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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 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The Birdlife Australia Orange-bellied Parrot recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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 to Birdline Victoria. They certainly seem to be having a very good year and are being seen in urban areas across Melbourne including flocks near Melbourne’s CBD such as around the Fitzroy Gardens. Flocks have also been seen in Clifton Hill, Elsternwick, Elwood, Frankston, Hawthorn, Mentone, Mordialloc, Northcote, Parkville, South Melbourne, St Kilda, Werribee, and so on. It seems that they must have had a good breeding season, possibly related to the warm weather we’ve had in 2016.

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October 2016
Thu 27Plumed Whistling-Duck
Lake Cooper
As previously reported on 19-10-16 the Plumed Whistling-Ducks are still at this location & were quite easy to approach this morning.
Keith & Judy Humphreys 27/10 #229022
Wed 26Plumed Whistling-Duck
Three Plumed Whistling-Ducks observed at a dam at the intersection of Tungamah and Powerline Road. Further information
David Kleinert 26/10 #229020
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Harold St Wantirna
Single bird seen calling briefly from a residential garden. I have never seen them in Wantirna before, although have seen this species on a few occasions in Boronia over the last 10 years
Darren Wallace 26/10 #229017
highlightEastern Osprey, Red-necked Phalarope
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Osprey on Borrie (along with a Sea-eagle). Phalarope at Kirk Pt as previously reported by others. Hardly any ducks or grebes to be seen! Also 3 Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters and a Grey Shrikethrush at the Borrow Pits.
Dave Torr, Christine Shelley 26/10 #229014
Woodlands Historic Park--Providence Rd car park
Heard one long call at ~1300 hours from ~250m west of the car-park; an attempt to locate the individual was unsuccessful. This is my first record for this site from 1976 to 2016; nearest previous records were from the forested hills on the eastern side of the Hume Highway. Conditions were overcast and there were plenty of bird calls emanating from Rufous and Golden Whistlers, a pair of Little Eagles, Brown Goshawks, pardalotes, thornbills and parrots.
Charles Silveira 26/10 #229013
Plumed Whistling-Ducks
Lavis Rd, Wilby
As reported on the 23rd, a pair of Plumed-whistling Ducks hanging around a dam on Yarrawonga -Benalla Rd intersection and early this morning, driving to work, more had arrived at this location. I counted 15+ gathering in numbers in the last 2 days.
Brendan Toll 26/10 #229012
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Coburg Lake Reserve
Alerted by call initially then observed single bird heading south across lake [keep eye out in Brunswick!] Nice addition to the house-list.
Scott Baker 26/10 #229008
Tue 25Plumed Whistling-duck
Lake Cooper--North End
A pair seen close to lake edge. A good year for the species in SE Australia.
Martin O'Brien & Kaye Trainor 27/10 #229027
highlightRed-necked Phalarope, Ruddy Turnstone
Point Kirk
Phalarope very active. Turnstones seen early morning.
Clive Kaplan 26/10 #229019
highlightChannel billed cuckoo
Lake Glenmaggie, above weir wall.
Pair, or possibly three observed over the last week feeding on black mullberries. When disturbed they retreat to nearby gullies where they can be heard calling to each other. Clear observation within 10 metres, and then while flying displaying the distinctive crucifix wing formation. Very loud distinctive calls. Further information
Katherine Stephens 25/10 #229007
Banded Stilt
Lake Tchum
A small group of Banded Stilt along with a pair of easily approached Australian Shelduck observed at 10.30am today.
Keith & Judy Humphreys 25/10 #229002
highlightBroad-billed Sandpiper
Point Kirk
Single bird amongst the Red-necked Stints this morning.
Dan Weller 25/10 #228999
Rufous Songlark
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
Single bird calling from tall dead tree near big pines. eBird checklist
Ken Dredge 25/10 #228998
Mon 24Black-eared Cuckoo
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka--Campbell Rd
Black-eared Cuckoo seen (not calling) on north side of road near distillery site. Also Shy Heathwren, Little Eagle, Variegated Fairwren, Pallid and Fan-tailed Cuckoos heard, and many other mallee species. Possible Square-tailed Kite but not enough detail to confirm.
