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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots. Please send any sightings at the Western Treatment Plant, Werribee and The Spit Wildlife Reserve to and for all other areas to Chris Purnell at All Regent Honeyeater reports should be forwarded as soon as possible to Dean Ingwersen ( or freecall 1800 621 056), including any colour leg band details. It is requested that details of Swift Parrot sightings are forwarded to Chris Timewell ( Also, please note that Birdline Victoria won’t be publishing individual reports of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo in the greater Melbourne area.

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September 2018
Sat 22highlightPectoral Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
seen in Crake Pond
Jennifer Carr 23/9 #235521
Thu 20Glossy Ibis
2 Glossy Ibis observed on private property approx 5 km south of Stanhope.
David Kleinert 20/9 #235484
White-winged Triller+
Drysdale Rd, Little River (You Yangs)
A nice morning for Spring migrants along Drysdale Rd, with White-winged Triller, Pallid & Fan-tailed Cuckoo (3 of each), Restless Flycatcher and Dusky Woodswallows all active in roadside trees or along the fence line. eBird checklist
Michael Noble 20/9 #235483
Wed 19highlightAustralian Bustard
Askews Lane, Warrnambool
Single bird in farm paddock on left about 1.1 km from intersection with Spring Flat Road. Bird has been present for "about 2 weeks". Reported late yesterday by local resident.
Peter & Rhonda Barrand 20/9 #235474
highlightAustralian Bustard
Askews Lane, Wangoom
Single bird in paddock, reported by local farmer.
Heather Saunders 20/9 #235471
Bar-Tailed Godwit
Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Park--Toora Beach
There were 71 B-T Godwits on a rising tide at 5pm this afternoon.
Rohan Bugg 19/9 #235468
Mon 17highlightPainted Honeyeater
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Bartleys Block
1 seen possible another heard. Also 4 Turquoise Parrots eBird checklist
Linda Hayes 17/9 #235448
Glossy Ibis, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Dandenong Valley Wetland
First reported at 10:50am by Daniel Terrington. Observed by myself at 12:30-1:30pm. Single bird feeding in mainly dried up pond in south-west, closest one to the footbridge over Blind Creek. Great views, often getting to within 10m of pond edge. Also present in the same pond were two Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, two Red-necked Avocets, and a great number of Red-kneed and Black-fronted Dotterels. eBird checklist
Leigh Pieterse 17/9 #235447
Sun 16Freckled Duck
Blue Waters Lake Reserve, Ocean Grove
Several pairs seen near edge of lake on overhanging tree branch. [Moderator's Note: They have been present at this site regularly since July 2014 (earliest eBird record) with a highest count of 203 on 29th August this year. There are also several other sites on the Bellarine Peninsula where they are regularly recorded in high numbers. MA ]
Richard Connolly 16/9 #235431
Shining-Bronze Cuckoo, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Royal Park --Trin Warren Tam-boore
A Shining-Bronze Cuckoo (possibly two) and a Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo seen near the waterhole at 10.30 am along with a Grey Shrike-thrush on a nice morning with 44 species in Royal Park.
Chris Lester 16/9 #235423
Fri 14Spotted Quail-thrush.
Golf Links Track, Muckleford State Forest.
Male seen foraging close to track.
Warren Palmer. Brian Nestor. 16/9 #235421
White-browed Woodswallow, Masked Woodswallow
South German Track, Muckleford State Forest
Small flock of White-browed Woodswallows and at least one Masked Woodswallow - warm evening ... a very early record for this area. Numerous Black-eared Cuckoos plus Pallid and Fan-tailed Cuckoos, Shining and Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoos, as has been the norm for the past fortnight.
