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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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.

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October 2017
Fri 20highlightDouble-barred Finch, Painted Honeyeater
Osbornes Flat, Yackandandah
The morning bike ride discovered a pair of double-barred finch at the end of Meehan's Lane adjacent to Yackandandah Creek. Also two painted honeyeaters calling at the intersection of Mahon Lane and Sanatorium Rd.
Matt Weeks 20/10 #232377
Thu 19White-winged Triller, Rufous Songlark
Royal Park, Parkville
Decent 1-2 down at the local patch this evening. Rufous Songlark located down the bottom of the Skink habitat, not long after about less than 50 metres away observed an Immature White-winged Triller gleaning insects off the leaves of a Eucalypt. Both good inner city records. eBird checklist
Dan Ashdown 19/10 #232372
highlightScarlet Honeyeater, White-browed woodswallow, Masked Woodswallow
Freshwater Creek (private property)
Brilliant red small honeyeater in iron bark feeding for half an hour. Singsong voice. A couple of nice photos. 10 to 50 white- browed wood swallows per minute for over half an hour. Say 600. Mainly travelling NNW.. Only 1 identified masked wood swallow. 34 species for 1 hour in garden. Bird list submitted.
Colin Cannard 19/10 #232367
East Ringwood (Vista Court), Victoria
East Ringwood 12 midday. Koel calling and then landing in tree on our bush block. Able to observe in the tree for about 5 minutes until wattle birds scared it off to another tree. Was around our property for approximately half an hour. Calling almost continuously (desperately looking for a mate!)... Last heard one nearby about 5 years ago and reported it on this site. Probably the same one - still lost. At that time it was heard early evening and very early morning. I heard it in the distance about 2 years ago but have not heard it again until 2 nights ago at dusk. It is unusual to hear it in the middle of the day. It was humid, during rain. Linda
Linda Hibbs 19/10 #232365
Wed 18highlightWhite-browed Woodswallow
Ocean Grove
8000 counted between 11:00-13:30; another 4000 seen in intermittent obs during the afternoon but many overlooked. 2-3% Masked Woodswallows. Also 8 raptor species. eBird checklist
Guy Dutson 19/10 #232366
Black-tailed Godwit
Lake Tutchewop
Single bird feeding near the inlet channel in front of farm house.
Bernadette Haywood 18/10 #232354
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher
Timberoo Flora and Fauna Reserve
One located hunting at -35.190117 142.174822 The reserve was buzzing with Trillers and Woodswallows.
Simon Starr and Claire Emerton 18/10 #232348
Scarlet Honeyeater
While working in Heyley Crt. Ventnor heard then saw briefly a Male Scarlet Honeyeater, flew into a gum tree, after short time, 3 birds flew from the tree, 2 Males and 1 Female. Plenty of Bottlebrush , Grevilleas and gums in flower. Followed to two large bottlebrush on vacant block next to No.23b and one, possibly, heard along Anchorage.
Colin Mulvogue 18/10 #232346
highlightScarlet Honeyeater, Rainbow Bee-eater, White-browed Woodswallow, Masked Woodswallow
Fairmont Road, Newtown
Tiny vivid scarlet red honeyeater briefly in garden, at flowering Kings Park Special callistemon, before being chased way by Red Wattlebird. Sweet, low volume, sing-songy call heard several times. Also 2 Rainbow Bee-eaters made a cameo appearance this morning while scanning with bins for woodswallows. Total White-browed Woodswallows (8,800) and Masked Woodswallows (240) over 240 min observation, spread from 08:15-16:22; numerous 10 and 20 min eBird lists over this time. Other gems for day were 2 Little Eagles, circling to W and, later in day, perhaps attracted by woodswallow "traffic" a Peregrine Falcon. Absolutely amazing day, all in or from garden.
Craig Morley 18/10 #232343
Scarlet Honeyeater
Mount Korong
After watching a Painted Honeyeater feeding on mistletoe, a male and female Scarlet Honeyeater flew into the same tree.
Murray Chambers 18/10 #232342
Tue 17Scarlet Honeyeater
Miller Park, Boronia
Just joining in the plethora of sightings. First sighting in 5 years (second in 30 years) - 2 Males and 2 femlales in yellow Callistemon Vinimalis but much earlier this time - December 2012 last time. Feeding and fighting with a flock of Yellow Faced Honeyeaters, New Holland Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills, Red and Little Wattelbirds
Alf Forbes 18/10 #232356
White-winged Triller
Churchill National Park
Three or more males seen in evening.
