide mark to roost among the tide rake. From all accounts it has been at Inverloch for 2 or 3 weeks having been seen near the jetty, Point Norman and flat rocks.
Steve Johnson 23/7 #218818
Tue 22highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Mot's Beach ( Marlo )
Further to Renee Mead's sighting and photograph of the Beach Stone-curlew at Mots Beach last Tuesday, Jacquie and I flushed it again while completing our winter 2020 Shorebird counts along the "backwater" east of the Snowy River entrance. Low tides had exposed extensive sandy/muddy flats. The bird settled there and began feeding oblivious to our presence. The downside to today's surveys was the presence of four discrete sets of deer tracks clearly indicating that Sambar Deer had crossed the shallow inlet waters and made their way through the primary dunes onto the ocean beach. eBird checklist
Len and Jacquie Axen 22/7 #218804
Rose Robin
Mine Road Nutfield
Male Bird on Fence along mine Road ( Eastern end) Did a quick UTurn but could not locate. However saw a pair of Scarlet Robins about 50mts south. Bird had too much colour for female Scarlet , quick view but certain of ID.
Colin Mulvogue 22/7 #218803
Red-rumped Parrot
Edwin Road Templestowe
Though not uncommomn for area and normal to see in large winter flocks, I was amazed at numbers seen on nature strip and in tree's . I counted 117 birds from photos. Earthworks have been carried out in area and (Telstra) repair works included a liberal layer of grass seed that I doubt will germinate. Numbers could be more like 130+ birds.
Colin Mulvogue 22/7 #218802
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Red-necked Avocets, Crested Bellbird
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendgo
Definitely 2, possibly 4 Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens along gully at Southern end of reservoir 7, Red-necked Avocets circling & landing all morning & 1 Crested Bellbird heard.
Ken Dredge 22/7 #218796
Mon 21Azure Kingfisher
Bolin Bolin Billabong
Lone bird hunting in the last remaining body of water next to Bulleen Road. Watched it flying between perches and even hovering. Great to have one back, first time in several years I've seen one in the area. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 21/7 #218783
highlightAustralasian Bittern
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
About 1.30 pm an Australasian Bittern flew in front of the viewing platform at Edithvale Wetlands and disappeared into the reeds south of the bird hide.
Wayne Butterworth 21/7 #218781
Sun 20Swift Parrot
Tunstalls Nature Conservation Reserve
Six Swift Parrots were calling and gleaning the leaves of grey and red box trees. An excellent opportunity to observe them. Hooded Robins were observed as we entered the Tunstalls area from the Whela road.
Heather Freemantle 20/7 #218768
Swift Parrot
Warby-Ovens National Park--Killawarra Forest
One foraging on lerp and sparse ironbark blossom, another possibly heard. There have been very few records around the local area this year. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 20/7 #218766
Scarlet Robin, Laughing Kookaburra
Royal Park
Scarlet Robin (male) just above Trin Warren Tam-boore and 2 or 3 Laughing Kookaburras near the tramline.
Chris Lester 20/7 #218764
Sat 19Australasian Bittern
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
1 adult bird observed in a gap between thick reedbeds standing totally motionless with its head tilted upwards and in the 10 minutes I observed it it did not move, it finally flew into some dense reed thickets when a Large Egret landed nearby. It was near the observation deck in the wetland area on the left side of Edithvale Rd around 3.30 pm.
Greg Thompson 29/7 #218935
Grey Goshawk white morph
Lorne
One Grey Goshawk being hassled by two crows in trees in front of Pub opposite Lorne Pier.
Debbie Worland 22/7 #218807
highlightSwift Parrot, Scarlet Honeyeater, Gilberts Whistler
Bailieston Historic Area Block 3
Sixteen members birded Blocks 1,3 & 4 in the box ironbark. The 2 Swift Parrots were quietly feeding on lerps in the tree canopy at Block 3. Scarlet Honeyeater & female Gilberts seen at about 3.30 near the quarry (Block 1). Many eucalypts blooming there. eBird checklist
BirdLife Murray Goulburn 21/7 #218778
Swift Parrot
Toongabbie
7 Swift Parrots seen (and others possibly heard) moving between isolated old growth Gippsland (Forest) Red Gums in paddocks and house blocks on Hower St, just south of the town.
