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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots. Please send any sightings at the Western Treatment Plant, Werribee and The Spit Wildlife Reserve to and for all other areas to Chris Purnell at All Regent Honeyeater reports should be forwarded as soon as possible to Dean Ingwersen ( or freecall 1800 621 056), including any colour leg band details. It is requested that details of Swift Parrot sightings are forwarded to Chris Timewell ( Also, please note that Birdline Victoria won’t be publishing individual reports of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo in the greater Melbourne area. We also won't be publishing any more Koel reports this Summer unless it is an extension of range.

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May 2018
Thu 24highlightStriped Honeyeater
Single bird in patch of remnant open Buloke bushland on private property 12km northeast of Rupanyup.
Ian Morgan 25/5 #234462
Freckled Duck
Lancefield-Tooborac Road, nr Lancefield
Six birds on a small dam beside the road about 2kms north of Lancefield.
Peter Houston 24/5 #234454
Wed 23Swift Parrot
A flock of at least 13 birds seen flying over in a South-Easterly direction along the track which runs near the Northern end of Racecourse. Distinctive chattering call heard as they came over. Sleek profile with quick, direct flight. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 23/5 #234453
Tue 22highlightBeach Stone-Curlew
Cape Conran - Sailors Grave Picnic Area
8.15 am. To our surprise we saw a Beach Stone Curlew near the rocks on the eastern edge of the cove. It was near a Pied Oystercatcher. The bird was an adult. Weather was clear. We were about 15 metres away. We observed it for about 5 minutes through Leica 10x40 binoculars. I have seen Beach Stone-Curlews over many years at Townsville, Ingham and Cairns on the beach. Sorry, I only had my iPhone and didn’t Want to disturb bird, so no photo. We reported sighting to Ranger on duty at Banksia Bluff.
Jillian Tacon and Allan Tacon 24/5 #234456
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos
Croydon North
Around 100 birds flying through and briefly stopping in our garden.
Will and Emma Bridgeman 22/5 #234452
Mon 21Pink-eared Duck
Piper Street, Kyneton
At least two birds flying overhead, west to east, just after 7pm (so in complete darkness). It's the second time I've heard this species flying over Kyneton at night in recent weeks, though I've not ever seen one in a local weland. When I grew up in Geelong I used to hear them at night frequently, so I'm sensitised to the nocturnal call. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 22/5 #234450
Gang Gang Cockatoo
Coolart Wetlands & Homestead, Somers
Eight Gang Gang Cockatoos observed feeding in the eucalypts between the entrance and car park.
Val Ford and Pat Bingham 21/5 #234445
Sun 20Olive-backed Oriole
Lerderderg River at Lerderderg Park Rd. Darley
Juvenile bird along the river walk. I heard alarm calls from honeyeaters and found this very active oriole. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 20/5 #234441
Sat 19Soft-plumaged Petrel (2-3)
Port Fairy Pelagic
Wet, cold and windy day at sea on the monthly Birdswing and Birding pelagic -ideal conditions really. Reasonable variety -several Common Diving-Petrels on way out, good to see -have been scarce in recent years. Of note were 2-3 Soft-plumaged Petrels both at shelf and bird recorded inshore (only 3.3 km from port). At least 6 species of Albatross including Northern Royal and a couple of Wandering types. Fairy Prion back in numbers, single Antarctic and possible Slender-billed only 'whalebirds'. A Skua photographed at shelf still being discussed, some consider likely South Polar.
Scott Baker, Neil Macumber, Kevin Bartram, et al 21/5 #234442
Double-Banded Plover
Duck Point (Yanakie)
Approximately 15+ Double-banded Plovers, 15 Red-Capped Plovers and one Red-Necked Stint on the north shore of Duck Point at about 3pm at high tide.
Rohan Bugg 20/5 #234439
Freckled Duck
Lake Hamilton
3 Freckled Ducks near Island at top end of lake. Also c. 40 Hardheads, 1 Australasian Shoveler. eBird checklist
Tristan Kennedy 20/5 #234437
highlightRegent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park - Barnawatha Depot Rd and private property
A total of 4 Regent Honeyeaters found as part of the national search weekend yesterday - 2 on Barnawatha Depot Rd and 2 on private property (no public access). All birds found are captive-released individuals, three from 2017 and we think one from 2015 (the key colour band has come off so we can't be sure yet). Also a single Swift Parrot passing over Honeyeater Dam at lunch time. Photo attached of male released in April 2017.
BirdLife Australia/DELWP staff and volunteers 20/5 #234434
Swift Parrot
7 feeding in Yellow Gums in Wyndham Street.
