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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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September 2022
Wed 28Caspian Tern
Albert Park Lake
Two flying over the lake searching for prey around 10 a.m..
Sean Dooley 28/9 #267403
Thu 22Azure kingfisher
Westerfolds Park
1 azure kingfisher seen flying downriver from the concrete bridge across the Yarra on the southern side of Westerfolds Park at around 2pm.
Harry Saddler 22/9 #267362
Tue 20Great Knot
Sandy Point
One Great Knot in with a group of approximately 50 Sanderlings. The Great Knot and Sanderlings were staying close to a group of over 70 Eastern Curlews. The birds were on the beach of Waratah Bay down towards the entrance of Shallow Inlet, approximately a 5km walk down the beach from the surf lifesaving club at Sandy Point.
Col Lee 20/9 #267359
Sun 18Bush Stone-curlew
Mt Korong
Currently camped at Mt Korong. For the past two nights we have heard the unmistakable calls of Bush Stone-curlews just after dark descends. Also good sightings of Gilbert's Whistler, Diamond Firetail & Brown Songlark. Painted Honeyeater feeding on flowering mistletoe.
Keith & Judy Humphreys 18/9 #267350
Fri 16Channel-billed Cuckoo
Princes Highway, Berwick
Usual bird, arrived just before midday, in the usual fig tree just past Melville Park Drive. Thanks Arthur. eBird checklist
Terry Gourley 16/9 #267341
Tue 13Bar-tailed Godwit, Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
Didn't manage to see any of the interesting terns that have been at this site of late but did see a Bar-tailed Godwit feeding on the emerging sandbanks until it was driven off by Silver Gulls, flying south over the bay. My first record here. Also only my third Pied Oystercatcher record. (Sooty is more regular here.
Sean Dooley 13/9 #267333
Mon 12highlightPainted Honeyeater, Swift Parrot
Whroo Nature Conservation Reserve
Ironbarks still flowering profusely. Painted Honeyeaters & Swift Parrots conspicuous along with many other nectar feeding species.
Keith & Judy Humphreys 12/9 #267325
Sun 11highlightMagpie Geese
Benalla Airport
Three Magpie Geese grazing on the airfield.
Desma Versteegen 11/9 #267323
highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Tunnel Track, Muckleford State Forest
Adult male feeding in White Box
Geoff Park 11/9 #267322
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Neighbour texted us (in WA) this morning that the CBC had arrived for another year.
Arthur & Denise Carew via Angela & Rob Webber 11/9 #267319
Fri 9megamegaBlack-breasted Buzzard, Hamirostra melanosternon
Lat: -35.261125 Lon: 142.159546
Flying over dunes on public land (state park?) between Patchewollock and Walpeup. Exact location here:
Ricardo Simao 28/9 #267401
Sun 4Common Sandpiper
Macloughlans Beach
The C Sandpiper has turned up again this season at the boat ramp.
Rohan Bugg 4/9 #267294
Sat 3White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve
An immature White-bellied Sea Eagle drifted in from the SW. It circled several times at a height of about 200m and was escorted out to the E by a Little Raven.
Gio Fitzpatrick 9/9 #267314
Thu 1Southern giant-petrel
South West Passage, Port Fairy
Large, uniformly dark brown petrel seen resting on sea for prolonged period at about 4:30pm. Several gulls and albatrosses also in vicinity, allowing good size comparison. Bird was viewed through a scope from land at a distance of about 200-300m. Bill was seen on several occasions in bright sunshine as the bird turned its head and tube nose was clearly evident, with no obvious colour difference between tip and rest of bill - the bill appeared uniformly yellowish. This is only my second time in this area but the Compact Australian Bird Guide describes this species as uncommon off the south coast so I’ve reported it in case it’s of interest.
Harry Saddler 2/9 #267289

August 2022
Wed 31Barn Owl
Barwon Heads
i spotted the barn owl in a tree in a housing estate only the one bird.
Lee Dedini 1/9 #267277
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Gembrook 3783
Spotted WBSE feeding on ground on recently killed Wood Duck. When disturbed flew into tree with duck carcass where it continued to feed. Never before seen on our farm or around Gembrook for our 15 yrs here…plenty of WTE, Peregrines (nesting pair) and other falcons but never WBSE
Martin Foreman 31/8 #267276
Mon 29Eastern Curlew
From Toora Bird Hide
at least 54 Eastern Curlews seen from Toora bird hide, on the mangrove flats in Corner Inlet. Family groups with some younger birds.
Elizabeth Willis 3/9 #267290
Barn Owl
A single bird being mobbed by Noisy Miners and Pied Currawongs.
Sean Dooley 29/8 #267264
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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