Winter 2011

29th August 2011

* Cairn Curran Reservoir near Picnic Point – White-bellied Sea-eagle (pair), Great Crested Grebe (3), Little Black Cormorants (10+), Whistling Kite.

27th August 2011

* Rise and Shine – Painted Button-quail, Owlet Nightjar (in one of its regular hollows), Collared Sparrowhawk (immature), Fan-tailed Cuckoo (calling).

25th August 2011

* Lignum Swamp @ Campbelltown – Sharp-tailed Sandpipers (4), Flock of Black-winged Stilts (15+), Black-tailed Native-hen, Collared Sparrowhawk, Great Egret, White-necked Heron, Australian Spotted Crakes (numerous), Little Grassbird, Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo were the highlights. Also Black-shouldered Kite, Red-kneed and Black-fronted Dotterels.

23rd August 2011

* Rise and Shine – Shining Bronze-cuckoo, Scarlet Robin, Grey Currawong.

21st August 2011

* Rotunda Park Newstead – Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Golden Whistler.

17th August 2011

* Mia Mia Track – pair of Little Eagles in the triangle between Mia Mia Road and Mia Mia Track. I suspect there may be an active nest in this area. Small numbers of Musk Lorikeets and also seen were White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike and Hooded Robin.

Little Eagle, Mia Mia Track area, 17th August 2011

Musk Lorikeet, Mia Mia Track area, 17th August 2011

14th August 2011

* Between Gully Track and Spring Hill Track – Olive-backed Oriole (first of the season), Little and Purple-crowned Lorikeets. Also heard a Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo calling along Mia Mia Track.

12th August 2011

* Lignum Swamp – Australian Spotted Crake (10+), Black-tailed Native-hen, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Red-kneed and Black-fronted Dotterels, Black Swan, Grey and Chestnut Teal.

11th August 2011

* Lignum Swamp – Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Pacific Herons (10+), White-faced Heron (10+).

10th August 2011

* Baker’s Swamp – small group of Black-tailed Native-hens.

8th August 2011

* Lignum Swamp – another visit produced a number of Australian Spotted Crakes, pair of Brolgas on pasture south of the wetland. Many Little Grassbirds calling and flitting about.

* Mia Mia Track – Square-tailed Kite and Little Eagle soaring overhead.

* Brown Quail again at the same site reported on 4th August.

6th August 2011

* Lignum Swamp near Campbelltown – pair of Brolgas, Black-fronted and Red-kneed Dotterels, Whistling Kites and many ducks, mainly Grey Teal.

5th August 2011

* Spotless Crake at Lignum Swamp and Black-tailed Native-hens at Baker’s Swamp.

* Barn Owl (roadkilled) on Campbelltown – Clunes Road [location].

* Great Egrets (~15) at Merin Merin Swamp.

Part of a flock of Great Egrets, Merin Merin Swamp, 5th August 2011

4th August 2011

* Barn Owl (roadkilled) at Joyces Creek [location] and Boobook Owl (roadkilled) at Newstead roadside stop [location].

* Covey of ~ 10 Brown Quail at corner of Newstead/Maryborough Road and Rodborough Rd. Seen the following day also.

3rd August 2011

* Rise and Shine near Drury Lane – Owlet Nightjar peering from small hollow in Long-leaved Box. Also a Little Eagle seen soaring above the Reserve and Fan-tailed Cuckoo.

* Fan-tailed Cuckoo calling in Newstead.

27th July 2011

* Red, White and Blue Track – flock of Grey Currawongs ~ 10 birds

One of the flock!

* Red, White and Blue Mine – small flock of Eastern Spinebills … my only sightings so far this winter.

Eastern Spinebill – Red, White and Blue Mine, 27th July 2011

23rd July 2011

* Mia Mia Track – small numbers of Little and Purple-crowned Lorikeets flying over. White-browed Babblers and good numbers of honeyeaters – mainly Fuscous, Yellow-tufted and White-naped with Black-chinned heard calling.

* Cemetery Road – single Rainbow Lorikeet amongst a small flock of Musk Lorikeets.

Rainbow Lorikeet, Cemetery Road Newstead, 23rd July 2011

15th July 2011

* Mia Mia Track – Hooded Robin, Crested Shrike-tit, White-browed Babbler, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Jacky Winter, Crested Bellbird (calling).

Crested Shrike-tit, 15th July 2011

12th July 2011

* Mia Mia Track – male Scarlet Honeyeater [see post], Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Hooded Robin, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Wedge-tailed Eagle.

Wedge-tailed Eagle, Spring Hill Track, 12th July 2011

11th July 2011

* Rise and Shine (near Drury Lane) – Australian Owlet-nightjar, Diamond Firetail, Flame Robin (small flock).

Diamond Firetail, Rise and Shine, 11th July 2011

Male Flame Robin, Rise and Shine, 11th July 2011

10th July 2011

* Large numbers of Brown Falcons across the Moolort Plains at the moment …. 8 birds seen simultaneously from one spot on Rodborough Road this morning. Numbers of Black-shouldered Kites also seem to be on the increase.

Brown Falcon in silhouette, Moolort Plains, 9th July 2011

9th July 2011

* Immature Australasian Grebes on farm dam (near Frogmore Swamp) on the Moolort Plains.

Australasian Grebe, Moolort Plains, 9th July 2011

8th July 2011

* Joyces Creek [location] – Single Barn Owl seen on roadside at ~ 6pm

5th July 2011

* Brown Goshawk – Newstead township

4th July 2011

* Great-crested Grebe (immature) on Cairn Curran @ Joyces Creek.

Great-crested Grebe (immature), Cairn Curran Reservoir, 4th July 2011

2nd July 2011

* Whistling Kite calling near ‘The Island’ on the Loddon River this morning and a female Collared Sparrowhawk with prey, possibly a young rabbit.

28th June

* Brown Quail near railway overpass at Moolort.

Brown Quail, Moolort, 28th June 2011

25th June 2011

* Mia Mia Road – small flock of Diamond Firetails, pair of Peaceful Doves (also reported by Greg McKay on Birdline Victoria) and a number of Flame Robins (all ‘brown’ birds).

24th June 2011

* Spring Hill Track – Yellow-footed Antechinus, Golden Whister (male), White-naped, Yellow-tufted and Fuscous Honeyeaters.

10th June 2011

* Loddon River @ Newstead – Brown Falcon (at the ‘Island’), Peaceful Dove and Dusky Moorhen at the Ford.

3rd June 2011

* Wyndham St, Newstead – Collared Sparrowhawk

1st June 2011

* Loddon River @ Newstead – Crested Shrike-tit (3) and Peaceful Dove at the ‘Island’

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