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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

December 2014
Sat 20highlightLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
The Long-billed Dowitcher was observed between 1000 hours and 1330 hours on the eastern shoreline (not the north-western shoreline) of the lake in company with a number of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. The bird was located and as reported on Thursday 18/12/2014. The bird was also observed at this location by Laurie and Heather (bird observers and photographers) for some five hours the previous day (Friday 19/12/2014). Also present at the lake were approximately 3000 Banded Stilts.
Peter Gibbons and Maarten Hulzebosch 20/12 #221416
White-winged Black Tern
Western Treatment Plant--Beach Rd Boat Ramp (restricted access)
Two birds with many Whiskered Tern and one Latham's Snipe on pond near gate.
Tom Tarrant, Dr David Bird (from Canada) 20/12 #221407
highlightLong Billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Seen at the NW end of lake at 10 am ~ Still in breeding plumage
Giles Daubeney 20/12 #221404
Fri 19Arctic Jaeger
Avalon Beach
Dark-phase bird harassing Silver Gulls
Tom Tarrant, Brett Lane 19/12 #221395
Thu 18White-throated Nightjar
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Honeyeater Picnic Ground
At exactly dusk, one White-throated Nightjar came swooping in to feed above Cyanide Dam, and it stayed for less than 10 seconds.
Logan Lalonde 19/12 #221392
highlightLong Billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
seen on Eastern side of lake in with flock of Sharp Tailed Sandpipers.
Des Palmer 18/12 #221383
highlightEastern Koel
Oak Park
Koel heard calling several times this morning. Bird was heard from our house but was a fair distance away. Possibly in the tall gums/pines along the northern or western boundary of the Northern Golf Course.
Jason & Jo Caruso 18/12 #221381
Wed 17highlightEastern Koel
Koel heard calling several times morning, evening and night both 17th and 18th of December. The Koel was in a suburban area but near Darebin Parklands. Seen briefly in flight once.
Robin Massey 18/12 #221380
2 Dollarbirds seen along Goulburn River Walk at 11:00 am. Also several Little Friarbirds.
Warren Palmer & Warwick Remington 17/12 #221372
Scarlet Honeyeater
Silvan Reservoir Park
3 Scarlet Honeyeaters initially heard around the Greygum-Olinda Creek Track junction, after about 15 minutes of searching I was eventually able to locate a male actively feeding in the canopy. As I headed south down Greygum Track (towards the Overflow Carpark) I heard a further 5 more calling from the canopy. Also good numbers of Red-browed Treecreepers around at present with at least 6 heard in their usual area around the Greygum-Olinda Creek Track junction and an adult, with juvenile in tow, providing excellent views near the Overflow Carpark
Tim Nickholds 17/12 #221371
Tue 16Eastern Koel
One calling pre-dawn
Richard Loyn 20/12 #221405
Eastern Koel
One Eastern Koel heard calling 7.15am around Wonga Rd Millgrove. Not sighted.
PWatson 19/12 #221388
Magpie Goose
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
6 Magpie Geese observed from viewing platform off Edithvale Rd.
Greg Thompson 17/12 #221367
Terek Sandpiper (1), Lesser Sand Plover (3), Grey-tailed Tattler (4)
Ram Island, French Island
All waders seen today along the beach and mud flat areas on the southern part of French Island near Ram Island. Terek Sandpiper, Pacific Golden Plovers and Lesser Sand Plovers were in a restricted, private property area.
James Mustafa 16/12 #221366
Magpie Geese
Williams Landing Wetland
Observed 3 Magpie Geese from the train at 5.15pm
Mark Helle 16/12 #221364
Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Dandenong Ranges National Park--Grants Picnic Ground
Seen gliding overhead about 9.30 am causing alarm among the Sulphur-crested Cockatoos.
Ian Wilson 16/12 #221363
Song Thrush
Large residential allotment in Hoppers Crossing 3029
At 0650 hours, I observed a single Song Thrush at a bird bath in my rear yard. I have observed this species only occasionally in this area.
Peter Gibbons 16/12 #221358
Mon 15Latham's Snipe
Lake Colac Bird Sanctuary
12+ Snipe flushed from grassy verge.
Corrie & Ian Macartney,Will Bridgeman 16/12 #221361
Red Knot
Stockyard Pt.
At least 12 Red Knot mixed in with other waders along the spit area. No sign of race affinis gull-billed tern or any sand plover species.
James Mustafa 16/12 #221356
Sun 14Square-tailed Kite
Hicks Road Echuca east
After the completion of the Birdlife Echuca and district AGM, and with just a few people still present, a Square-tailed Kite arrived in the area, and landed in a large Red Gum right next to the house where we held the meeting ! Over the next 45 minutes it ate a fledgling bird....species unknown, had a snooze, preened and finally did another couple of laps of the property before heading off to the west.
