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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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January 2015
Sun 25Leucistic Magpie
Midland Hwy Huntly Township
Seen sitting on power lines just up just north of the old Shire Offices.
Greg McKay 25/1 #221943
Glossy Ibis
Fishers Wetland (Newhaven)
Most surprised to see a Glossy Ibis fly in briefly to Fishers Wetlands this morning. I watched it feed for a few minutes before it flew off towards San Remo. First time we have seen a Glossy Ibis on Phillip Island.
Derek & Sally Whitehead 25/1 #221941
Diamond Dove
Berwick, Akoonah Park
In our backyard this morning -quite a surprise for us, our first sighting of this species in this area.
Christian & Guillaume Doerig 25/1 #221939
Sat 24Common Koel
Lancefield Golf Club
Heard this morning and again this evening and eventually sighted in a prominent position in a dead gum tree. Unusual to be calling at this time of the year and unusual for the area.
Peter Houston 24/1 #221929
Wood Sandpiper (1), Baillon's Crake (1), Spotted Crake (4)
Dandenong Valley Wetland
I went in search of the birds previously reported, the wetland is drying up and many exposed mudflats. Wood Sandpiper seen well for at least an hour and 1 Baillon's scurrying along the front of exposed reeds eBird checklist
Philip Peel, Matt McCrae, Andrew Allen 24/1 #221928
Long-toed Stint
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Around 9am a single bird was seen at -38.0456, 144.5080 (exact position). It flew off.
Clive Kaplan, Aidan Sudbury 24/1 #221926
Fri 23Square-tailed Kite
Buninyong Golf Course
Single adult observed lazily floating above tree tops on 3 occasions from 12:05pm to 12:20pm . Added an eagle (golf) later in the round just for good measure.
Colin Butson 23/1 #221913
Baillon's Crake
Newell's Paddock Wetland Reserve
Seen well, skulking in reeds on southern shore of smaller pond in southeast corner of the reserve. eBird checklist
Rohan Long 23/1 #221908
Thu 22highlightEastern Koel
Newgrove Rd, Healesville
1 bird heard calling early in the morning at Newgrove/Stephens Rd. Also lots of Gang-gangs around these days.
Falk Wicker 23/1 #221906
Zebra Finch
Moolap Station Road, Reedy Lake
Flock of 8 seen well by one observer along fenceline to W of S end of Moolap Stn Rd, incl at least 3 Ms. Other members of group were unable to relocate birds a short time later. A rare species on Bellarine Peninsula. Geelong Field Naturalists Club Bird Group Excursion led by Barry Lingham. We look forward to further reports of this species at this site or areas adjacent to this site. eBird checklist
per Craig Morley 23/1 #221905
Glossy Ibis
Lake Colac Bird Sanctuary
Single Glossy sighted and photographed in front corner of Sanctuary at 10am. It was no longer there at 4pm. eBird checklist
Adam Fry 22/1 #221903
Brush Bronzewing
Churchill National Park
[Moderator: First report here since 1967. MA]
Stephan Megroz 22/1 #221895
Wed 21Cresent Honeyeater
Bowden-spur Rd, Strathewen
2 birds calling and feeding through thick vegetation along a gully near the transmission lines.
Greg Cobern 22/1 #221897
Baillon's Crake
Dandenong Valley Wetland
[Moderator: I've heard them here often but not seen them. Good work to get a photo MA]
Stephan Megroz 22/1 #221894
Two Restless Flycatchers and White-throated Treecreepers
Churchill National Park
I haven't recorded either of these species in the Park over the past ten years.
