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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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. We also won't be publishing any more Koel reports this Summer unless it is an extension of range.

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June 2018
Wed 20Spotted Harrier
Hoppers Crossing Sports Club
An immature Spotted Harrier flew in from the south in this very urban site. It was heralded by lapwings and driven off persistently by ravens. It had no rest and ended up going east. About 10:45am.
Bernie McRitchie 20/6 #234663
Tue 19Sooty Owl
Pakenham Road Cockatoo
Calling a number of times from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm. near our house and later from above a gully behind the house. .
Noel, Lynne,Asha & Brenna Billing. 19/6 #234662
Rose Robin
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
Male seen twice by Murray and me near the pines and seat 31. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 19/6 #234661
Sun 17Singing Honeyeater
Frogmore Swamp, Moolort Plains
A number of birds, perhaps half a dozen - possibly attracted to flowering Lemon-scented Gums In small plantation just north of Frogmore Swamp. Only my second observation of this species on the plains but I suspect they are common visitors.
Geoff Park 17/6 #234633
Sat 16Gang-gang Cockatoo
Yarra Trail (Richmond)
25+ Gang-Gangs calling noisily in She-oak and eucalyptus tree tops on the Yarra Trail south of Victoria St bridge. Biggest flock I’ve ever seen.
Dave Dickson 17/6 #234635
Swift Parrot
Kinnairds Wetland Numurkah
4 Swifties seen during our monthly outing yesterday. This is the first record of Swift Parrots for Kinnairds in eBird, but local experts saw these birds there once before several years ago. eBird checklist
Birdlife Murray Goulburn 17/6 #234634
Thu 14Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoos
Colquhoun Regional Park--Mississippi Trail
Group of 10 -15 birds flying & calling together in the treetops over a half hour period. We have not seen this before, is this an unusual occurrence?
Gary& Judy Smith 17/6 #234638
Wed 13Olive Whistler
Stony Creek Reserve Kinglake West
Seen and heard calling amongst undergrowth.
Chris Cobern 13/6 #234604
Mon 11Black-faced Woodswallow
Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Rd Terrick Terrick
A number of birds in an old Peppercorn Tree. Flew west to a power line where 6 congregated before moving on. Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters were nearby and they aren't normally so prevalent. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 11/6 #234595
Spiny cheeked Honeyeaters
Wilby, private property
6 Spiny cheeked Honeyeater have been hanging around my property for awhile now feeding on my flowering plants.. Huge thank you to Michael Ramsey for identifying them for me.
Brendan toll 11/6 #234590
Sun 10Rose Robin, Spotless Crake
Lake Hamilton
A male Rose Robin seen near the rowing club, Spotless crake was on the small island. eBird checklist
Tristan Kennedy 10/6 #234588
Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo
Muckleford State Forest--Mia Mia Track
At least two birds calling
Geoff Park 10/6 #234584
Sat 9Sacred Kingfisher
Port Franklin
I was told about the bird 2 weeks ago near the fish co op. I recon it may be sedentary because i saw a S K in the same area about 2 years ago in mid August .
Rohan Bugg 9/6 #234580
Lewins Rail, Buff-banded Rail
Griffiths Island (Port Fairy)
5 Lewins Rails walking in the open some even in rocks beside the path to the island they were unbelievably tame and were comfortable feeding in the open alongside many tourists and observers. 3 Buff-banded Rails at the same spot but not as tame, also 2 Spotted Crakes. Watched the rails for 2 hours in late afternoon light. Other birds there were Great Egret and Striated Fieldwren.
Indra Bone 9/6 #234578
Bassian Thrush
Fitzroy Gardens (Melbourne)
Single bird foraging along track then on grass. Great views and photos eBird checklist
Tim Norris 9/6 #234577
Fri 8Tyto alba
Port Melbourne
In Bertie Street.
Amy Wood 10/6 #234586
Tue 5Freckled Duck
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
One bird, about two-thirds of the way along the dam wall from Crusoe Road
Simon and Judy Smith 5/6 #234547
Mon 4Freckled Duck
Truganina Swamp, Altona
Seven actively feeding in the Retarding basin this morning. Highest count I have had for this species at this site, which isn't really their preferred habitat. No doubt seeking refuge from duck shooters.
