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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The Birdlife Australia Orange-bellied Parrot recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots. Please send any sightings directly to Chris Purnell at Also, please note that Birdline Victoria won’t be publishing individual reports of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo in the greater Melbourne area. However, it is worth noting that there have been a number of reports. We have also decided not to publish any further reports of Eastern/Pacific Koel as they are now common in Victoria in the warmer months.

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March 2017
Tue 28Freckled Duck, Brolga, Red-Kneed Dotterel
Lake Cooper
Thousands of Coot and Grey Teal and other ducks in much smaller numbers. 200 Freckled Duck, 160+ Red-kneed Dotterel including one flock of 120, 15 Brolga. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 28/3 #230499
Gang Gang Cockatoo
Garibaldi Hall, Hardies Hill Rd
9 birds in pine trees at the hall. First time ever seeing them in this district. Currawongs didn't like them much!
Martin Scuffins 28/3 #230490
Mon 27Swift Parrot
Woodlands Estate, Ocean Grove
2 heard & seen flying.
Tom Fletcher 27/3 #230483
Black kite
Old Tyabb
Two birds seen hovering in harsh northerly winds! Good views through binoculars. First time seen at this location.
S and S King 27/3 #230477
Sun 26Brush Cuckoo
Jells Park
Seen in woodland verge in early evening. Very heavy patterning compared to a young Fan-tailed Cuckoo. Infrequent reports in Melbourne and reasonably late in the season. Photo is per Karen Weil.
Oakley Germech, Karen Weil, and James Cornelious 26/3 #230476
Australian Shelduck - leucistic
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
One leucistic Australian Shelduck seen briefly with a large flock before they were flushed. T-Section lagoons, first pond on left entering the gate. eBird checklist
Michael Fuhrer 26/3 #230475
Fri 24Brolga
Odonoghues Rd, Raywood-Dingee
Three birds (adult pair and sub-adult) took flight from a drain in a paddock and preceded to ascend into a thermal spiral.
Adrian Martins 24/3 #230460
Caspian Tern, Freckled Duck
Lake Cooper--North End
Visited for 1 hour today. Thousands of waterbirds still present, including 80+ Caspian Tern, 50 Freckled Duck, 1 adult Sea-eagle, many Shoveler and Pink-eared Duck. Note that this is a site open for duck hunting.
Doug Robinson 24/3 #230459
Thu 23Wood Sandpiper, Glossy Ibis
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Western Lagoons
A Wood Sandpiper in eastern ponds then flew off with a Greenshank. Also a Glossy Ibis .
Tom Fletcher, Gordon McCarthy 23/3 #230452
Wed 22Wood Sandpiper
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
One Wood Sandpiper and a Glossy Ibis seen from the hide at Edithvale.
Brian Bending 23/3 #230454
highlightWhite-headed Pigeon
Lone White-headed Pigeon heard 'ooming' and then found perched in suburban front yard/street tree.
Robert Brinkman 22/3 #230450
Barking Owl
Cambridge Drive, Wangaratta
No actual sighting but heard 2 calling over 20 minutes from approx 12:30 hrs.
Brendon Corby 22/3 #230446
Mon 20highlightBlue-billed Duck
Yan Yean Reservoir
1000. Nice and calm this morning so clear view across to east shore. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 20/3 #230432
Sun 19White-faced Heron
Port Fairy Pelagic
A flock of ten White-faced Herons, flying south about 60 km from shore. The next bit of land south of there is Antarctica! Also saw a juvenile Wandering Albatross, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Arctic Jaeger, Buller's & Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Grey-faced and Great-winged Petrel, White-faced and Wilson's Stormpetrel.
Kevin Bartram & 20 others on the Birdswing tour. 20/3 #230434
Sat 18Powerful Owl
Noorilim Estate near Nagambie
I was a visitor to Noorilim Estate on Saturday when I was shown two roosting Powerful Owls. One was clutching a dead Sulphur-crested Cockatoo in its talons as it rested. Birds appeared to be unconcerned with a few people looking at them from below. Birds were in the shadows of a reasonably tall tree, no doubt waiting to go hunting in a few hours time.
Michael O'Sullivan 20/3 #230433
White-throated Needletail
Seven seen from a ridge track, at ~1100 hours, swooping low over a forested valley between Boonah and the coast.
