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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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highlightHighlightmegamegaMega
August 2014
Sat 23highlightPlumed Whistling Ducks
Railway Dam, Canola Depot, Willaura
260 birds resting beside dam, counted by two individuals and then seen again at the 'poo farm' in the afternoon eBird checklist
Samantha Greiner & BirdLife Hamilton members 23/8 #219340
highlightPectoral Sandpiper etc
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
1 Pectoral Sandpiper in worn breeding plumage seen in the 5W Conservation Ponds 5W - the one just south-west of the intersection of the South Rd. It was with a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper also in worn breeding plumage. Other highlights include: a pair of Brolgas at the T-Section Lagoons; 6 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in the T-Section Lagoons; 1 Black Falcon on the fence next to the Spit.
Scott Baker, Merv Marsh 23/8 #219339
White-winged Triller, Brown Songlark, Banded Lapwing, White-winged Fairy-wrens
Gladfield South
A scout around the plains west of Pyramid Hill turned up an early male Triller on the move through, a displaying Brown Songlark, 6 Banded Lapwings, numerous White-winged Fairy-wrens and Zebra Finches, Stubble Quail calling, a Peregrine, Pied Butcherbird and White-fronted Chats feeding young. Not bad for a few treeless paddocks !
Simon Starr 23/8 #219331
Fri 22Wood sandpiper
Dandenong Valley Wetlands, Rowville (Rigby's Wetlands)
One solitary bird as observed on Saturday 16 August
Stephan Megroz 22/8 #219330
Thu 21Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
About 6- 8 birds seen near the Pearson Street side of the Park where previously reported.
Nick Koutoulis 21/8 #219314
Southern Boobook
Valley Reserve, Mt Waverley
Boobook seen this afternoon at Valley Res` being harassed by usual suspects.
Chris Gittins 21/8 #219312
Swift Parrot, Crimson Rosella
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
3 male Swift Parrot seen in flowering Sugar Gum at woodlot along Pt Wilson Rd this morning around 0930hrs. Also there a roving band of Crimson Rosella which is a rare bird for the plant. Fairy Martin is returning in good numbers now and I saw one and heard two other Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo in saltmarsh at T-section and Western Lagoon. eBird checklist
Steve Davidson 21/8 #219305
Wed 20highlightIntermediate Egret & Latham's Snipe
Lake Colac Bird Sanctuary
Went down looking for a few Snipe a friend told me about. I was lucky enough to find the Snipe and an Intermediate Egret. Also lots of other species including several Swans nesting, Yellow-billed and Royal Spoonbills, a Pacific Heron and 2 Great Egrets in breeding plumage. eBird checklist
Adam Fry 20/8 #219301
Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
At least 8 swift parrots still present this afternoon (4pm). All seen at the Pearson Street end of the park feeding on tall flowering gums. eBird checklist
Richard Arnold 20/8 #219298
Song Thrush
Dundee St, Reservoir
1 seen in a private backyard this morning
Matt Vinicombe 20/8 #219295
Tue 19Swift Parrot (2)
Monash University Clayton Campus
2 Swift Parrot seen in usual area today feeding in natives. Seems like there is a small number hanging around at the moment. eBird checklist Further information
James Mustafa 19/8 #219285
Mon 18Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
Feeding near Pearson Street. Witnessed several interactions with Noisy Miners. eBird checklist
Debbie Lustig 18/8 #219275
Sun 17Powerful Owl
Dandenong Ranges National Park ,Old Coach Rd The Basin
Des and Jeremy Palmer 18/8 #219277
Powerful Owl
Studley Park, Kew
I was alerted by alarm calls of Bell Miners near their colony at Dights Falls end of Galatea Point.
Dave Dickson 17/8 #219262
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Bundoora
For those interested in ticking plastics Bulbul still showing well this morning (around 8.30 am) in Bryson Crtt and Carbeen Dve. All sightings appear to be within 100 m of this location but bird not always present. Was heard upon arrival and allowed very close approach which possibly does not support the 'wild-bird theory'.
Scott Baker 17/8 #219260
Sat 16White-winged Chough
Viewbank (Melbourne)
Flock of 7 foraging among red gums at end of Martins Lane. 10 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos in wattles nearby.
Richard Loyn & Debbie Tully 16/8 #219246
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Spotted Harrier, 70 Neophemas, 30 Double-banded Plover
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
3 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at the T-Section Lagoons & 2 at the Western Conservation Ponds (=5). Also around 70 Neophemas seen at the saltmarsh south of the T-section Lagoons, presumably all Blue-winged Parrots. A few hundred Curlew Sandpipers, around 6 Red-necked Stints, about 30 Double-banded Plovers also at T-section. 1 adult Spotted Harrier on fence post on Pt Wilson Rd. 1 Glossy Ibis, Western Conservation Ponds.