Sue Boekel 21/1 #221890
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Avocet, Grey Teal, Whiskered Tern... etc
Lake Cooper
Many thousands of birds all over almost dry lake. 2000 Sharpies, 5000 Grey Teal, 100s of Avocets, Stilts, Whiskered Terns. Numbers sound similar to those recently reported from Winton Wetlands. The shore line is littered with thousands of large dead European Carp. Time was limited so I did not check waders in detail. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 21/1 #221889
Freckled Ducks
Coolart
6 Freckled Ducks, 1 Blue-billed Duck and a small number of Pink-eared Ducks.
Will Bridgeman, Corrie and Ian Macartney 21/1 #221883
Mon 19Blue-billed Duck, Marsh Sandpiper
Round Lake
100 Blue-billed Duck on the lake and 21 Marsh sandpipers in a group in the NW corner. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 19/1 #221866
Noisy Miner
Boronia
This is a rather sad report. Last Friday, after 28 years on my semi bush block in Boronia, the first ever colony of Noisy Miners invaded my property. In the past they have been a rare itinerant but not now. As of today, a pair of nesting Blue Wrens have abandoned their nest and left the fledglings. All Striated and Brown Thornbills, Spotted Pardalotes, Grey Fantails, Yellow Faced Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills, Silvereyes and even the Red Wattlebirds are gone. In 3 days these daily sightings are no more. They are far worse than Indian Mynas. Love to know how to get rid of them.
Alf Forbes 19/1 #221862
Sun 18Common Cicadabird (2), Black-faced Monarch (2), White-throated Nghtjar (2), Sooty Owl (3)
Bunyip State Park
Cicadabird heard at Mortimers and 1 seen at Nichols Hut Track, Monarchs seen on Ash Landing Road about 40 metres from Black Dog Road, Nightjar seen at Helipad and 1 heard, and 3 Sooty Owls seen me on Ash Landing Road and 2 at Mortimers. eBird checklist Further information
Philip Peel and 12 other observers 22/1 #221901
Gull Billed Terns 3
Stingaree Bay
Bob & Jan Hughes 18/1 #221848
Marsh Sandpiper
Hird Swamp Wildlife Reserve
Eight Marsh Sandpipers in shallows. Also 2 Glossy Ibis and 2 Spotted Crake. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 18/1 #221841
Sat 17Brown Gerygone
Noojee and Tanjil Bren area
BGs heard in a creekline in Noojee township and on three parts of the upper Tanjil River from the Mount Baw Baw road.
George Appleby 20/1 #221867
Grey Currawong
Alma Park East (St Kilda East)
Single bird heard and then seen flying south out of the park.
Sean Dooley 19/1 #221857
Latham's Snipe
Dandenong Valley Wetland
Des Palmer 17/1 #221833
Dollarbird
Seymour River Walk
Dollarbird sitting quietly in a hollow about 30m above ground in a River Red Gum. Another Dollarbird atop a dead tree across the river calling often. eBird checklist
Valerie La May 17/1 #221831
highlightpossible Grey-headed Lapwing
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park
John Hall, photographed this bird in a bird hide near Chiltern NP on the 5th DECEMBER 2014. At this time there are no more details. Attached is an image of the bird in flight. Published to encourage people to look out in the area. Further information
John Hall per James Mustafa (Australian Twitchers Facebook Group) 17/1 #221830
Fri 16highlightCommon Greenshank, Glossy Ibis
McDonald Swamp Wildlife Reserve
Pair of Common Greenshanks in shallows next to drain track near Lancaster Rd. Also 30 Glossy Ibis still present. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 16/1 #221819
Freckled Duck
Lake Murphy
Five Freckled Ducks in southern section seen from east side. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 16/1 #221817
Thu 15Pink-eared Ducks
Elsternwick Park, Brighton and Elsternwick Public Golf Course
2 in Golf Course and 1 at Elsternwick Park Lake. Infrequent visitor. eBird checklist
Debbie Lustig 16/1 #221818
highlightSooty Owl
Morwell National Park
Seen and heard at Billy Creek Weir just after dark. Stayed high in the canopy and hawked (presumably) for insects. eBird checklist
Brett Whitfield and Lachlan Clark 16/1 #221812
Pink-eared Duck
Banyule Flats Reserve
Two birds resting on a log in the middle of the wetland during the afternoon. Only the second time I've seen them here. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 15/1 #221808
highlightTerek Sandpiper
Glenelg Estuary, Nelson
Single Terek Sandpiper foraging in shallow water beside sand bar with Bar-tailed Godwits, Common Greenshanks and Red-necked Stints nearby.
