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Birdline Victoria

Birdline Victoria (Australia) is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.

Birdline Victoria is supported by BirdLife Victoria and moderated by Margaret Alcorn, Michael Ramsey , Scott Baker, Simon Starr and Tim Dolby.

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Moderators' Note

The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots. Please send any sightings directly to Chris Purnell at Also, please note that Birdline Victoria won’t be publishing individual reports of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo in the greater Melbourne area. However, it is worth noting that there have been a number of reports. We have also decided not to publish any further reports of Eastern/Pacific Koel as they are now common in Victoria in the warmer months.

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August 2017
Wed 16Black-eared Cuckoo
Lyell State Forest
Tracks west of Gerrand track. Initially found by call - more mournful than Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo with occasional 'whiffle'. Good clear views of bird. Clear cream underside with no lines, brown back, white edge to tip of tail, and facial pattern with black arc behind eye. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 16/8 #231560
Tue 15Swift Parrot
Stephen's Road, Bannockburn
10 feeding on lerp in red gums off Stephen's Road just north of the sugar gum plantation. eBird checklist
Guy Dutson 16/8 #231556
Australasian Bittern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Previously reported bird observed at the far end of Western Lagoons (eastern end) around midday. eBird checklist
Richard Arnold 15/8 #231548
Mon 14Superb Parrot
Numurkah Golf Club
Male and female Superb Parrot perched briefly on a dead tree near the golf course. A pair of escapees or possible wild birds?
Alix Williams 16/8 #231558
Pallid Cuckoo
Albert Park Lake
Seen flying between trees several times with Noisy Miners in pursuit around the tennis courts beside Canterbury Rd.
Gio Fitzpatrick 15/8 #231542
Whiskered Terns,Australian Spotted Crakes, Horsfield Bronze Cuckoos
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Around 35 newly arrived Whiskered Terns were feeding near Walsh's lagoon, many in breeding plumage. Seems a little early. Also numbers of Spotted Crakes throughout must be new arrivals, with many in Beach road pond along with Spotless Crakes. Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoos in numbers as well
Simon Starr 14/8 #231538
Lewin's Rail
Banyule Flats Reserve
Heard making kekking calls in reedbed about 100m South of Grotty Pond. First time I've got one at Banyule. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 14/8 #231536
Black Falcon
La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary
Seen flying low over treetops near the main office. Further information
George Paras 14/8 #231534
Sun 13Purple-crowned Lorikeet
Royal Park, Parkville
Pair landed a few metres away and gave good views for a few minutes, approx. 200m from the tennis courts off Flemington Rd eBird checklist
Jason Camilleri 15/8 #231552
Lewins Rail, Spotless Crake
Coogoorah Park (Anglesea)
At least 5 Lewin's Rails present in reeds and tussock grass about 50 metres past Mously bridge. The birds were incredibly tame and approachable. Also several Spotless Crakes at the same location.
Indra bone 15/8 #231543
Black-eared Cuckoo
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka--Campbell Rd
Seen twice on road during the day.
clive kaplan and giles daughbeny 14/8 #231533
Black Kite
Northern Golf Course, Glenroy (restricted access)
Black Kite seen late in the day flying around the Northern Golf Course and houses along the southern boundary (Rhodes Parade). First Black Kite we've seen in this area. Moderators note: One also seen at Woodlands Historic Park on the same day. Scarce close to the city
Jo and Jason Caruso 13/8 #231526
Fri 11Olive-backed Oriole
