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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.

We support ethical birding .


Moderators' Note

The Birdlife Australia Orange-bellied Parrot recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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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January 2017
Mon 16Common Sandpiper
Kororoit Creek Mouth (Williamstown North)
Bird seen briefly in mangroves. About 25 meters past last boat shed on Northern side of Creek.
Colin Mulvogue 17/1 #229828
Black-faced Monarch and Cicadabird
Smyth Creek Rd, Big Pats Creek
Des and Adrienne Palmer 16/1 #229822
Sun 15Little Button-quail
Flushed group of four birds from sparse wallaby-grass area of property. Two Banded Lapwings in neighbouring paddock.
Doug Robinson 16/1 #229824
Cicadabird, Brush Cuckoo
Wombat State Forest
Cicadabird (male), Brush Cuckoo (juvenile), Spotted Quail-thrush and Satin Flycatcher (male) along with other bush birds seen yesterday morning in Wombat State Forest.
Jennifer Spry, Joy Tansey 16/1 #229818
Lewin's Rail
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
One bird briefly spotted by myself and Matt Anderson, immediately below decking to birdhide. I managed a few very blurry photos taken (barbed wire fence directly in the way!). Reported four days earlier by Terry Gourley. No previous records listed on eBird. eBird checklist
Leigh Pieterse 16/1 #229816
Sat 14highlightPectoral Sandpiper
Swan Hill Sewage Treatment Plant
Arrived to find 13 Plumed Whistling Ducks on first pond followed by 3 Black-tailed Nativehens. After following some birds in a distant pond we located 10+ Red-kneed Dotterel which had at least 3 juveniles. Also waders present with 20+ Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 1. Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Marsh Sandpipers and 1 Common Greenshank and the Pectoral Sandpiper. On leaving we flushed 5 Little Buttonquails and a family party of White-winged Fairywren. (Moderator note: this is a restricted access site) eBird checklist
Philip Peel, Brad White, Dan Ashdown, Matt McCrae, Owen Lishmund, David Adam and Bill Twiss 16/1 #229819
highlightPainted Honeyeater
Mildura - Cureton Ave near native nursery
Single bird heard calling very clearly. Couldn't find the bird but (no binos, 2 small children and dog in tow) area contains Black Box with quite a few mistletoe. Area has received flooding recently. Location on Cureton Ave at intersection of road to native nursery. Will check out the area again tomorrow.
Dan Eyles 15/1 #229814
highlightSwift Parrots
Private Property, Clunes
Following up on Warren Palmer's sighting on Wednesday of a single Swifty. Three Swift parrots seen and photographed, with another bird heard (with high degree of confidence).
Michael Gooch, Louise Nicholas and Wilson Lennard 15/1 #229810
Fri 13White Throated Needletail
From the caravan park 150+ birds in a concentrated column reaching up into the clouds in pouring rain.
Freya, Jeremy and Des Palmer 14/1 #229794
Gang Gang
Maranoa Gardens
Pair of Gang Gangs just hanging about in the Maranoa Gardens near Parring Road at 12.15 pm today. [Moderator's Note: Published as an early 'Autumn' record as this species is not unusual at this location later in the year. MA]
Greg Hunt, Philip Jackson 13/1 #229790
Thu 12Common Sandpiper
Wallan Sewage Treatment Plant Station Road Wallan ( Yarra Valley Water Site )
One Common Sandpiper seen briefly near Raw Sewage Ponds , good views of bird as it landed , head bobbing then flew to adjacent ponds. Could locate for Photo's
Colin Mulvogue 12/1 #229784
White Throated Needletail
Upper Yarra walking track 4 kms south of Big Pats Creek
About 20 birds wheeling above canopy
Des Palmer 12/1 #229782
Wed 11highlightWhite-throated Needletail
7 Acre Rock 5 kms south of Powelltown
Massive flock of 400+ birds seen at 4.30 pm
Des Palmer , Carolyn D'Argenio and Dom D'Argenioa 12/1 #229781
highlightSwift Parrot
Clunes -private property
Single bird seen this evening coming in to a water point before being disturbed by honeyeaters. No flowering gums seen in area so interesting to have such an early sighting. First Vic sighting for 2017?