Jane Hayes 15/1 #221807
Eastern Koel
Yarra Glen
Its call alerted me to it presence - stayed about 5 min emitting its call
Stephen Fletcher 15/1 #221803
Wed 14Grey Goshawk (White Morph)
Timboon - Rail Trail
Single bird seen approx 500m left from beginning of rail trail track.
Adrian de Leiros 15/1 #221805
Horsfields Bushlark
Sinclairs Road Rockbank
Bushlark seen on farm fence along Sinclairs Road , near Reed Crt. Second sighting in this area in two days. eBird checklist
Colin Mulvogue 14/1 #221795
Tue 13highlightGround Parrot ( eastern )
Marlo aerodrome
Two Ground Parrots were observed on separate occasions during an extended walk around the perimeter of the Marlo aerodrome this morning. Around 0940hrs Jacquie disturbed an adult bird from regenerating heathland vegetation alongside the boundary track while some two hours later around 1130hrs, I flushed another bird from short heathland scrub at the nw corner of this site. An earlier EGBOC Camp noted 6 birds from this same area but recent observations have been few and far between relying almost exclusively on sound records. eBird checklist
Len and Jacquie Axen 14/1 #221798
Freckled Duck & Gold-headed Cisticola
Cardinia Creek Parklands (North)
In pond on other side of western fence - 3 Freckled Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Hoary-headed Grebe, Australian Wood Duck, Eurasian Coot & Purple Swamphen. Around walking track - Gold-headed Cisticola (1 seen, several heard), 3 Black-shouldered Kite, Grey Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Superb Fairywren, Eastern & Crimson Rosella, Red Wattlebird, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. (Also S21327419) eBird checklist
Gerard Corkeron 13/1 #221773
Nankeen Night-Heron
Tanti Ck, Mornington
Single bird observed foraging on bank of creek just after heavy rain stopped at ~3:30pm eBird checklist
Neil Shelley 13/1 #221768
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Ringwood
Was shocked this morning to discover the distinctive sound of a channel-billed cuckoo. I first heard it distantly when still in bed (approx 9.45) which I brushed off as a particularly excited and hysterical kookaburra. Re-heard at 10.20 to the northeast approx. 500 meters away from Norwood Reserve. Perhaps this is the same bird sighted in the area on dec 23. A quick wander down the block couldn't locate the bird. There are a few large fig trees in the area and many large old pines, similar to the habitat where the birds are seen annually in Berwick.
James Mustafa 13/1 #221766
Mon 12highlightGlossy Black-cockatoo
Tulloch Ard Lookout Walk, Snowy River National Park
Heard then seen along walking track to Tulloch Ard Gorge lookout, while leading tour with Echidna Walkabout. Feeding on Casuarina. 3 birds seen, with at least 1 adult male
Martin Maderthaner 15/1 #221809
White-throated Needletail
Warranwood
Seen while standing on the roof, at 8pm initially 3 White-throated Needletails cruised over the house from the North heading South in a loose bunch then 10 minutes later a single WtN cruised over from the West and headed North.
Jackson Airey 12/1 #221763
Grey Goshawk
Colac 10' Cell
4 individual Grey Goshawk sightings today. First on the way out Carlisle/Colac Road just past the Irrewillipe turn off at 7:30am. Second on Old Carlisle Track about 9am. Third on the way home going through Larpent at 4pm, then the fourth just on the outskirts of Colac at about 4:10pm.
Adam Fry 12/1 #221760
Sun 11White-winged Choughs
Viewbank
7 in red gums at end of Martins Lane. This species is rare in middle Melbourne suburbs.
Richard Loyn 12/1 #221762
Turquoise Parrot
Bunyip State Park
Small party of Turquoise Parrots flushed along Channel Track including at least one juv. Poor record shot taken eBird checklist
Tim Bawden 11/1 #221747
Sat 10Black falcon
Donnybrook
Single bird observed flying over John Laffan Reserve (Donnybrook cricket ground)
Steve Leonard 12/1 #221756
highlightBanded Lapwing
Lake Hamilton (Tyers St dead end)
A young bird which appeared to be hanging out with the local Masked Lapwings until they all flew off with only the Banded returning a short time later eBird checklist
Samantha Greiner 11/1 #221744
Fri 9 re Long-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Long-billed Dowitcher apparently absent from Lake. Searched southern end of Lake without success on Friday afternoon and evening. Searched on Saturday morning, afternoon and evening again without success. Very few waders there, saw only two small flocks. No BWST and only a hand full of STSP. Weather was rainy and overcast.
