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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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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December 2017
Thu 14Cicadabird
Spargo creek - McGee’s road
Single male cicadabird heard calling and then photographed in a tree. Cicadabirds are rare in this area though it was reported here last year.
Indra Bone 14/12 #233050
Eastern Koel
17 Bellevue Drive, Ocean Grove
Eastern Koel, male, calling very loudly from 3:15 am this morning; enough to wake the neighbourhood. First sign of a Koel this season.
Martin Williams 14/12 #233049
Song Thrush
Winifred St, Oak Park
Song Thrush foraging in gardens on the corner of Winifred and John Street, Oak Park.
Greg Hunt 14/12 #233046
Wed 13Eastern Koel
Near Webb St, between Queen and Esplanade. Male bird calling in tall gum or palm trees from 8.45pm till 9.00pm. Bird not yet seen.
Dominique Dybala 13/12 #233042
Tue 12Purple-crowned Lorikeet
Donald Macdonald Reserve, Beaumaris
A pair moving about the canopy of various eucalypts. An occasional visitor to Beaumaris but rarely seen 'on the deck' like this.
Sean Dooley 12/12 #233036
Noisy Friarbird and Scarlet Honeyeater
Ventnor Common Eucalypt woodland, Phillip Island
Heard the loud call and found the Friarbird in the woodland. A male Scarlet Honeyeater flew in front of it and landed in the next tree. Both unusual for this location. A good five minutes birding with photographs.
Alan and Hazel Veevers 12/12 #233033
Eden Park
High flying south. Unmistakable white wing spots clearly seen no white under tail.
Andrew Corrick 12/12 #233031
Mon 11Eastern Koel
Near railway station, male heard just after 7am for several minutes, then seen flying from top of sheoak. Heard again at about 8am and seen in eucalypt, apparently inspecting a large nest.
Jack Krohn 13/12 #233037
Golden Whistler
Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve
This Golden Whistler lacking any yellow colour was singing a perfect Golden Whistler song. Apparently this bird or a similarly coloured one was seen here in 2014 and 2010. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 11/12 #233021
Sun 10highlightSooty Albatross
Offshore--Portland pelagic
A single Sooty Albatross flyby offshore at 70 fathoms the highlight of an otherwise high number but low diversity BirdLife Victoria Portland Pelagic. Good numbers of Grey-faced and White-chinned Petrels and Flesh-footed Shearwaters.
BirdLife Victoria Portland Pelagic 10/12 #233020
Diamond Dove
Greater Bendigo National Park--Whipstick
Track off Black Rocks Rd. Small dove, red eye marking, spotted back.
Scott Eaton 10/12 #233011
Sat 9Eastern Koel
Croydon/Mooroolbark boundary
Heard 5-6 'cooes' about 1.30AM. Again, am struck by the subdued and brief nature of these calls. Far from typical. Juvenile? Further information
John Bond 9/12 #233006
Fri 8Pink Robin
You Yangs Regional Park
One female Pink Robin in the mountain bike area to the north of the Park.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 9/12 #233005
Eastern Koel
This bird has been in and around my garden in Wellington Street for the past week. I hear it daily and noticed it as I hadn't heard this bird sound before. I have noted its dark feathers with a blue tinge and red eyes. I checked its distinctive bird call online. The image I took is in my apple tree, and not very clear.
Tracey Lamb 8/12 #232999
Thu 7highlightPlumed whistling duck
Mill Park Lakes
22 plumed whistling ducks at Mill Park Lakes (near the corner of Findon Rd and Great Eastern Way). Light rain falling and they looked settled on a partly submerged tree. I saw a group of nine PWD in Feb 2014 in nearby Plenty Gorge Park, this is the first time I have seen them since. Unfortunately no camera with me, only a phone.
Ron Spencer 7/12 #232994
highlightGull-billed Tern Asian ssp affinis
Stockyard Point
Asian Gull-billed Tern with 64 Gull-billed Terns and 56 Red-necked Avocet. Approx half an hour after high tide (6.00 am).
Derek & Sally Whitehead 7/12 #232989
Wed 6Eastern Koel
In my backyard for 1 hr. calling. Got photo and recorded call. It moved away when one other bird with an equally beautiful tropical call (loud but different tune) came by.