Sean Dooley 21/7 #218777
Freckled Duck
McLeods Waterholes, Drysdale
Minimum 240 at this Wetland, also 2 at Lake Lorne, Drysdale; 92 at Begola Wetland, 80 at Bluewaters Lake, Ocean Grove. At least 414 Freckled Ducks across these 4 wetlands on Bellarine Peninsula. eBird checklist
Craig Morley, David Tytherleigh. 19/7 #218754
Freckled Duck, Peregrine Falcon
Blue Waters Lake Reserve, Ocean Grove
At least 80 Freckled Ducks under willow on S shore and (low number) scattered elsewhere. Also Peregrine Falcon seen briefly OH with fresh kill: lorikeet sp. eBird checklist
Craig Morley, David Tytherleigh, Denis Sleep. 19/7 #218753
Fri 18Possible Grey-headed Albatross & possible Blue Petrel
Mornington Peninsula National Park--Cape Schanck
In follow up to initial posting - NOTE: Neither bird have been counted for Vic Twitch as ID was not 100% confirmed Possible Grey-headed Albatross: Whilst scouring the ocean, I spotted what I initially thought was another Buller's Albatross. Before dismissing it, I noticed that it did not have the white cap that I normally associate with this species. I have however seen a Buller's before without much of a light cap but upon closer inspection it seemed less and less like a Buller's. It came in much closer than the Buller's did directionly from out to sea kind of heading towards land. It flew quite differently to the Buller's I have seen in the past. It soared with much elegance above the water, though the Buller's had seem to fly a lot higher off the water. Buller's head colour a lot lighter too. A paler grey as opposed to this very dark grey. Little wing movement whatsoever. It was an adult bird with an entirely dark grey head that extended across the neck into the dark brown black wings and back. The dark, shady grey colour almost seemed velvety and would gleam when the sun hit it. Beak had the thick black in the centre with goldeny yellow upper and lower bill. I also observed a dark eye. Underwings were quite dark along the front and back wing edges with obvious black streaks that reminded me of fingers towards each tip of the wing. White rump with dark tail tip. It was these elements that led me to the presumption of a possible Grey-headed Albatross. Possible Blue Petrel: About 30 minutes apart. 1st at 2.27 and 2nd at 2.58. Close into shore coming from west. Small, blue wash with dark head and bill. Tiny little white tail tip. White underneath with prominent dark collar. Presumed Blue Petrel, unable to confirm 100% eBird checklist Further information
James Mustafa 23/7 #218820
Thu 17Turquoise Parrot
Snowy River flood plain, Alpine National Park, 400metres below Sandys Ck
10 Birds observed feeding on ground for 20 minutes, with 1 Red-capped Robin. Within 100 metres of this, 3 Scarlet Robins, 2 Flame Robins and 1 Hooded Robin. Numerous deer, wild pig and wild horse sign as well.
Federation Training, Lakes Entrance Students per Roger Bilney 18/7 #218735
Wed 16highlightBlue-winged Parrot
Blackgate Rd, Breamlea Saltmarsh
Lots of these wonderful birds feeding in saltmarsh/pasture. Several reports of high numbers since late May from Tracey Pennington, Penne Kwiat, Tom Fletcher, Gordon McCarthy, Rod Coranaldi. This morning there were at least 230 Blue-winged Parrots in the area (realistic and careful minimum!). No OBPs observed but worth keeping an eye on this area. N.B. this is a VERY busy road AND it is private property over the fence on both sides of road. eBird checklist
Craig Morley, Elizabeth Macpherson 16/7 #218725
Red-necked Avocets
Anderson Inlet
Flock of about 60 birds loafing at high tide, west of Mahers Landing. Also small flock of Double Banded Plovers east of the landing. Little Egret at the entrance to Screw Creek, Inverloch.
Deb Crosby 16/7 #218719
Tue 15Pacific Golden Plover
Gippsland Lakes
One bird, presumed to be first year juvenile, on sand islands at south end of Jones Bay. Photo by John Saxton.
BirdLife East Gippsland (per Chris Healey) 21/7 #218784
Powerful Owl
Seaford
Seen at 6.15am sitting in Gum in backyard, assumed it was local Frogmouth, until got torch from shed. Sat for 30 seconds (approx.) then flew off to East. Many Possums seen in area in recent times. Great start to a work day.
