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Interesting and unusual bird observations
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 Australia and moderated by Michael Ramsey , Scott Baker and Simon Starr.

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Moderators' Note

We will publish reports of birds that are rare or unusual, 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.

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November 2023
Thu 16Double-barred finch
Merin Merin Swamp State Game Reserve
2 birds clearly seen at 4m, naked eye. On fence to canola field, Wattle Gully Rd (track!), about halfway along north side of swamp. Noted finch with white breast with black line across. No photo. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet and Steve Waller 16/11 #269960
Mon 13Blue faced honeyeater
Woodlands estate, Langwarrin
In private garden, near Boggy Creek Reserve. Never seen this species this far south. Very fleeting visit, gone before a decent photo could be taken.
Ashley Seago 13/11 #269950
Pacific Golden Plover
St Andrews Beach, Mornington Peninsula
Lone bird feeding with a pair of Hooded Plovers
Mark Lethlean 13/11 #269949
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Ryan Lane (Buckland Gap), near Beechworth
One called in our paddock trees at 0800 and called again a few minutes later and flew off to the west.
Richard Loyn 13/11 #269948
Sun 12Baillons Crake
Yalukit Willam Nature Reserve
One Baillons Crake, Soak 1 and Pond 4. Came into the open a few times. Also a Buff-banded Rail, Soak 1 and Pond 3. eBird checklist
Debbie Lustig 13/11 #269947
Sat 11Eastern Koel
At 7am an uncommon bird call attracted my attention to the top branches of an oak tree on our boundary fence. There I spotted a large black bird constantly calling. The angle of the sun highlighted the red eyes. Before I was able to reach for my phone to take a shot it was gone. It travelled east still calling. I was absent during the day but on return there were numerous calls heard while I was watering around dusk. This morning 12/11/23 no further calls.
Brian Vallence 12/11 #269944
Fri 10highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Smart Street Reserve, Hawthorn
I reported seeing a Channel-billed Cuckoo at the same location on 12 November 2022. Returns two days shy of exactly a year later… Amazing! Poor quality iPhone pic attached
Andrew Hogg 10/11 #269937
Wed 8Fairy Tern (7)
400 metres off Silverleaves beach Phillip Island
7 Fairy Terns flew past our fishing boat
Des Palmer and Mark Pearson 8/11 #269924
Tue 7highlightMasked Woodswallow
St Kilda
Large numbers of Masked Woodswallows seen flying low over the suburbs three times over several hours in the afternoon. Flock(s) heading in different directions during each sighting and numbering 50-100 birds.
Gio Fitzpatrick 8/11 #269930
Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-necked Heron
Wurundjeri Walk
While walking in Wurundjeri walk around 6pm observed a White-necked Heron standing on rocks in the wetland pond, and upon being startled took off and was chased by magpies and ravens which it dwarfed in size in flight. Moderators note : flight shot shows a Wedge-tailed Eagle, unusual in the location
Meredith Brown 8/11 #269928
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Yarra Bend Park, Studley Park section
Two Channel-billed Cuckoo heard and seen in large Radiata Pine trees, Morton Bay Fig tree and Plane Trees opposite Villa Alba Museum. Public access to park area next to golf course. Adult and juvenile seen. Adult seen feeding juvenile. Seems unusual to see this species so far south. Photo by Luca Marcoux-McCaffrey (11 yrs old) eBird checklist
Nic McCaffrey and Luca Marcoux-McCaffrey 7/11 #269921
Sun 5Baillons Crake
Karkarook Park
Also a Latham's Snipe and an Australian Spotted Crake
Debbie Lustig 7/11 #269920
Fri 3White headed pigeon
Caldwell Rd Vermont
David Barkla 5/11 #269911
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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