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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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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June 2017
Sun 25megamegaLittle Stint, South Island Pied Oystercatcher
Stockyard Point
A breeding plumage Little Stint found roosting amongst large flock of Red-necked Stints, Curlew Sandpipers, etc. at high tide. Bright orange bird with white throat and diagnostic white 'tram-tracks' visible on back. Also got the well documented SIPO, Terek Sandpiper and good variety of overwintering waders.
Scott Baker, Kevin Bartram, Paul Peake and others. 25/6 #231222
Thu 22Powerful Owl
Devilbend Reservoir Reserve--Bittern Reservoir
Two birds sighted during a bird survey.
S and S King with Dennis, Ben and Tyrone. 22/6 #231204
Wed 21highlightPink Robin
Brimbank Park
Male Pink Robin seen along a section of the Maribyrnong River Trail between Green Gully Rd. and EJ Whitten Bridge. Initially seen by a non birder friend.
Gene Ignacio 25/6 #231215
Litle Raven
Wyndham Vale
Leucistic Little Raven searching for food amongst some rubbish on Ribblesdale Avenue. It was amongst other normal Little Ravens. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 21/6 #231201
Tue 20Pied Currawong
North Hamilton
A Pied Currawong photographed in my yard Has been feeding on apples for the past week. I am informed that there has never been a sighting of this species of Currawong in our area of some 30 acres. Moderators note: Edge of range. Very rare in the Hamilton area it would appear although many records in nearby Dunkeld. SB
Larry Storer 20/6 #231194
Swift Parrot
Indigo Close, Greensborough
Swift Parrots at Indigo Close Greensborough again this morning around 10:00am. 15 birds, possibly more.
Stephen Garth 20/6 #231192
Mon 19highlightEastern Osprey
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Whilst standing at the mouth of Little River, opposite the bird hide, Arthur Samuel and I observed an Eastern Osprey fly overhead. We were alerted to its presence after the waders we had been observing took to the air.
Andrew Hogg 20/6 #231191
Southern Boobook
St Kilda Botanic Gardens
Perched low in deciduous tree near the centre of the Blessington Street garden bed at 1900hrs
Gio Fitzpatrick 19/6 #231182
highlightSouth Island Oystercatcher
Stockyard Point
The SIPO (1N) was seen again this morning. It first flew in to the area immediately east of the Point itself about 9.30 am. (High tide at Stony point was at 7.02 am but, at 2.60 m, it was a pretty low high tide.) It gave pretty good views for 1/2 hour. About 60-70 Australian Pied Oystercatchers turned up before it did. At 10 am, it flew away to the north before most of the APOs. It was re-found at 10.30 am on the sandy area about 2-300 metres north of the car park at the southern end of foreshore road. it was still there when we left at 10.40. So, it did pretty much the same thing that it did for Simon yesterday. His description from yesterday is quite accurate and the bird is pretty obvious when it is with the APOs. The broader and longer white wing-bar and the fact that the SIPO is less tall and less bulky than the APOs also help.
Chris and Rosemary Lester and about 12 others 19/6 #231177
Sun 18Swift Parrot
Reids Rd, northern Brisbane Ranges
Two Swift Parrots amongst the mature, flowering Yellow Gums along Reids Road and in the paddock. Many honeyeaters in this locality at the moment. A good look on the 24th of June failed to relocate them. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 24/6 #231214
megamegaSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Stockyard Point
The Oystercatcher banded in Vic and later identified as a SIPO when seen in NSW is back at Stockyard Point, Westernport. Has orange flag on right leg 1N. Longer bill, shorter legs and white rump extending as a V up the back all seen well. Was at the point early and later feeding up the coast to the north of the car park
Simon Starr 18/6 #231173
Sat 17Olive-backed Oriole
Heathcote-Graytown National Park--Dargile Camping & Picnic Area
Heard then photographed by Catarina Gregson on our outing in the Heathcote area. We were on the Dargile Forest Walk at the time. eBird checklist
BirdLife Murray Goulburn 18/6 #231174
Australasian Bittern
Twenty Nine Mile Road, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee
Around 1.45pm, a Bittern flew into the dense reeds and likely the channel alongside the road approximately 60m east of T Section gate. I tried to relocate it but had no success.
Michael Gooch 17/6 #231169
Black Honeyeater
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka
Single bird seen in a bush on the roadside. Nearby were Flame Robins, White-fronted Chats and a Restless Flycatcher. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 17/6 #231168
Olive whistler
Emerald Lake Park
Female olive whistler seen on Pine Track. First seen associating with male golden whistler, then had quite nice views for quite some time as bird foraged on ground and in brush. eBird checklist
Michael Fuhrer 17/6 #231167
Fri 16Chestnut teal x pacific black duck (hybrid)
North Gardens Wetland, Wendouree.