Simon Starr et al 19/12 #221396
highlightEastern Koel
McLean Street Maffra, Vic
Eastern Koel heard in tree in rear of yard in Mclean Street, Maffra Vic. No observation. Calling late evening Sat 13 Dec and early morning 14 Dec. Calling again evening 14 Dec, sounding like similar location.
Sharna Cole 15/12 #221347
highlightBlack-eared Cuckoo
Elm tree badly infested with elm beetles was host to Black-eared Cuckoo, Shining Bronze-cuckoo and Horsfield Bronze-Cuckoo. All visible at the same time for comparison. Went back later with camera, only fleeting glimpse of the Shining. I'll try again for photos. eBird checklist
Geoff Leslie 14/12 #221344
highlightChestnut-Rumped Heathwren, Black-faced Monarch, Cicadabird, Brown Gerygone
Bunyip State Park
Some highlights of an otherwise quiet day in the forest included a Chestnut-rumped Heathwren heard briefly along Guide Tk near Buttongrass Walk, a Black-faced Monarch back for the third year running at the same location along Ash Landing Rd, Brown Gerygone in quite a few places and a pair of Cicadabird seen well at Mortimers. eBird checklist
Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder 14/12 #221343
highlightSpotted Harrier, White-throated Needletail
Fairhope (12 km N of Bairnsdale)
Juvenile Spotted Harrier over paddocks and nearby forest; uncommon visitor to locality. Needletails have been seen in general area over last few days, with feeding flock of 75+ over paddocks and forested ridges in early afternoon ahead of local thunderstorms
Felicity & Chris Healey 14/12 #221340
highlightCommon Sandpiper
Girgarre Evaporation Ponds
Single bird seen during a BA Murray Goulbourn visit. Bird flew and we were unable to relocate it. Photo taken from a great distance and only attached as a record shot. No public access to the site unfortunately.
Bill & Jackie Morecraft 14/12 #221334
highlightEastern Koel
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
Heard bird calling from area of Arid Garden from 0645 and located high up in a tall tree. Calling regularly to 0730 then flew further into gardens.
John Daniels 14/12 #221331
Sat 13highlightLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Present on SW side of lake near some nest boxes around midday, in warm, near still conditions. It flew to the east around 2pm.
Peter Shute, Bill Stent, Russell Woodford 15/12 #221353
Magpie Geese
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
I normally see one or two Magpie Geese at Edithvale but today I counted eight
Wayne Butterworth 13/12 #221323
Whiskered Tern
Albert Park Lake
Two whiskered tern searching back and forth and plunging into water.
Margaret Lacey 13/12 #221320
highlightEastern Koel
Selwood St, Hawthorn East
Bird calling incessantly this morning around 8 am.
Tom Tarrant 13/12 #221319
Fri 12Grass Owl
Grass Owl seen again in grass swamp area.
Eric Finder, Malcolm Eyles 15/12 #221350
White-throated Needletail (25)
Gardiners Creek Reserve, Ashwood
25 WTN seen making their way across the Gardiners Creek Reserve trail around 7.45pm this evening. My first record for this part of the world eBird checklist
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne 12/12 #221315
highlightElegant Parrot
Little Desert National Park
Two Elegant Parrot first observed behind Merretts Reserve feeding and drinking in the open farmland. Then over the next hour at least 4 more birds seen throughout the open woodland bush block of Merretts amongst at least 40 Blue-winged Parrot. Neophema currently in good numbers in this area of Little Desert. This was my 400th bird species for my 2014 VicTwitch. Further information
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne 12/12 #221297
Thu 11highlightAustralian Pratincole
Single Australian Pratincole seen soaring elegantly over the Sunraysia Highway about a kilometre south of Speed. Light sandy brown coloured bird with dark black underwings and lighter belly/breast clearly observed from the car. It continued east across a farming property that had been recently ploughed. Could not relocate in despite scoping. Further information
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne 11/12 #221295
Eastern Whipbird
Salisbury Street Lang Lang
Whipbird heard calling from Bush ( Lang Lang Rail Trail ) at around 9.00am , heard several times but not located , first heardhere in 20 years of working in area. Very thick undergrowth mostly Blackberries. Rufous Songlarks still present at Bayles and Eastern Koel still present in the Frankston North Area.
Colin Mulvogue 11/12 #221294
Neds Corner Station
Budgerigar seen and heard along the Murray and areas on Lindsay Island. Small numbers but thought worth reporting as they have been absent from Victoria for most of this year. Further information
James Mustafa 11/12 #221293
highlightEastern Koel
Fairbrae Avenue, Belmont
Have heard calls from my backyard in the Highton area a couple of times from a distance. Located in large pine tree in Fairbrae Ave in adjoining Belmont, roughly 100 metres in from Roberts Road (-38.169757, 144.330337). I got the impression from the calls that it had moved around a bit before settling in the tree. Was about three-quarters of the way up, very well concealed but a clear view of the whole bird was possible from one angle. First heard it about 7.30pm, sighted around 8pm and kept calling from this position until I left after 15 minutes or so.