David Richardson 4/6 #234539
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Black-shouldered Kite
Banyule Flats Reserve
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater seen well, sallying and perching in several trees just off the Main Yarra Trail not far east of the transmission line. Slightly smaller than a Wattlebird. Pink gape and bill with black tip. Blue iris with dark line through face bordered by pale line underneath. Obviously white tail tips. Weak buff on throat and less intense markings than usual overall suggest young bird. Black-shouldered Kite also observed hovering over adjacent nearby paddock, which soon took off and disappeared from sight. eBird checklist
Leigh Pieterse and Owen Lishmund 4/6 #234538
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher
Benalla-Tocumwal Road, 10km north of Katamatite
A Red-backed Kingfisher on the power lines beside the road.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 4/6 #234534
Sun 3Peaceful Dove
Port Albert
A peaceful dove sitting on the wires in town. First sighting for me in this area
Stephan Granger 4/6 #234533
Western Gerygone
Gresswell Forest Nature Conservation Reserve
Group of four Gerygones seen in southernmost edge of the reserve, foraging in an oak tree next to the creek (roughly -37.715718, 145.070681). Viewed well at 2:00PM, came back after ~an hour but did not see them again. eBird checklist
Rohan Long 4/6 #234530
Swift Parrot
Eynesbury Forest and Grasslands
12 Swift Parrots recorded. Most were feeding in Grey Box in Land Sales/Grocery Store carpark. Made for a great start to the Eynesbury Environment Group's bi-monthly bird walk. Photo supplied by David Jenkins. eBird checklist
Chris Lunardi + 19 bird walk participants 4/6 #234529
Hensley Park Road Hamilton
3 Brolgas flying over my home
Larry Storer 3/6 #234526
Hensley Park Road Hamilton
3 Brolgas flying over my home
Larry Storer 3/6 #234522
Sat 2Common Sandpiper
East Cape Conran
While searching for the previously reported Beach Stone-Curlew which was not present, we were very surprised to find a Common Sandpiper on the beach and then flying to the rocks and walking with its typical tail bobbing motion. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 3/6 #234525
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Shepherds Bush
Previously reported yellow-tufted honeyeater still present in Shepherds Bush. Seen on Paperbark Track near junction of track along west side of creek. eBird checklist
Michael Fuhrer 2/6 #234511
Fri 1highlightBrolga
18 Brolgas observed this afternoon on private property south of Stanhope.
David Kleinert 1/6 #234503
Powerful Owl
Alphington (Lucerne Cres/St Bernards Rd)
Noticed a suspicious noise through my closed window which turned out to be a female Powerful Owl calling repeatedly, for ten minutes after I first heard her. No more than 50-150 m from my window, presumably sitting in one of the older gums or exotic evergreens along or near Lucerne Cres. Call unmistakable. eBird checklist
Oakley Germech 1/6 #234497

May 2018
Thu 31highlightPied butcher bird
McIver Place Newmarket 3031
Calling, flying over houses and perched in trees. The bird has been in area for about 10 days. Sighted today 10:30, Rainy overcast
Frank Wallace 31/5 #234493
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Cobram Regional Park
Pair at Horseshoe Lagoon.
Neville Gloury 31/5 #234491
Wed 30Australian King-Parrot
Yarra Bend Park
Two King-Parrots seen today at Yarra Bend near Kane's Bridge
Anne Palamountain 30/5 #234490
Tue 29Beach Stone-curlew
Snowy River Estuary, Marlo
Whilst walking on the north side of the estuary we had a great up-close view of the Beach Stone-curlew.
Val Ford 5/6 #234540
highlightBarking Owl
Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Clydesdale
Single bird calling from adjacent paddock around 7 pm.
Dave Dickson 29/5 #234489
Sun 27Painted Buttonquail
Woodlands Historic Park
1 bird near water tower in old hospital grounds, around spiky Acacia thickets. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 27/5 #234472
Sat 26Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Gemmill Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve
Fourth record in 51 years at this Reserve. Previous records 12/5/1985 5/7/1985 26/8/1987. eBird checklist
Don Roberts 28/5 #234479
highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Wychitella Nature Conservation Reserve--Railway Reservoir
Second photo
Nina Tsilikas and Giles Daubeney 28/5 #234478
highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Wychitella Nature Conservation Reserve--Railway Reservoir
2 scarlet honeyeaters seen in the flowering trees on the top of the dam wall. One appeared to be an immature and the other a female.
Nina Tsilikas and Giles Daubeney 28/5 #234477
Varied Sitella
There were 4 Varied Sitellas in my backyard this afternoon at Darley. Never been recorded before - 1 acre allotments in suburbia surrounded by former farm land. Nearest bush is a small patch of Grey Box/Yellow Box/Yellow Gum(3 ha) about 500 metres away. Lerderderg Gorge and Blackwood Ranges approx 1.5km distant. Very surprising!
David Whelan 27/5 #234471
Thu 24highlightStriped Honeyeater
Single bird in patch of remnant open Buloke bushland on private property 12km northeast of Rupanyup.
Ian Morgan 25/5 #234462
Freckled Duck
Lancefield-Tooborac Road, nr Lancefield
Six birds on a small dam beside the road about 2kms north of Lancefield.
Peter Houston 24/5 #234454
Wed 23Swift Parrot
A flock of at least 13 birds seen flying over in a South-Easterly direction along the track which runs near the Northern end of Racecourse. Distinctive chattering call heard as they came over. Sleek profile with quick, direct flight. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 23/5 #234453
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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