Kevin Bartram 16/8 #219244
highlightWood Sandpiper
Dandenong Valley Wetland
Solitary bird
Stephan Megroz 16/8 #219243
Noisy Friarbird
Price Park, Viewbank
The Noisy Friarbird was living up to its name at 9:30am, so it was very easy to find in the gum trees below the toilets. It kept chasing Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and Red Wattlebirds over the houses and into the tall trees 100m away, only to return to its preferred gum tree after about a minute. (In addition, at least 4 Swift Parrots were seen feeding at 11am in Car Park 8 of La Trobe University Campus.)
Reza Mohammed 16/8 #219232
Fri 15Olive-backed Oriole
Banyule Flats Reserve
One calling in morning from red gums in billabong. 2 Yellow-faced Honeyeaters nearby beside Yarra River.
Richard Loyn 16/8 #219245
Red-kneed Dotterel
Yarrawonga
88 birds seen in a shallow flooded paddock by Hicks Road. Not a rare species locally but the high count and timing (usually a late spring and summer bird around here) is unusual. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 15/8 #219224
Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park Brunswick
Swifties still there this morning as previously reported. I saw up to four, probably juveniles flittering from tree to tree not far from Pearson Street. Thanks to everyone who has been putting these sitings on Birdline.
Richard Arnold 15/8 #219218
highlightNoisy Friarbird
Price Park Viewbank
Noisy Friarbird quietly feeding in flowering gum along walking track below toilets at approx. 9.15am eBird checklist
Brendan McDonald 15/8 #219217
highlightRed-whiskered Bulbul
Bundoora
Bird seen on top of bare tree on private property in Bryson Crt. Bundoora just back form corner Carbeen Drv. as previously reported on Birdline eBird checklist
Brendan McDonald 15/8 #219216
Swift Parrot
La Trobe University Bundoora Campus
A dozen or so Switties still present along North side of car park 8 . eBird checklist
Brendan McDonald 15/8 #219215
Thu 14highlightLatham's Snipe
Growling Frog Golf Course
Seen one Latham's Snipe around the back near the bird hide. An early visitor.
Aleks Arsoski 15/8 #219212
Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
Around 4.30pm at least 30 Swift Parrots in Eucalypts close to Pearson St (as previously reported).
Scott Baker 14/8 #219206
Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
At least 6 Swift Parrots seen at the Pearson St end of Gilpin Park. Thanks for the initial posting Nicole & Paul.
Philip Jackson & Frank Mitchell 14/8 #219205
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Indian Ringneck)
McKinnon
An Indian Ringneck was observed perched next to some Spotted Doves on a house roof in Glen Orme Ave, McKinnon. I presume an escapee.
Lewis Hiller 14/8 #219204
Brolga
Williams Landing Wetland
Two Brolgas reported at the wetland in Reserve C. Possibly the closest record to Melbourne CBD in a long while? Poor photo attached.
Matt Hatton via David Wilson 14/8 #219198
Wed 13highlightBrown Cuckoo-dove
Croajinolong National Park approx -37.4580, 149.8380
An unmistakable large brown pigeon (female). Observed for about 10 minutes, sitting half way up a gum tree about 300 M south from the start of Lakeview track, Croajinolong NP (north of Mallacoota inlet, access via Maxwell's Rd) eBird checklist
Angus Hartshorn 14/8 #219203
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Magenta Rd, Chiltern-Mt Pilot NP
It seems the unbanded male from Teal Track a few months ago has moved. Matt found the bird today, still making abbreviated Red Wattlebird mimicry, adjacent to Magenta Rd about 300m west of the intersection with Greenhill Rd (i.e. back towards Magenta Mine).
Matt Lincoln via Dean Ingwersen 13/8 #219192
Tue 12highlightSlender-billed Prion
Point Roadknight.
SBP found beachcast around noon today. Longish bill, culminicorn gap of >5mm between nostril and bill hook, straight bill sides and small black tail tip suggested this sp.
Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder 13/8 #219193
Mon 11Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
12 Swift Parrots in the park today, seem to be hanging about the Pearson Street end. They have been around for a few days.
Nicole Spillane and Paul Jacobson 11/8 #219157
Sun 10Red-necked Avocet
Serendip Sanctuary
I think that this is the first record of this species at Serendip. Seen in Lake Serendip feeding with Black-winged Stilts.
