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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 Australia and moderated by Margaret Alcorn, Michael Ramsey , Scott Baker and Simon Starr.

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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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May 2022
Tue 10Swift Parrot
Rise and Shine, Clydesdale
A single Swift Parrot was working the outer foliage of a box tree. It’s short short tail feathers presumably growing after a moult. A pair of Musk Parrots perched nearby seemingly on sentry duty.
Andrea Krelle 12/5 #266994
highlightStriated Heron
Mallacoota Inlet
Single bird foraging at low tide at 15:30 hours on mudflat opposite boat hire in central town area, approx. position -37.5559,149.7545 (WGS84 datum). Poor quality 'record-shot' photo obtained when the bird flew away, disappearing 'around the corner' to the west.
P. S. Lansley 11/5 #266993
Mon 9Flame Robin
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
A probable immature male given the hints of orange emerging on the throat and breast, seen in a spot that has in previous years had records of Pink Robin.
Sean Dooley 9/5 #266990
Magpie Goose
Lower Goulburn National Park--Reedy Swamp
Nine Magpie Geese sighted at south end of swamp. First record for this site. Not a common species in local wetlands. eBird checklist
Pat Feehan 9/5 #266988
Wed 4Cattle Egret
3 flying over Balcombe Road heading towards the Bay in the Black Rock vicinity. Only my second record in over 10 years.
Sean Dooley 4/5 #265980
Tue 3Swift Parrot
One bird seen in gumtree, hung around for a couple of hours
Odin Howard 3/5 #265979

April 2022
Sat 30Powerful Owl
Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve
First sighting of this species for me, so I am surprised that it is the first record of it at this eBird hotspot. Not the best conditions or location for a photo. eBird checklist
Gerard Corkeron 30/4 #265973
Fri 29Swift Parrot
Sheepwash Creek Strathfieldsaye
12 Birds observed in flight and more calling further down the creek. Birds were favouring the upper stories of tall Red Gums. 36d48'02.70"S 144d21'14.93"E
Denis Sleep 29/4 #265970
Swift Parrot
Bendigo CBD
2 Swifties flying S/E along Williamson St at the intersection of Lyttleton Tce at 11-30 today.
Denis Sleep 29/4 #265969
Tue 26highlightSpangled Drongo
Coogoorah Park (Anglesea)
All dark medium sized bird in the eucalypt forest adjacent to wetlands. Long forked (fishtail) tail and dark eye which is indicative of juvenile bird - this consistent with with birds seen in Vic over the last few years (mostly Autumn records); observed hawking through the treetops chasing insects in the late afternoon. Relatively quiet, but late in the afternoon it gave a few typical harsh chatters to alert presence - thanks to Marie Pirotta for the earlier report. eBird checklist
Isaac Clarey 26/4 #265954
Mon 25Spotted Harrier
Portarlington. Hood Rd.
Adult Spotted Harrier seen hawking over paddock approx 12m from roadway at 1640hrs
Peter Bright 25/4 #264949
Sat 23Swift Parrot
Warby-Ovens National Park--Killawarra Forest
10+ swift parrots in flowering iron bark at dam on north west track. Active in the area in late afternoon and early morning.
Janet Chapman, Greg Hardham and members of Birders of Albury Wodonga 24/4 #264945
Thu 21Swift Parrot
Tunnock Road, Numurkah
Four Swift Parrots calling then flew from Grey Box on golf course on Tunnock Road. eBird checklist
Lisa Deayton 23/4 #264942
Swift Parrot
North Rd, Cranbourne South (Private Property).
Calls heard (recording on iNaturalist link) and then 3 birds sighted in late afternoon. Also heard next morning. In green wedge containing Mealy Stringybarks and Manna Gum. Refer-
James Peake 23/4 #264941
Pink Robin
Ventnor Common
One female sighted in picnic area.
G Smith 23/4 #264940
Pink Robin
Shepherds Bush
Two females, possibly a third bird, west of the creek. eBird checklist
Alfons Lawen 21/4 #264932
Wed 20White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Cairn Curran Reservoir at Joyces Creek
3 adult plumaged sea-eagles soaring low and very vocal. Some kind of interaction happening, but a bit hard to fathom what. It's not the first record of 3 WBSE at one time at Cairn Curran, but still seemed noteworthy to me. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 28/4 #265966
Tue 19Bassian Thrush
Campbells Creek Pine Plantations, Barkers Creek
One bird singing for an extended period at dusk in the pines. I made a low fidelity mobile phone sound recording. There are _very_ few records of this species in Mount Alexander Shire, and it surprised me a little, though a pine plantation in the rain seems about right, geography notwithstanding. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 19/4 #264926
Sun 17highlightDouble-barred Finch
Terrick Terrick NP
One bird seen on Marlow track near Reigels rock.
Simon Starr 19/4 #264923
Sat 16Swift Parrot
A single bird flying over calling. The second record for the week. Last two autumn/winters there were at least 10 birds around this area.
Sean Dooley 17/4 #264914
Difficult to find/ hard to see
Early arrival or late departure
Interesting behaviour
High/low numbers
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
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Of general interest to birders
Outside normal range/irruption
Exceptional number
Repeat report of megas
Rare vagrant Australia or Victoria
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