Geoff Park 19/5 #234428
White-headed Pigeon
A White-headed Pigeon came to wild bird feeder. A first sighting of this bird verified by Simpson & Day
Steve Carle 19/5 #234424
Fri 18Cape Barren Goose
McKirdys Rd, Tyabb
22 geese seen in paddock on east side of McKirdys Rd, opposite AGS. There are quite a number of CPG across the westernport area at the moment.
John Harris 19/5 #234433
Wed 16White-bellied Sea-eagle
Anthonys Crossing, Bacchus March
Young Sea-eagle circling low, not far from the Cross that is on top of the hill. I stopped at the old cemetery to get some shots. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 20/5 #234438
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Moonee Ponds Creek between Dynon & Footscray rd
Yellow spoonbill feeding in the Moonee Ponds Creek.
Helen Chapman 17/5 #234410
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Lancefield Golf Club
Single Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater in shrubbery at the back of the golf course. A first record for the area.
Peter Houston 16/5 #234403
Tue 15Zebra Finch
At the confluence of the Maribynong river and Arundel Creek. Approx 15 +/-. By the number of nesting and roosting sites in some revegetation of Acacia paradoxa that has been favoured they may be semi resident.
Greg Cobern 16/5 #234399
Rufous Whistler
Lancefield Golf Club
Very surprised to see a male in the garden this afternoon. Several pairs breed around here in the summer but they're all usually long gone by now.
Peter Houston 15/5 #234397
Mon 14Pink-eared Duck
Bundoora Park
One bird on the dam below the Golf Club, amongst a small gathering of Hardheads and Grebes.
Greg Cobern 16/5 #234398
Sun 13highlightYellow-tufted honeyeater
Merri creek, Northcote, south of Athurton Rd
Feeding happily with white-plumed honeyeaters
Colin Anderson 17/5 #234415
Swift Parrot
14 birds flew over, calling, late in the day. Little flowering locally so not sure what they would be feeding on.
Doug Robinson 14/5 #234389
highlightBrown Gerygone, Grey Goshawk, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Shepherds Bush
2 Brown Gerygone seen on west side track, Goshawk flew in and perched briefly before being chased off; YTufted Honeyeater on west side track. eBird checklist
John Daniels 13/5 #234381
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Lake William Hovell
The White-bellied Sea-eagle was observed by my wife Carole and myself gliding above the lake at approximately 13.45 today 13th May 2018. We are quite familiar with the species as we quite often see them at Lake Tyers. Did not have a camera with us. Weather was fine and sunny with a slight breeze from the east. 146 22 05E. 36 55 28s
Michael O’Sullivan 13/5 #234379
Sat 12Southern Giant-petrel
Point Addis Beach carpark
A sea watch at the point produced a Giant-petrel. it was seen close to shore and seems to be a Southern Giant-petrel. The beak shows a green tinge in some of the photographs taken -other pictures available The strong winds made for challenging photography please see report of Isaac Clarey
Clive Kaplan and Giles Daughbeny 16/5 #234400
Brown Skua, Shy & Black-browed Albatross, Shearwater sp., Northern/Southern Giant-Petrel
Point Addis
Several pelagic species observed over two periods of a few hours each, in the morning and afternoon. Strong southerlies pushing birds in closer to cliffs than usual. Brown Skua, Shy & Black-browed Albatrosses, Fluttering and Short-tailed Shearwaters all observed with bins and scope and photographed. The following morning I also had views of and photographed several of the aforementioned species, as well as a Giant-petrel (unable to identify at species level, as was too distant) which flew past north to south. eBird checklist
Leigh Pieterse 14/5 #234388
Southern Giant-Petrel
Point Addis
An all-dark juvenile Giant-Petrel passed by during a seawatch off Point Addis yesterday. Strong southerlies pushing birds quite close to shore. Binocular views showed no colour contrast to bill tip. Photos in the strong wind proved very tricky, my best attempt attached which suggests lighter bill tip; good for SGP. Other birders present (name unknown?) had better photos which will be good for positive photo ID. eBird checklist
Isaac Clarey 14/5 #234387
Powerful Owl
Warrandyte State Park--Jumping Creek Reserve
Single bird roosting in fairly low burgan overlooking the river.
Carl Hansen 13/5 #234378
Giant Petrels, possible Royal Albatross, Shearwaters etc
Mornington Peninsula National Park--Cape Schanck
A 2.5hr seawatch from 320pm generated six sightings of immature Giant-Petrels one of which was close enough to see bill colour suggesting Southern GP, Shy and Black-browed Albatrosses, Fluttering, Hutton and Short-tailed Shearwaters, Australian Gannet, Crested Tern and Kelp Gull. At 510pm a distant albatross (seen only briefly at range ahead of a rain squall could have been an adult Northern Royal) but was lost from view and could not be relocated.