Ruth Woodrow & Paul Dodd 10/8 #219151
Eclectus Parrot
Robinson Reserve, Coburg
A female escapee feeding in a cotoneaster in a park. (Note - Google search found two reports of people seeking missing pet female Eclectus. Both appeared to be from May 2014.)
Nick Talbot 10/8 #219146
Lewin's Rail
Liverpool Rd Retarding Basin Boronia
Des Palmer 10/8 #219139
Sat 9highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Killawarra Forest
One male heard then seen at the end of Mattamia Lane. First record in the forest for over a year. This species has been seen sporadically in the forest now since 2010. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 10/8 #219137
highlightBeach Stone-Curlew
Andersons Inlet, Inverloch
Single bird spotted in the mangroves, on east side of Screw Creek approx. 100m south of footbridge.
Martin Dwelly 9/8 #219134
highlightRed-whiskered Bulbul (2)
Bundoora
Two Red-whiskered Bulbul located this morning in Bundoora approx. 10.15am. First bird seen from the road in a backyard in Betula Avenue. Watched as it called for a around 5 minutes until (to my astonishment) it received answer from Shaman Court. It flew off and joined a second bird near the corner of Sharman/Betula. First bird did not hang around for long but second bird remained a little longer allowing for some photos. Habitat was your stereotypical suburban urbanised area with lawns and a lot introduced plants. Many other ferals noted such as myna, starling, spotted dove etc. Looking at records from when this bird was around in Victoria in higher numbers this is in a nearby region. RWBulbul was recorded in Vic up to 2009 in Rosanna, Heidelberg, Hurstbridge, Ivanhoe, Brunswick and other northern suburbs. No bands on legs either. eBird checklist Further information
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne 9/8 #219120
Fri 8Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck
Growling Frog Golf Course
3 Freckled Ducks along with 11 Pink-eared Ducks located in the back dam. 9 species of ducks were recorded on site including Shelduck, Wood Duck. Black Duck, Grey & Chestnut Teal, Shoveler & Hardhead.
Aleks Arsoski 8/8 #219100
Superb Fairy-wren
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Leucistic Superb Fairy-wren found on the road adjacent Ryan's Swamp at the WTP. It was in the company of a regular family group of fairy-wrens.
Mark Buckby, Iian Denham, Trevor Hunt 8/8 #219097
Thu 7highlightSooty Albatross
Pt Lonsdale lighthouse offshore
Uniformly dark, graceful and shapely albatross. ~80% wingspan of a Shy Albatross. Long narrow wings, occasionally hump-backed like a Shy Albatross, wedge shaped tail; consistently, with one exception when it rose quite high, it was gliding low, slowly and gracefully over the water. Occasional graceful shallow wing-beats. Uniformly dark sooty brown with a dark bill with no distinguishing features or paler contrasts. eBird checklist
Craig Morley 9/8 #219123
highlightBeach Stone-Curlew
Anderson Inlet, Inverloch.
The bird was still on the beach near the Screw Creek carpark around 10 this morning.
Jenny Skewes 7/8 #219077
Banded Lapwing
Bluestone School Rd, Connewarre. 38°16'34.00"S 144°25'50.37"E
10 Plovers feeding in short grain crop this afternoon! Same location as reported on April 30.
Denis Sleep 7/8 #219072
Wed 6highlightRed-whiskered Bulbul
Bundoora
Observed singing loudly on prominent treetops in Carbeen Drive, Bundoora.
Bernie McRitchie 9/8 #219114
Freckled Duck
Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve
Single bird loafing on rock in ornamental lake.
Richard Nowotny 7/8 #219068
Pink-eared Duck
Growling Frog Golf Course
12 Pink-eared Ducks in the back dam
Aleks Arsoski 6/8 #219066
Unusually coloured Australian King-Parrot
Backgarden bird bath, Blackburn, adjacent Blackburn Creeklands Parkland
A large, very colourful parrot arrived at the bird bath at 11.30 am this morning. As King-Parrots are common in the area and at the bird bath I assume it is a King-Parrot with a lot of bright yellow in the feathers. As you can see in the photo the beak and lower breast are red. Female? Unfortunately i only had time to take a quick photo through glass with a small camera. I have alerted others who live adjacent or walk in the Blackburn Creeklands as it flew off in that direction. King-Parrots could be heard calling from the park.
Megan Short 6/8 #219058
Tue 5Pink Robin
Seymour River Walk
Male bird seen close to the track. Not previously reported for this area. eBird checklist
Peter Mitchell, Lesley Dalziel, Val La May 8/8 #219092
Freckled Duck
Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve
Two Freckled Ducks with the Pink-eared Ducks in the pond just west of the bird hide.