John Watson 11/12 #221292
Wed 10Mallee Emu-wren
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park--Southern Truck Stop
Prolonged views of a male Emu-wren as it sat atop a Triodia checking me out, minutes later another male flew across my path before ducking into Spinifex, I also heard 2 other birds calling from the general vicinity. I am unaware of previous records of Emu-wren in this area of the park Moderators Note: there have been previous sightings of Mallee Emu-wren reported from this site eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds 11/12 #221289
highlightBeach Stone Curlew
Rocks at Kennett River, Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Close observation of single individual on rocky shoreline at the point at Kennett River.
Dianne Simmons 11/12 #221288
highlightInland Dotterel (4), Pratincole sp. (1)
Neds Corner Station
After 6 visits and over 10 nights spent out looking for Inland Dotterel this year, finally managed to locate some birds along Old Mail Rd heading out towards to Lake Wallawalla. 3 birds originally located in the middle of the road (almost ran over first bird) and a 4th bird flushed from the side of the road when out of the car. Light brown with dark black stripe on face and breast, slight streaking in wings and dumpy, fat little bodies. The dotterels all ran off the road and could not be located once in the salt bush area. Also of interest was a bird I believe to be a Pratincole species which was located in the middle of the road near the entrance to Murray-Sunset (heading towards Lindsay Island). Light brown/tawny colour with dark/black wings when it elegantly flew up from the road. There has been very light spiting rain early evening over Neds Corner - I wonder if this has inspired the activity from the birds? Further information
James Mustafa 10/12 #221285
Black Honeyeater (9)
Ouyen 10' Cell
A minimum of 9 birds seen today in Eremophila around the Ouyen area. Unfortunately, despite many hours searching, no Pied Honeyeater could be located.
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne 10/12 #221284
highlightLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Still present, but now along the eastern shoreline. Hunkered down in the stiff wind.
Bill & Jackie Morecraft 10/12 #221283
Tue 9highlightLittle Button-quail, Red-chested Buttonquail, Stubble Quail
Terrick Terrick National Park
Two nights at Terrick unfortunately did not reveal any Plains-wanderer but did provide many experiences with Little Button-quail and Stubble Quail. Second night included a Red-chested Buttonquail, overall darker bird with rufousy flanks clearly observed when flushed. Large numbers of White-backed Swallow and Rainbow Bee-eater also observed in site. Further information
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne 10/12 #221287
highlightLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Bird still present at the northern end of the lake in the midst of a flock of around 150 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. Observed from 14:30 to 15:30.
John Stirling & Judy Leitch 9/12 #221274
highlightPacific Koel
Suburbia; eastern boundary of Croydon adjoining Mooroolbark
1820 hours heard a male Koel (Eudynamys orientalis) calling clearly over about a 5-minute period. Area well treed. Am familiar with species and its call, from holidays at Narooma and Brisbane.
Robert John Bond 9/12 #221273
highlightGrey Plover and Banded Lapwing
Black Rock Reserve, Barwon Heads
A single Grey Plover on the rocks with 25 Golden Plovers and then feeding on the beach by itself. Also unusual to find a Banded Lapwing on the rocks and the beach with a flock of 35 Masked Lapwings. eBird checklist
Margaret & Richard Alcorn 9/12 #221266
Seymour River Walk
Six birds flying up & down the river and calling loudly. Also heard Leaden Flycatcher. eBird checklist
Val La May 9/12 #221263
Kow Swamp
Decided to pull over to photograph a peregrine, when the falcon flushed up a flock of budgerigar from the native grasses on a farmyard. They flew into private property and nested in trees before being scared away again by peregrine. Flock was about 8-12 birds
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne 9/12 #221258
Mon 8Glossy Ibis,14 Freckled Ducks, 30+ Musk Ducks
Chain of Lakes on Westbank Road, Leslie Manor
Bob Hughes, Hugh Campbell. 10/12 #221281
highlightAustralian Koel
Another regional Koel record. This time calling along the Ovens River by Templeton Street. My only other record of this species in Wangaratta was way back in 1993! eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 8/12 #221252
megamegaHouse Crow
St Kilda Rd (opposite Shrine of rememberance)
Reported and photographed on powerlines along St Kilda Rd opposite the Shrine of Remembrance this morning. Also reported along Park Street recently by James Mustafa and Tim Bawden in the early afternoon.