Geoff Park 15/9 #235415
megamegaNorthern Shoveler
Lake Modewarre--Waltons Road
Adult male Northern Shoveler's back at Lake Modewarre (seen by George Appleby and Richard Alcorn). Seen amongst Australasian Shovelers in roughly the middle of the lake. It may have returned with other shovelers after numbers at the site dipped over the past few weeks. eBird checklist
George Appleby and Richard Alcorn 15/9 #235411
highlightSwift Parrot
Mangalore Flora and Fauna Reserve
Birds spotted feeding in trees alongside path that goes down the middle of the reserve, towards the freeway end. Sited an individual bird twice but there was between 4-6 judging by the amount of calling. Sunny spring morning and plenty of bird activity (numerous Dusky Woodswallows and White-naped Honeyeaters in particular) though the gum trees dont appear to be flowering atm. eBird checklist
Mark Camilleri 14/9 #235400
Thu 13highlightSwift Parrat
Melton South
2 birds seen quietly feeding in a remnant Yellow Box in the reserve at the end of Fraser Street, adjoining Toolern Creek.
Micah Kawalek 13/9 #235394
Wed 12White-backed Swallow
Inglewood Nature Conservation Reserve
2 seen flying over mine area. Lots of White-fronted Honeyeaters present too. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 12/9 #235387
Mon 10highlightAustralian Bustard, Pied Honeyeaters
Neds Corner Station
Four birds sighted by Trust for Nature's reserve manager in chenopod shrubland. Two male Pied Honeyeaters also recorded by manager in the past week, along with an influx of White-fronted Honeyeaters
Peter Barnes (per Doug Robinson) 12/9 #235380
Sun 9Grey-tailed Tattler
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Bird Hide
at 11.15 on rising tide at 0.7m (fairly high) single tattler seen feeding on sand spit at outflow of Little River, with Red-necked Avocets in deeper water. Pics are poor. After viewing for about 5 minutes through scope, bird flew off while I wasn't watching. Bird had white eyebrow, grey head, dark line through eye, long dark straight bill, delicately barred grey & white feathers on neck and upper breast, pale belly. Legs appeared orange in colour (though pics don't 'show that well) and were not very long. Other pics in eBird list. eBird checklist
Janine Duffy 9/9 #235357
Sat 8Gilbert's Whistler
Fosterville (Private Property)
Heard calling for a considerable time and eventually finding it in heavy foliage. Waited until it came out into the open for the photo. eBird checklist
Marlene Lyell 9/9 #235352
Gang-Gang Cockatoo
Won Wron State Forest--White Womans Waterhole Campsite
A pair of Gang-Gangs were verbally harassing a Koala this afternoon.
Rohan Bugg 8/9 #235346
Square-tailed Kite
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Bartleys Block
Roslyn King 8/9 #235343
Thu 6highlightRegent Honeyeater
Warby-Ovens National Park--North West Lane Dam
A single banded Regent Honeyeater, a bird which was released into Chiltern-Mt Pilot NP in 2015, was seen last weekend at a dam on North West Track in the Killawarra section of Warby-Ovens NP. It was seen again on Thursday morning, along with 3 Swift Parrots.
Steve Tucker per Dean Ingwersen 9/9 #235349
Black-eared Cuckoo
Bacchus Marsh West Golf Course
Flying up the hill, not far from the road. A lifer for me, with possibly a second bird heard calling. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 6/9 #235325
White-headed Pigeons
Group of White-headed Pigeons flew over the Kings Cove estate this morning. Probably heading towards the Moreton Bay fig in Mairburn Rd
Gary& Judy Smith 6/9 #235318
Wed 5Superb Parrot
Chiltern Township
Eight Superb Parrots in a flock flying north over private land paddock near Harkins Rd . No public access.
Chris Timewell 5/9 #235307
Tue 4Grey Goshawk (White morph)
Jubilee Lake, Daylesford
We were walking along the tracks near the Lake, when we heard a Magpie making a strange call. Looked up & saw the Magpie chasing a white bird that was a little smaller than a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. Got the binocs on the white bird and ID'd it as the Grey Goshawk (white morph). The Magpie left & the goshawk circled overhead for a few minutes. eBird checklist
Val La May, Margaret Lo 4/9 #235304
Mon 3Hooded Robin
Tongio, East Gippsland
I was sitting quietly in a small group of White Box, and wattle trees when I noticed the female Hooded Robin feeding near by. I was able to take one photo before the bird flew off. No male bird was seen in the area.