Janet Chapman, Kate Daniel, Dorothy Gooding, Jayne and Finn 27/10 #229023
Spotted Quail-Thrush
Won Wron State Forest--White Womans Waterhole Campsite
The bird was on a track between the camp site and the rail trail sth of Napier Rd. I later saw another SQT on the forest walk track not far from the waterhole.
Rohan Bugg 25/10 #229001
Sun 23 Plumed Whistling Ducks
Lavis Rd, Wilby
Driving home this afternoon when I saw a pair of Plumed Whistling-ducks flying around a dam near Yarrawonga- Benalla Rd intersection.
Brendan Toll 24/10 #228994
My first sighting of Dollarbirds for Wilby. They were catching insects above the house..great to see again.
Brendan Toll 24/10 #228993
Rufous Fantail
Banyule Flats Reserve
As part of an outing with Breakfast with the birds with Birdlife Australia at Banyule Flats, at least 2 Rufous Fantails were seen near the Yarra river,not far from the windmill. Discussion around not having seen them in this area for sometime.
Nina Tsilikas, also Birdlife Australia Leaders - Daphne / Shirley, and many others 24/10 #228989
Variegated Fairy-wren, Shy Heathwren, Purple-gaped Honeyeaters & Hooded Robin
Greater Bendigo National Park
Two Shy Heathwrens on Burnside Track, Purple-gaped Honeyeaters on Campbell Road near 'quarry hill' and Hooded Robins with fledgling in Grey Box forest on Camp Rd near Mulga Dam. EBird check lists S32163681, S32164062, S32164116 & S32164178
Samantha Greiner plus members of BirdLife Hamilton & Bendigo 23/10 #228986
Shy Heathwren, Gilbert's Whistler, Southern Scrub-Robin
Little Desert Nature Lodge
On the Nature Walk near point 38, all within the secured area. The Little Desert area is looking superb at the moment with lots of flowering but often muddy access roads to deal with.
Martin O'Brien & Kaye Trainor 23/10 #228983
White-throated Gerygone
Brisbane Ranges National Park
Have been visiting the NP for a decade and never seen this species before! Sighted 500 metres south of the intersection between Stable Tk and Thompsons Rd. We stopped to check out a whistler call when the gerygone flew into our space. eBird checklist
Hedley and Irena Earl 23/10 #228979
Straw-necked Ibis
Middle Lake Ibis Rookery
Estimated 20 000 adults and young on the lignum at the Ibis rookery; mainly Straw-necked, a few White Ibis. The water level is being maintained to ensure they are not drowned. Also a Brolga flew from the west side over the lake. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 23/10 #228978
highlightPainted Honeyeater
5 Painted Honeyeaters seen including a pair. Birds were being very vocal moving throughout and feeding on mistletoe, young birds were also chasing each other and even landing on nearby vineyard fences. A lifer for us and an awesome experience. eBird checklist
John/Martin Woodward 23/10 #228977
Sat 22Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, White-winged Triller
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
Walked in from gate 4, nearly blown off the dam wall, heathwren found in understorey of melaleuca bushes in front of pinus radiata stand in south east corner of reservoir, also very nice White-winged Triller about half way around. eBird checklist
Samantha Greiner 23/10 #228985
Great Crested Grebe, Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Red-necked Avocet
Lake Hindmarsh--Four Mile Beach
V windy and cold conditions and birds required spotting scope to view.
Martin O'Brien & Kaye Trainor 22/10 #228972
Gilbert's Whistler, Regent Parrot (6+), Variegated & Splended Fairy-wren, Red-cap Robin
Lake Hindmarsh--Four Mile Beach
Regents very confiding in the car park area while the whistler, wrens (and a Reed Warbler) were all in lignum scrub near the access road.
Martin O'Brien & Kaye Trainor 22/10 #228971
highlightRed-necked Phalarope
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Red Necked Phalarope on 22/10/2016 at Kirk's Point, Western Treatment Plant. Spotted by Dez Hughes early morning with a group of Red-necked Stints. Later seen by Craig, myself and a few others before it flew off with the stints.
Dez Hughes, Craig Morley 22/10 #228970
Sacred Kingfisher
Been here 30 years and never seen one in our backyard. We are around 2km from the Merri Creek, west of Sydney Rd.