Not normally seen this early in the season, but identified by sight and song in flowering acacia Moderators note. Some Orioles overwinter, and arrivals typically start in August. Published as an early record for southern Vic
John Balding 11/8 #231513
Thu 10highlightDouble-barred Finch (6)
Orchard Drive, Glenrowan
6 Double-barred Finch feeding on exotic grass seed-heads adjacent to orchards. On private land but observable from roadside.
Dan Pendavingh 10/8 #231509
Wed 9Brolga
Brolga observed in paddock on east side of Girgarre-Rushworth road, approximately 4 km south of Stanhope.
David Kleinert 9/8 #231503
Sat 5Azure Kingfisher
Nioka Bush Camp, South Morang
Seen by Dennis Hocking and photographed by me " Khaled Al-Bajjali".
Dennis Hocking 5/8 #231482
Azure Kingfisher
Yarra River between Westerfolds Park and Dellas Avenue Templestowe
Single bird sighted on private property along the Yarra River close to Westerfolds Park, Templestowe. eBird checklist
Megan Griffith 5/8 #231481
Swift Parrot
Lockwood South
7 Swift Parrots foraging in a couple of eucalypts. Just off Boswell Rd in state forest. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 5/8 #231479
Hooded Plover
Thirteenth Beach, Barwon Heads
7 adult Hoodies seen at western end of Thirteenth Beach this afternnon
Anne Palamountain 5/8 #231478
Fri 4Black-eared Cuckoo
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka
One seen on Campbell Rd about 300 metres from corner with Bendigo-Tennyson Rd. Great views, very confiding.
Kevin Bartram 14/8 #231535
Thu 3Zebra Finch
Butlers Road, Melton Water Treatment
Approx 20 feeding and calling alongside some sparrows and Yellow-rumped Thornbills in a paddock / wind-break above the escarpment on the Werribee River at the end of Butlers road.
Greg Cobern 4/8 #231471
Wed 2Grey-crowned Babbler
Winton Wetlands--11 Mile Creek
Seen in the woodland near 11 Mile Creek. BirdLife Murray Goulburn has done quarterly surveys of Winton Wetlands for over 4 years and this is our first sighting of the Grey-crowned Babblers during a survey. Observers: Anne Finlay, Ross Hillis & Don Roberts. eBird checklist
BirdLife Murray Goulburn 4/8 #231473
Little Egret
Winton Wetlands--Dam Wall and Borrow Pits
Seen in one of the Borrow Pits (Mokoan Ponds). BirdLife Murray Goulburn has done quarterly surveys of Winton Wetlands for over 4 years and this is our first sighting of the Little Egret. Observers: Marg Clarke, Catarina Gregson, Rob Humphries & Val La May. Photo by Catarina Gregson. eBird checklist
BirdLife Murray Goulburn 4/8 #231472
White-browed Woodswallow, Masked Woodswallow, Swfit Parrot, Crested Bellbird, Olive-backed Oriole
Birremathool, Bailieston (restricted access)
An overnight stay at Birremathool produced some unexpected White-browed and Masked Woodswallows. Swift parrots are still present in low numbers and thirteen species of honeyeaters. Crested Bellbird and Olive-backed Oriole heard calling on the morning of the 3rd. eBird checklist Further information
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 3/8 #231468
Swift Parrots
Kooyoora State Park--Wehla Block
Seven Swift Parrots on Burkes Flat Rd at Devil Range Track. Feeding on flowering Box and lerp until chased by Wattlebird. Many Lorikeets in the area. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 2/8 #231463
Black-eared Cuckoo
Mount Korong Nature Conservation Reserve
Seen and heard along Firebreak Track. Was mobbed frequently so I only had brief views until it found a spot that was relatively free of Honeyeaters. Moderators Note: This follows on from recent sightings in Wychitella and Kamarooka, SS eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 2/8 #231462
Tue 1Brolga.
Werribee River mouth
From 16:54 to 17:15, I observed two adult Brolgas feeding on a rising tide, along the western shoreline and slowly moving north (Western Treatment Plant eastern boundary) of the Werribee River Estuary. This is the first occasion I have observed this species at this location.
Peter Gibbons 1/8 #231454