Michael O’Sullivan 6/9 #235319
White-winged Triller
Greater Bendigo National Park--Camp Road at East Kamarooka Rd
First bird of the season, coming into breeding plumage, seen in east side of Camp Road eBird checklist
Philip Dubbin 6/9 #235314
Square-tailed Kite
Greater Bendigo National Park--Diamond Dove dam (Kamarooka)
Bird seen hunting low over the woodlands near the dam. eBird checklist
Philip Dubbin 6/9 #235313
Sun 2Scarlet Honeyeater
2 birds seen in flowering ironbarks in Bailey Street Bundalong. Seen by most of 13 O&M Birdlife members on monthly trip. eBird checklist
Linda Hayes 2/9 #235280
White Goshawk
Bennison Great Southern Rail Trail
A White Goshawk landed on a tree beside the rail ,when it took off i noticed that it had prey,Little Wattlebird i recon
Rohan Bugg 2/9 #235277
Sat 1Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
Railway Rd, Springhurst area
While searching for the possible Grey-fronted Honeyeater reported previously, we had brief views of a Yellow-plumed Honeyeater. Lots of honeyeater activity at the site, with Fuscous, White-plumed and Black-chinned Honeyeaters, and Red Wattlebirds and Noisy Friarbirds also present as well as Purple-crowned Lorikeets.
Rowan Mott, John Kelly, Ewan Kelly 2/9 #235290
Square-tailed Kite
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park
A single Square-tailed Kite seen flying low over the canopy near the intersection of the Chiltern-Rutherglen Road and Devonshire Road
Rowan Mott and John Kelly 2/9 #235289
Swift Parrot
Rushworth State Forest
6 Swift Parrots feeding on lerp. In forest off Pyle Rd. Birdlife Echuca outing. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 2/9 #235272
Pallid Cuckoo
Groves Road, Charlemont (Geelong)
Silent bird on fence post. Large grey cuckoo, paler below than above, yellow eye ring, vague dark mark through eye, long tail clearly edged with white flecks eBird checklist
John Newman 1/9 #235267

August 2018
Thu 30Black-fronted Dotterel
Serendip Sanctuary
More than 30 Black-fronted Dotterels seen at the north end of Lake Serendip at approx 1400hrs.
Peter Bright 30/8 #235255
Wed 29Spotted Harrier
One bird low over Eastlink harassed by several ravens heading Northeast. A further 200 m along Swamp Harrier flying towards ETP and just before Thomson Road a Wedge-tailed Eagle chased by Little Ravens.
Colin Mulvogue 29/8 #235244
highlightSquare-tailed Kite
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
Large raptor, initially flying low over tree tops then circling higher before moving on. Good views and numerous photos taken through the vegetation. Black-eared Cuckoo was present as well. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton and Greg Licence 29/8 #235243
Great Crested Grebe
Surprised to see single bird amongst moored boats between jetty and mangroves opposite Beach Road, Rhyll.
Mon 27highlightGrey-fronted Honeyeater (Possible, requires confirmation)
Railway Rd, Springhurst area
At least 2 feeding on flowering White Box, in company with White-plumed and Fuscous Honeyeaters, also Purple-crowned Lorikeets. Took time excluding the seemingly more likely Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, on the basis of much less distinct and extensive breast striations (the ABG's 'lightly streaked cream' seemed about right).
John Kelly 27/8 #235220
Sun 26Banded Stilt
Lake Cooper
10 Banded Stilt at the southern end of Lake Cooper. These birds are not common in this area. The lake has a little water to attract the waders. Also seen were breeding plumage Double-banded Plovers along with a few other wader species. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton and Marian Payne 26/8 #235207
Freckled Duck
Jells Park
7 birds seen sleeping on edge of large island to the right of bird hide. Birds in pairs and singles.
Stewart Monckton 26/8 #235206
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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