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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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 have had so many reports of Koel that we will not be publishing anymore except for Koel in new areas or confirmed breeding reports.

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July 2019
Sun 21highlightScarlet Honeyeater
One bird feeding on flowering Myoporum in garden, along with spinebills, white-plumed, yellow-faced, white-naped and brown-headed honeyeaters.
Doug Robinson 22/7 #240835
Thu 18highlightWhite-winged Chough
Truganina, Wyndham (Werribee)
One White-winged Chough recorded alongside Skeleton Creek between Sussex Court and St Nicholas Court. This is my first record in over 35 years of this species in this area. A very unusual record away from Serendip Sanctuary, You Yangs and Brisbane Ranges.
Maarten Hulzebosch 21/7 #240830
Capel Sound
One Weebill heard then seen in a tree in my backyard at Village Glen Retirement Village (private property). Has been seen a few times in this tree over the past 12 months.
Celia Browne per Val Ford 19/7 #240817
Blue-winged Parrot
Royal Park --Trin Warren Tam-boore
Seen in the open grass area between the wetland ponds and the hill running up to the railway line. Never seen one in Royal Park before. I was unable to get a photograph, due to its being a bit skittish and flighty.
Rodger Scott 18/7 #240813
Wed 17Rose Robin
Greater Bendigo National Park--Whipstick
Surprised to see a male Rose Robin in the mallee scrub along Black Rock Road. Rare in the southern part of Bendigo, not previously noted in ebird in the northern parts of Bendigo. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 17/7 #240805
Thu 11Pied Currawong
Approx 50 birds in the Jackson's Creek valley, have been around for 3 - 4 days. Most ever seen previously was 13.
Roger McGlashan 11/7 #240774
Mon 8Spotted harrier
South Gippsland Highway, Caldermeade
Around 11 am, the harrier flew low and slow across the highway just in front of my car.
Greg Hunt, Brian Ilnicki 14/7 #240791
Satin Bowerbird
500 Colac -Ballarat Rd Irrewarra ( private property)
Single female on ground, flew into Cypress Pine. Only Ebird record north of Colac.
Colin Cannard 8/7 #240760
Sat 6Pied Cormorant
Pt Cook
Well over 600 pied cormorants congregated on Pt Cook proper this morning just before midday, Most roosting but a very large mixed group fishing just offshore - gannets, gulls (s & P), cormorants (lb, lp, p), crested terns, hh grebes, pelicans. Distant photo showing a portion of the flock. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 6/7 #240750
White-winged Triller
A male in near breeding plumage along Marfleets road.
Simon Starr 6/7 #240747
Thu 4Grey Goshawk
Pipemakers Park
Grey morph moving fast among trees, chased by magpie.
David Gleeson 4/7 #239745
Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo (Leucistic)
One leucistic YTBC in flock of about 80 birds. Mainly off-white with black flight feathers and patches on body.
Brian Bending 4/7 #239744
Wed 3Crescent Honeyeater
Copelands Rd, Warragul
Several groups of Crescent Honeyeater about at the moment, only the second sighting here in the last ~20 years.
Marc Freestone 3/7 #239740
Tue 2Cape Barren Goose
Corner Grayden's Rd and Boes Rd Hastings
Two geese grazing at the roundabout
S King 2/7 #239734
Grey currawong
Janet Millman Reserve, Fitzroy North
1 grey currawong seen flyng across the bike path between eucalypts in Janet Millman Reserve, Fitzroy North, near Brunswick St North at about 8:30am. Clear and unmistakable views had of a bulky, dark grey currawong without any white on the back. Very unusual to see a grey currawong in such an urban area.
Harry Saddler 2/7 #239731

June 2019
Sun 30Sooty Oystercatcher
Sorrento Back Beach - Car Park area
Nine birds seen in flight then resting of rock formation out from Back Beach
S and S King 30/6 #239722
Sat 29Freckled Duck
Lake Benalla, Benalla
15 Freckled Duck on the lake - 3 on the Gallery side of the bridge, and 12 on the other side of the bridge. The don't appear on the ebird checklist for this site.
Martin Dwelly 1/7 #239724
Fri 28Gang Gang Cockatoo (4)
Elsternwick Nature Reserve
Heard the unmistakeable squeaky call in tree near corner New and Horne Streets. All flew down to roadside then flew off north eBird checklist
Debbie Lustig 29/6 #239718
Southern Boobook
Hoppers Crossing
Quite a surprise to have a Boobook fly into our suburban backyard and land on pergola. Have not seen or heard one before in area.
Mark Helle 28/6 #239713
Wed 26Boobook
Syndal, Glen Waverley
Two birds heard calling for several minutes to the north-east of Blackburn Rd/ High Street Rd intersection about 8:15 pm. I have not heard the species in the area over the 20 plus years I have lived here. Reporting just as "Boobook" on the basis of the different classification of Tasmanian-breeding owls which could be in Victoria during the winter.
Jack Krohn 27/6 #239705
Swift parrot
Truganina Park
20+ birds (maybe more) scattered amongst the trees on the south side of the bridge over Laverton Creek near its mouth. Vocal, at times playfully darting through the canopy, and feeding very low in the trees affording excellent views. Seems like they’ve settled into this patch given the previous report a few days back. First time seeing a SP so to see so many and so well was quite a thrill.
Jared Hannam 26/6 #239702
Sun 23Freckled Duck (3), Pink Eared Duck (5)
Braeside Park
On Sunday afternoon at approx 3.30 pm we observed 3 Freckled Duck and 5 Pink Eared Duck amongst a mixed group of Pacific Black Duck, Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal and Wood Duck from the viewing platform on the wetlands near the Governor Rd side of the park. The Freckled Duck were close to the platform and very easy to observe.
Rob and Geoff Seal 25/6 #239697
highlightSwift Parrot
Laverton Creek Mouth (Altona)
I found a group of around 30+ Swift Parrots feeding in the trees just over the bridge at Laverton Creek at lunch time today. They seemed very settled in that area. Also spotted were a Hobby and several Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoos.
Richard Hoult 23/6 #239688
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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