Jim and Greg Caine 11/1 #221736
highlightEastern Koel.
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
1 Eastern Koel seen & heard by Park Ranger Miles Geldart at car park entrance.
Miles Geldart per Ken Dredge 10/1 #221717
Freckled Ducks
Bendigo Sewage Ponds
There were 14 Freckled Ducks seen this morning along with at least a thousand Pink-eared Ducks, several Hardheads, Grey and Chestnut Teal, Australian Shovelers, Red-necked Avocets, Pacific Black Ducks, Australian Shelducks, Black-winged Stilts, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers just to name a few.
Luke Paterson and Sarah Burgess 9/1 #221710
highlightAustralasian Figbird
Mallacoota Township
Pair of Figbird feeding two begging fledglings only just out of the nest. In trees outside Lucy's, Maurice st, (the main street) this morning. Further information
Steve Davidson 9/1 #221706
Thu 8Fork-tailed Swift, White-throated Needletail, Latham's Snipe, Eastern Bristlebird
Cape Howe Wilderness Area.
Mixed flock of over 100 forks and needles over Howe Flat around midday in hot and humid conditions, ratio of around 70:30 in favour of needletails. (200+ WTNT & 30 FTS seen later over Mallacoota before cool change) Single Latham's Snipe flushed near start of boardwalk at Howe Flat (track still flooded), and 3 Eastern Bristebird heard but not seen; contact calls and intermittent song only. No sign of White-cheeked HE from November. On Lakeview Track near Barracoota Tk a pair of Beautiful Firetail was nest building, and lots of Little & Musk Lorikeet were present in flowering bloodwoods. Further information
Steve Davidson 9/1 #221704
White-throated Needletail
Glenrowan West
17 birds post storm activity.
Kate Daniel 8/1 #221700
Hooded Plover
Sandy Point
Saw 4 birds early this morning. Also saw some Sanderlings and Red necked Stints.
Vincent Knowles 8/1 #221694
Wed 7Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Morrah St Hastings
Not an unusual sighting in this area but a large storm had dropped 53 mm of rain suddenly and the wind and lightning seemed to be disturbing these birds...calling incessantly to other birds and trying to settle in large pine tree during this storm.
S and S King 8/1 #221683
highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Snowy River mouth (Marlo)
Tony Mitchell reports observing a Beach Stone -curlew along a high tide line of debris to the east of the entrance this morning. Since Australia Day 2014 there has been a regular set of observations throughout the year, admittedly with some notable gaps during the winter months. As to whether it is the same bird is problematical, but like other sightings of a BSC in Victoria, it appears to have occupied a favoured locality for a considerable length of time.
Tony MItchell ( DELWP Orbost ) per Len Axen 7/1 #221679
Whiskered (Marsh) Tern
Kitty Miller Rd
First sighting for us on Phillip Island.
Sally & Derek Whitehead 7/1 #221677
Arctic Jaeger, Pectoral Sandpiper, Caspian Tern, Gloosy Ibis
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Arctic Jaeger flew past bird hide at lunchtime. 2 Pecs in Beach Rd gate pond along with 8 Glossy Ibis, which then flew on to beach. A further 6 Glossies seen at Borrow Pits. 2 Caspians at the "Cormorant Jetty". Good numbers of Banded Stilt still around and large flocks of Shelduck.
Dave Torr, Iian Denham, Mark Buckby 7/1 #221674
Diamond Firetail
Scotts Lane, Porcupine Ridge
Diamond Firetail feeding on seeding grasses on a roadside near my property in the northern parts of the Wombat Forest. First sighting in this area in 13 years.