Joanne Caine 22/10 #228963
Fri 21Intermediate Egret
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
First seen Point Kirk then T-section then Western Lagoons where it seemed to settle down.
Dez Hughes 21/10 #228958
Crimson Rosella, Laughing Kookaburra
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
Unable to relocate the male Leaden Flycatcher seen at this site earlier in the week, nor the female Satin Flycatcher that was reported by local birders during the week. But there was an adult Crimson Rosella which seems an unusual time of year for Bayside as well as a Kookaburra.
Sean Dooley 21/10 #228957
Thu 20Eastern Curlew
Barwon River Estuary
9 seen feeding on sandbar of river
Trevor Lumb 20/10 #228952
Sacred Kingfisher
Merri Creek Trail, Fitzroy North to Coburg
Nice to see a kingfisher back behind CERES this year - I haven't spotted them there for a few years. Hopefully there's a breeding pair again, although I only managed to spot one.
Michael Livingston 20/10 #228947
Wed 19Plumed Whistling-duck
Lake Cooper--North End
6 seen in grass near waters edge. I was walking along the trail that skirts the north-east side of the lake for about 1km . There were 2 Singing Honeyeaters and 2 Rufous Songlarks along the trail too. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 20/10 #228954
highlightEastern Osprey, Beach Stone-curlew
Snowy River mouth at Marlo, East Gippsland
Osprey observed, during the afternoon, perched on a dead tree on the sandflats immediately to the east of the river mouth for >20 minutes then seen standing in shallow water nearby for >30 minutes. THE Marlo Beach Stone-Curlew observed yesterday evening, this morning and again this afternoon on the south bank of the Snowy River immediately opposite Sampsons View in Marlo township. At least 20 members of Birdlife East Gippsland on their spring camp observed both birds with bins, cameras and scope. Multiple images taken. Further information
BirdLife East Gippsland 19/10 #228943
highlightChannel-Billed Cuckoo
Heard in the distance at 11am around the Scanlan Street area . Later, at 2pm ,seen alongside the Princes Highway and Retirement Village in a Pine Tree then flying to a Moreton Bay Fig . Correction; this is the 8th year in a row that they have visited this area.
Graham Beal 19/10 #228942
Sacred Kingfisher, Rufous Whistler
Royal Park --Trin Warren Tam-boore
I stopped off at Trin Warren Tam-boore on my way home from work at about 6pm hoping to see the Rainbow bee-eater and Rufous Songlark reported there on Sunday. No luck (unsurprisingly), but I did see a Sacred Kingfisher flying from tree to tree in the skink habitat (judging by the plumage I suspect it was an adult male) and, down by the pond, a juvenile Rufous Whistler which is the first I've seen in that location. (The last eBird record for a Rufous Whistler there was in 2014.)
Harry Saddler 19/10 #228941
highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Jack Babington Reserve, Hastings
A pair, including a singing male on bushes at the start of the boardwalk (Hastings end) at 09:30 for ten minutes.
Richard and Toby Hook 19/10 #228935
Tue 18Plumed Whistling-Duck
Lake Cooper--North End
Lone bird flying along north-western edge of otherwise empty lake at around 11.30am. eBird checklist Further information
Steve Davidson 19/10 #228936
Crimson Chat (2), Western Gerygone (1)
Goschen Bushland Reserve
Windy afternoon at Goschen produced a pair of Crimson Chat and a singing Western Gerygone. Chats were in far eastern corner of reserve being harassed by White-plumed Honeyeaters, eBird checklist
Dan Pendavingh 18/10 #228929
highlightBlue-faced Honeyeater
Greensborough Secondary College
2 ad, 2 chicks, both being fed and foraging for themselves. Prominent brood patch still on adult so am guessing that nest site not too far distant. Have seen a couple of times before here, seem to be attracted to exotic eucalypts growing around school buildings. Amicably co-existing at close range with noisy miners (also feeding fledged young). eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 18/10 #228927
Mon 17Satin Flycatcher
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
A pair seen near "A" gate in no hurry to move on. Last recorded in 2002 near Garden's House. Rufous Whistler seen and heard over the last few days, Spring and summer visitor for the last four years. Koel back again a few days earlier than last year.