A strange looking duck the size of a black duck but with a more uniform head and richer brown feathers. (Moderators note: There has been no consensus on which species are the parents of this probable hybrid. MA)
Indra Bone 20/6 #231195
highlightFreckled Duck and Pink-eared Duck
Lake Lorne
There were at least 340 Freckled Ducks, most sheltering under the trees on the shore of the islands and so the actual number may have been higher. Interesting to see the warm brown on the undertail covets. Also high numbers of Pink-eared Ducks present with a count of 530. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 16/6 #231155
Wed 14Blue-billed Duck
La Trobe University Bundoora Campus
Single male in moat near Car Park 8 this afternoon. I've not seen one here before (over a few decades). There appear to be a few near-by records in the archives.
Neil Murray 14/6 #231151
Tue 13highlightWestern Gerygone " Juvenile"
Nioka Bush Camp, South Morang
Photos seen by Jeff Davies and identified by him.
Khaled William Al-Bajjali 13/6 #231145
Freckled Duck
Lake Cooper
700 Accurate count. All along east side. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 13/6 #231141
Crested Shrike-Tit
Steele Creek Reserve
Single bird gave good views while bark stripping. Never seen this species in this spot before. Good to see many Dusky Woodswallows still present in this area.
Jason Camilleri 13/6 #231139
Eurasian Coot
Lake Connewarre--Tait Point
A raft of thousands of Coot observed this morning. Extending from N/E shore to just past the T/Point boat ramp. A sight to behold indeed!!
Denis Sleep 13/6 #231135
Swift Parrot
15 birds seen feeding quietly in Sugar Gum at end of Indigo Close, Greensborough. Conservative estimate, with other birds heard in Sugar Gums along Pipe Track. Other sites in local area where Swift Parrots were seen last year were searched but no birds recorded. eBird checklist
Warren Tomlinson 13/6 #231134
Mon 12Spotless Crake
North Gardens Wetland, Wendouree.
In the creek on the south side of the wetlands on the opposite side of the path from the water. Moderators note: A widespread species which occurs in the Ballarat region, published as it is a new site for this shy bird
Indra Bone 12/6 #231124
Sun 11Barn Owl
Elsternwick Public Golf Course
Barn Owl flew over me near N fence line at 23:16hrs. Single Tawny Frogmouth and Red Fox also seen in immediate vicinity.
Gio Fitzpatrick 19/6 #231183
King Parrots
Reedy Swamp, Shepparton
Three King Parrots on the ground, presumably feeding, beside Reedy Swamp, Shepparton. Instead of flying away they flew back & forth, keeping to the same general site. Never seen these here in Shepparton before so perhaps escapees. The green colour seemed a bit dullish so possibly immature (although perhaps an illusion due to dull morning light).
Daryl Akers 13/6 #231133
highlightWestern Gerygone
Woodlands Historic Park
Observed by David Jenkins just inside Back Paddock. The bird was in the company of Thornbills and Robins
David Jenkins via Richard Arnold 12/6 #231128
highlightTasmanian Morepork
Cape Conran Coastal Park
Bird photographed at a water point on the Marlo-Cape Conran road appears to be yet another Victorian record of Tasmanian Morepork. Still a rarity on the mainland but likely regular in small numbers.
Scott Baker, Morgana Christina 11/6 #231119
Freckled Duck
Laurimar Parks and Wetlands
6 Freckled Duck in the wetlands, most that's been for a while.
Aleks Arsoski 11/6 #231114
Sat 10Red-necked Stint, White-headed Stilt, Pied Oystercatcher, Nankeen Night Heron
St Kilda harbour
A very early morning visit on the rising tide (1:00am) revealed about 12 small waders scattered across the spit. At least some of them were Red-necked Stints (by call and feeding style in silhouette). 5 White-headed Stilts were also present (presumably the same 5 that reside at Albert Park Lake by day). A single Pied Oystercatcher and 4 Nankeen Night Herons topped-off a worthwhile visit. All of these birds (with the occasional exception of Pied Oystercatcher) only occur here after dark.
Gio Fitzpatrick 19/6 #231186
Fri 9Swift Parrot
Birremathool, Bailieston (restricted access)
Three Swift Parrots fed briefly in the top of a young Grey Box before flying off in the direction of a group of large Yellow Gums that are flowering heavily. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 13/6 #231137
Pallid Cuckoo
Kings Billabong Wildlife Reserve
One immature in Black Box woodland near Psyche Pump (rare mid-winter record for Victoria).
Richard Loyn 11/6 #231115
Wed 7Southern Giant Petrel
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse
Immature bird observed approx 300 metres directly out from the lighthouse during Birdlife Bellarine's Wednesday outing! ID by 16 members and outside assistance from others.