Tanya Loos 7/1 #221672
Tue 6Masked Owl, White-throated Nightjar, Australian Owlet-nightjar
Mallacoota
Single Masked Owl cackling and circling high above canopy of bushland on western outskirts of Mallacoota township at around 21:30 on Tuesday night. Also here were 3 WT Nightjar and a single Aus. Owlet-nightjar. Further information
Steve Davidson 9/1 #221705
highlightTopknot Pigeon
Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve
one bird erupted out of thick foliage in mid-canopy tree, flew up to tall Southern Mahogany. We eventually saw three others in same tree, but all so quiet, distant and high they were very hard to find. There could have been others. Cabbage Fan-palms are in fruit at the moment eBird checklist
Janine Duffy, Echidna Walkabout 8/1 #221693
Wonga Pigeon
Oshanassy Aqueduct Warburton
Des Palmer 7/1 #221670
highlightCommon Koel
Rye, Mornington Peninsula
Was heard on 5 and 6 January. Photo taken on 6.
Stephan Megroz 6/1 #221654
Grey Goshawk
Yarra Ranges National Park--Badger Weir Park
2 white morph birds seen in same general area of entrance road around 10.45am as per Aidan's 4/1 report. Regularly calling, though not much interaction between them otherwise, and one was getting serious heat from a group of agitated Flycatchers.
John Daniels 6/1 #221650
highlightKoel
Emily St Point Lonsdale
A Koel started calling this morning at 5.00am. Living in Point Lonsdale for 15 years this is the first time I have heard a Koel in this locality.
Rod Corinaldi 6/1 #221643
Mon 5highlightLong-billed Dowitcher, Pectoral Sandpiper, Banded Lapwing
Lake Tutchewop
Dowitcher located on the southern end of the lake by a birder from Deniliquin who contacted us immediately. Water levels had greatly receded. However, given the rain in the past few days (writing this report very late), they may well be up again. At least 4 Pectoral Sandpipers and 6 Banded Lapwings were also observed. eBird checklist
Simon Gorta, Julian Teh, Owen Lishmund, Meredith Thomas & others 11/1 #221748
White-throated Needletail
Reef Hills State Park
About 80 to 100 Needletails flying high over the forest about midday. Fine, hot, sunny, calm day. Some thin wispy cloud, but mostly blue sky. S 36° 37.658' E 145° 55.480'
Merrilyn Serong 6/1 #221662
highlightGlossy Ibis
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
At least a dozen birds flew in at about 2:30pm. First sighting for me.
Colin Maddock 5/1 #221642
Pectoral Sandpiper (3)
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
1 Pectoral Sand in T-section, 2 in Beach Rd Lagoon.
James Mustafa & Craig Greer 5/1 #221641
Lewin's Rail
Truganina Swamp, Altona
About 8pm, same location as Birdline #221560 1/1/15.
Peter Shute 5/1 #221638
Purple-crowned Lorikeet
Rose St Park, Hawthorn East (large park not named on Googlemaps)
At least 6 in flowering gum on northern path near shelter/solar pole Close to where I work on Camberwell Rd, haven't seen them here before. -37.827186, 145.049015 eBird checklist
Tom Tarrant 5/1 #221627
Sun 4highlightBanded Stilt
The Lakes National Park
Approx. 200 near the lookout point, and another approx. 200 near the Stockyard Bridge at Loch Sport
Tristan Kennedy 6/1 #221652
Grey Goshawk
Yarra Ranges National Park--Badger Weir Park
2 white phase birds seen again on the left of the road 100-200m inside the entrance gate (-37.656, 145.564)
Aidan Sudbury, Giles Daubeney 5/1 #221616
highlightBroad-billed Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Spotted Harrier-juvenile
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
1 Broad-billed Sandpiper roosting at Beach Rd Lagoon, opposite the rocks on the beach. 1 Pectoral Sandpiper on the first (most northerly) pond at T-Section Lagoons it was feeding on the south-east part of the pond. 1 very young Spotted Harrier stooging around Beach Rd & 29 Mile Rd, very poor flying kept on perching on the ground. Appeared to have just come off the nest. 15 Glossy Ibis to the north of the Borrow Pits, landed in restricted area. 1 Freckled Duck, Walsh's Lagoons. Brown Goshawk nesting on Pt Wilson Rd.