Stephan Megroz 18/10 #232347
Pacific Koel
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
With Seymour U3A Walk & Wonder group. We heard the Koel calling from several spots as we walked around the Garden. eBird checklist
Val La May 17/10 #232334
Scarlet Honeyeater
Gemmill Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve Mooroopna
A pair feeding on flowering Grey Mistletoe in a Silver Wattle host tree, second record in fifty years of keeping records for this reserve. eBird checklist
Don Roberts 17/10 #232331
Pacific Koel
Highton, Geelong
Make calling this morning at 5:30 am. First for the season. They bred near here last summer. eBird checklist
Graham Possingham 17/10 #232324
Mon 16Scarlet Honeyeater
Lake Eildon--Mansfield
At least three birds observed on a private property. Female was observed collecting some dry, long grass and flying into a tree.
Catherine Noone 16/10 #232323
Painted Honeyeater
Buckland Gap near Beechworth
One calling hard near top pf escarpment.
Richard Loyn 16/10 #232318
Pacific Koel
Clifton Hill
One koel heard calling at 6:30am on 16/10/2017 in Clifton Hill, Melbourne. This is the first time I've heard a koel in this area in 7 years of living here. Ebird has one record for Clifton Hill from 2013.
Harry Saddler 16/10 #232306
Sun 15Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Richelieu st west footscray
On next doors antenna. Heard calling at first. Very unexpected but pleasantly surprised
Michael McKay 17/10 #232330
Pied Butcherbird
Murmungee near Beechworth, NE Victoria
One on private property in valley. Further information
Richard Loyn 16/10 #232319
Rufous Songlark
Edgar's Creek North Coburg
A single bird heard calling near the end of Livingstone street as part of a Friends of Edgar's Creek bird walk. Probably as close to the CBD as they get.
Stuart Dashper 16/10 #232312
Black-eared Cuckoo, Brush Bronzewing
Mt Rothwell
Quarterly bird survey by BirdLife Werribee. Note that this property is not normally open to the public. eBird checklist
Dave Torr and others 15/10 #232294
Sat 14Cicadabird, Scarlet Honeyeater, Satin Flycatcher
Snobs Creek area
Continuing the reports on the Scarlet Honeyeater irruption in Victoria it was great to hear a number of the species (and a single Cicadabird) in state forest south of the Holmesglen property east of Snobs Creek near Eildon.
Martin O'Brien 16/10 #232310
"White" Singing Honeyeater
Goschen Bushland Reserve
A very pale Singing Honeyeater seen at Goschen. It attracted my attention as it appeared almost white when flying. Seemed to be an adult bird and was feeding busily.
Murray Chambers 15/10 #232291
Scarlet Honeyeater
Present for past week, at least 3 males and 1 female, but likely more. Feed ing in mistletoe in Scentbark and Narrow-leaved Peppermint in forest area.
Grant Palmer 15/10 #232287
highlightAustralian Little Bittern
Woodland Industrial Estate wetlands
Following the report at lunch time by David Fleming I headed out late afternoon to see if I could sight the bird. It had flushed not long before we arrived, seen by Brad White, into the smaller silted up part of the lake nearest the stormwater drain end of the site (-38.00499, 145.11470). After patiently waiting for about an hour the bird finally showed for five minutes before climbing up a clump of reeds and flying back into cover 20m or so further into the same pond. eBird checklist
Mike and Bourne Honeyman 14/10 #232284
highlightTerek Sandpiper
Killarney Beach
One bird flushed from shoreline to the west of the carpark. Took off and landed on a rock platform with several Ruddy Turnstones, approximately 100m out to sea. Couldn't see any eBird records for the species on the western Victoria coast, so a nice sighting indeed! eBird checklist
Leigh Pieterse 14/10 #232281
Fri 13Cockatiels
Wilby, private property
5 cockatiels flying south over my place heading toward's the Wilby Nature reserve.
Brendan toll 13/10 #232271
Magpie Goose
Ballarat...Latrobe St west
Three birds sighted. Six reported on this site by Susan Greenbank and farm owner yesterday. Casual report of three at Lake Wendouree in the last week.