George Matthias via Victorian Twitchers facebook page 8/12 #221245
Sun 7highlightAustralian Koel
Herring Island
A koel was heard calling strongly near Herring Island this afternoon. Perhaps the same bird recently reported at the botanic gardens or by the river at Burnley recently. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 8/12 #221247
Spotted Quail-thrush
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park
Single bird heard calling at dawn from a rocky ridge area in the southern area of Chiltern - a lovely sound to wake up to. eBird checklist Further information
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne 8/12 #221242
White-throated Gerygone, Leaden Flycatcher and Satin Flycatcher
You Yangs Regional Park
Some nice birds seen despite terrible conditions for the annual Challenge Bird Count. Birds all seen on the east side of the park.
Members of the BirdLife Challenge Birdcount team 7/12 #221233
Grey-tailed Tattler
Avalon Beach
Single Grey-tailed Tattler seen both days of the weekend allowing reasonably close approach.
Members of the BirdLife Challenge Birdcount team 7/12 #221232
highlightEastern Koel
Just starting up for the evening at about 08:45pm
Euan Moore 7/12 #221229
Banded Lapwing
Large Paddock in Williams Landing 3017
At 17:28 I observed twelve Banded Lapwings on the south side of a large recently slashed paddock, north-east of Palmers Road and Williams Landing Boulevard. I have had several intermittent sightings of this species at this location.
Peter Gibbons 7/12 #221225
Nankeen Night-Heron
Drain near Elgar reserve Mont Albert North
I haven't seen one here before. It was in the afternoon and earlier this week I saw a White-faced heron on the cricket pitch staring at Galahs on the football field. Further information
Sabine Glissmann-Gough 7/12 #221219
Black Falcon
I witnessed an amazing sight this morning in a paddock behind my house on the edge of town. A pair of Black Falcons were hunting three Galahs. They took turns chasing the juvenile Galah while the parents circled overhead calling frantically. Eventually the young Galah fell exhausted into trees nearby and the falcons followed it in.
Gary Oliver 7/12 #221215
highlightEastern Koel
Monterey Boulevard Reserve
Woke to the call of a Koel this morning ,at 7am , Thankfully not any earlier. Bird heard but not seen , but call coming from large gums on eastern side of Reserve. A koel was heard in this area last year , passing through hopefully.
Colin Mulvogue 7/12 #221211
Sat 6highlightGrass owl
Grass owl was seen again early evening near roadside flying low over thick waterlogged grass paddocks. More confident with identification with improved views of long feet and dark wings. It soon vanished into grass clumps
Eric Finder, Malcolm Eyles 8/12 #221243
highlightLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Started at the southern end and worked our way around the western shore, located the group of waders and Matt managed to spot the Dowitcher amongst the group at 09:15.
Owen Lishmund, Matt McCrae 6/12 #221200
highlightLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Still there. On North shore both 5th & 6th Dec during the morning - easily seen when separated but more difficult when with "clumping" Sharpies. Seems to sleep a lot.
Mal & Janet Kidson 6/12 #221199
Fri 5highlightAustralian Koel
Heard calling by the eastern side of the lake during the evening. First record I know of in Benalla and another record of this increasingly common species in Victoria. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 8/12 #221246
highlightEastern Koel
Reservoir Area next to Mt Waverley Reserve
Heard but not seen at approximately 7AM. Clearly audible from surrounding streets.
Robyn and Nick Goode 6/12 #221201
Bunyip State Park--Mortimer Picnic Ground
Single male heard making "tuck-tuck" then cicada call, seen flying around treetops. eBird checklist
Tom Tarrant 6/12 #221191
highlightRed-chested Button-quail, Little Button-quail
2 Red-chested Button-quail and 1 Little Button-quail sighted in grassy woodlands on private property this morning.
Eric Finder, Malcolm Eyles and group 5/12 #221178
Thu 4highlightEastern Koel
Backyard between Stewart St/Una St and Blue Hills Ave, Mount Waverley Melbourne
Marina Harper 5/12 #221181
Little Button-quail
Tiny quail with whitish edges to the tail flushed from the edge of wheat paddock behind the garden. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 4/12 #221173
Rufous Songlark
Bunyip River Road, Bayles
Noticed bird on powerlines as heading north along Bunyip River Road from Bayles. It flew off towards the west into a large gum. Heard calling and then was joined by another bird. I took some pictures from about 500m away , then took some videos, more for calls than visual. I have seen this species in Pakenham and Officer over the last few years.
Colin Mulvogue 4/12 #221172
Striated Heron
Croajingolong National Park--Sandy Point
Striated Heron spotted on mud bank fishing in the morning from fishing boat. It flew when we approach. This is our first sighting since 2011 in Mallacoota
Geoff Lane, John Harrison, Mark Theodopolous, Mark Broughton 4/12 #221171
Black Falcon
Exford Reserve
Stopped for morning tea at the small park on Exford Rd by the Werribee River. Black Falcon flew around several times, being harassed by what looked like a Kestrel and a Hobby, whilst a Brown Falcon looked on!
