Summer 2012/13

10th February 2013

* Newstead township (near Historical Society) – single Blue-faced Honeyeater.

* Loddon River @ Newstead – Powerful Owls (2 juveniles and both parents) perched in mixed wattle plantings.

9th February 2013

* Loddon River @ Newstead – Powerful Owls (2 juveniles and adult male), perched in mixed wattle plantings.

* Boundary Gully, Werona – Leaden Flycatcher (female), White-browed Woodswallow (small flock).

8th February 2013

* Loddon River @ Newstead – Powerful Owl (female), perched in Blackwood Wattle.

4th February 2013

* Loddon River at Oxley’s gate – Painted Honeyeater (calling), Sacred Kingfisher, Rufous Night-Heron.

2nd February 2013

* Muckleford Gorge – Sacred Kingfishers (at least 3 pairs, young being fed), White-faced Heron, Dusky Moorhen.

* Loddon River @ Newstead – White-backed Swallow (7 birds emerged from tunnel @ 8.30am), Sacred Kingfisher, Rufous Night-Heron , Little and Long-billed Corellas.

1st February 2013

* Welshmans Reef tip – White-browed and Masked Woodswallows (30+), Rainbow Bee-eaters, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike.

* Sullivan’s Track – Hooded Robin (2), Grey fantail, White-naped, Brown-headed and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters, Spotted Quail-thrush (calling).

31st January 2013

* Newstead – Square-tailed Kite, single bird hunting over township area.

27th January 2013

* Just north of Gully Rd, Welshmans Reef – Crested Bellbird (male), Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters, Peaceful Dove.

26th January 2013

*Newstead township –  Square-tailed Kite (single bird hunting along Panmure St).

25th January 2013

* Newstead Township – Little Eagle, Whistling Kite.

* Cairn Curran (western edge) – Wedge-tailed Eagle (2 see on ground at 9am), Australian Kestrel, Whistling Kite, Eurasian Coot, Grey Teal, Darter, Great Egret.

19th January 2013

* Loddon River @ the bend – White-backed Swallow (nesting), Sacred Kingfisher (nesting), Rufous Night-heron, White-faced Heron, Darter, Brown Goshawk, Little Pied Cormorant, Dusky Moorhen.

16th January 2013

* Cairn Curran, south of Picnic Point – Yellow-billed Spoonbill (4), Royal Spoonbill (4), Black Swans, Eurasian Coot.

* Cairn Curran @ Joyces Creek – Buff-banded Rail, Dusky Moorhen (adults with two half-grown chicks).

* Moolort Plains, Box remnant near Moolort/Baringhup Rd intersection – Diamond Firetail, White-winged Triller. Note that neither species reported from this area previously.

* Cairn Curran (opposite Butlers) – White-bellied Sea-eagle took off from waters edge at ~ 8pm.

* Rise and Shine (Zumpe’s Road) – Sacred Kingfisher, Willie Wagtail (feeding fledgelings), Grey Fantail, Peaceful Dove, Brown Treecreeper.

12th January 2013

* Gully Track – Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Crested Bellbird (calling), Yellow-footed Antechinus, Jacky Winter, Dusky Woodswallow, Eastern Yellow Robin (juvenile).

* Newstead township – Little Corellas (3) … seem to be regular in small numbers now around town.

10th January 2013

* Spring Hill Track (area south of) – 3 separate groups of Red-capped Robins (male and female in one group), others immatures, Spotted Quail-thrush, Speckled Warbler (small party), Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (1 only), Brown-headed Honeyeaters, Weebill, Striated Thornbill, Mistletoebird, Sacred Kingfisher (heard near Sullivan’s Track).

7th January 2013

* Cairn Curran Reservoir, near Picnic Point – Black-winged Stilt (7), Red-kneed Dotterel (2), Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Darter, Spotted Harrier, Whistling Kite, Brown Falcon, Eurasian Coot (100+), Black Swan (8).

* Cairn Curran at Joyces Creek – Great-crested Grebe (1).

* Tangey’s Lane Newstead – White-browed Woodswallows (small numbers still present and some courtship behaviour!), Little Eagle, Sacred Kingfisher, White-winged Triller.

30th December 2012

* Moolort Plains – pair of Cockatiel, Australian Kestrel (still attending nest site).

* Bough-yards Lane Strangways – Blue -faced Honeyeater (single).

28th December 2012

* Boundary Gully, Moolort Plains – Hardhead (6), Pink-eared Duck (4), Black-tailed Native-hen (~60)

26th December 2012

* Sullivan’s Track – Painted Honeyeater (calling), Dusky Woodswallow, Willie Wagtail, Little Pied Cormorant, Australasian Grebe (pair with active nest in second dam), Eastern Rosella, White-winged Triller, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike.

23rd December 2012

* Rotunda Park – juvenile Brown Goshawk being fed by adult.

* Babbler’s Rest (Sandon) – Sacred Kingfisher (calling), Diamond Firetail, White-browed Babbler, Yellow-faced Honeyeater.

21st December 2012

* Spring Hill Track area – White-throated Nightjar (adult pair), Spotted Quail-thrush (calling), Red-capped Robin (two juveniles), Square-tailed Kite.

20th December 2012

* Spring Hill Track area – White-throated Nightjar, Powerful Owl (pair), Spotted Quail-thrush (pair seen by Chris Tzaros), Red-capped Robin.

17th December 2012

* Tangey’s Lane – Restless Flycatcher, White-browed Woodswallow, Brown Treecreeper, Peaceful Dove, Common Bronzewing, White-winged Triller (making nest), Willy Wagtail (nest with 4 eggs), Dusky Woodswallow, Little Eagle (pair at nest site), White-plumed Honeyeater, Varied Sitella.

16th December 2012

* Picnic Point Cairn Curran – Black Falcons (2), Whistling Kite, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Straw-necked Ibis, Sacred Ibis, Pacific Black Duck, Eurasian Coot (40), Black-tailed Native-hen, Australian Kestrel.

13th December 2012

* Moolort Plains – Spotted Harrier (near nest site), Black Falcon (1 just north of Joyces Creek bridge), Whistling Kite, White-necked Heron, Australian Kestrel.

6th December 2012

* Bush dam near junction of Spring Hill and Sullivan’s Track – White-throated Nightjar heard calling half a dozen times from ~ 100m SE of the dam at about 9.20pm.

4th December 2012

* Moolort Plains – pair of Black Falcons on the Moolort to Baringhup Road, Spotted Harrier.

* Newstead Butter Factory – large flock of ~100 White-browed (90%) and Masked Woodswallows.

3rd December 2012

* Moolort Plains – Black Falcons (2), Whistling Kites, Brown Falcons, Black Kite, Little Eagle all in the vicinity of the Moolort Railway overpass.

2nd December 2012

* Moolort Plains – Black Falcons (2), Spotted Harrier (2)

1st December 2012

* Moolort Plains – Black Falcons – pair plus at juvenile apparently road killed, Cockatiel, Spotted Harrier … reported by Chris Tzaros.

* Spring Hill and Sullivan’s Track area – White-throated Nightjar (calling) to the north of the small bush dam, Powerful Owl calling south of the dam … reported by Chris Tzaros.

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