Campbell Vincent 13/10 #232268
Thu 12Scarlet Honeyeater
Blackburn Lake
At least 5. Excellent views. See eBird.
Trevor Kerr 12/10 #232259
Wed 11Scarlet Honeyeater
Ocean Grove private garden
a scarlet honeyeater landed in my tree. It flew to the next tree and was quickly scared away by a wattle bird
Lynn Kerr via Jennifer Carr 13/10 #232265
Tue 10Baillon's Crake
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
At least 8 Baillon's Crakes today, with a few spotted as well. Glossy ibis spotted there and later in Western Lagoons (8). Also a variety of raptors: Swamp Harrier, Little Eagle, Whistling, Black and Black-shouldered Kites, Brown Falcons (one of which was very dark, almost black) and a Little Falcon over Point Wilson Road as I left.
Geoff Witten 10/10 #232243
Male Scarlet Honeyeater
Percy's Dam nr. South Boundary Rd. Rushworth Forest
One male Scarlet Honeyeater flew down for a drink at the dam, coiuld be identified clearly without binoculars, but sighting confirmed using binoculars, flew in a couple of times for a drink. No obvious flowering of Iron Bark or Grey Box trees in the area. Crested Bell Bird heard in the vicinity,
Anne & Warwick Finlay 10/10 #232241
Brush Cuckoo
Heard calling in box-ironbark stringybark forest. First record for season and rather earlier than usual. Cuckoos particularly noticeable this spring, with Horsefileds Bronze in greater numbers than in recent years.
Felicity & Chris Healey 10/10 #232234
Carlton Gardens
Heard calling repetitively this morning.
Filipina Moore 10/10 #232230
Mon 9Stubble Quail
Boldrewood Parade, Reservoir
Deceased individual, female, found on nature strip. Some feather loss around neck, but not much visible damage to body. No idea how she died. eBird checklist
reported to Janine Duffy by Emma Swann 12/10 #232261
Red-capped Robin
Banyule Flats Reserve
An adult male in open area beside bike path ~100m east of power-lines. This is 3 years and one week after we saw a brown bird nearby. Further information
Lyn Easton and Richard Loyn 10/10 #232247
Sun 8Scarlet Honeyeater
Male Scarlet Honeyeater, first located by tinkling call. Rare visitor to Ballarat region; possibly first since 2013.Present for a few days.
Roger Thomas 12/10 #232262
Red-lored Whistler
Murray-Sunset National Park--Millewa South Bore Track
Male Red-lored Whistler sighted just over a kilometre south of Pheeny's Track. Obligingly singing almost continually. Also, several parties of Mallee Emu-wrens along this section of Millewa South Bore Track.
John McRae 9/10 #232227
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Bartleys Block
Continuing the theme of honeyeater abundance at this site, there was a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater in fine voice here around midday. Locals had seen one, a few weeks earlier in a garden in Chiltern township. Perhaps this is the same bird? Apparently, these are the first records for Chiltern.
Sean Dooley 9/10 #232209
Whiskered Tern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
An amazing amount of Whiskered Terns observed at the plant today. Flocks seen at Lake Borrie, the bird hide and the Spit. Conservative estimate of 300+ birds in 2 hours. Also a flock of 100+ Fairy Martins collecting mud for their nests on Paradise Rd.
Jason Camilleri 8/10 #232192
Black Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater, Painted Honeyeater
Bartley's Block, Chiltern-Mt Pilot NP
3-4 Black Honeyeaters, both sexes. Also in this spot (and in the same tree - roughly 100 metres north of gate, left hand side of road) were Scarlet Honeyeater (also 3-4), Painted and Black-chinned Honeyeater.
Andrew Stafford 8/10 #232191
Sat 7Freckled Duck
Lake Cooper
12 among other ducks (mainly Grey Teal and Shelduck) at south end. Also lots of Whiskered Tern (several hundred) including a flock of 100 feeding over a field of flowering clover being flood irrigated immediately to the south of the lake. Coot numbers still high (8-10 thousand) despite low water level. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 9/10 #232203
Scarlet honeyeater
Blackburn Lake Sanctuary
6 scarlet honeyeater seen feeding
Gregory F. Coonghe 8/10 #232185
highlightBlack and Scarlet Honeyeater, Painted Honeyeater
Lurg Hills
Multiple Black Honeyeaters and Scarlet Honeyeaters across several sites, in one location only 1km apart. Found as part of the annual BirdLife Australia Lurg Threatened Woodland Bird Search. Not often you would see these two species so close. Painted Honeyeater also found on several properties. All sites unfortunately on private property with no public access, but reported for those birding in north-east Victoria to keep an eye open.