Sue Elliott 6/12 #232985
Leaden Flycatcher
Lysterfield Lake Park
A pair seen on Mahogany Track, about 8 minutes walk north of Lake Track, near a dense mass of exotic trees. Approx. -37.957, 145.304
Aidan Sudbury 6/12 #232984
Superb Parrots
A flock of approximately 10-15 Superb Parrots seen at the reserve this morning, mainly young males seen.
Catarina & Richard Gregson 6/12 #232981
Tue 5Blue-faced Honeyeater
Group of six flying over Diamond Village parking area this morning. Not common in area but this is where I reported a juvenile being fed last summer.
Neil Murray 5/12 #232974
Mon 4Scarlet Honeyeater
Bolin Bolin Billabong
7-8 Scarlet Honeyeaters in company with Yellow-faced Honeyeaters in canopy of River Red gums behind the Veneto Club on Bulleen Road. Bolin Bolin Billabong partially filled by weekend rain, Yarra River flowing over bank. Good morning birding along river trail. 29 species including one Indian Ringneck.
Daphne Hards and Birdlife Melbourne Weekday Outing 6/12 #232986
Sun 3Hudsonian Godwit
Reef Island Nature Conservation Reserve
The Hudsonian Godwit is still roosting at high tide (13.30) at the gravel spit slightly south east of the land bridge to Reef Island.( as identified by Terry Gourley on the 24/11).Accompanied by 14 Bar-tailed Godwits and an Eastern Curlew.
Derek & Sally Whitehead 3/12 #232962
Sat 2Glossy Ibis
Lake Cooper--south end
45 glossy ibis seen in paddock near lake.
David Mcinnes 5/12 #232971
Mount Eliza
We heard the distinctive call at 6.35 am this morning at Roehampton Crescent. We are familiar with the call of this bird because we lived in SE Queensland and they were a regular summer visitor. We have been in this house for three summers and this is the first summer we have heard the call. Isn’t this a long way south? [Moderator's Note: We have been receiving quite a few reports of Koels around the Melbourne area and they now have become a regular summer visitor. MA]
John Hall 2/12 #232956
Fri 1White-throated Nightjar
Dead bird on the side of the road, previous night's casuality.
Carolyn Layton 2/12 #232959
Chiltern Valley Road
A flock of approximately 30 budgies flying north between Chiltern and Rutherglen on the Chiltern Valley Rd.
Matt Weeks 1/12 #232954

November 2017
Wed 29Glossy Ibis
Lake Cooper
Stopped briefly at northeast corner of lake this morning. Thousands of waterbirds present. Counted 24 Glossy Ibis and watched about 40 Whiskered Terns hawking for insects about 100 m above the ground
Doug Robinson 29/11 #232945
Eastern koel
Heard (and finally seen) in Main Street Bairnsdale, being mobbed by a pair of Red wattle birds.
Greg Hunt 29/11 #232941
Eastern Koel
Bembridge Ave Frankston South
Calling last evening for 30 minutes again this morning from 5.45 for an hour
Jenny Hattingh 29/11 #232934
Tue 28Northern Royal Albatross, Southern Royal Albatross
Port Fairy Pelagic
Pleasant day at sea today, good for great Albatrosses with Northern Royal (2), Southern Royal (1), Wandering (2) and Gibson's (1) but not much else of particular interest.
Dan Ashdown, Neil McCumber, Rohan Clarke et al. 28/11 #232933
Enfield state forest - Parkinson’s road
Single dollarbird first noticed hawking high above the canopy. Landed many times on an exposed branch and at dusk, flew around in circles repeatedly. Many photos taken on branch. Very rare this far south and the first record for the Enfield forest region.
Indra Bone 28/11 #232932
Eastern Koel
West Ivanhoe
Been in and around the tall gum trees in my backyard for a week or two. Lone male calling - (good luck mate......not many others like you around I suspect.) Been calling for a 45 min or so - quite insistently.
Jim Lord 28/11 #232931
Mon 27highlightSquare-tailed Kite
You Yangs Regional Park
One bird just above treetops for about 2 minutes.[near information centre]
Kevin & Karen Maddigan 28/11 #232928
highlightCrimson Chat, Black Honeyeater
Goschen Bushland Reserve
Single male Crimson Chat. At least 6-7 Black Honeyeater still present. Budgerigars heard. eBird checklist
Steve Davidson, John & Jean Harding 27/11 #232924
Grey Currawong
The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve
Have sighted the one bird on a number of occasions during the previous four weeks, always in the same area. I never noticed this species in the area before.