Dave Torr, Christine Shelley, Iian Denham, Mark Buckby 4/12 #221170
Spotted Quailthrush
Brisbane Ranges National Park
Single bird seen, second bird heard near old slate quarry
Dave Torr, Christine Shelley, Iian Denham, Mark Buckby 4/12 #221169
highlightWhite-throated Gerygone
Lerdederg River at Pumphouse Track, west of Blackwood
Two calling. Excellent views of one bird called in. Also Rose Robin, Bassian Thrush, Brush Bronzewing, Olive-backed Oriole, etc. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 4/12 #221168
White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Blue-billed Duck
Moorabool Reservoir Park
A juvenile (first year) sea-eagle observed to capture a Long-billed Corella from a tree, then to be dive bombed in return by a screaming Peregrine Falcon! Slightly unusual inland hill site for sea-eagle. Large rafts of water birds and me without a scope. The estimate of 150 Blue-bills is conservative. Also Great Crested Grebes, Shovelers, etc. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 4/12 #221166
highlightCommon Koel
Morrah St Hastings
A first for us here! A Common Koel heard calling at 6am in light rainy conditions! Bird chased off by wattlebirds.
S and S King 4/12 #221165
Wed 3Indian Peafowl
Redbill Road, French Island
3 males seen on road during a bus trip to NW French Island. All birds within 200m of each other. An emerging issue for the island.
Martin O'Brien 4/12 #221167
Grass Owl (possible)
Suspected Grass Owl seen next to road after dark. Originally noticed on November 29, a dark barn owl with claws extending after tail. This is the 2nd observation this week. No button-quail seen today on farm property.
Eric Finder, Malcolm Eyles and group 3/12 #221164
highlightRufous Bristlebird
Barwon Heads Golf Course
I was waiting to tee off on the 14th hole when I heard the unmistakable calls of a a Rufous Bristlebird. This is the first time I have heard this bird in 7 years of playing golf here!
Hedley Earl 3/12 #221157
Cape Barren Geese
Morrah St Hastings
Lucky sighting...just walked out our back door to see 7 Cape Barren Geese fly over the top of our house.
S and S King 3/12 #221156
highlightFreckled Duck
Banyule Flats Reserve, Heidelberg
Single bird feeding north end of Swamp with Black Ducks - then swam to fallen branches by dead tree, climbed out and preened - sharing perch with a Coot and a Long-necked Turtle. One Straw-necked Ibis also perched on timber
Anthea Fleming 3/12 #221150
highlightPacific Koel
Mt Eliza Regional Park
Heard calling from 5:17 this morning at the back of Claremont St
Stuart Cooney 3/12 #221144
Tue 2highlightLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
The Long-billed Dowitcher was seen by at least 5 people on 2 Dec (also seen 1 Dec). South end, at inlet 7:45 am then on eastern side. eBird checklist
Angus Hartshorn 5/12 #221180
Great Knot, Greater/Lesser Sandplover, Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit
Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park
Went out to Clonmel Island in hope of finding G/L Sandplovers but without luck. 10,000+ Red-necked Stints all over the island as well as great numbers of Red-capped Plovers, a few Sanderling and some Eastern Curlew. Hardly any other species of waders. Managed to find and then spook 7 Sandplover sp. that could not be relocated and unfortunately remaining unticked! 3 Great Knots found along the shore line of Sunday Island (private island) along with 20 odd Whimbrel, 200+ Bar-tailed Godwits and more flocks of Red-necked Stint. 8 Red Knots found along mudflats in Port Albert when returning to wharf.
James Mustafa 2/12 #221134
highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Cardinia Reservoir, Spillway carpark
Two birds seen clearly in the trees across the road from the carpark.
Ian Wilson, Chris Purnell 2/12 #221129
Great Crested Grebe
Cardinia Reservoir, Spillway carpark
Approximately 140 birds observed through the spotting scope this afternoon about 3.45 pm.
Arthur Carew, Chris Purnell, Ian Wilson, Jill Wilson 2/12 #221128
Mon 1highlightEastern Koel
Male calling day and night over recent few days. Sighted male being chased by wattle birds as well as female. Very fast flight.
Tim Williams 2/12 #221124
Red-necked Avocet, Common Greenshank
Cairn Curran Reservoir
3 Red-necked Avocets on southern shore near Captain's Gull Creek. A lone Greenshank in the same area - my first record for the site. Also a few Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Caspian and Whiskered Terns.
Geoff Park 1/12 #221121

November 2014
Sun 30highlightRed-chested Buttonquail
Myall (private property) south-west of Sea Lake
Four birds found in dense grass when walking around friends property.