Kevin Bartram & Katrina Bragge 4/1 #221613
highlightSharp-tailed Sandpiper, Greenshank and other waders and waterbirds
Winton Wetlands
Following Ian Davidson's report from 2/1/15, visited Winton Wetlands today. Still about 1000 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers present on the few remaining shallow wetland areas, as well as 20 Greenshank, 4 Marsh Sandpipers, c. 12 Red-necked Stints, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 3 Rec-capped Plovers. Also observed 100s of Black-winged Stilts and Whiskered Terns, including some juveniles of the latter, a juvenile White-bellied Sea-eagle, 20 Red-necked Avocets and 20 Glossy Ibis. At the Duck Pond, in the northwest corner, saw 50 Red-kneed Dotterel and about 30 Freckled Duck
Doug Robinson, Ian Davidson and Sally Mann 4/1 #221612
highlightEastern Curlew, 50 Marsh Sandpipers, 25 Great Crested Grebes
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Good day at the WTP. Eastern Curlew flying over Western Lagoons. 50 Marsh Sandpipers at T Section Lagoons, 25 Great Crested Grebes in the lakes to the Lake Borrie side of the coastal road from Beach Road to the Hide (by far the most I have seen there).
Ed Williams, Mike Honeyman 4/1 #221609
Eastern Curlew, Banded Lapwing
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Eastern Curlew seen Western Lagoons and Banded Lapwings seen in Paddocks opposite Avalon Airport on Beach Road.
Corrie & Ian Macartney 4/1 #221608
Red-necked Avocet
Fishers Wetland (Newhaven)
One lone Red-necked Avocet resting amongst the resident Aust Shovellers and Black Swans. It is the first time we have seen an Avocet at Fishers Wetland.
Sally & Derek Whitehead 4/1 #221604
Sat 3highlightLong Billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Seen at southern end surrounded by Sharp Tailed Sandpipers and other waders. Did not flush. eBird checklist
Nick, Tom, Alex, Robyn and Duncan Goode 3/1 #221589
Fri 2Latham's Snipe
Banyule Flats Reserve
5 on shore of main wetland (muddy shore now visible all round as it dries).
Richard Loyn 5/1 #221630
Many waders (several 1000), Terns, Plume Whistle Ducks etc.
Winton Wetlands
The main swamp is drying but going out with a bang with 1000s stilts, sandpipers, Whiskered Terns, swans, Glossy Ibis etc. etc. It literally will be dry within days - so hurry - superb photographic opportunities. To access go to boat ramp and walk directly south for 1-2 kms towards the maroon area (Red Milfoil) and enjoy. Need water bottle, hat, old runners and binos, spotting scope, camera
Ian Davidson 2/1 #221571
Thu 1Diamond Firetail
Baillieston
4 at back of fenced old mine site with White browed Babblers,.
Eric Sticklen 5/1 #221637
White-winged Chough
Viewbank
One in red gums at end of Martins Lane, calling often but apparently alone. There have been a few records of this species nearby in recent years, but it remains rare in Melbourne suburbs such as this.
Richard Loyn 5/1 #221629
Speckled Warbler, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Mistletoebird and White-throated Gerygone
You Yangs Regional Park
Speckled Warbler, Mistletoebird and Buff-rumped Thornbill all seen at the junction of the asphalt road leading from rangers station and the great circuit loop track, pulled over and all birds were seen just on side of road. We tracked down the White-throated Gerygone on Branding Yards track where was last seen, calling beautifully eBird checklist
Philip Peel, Tim Nickholds and Andrew Allen 2/1 #221581
highlightBlack-chinned Honeyeater (2) , Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (1), Pjnk-eared Duck (1)
Serendip Sanctuary
Black-chinned and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater were near the observation tower just before north arm dam, also at the dam 1 lone Pink-eared Duck, also of note on dam was a lone Red-kneed Dotterel 3 Black-tailed Native-hens and at least 700 Magpie Geese eBird checklist
Philip Peel, Tim Nickholds and Andrew Allen 2/1 #221580
highlightSpotless Crake (1) Grey Plover (2) Banded Plover (10)
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Spotless Crake in pond just inside gate 4 near boat ramp on Beach Rd, easily observed with 2 Spotted Crake. 2 Grey Plovers and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits on the Spit and Banded Lapwings were in usual spot along Beach Rd heading towards Avalon. eBird checklist
Philip Peel and Andrew Allen 2/1 #221579
White-winged Triller (2), Red-capped Robin (3)
Woodlands Historic Park
Early morning start, 54 species but definitely highlight being male and female white-winged triller and 3 robins chasing each other around near sugar gum plantation eBird checklist
Philip Peel and Andrew Allen 2/1 #221578
Black Falcon and Australian Hobby
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
One female harassing a large flock of Shelduck resting in the paddock adjoining Avalon (Beach Rd. east of Avalon Airfield). Also one Australian Hobby plucking a small bird while perched in a dead tree near the Little River ford.
