Spring 2013

30th November 2013

* Loddon River @ Newstead – Sacred Kingfisher (nesting), Laughing Kookaburra (nesting), Crimson Rosella, White-browed Scrub-wren, Whistling Kite, Collared Sparrowhawk.

* Newstead Cemetery – Rainbow Bee-eater, Mistletoebird, Rufous Songlark, Brown Falcon, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Yellow-rumped Thornbill.

7th November 2013

* Loddon River @ Newstead (The Island) – Powerful Owl, Sacred Kingfisher (pair).

5th November 2013

* Loddon River (north of the highway) – Sacred Kingfisher (pair), White-backed Swallow, Little Black Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Rainbow Bee-eaters (4), Pacific Black Duck.

31st October 2013

* Muckleford Gorge – White-winged Triller, Mistletoebird, Hooded Robin (pair), White-bellied Sea-eagle (adult + immature) cruised high overhead from east to west towards Cairn Curran, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Jacky Winter (pair constructing nest), Horsfield’s and Shining Bronze-cuckoo, Fuscous Honeyeater, Sacred Kingfisher, Brown Treecreeper.

27th October 2013

* Newstead Cemetery – Rainbow Bee-eaters, Rufous Songlark, Brown Falcon, Australian Hobby, Superb Fairy-wren, Striated Pardalote, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike.

26th October 2013

* Moolort Plains – Swamp Harrier, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Brown Songlark.

* Picnic Point – Black Kite, Whistling Kite, White-breasted Woodswallow (2), Great Egret, Little Black Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Rufous Songlark.

* Rise and Shine (south) – Black-chinned Honeyeater, Rufous Songlark, Olive -backed Oriole, Eastern Yellow Robin, Brown Treecreeper, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Brown Goshawk, White-winged Chough, Fuscous Honeyeater, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, Crested Shrike-tit, Dusky Woodswallow, Eastern Rosella, Crimson Rosella, Little Raven, Painted Button-quail, Australian Hobby (near Ramsey’s Lane).

9th October 2013

* Newstead Racecourse – White-browed Woodswallows arrived today. Unable to see if any Masked were in the smallish flock seen briefly overhead this evening. Note that today was about 28C with a moderate northerly.

8th October 2013

* Rainbow Bee-eaters – heard calling near Newstead Cemetery (first record for season). Rufous Songlarks also heard.

30th September 2013

* Loddon River @ Newstead – Powerful Owl.

* South German/Spring Hill Track area – Peaceful Dove, Diamond Firetail, Brown Treecreeper, Crested Bellbird, Black-chinned Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater.

29th September 2013

* Sullivan’s Track – Painted Honeyeater (two heard calling south of the track).

21st September 2013

* Spring Hill Track area – Pallid Cuckoo, Shining and Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo, Eastern Yellow Robin, Brown Thornbill, Weebill, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Brown Goshawk, Little Eagle, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, White-winged Chough.

20th September 2013

* Loddon River Reserve – Painted Honeyeater (calling), Fan-tailed and Pallid Cuckoos, Little Eagle, Brown Falcon.

13th September 2013

* Sullivans’s Track – Painted Honeyeater (2 heard calling late this afternoon)

* Loddon isthmus – White-bellied Sea-eagle (sitting)

11th September 2013

* Small flock of Whiskered Terns feeding opposite Picnic Point.

2 responses to “Spring 2013

  1. I think it’s a cicada year here in Melbourne….do you know when the last cicada year was down here?

  2. HI Elizabeth – sorry for the slow reply. I’m not suer I can answer your question. Where I live, at Newstead in central Victoria, we see a variety of species every year, but numbers fluctuate. Most species live underground as nymphs for as long as 6 -7 years, unlike the periodical cicadas of north America which emerge at 13 or 17 year intervals, using prime number s to confuse their predators! I’ve just been watching a Kookaburra bring Black Robber cicadas to a nest this morning.
    Cheers, geoff

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