David Plant and many others 17/10 #228920
highlightLittle Button-quail
Bend of Islands
Feeding quietly alone. The site is on private property
Robyn Duff 17/10 #228912
Leaden Flycatcher
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
A singing male present this morning in the bush opposite the small wooded roundabout in the gravel car park. Any flycatcher unusual here but would have most expected Satin Flycatcher, not Leaden.
Sean Dooley 17/10 #228906
Satin Flycatcher, Rufous Whistler
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
Female Satin Flycatcher observed sallying from side of the path between the Tennyson Lawn and William Tell Rest House. Female Rufous Whistler was observed in close proximity to the Flycatcher. Going off ebird data alone this is the 1st record of Satin Flycatcher and 2nd Rufous Whistler recorded in the gardens. eBird checklist
Dan Ashdown 17/10 #228904
First record for season on Cicadabird, male seen and heard in ridgetop forest. Also party of 4 Diamond Firetails feeding on short seeding grasses along side of driveway in paddock.
Felicity & Chris Healey 17/10 #228903
Sun 16Square-tailed Kite
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Donchi Hill Road
2 birds seen low over forest on Donchi Hill Rd near corner Chiltern Rutherglen Rd.
Janet Chapman 20/10 #228951
Rufous Songlark
Avalon Beach
Good views of 1 bird in flight and perched near Point Lillias east of Avalon Beach, allowing clear views of the rufous rump. I'd assumed that this species was common in this area but to my surprise there are no records in the Birddata database and only a single record from 2010 in eBird for the western (opposite) side of Avalon Beach Road, so I'm reporting it here in case this observation is of interest.
Harry Saddler 17/10 #228909
Long-biilled Corella
Sandridge foreshore (Port Melbourne)
Two quite dark, ash-grey Corellas in among a small flock of normal birds. The evenness of the the colouration meant it iooked like a mutation. Although I guess the explanation might be ash if they had been scrounging through a grassfire site somewhere, or spent the night on a smoke-stack.
Dave Gleeson 17/10 #228908
Sacred Kingfisher
Avalon Coastal Reserve
My first sacred kingfisher of the season - and I was very surprised to see it in the saltmarsh of Avalon Coastal Reserve. It was alongside a canal just east of the Avalon Beach salt ponds, flying and occasionally perching in the top of small bushes. Colouration suggests that it may have been a juvenile.
Harry Saddler 17/10 #228902
Satin Flycatcher, Sacred Kingfisher, White-winged Triller, Red-browed Treecreeper, Rose Robin
Coliban River, Spring Hill/Tylden South
Slightly early arrivals at this site for Spring migrants (though Rufous Whistler has been on site for about a week already). WWTriller uncommon at this altitude (700m) and in relatively dense forest. Red-browed Treecreepers behaving territorially; some skirmishes with White-throated too. Late Rose Robin at this site. Where are the Pallid Cuckoos this year? eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 17/10 #228900
highlightWhite-throated Gerygone and six other local rarities
On this unforgettable day at Point Ormond , Elwood, in urban Melbourne, we saw, within about a 50m radius, White-throated Gerygone, Rose Robin, Rufous Whistler, Horsfield's Bushlark, Sacred Kingfisher and two Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoos. About 250m North on Moran Reserve, a male Brown Songlark and another two Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoos were seen. Given tonight's weather, it is likely that many of these birds will still be there tomorrow. The last record of a White-throated Gerygone in the City of Port Phillip was by Mary Ellen Talmage in the 80's at Albert Park
Gio Fitzpatrick, David W. Eades, Ronal Jore and Matt Pederson 16/10 #228896
highlightRuff (Reeve)
Stockyard Point
A single bird was present at the high tide roost today with at least 20 Red Knots, 200+ Red-necked Stints, 5 Curlew Sandpipers and a single Sharp-tailed Sandpiper eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds 16/10 #228888
Regent Parrot
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Along Beach Rd towards Avalon Airport. A Regent Parrot flew across the road then across the paddock calling as it went and landed in the western most line of trees of the WTP giving a good dorsal view as it landed. It was quickly set upon by starlings, flushing never to be seen again, despite our best efforts. No opportunity for a photo. A long way out of range - does anyone know of any escapees? Other good sightings distant views of an Osprey and a co-operative Brown Songlark.