Peter West 6/8 #219063
highlightPlum-headed Finch
Murray to Mountains Trail - Bowser Station
Found the previously reported bird feeding by itself behind the station. Timid, I had the bird frequently dissapearing on me, at one point calling from atop an Acacia, and also calling and flying directly over a couple of times in response to playback eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds 5/8 #219048
Brown Gerygone
Dandenong Ranges National Park--Sherbrooke Forest
Heard and then had great views of a Brown Gerygone along Neumann track.
Simon Starr 5/8 #219046
Mon 4Cattle Egret
Lake Benalla
A flock of 57 Cattle Egrets roosting on an island at Lake Benalla, close to the art gallery, counted at 5pm. The birds have roosted there for over 2 months, with numbers varying from about 30 to 60 birds.
Kathy Costello 5/8 #219045
highlightTurquoise Parrot
Dookie
A single male bird seen on the edge of town by paddocks on McDonald Rd, a bird I never expected to see here. Well away from their core range in the Warby Ranges and Chesney Hills to the east, some records also from Voilet Town to the immediate south though as well. All I can think it is most likely this bird has dispersed quite far during winter, or even more exciting there could be a unknown remnant population in the Dookie Hills. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 4/8 #219032
Sun 3highlightCommon Sandpiper
Kororoit Creek Mouth (Williamstown North)
At 1650 hours, I observed a single Common Sandpiper on the southern bank at the mouth of the creek. I observed the bird feeding in the distinctive tail bobbing motion and then fly into the wetlands to the north-east. Possibly an early arrival, as I have not seen overwintering Common Sandpipers before in this generally reliable area for these birds.
Peter Gibbons 3/8 #219017
Double-barred Finch
Black Dog Ck (Lilliput)
14 Double-barred Finch seen this morning (8am) near the structures on the corner of Slaughterhouse Road and Rutherglen-Springhurst Rd. This seems like one of the best spots in Victoria to see this species. eBird checklist Further information
James Mustafa 3/8 #219016
Scarlet Honeyeater
Bailieston Historic Area Block 2
There were at least 4 Scarlet Honeyeaters in this reserve today - 3 in the Sugar Gums at the northern end and then another was heard in the Box and Ironbark woodland behind the dam. eBird checklist
Margaret & Richard Alcorn 3/8 #219014
highlightPlum-headed Finch
Bowser
Following up on Michael Ramsay's report of an adult male Plum-headed Finch, I arrive at the Bowser Station this morning just before 7am. Site was frozen, with frost and ice on the ground. After doing a lap of the area and not finding any finches, I returned to path and located the PHF feeding in the short grass and occasionally calling quietly. It was quite flighty if I ever tried to approach but at one stage flew up close to me which allowed for some photos. After watching it for a few minutes, it flew over to the pond around 20 metres away and continued to call in the reeds. In terms of the wild vs escapee debate - it was completely natural and relaxed in the environment through feeding and other behaviours. Doing some research, they have been some historic records of PHF in Victoria from areas across central/north Vic. Seeing the area, as Michael reported, rural area with paddocks, water/swamp, gums and lots of vegetation. Nearest town around 8kms away. According to the Morcombe app, PHF's range do just reach Victoria and extends right through southern New South Wales. Other positive thoughts for genuine wild bird is their tendency to travel distances and be rather nomadic. It would also align with other number of northern birds currently appearing Victoria (beach stone curlew, s drongo, t grassbird etc). PHF also seen in Canberra in March and recently in SA. I have also checked the Victorian Aviculture website and there have been no reports of missing PHF eBird checklist Further information
James Mustafa 3/8 #219006
Sat 2highlightSquare-tailed Kite
Earlston
Early record for this time of year eBird checklist
Doug Robinson 4/8 #219024
highlightBeach Stone Curlew
Screw Creek. Inverloch.
