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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

September 2017
Tue 19Sooty Owl
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Des and Adrienne Palmer 20/9 #231900
Orange Chat
Lake Tutchewop
2 males spotted alongside numerous White-fronted Chats in low schrub beside Lake. Large flock of Red-necked Avocets (my guess is 500+) on the lake. Also spotted a male White-winged Fairy-Wren at same location yesterday.
Mark Camilleri 19/9 #231885
Mon 18Square-tailed Kite
Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Clydesdale
Two Square-tailed kites being harrassed by magpies and red wattle birds this morning. Also observed in the Reserve: male Hooded Robin and male Red-capped Robin - both were calling.
Dave Dickson 19/9 #231874
highlightChannel Billed Cuckoo
This is the earliest return date and 9th consecutive year !
Graham Beal 18/9 #231867
Gull-billed Tern
Fairmont Road, Newtown
Flock of 7 flying generally N not very high OH. Slender-winged graceful terns with black caps and short black gull-like beaks. General "silvery" white, in prime breeding plumage. Attention attracted by short nasal "crip crip" type call from several birds. Amazing sight over neighbourhood. eBird checklist
Craig Morley 18/9 #231861
Sun 17Black Honeyeater
Terrick Terrick National Park--Mt Terrick Terrick
Several males calling just below the peak at mid-morning. One male observed for some time moving every few minutes between several favoured perches. Calling near continuously from perches. A lone female observed responding to calls.
Steve Mitchell 19/9 #231882
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka--Camp Rd.
Pair of Budgies located on Camp rd [east of Bendigo-Tennyson rd]. Good year for Black-eared Cuckoo [10+], many caterpillars about. Spotted Nightjar also recorded.
Dan Ashdown 17/9 #231856
Sat 16Painted honeyeater
1 bird calling. First for this spring.
Doug Robinson 18/9 #231864
Great-winged/Grey-faced Petrel, White-faced Storm-Petrel, Brown Skua, White-fronted Terns Topknot P
Two Top-knots flew over caravan park in the morning. In the afternoon 26 White-fronted Terns on the sands with over 600 Crested Terns. An hours seawatching at Bastion Point in the afternoon was amazing with 2 or 3 White-faced Storm-Petrel hanging around, a Brown Skua flew west, and two Pterodromas, one of which seen well and almost certainly Grey-faced. Gale force westerly winds, showers and 8 degrees.
Simon Starr 16/9 #231842
King Parrot
A female type being chased by a Noisy Miner on Oak Street Beaumaris,
Sean Dooley 16/9 #231837
Fri 15White-fronted Terns, Eastern Reef Egret
West Cape, Cape Conran
A number of White-FrontedTerns feeding offshore with large nos of Crested Terns and Gannet. Some resting on rocks. Also 1 Eastern Reef Egret
Simon Starr 15/9 #231836
highlightBeach Stone-curlew
East Cape, Cape Conran
Bird seen on beach near Sailors Grave. Individual has been seen here on and off for a couple of years according to rangers.
Simon Starr 15/9 #231835
Black Kite
Very surprised to see a Black Kite flying over the Mallacoota inlet. Heavily cropped photo.
Simon Starr 15/9 #231834
Thu 14Whiskered Tern
Coburg Lake Reserve
Single adult breeding plumage bird working over lake in late afternoon a first for myself at this location[and I'm a regular] Think pretty scarce in this part of world. eBird checklist
Scott Baker 14/9 #231823
Wed 13Glossy Ibis
Kinnairds Wetland Numurkah
A Glossy Ibis was sighted together with Grey Teal Ducks on the western side of the wetland.
Catarina Gregson 13/9 #231806
Tue 12Square-tailed Kite
Kangaroo Creek Rd. Wombat State Forest
Surprising to see one this early in Spring.
Lynda Wilson, Margaret Phillips, Gayle Osborne, Trevor Speirs 13/9 #231810
Common Sandpiper
Rhyll Inlet
Single Bird observed resting on small boat.
Jefferson J Maltman 13/9 #231808
Sun 10Swift Parrot
A single bird seen about 1.5km north of town off the Howlong Road.
Sean Dooley 11/9 #231793
Swift parrot
Raymond Island
2 swift parrots high up in forest red gum at the bottom of1st parade
Robert Wright 10/9 #231780
Sat 9Bush-stone Curlew
Private property, Via Crusoe road Kangaroo Flat
Single bird heard on private property close to Crusoe No. 7 Reservoir. Upon following up with landowners they reported an individual bird has been there for 'some time' hanging out with pair of masked lapwing and wood duck.