Joy Tansey and Mel Mitchell 16/10 #228886
Blue-winged Parrot
1013 Greta Rd, Glenrowan West (restricted access)
Flushed from heathy ground into dead tree where I observed it for close on 30 mins. A single male, very vocal and doing what looked like courtship display.
Kate Daniel 16/10 #228883
Sat 15Dollarbird, Olive-backed Oriole, Rainbow Bee-eater, Leaden Flycatcher
Warby-Ovens National Park--Pangarang Lookout Track
A spring quartet for the Warbys. (The Orioles were a few kilometres away at Pine Gully). eBird checklist
BirdLife Murray Goulburn 17/10 #228901
Hooded Plover
Lake Tyers
4 Hood Plovers observed through spotting scope. They were sitting on a small sand island in lake. eBird checklist
Reuben Worseldine 15/10 #228869
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Eltham North
Unmistakable call of a Channel-billed Cuckoo this morning at 534 AM over Diamond Creek Valley, North Eltham. Still dark and before the usual dawn chorus. About five calls heard, during which it clearly travelled a considerable distance in an easterly direction. I'm not aware of any large fig trees in the local area.
Rohan Clarke 15/10 #228866
Fri 14highlightChannel-Billed Cuckoo
Edrington Park Retirement Village, Berwick
Thought to have been heard by my colleagues on a couple of occasions over the past week, a sighting of 2 was confirmed around 9.30 am in a Bunya Pine, causing great anxiety for the local Little Ravens. This is the 7th consecutive year that they have returned to the area
Graham Beal & Denise Carew 15/10 #228871
Fairhope (12 km N of Bairnsdale)
One pair of Dollarbirds calling in tall riparian forest along Nicholson River.
Felicity & Chris Healey 15/10 #228867
Thu 13Topknot Pigeon
5 birds seen flying south between township and Genoa Creek Track.
George Appleby 17/10 #228907
Wonga pigeon
Single bird seen on my property at 0900 on13th October. Bird was foraging on the ground. Moved on after 10 minutes. The bird has not been seen since, but local reports indicate a single individual was resident in the area for a few weeks in 2014. This was my first observation of this species after 15 years in this part on NE Vic.
Bill Buchanan 16/10 #228895
highlightPainted Honeyeater, Crested Bellbird, Gilbert's Whistler
Kingower Cemetery, SE of Inglewood
All heard in box-ironbark woodland N of the cemetery while looking at wildflowers.
Kaye Trainor & Martin O'Brien 13/10 #228856
Song Thrush
Sunshine West
A Song Thrush seems to have taken up semi-residence in our front garden over the past week; hasn't been vocal but has been very active in the leaf litter.
Michael Gooch and Louise Nicholas 13/10 #228846
Wed 12Striated Grasswren
Pioneer Drive, Murray Sunset NP on lake Kenyon side
One bird seen in spinifex.
S and S King 14/10 #228862
Tue 11Northern Giant-petrel
The Nobbies, Phillip Island
At least four Northern Giant-petrels at sea out from the Nobbies. The closest passing within about 100 m from shore. In addition, there were at least thirty Shy Albatross, hundreds of Short-tailed Shearwaters, as well as Great Crested Terns, Kelp Gulls, and Little Penguins in rafts out at sea. A non-bird highlight was a breach from a Humpback Whale about 800 m from the shore.
Rowan Mott and Cathy Cavallo 11/10 #228830
Pacific Koel
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
Three isolated upward whistles (not the complete song) heard from the southern end of the gardens. This is at least a couple of weeks earlier than last year, and significantly earlier than the arrivals over the last few years. [Moderator's Note: The first report from this location last year was on 19th October. MA] eBird checklist
Matthew Crawford 11/10 #228826
Square Taiied Kite
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka--Campbell Rd
Square Tailed Kite drifting low over the mallee vegetation. First I've seen in this part of Kamarooka. Does not bode well for the honeyeater population desperately trying to breed up big time after a disastrous drought affected 2015 breeding season. Also seen male Variegated Fairy Wren in full breeding adornment.