Denis Sleep 12/6 #231125
Tue 6Broad-billed or Salvin's Prion
Barwon Heads Bluff/Mt Colite
1 bird freshly beachwashed. Relatively small bird but with black suffused dark-mid blue, dished, wide bill with lamellae showing. Other photos posted on Facebook Seabird Group.
George Appleby 6/6 #231090
Sun 4Southern Boobook
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
A pair of boobook flushed from low foliage at Ryans Swamp on early morning.
Stephan Granger 6/6 #231089
Flame Robin
Maribyrnong River (Avondale Heights)
Adult male in woodland adjacent to river near Solomons Ford. This is the first time I've seen this species in this area in 15 years of observing.
Jim Caine 5/6 #231088
highlightAustralasian Bittern, Lewin's Rail
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
An Australasian Bittern flew from the reeds several times around Lake Borrie. There were at least 6 Lewin's Rails calling out of the saltbush on both sides of the path to the hide.
Indra Bone 4/6 #231081
Azure Kingfisher
Banyule Flats Reserve, Yarra - Plenty River confluence
One seen working its way upstream in river-edge vegetation. Seemed to find something to eat in a silver wattle. I've not seen one here in winter before.
Neil Murray 4/6 #231076
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Swan Bay Jetty
This afternoon one adult and one juvenile Sea-Eagle circling high over the Swan Bay Jetty much to the consternation of many cormorants.
Rod Corinaldi 4/6 #231075
Purple-crowned Lorikeet
Sighted two Purple-crowned Lorikeet in towering eucalypt directly in front of Nets Stadium Banyule, 2 Somers Avenue, Macleod - having a feeding frenzy with many Rainbow and Musk Lorikeet eBird checklist
Deb Oliver 4/6 #231074
Azure Kingfisher, Australasian Darter, Great Egret and Australasian Shoveler
Jacana Wetland
An Azure Kingfisher seen ~1030 hours at the first wetland to the south of the Ring Rd; first one I have recorded in the period 2000-2017. A female Darter, two Great Egrets and a male Shoveler. Also a Brown Hare seen for the first time in many months. eBird checklist
Charles Silveira 4/6 #231073
Sat 3Boobook
One - species? - calling in or near my backyard for 1-2 minutes (near Hampton Railway Station) c2120 and moving south. Unusual because reports of calling Boobooks very rare in Bayside. Nearest call (middle E, then D?) on Xeno-canto is from Black Hill Conservation Park SA on 26.4.08
Michael Norris 4/6 #231077
Thu 1Australian Magpie - hybrid White-backed x Black-backed
Melbourne Water Discovery Centre
An interesting find on lawn near gate of Discovery Centre (Werribee). A female seemed to be associating with adult male White-backed bird. Also observed fossicking through twigs and debris on garden bed near gate, picking up some fine twigs, but not seen to fly away with any material. Photos with eBird list. eBird checklist
Craig Morley 1/6 #231054

May 2017
Tue 30Australasian Bittern
Truganina Swamp, Altona
In cold, windy conditions, very brief view through scope of raised head above reeds in middle of the swamp at noon but was not seen again during three and a half hours of watching.
David Richardson & R. Bruce Richardson 31/5 #231045
Swift Parrot
Arborline Nursery, Hamilton
One bird calling from boundary trees mid afternoon, very distinctive call heard three-four times, possible response to call back
Samantha Greiner 30/5 #231040
Mon 29Little Eagle, Crested Pigeon
Hoppers Crossing
Whilst having lunch at Mossfiel Reserve, we saw a dark morph Little Eagle fly in. Without warning, it stooped all the way to the ground, catching a Crested Pigeon that hadn't bothered to fly off, like its fellow pigeons had. It took it to a nearby eucalypt, allowing close views. This park is very urban and quite a few people were in the area, which didn't seem to bother the eagle. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 29/5 #231033
Australasian Bittern
Truganina Swamp, Altona
Nice views had of Aus Bittern inside fenced Wildlife Refuge area feeding on abundant Clicking Froglets .
David Richardson 29/5 #231032
Sun 28White-headed Pigeon
13 White-headed pigeons feeding at a bird feeder, Christmas St, Metung. Owner claimed up to 8 breeding pairs frequent the nearby reserve, and bring fledglings to the feeder in the spring.
Roger Bilney 29/5 #231030
Fri 26highlightSlender-billed Thornbill, Striped Honeyeater
Wyperfeld National Park
We saw two small groups of Slender-billed Thornbills (2 or 3 birds in each) in burnt sections of the Desert Walk, along with quite a few Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters and a White-fronted Honeyeater. There were some Striped Honeyeaters (3 or 4) in the Wonga Camping Ground. Moderator's note: very few published records of Slender-billed Thornbill at this site. This particular subspecies has a limited range and nowhere common. SB
Chris and Rosemary Lester 27/5 #231016
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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