Eric Finder and group 3/12 #221148
Brush Cuckoo
Warrandyte State Park--Jumping Creek Reserve
Heard calling from the carpark when arrived, bird was on the opposite bank of the river, heard for about 3 minutes, bird was moving slowly upstream and eventually couldn't hear it anymore as it moved out of the area. eBird checklist
Jackson Airey 2/12 #221122
highlightDiamond Firetail
Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary
A pair of Diamond Firetails were observed collecting and carrying nesting materials. Later verified by Ranger David Coutts and James O'Connor and family. David said it is only the second time in 18 years it has been observed nesting here.
Jenny and Peter Sedgwick 1/12 #221109
highlightLong Billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
LBD sited at the southern end close to the inlet channel Lucky enough to turn up at the right spot first thanks to a the only birder onsite. spent about 2 hours with the bird being quite happy to feed and allowed some good photos.
Wayne Wignall 30/11 #221100
highlightLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
The lake was well searched yesterday (29 Nov) by 10+ people and the bird was absent. It was back again this morning being found on the western shore about 200 m north of the (old?) brick pump house at about 7 am. It moved around a bit of its own accord through the morning but mostly stayed on the western shore - seen by at least half a dozen people. Further information
Rohan Clarke et al. 30/11 #221099
highlightWhite-throated Gerygone
You Yangs R/P. (West side of Circle Rd)
Heard an unfamiliar call in this area. After spending 15 or so minutes searching, I finally located the source. A juvenile W/T Gerygone was begging and being fed by an adult bird. " Note" It was the begging call that was so foreign!
Denis Sleep 30/11 #221098
highlightLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
The LBD was located at around 8am on the west side of the lake just north of the pump station near the large communication tower. It was amongst sharpies. This was to the joy of many punters who were able to get some great photos. It could not be located on Saturday despite the efforts of many birders.
Bernie OKeefe 30/11 #221097
Sat 29highlightEastern Koel
Caulfield Sth
Eastern Koel heard calling from large trees opposite Glen Eira College at 8.30am .
Greg Thompson 1/12 #221113
highlightSatin Flycatcher, Common Tern, Red-necked Avocet (1422)
Cheetham Wetlands (Altona Meadows)
Some interesting sightings on the monthly Birdlife Survey. A male Satin Flycatcher was present and singing in trees alongside the access gate near the Information board. Common Tern has returned with 4 present, all in basic plumage and showing very worn primaries, and good numbers of Red-necked Avocet with 1422 counted. eBird checklist
Steve Davidson & David Richardson 29/11 #221074
Eastern Koel
Peter Weinstock
2 birds in Long Gully. Corner of Arms and Havilah road and corner of Curtis and Quick St.
Peter Weinstock 29/11 #221069
Fri 28highlightLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
The bird was found on the northern shore amongst a large group of Sharpies. Access from Tresco Rd, signed as Benjeroop 13, 2.9 km from Murray Valley Hwy near 2 concrete bunkers. The bird was standing in the water close to the water level post. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 28/11 #221065
Thu 27Dollarbird, Black-faced Monarch
Den of Nargun, Mitchell River National Park.
Dollarbird seen on an exposed perch near the Bluff Lookout. Monarchs, probably two, seen in Deadcock Den. Both species had also been reported being seen on the previous day by a team from Melbourne Museum doing moth surveys. eBird checklist
Rohan Long 29/11 #221073
highlightCockatiel, Plumed Whistling-Duck
Six cockatiel in suger gum plantation north of Lismore and twenty eight plumbed whistle ducks on and around a dam in the same vicinity.
hughy campbel per bob hughes 28/11 #221066
highlightLong-billed Dowitcher, Banded Stilts, Red-necked Avocets
Lake Tutchewop
With Kathy Costello. The LBD was feeding actively when we arrived at the S end of the lake at about 11am. By about midday it was resting amongst the flock of Whiskered Tern. Only 2 other observers there. eBird checklist Further information
Valerie La May, Kathy Costello 28/11 #221055
highlightCicadabird, Brush Cuckoo, Blue-winged Parrot, Red-browed Treecreeper
Lerdederg River west of Blackwood; 37°28'00.4"S 144°16'50.4"E
Two Cicadabirds heard, one Brush Cuckoo heard. A Blue-winged Parrot feeding on New Sultan Mine Rd. Red-browed Treecreeper seen in one place near river and heard further upstream. 37 other excellent species. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole, Warren Palmer, Warwick Remington 27/11 #221047
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Nossal High School, Berwick
Heard the CBC calling whilst teaching during class. On the way out of work managed to locate the bird hiding in the pines presumably from the mobbing of other birds. Not doubt this is one of the CBC currently residing in the Berwick area, have seen now twice up the road at Wilson Botanic Park in 2014. Apologies for poor photo - only had iPhone on me eBird checklist Further information
James Mustafa 27/11 #221046
Wed 26highlightWhite-cheeked Honeyeater, Australasian Figbird
Croajingolong National Park--Howe Flat Track
I saw a White-cheeked Honeyeater very close to where the two were reported by Mustafa and Davidson on 23/11 (I did not see their report until today) plus 1 Figbird at Lakeview. Also a 1 Pink Robin, 1 Brush Cuckoo, many Beautiful Firetails (eBird Checklist in preparation)
Angus Hartshorn 28/11 #221060
highlightRed-lored Whistler
Murray-Sunset National Park--Honeymoon Hut Track
Heard calling from Honeymoon Hut Track around 2-3 km west from intersection with Meridian Track. Followed call in around 400-500 m to locate bird.