Charles Silveira 20/3 #230431
highlightBlack Honeyeater
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka
These birds have been widely reported on Victoria Birders Facebook group. Seen in gums around second dam along Camp Road east of Bendigo Tennyson Road. Small Honeyeaters remaining high in canopy with distinctive fluttering/floaty flights at times. Male and females noted. Curved bill easily seen. 3 birds noted. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 19/3 #230421
White-Throated Needletail
Neds Lookout Sandy Point
The Swifts were heading South along the dunes. The Swifts were pushing into an Easterly wind today at 4.30 pm .
Rohan Bugg 18/3 #230419
Neds Lookout Sandy Point
About 150 Sanderlings were feeding along the high tide mark at 4.30 pm today.
Rohan Bugg 18/3 #230418
Great Knot, Grey Plover
Port Philip Heads Marine National Park--Mud Islands
Highlights form todays Birdlife Bayside trip were two Grey Plover and one Great Knot in breeding plumage as well as good numbers of shorebirds with some breeding plumage Turnstone and Curlew Sandpiper amongst them
Simon Starr and 40 others 18/3 #230417
Fri 17highlightBuff-breasted Sandpiper, Banded Lapwing
Lake Murdeduke
Arrived at 1730 as other birders left without having locating the BBS. Immediately found a single Banded Lapwing just south of the 'car park' area before the tyres. Headed up the south western edge of the lake with no luck, but as I turned to return to the car flocks of stints and the odd sharpie started flying in. Located Buff-breasted Sandpiper in lignum at 1820. eBird checklist
Mike Honeyman 17/3 #230407
Intermediate Egret
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
One Intermediate Egret accompanying 10 Great Egrets feeding on the edge of the pond.
Tom Fletcher 17/3 #230400
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Calling & flying around pond 6.
Tom Fletcher 17/3 #230399
Thu 16Freckled Duck
Banyule Flats Reserve
John Sobkowicz 17/3 #230406
Rufous Fantail
Raymond Island
Single Rufous Fantail sighted in jacaranda with Grey Fantails present.
J Sutherland 16/3 #230385
Wed 15Wood Sandpiper
Lake Marmal
One Wood Sandpiper in shallows at the northern end with a few Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and many Red-kneed Dotterels. Also Freckled Duck, Musk Duck and Blue-billed Ducks in pond on east side. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 16/3 #230388
highlightEastern Whipbird
Westerfolds Park
Moving along the riverbank next to mountain bike trail off the Main Yarra Trail opposite Dellas Avenue Templestowe. I've been hearing it calling on and off since 11 Feb 2017. It's unusual for this area and I keep expecting it to move on. eBird checklist
Megan Griffith 15/3 #230377
Tue 14White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Ascot Vale
White Bellied Sea Eagle (juv) seen circling above urbanised Ascot Vale (approx a bove intersection of Union and Epsom Roads) but not far from the Maribynong River, just after 6pm. I am very familiar with this bird from the Gippsland Lakes, and it was definitely a WBSE.
J Brennan 14/3 #230372
Spotted Harrier (first year)
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Jennifer Carr & Tom Fletcher 14/3 #230368
Freckled Duck
Red Gum Swamp, Jallumba
Last night on my evening walk I have seen lots of bird life. Cockatoos, Eagles and a flock of about 10 Freckled Ducks perched upon a floating log. I am concerned for the safety of these birds with the opening of duck season on this swampland only days away.
Angel Maree 14/3 #230366
highlightBuff-breasted Sandpiper, Brolga, Double-banded Plover, Curlew Sanpiper
Lake Murdeduke
Buff-breasted Sandpiper seen amongst rocks at the spit on the western side of the lake with other waders (thanks to the Hutchinsons). Also seen there was a Curlew Sandpiper in partial breeding plumage with metal leg band and orange flag (image). At least 12 Double-banded Plovers were sheltering in the salt-marsh vegetation nearby. Two Brolgas spiralled upwards above the lake calling repeatedly.
John Eichler & Val Stajsic 14/3 #230364
Mon 13Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Silverleaves, East Cowes, Phillip Island
Regularly visit our house/garden on the foreshore in singles and pairs.
Steve Lapin 15/3 #230379
highlightBarking Owl, Little Friarbird, Royal Spoonbill, Spotless Crake
Bendigo Sewage Ponds
A good afternoon along the back ponds and Bendigo Creek. Barking Owl was spotted fairly high in a red gum along the creek after trying to re-find the Little Friarbird that had flown in that direction. One Royal Spoonbill was in the company of 9 Yellow-billed. Spotless Crake gave good clear views, in the company of an Australian Spotted Crake. Photos of all above on the ebird report. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 13/3 #230362
highlightBuff-breasted Sandpiper
Lake Murdeduke
The bird was still there out on the rocky point west side. Hanging out with Stints, Sharpies and a Curlew Sandpiper with an orange flag. It was displaying to the other sandpipers, I will post more photos on birding-aus FB page. There were hundreds of stints and a few Curlew Sandpipers on the rocky point on the east side.