July 2017
Mon 31highlightScarlet Honeyeater and Crescent Honeyeater
Moggs Creek Picnic Ground
A brown plumaged Scarlet Honeyeater at entrance to Moggs Creek picnic area. Also a total of 265 Crescent Honeyeaters between here and Distillery Creek but likely >200 at Distillery Creek alone. eBird checklist
Guy Dutson 1/8 #231452
Black-tailed Native-hen
Bourkes Rd, Warncourt
Laterally flattened tail, pink legs, slight flank streaking, dull bill; juvenile? Feeding in wet roadside drain on mown grass beside rank vegetation. Quite shy. Seen twice in last few days.
Colin Cannard 31/7 #231450
Rose Robin
Yarra River just South of Westerfolds Park
Female seen well flitting about fairly low down along dirt track which runs along the Yarra River around a little peninsula just South of where the footbridge goes over into Westerfolds Park. Had really good views but unfortunately was on my bike so no camera. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 31/7 #231448
Sun 30Southern Whiteface
Eynesbury Forest and Grasslands
A single Whiteface feeding on the ground with a small flock of Yellow-rumped Thornbills. Only the second one I've seen at this site. Jacky Winters present too (click on the eBird Checklist Number for more photos). eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 3/8 #231467
Western Gerygone
Woodlands Historic Park--Back Paddock
Seen near one of the two muddy ponds in the Back Paddock area.
Khaled William Al-Bajjali 30/7 #231442
Azure Kingfisher
Yarra Bend Park--Dights Falls
One Azure Kingfisher seen near Dights Falls at about 1:30pm. It dived twice into the water where Merri Creek flows into the Yarra before I lost sight of it. Sacred kingfishers are fairly common in this area in spring but from size, plumage, and behaviour there's no question that this bird was an azure.
Harry Saddler 30/7 #231436
Sat 29Black Tailed Godwit
The Cut
Originally seen by Birdlife East Gippsland on Monday. 6 birds. eBird checklist
Reuben Worseldine 30/7 #231441
highlightTurquoise Parrot
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka
Single bird seen feeding on the ground, in a clearing along the Bendigo/Tennyson Rd. Approximately 5k's from Campbell Rd. Heading towards Camp Rd.
Bernadette Haywood 29/7 #231432
Fri 28South Island Pied Oystercatcher
Stockyard Point
eBird checklist
Graeme Risdon 29/7 #231431
Thu 27Spotted Quail-thrush
Brisbane Ranges National Park
A quick walk yielded a female Quail-thrush. Conveniently, she appeared on the track ahead of me after running amongst the leaf litter. (More photos in the eBird Checklist). eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 3/8 #231469
Tue 25Swift Parrot
Muckleford State Forest
On South German Track a single bird feeding high in Grey Box and Yellow Gum - first I've seen this season.
Geoff Park 25/7 #231418
Sun 23Whimbrel
Stockyard Point
1 Whimbrel arrived about an hour before a rather high tide with 3 Eastern Curlews. Also present were 35 Bar-tailed Godwits, 30 odd Red Knots, 1 Terek Sandpiper, the well-reported South Island Pied Oystercatcher, ~150 Red-necked Avocets, and hundreds of Red-capped and Double-banded Plovers, Curlew Sandpipers, and Red-necked Stints. eBird checklist
Leigh & Lesley Pieterse 24/7 #231411
Black-tailed Godwit
Sand Islands Jones Bay, Gippsland Lakes
2 Adults 2 Juveniles feeding in the shallows
Robert Wright 23/7 #231404
Thu 20Southern Boobook
Southern Boobook seen perched in deciduous tree near Elm Street border at 18:10 then flew in NE direction over rooftops.
Gio Fitzpatrick 22/7 #231402
Wed 19Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Pearces road, Mandurang
Three of us spotted a group of 4 to 5 Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos flying over our property heading south. We've lived here for 18 years and I have no memory of seeing them before.
Alex Edwards 21/7 #231393
Tue 18Little Pied Cormorant
While counting the 87 Little Pied Cormorants leaving their roost in the Ripponlea Estate this morning, an adult Collared Sparrowhawk called and flew around repeatedly between deciduous trees for about 20 minutes.
Gio Fitzpatrick 18/7 #231382
Baillon's Crake
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Unusual for this time of year. A single Baillons Crake in the company of an Australian Crake about 100 metres along Kirk Point Road in the adjacent channel.
Iian Denham & Mark Buckby 18/7 #231380
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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