Warren Palmer 11/1 #229778
Wood Sandpiper and Lewin's Rail
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
Sandpiper on muddy point, 10m to right of point. Rail hesitantly skittered across the water just inside the fence in front of hide. eBird checklist
Terry Gourley 11/1 #229773
highlightPlumed Whistling Duck (2)
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
With Shelduck, Grey and Chestnut Teal and Black Swans eBird checklist
Angus Hartshorn 11/1 #229771
Common Sandpiper
Yan Yean Reservoir
1 bird on rocks at the dam spillway eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 11/1 #229770
White-throated Needletail
1013 Greta Rd, Glenrowan West (restricted access)
Approx. 15 birds.
Kate Daniel and Fin Stuart 11/1 #229769
Tue 10Brown Gerygone
1000 Steps Walk - Ferntree Gully
Up the Ramblers track on the right hand side of the gully as you go up the Mountain. Just near the junction of the 2 little creeks. The bird appears to be missing its tail feathers.
Stephen Garth 10/1 #229758
Diamond Firetail
Single bird feeding on ripe spear-grass (Austrostypa) heads from low branches of tree in shelter belt between paddocks. Yesterday a group of 2+ adults and 2 or 3 immatures about our house yard, also feeding on spear grass from perch on wire fence. Presumed to be the same group reported on Birdline that nested in neighbour's garden last October.
Felicity & Chris Healey 10/1 #229750
Mon 9Silver Gull
Laverton Creek Mouth (Altona)
Noticed dark bird roosting with many Silver Gulls , poor photo's , but seems to be a very dark Silver Gull . Red Legs , Red Beak and White Eye. Have a photo of wings spread and very faint white markings.
Colin Mulvogue 9/1 #229746
20 White-throated Needletail & 10 Fork-tailed Swift
Ironbark Basin
Reasonably high up in a thermal. A Wedge-tailed Eagle was also circling in this thermal. eBird checklist
Tom Fletcher & Angus Hartshorn 9/1 #229741
Sun 8Cattle egret
Frog Hollow Reserve
A pair of cattle egrets flew over Frogs Hollow Reserve, Hallam this evening. One bird was in full breeding plumage - overstaying, or early arrivals?
Brian Johnston 8/1 #229738
Wood Sandpiper
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
Single bird sighted on 7th and snapped on 8th.
Roger Francey 8/1 #229732
Sat 7Magpie Geese
Cullens Lake Wildlife Reserve
3 birds seen on eastern shore.
Barry Wait 9/1 #229749
Black-eared Cuckoo
Freshwater Creek
A juvenile Black-eared Cuckoo was found dead at 1pm. Interesting sighting and unsure of many records of this species this far south in the state.
Mel Jones per Philip Peel 7/1 #229728
Latham's Snipe
Begola Wetlands, Ocean Grove
We counted 67 Latham's Snipe on this wetland this morning as part of the Snipe survey. They were all along the edge, out in the water and through the grassland. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn and Guy Dutson 7/1 #229724
Fri 6Diamond dove
Westgate Park (Port Melbourne)
Almost a month after my first report, a single bird is still in the Park, mainly along the northern boundary and the railway line.
George Fotheringham 7/1 #229721
Wood Sandpiper, Pacific Heron
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
Relocated Wood Sandpiper this afternoon. Also had a single Pacific Heron, I am not sure how uncommon it is in the SE suburbs, but very few eBird records for it. eBird checklist
Matt Anderson 6/1 #229714
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Amos Rd, Cape Bridgewater
Single bird flew across the road. Pale rump and dark tail pattern standing out. Unusual siting for this area.
A.M. Burgoine 6/1 #229710
Thu 5highlightWood Sandpiper
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
A pair of Wood Sandpiper were observed from the bird hide viewing area.
Stephan Granger 6/1 #229704
highlightEastern Curlew
Shallow Inlet Marine and Costal Park
94 Eastern curlews at Shallow Inlet, Sandy Point side. There were also 25 Eastern Curlews at Toora beach one hour before.
Lyn Hawkins 6/1 #229702
Latham's Snipe
McDonald Way, Churchill
Saw a pair of Latham's Snipe in grass on the roadside. First bird was standing frozen, flew low into taller grass when I stopped nearby to look. Then flew low into grasses by the roadside, made a small 'brak' noise as it flew. A second bird flushed and flew after the first as I was returning to the car. Unfortunately was unable to get a picture as both flew too quick for a photo.