Dean Ingwersen on behalf of Lurg survey participants. 8/10 #232182
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
One bird was observed and photographed from across the pond.
Catherine Noone 8/10 #232178
Black-eared Cuckoo
You Yangs Regional Park
One heard on Branding Yard trail in the You Yangs but not seen. Two heard then seen near Staughton Vale on the east side of Brisbane Ranges National Park.
Simon Starr 7/10 #232176
Scarlet Honeyeater
Australian Garden, Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens
One male heard calling and seen feeding near path to visitor centre/cafe. eBird checklist
Emma Bond 7/10 #232173
Swift Parrot
Raymond Island
2 Swift Parrots seen in forest red gums at 7.30 am.
Robert Wright 7/10 #232170
Fri 6Black-faced Monarch
Fairhope (12 km n of Bairnsdale
Single bird seen in box-ironbark-stringy forest. First record at this site for some years.
Felicity & Chris Healey 10/10 #232233
Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake, Lewin's Rail, Buff-banded Rail
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Amazing amounts of crakes and rails throughout the plant. A total of around 30 Spotted Crakes were seen throughout the day. About 10 Baillon's Crakes in the crake pond which came to within a metre of me. Lewin's Rails heard near hide and behind Western lagoons. Buff- banded Rails in crake pond and near borrow pits.
Indra Bone 7/10 #232169
Scarlet honeyeater
Balcombe Estuary, Mt Martha
10-20 at first fishing platform, between Latrobe Dr exit and Ferrero Reserve exit (marked). With a large flock of silvereyes. eBird checklist
Terry Gourley 6/10 #232165
highlightScarlet Myzomela (2)
Marlene Lyell 6/10 #232163
Port Albert
Osprey feed perched in coastal pines just after dawn. Eventually flew east into the corner inlet. Also notable numbers of shorebirds still across inlet
Stephan Granger 6/10 #232162
Thu 5Painted Honeyeater
Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Clydesdale
Heard calling from top of flowering Yellow Gums for several days before brief sighting
Dave Dickson 10/10 #232242
Intermediate Egret
Lake Colac
Good prolonged views with photos taken. Similar size to nearby Cattle Egret. Lack of kink in the neck, gape does not extend beyond the eye, neck length close to body length, plumes coming from the breast area all point to Intermediate. eBird checklist
Adam Fry 5/10 #232158
Common Koel
Wolstencroft street Flora Hill
Heard calling from large Mugga Ironbark this morning. First for this season.
Adrian Martins 5/10 #232157
King parrot
Wilby ,private property
Walking around my property late this arvo, i noticed a single king parrot flying low over my house.
Brendan toll 5/10 #232155
Cobram, Barooga Cobram rd
Driving on the courseway, when i noticed a single Dollarbird flying around Scotts island.
Brendan Toll 5/10 #232154
Wed 4highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Collins St CBD
Found freshly dead in CBD
Kevin Conlan 6/10 #232159
highlightAustralian Painted Snipe
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park--Lake Bitterang
1 flushed from edge of floods around Lake Bitterang. Access road flooded and closed.
Guy Dutson & Richard Loyn 5/10 #232147
highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Balcombe Estuary, Mt Martha
Five birds together. Three adult males, one adult female plus an immature bird. Feeding on flowering paperbarks at junction of track leading to sports ovals – some 800 metres upstream of BBQ area.
Bob Swindley 5/10 #232144
highlightOrange Chat
Lake Cooper
Birding with Murray; Two males seen on the NE shore. Not previously reported here or in the area. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 4/10 #232133
Tue 3highlightStriated Grasswren, Mallee Emu-Wren
Pink Lakes--near south end of Mt Crozier Tk
3 Striated Grasswrens were seen along Pioneer Dr to the Nth of Lake Kenyon. At least 2 more were glimpsed along the Mt Crozier track near the intersection with the road to Mt Jess along with 2 Mallee Emu-Wren. eBird checklist
Steven Edwards, Lorne Johnson, Steven Cooper 9/10 #232223
highlightScarlet Honeyater
Wonthaggi Heathland and Coastal Reserve
One male seen along the western fenceline. First time I have seen one here.