Alex Holmes and Dan Eyles 28/11 #221059
highlightEastern Koel
Station street Port Melbourne
Bird calling from Moreton Bay Fig in Station street
Colin Mulvogue 27/11 #221048
Scarlet Honeyeater
Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve
Just the one, observed in woodland down the southern end, near the Latrobe River; calling it's little heart out. One Magpie-goose in the wetland also.
Rustem Upton and Joe Wilson 26/11 #221042
Tue 25megamegaLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
We arrived at the lake to find a very helpful man (Greg) that directed us to where the Dowitcher was roosting. We joined a team of three birders on the eastern shore where we watched the Dowitcher roost with a small flock of sharpies. There was some movement of this group of birds from the occasional Whistling Kite or false alarm. The Dowitcher moved between the southern and northern ends of the eastern shore. It did not feed between 12 and 2 pm.
Amanda Lilleyman and Rowan Mott 25/11 #221034
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Strathtulloh Woodland (restricted access)
A pair of Eurasian Tree Sparrow's seen in open box woodland habitat, unusual environment for a principally urban species. Also nesting Dusky Woodswallow and Varied Sittella.
Micah Kawalek 25/11 #221033
Caspian Tern
Kororoit Creek Mouth (Williamstown North)
Single bird seen along Kororoit Creek near the ford (which is currently closed to traffic)
Paul Randall ( 25/11 #221032
Cicadabird, Brush Cuckoo, Spotted Quail-thrush, Olive Whistler
Lerdederg River near Blackwood; 37°28'00.4"S 144°16'50.4"E
Two Cicadabirds calling; one cracking view of male low in a streamside Blackwood tree. Two Brush Cuckoos calling incessantly. Male Spotted Quail-thrush heard singing, one seen on Lerdederg Road. One Olive Whistler singing from streamside scrub, observed. At least 6 pairs of Satin Flycatchers along 2km of river; most prospecting nest sites - one pair of Leaden Flycatchers as well. 3 pairs of Rufous Fantails; 2 pairs Red-browed Treecreepers. Astonishing 2 hours. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 25/11 #221030
highlightEastern Koel
Peter Weinstock
Much movement in the Long Gully area, two birds calling and flying around the area from 6.00
Peter Weinstock 25/11 #221022
Mon 24megamegaLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Found the dowitcher around midday feeding on the southern shore just east of the outlet, among the four fence posts. Watched for an hour feeding in the shallow water with sharpies catching prey in the water rather than poking the mud
Al Stewart 24/11 #221008
Williams Landing Wetland
Amazed while sitting in peak hour traffic this morning to see 2 brolga take off from the swamp, cross the freeway and head off across the ever expanding suburbs of Point Cook.
Joy Tansey 24/11 #221003
Sun 23megamegaLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
From early on Sunday morning until about noon, about 30 birders watched the Dowitcher roosting on the south-eastern shore with the large flock of Whiskered terns and other waders, feeding along the eastern shore with a small group of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and then roosting again on the south-eastern shore. I understand other birders turned up in the afternoon and also saw it.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 26/11 #221035
highlightEastern Koel
Koel calling around 8 am in the St James Park precinct of West Hawthorn. It's early this year.
Greg Hunt 24/11 #221010
highlightEastern Koel
Burnley, not far from Yarra River
The unmistakable call of a male Koel heard from my place in Burnley Sunday morning at about 0715hrs. Just two rounds of calling then nothing further. May be the one that has recently been reported in the Royal Botanic Gardens South Yarra (?). A bit earlier this year. 'Usual' time for Koels in Richmond has been in December.
Martin O'Brien 24/11 #221009
Red Necked Avocet, Black Winged Stilt, Red Kneed Dotterel & Grey Teal
Thompsons Rd cnr William Thwaites Bvd, Cranbourne North
Some welcome new residents at the developing wetland/stormwater treatment basin. It has recently been drained for planting and this has attracted the avocets, stilts and family of dotterels - great to see in developing suburbia.