Adrian Martins 13/9 #231813
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Austin Road
One bird with three Red -necked Stints in lagoon near hide. A great day partaking in the Orange-bellied Parrot survey. Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake & Baillon's Crake . Very close observations. Brilliant Bird day. A pitty there were so few volunteers for the OBP survey
Noel & Brenna Billing 11/9 #231791
Bassian Thrush
Enfield State Park
One, maybe two bassian thrush. First heard then seen in trees and dense tea tree scrub at the end of Morris road. The habitat in the Enfield forest is very dry and bassian thrush are very rare. This was my first sighting in the Enfield.
Indra Bone 9/9 #231768
Thu 7Swift Parrot
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Chiltern Valley #2 Dam
5+ birds feeding in canopy of flowering gums at corner of Bartley's and Tank tracks.
Ian May 13/9 #231809
Sun 3Square-tailed Kite
Chiltern National Park
Two birds soaring over Chiltern Yackandandah Road
Debbie Colbourne, Julian Miles, Jerry Alexander, Sue Berwick 3/9 #231705
Fri 1Latham's Snipe
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
A single bird was seen in the flooded paddock opposite the entrance gate to the Western Lagoons.
Jen Spry, Joy Tansey 3/9 #231702

August 2017
Thu 31Latham's Snipe
Fairhope (12 km N of Bairnsdale)
One bird flushed from rough pasture near forest edge. Moderators note: Published as one of the first few records coming in for the season.
Felicity & Chris Healey 31/8 #231684
Wed 30Latham's Snipe
Bald Hills Wetland
Single bird sighted at Bald Hills Wetland near Tarwin Lower at about 11.00 am.
David Mules 30/8 #231673
highlightWhite-headed Pigeon
My daughter Wendy had this visitor to her backyard in Upwey. This is a first in the 34 years they have lived there.
Wendy Hancock/Michelle Hancock 30/8 #231671
Mon 28Western Gerygone
La Trobe University Bundoora--Wildlife Sanctuary
Surprised to see 3 birds (appeared to be 2 adults and 1 young bird) actively foraging just South of the main track roughly between Gates 9 and 10. All seen together at one point and heard one brief call. See eBird checklist for more detailed description. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 28/8 #231651
Sat 267 Gull-billed Tern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
A flock of 7 Australian Gull-bills all adults in breeding plumage flew NE past Lake Borrie at around 4pm.
Simon Starr 26/8 #231636
Great Knot
Laverton Creek Mouth (Altona)
Seen well through scope by myself, Emma Bond, and Andrew Allen. Streaked upper parts, noticeable chest markings, and large bill, long in proportion to head. Record photo to come on eBird list.
Leigh Pieterse, Emma Bond, Andrew Allen 26/8 #231633
Fri 25Bassian Thrush
Warrandyte State Park--Jumping Creek Reserve
I was surprised to flush a Bassian Thrush in the Jumping Creek section of Warrandyte State Park this morning as it is several years since I've seen one this, and nice to think that they can still be seen in metropolitan Melbourne.
Sonja Ross 25/8 #231628
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Female. On tree stump then sandbank adjacent to Pond 5 85WB Lagoon just west of 15E Outlet. 11.30am
Dez Hughes 25/8 #231623
Thu 24Brown Falcons
Terrick Terrick National Park--The Meadows
33 Brown Falcon observed on a fence. Lots of different species of raptors in the area at the moment.
Bernadette Haywood 27/8 #231639
Black-faced Woodswallows (5)
Hovering over a field and back and forth to the powerlines near Rupanyup at -36.745341, 142.632608.
Ian Fellowes 25/8 #231629
highlightWhite-headed pigeon
Upwey - near Glenfern Valley Bushlands
Two white-headed pigeons seen around midday in my yard. This was the first time I have seen them. No photo -sorry.
David Moncrieff 25/8 #231627
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Devonshire Rd, Watsonia
Single well-marked bird in Melaleuca on edge of rail cutting 5pm today
Peter Bennet 24/8 #231621
highlightScarlet Honeyeater
La Trobe University Bundoora--Wildlife Sanctuary
Spotted in the northern end of the Sanctuary.
Claire Lowe 24/8 #231618
Swift Parrot
La Trobe University Bundoora--Wildlife Sanctuary
3 individuals seen on multiple occasions this week, high in the canopy at the eastern end of the sanctuary.
Claire Lowe 24/8 #231617
Swift Parrot
3+ birds in street eucalypts. Didn't stay around for long.
Glen White 24/8 #231616
Indian Ringneck
One parrot has been in the area for over a month now! Obviously an escapee. Does this bird need to be reported to any gov authority? Moderator note : Tend not to publish reports of escapees but Indian Ringneck considered a potentially invasive species so recommend reporting to Agriculture Victoria. Have established feral populations elsewhere in the world.
S and S King 24/8 #231615
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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