Geoff Hutchinson 13/3 #230359
Red Gum Swamp, Jallumba
I have seen 10 to 15 stunning Brolgas this morning whilst walking around the swampland. Such beautiful birds.
Jesse Oriley 13/3 #230348
Sun 12White-bellied Sea-eagle
Silverleaves, East Cowes, Phillip Island
An adult soaring overhead.
Steve Lapin 14/3 #230375
highlightDiamond Dove
Bael Bael Grassland Nature Conservation Reserve
Pair of Diamond Dove located in dry swamp bed located at the Northern edge of reserve. To find the location, follow Bael bael- boga rd, to intersection of Simms rd. I believe Simms rd, is public access into the reserve. At the end of Simms Rd, I walked in about 300-500m to the W, and found the pair perched. Only one poor photo attached. eBird checklist
Matt Anderson 14/3 #230367
Spotless Crake
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
At the Crake Pond there were 2 Spotless and 2 Spotted Crakes.
Will Bridgeman and Corrie and Ian Macartney. 13/3 #230347
White-throated Needletails
Swan Lake (Phillip Island)
22 WTNs seen feeding above car park.
Des Palmer 12/3 #230332
Sat 11Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Lake Lorne, Drysdale
Denise Carew 11/3 #230330
Rufous fantail
Studley Park Boathouse
3 rufous fantails seen at approximately 5pm on bank of the Yarra just upstream from Studley Park Boathouse at Lat -37.79991667, Long 145.01416667. Very unexpected sighting for this area. Given the time of year my assumption is that the birds were migrating.
Harry Saddler 11/3 #230328
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
State Forest south west of Newmerella East Gippsland
A male and female pair feeding on seed cones of Black She-oak on Lagoon Track between Old Station Track and Bails Track. This area is just north of the Ewings Morass Wildlife Reserve. Glossy Blacks are strongly associated with Casuarina trees which are abundant in this area.
J & P Hutchison 11/3 #230325
highlightBuff Breasted Sandpiper
Lake Murdeduke
Western side about 2ks from "tyre wall" Thanks for heads up from other birders. Seen feeding in samphire with other waders including Double Banded Plovers.
Corrie and Ian Macartney and Will Bridgeman 11/3 #230324
Fri 10Blue-billed Ducks (150)
Lake Bolac (lake)
150 Blue-billed Ducks at the north end of Lake Bolac. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 16/3 #230386
Common Sandpiper
Yarra Valley Water - Wallan STP - Restricted Access
Sandpiper flushed from final effulent lagoon , major works being carried out on settling ponds where I assume the bird has been . First seen here on January 12th , again no photo sadly .
Colin Mulvogue 11/3 #230320
Thu 9Spotless Crake, Australian Crake, Buff-banded Rail
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Lake Borrie
Approaching low tide today, stopped at the outflow of water from Lake Borrie. As well as many hundreds of birds in the bay, the area between the coastal shrubs was crawling with Rails and Crakes. Within 15 minutes we saw 3 Spotless Crake, 5 Buff-banded Rail and 4 Australian Crake. Fits with other reports of crakes in good numbers. {Moderator's Note: And in T-section Baillon's Crake, Spotted Crake and a possible Spotless Crake. MA]
Simon Starr 9/3 #230314
Australian Spotted Crake
Lake Colac
Although not an uncommon species, I think 13 coming out of one medium sized reed bed was an amazing sight. All visible at the same time so there was no counting the same bird twice. At one point I I could've nearly thrown a blanket over 7 of them. eBird checklist
Adam Fry 9/3 #230313
Wed 8Freckled Duck
Lake Elizabeth, Kerang
Twelve Freckled Duck on the shoreline, south side near the channel inlet. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 8/3 #230308
highlightMagpie Goose
Barnawartha South
Solo bird, been feeding around some grassy dams for 2 days now. Appears to be quite healthy on the ground and in the air. Note, this is on private property.
Richard Coutts-Smith 8/3 #230307
Tue 7Brolga
Pump-house, Moolap Saltworks, Geelong
2 Brolgas wading in shallow ponds of salt works. Visible from road side. This site is closed to the public and subject to DELWP study re future use of the site. Important shorebird site.
John Newman 7/3 #230298
highlightBuff-breasted Sandpiper
Lake Murdeduke
Seen along the west side just before the stony spit.