Murray Chambers 11/10 #228823
Rainbow Bee-eater
Mangalore Nature Conservation Reserve
Seven bee-eaters seen well by our group. The birds were flying up & catching insects. They were also zooming around the forest, calling often. It seems an early record for these birds in this district. (Moderator note: Rainbow Bee-eaters usually arrive in Vic mid Sep- early Oct so technically not an early arrival) eBird checklist
Val La May, Seymour U3A Walk & Wonder group 11/10 #228822
Sun 9Leaden Flycatcher
Warby-Ovens National Park--Pangarang Lookout Track
Heard calling loudly then a male Leaden Flycatcher perched in full view. Our first for the spring. Two Turquoise Parrots & a male Red-capped Robin also seen along the track. eBird checklist
Kathy Costello, Val La May 9/10 #228811
Black-faced Cuckoo- shrike
Between Arthur's Track & Spring Gully Rd, Campbells Creek, vic
A migrating flock of about 200 Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike took 15 minutes to pass over from an ESE direction. They were constantly contact calling and landing in the box trees on the ridge where I was located. 20 minutes later they silently flew as a flock, back in the direction they'd come. Grid ref on private land: 37degree 06' 21" S, 144 13' 38" E, 12:20 midday.
Jane Rusden 9/10 #228804
Diamond Firetail
Fairhope (12 km N of Bairnsdale)
Pair feeding on short seeding grass along our driveway. They have recently built a nest in a Bunya Pine beside last year's nest in our neighbour's garden. An unusual record for our area, not been seen in the vicinity since last Feb.
Chris & Felicity Healey 9/10 #228802
Sat 8Spotted Quailthrush
Neerim East Plantation
At -37.964631, 146.04172 on track heading North (steep downhill)(walk carefully), from H Tree track, off McCullough Rd, Neerim East
Giles Daubeney and Clive Kaplan 9/10 #228801
Eastern Osprey
Little River
Osprey at rest high in tall roadside tree. Tree was on east side of Geelong Rd between Lollipop Ck and Cherry Ck. 3pm.
Dave Gleeson 8/10 #228798
White-fronted Tern
Up to five seen resting with Crested Terns on rocks near the Lorne pier. Allowed close approach. Two at least appeared in transition to second immature plumage. Some others were adults.
Simon Starr 8/10 #228797
Fri 7Plumed Whistling Duck
A group of nine birds seen on private property approx 4km north of Benalla.
Adrian Flett 7/10 #228792
Great Knot
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Kirk Point, Rocks just West of trig point, 10-11am Further information
Dez Hughes 7/10 #228787
Thu 6Painted Honeyeater, Painted Buttonquail
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Chiltern
A pair of Painted Honeyeaters seen working mistletoe attached to Ironbarks in Bartley's Block car park and the roadside opposite. Also a pair of Painted Buttonquails flushed from beside Skeleton Hill Track just east from where it intersects with Koala Track. eBird checklist
Dan Ashdown 6/10 #228786
Wed 5highlightBush stone Curlew
Greater Bendigo National Park--One Tree Hill
Curlew heard calling pre dawn along Edwards Rd by Emily Furniss.mid September. Emily returned to confirm and took the attached photo around the 5th of October.
Emily Furniss 9/10 #228810
highlightRegent Honeyeater, Dollarbird
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Chiltern
Excellent sustained views for about 5 minutes of an individual on the sides of Chiltern-Rutherglen Road approx 200 metres south of the intersection of Depot Road. Was being pursued intermittently by a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater back and forth over the road before the melee was eventually broken up by a Noisy Friarbird dispersing both birds into the west side of the road. The bird was unable to be located again. No leg bands were seen. Also Dollarbird back, seen flying over farmland at the intersection of Marengo and Chiltern Valley Roads. eBird checklist
Dan Ashdown 6/10 #228776
Common Tern
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
A single bird roosting on rocks this evening a very high tide. Dark carpal bar, longish bill and sloped forehead make me sure it is a relatively early returning Common and not a late White-fronted or an Arctic.