John Morrissey 27/11 #232923
Sun 26Eastern Koel
Clyde Street, Myrtleford
Heard calling.
Scott Jessup 29/11 #232944
highlightPectoral Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)-- Walsh's Lagoon
Two Pectoral Sandpipers together on the north side of the road, a few hundred metres east of the Little River ford.
John Barkla & Alison Street 27/11 #232915
highlightEastern Whipbird
Wilson Reserve
Pleasantly surprised to hear a whipbird calling along the riverbank at Wilson Reserve
Marc Freestone 26/11 #232910
highlightGreater Sand Plover, Lesser Sand Plover
Clonmel Island, Corner Inlet
Good day out at Clonmel Island produced both target species. At least 10 GSP observed possibly more in the north eastern end of the island as well as a single LSP, will have to review photos for certainty of numbers. Both species are scarce in Victoria and will be subject to VORAC submissions. Other highlights were Grey Plover (100+), Sanderling (250+), Great Knot (3), Eastern Curlew (40) and an odd sight of 3 Cattle Egrets perched on mangroves.
Dan Ashdown, Owen Lishmund, Tim Nickholds and Oakley Germech 26/11 #232909
White-headed Pigeon
Stony Creek
Feeding near Eastern Rosellas from home feeder. I have personally never seen this bird before.
Robin Smith 26/11 #232902
Scarlet Honeyeater
Seven Creeks Hotel beer garden, Euroa
Persistent calls from the beer garden lured us from our tables in the outdoor veranda room. Two male & one female Scarlet Honeyeaters were flying around the top of a tall European tree in the beer garden. Note that Scarlet HEs have been seen & heard in Euroa for over a month but not been reported to Birdline Vic. We also saw 3 females feeding in a garden along the Sevens Creek walk, prior to the thunderstorm which drove us to the pub. These are in our eBird list for the Seven Creeks Walk--Central Section. eBird checklist
Broken Creek Field Naturalists Club, Inc. 26/11 #232901
highlightLong-toed Stint
Pine Lake (8km south east of Horsham)
Much smaller than sharpie, streaked grey/brown upperbreast, white eyebrow. Feeding mostly alone along southern shore line.
Angus Schmidt 26/11 #232897
Common Sandpiper
Hastings Foreshore Reserve
One bird seen at high tide near Hastings pool. Feeding at waters edge under mangroves.
S and S King 26/11 #232895
Sat 25Scarlet Honeyeater
Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve
A male continuously calling down the creek at the bottom of Djerriwarrh Track. I finally saw it in some mistletoe and got a poor, distant flight shot. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 26/11 #232900
highlightSpangled Drongo
Port Albert
Adult Spangled Drongo seen perched on wires on tarraville rd yesterday morning. Location near the intersection of tarraville and spring street. Has not been relocated. Possibly same bird that was seen near the sea bank caravan park in last season.
Stephan Granger 26/11 #232899
Glossy Ibis
Heart Morass State Game Reserve
Distant views of 32 of these unusual Gippsland visitors (2 out of shot). Amongst hundreds of Pied/White-headed/Black-winged Stilts and Whiskered Terns. No other ibis seen.
Jack Winterbottom, Heather Alexander 25/11 #232890
Little Bittern, Australian Spotted Crake, Freckled Duck
Lake Wendouree (Ballarat)
Lots of activity in the pond next to the Olympic Rings. A Little Bittern was calling for about 30 minutes from the willows and reeds behind the rowing referee tower. At least 6 Australian Spotted Crakes feeding along the waterline on the gravel track through the willows. High numbers of Freckled Duck again, possibly 30.
Indra Bone 25/11 #232889
White-headed Pigeon
Raymond Island
Single male
Jody Sutherland 25/11 #232885
Fri 24Hudsonian Godwit
Reef Island Nature Conservation Reserve
Previously reported bird with a flock of 14 Bar-tailed godwits and 10 Curlews. On a rock outcrop in the bay just south of the point and the (submerged) land bridge, at high tide (5pm).