Colin Mulvogue 15/7 #218709
Freckled Duck
Blue Waters Lake Reserve, Ocean Grove
Approximately 70 birds on the lake this morning, with 95% of these loafing under one Willow, around 250 meters from the east end along the southern track.
Denis Sleep 15/7 #218687
Sun 13Hooded Plover
Barwon Heads Bluff/ Mt Colite
There were 6 Hooded Plovers on the rocks on the 13th Beach side of the Bluff early on Sunday morning. eBird checklist
Margaret & Richard Alcorn 15/7 #218685
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Surfcoast Highway, Mount Duneed
At 12:03 hrs, a sub adult was seen soaring over the highway as I traveled toward Torquay.
Peter Bright 13/7 #218669
Rose Robin
Castlemaine Botanical Garden
A pair of birds spotted along the main walking track as it curves towards the playground. Taken early afternoon.
Gary Oliver 13/7 #218648
Blue-winged parrots
Blackgate Rd, Breamlea
30-40 blue-winged parrots feeding on the beaded glasswort in the swamp paddock alongside the road.
Rod Corinaldi 13/7 #218647
Sat 12Lewin's Rail
Opposite St Cuthberts Church, Gembrook-Belgrave Road, Menzies Creek
Spotted foraging on the grassy verge of Gembrook-Belgrave Road 10 meters from any cover. Turned our vehicle around and watched for 5 minutes. Didn't seem to be worried by the cars travelling past at 60kph but when we crawled past to have a better look he put his head down and scurried for cover. Occasionally flush them in our paddocks in summer and have had the broken wing act so they are breeding. Never seen any in this location, in winter nor as bold.
Will Ashburner and Jessica Ashburner 14/7 #218672
Rose Robin
Hancocks Daffodill Farm, cnr Grantulla & Gembrook-Belgrave rds Menzies Creek
Noticed a group of 1 male and a number of brown birds foraging in our display garden and around a giant old Chestnut. Weather very cold and sleeting. Never seen Rose Robin on our property before and certainly the habitat is rather open for them.
Will Ashburner 14/7 #218671
Buff-banded rail
All Nations Park, Northcote
The bird was clearly visible for 20 seconds before disappearing into the reeds in the small lake in the park. I regularly visit this lake and have never seen a Rail there before. Yesterday there was also a Little Pied Cormorant, 5 Purple Swamphens, and the usual Pacific Black Ducks and Welcome Swallows.
Susan Pepper 13/7 #218640
Spotted Harrier
Junction of Fisheries road and Frankston /Tooradin road.
Seen flying across the road at Midday.
Keith Caldecott 12/7 #218637
Southern Emu-Wren, Lewins Rail
Lake Connewarre Wildlife Reserve (Lake Connewarre)
Southern Emu-Wrens in lignum and Lewin's Rail flushed from sedgeland on southern shore of Lake Connewarre. Glorious White-bellied Sea-Eagle perched on fence on one of the delta islands.
John Newman 12/7 #218636
Pacific Golden Plover, Double-banded Plover
Great Salt Swamp, Barwon Heads Rd, Connewarre
A single Pacific Golden Plover amid 104 Double-banded Plovers and numerous Red-necked Stints and Red-capped Plovers on partially filled ponds.
John Newman 12/7 #218635
Swift Parrots
Muckleford
Still approx. 12 swifties in the same area as last week. Feeding up high.
Debbie Worland 12/7 #218624
Fri 11Scarlet Honeyeter
Ewing's Morass Wildlife Reserve
One Scarlet Honeyeater (possibly two) were heard calling from flowering mistletoe along Old Station Road this morning.
Jacquie and Len Axen 12/7 #218629
Rufous Songlark
Yarrawalla
A singing Rufous Songlark has returned to private property along Marfleets road. Although I've seen the occasional wintering bird in the north of the state, I can't recall hearing one singing so early.
Simon Starr 12/7 #218618
Black Kite
Karkarook Park
A Black Kite flew over the park at 10:30am.
