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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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October 2021
Sun 24Swift Parrot
Yarra Yarra Golf Course, East Bentleigh (restricted access)
Sharp repeating call first heard and then a single bird spotted flying through the tall eucalyptus trees on the Victor Rd side of the golf course, tonight on sunset. My first sighting of this species at this location !
Con Baltas 24/10 #261067
Fri 22Greater Sooty Owl
Bunyip State Park--Link Road
Bird not seen, but heard calling twice, East of Link Road at 4.33.a.m. Unable to see some areas of park, as signs were posted notifying culling of deer in progress. Sign on Black Snake Creek Road prohibited travel to helipad area and beyond. Was a completely still night, though lots of moonlight. Saw no other nocturnal birds though did not walk far from vehicle.
David Stabb 23/10 #261064
highlightPlumed Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)
Point Cook Coastal Park
2 Plumed Whistling-ducks (Dendrocygna eytoni) in Point Cook Coastal Park on the pond near RAAF Lookout Carpark at 4:30 pm.
Aleksander Kwiatkowski 22/10 #261061
Thu 21Eurasian Skylark, Common Bronzewing
Grassy Circle, Royal Park
One Eurasian Skylark and one Common Bronzewing in the Grassy Circle this morning at about 11 am.
Chris Lester 21/10 #261053
Wed 20Pacific Koel
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
calling from large fig tree in East Lawn just west of arid garden. Heard briefly yesterday. eBird checklist
Mark Stanley 20/10 #261052
Grey Crowned Babbler
Observed seven Grey Crowned Babblers feeding out in the open and then flying into nearby shrub as I approached.
Michael O’Sullivan 20/10 #261051
Tarrawingee Golf Course
Early return. Bird seen and heard calling from dry branch in tall Red Gum tree.
Michael O’Sullivan 20/10 #261050
Sun 17Cape Barren Goose
Devilbend Reservoir
While observing a Caspian Tern flying near the reservoir dam wall we heard loud honking as a pair of Cape Barren Geese landed nearby.
Keith & Judy Humphreys 17/10 #261034
White headed pigeon
Sat around looking at us for a while.
Peter faber 17/10 #261033
Swift parrots
David rd Metung
Swift parrots were heard then seen in Metung township this morning by Gary Bashford,not common here
Gary Bashford reported to Gary Smith 17/10 #261029
White-headed pigeon
A few days ago, the pigeon began to visit the bird feeder, morning and evening. Last night two of the birds arrived. They share seed with the other birds that feed at the time and can be approached easily.
Rob Vermeer 17/10 #261028
Sat 16plumed whistling duck
2061 gray road nannella
we have had 2 plumed whistling ducks on our farm going from dam to dam for the last month, they are absolutely gorgeous. I don't think they are native to this area at all. enjoying there visit.
Bronwyn 18/10 #261040
Australasian bittern
Dandenong Wetlands
Was walking out to the Fairy Martin Bridge from the Mulgrave Reserve side. Was about 50m from the Fairy Martin Bridge when a large brown ‘heron’ spooked out of the flooded vegetation to the right side of the path. The bird was about 25/30 m away from the path, more or less opposite me. It was clearly a heron of some type. (based on general form / shape) The bird was noticeably large - and as it took off it had dangling legs, feet. Although not a great view, the bird was uniformly brown coloured in profile, and I did not observe any distinct head colour, or plumes By the time I had bins on the bird it was flying away from me, but I could see it was a generally mottled brown colour - I could not pick out any distinctive wing patterns. Wing beats were slow and regular.
Stewart Monckton 16/10 #261025
Blue-winged Parrot
Gemmill Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve Mooroopna
A single female feeding on the ground near six Red-rumped Parrots. later flew into a tree where I had prolonged views. This is the first record I have for this Reserve in 54 years. eBird checklist
Don Roberts 16/10 #261024
Thu 14Sanderling
Kororoit Creek Mouth
Seen amongst Red-necked Stint, Sharp-tailed and Curlew Sandpiper.
Barry Power 14/10 #261003
Fairhope/Clifton Creek (n of Bairnsdale)
Heard calling in ridgetop forest this morning -- the first record for the season, and about a week to 10 days earlier than usual.
Chris Healey 14/10 #260996
Wed 13White-headed Pigeon
Orbost-Buchan Road, Bete Bolong
A single adult bird flew across the road in front of us as we were driving home along the road this afternoon.
Jacquie and Len Axen 14/10 #261005
highlightWhite headed pigeon
Gembrook Victoria
The bird was sitting beside a feeder in my backyard this morning. It allowed me to approach to add some seed to the feeder. After eating, it flew away, only to return in the afternoon for a repeat performance.