Terry Gourley 24/11 #232880
Channel-billed Cuckoo
One in tall Fig tree, on Princes Hwy, 200 m East of Melville Park Dr. Groundsman reports possibly 4 in the vicinity.
Terry Gourley 24/11 #232879
Australian King Parrot
Moonee Ponds Creek, north of Albion Street
One female Australian King Parrot flew by.
Chris Lester 24/11 #232872
Thu 23Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Clydesdale
Single bird drinking at pool with large numbers of Fuscous, Yellow-tufted and Brown-headed Honeyeaters. My first observation in the Newstead area over 30 years.
Geoff Park 25/11 #232887
Scarlet Honeyeaters
Riddles Creek
Birds calling around David Crt.
Marlene Lyell 23/11 #232865
Wed 22Scarlet Honeyeater, Spotted Dove
Langley Street Kyneton
Probably more than 6 Scarlet Honeyeaters in this block east of the Kyneton Botanic Gardens. Feeding in various flowering garden plants; as usual very vocal. Spotted Dove was calmly and repetitively calling from the pitch of a house roof. This species is not yet established in the higher inland parts of the Macedon Ranges, so colonising individuals are scarce and always noteworthy. Single colonising birds are generally not around for long and characteristically furtive, jumpy and not very vocal. This bird looked and sounded settled and relaxed - unfortunately. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 24/11 #232874
highlightHudsonian Godwit
Reef Island Nature Conservation Reserve
The previously reported Hudwit still showing at high tide roost near Reef Island. Seen around 4.30pm in company of Bar-tailed Godwits. Further information
Scott Baker 23/11 #232858
Tue 21highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo (2) Koel (2), Figbird (4-5) Top-knot Pigeon (70 to 80)
All seen between 5 and 5.30pm in and nearby to the large Fig tree in Mairburn Road.
Simon Starr and 7 others 21/11 #232849
highlightBlack-faced Monarch
Braeside Park
Single bird seen approximately 1030 this morning in tea-trees near entrance to bird hide. Didn't hear it calling. Flew north about 5min of sighting and was unable to locate. eBird checklist
Jack Parrington 21/11 #232848
Eastern Koel
Gisborne South
Eastern Koel heard calling around 5pm over half hour period. Not heard in this location before.
Helen Evans 21/11 #232846
Square-tailed Kite
Newmerella, near Orbost
One kite soaring above the oval.
Paul Taylor and Pam Smith 21/11 #232840
Mon 20Ground Parrot
Cape Conran Coastal Park--Yeerung River Entrance
Seen early morning on the Yerrung Gorge Road 100m (approx) north of the Yeerung River Road.
Brian & Sandra Goyen 23/11 #232864
Leaden Flycatcher
Lindenow South
Single bird came in close to perch next to house, initially interested in the bird bath. Dull, flat grey in color.
Faye Bedford 21/11 #232842
Eastern Koel
A koel is visiting Eaglemont around the area of The Righi and Maltravers Road. Has called most mornings and late afternoons for the past ten days.
Harry Clarke 20/11 #232838
Eastern Koel
Calling just after dawn.
Ken Ladson 20/11 #232837
Plumed Whistling-duck
Farm dam 5km NW of Penshurst
2 flew off large farm dam surrounded by planted Red Gums, whistling to each other as they passed me. Occasional sightings of a single bird loafing around nearby dam over last 6 weeks - same dams as single bird reported last October.
Dale Tonkinson 20/11 #232836
4 Magpie Geese
Bendigo: Kennington Reservoir
First reported by Barrie Cooper
Marlene Lyell 20/11 #232833
Australasian Figbird
A pair in the town centre. Apparently bred here recently according to a local birder.
Paul Taylor and Pam Smith 20/11 #232831
Sun 19Pacific Black X Grey Teal(hybrid)
Redan Wetlands, Sebastopol
A strange duck seen in the first pond in company of Grey Teal and Pacific Black Duck. Seemed to be much smaller and paler than Pacific Black and associated more with Grey Teal than Pacific Blacks. Probable hybrid.
Indra Bone 19/11 #232824
Eastern Koel
Croydon/Mooroolbark boundary (Lincoln Rd)
A subdued call, not of the usual trademark declamatory character, but 'cooee' all the same. Lasted about a minute, around 6.30am.