Lewis Hiller 11/7 #218603
Thu 10Jacky Winter
Garfield North
3 birds seen in paddocks near water reservoir, Princes Freeway 500m east of Garfield North Road.
Colin Mulvogue 11/7 #218617
Black-faced Cormorant
Ricketts Point, Beaumaris
One bird roosting on rocky islet a 20 metres offshore with about 10 Little Pied and 1 Pied Cormorants. Have now seen all five cormorants at this site in the last three years.
Sean Dooley 10/7 #218595
Wed 9Caspian Tern
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park (Hattah Lake)
An amazing sight to locate 19 Caspian Terns on the almost dry small pond/sand pan behind Lake Hattah on the scenic drive route. I have never seen such large numbers of this species together.
Bernie OKeefe 9/7 #218588
Mallee Emu wren
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park (Konardin Track)
Following up at report from James Mustafa on July 1 and his subsequent advice, a group of around 8 birds were located on the Konardin Track at 10.50am. The birds were calling loudly exactly 100 metres up the track from the Nowingi Track junction, about 50 metres off the road on the left hand side coming from the junction. As quick as they appeared, they soon disappeared just as quick.
Bernie OKeefe 9/7 #218587
Striated Grasswren
Murray-Sunset National Park
Thanks to precise instructions from Hedley Earl and Jenny Spry, at least 3 grasswrens were located together 700 metres from the start of the Mt.Crozier Track from the Pink Lakes end. Located and photographed at 8.10 am on the right hand side of the road coming from Pink Lakes, about 100 metres in off the road. Birds were calling loudly. This particular spot appears to be a very reliable location for this species as this is where Hedley and Jenny have seen this species in the past.
Bernie OKeefe 9/7 #218585
Tue 8highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Snowy River estuary
The Beach Stone-curlew first reported from the Yerrung River inlet (20/6) was observed around noon on Tuesday roosting in exactly the same position as per earlier Mots Beach observations (28/01-23/03). Could it be the same bird? Locating it has been extremely difficult due to extremely high tides that have covered all the sand and mud flats east of the Snowy River entrance.
Len and Jacquie Axen 12/7 #218628
Barn Owl
Queenscliff
Barn Owl seen near the yacht club and bike path in Queenscliff, initially seen by Susan Russel on the road next to the bike path, Lachlan Manley rang wildlife rescue but the bird was able to fly, it was found by Lachlan Manley and Jennifer Carr later in the evening on a pole by the side of the road and bike path.
Susan Russel, Lachlan Manley and Jennifer Carr 10/7 #218599
Mon 7Spotted Harrier
Clyde North
Juvenile Spotted Harrier seen flying over open farmland halfway between Clyde and Berwick. Mobbed by ravens and magpies.
Andrew Martin 8/7 #218568
Freckled Duck
McLeods Waterholes, Drysdale.
At least 370. 300e flushed from loafing in willows at SW cnr by dog onshore, onto open water. Another 70+ around edges of main lake. In complete survey of Lake Lorne in prev hr: nil Freckled Ducks. Further information
Craig Morley, David Tytherleigh 8/7 #218565
Sun 6highlightPied Butcherbird
Hillview Estate Municipal Reserve, Bacchus Marsh
Another sighting of possibly the same butcherbird seen on April 21st. In the same location beside the train line on the southern side of Bacchus Marsh. Calling from an exposed perch, early in the morning.
Bernie McRitchie, David Whelan 8/7 #218575
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Laanecoorie Reservoir
Two White-bellied Sea-eagles were perching high in trees then soaring over the waterways near Ankers Causeway at Laanecoorie Reservoir.
Heather Freemantle 7/7 #218557
Spotted Harrier
Sorrento Back Beach
Hunting along road right at park entrance.
Kevin Conlan 6/7 #218535
Swift Parrot (6)
Woodlands Historic Park (Greenvale)
Six Swifties seen feeding high in gums near northern edge of dense woodland section - just to the west of where the two major paths intersect. Stayed in the same area feeding for at least ten or fifteen minutes or so, calling constantly.
Rohan Long 6/7 #218531
Sat 5Regent Honeyeater
Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park
One Regent Honeyeater seen at previous reported location at Teal track junction at approx 3pm and viewed for 25 minutes. We had been on site since 10am. It was imitating red wattlebird calls, also as previously reported.
