Summer 2009/10

27th February 2010

White-backed Swallows with Tree Martins feeding in erosion gully on the aptly named Gully Track. Diamond Firetail, Striated Pardalote, Rainbow Bee-eater, Dusky Woodswallow and Fuscous Honeyeater in same area of open country [location].

24th February 2010

Black Honeyeater in exactly the same tree as observed on 15th February [location]. Also White-backed Swallows in the same area. Other species present were Musk and Little Lorikeets, Fuscous and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters, Rainbow Bee-eater, White-browed Woodswallow, Brown Treecreeper, Red Wattlebird.

22nd February 2010

Spotted Harrier Circus assimilis at Strathlea [location]. I tracked this bird as it flew north for about 3 km along the ridge to the east of the Strathlea Road, eventually losing sight of it as it headed north towards the Moolort Plains. This is my second sighting of the species this summer (also seen 13/1).

20th February 2010

White-throated Needletails – overhead near Gully Track. Large numbers of White-browed Woodswallows, Rainbow Bee-eaters and Fuscous Honeyeaters present.

18th February 2010

* Diamond Firetails (party of 3) near Gully Track [location].

* White-backed Swallows (see post) with Rainbow Bee-eaters and White-browed Woodswallows, south of Gully Track [location]. Crested Bellbird also heard calling at some distance to the north of here.

White-backed Swallows, south of Gully Track, 18th February 2010

15th February 2010

Loose flock of White-browed Woodswallows (30+), White-browed Babblers (4), Black Honeyeater (see post), Little Lorikeets near Gully Track [location].

Male White-browed Woodswallow, near Gully Track, Welshmans Reef, 15th February 2010

14th February 2010

Male Hooded Robin seen and Crested Bellbird (heard) ~ 100 metres south of Gully Track [location]. This site is about 1km from other nearest observations so suspect different individuals.

12th February 2010

* Pair of Southern Whiteface Aphelocephala leucopsis in erosion gully near Sullivans Track [location].

Southern Whiteface, Sullivans Track, 12th February 2010

* Small flock of White-throated Needletails over Spring Hill Track. Party of four White-browed Babblers seen from same location.

7th February 2010

Black-chinned Honeyeater Melithreptus gularis – a number of small flocks between Spring Hill and Mia Mia Tracks. Also an interesting mixed flock with Varied Sitellas, Eastern Yellow Robins, Yellow Thornbills, Brown-headed Honeyeaters amongst others that I wasn’t quick enough to ID.

6th February 2010

* Shining Bronze-Cuckoo Chrysococcyx lucidus – single bird seen on Spring Hill Track along with a flock of fabulous Rainbowbirds!

* Female Hooded Robin in same area as reported on 30th January.

One of a small flock of Rainbow Bee-eaters, Spring Hill Track, 6th February 2010

 2nd February 2010

* Crested Bellbird Oreoica gutturalis – spent an hour or so this evening quietly watching Bellbirds near Spring Hill Track. In this time saw a male (pictured below – apologies for the quality!), female and an immature bird. From the calls there appear to be at least two pairs in this general area.

Male Crested Bellbird, Spring Hill Track, 2nd February 2010

* Black-eared Cuckoo Chrysococcyx osculans – single bird west of Mia Mia Track – [location]. Also saw a Yellow-footed Antechinus nearby.

Black-eared Cuckoo, Mia Mia Track, 2nd February 2010

1st February 2010

* White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus – 2 hawking insects (8.30pm) near junction of Mia Mia and Spring Hill Tracks.

* Hooded Robin – on Spring Hill Track – [location]. This bird, a male is about 1.5km from the male seen on Mia Mia Track on the 25th January so probably a different individual….which is great. Also a flock of Buff-rumped Thornbills at the same site.

31st January 2010

Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrocephalus – over canopy south of Spring Hill Track plus at least two pairs of Crested Bellbirds calling! Got some photos of a male but they were rubbish!

30th January 2010

* Crested Bellbird again – this time north of Spring Hill Track [location] at 11.00am, a single bird flew from a Grey Box to the ground where it fossicked for food. I’ll get a photograph eventually! Also Rainbow Bee-eaters, Weebill, White-throated Treecreeper and a female Hooded Robin in the same area.

Female Hooded Robin, Spring Hill Track, 30th January 2010

* White-browed Babbler west of Muckleford Creek [location] – single bird on roadside tree.

28th January 2010

Crested Bellbird on Spring Hill Track at 8.30am [location]. Single bird flew south across the track and then perched in a Red Box about 4 metres off the ground. Same territory as birds previously observed on Mia Mia Track.

27th January 2010

Good numbers (50+) of Tree Martins Hirundo nigricans mixed with Welcome Swallows at Strathlea – [location] The Martins were happily sitting on the road between bouts of hawking for insects. It was a cool evening suggesting they were taking advantage of the radiant heat of the bitumen.

Tree Martin flock, Strathlea, 27th January 2010

27th January 2010

Chestnut-rumped Heath-wren – single bird seen crossing Mia Mia Track – [location].

25th January 2010

Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus on the Loddon River between the Panmure St crossing and “The Reserve” – [location].

Sacred Kingfisher, Loddon River, 25th January 2010

25th January 2010

Pair of Hooded Robins Melanodryas cucullata on Mia Mia Track [location]. Observed in early afternoon heat ~ 32 degrees.

Male Hooded Robin, Mia Mia Tk, 25th January 2010

24th January 2010

Rainbow Bee-eaters – party of ~ 10 hawking insects on Bell’s Lane Track [location]. White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike at the same site.

23rd January 2010

Nankeen Night-Heron spotted by Jo Ralston. A single bird roosting in a Sugar Gum on her property overlooking the Loddon River [location]. This site has been used by Night Herons over a number of years.

Nankeen Night-Heron, Panmure St Newstead

17th January 2010

3 Wedge-tailed Eagles over western wall of Cairn Curran Reservoir [location].

15th January 2010

Pair of Satin Flycatchers (same site as 13th January).

Female (left) and Male Satin Flycatchers, Rise and Shine, 15th January 2010

14th January 2010Parent and juvenile of both Australian Hobby Falco longipennis and Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroides at Joyces Creek, Cairn Curran [location].

Australian Hobby (probably an adult female) with freshly killed bird, Joyces Creek, 14th January 2010

13th January 2010

* Male Satin Flycatcher Myiagra cyanoleuca – in Long-leaf Box/Yellow Box Woodland near Drury Lane in the Rise and Shine [location].

* Spotted Harrier Circus assimilis – single bird gliding low over cropland on Baringhup – Joyces Creek Road. [Click for location].

7th January 2010

White-bellied (Little) Cuckoo-shrike Coracina papuensis – single bird seen on Cemetery Rd, Green Gully [Click for location].

6th January 2010

This Flame Robin Petroica phoenica (pictured below) was observed on Main Track [location] in the Sandon State Forest. It is unusual to see this species around Newstead in the summer as most birds return to higher elevations to breed. I do recall them regularly staying over summer however during the 1980s. The picture is not great, but this bird had a wash of colour on the breast.

3rd January 2010

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus single bird chasing Feral Pigeons near Newstead PS.

2 responses to “Summer 2009/10

  1. G’day Geoff

    I am wondering if you have any dates and swift numbers to report since the ones listed last season. Thanks for listing these three where I could find them for my research.

    Cheers & Happy birding


    • Mike – despite looking out for them over summer I have only seen one White-throated Needletail all season – 16th February over the Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, south of Newstead. I know of other folks who have seen flocks this season but I’ve struck out.
      Cheers, geoff

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