Geoff Price and Joy Mcdonough 4/10 #232124
Sun 1Scarlet Honeyeater
Mt Helen - Federation University Australia campus
More records from Ballarat area. A single bird heard calling along the Buninyong-Mt Helen bike path near Moss Avenue. Another bird calling from Arboretum on Fed Uni campus.
Grant Palmer 18/10 #232340
Painted Honeyeater
Deep Lead Flora and Fauna Reserve
Seen well and calling near dam on Bonnie Dundee track at 6:50pm
Fiona Parkin 1/10 #232090

September 2017
Sat 30Red Knot and Sanderling
Great Otway National Park--Point Franklin
1 Red Knot in partial breeding plumage and 5 Sanderlings in various plumage stages briefly foraging on a scrap of beach on mainly rocky coast in near gale-force westerly winds. Sanderlings later resting in lee of small wind blasted kelp clumps.
George Appleby & Chrissy Freestone. 2/10 #232112
Intermediate Egret
Kinnairds Wetland Numurkah
One Intermediate Egret seen in the northwestern area of Kinnairds wetland, there was also a Glossy Ibis there. Sun was low almost gone down.
Richard & Catarina Gregson 30/9 #232078
Scarlet Myzomela
St Andrews (my back yard)
Two birds heard calling around the house before one bird showed giving great views and not so great photos! First record of Scarlet Myzomela at our place. Several sightings in the general area yesterday between St Andrews and Eltham,
Deb Oliver 30/9 #232074
Scarlet Honeyeater
First record of a Scarlet Honeyeater (male) at our place, Copelands Road, Warragul
Marc Freestone 30/9 #232072
Fri 29highlightScarlet Myzomela (8+)
One active male-female pair, and three other individual males (all singing from exposed perches) seen well in the foothill forest on Mount Pleasant Rd in the SE corner of Eltham. A lot of extra advertising calls coming from both near and far - there may be a wider-scale irruption along the Upper Yarra catchment area. Interesting to see the extent of Scarlet Myzomela irruption into central Vic this spring. Also saw a pair of White-throated Treecreeper: this part of Eltham is as far as they normally penetrate into suburbia on this edge of Melbourne. eBird checklist
Oakley Germech 30/9 #232082
Red-backed Kingfisher
Goschen Bushland Reserve
Single bird observed in the reserve around 4pm eBird checklist
Megan Griffith and Alan Crawford 29/9 #232068
King Parrot
Surrey Hills
Perched on a tree calling 7.30am near tower street
John Nicholson 29/9 #232064
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher
Goschen Bushland Reserve
A single bird seen at 9.30am near old tennis court.
Warren Palmer & Warwick Remington 29/9 #232063
Pallid Cuckoo
Cornish College, Bangholme (restricted access)
Have been working by our college farm all week and have had the pleasure to observe and listen to a pair of Pallid Cuckoos all week. I've worked here for 20 years and it's the first time I have observed them here.
Tom Humphreys 29/9 #232055
Wed 27highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Werribee Gorge State Park
Adult male Scarlet Honeyeater near Junction Pool, early afternoon.
David Gleeson 27/9 #232037
Mon 25White-winged Triller
Adult male chased by Noisy Miner along canal between Foam and Wave St. Two female-types seen at Marine Parade/canal mouth.
Gio Fitzpatrick 28/9 #232046
White-throated Gerygone
Buckland Gap
One singing, first for spring, near Beechworth.
Richard Loyn 27/9 #232038
Regent Parrot
Lake Hindmarsh--Southern shore line, Four Mile Beach Camp Ground
10 parrots flew through camp ground, and returned to roost and preen in Red Gums, at 10:30am.
Roger Bilney 25/9 #232010
Sun 24highlightBlack Honeyeater
Glenlee Flora and Fauna Reserve
At the entrance off Nhill-Harrow Road, lots of bird activity late in the day after rain and strong winds. Black Honeyeater calling constantly and easily spotted at 5:20pm. Was only 5min at this site. Lots of White-browed Woodswallows and Variegated Fairywrens around bird hide a few km away. Wildflowers spectacular.