Brett Whitfield and Bob Dawson 7/7 #218546
Shy Albatross
Mornington Peninsula National Park (Cape Schanck)
Seawatching from the end of the boardwalk between 1530 and 1700 this afternoon produced 30 Shy Albatross including adults and immature birds with some attributable to Salvin and Cauta races, 1 unidentified smaller immature Albatross appeared to have a darker (if not all dark) bill and a more extensive collar and hood than the immature Cauta it was flying close by with could have been an Eremita race or even a Buller's Albatross, 1 Black- browed Albatross, 3 shearwaters looked like 2 Hutton's and 1 Fluttering but couldn't be certain, 1 White fronted Tern, 1 unidentified tern looked very much like a non-breeding White-winged Black Tern in plumage and with its noticeable jizz, 1 pr of Sooty Oystercatchers, 5 Black-faced Cormorants, 1 Silver Gull. 1 Brush Bronzewing on road to car park plus 1 Nankeen Kestrel along the cliffs.
Richard Hook 5/7 #218526
White-winged Triller
Carmichaels Road (Yarrawonga)
An odd, out of season sighting on a cold winter afternoon. A male in non-breeding plumage with a small flock of Willie Wagtails by the roadside. Further information
Michael Ramsey 5/7 #218518
Little Lorikeet, Noisy Friarbird.
Lake Tyers State Park
A fine Sunny morning spent in the Burnt Bridge - Cherry Tree area of the park. The forest was alive with birdlife particularly Honeyeaters & Lorikeets which were feeding on the eucalypt blossom. There were many flocks of Little Lorikeet prevalent. We were surprised to encounter a flock of 50+ Noisy Friarbirds competing with the local Red Wattlebird & Bell Miner population at Burnt Bridge Picnic Area.
Keith & Judy Humphreys 5/7 #218513
Fri 4Caspian Tern
Hattah Nature Drive, Hattah-Kulkyne NP
A flock of 31 seen at 1120 hours roosting on a small salt pan between Lake Hattah and Lake Bulla.
Charles, Emma, Reuben and Joseph Silveira 13/7 #218641
Swift Parrot
Muckleford
Approx 12 swifties this morning feeding up high in River Red Gums.
Deb Worland 4/7 #218489
Thu 3Eastern Osprey
Estuary waters behind Betka Beach. Mallacoota. Croajingolong NP.
Seen yesterday morning coming in from the ocean mouth towards the waters of the main estuary lagoon. Co-incidentally, I hadn't realised I had sighted the same bird 2 day's previously because the image was too small too decipher. Local birding people say there is only one in the vicinity, to their knowledge and it is most unusual for their region apparently.
Jenny Stephens 4/7 #218503
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Eltham North
Nice flock of ~50 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos in flight and then perched in Eucalypts along Diamond Creek around midday.
Rohan Clarke 4/7 #218491
Spotted Quail-thrush
Lake Tyers Forest Park - Morass Break Track
An unusually large number of these birds seen today foraging along the forest tracks. Along the Morass Break Track which is around 3km long we saw 4 birds. We saw another 3 birds in the same small area along various tracks branching off the Lake Tyers House Road. There's been a lot of rain down here, we were wondering if that may have contributed to the birds foraging along the tracks? Managed to obtain a reasonable image amongst dense vegetation. Not seen by us for 5 years previous to today.
Keith & Judy Humphreys 4/7 #218486
Double-banded Plover, Banded Stilt
Lake Tutchewop
10+ Double-banded Plovers and more than 100 Banded Stilts (with Red-necked Avocets) near the creek at the south side of Lake Tutchewop.
Malcolm Cousland 3/7 #218481
Freckled Duck
Begola Wetlands, Ocean Grove
Upwards of 100 Freckled Duck on Wetland this evening. Count assisted by the appearance of one Swamp Harrier.
Denis Sleep 3/7 #218480
Regent Honeyeater
Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park
The Regent Honeyeater / Red wattle bird convert still very actively feeding at reported site at 8am this morning.
John Weigel 3/7 #218473
Wed 2Singing Honeyeater
475 Shanley Street, Wangaratta
Singing Honeyeater attacked by 5 or 6 resident Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters. Aggressively driven so it flew into plate glass sliding door, knocked out, fell to ground, and then killed by the Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters. We have seen similar behaviour by the Yellow-tufted Honeyeater residents against cuckoos in the past.