Julian Lea-Wood and Tom Fletcher 2/1 #221575
highlightEastern Osprey
Hume Hwy near Wodonga
Eastern Osprey seen flying over lagoon off side of Hwy between Wodonga and Albury but on the Wodonga side just! Very surprised to see it there so far inland.... but there was no mistaking it! It was low, close and in good light! Moderators note: no photos available for 100 % confirmation. Posted for others to follow up.
Chris Steeles 2/1 #221570
Freckled Duck, Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Two Freckled Ducks on the "box" in the pond 24 (south-east of Lake Borrie); single Pectoral Sandpiper in the first lagoon north of boat ramp.
Mark Stanley, Annette Hatten 1/1 #221567
Cape Barren Geese
Baxter -Mornington Peninsula Freeway north of Eramosa Road West
We were driving southwards down the Freeway at 11.30 this morning and I noticed eight, maybe 9, Cape Barren Geese in a short-grass paddock beside the Freeway. Paddock probably cut for hay - lots of horses and hay rolls around. As I asked "Where are we?" Eramosa Road West appeared. Melway says the site is in Baxter.
Anthea Fleming 1/1 #221561
Lewin's Rail, Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake
Truganina Swamp, Altona
About 8am, immature Lewin's Rail seen close to the fence beside the path that runs south from the railway line between two swamps. 1x Spotted and Spotless Crakes in the same area. Same three species seen in the same area yesterday around the same time.
Peter Shute 1/1 #221560
Southern Boobook, Blue-winged Parrot
Brisbane Ranges National Park
We were barely 100 metres along Sheep Track when the Boobook flew to a tree branch just in front of us at 11.15am this morning. Also surprised to see a pair of BWPs in such dry woodland.
Hedley and Irena Earl 1/1 #221557
Buff-banded Rail
La Trobe University Bundoora Campus
1 seen right next to the car near corner of Research Ave & the Ring Rd next to a small pond.
Kevin Bartram 1/1 #221555
Little Corella
Camberwell
At the stroke of midnight, a small agitated flock settled briefly in a very large poplar before flying off calling. Apparently disturbed by the sound of fireworks from the city, possibly closer. I haven't seen them for months in the local area.
George Appleby 1/1 #221553

December 2014
Wed 31highlightFreckled Duck
MacLeod Morass Wildlife Reserve
c. 20 freckled ducks at MacLeod Morass near Bairnsdale eBird checklist
Tristan Kennedy 6/1 #221653
Eastern Koel
Benalla. Clarendon Street
Gained our attention by calling loudly from the tree, an exotic, in the garden next door. Flew around the neighbourhood a few times before appearing to go to roost locally. Too dark to gain any photos.