Ziggy, Claire & Eva Wolinski 24/11 #221001
highlightLatham's Snipe, Intermediate Egret
McDonalds Swamp
After good views of dowitcher, we visited McDonalds Swamp. 1 Latham's Snipe, 3 Intermediate Egrets, 5 Glossy ibis and 4 Spotted Crakes but no Aust. Bitterns seen.
Pam Smith and Paul Taylor 23/11 #220991
megamegaWhite-cheeked Honeyeater (2), Black Bittern (1)
Croajingolong National Park
Located a pair of White-cheeked Honeyeaters along the road that passes the boardwalk in Howe Flat in Croajingolong National Park. About 100 metres down the track past the boardwalk, we heard an unusual call which we pssshted in. Single bird shot across path noticeably larger than New Holland Honeyeater. On second view as it flew about we viewed the large white patch on cheek and confirmed White-cheeked Honeyeater. Over the next 20 minutes we struggled to get photos but eventually succeeded and confirmed a pair of birds when seen together flying about the area. Many photos taken and photo of exact spot where birds located also available to interested twitchers. Also of note, single Black Bittern flushed from under bridge outside Mallacoota on the previous day.
James Mustafa & Steve Davidson 23/11 #220986
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Lake Glenmaggie, Victoria
A pair has been visiting for 4-6 weeks during the last 4-5 springs, generally to clean out our Mulberry bush.
JOhn & Marg Gwyther 23/11 #220979
highlightEastern Koel
Lake Glenmaggie, Victoria
Observed in light box bushland on the Eastern edge of the lake. Second one heard but not sighted nearby.
John & Marg Gwyther 23/11 #220978
Sat 22Eastern Koel
Genoa 10' VICCell
Near the Mallacoota road about 1 Km south of Genoa
Angus Hartshorn 28/11 #221061
Glossy Ibis (10)
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
10 Glossy Ibis seen in pond on 145WA lagoon (opposite Walsh's Lagoon) about 200m east of the ford.
Paul Dodd & Beth Baisch 23/11 #220987
highlightGround Cuckoo-shrike
Minyip 10' Cell
Ground Cuckoo-shrike seen about 10 km north of Minyip on Donald Rd
Allan and Rob Benson 23/11 #220975
highlightPectoral Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
1 juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper seen mainly on the southern side of the first T-Section lagoon, Also a Black-tailed Godwit present, 1 Brolga & plenty of other waders, conditions looking good.
Kevin Bartram, Scott Baker, Merv Marsh 22/11 #220967
megamegaLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Bird reported as still present this morning
simon starr per facebook 22/11 #220965
Eastern Koel
corner Curtis and Quick streets Bendigo
The male was high up in a pine tree calling from 7.00 a.m. While watching I could hear another male calling in the distance. The bird changed its normal cooee call to a warbling call. I recorded this call and played it back to the bird, it flew away toward the other caller.
Peter Weinstock 22/11 #220959
White-fronted Chat
South West of Numurkah
A small group of 6 - 8 White-fronted Chats seen in Central Mundoona Road along a fence line of a harvested wheat field. Time : late morning.
Richard & Catarina Gregson 22/11 #220958
Fri 21megamegaLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop South East Corner
Hot windy and overcast morning. Dowitcher was among a group of waders. An flight-takeoff photograph (good view of white-edged barring on flank) attached. A big thank-you to birders who left a location message on our windscreen while we at the North-east corner.
Ivan Traverso & Russell Cockman 23/11 #220976
megamegaLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Seen in am by 10+ birders on north east shore
Frank Pierce 22/11 #220949
Freckled Duck
Eynesbury Golf Course
4 birds on the ornamental lake adjacent to the golf course pro-shop. Other good birds in the area included several separate sightings of Diamond Firetail around the golf course and a Crested Shrike-tit in the woodland.
Richard Nowotny & David Wimpress (UK) 21/11 #220947
highlightSquare-tailed Kite
Eynesbury Forest and Grasslands
Single bird over the woodland, rising rapidly on a thermal.
Richard Nowotny & David Wimpress (UK) 21/11 #220946
highlightWhite-throated Needletail
Mallacoota Airfield
Whilst watching a White-bellied Sea-eagle carrying Little Penguin prey and buzzed by a White-throated Needletail our attention soon turned to a vast gathering of swifts. A conservative estimate of around 1300 WTNT was milling over the airfield; the flock moved slowly westward and soon disappeared completely.
Steve Davidson & James Mustafa 21/11 #220940
megamegaLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
Bird still present this morning on North East side of Lake. Feeding, sleeping and generally relaxed. eBird checklist
Gavin Masters and Mal Chicksen 21/11 #220939
highlightForest Raven
Ocean View Caravan Park, Marlo
Single bird heard then seen in Norfolk Pine, 0620hrs.
Steve Davidson & James Mustafa 21/11 #220934
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
Outside normal range/irruption
Exceptional number
Repeat report of megas
Rare vagrant
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