Fiona Parkin 25/9 #231985
highlightOrange Chat
5 Orange Chats on track bordering lentil crop today. First seen last Monday. Several White-fronted Chats in vicinity also. eBird checklist
Ian Morgan 24/9 #231974
highlightMixed flocks Masked and White-browed Woodswallow
1013 Greta Rd, Glenrowan West (restricted access)
1000+ Circling high in the wind and landing in Ironbarks.
Kate Daniel 24/9 #231961
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Adult moulting into non-breeding plumage. Briefly at Bird Hide on rising tide.
Dez Hughes 24/9 #231956
Blue-winged Parrots
Terrick Terrick National Park--The Meadows
Two birds observed on Aird rd, 800 metres from Mt Terrick rd. Near the dams.
Bernadette Haywood 24/9 #231953
Black Honeyeater
Terrick Terrick National Park--The Meadows
Two male Black Honeyeaters on Davis Rd. 2 K's down from Mt Terrick Rd.
Bernadette Haywood 24/9 #231950
Sat 23White-browed and Masked Woodswallows
Circa 2000 Woodswallows overhead leading change front in mid afternoon. Conservative estimate. Majoirty were White-browed, about 20% were Masked. Further information
Dan Weller 26/9 #232024
Orange Chat
Sea Lake-Swan Hill Road
A single female flew in front of my car before the ducking into the bordering paddocks approximately 14km east of Salt Lake. Coincides with a number of recent reports of birds being seen in atypical habitat and possibly indicative of a local irruption eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds 24/9 #231976
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher
Wyperfeld National Park--Discovery Track
Located along Discovery Track approx 500 metres east of Wonga Campground perched in dead Eucalypts. Another bird located along a ridge north of this location next morning while a bird presumed to be from yesterday was heard calling from where it was originally found. Possible nesting in the area?
Dan Ashdown, Tim Nickholds, Philip Peel, Adam Fry, David Adam etc 24/9 #231972
highlightScarlet Honeyeater, White-browed Woodswallow and Masked Woodswallow
Bend of Islands
Scarlet Honeyeater heard calling along Yarra. Woodswallows overhead over past two days. Majority White-browed.
Mal Chicksen and Gavin Masters 23/9 #231940
White-browed & Masked Woodswallows
Allendale North of Creswick
From 1 pm -1:45 pm. Upwards of 1,000 birds in a wide front heading North. Those close enough to ID = about one third Masked.
Ian & Amanda Ashton 23/9 #231938
Orange Chat
At dam at Mitamo where seen before.
David Mcinnes 23/9 #231937
Fri 22Rufous Songlark
Nagambie-Locksley Rd
My first local sighting of the Rufous Songlark this spring. eBird checklist
Val La May 27/9 #232033
Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit
Port Albert
At least 40 Black-tailed Godwit and 100+ Bar-tailed Godwit feeding on the mudflats. Also several Eastern Curlew.
Stephan Granger 24/9 #231966
highlightChannel-billed cuckoo
Port Albert
2 birds heard and then seen flying on dusk down the main highway heading east
Stephan Granger 24/9 #231965
highlightScarlet honeyeater
Point Nepean National Park
Not sure how common these are around here, but seemed unusual to me. guide books indicate they don't occur further west than Gippsland and venture this far south rarely. Male seen for several minutes flitting around in bushes before flying off. Seen on track right near old gun site at Fort Pierce.
Lachie Clark 22/9 #231931
Orange Chats
Aird Road Patho Plains
Five Orange Chats observed feeding on the road at the corner of Mt Terrick rd and Aird rd. On being startled by a car, they moved approx 800 metres down Aird rd and stopped where there is two dams. One either side of the road.
Bernadette Haywood 22/9 #231922
Thu 21Black-eared Cuckoo, Black Honeyeater
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka--Old Distillery Dam
2 cuckoos seen , 1 other heard. 1 male black honeyeater seen, others heard eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 22/9 #231929
Wed 20Australian Magpie
Magpie displaying leucistic characteristics spotted on private property. According to property owner this individual has been frequenting the area for at least 4 years.
Georgia Irvine 21/9 #231911
Australian King Parrot
Lone bird first heard calling then observed flying through and briefly perched. In poor light looked like adult female (but couldn't rule out young male). Unusual for area, out of normal range, but historically individuals have popped up from time to time in wider Ballarat region. Very capable in flight and no odd behaviour to suggest an aviary escapee.
Grant Palmer 21/9 #231905
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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