Ian Ashton, Murray Grant, Dave Jones 7/3 #230297
Mon 6Rose-ringed Parakeets
MacDonalds Edithvale Rd
My son alerted me to the birds about a week ago, and saw them again this morning, there are six in total. He sent me a video and I can clearly hear at least two birds. They seem to favour the red gums at the service station. I believe there were some sightings in near by Aspendale a few years back. Possibly breeding. The location is 500 m East of the Edithvale Wetlands.
Colin Mulvogue 6/3 #230290
highlightBuff-breasted Sandpiper
Lake Murdeduke
Today, we found the Buff-breasted Sandpiper along the western shore on the low spit that has lots of saltmarsh plants (which is about half-way to the rocky spit mentioned in other reports). It was quite close to the shore feeding in the saltmarsh plants. We also saw two Double-banded Plovers.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 6/3 #230286
Sun 5highlightWhite-headed Petrel, Southern Royal Albatross, Antipodean Albatross
Offshore--Portland pelagic
Highlights of the monthly BirdLife Victoria pelagic out of Portland included several White-headed Petrel, three Southern Royal Albatross and a number of NZ Wandering type Albatross - both gibsoni and antipodensis eBird checklist
BirdLife Victoria monthly Portland Pelagic 7/3 #230295
highlightLong-tailed Jaeger
Port Fairy Pelagic
On the Port Fairy Pelagic organised by Philip Peel on Sunday 5th March a Long-tailed Jaeger was sighted and photographed approx 60km out to sea. Was sighted by many in the 19 strong group. eBird checklist
Philip Peel, Filthy Flockers, R.Bruce Richardson, David Adam & others 6/3 #230288
Sooty Owl, Powerful Owl, Australian Owlet-Nightjar and 60+ White-throated Needletails
Bunyip State Park--Mortimer Picnic Ground
Owls heard calling on Saturday night, Needletails seen Sunday morning feeding directly above campground
Des,Lindsay and Jeremy Palmer 5/3 #230274
Sat 4Grey Goshawk - white phase
Darebin Creek valley, Ivanhoe
At 3.00 pm, a pure white Grey Goshawk landed briefly on my neighbour's chimney vane - accompanied by alarm calls from all the small birds. It dashed away before my camera would focus. It was a stunning sight. I believe it to have been a female - robust build.
Anthea Fleming 6/3 #230282
A Lewin's Rail and a Spotless Crake
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
A Lewin's Rail seen in front of the bird hide feeding and then under the tea tree in front of the hide. A Spotlesss Crake was also seen making brief forays out into the open.
Aidan Powell 4/3 #230264
Lake Marma, Murtoa
26+ Cockatiels flying on the east side of the lake around the sugar gums being chased by a Little Falcon.
Brendan Toll 4/3 #230263
Pink-eared Duck
Newell's Paddock Wetland Reserve
A single Pink-eared Duck seen this morning. My third sighting here over many years.
Anne Palamountain 4/3 #230261
Australian Spotted Crake and possible Lewin's Rail
Hastings Foreshore Reserve
On the boardwalk behind the motel, we had good views of 2 Spotted Crakes in low level water and a possible Lewin's Rail in same area! First time we have seen a Lewin's Rail here!
S and S King 4/3 #230260
Fri 3Ruff
Lake Murdeduke
We saw the Ruff on the western shore of the Lake near the rocky spit while we were looking for the Buff-breasted Sandpiper.(We didn't find that but it was seen earlier in the day in the same vicinity.)
Chris and Rosemary Lester 4/3 #230259
Thu 2Lewin's Rail, Spotless Crake
Liverpool Road Retarding Basin
One Lewin's Rail seen along the eastern edge of the small pond on the east, marshy end of the main lake. We were looking for the Tawny Grassbird, which we did not find. A Spotless Crake was seen in the same area by another observer but not by us.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 2/3 #230247
Wed 1Sooty Shearwater
Barwon Heads (13th) Beach
1 moderately fresh beachwashed specimen.
George Appleby & Chrissy Freestone 2/3 #230245
Leucistic Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoo
Very clear view of leucistic YTBC in company with 2 normal YTBC's in a dead branch of a gum tree on private property in Linton. Bird has large patches of yellow on face, head, back and wings.
Brian and Dorine Bending 1/3 #230239

February 2017
Mon 2713 Brolga, Glossy Ibis, Marsh Sandpiper the , 60 Red-kneed Dotteral
Lake Cooper
Covered in birds at the moment. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 27/2 #230226
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
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