Sean Dooley 5/10 #228773
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo (150)
South Gippsland Highway
Thirteen kilometres south of Sale. Munching away on plantation pine nuts! Spooked by Wedge-tailed Eagle which enable a reasonable count but an underestimate. eBird checklist
Jack Winterbottom, Bev Beard, Val Walker [Heyfield Birdwatchers] 5/10 #228771
Tue 4Little Lorikeet
A pair seen on the edge of Royal Melbourne Golf Course
Sean Dooley 6/10 #228774
Swift Parrot
Seven Swift Parrots seen briefly feeding in a flowering Yellow Gum in Edgar St Werribee. One or two contact calls alerted me to their presence before they flew off to the west. Observation made from a cherry picker.
Bernie McRitchie 4/10 #228760
Sun 2Common Sandpiper
Jamieson River mouth beach, Otways
1 bird seen loafing on rocks.
George Appleby 4/10 #228761
highlightEastern Curlew
Tankerton, French Island
Approximately 90 Eastern Curlews seen flying north from Tortoise Head towards the roost point midway between Tankerton and Fairhaven at around 5:30 in the afternoon. Easily the largest number of Eastern Curlews I've seen in Australia and more evidence that French Island is a stronghold for this species in Victoria.
Harry Saddler 3/10 #228750
Blue-faced Honeyeater
The Lakes Primary School, South Morang
Single bird flying rapidly to the south with the extreme northerly tail wind. First of this species I've seen in 14 years in the area.
Dean Ingwersen 2/10 #228749
Sat 1Ruddy Turnstone
Point Kirk
A wary Ruddy Turnstone was seen with 35 Red-necked Stints, 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 2 Pied Oystercatchers at 10:00 am, on the rocks at the Kirk Point trig point.
Peter Phillips 1/10 #228736
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater
Longlea State Forest
Single bird seen in an area of open heath near Cooee track. There were a good number of Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters in the area too.
Scott Eaton 1/10 #228727

September 2016
Fri 30Plumed Whistling-duck
5km NW of Penshurst
Single bird flushed from flooded creek; tracked down a few minutes later on a large farm dam nearby.
Dale Tonkinson 2/10 #228747
Australasian (Horsfield's) Bushlark
Ripley Rd and Sandy Creek Rd, Balliang
7, along stretch of road <1km, including 1 perched on fence post/wire singing including mimicry of Superb Fairy-wren, House Sparrow, Stubble Quail, Goldfinch, Skylark, White-fronted Chat, Galah, Willie Wagtail, Pipit, White-plumed Honeyeater, Eastern Rosella, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Red-rumped Parrot. An absolutely wonderful and astonishing run of 13 species in a sequence of song!
Craig Morley, David Tytherleigh. 30/9 #228716
Thu 29Common Sandpiper
Cheetham Wetlands, Avalon
One seen along a causeway, accessed from Avalon Beach. Also a pair of Black-winged Stilt with recently hatched chicks.
Simon Starr 29/9 #228703
Wed 28Blue-faced Honeyeater
Mount Beauty township
Single bird flying across main street of Mount Beauty near the Bakery.
Gordon Tonkinson per Dale Tonkinson 2/10 #228748
Speckled Warbler
Wellsford Forest
Pair of Speckled Warblers were seen with a group of birds including Buff-rumped Thornbills, Superb Fairywrens, a single male Red-capped Robin, a pair of Scarlet Robins, a White-throated Treecreeper and a single Silvereye. Birds were seen 50 metres up Dodder Track on the Plant Rd side. eBird checklist
John Woodward 29/9 #228699
Common Sandpiper
Laverton Creek Mouth (Altona)
Single bird feeding with Greenshanks just upstream of Bay Trail footbridge early this morning. Today's visit notable for almost total lack of waterbirds, I presume gone inland to breed now there's water. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 28/9 #228697
Tue 27highlightRed-chested Button-quail
Grampians National Park--Zumsteins
The quail was crossing the road from long roadside grass near the McKenzie River to the Zumsteins camping area, which is currently closed due to previous flooding, and is quite overgrown with rank vegetation and currently a bit boggy. Zumsteins is where the Grampians flattens out into the Wimmera.It was smaller than a painted button-quail, and definitely had a reddish-brown chest, but we only watched it for around five seconds. If our ID was wrong, the most likely bird for the habitat would be brown quail, but this bird was a lot smaller, with the distinctive chest.
David and William Potter (NSW) 28/9 #228696
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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