Observed by myself and another Member for in excess of 2 hours, over a 500-1000m stretch of Andersons Inlet. 700 habitat and behavioural images photographed - eating blue crabs, preening, running across the sand flats, resting with eyes closed and preening. Several locals engaged us in conversation and one gentleman suggested there were 2 birds as one seen farther West towards Point Norman. ( this of course may be the same bird ). One lady believed it had sheltered on Friday night in the horrendous weather, in her back yard, due to the loud calls. eBird checklist
Jenny Stephens. Member # 91013 3/8 #219003
Swift Parrot
La Trobe University Bundoora Campus
A large group of Swift Parrots (up to 20 birds) is still located at La Trobe University in Bundoora. They are still feeding in the flowering gums in Car Park 8 - northern side. Watched and photographed for most of the day. eBird checklist
Wilson Lennard 2/8 #218989
highlightBustard
Yanac
Single female north of town eBird checklist
Dave Torr, Iian Denham, Mark Buckby 2/8 #218988
megamegaPlum-headed Finch
Bowser
While riding back to Wangaratta on the rail trail I saw a small flock of Red-browed Finches behind the Bowser Station and heard a different call I didn't recognise among them. I quickly stopped and to my astonishment a Plum-headed Finch flew out of the flock and landed in some wattles nearby. The bird was clearly observed for a number of minutes as it flew between the wattles and foraged in some short grass by the rail trail. A plum crown and throat, barring on the breast and warm brown back were all noted and it seemed slightly bulkier than the Red-browed Finches. It appeared to be an adult male. I managed some very poor images on my iPhone. As for the origin of the bird, wild vs aviary escape I can't be 100% sure either way. The bird seemed wary and hard to approach. The area the bird was in was rural with paddocks, large gums and revegetation plantings. It was happily foraging on grass seed heads. Earlier in the year in March a Plum-headed Finch was reported at Lake Ginninderra in Canberra. The closest other eBird records from here would be Corwa across to Forbes and Lake Cargelligo in NSW. There was also the Painted Finches north of Jerilderie by the Yanco Creek a few years ago as well. I am not aware of this bird being on the Victorian list, maybe there are some historical records. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 2/8 #218986
highlightBeach-stone Curlew
Screw Creek Inverloch
Observed at 8.00 am on beach near Screw Creek car park. Stood silently while Curlew approached within 10 metres. Great viewing. eBird checklist
Brendan McDonald 2/8 #218983
Fri 1Double-banded Plover
Lake Tyers, township and beach
A break in the wild weather this morning so I took a walk on Lake Tyers beach. I found a male Double-banded Plover in breeding plumage with a single female on the narrow beach dividing lake and ocean together with a flock of about 25 Red-capped Plovers. A Black-fronted Dotterel in brackish waters on the lake edge was an unusual sighting at this site. eBird checklist
Ken Sherring 1/8 #218978

July 2014
Wed 30Barn Owl
Monash City Council depot, Ferntree Gully Rd, Notting Hill
Noisy Miners and Magpies alerted me to a Barn Owl in spotted gums out the front of the Council`s depot. eBird checklist
Chris Gittins 30/7 #218954
Swift 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
Little Buttonquail
Yetmans Flora and Fauna Reserve
Whilst following a family of White-winged Chough's I suddenly noticed some movement ahead of me in the scrub. Two Little Buttonquail exploded out of the leaf litter and took off running into the grass and mallee scrub losing me very quickly with their camouflage. Only one of the birds flew and it only took off for a metre or so before returning to the ground and running. It is the middle of winter so I thought a BirdLine report may be of interest - however I wonder how many winter birds hang around in the Mallee as I saw a variety a good numbers of cuckoos whilst in the area also. eBird checklist Further information
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne 30/7 #218949
Tue 29Black-tailed Native-hens, Banded Stilts
Cheetham Wetlands (Altona Meadows)
Viewed from boardwalk, Native-hens at first drain along boardwalk and Banded Stilts feeding in lagoon east of boardwalk. eBird checklist
Colin Mulvogue 29/7 #218944
Swift 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. eBird checklist
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. eBird checklist
Philip Jackson 29/7 #218939
Mon 28highlightBlue-winged Parrot
Belchers Lane, Connewarre
At least 310 observed dropping into paddock on private land, near the end of this lane, before then heading off to roost, late last afternoon (27th July); see Eremaea eBird=S19232382. Returned this morning, before dawn, to see many Blue-winged Parrots dropping into same area. Total of at least 350, possibly 400, wheeling about and then dispersing within 1-2 hours. Thanks to Guy Dutson for originally tip-off of dusk activity of high numbers of Blue-winged Parrots in the vicinity. eBird checklist
Craig Morley 31/7 #218964
Ruddy 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. eBird checklist
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. eBird checklist
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. eBird checklist
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). eBird checklist
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. eBird checklist
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. eBird checklist
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!) eBird checklist
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. eBird checklist
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. eBird checklist
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. eBird checklist
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. eBird checklist
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. eBird checklist
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. eBird checklist
Terry Gourley 26/7 #218862
Thu 24highlightFreckled Duck
Lake Guthridge, Sale
300+ Freckled Ducks eBird checklist
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
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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