Hannah Smith 5/1 #229699
Wed 4Yellow Thornbill
Melbourne General Cemetery
Yellow Thornbill seen in wattle just north of East Ave with one Yellow-rumped and two Brown Thornbills. Seen very well and call recorded. Unusual inner city record. eBird checklist
Rohan Long 5/1 #229695
Terek Sandpiper (7)
Stockyard Point
Seven Tereks seen together just east of sandbar roost around 7pm. Took off heading further east when a Swamp Harrier flew over. No other shorebirds present save for a pair of RC Plovers. eBird checklist
John Daniels 4/1 #229694
Tue 3highlightDiamond Dove
Riddells Creek - Rotary Memorial Park
Bird still present at exactly the same spot this afternoon: northern end of school oval - right near footy posts. Adult bird - no leg rings so maybe wild.
John French 3/1 #229685
Little Friarbird
You Yangs Regional Park
3 birds (possibly 4) at dam by entrance around 5pm today
Dave Torr and two UK visitors 3/1 #229684
Mon 2Latham's Snipe
Laverton Creek, A B Shaw Reserve, Altona Meadows.
Single bird observed on margin of creek bank, east of Merton Street end. Flushed by passing illegal dirt-bike riders, it flew towards east along creek and out of sight beyond tall reeds. (I first noted it here two weeks ago but didn't think to Birdline it ).
David Richardson 3/1 #229682
Arctic Jaeger
Arctic Jaeger working the Silver Gulls between the Williamstown yachts and the Yarra mouth at 3pm. Dark coloured bird, and tail streamers not visible.
Dave Gleeson 2/1 #229675
highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Unusual sighting of mixed flock (in flight and landing) at the Marlo Foreshore (Marlo Angling Club ramp) - Beach Stone-curlew, approximately 20 Ravens, 2 Pelicans, Cormorants including Great and Little Black, White-faced Heron and 4 Pied Oystercatchers. Landing only briefly, all took off again, together, in westerly direction toward Lake Corringle. Seen approximately 11.15am
Morgana Te Pauae 2/1 #229671
Sun 1Dollarbird
Gunbower National Park
A pair of breeding Dollarbirds seen close to their nest site over the space of a few days while we were camping nearby
Jason Camilleri 4/1 #229692
Banded Lapwing
Lake Goldsmith
Eight or nine birds on lake edge near rocks. They were spread out along the waters edge and they seemed to squabble quite a bit.
Indra Bone 2/1 #229674
Barking Owls
About 10.30 tonight herd 2 Barking Owls calling around my property. I tried to find them with my infrared torch but no luck.
Brendan Toll 1/1 #229665
While trying to photograph a couple of Fantail cuckoos this afternoon I spotted a dollar bird which fortunately I was able to photograph. It was in Hamilton on private land just north of the township
Larry Storer 1/1 #229661

December 2016
Sat 31Sanderling
Point Kirk
Also 2 Glossy Ibis at the T section in the pond over the road from the Crake Pond. FYI - the Crake Pond seems to have been drained!
Stephen Garth 31/12 #229649
Powerful Owl
Phillip Island
Roosting in an area of paperbark scrub on the western edge of Cowes this morning.
Jenny Skewes 31/12 #229648
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Beach Rd foreshore 10.50am,
Dez Hughes 31/12 #229647
Fri 30Collared Sparrowhawk
Fitzroy backyard
Commotion among small birds at 6pm in South Fitzroy occasioned by Collared Sparrowhawk sitting quite low in a backyard tree. Once it flew away, normal services were resumed among the small bird community.
John Clarke 30/12 #229642
Glossy Ibis, Intermediate Egret, Lathams Snipe
McDonalds Swamp near Cohuna
Lots of birdlife, 15 Glossies, one Intermediate Egret in breeding colour and 3 Latham's Snipe the highlights. Wetland is drying but still plenty of water there.