Helen Van Riet 24/7 #218828
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Beside old quarry near Bailieston
At least two birds feeding together with Red Wattlebirds
Laurie Macmillan, Peter Mitchell, David Wakefield 3/7 #218472
Freckled Duck
Lakelands, Lara
Five Freckled Ducks seen at the western end of the main lake. I also saw thirteen Spoonbills (six Yellow-billed and 7 Royal).
Carolyn Edwards 3/7 #218471
Malleefowl
Murray Sunset National Park
Total of six Malleefowl seen in vicinity of Honeymoon Hut Track, beginning with two tree-roosting individuals at first light (!), and including two birds heard, then seen in vicinity of active mound (crater). Also most of the Mallee specialties were seen over six-hour walk, but alas, not the targeted Red-lored Whistler. Also today, Striated Grasswrens at Pink Lakes as per Jenny Spry's recent posting, but a bit further up the Mt Crozier Track, and about 300m to the west of the track. Bad photo attached.
John Weigel 2/7 #218469
Yellow tailed Black Cocatoo
Castlemaine Botanic Gardens
60+ Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos flying over the Castlemaine Botanic gardens playground to Pine trees over the creek today 1.30pm. Haven't seen any there this year and never in these numbers. Also 2 Hardhead ducks in the lake at the gardens.
Greg McKay 2/7 #218465
Tue 1Olive Whistler, Satine Bowerbird
Tarra-Bulga NP
1:45-4pm single Olive Whistler and Bassian Thrushes at the visitor centre along with a winter flock of 15 Satin Bowerbirds (predominantly) green birds. Along trails least 5 Superb Lyrebirds, 1 Whipbird and 1 Pilotbird.
Richard Hook 8/7 #218572
Regent Honeyeater
Chiltern-Mount Pilot National Park (Ryans Road)
One bird seen on both the 1st and 3rd of July at the reported spot. It was great to see this bird during our lunch break :-) A new bird for Dave.
John Harris - Wildlife Experiences and David Coleman 6/7 #218534
Brown Songlark (6), Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (2), Orange Chat (4), Spotted Harrier
Neds Corner Station
Spent the morning birding at Neds Corner Station and found some interesting sightings including 6 (most likely many more) Brown Songlark, 2 Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo, 1 Fan-tailed Cuckoo. Additionally, 4 Orange Chat, 1 Spotted Harrier, 1 Neophema sp., 3 Stubble Quail, 12 Chestnut-crowned Babbler and variety of other North West Vic species. Further information
James Mustafa, Scott Baker 1/7 #218461
highlightMallee Emu-wren (10+ birds)
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park
Originally spotted 2 Mallee Emu-wren birds (M & F) along Nowingi Track which were extremely obliging with photography. We then stumbled across a massive party of 8+ (most likely more) birds along the Konardin Track that seemed to be everywhere calling very loudly. Excellent to see such awesome numbers of such rare and special bird species. Further information
James Mustafa, Scott Baker 1/7 #218459
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Chiltern-Mount Pilot National Park (Ryans Road)
Previously reported unbanded bird found near Teal Track junction without any difficulty. In loose association with, and frequently mimicking Red Wattlebirds. Also of interest was a female type Rose Robin, seen at close range near Greenhill Dam Further information
Tim Nickholds 1/7 #218453
Australian Raven
Werribee Gorge State Park
Watched and heard an Australian Raven for c. 20 minutes this morning. I took several recordings of it calling and could compare it to the Little Ravens that were also present. At one stage it sat near a Wedge-tailed Eagle. Some poor photos were taken also. Further information
Bernie McRitchie 1/7 #218450

June 2014
Mon 30highlightRegent Honeyeater
Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park
Single un-banded bird adjacent to corner of Teal Track and Ryans Road. Red Wattlebird mimicry. Mostly in high canopy but also came to ground. Clear views in fog clearing to sunshine 0915-0930. No photograph.
Rodger Willows and Alison Roach 30/6 #218437
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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
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Rare
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Outside normal range/irruption
Exceptional number
Repeat report of megas
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Rare vagrant
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