John Bond 19/11 #232823
Eastern Koel
Melbourne General Cemetery (Northern End)
The Eastern Koel has been back yesterday and today. Today called from 7:15 am for at least 1/2 hour.
Colin Hollow 19/11 #232820
Eastern Koel
Surf Beach reserve Inverloch
Heard this morning in the reserve on Surf Parade, hung around for 30 minutes or so, also two Sacred Kingfishers seen in same area near Wreck Creek.
Deb Crosby 19/11 #232819
Eastern Koel
Karingal, Frankston
Couldn't believe hearing a koel early in the morning. Use to them growing up in Qld but this was the first time hearing an (annoying) Eastern Koel very early in the morning. Many storms recently in our area.
Steven Gallop 19/11 #232818
Sat 18White-headed Pigeon
Port Albert
Immature white-headed pigeon seen feeding with crimson rosellas by the side of the road along Yarram-Port Albert Rd towards the cemetery.
Stephan Granger 20/11 #232830
Glossy Ibis
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
26 Glossy Ibis at the Northern end of the wetland in Q-section (alongside Western Lagoon pond 3) an exceptionally large number for the WTP. Also, two Pacific Golden Plovers at 270 S Borrow Pit and my first Common Tern (2) for this season at Kirk Point.
Maarten Hulzebosch 18/11 #232814
Grey Plover
Stockyard Point
5 birds, initially with large (~1000) roosting flock of red-necked stints, sharp-tailed sandpipers and (mostly) curlew sandpipers. With BirdLife Melb Photo Gp. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 18/11 #232812
White-winged Triller
Moonee Ponds Creek, near Vanberg Road, Essendon
A male White-winged Triller in the trees near the eastern end of Vanberg Road, adjacent to the Park
Chris and Rosemary Lester 18/11 #232811
Powerful Owl
Clifton Creek
2 adults and 2 juveniles in Native Cherry
Catherine Foot 18/11 #232809
Long point, Swan bay, Philip Island
Found with flock of around 100 Red Necked Stints and 2 Curlew Sandpipers.
Keith Caldecott, Jeff Maltman 18/11 #232808
Scarlet Honeyeater
Bendigo - Kennington between Edwards & Marnie Roads
One male seen, early afternoon, feeding on eremophila, .
Helen Lunt 18/11 #232803
Fri 17Eastern Koel
Melbourne Cemetery (Northern end)
Heard T 8.15 am calling loudly caught my attention then sighted high in an elm tree.
Colin Hollow 18/11 #232806
Red-backed Kingfisher
Goschen Bushland Reserve
Spotted neat the old tennis courts. Pictured disgorging a large blob of undigested food. Cool and overcast day, so picture not brilliant. Lots of Hooded Robins, including juveniles. Budgerigars still present.
Murray Chambers 17/11 #232800
highlightScarlet Honeyeaters
A number calling around the township. Opposite the bakery and Primary School as well as elsewhere.
Marlene Lyell 17/11 #232799
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
Hawking between Separation Tree and Long Island about 16:00hrs
Gio Fitzpatrick 17/11 #232798
Buff-banded Rail
2 birds seen in wetlands behind motel in Marine Pad Hastings. Never seen here before!
S King 17/11 #232795
Scarlet Honeyeater
Ebden Street Kyneton
Two males singing from a house garden close to the botanic garden and children's park. I'm hearing 1-2 Scarlet Honeyeaters every day in Kyneton between the botanic gardens and the old primary school. Not numerous but always around at the moment. Further information
Lawrie Conole 17/11 #232792
Thu 16highlightBlack-eared cuckoo
You Yangs Regional Park
Male seen and heard calling at the top of a dead red gum in the Lower Picnic Ground around 1pm
Martin Maderthaner 17/11 #232801
megamegaHudsonian Godwit
Reef Island Nature Conservation Reserve
Found with flock of 12 Bar Tailed Godwits. Identified by black underwing coverts Two other flight photos available. Moderator's note: would be only 3rd or 4th state record and a BARC review species.
Keith Caldecott and Jeff Maltman 16/11 #232788
Scarlet Honeyeater
Chase Road, North Warrandyte
One male and one female, heard and seen in the afternoon, in heavily flowering Yellow Box along Chase Road.
Justin Sullivan 16/11 #232786
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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