Simon Starr 30/12 #229640
Thu 29Banded Lapwing
Swan Lake (Phillip Island)
Just one Banded Lapwing on the grass at the far side of Swan Lake, mixing with numerous Masked Lapwings. First we have seen on the Island. Brought to our attention by a fellow birder who didn't know what it was and declined the offer to be named on any report made. An ID photo at 600m distance included. (Moderator's Note: There are 4 observations of this species in eBird on the island in 1982, 1992, 1994 and 2011. MA)
Alan and Hazel Veevers 30/12 #229639
Glossy Ibis
Lake Goldsmith
Three birds feeding in damp grassland above shoreline.
Roger Thomas 29/12 #229633
Little Button-quail
Single bird flushed from native grassland on reddish ground.
Roger Thomas 29/12 #229632
Invermay, N of Ballarat
Pair in dead tree, calling, and flying out and back. A rarity in the Ballarat region.
Roger Thomas 29/12 #229631
Wed 28Australian Reed Warbler
Banyule Flats Swamp, Heidelberg
At least two birds singing loudly from eucalypts above the Swamp, heard from the Bike-path on the east side. I searched but they remained concealed. In recent years they have been very scarce here, whereas in the 1990s they were common until cattle ate out the reed-bed where they nested. Only a few now come despite regrowth of acres of Common Reed and Cumbungi.
Anthea Fleming 29/12 #229630
Tue 27Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Western Lagoons
Pectoral Sandpiper roosting with other waders during high tide. Also 2 Great Knot.
Stephan Granger 28/12 #229618
Plumed Whistling Duck (breeding record)
Tomara, Patho Plains
Plumed Whistling Ducks seen at a few sites around the Patho plains today. I last recorded breeding in 2011, but maybe it's more common
Simon Starr 27/12 #229614
White-throated Needletail
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka--Old Distillery Dam
Humid, overcast and threatening rain. Many White-throated Needletails coming though. Largest group at one time was about 50 birds seen at once but the birds were seen coming through for over an hour. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 27/12 #229612
Sat 24Common Sandpiper
Griffiths Island (Port Fairy)
A lone bird seen walking in between the rocks on the walkway to the island. I managed to get within thirty metres or so.
Indra Bone 3/1 #229689
Square-tailed Kite
Have been seeing single bird every few days over last month.
Doug Robinson 25/12 #229598
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Mitta Mitta
9 Wedge-tailed Eagles circling in a thermal due to this humid weather and late thunderstorm up here.
Brendan Toll 24/12 #229595
Thu 22highlightDiamond Dove
A pair of Diamond Doves seen feeding on the ground. Goulburn Road, Echuca.
Bernadette Haywood 24/12 #229597
Topknot Pigeon, Grey Plover, Masked Owl
A few of the highlights from today [Marlo area] Topknot Pigeon [41] flying along estuary and appeared to land in vegetation close to dunes. Also pair of Grey Plover at river mouth and two separate Masked Owls seen well earlier that morning.
Scott Baker 22/12 #229579
Wed 21megamegaLaughing Gull (possible)
I just got a report from David W Eades about him seeing a probable Laughing Gull at Brooke's Jetty in Elwood today 21/12/16 at 10.25 AM. Seen about 500 m offshore, he seems fairly certain it's a Laughing, with a slight possibiltiy it could be a Franklin's, but since it had a black hood, mid-grey upperwing and dorsum, braod white trailing edge, an all black primary tip. He said it jizzed out like a LG, and was roughly the same size as nearby Crested Terns. Sounds like he saw it well for around 3 minutes, before it flew south into the bay off the St.Kilda lighthouse/Marina. We urge people to keep an eye out for this bird, as it is a mega rarity.
Kevin Bartram per Margaret Alcorn 21/12 #229575
Red-necked Stint, Peregrine Falcon
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
A pair of stints roosting on rocks during this morning's high tide, and the Peregrine flew overhead offering a brief but good view.
Sean Dooley 21/12 #229574
Terek Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Western Lagoons
About 300 waders in first pond inside gate 2 (good news, not seen any before this "summer"). See eBird report for details of other birds. At high tide, near midday. eBird checklist
Angus J Hartshorn 21/12 #229569
Tue 20Brolga
Mangalore West
2 Brolgas flying low in an easterly direction over the Goulburn Valley Hwy, around lunchtime.
Daniel MacMahon 10/1 #229760
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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