Bill & Jackie Morecraft 31/12 #221546
highlightLong billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Resting in the water close to the Southern shore among a group of waders. eBird checklist
Robyn Duff, Noel Renouf and 3 others 31/12 #221542
highlightGrey Goshawk(white phase), Cicadabird
Yarra Ranges National Park--Badger Weir Park
Vocal pair of white phase Grey Goshawk present again today (also seen on 19th Nov), and a pair of Cicadabird still present were the highlights of a great morning's birding. A great way to end the year. eBird checklist Further information
Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder 31/12 #221541
Brush Bronzewing
Glenfern Valley Bushland
Des Palmer 31/12 #221538
Pink-eared Duck, Eastern Koel
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
A pair of pink-eared ducks was doing circle work on the Ornamental Lake in the Gardens this morning. I'm not sure if that is a first for the Gardens but certainly the first pink-ears seen by Trisha or me. Also saw a male koel flying across the Ornamental Lake at the same time as we could hear another calling. It's possible that there's two pairs of koels in the Gardens. Yesterday we saw a great egret in full breeding plumage. This bird has probably abandoned any breeding attempt this year due to lack of inland river flooding. From David Plant: Re Phil Maher's sighting of Pink-eared Ducks and querying if it was the first sighting at the RBG.They have been recorded there in 1997, 2002 and 2013.
Philip Maher 31/12 #221537
Tue 30highlightCommon Tern
Marley Point, Lake Wellington, Gippsland Lakes
Party of 4 on jetty at Marley Point, three in non-breeding plumage, one in breeding plumage characteristic of subspecies _hirundo_ . Common Tern (subsp longipennis) is uncommon on Gippsland Lakes. This is apparently first record of hirundo for the area. Report and photos by visiting Mark Oksien visiting from UK.
Mark Oksien (per Chris Healey, BirdLife East Gippsland) 20/1 #221873
Spotted Quail-thrush
Croajingolong National Park--Genoa Peak
We flushed a single Spotted Quail-thrush from the Genoa Peak trail, about halfway to the top in a rocky section. eBird checklist
Logan Lalonde 1/1 #221562
highlightGlossy Ibis
McDonald Swamp Wildlife Reserve
Up to 50 Glossy Ibis (some in breeding plumage) feeding on the North East shoreline located off Lancaster Road. Water in the lake is going through drawdown phase creating opportunities for waders.
Adrian Martins via Anthony Sloan 31/12 #221539
highlightLong Billed Dowitcher and Square Tailed Kite
Lake Tutchewop
The Long Billed Dowitcher is still at Lake Tutchewop. It was found by us this morning in the SW corner of the lake. It wasn't in the water but was in some of the shoreline scrub sheltering down with the STSP to keep out of the strong wind. Also on the way up and also on the way back a Square Tailed kite was seen hawking above the road just north of Durham Ox. eBird checklist
Greg and Janice McKay and Dave Livermore 30/12 #221535
Mon 29Square-tailed Kite
Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary
Flew low over the dam & camping area.
Kathy Costello, Val La May, Jenny Lawson, Julie Rundell 29/12 #221525
Sun 28Baillon's Crake
Lake Sambell, Beechworth
One sunning itself on marshy shore near caravan park, same place where the Spotted Crake performed well last month. The Baillon's was also here on 25 Dec. Other waterbirds include White-necked Heron, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, etc. Crakes are scarce at this lake where water levels have usually been higher than at present.
Richard Loyn & Debbie Tully 28/12 #221514
Sat 27highlightPainted Honeyeater
Buckland Gap near Beechworth
One in scattered trees in farmland, heard calling every day from 25 Dec.
Richard Loyn & Debbie Tully 28/12 #221515
Southern Boobook
Woodlands Historic Park
Perched in tree just outside back-paddock fence on the East-West firebreak. Just to the East of the sugar gum forest. First time I have observed a Boobook at Woodlands eBird checklist
Richard Arnold 27/12 #221504
highlightMagpie Goose
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
11 seen in T-section, along with lots of Banded Stilts still. Some White-winged terns amongst the Whiskered. At least 10 Cape Barren geese around the plant
Dave Torr with Edith from California 27/12 #221503
Fri 26Australian Koel
Traralgon
A male was heard from Kimberley Drive at 8:10am, calling intermittently for about 10 minutes. Listened for it that evening at dusk, and the following morning from 7:45 - 8:15am, but it was not heard again.
Tamara Leitch 27/12 #221501
highlightLong billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Dowitcher still present on northern shoreline, and appears to be losing color. Despite a day-long search by 5 groups of birders, the Phalarope or Plover could not be located in the couple of hundred shorebirds still present on the lake. Banded Stilts have departed. eBird checklist
John Daniels 27/12 #221498
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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