Richard Hook 12/5 #234376
Fri 11Possible Southern Giant-petrel
Point Addis
We were treated to an interesting array of seabirds varying from Shy, Yellow-nosed and Black-browed Albatrosses, Gannets, some Fluttering Shearwaters amongst others and a candidate for Southern Giant-petrel. The strong winds made viewing and photographing birds difficult.
Clive Kaplan and Giles Daughbeny 13/5 #234382
Tue 8highlightWhite-fronted Honeyeater
I was asked to help identify this bird in the north of Hamilton. It is well beyond its normal range I believe.
Larry Storer 9/5 #234351
Mon 7Striped Honeyeaters
Kerang Lakes
Observed at numerous sites around the Kerang lakes including Little Lake Charm, Racecourse Lake, Cemetery Swamp, Cullens Lake etc . Up to 4 birds at once.
Simon Starr, Steve Davidson, Damien Cook 8/5 #234346
Sun 6highlightSquare-tailed Kite
Newells Paddock Wetland Reserve
Soaring over the wetlands for 10 minutes. A Brown Goshawk was also sighted. eBird checklist
Thomas Nataprawira 7/5 #234337
Swift Parrots
Birremathool, Bailieston (restricted access)
Chattering flock of 12 birds flying over relatively slowly at 7:41. Occasional other calls from around camp. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 7/5 #234336
30-40 Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Yallakar State Forest, Harrow
Mix of adults and juveniles feeding on Stringybark.
Samantha Greiner & members of BirdLife Horsham 6/5 #234327
Sat 5Swift Parrot
Axe creek, Private property off Myrtle creek road
Two birds flew into flowering yellow gum. Ushered quickly off by Noisy Miner.
Adrian Martins 5/5 #234318
highlightSquare-tailed Kite
Returning home to our street in Flemington we were v.pleased to find a Square-tailed Kite hunting ~5m over the rooftops. It moved away to the north where it was harassed by three Little Ravens which it easily avoided in the windy conditions. Presumably the same bird seen in March around Royal Park and also reported earlier this week in Kensington in a local online forum. eBird checklist
Michael & Margaret Noble 5/5 #234310
Tue 1White Phase of Grey Goshawk
Jacana Wetland
Seen resting trees bordering Moonee Ponds Creek, southern end of Jacana Wetland, at midday today. Later seen pursued by five Magpies until it left the area.
Dennis Bernard Hocking 3/5 #234297
Swift Parrot
Lots of Rainbow and Musk Lorikeets calling from roadside trees and then heard Swift Parrots - saw two and went for my camera and on return they flew off and there were actually 3 birds. This was around 10-30am, also heard Gang Gang Cockatoos (2) at around 7-30am at the same location.
Neil Macumber 1/5 #234289

April 2018
Mon 30Striped Honeyeater, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Banyula Park State Forest (Echuca)
A single Striped Honeyeater seen flying between gum trees. I was attracted by it's constant calling. Also present, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater and Fuscous Honeyeater. Have not seen these birds in my area before, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater also seen and also rare for the district.
Bernadette Haywood 30/4 #234278
Cattle Egret
Emily Street near Goulburn River, Seymour
This an early-ish return, but I haven't driven along this part of Emily St. for a couple of weeks, so the egrets may have arrived previous to today. eBird checklist
Val La May 30/4 #234270
Sun 29Straw-necked Ibis (74), Australian White Ibis (2)
Xavier College, Kew
Feeding and sitting on two ovals at Xavier College. Surprised to see such a large flock in an inner suburban area. [Moderator's Note: Movement to the coast due to dry conditions inland. MA]
Andrew Hogg 30/4 #234269
Thu 26Pink-eared Duck
Romsey Sewage Treatment Ponds
Observed four groups of this species, each group swimming in a tight circle, obviously feeding. The largest group consisted of about 70 birds, the smallest about 25. They were hard to count as the birds in each group were so close together. Hadn't seen them feeding in this way before and HANZAB doesn't mention it.
Peter Houston 26/4 #234241
highlightPeaceful Dove
Epping Recreation Reserve
Single bird (Small Geopelia with blue orbital ring etc.) flushed from carpark onto fence bordering main oval at 1042. Allowed approach to within 5 m before flying into nearby trees (Thanks to my boss who stopped truck to allow closer look). While in such an urban setting might not look good for a wild bird would argue more likely one considering run of recent records in Greater Melbourne within last month (At least 5 I'm aware of), indicating dispersal of this species further S of its normal range perhaps in response to very dry conditions inland. No leg bands observed, nearby appropriate habitat and Darebin Crk corridor feeding from the N support wild bird theory.
Dan Ashdown 26/4 #234235
Freckled Duck
Lake Pertobe
Nice to observe a pair of Freckled Duck in the quiet NW corner of the lake today. Other species were: Pink-eared, Duck, Hardhead and Shoveler.
Martin O'Brien 26/4 #234233
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 Australia or Victoria
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