Rob Vermeer 13/10 #260994
Magpie Geese
Braeside Park
Seen from old birdhide 5 Magpie Geese flew from one side of bush to the dense bush on the left side burying themselves in the high foliage just showing a little of their heads or beaks. Masses of cormorants nesting, also darters and a yellow-billed Spoonbill. One branch shared by Darter with wings spread out touching nest next to it of Little Pied Cormorant. Great viewing of many water birds today.
Jacqui Sheppard, Hilary Harwood, Kaye 13/10 #260992
White-throated Needletail
Fairhope/Clifton Creek, north of Bairnsdale
Two birds seen in fast feeding flight over forested Nicholson Valley and farmland, trending eastward ahead of advancing weather front. This is the earliest date for this locality by more than a month that I have recorded the species here in the 17 years I have been keeping records.
Chris Healey 13/10 #260991
Tue 12Caspian Tern
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
2 birds flying over the reservoir and resting water side
David Hewett 12/10 #260989
Painted Buttonquail
Newport Lakes
2 birds just off path at high spot overlooking NW corner of lakes. Alerted by rustling while watching Grey Fantails, saw birds briefly before they sidled into cover. Shining Bronze-cuckoo, Sacred Kingfisher and Rufous Whistler all at the same spot in the last week.
Barry Power 12/10 #260984
Mon 11Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Todd Rd, near Webb Dock, Port Melbourne
Seen clearly through binoculars, calling from a dead tree in replanted coastal scrub next to bike path
Martin Norvick 11/10 #260979
Swift Parrot
Yellow Gums Estate (Ocean Grove)
Eight Swift Parrots in Yellow Gums opposite my home and flying into a flowering Yellow Gum in my garden. Unmistakeable explosive downwards chatter as they flew, also seen well. On their way south to Tasmania. eBird checklist
Margaret Alcorn 11/10 #260973
Sun 10Fluttering Shearwater
Woodside Beach, Ninety Mile Beach
Approximately 150+ Fluttering Shearwaters about 1 km offshore. Some came in closer to feed with Gannets and Crested Terns on a bait ball close to shore.
Rohan Bugg 13/10 #260990
Cattle Egret
Banyule Flats Reserve
Holly Mills 10/10 #260968
Stubble Quail
Royal Park, Parkville
M Stubble Quail relocated in grass circle after affording crippling views to all present. Also seen: Australasian Bushlark (2), Swamp Harrier (1). eBird checklist
Ken Tay and multiple observers 10/10 #260960
Sat 9Cicadabird
Freestone Creek Road, Moornapa
Single bird heard calling from an adjacent dry ridge top as we travelled north towards Lees Ck Tk..
Jacquie and Len Axen 14/10 #261004
White-winged Triller
Woodland Historic Park
Male bird, high in a tree in the Back Paddock. eBird checklist
Christian Doerig and Michelle Morrison 10/10 #260965
Rufous Songlark
Royal Park, Parkville
1 flushed to tree in grass circle while attempting to relocate Australasian Bushlark eBird checklist
Ken Tay and multiple observers 10/10 #260953
Australasian Bushlark
Royal Park, Parkville
2 found while trying to relocate Stubble Quail previously sighted in the grass circle. eBird checklist
Ken Tay and multiple observers 10/10 #260952
Basian thrush, little eagle
Everard Park Picnic Area.
Little eagle seen soaring over the river lat morning. Bassian thrush feeding on the path by the river.
Andrew OBrien 9/10 #260948
Dollar Bird
Murchison, Bank of the River Goulburn
Heard Dollarbird close to the same site as Thursday. Dollar bird then seen flying across the river landing on a tree. Apology for the poor photo, but I was thrilled to see the bird, authenticating it’s early arrival.
Anne Finlay 9/10 #260947
White Headed Pigeon
Jindivick West Gippsland
On its own and stayed for 30 minutes. Enjoyed some seed and water. Very calm, surprised to get this snap.
Anita Day 9/10 #260944
Thu 7Dollarbird
Posted on behalf of Ann Finlay. I heard a very vocal Dollarbird today, sadly could not find it in the trees along the banks of the Goulburn River downstream from the Public Gardens in Murchison. This would be the earliest I have ever heard or seen the DollarBird returning for the Summer in the 40+ years of living near the Goulburn. Anne Finlay.. EBird records for the region suggest this is about a fortnight earlier than the previous earliest record.
Anne Finlay 8/10 #260935
Wed 6White-bellied Sea Eagle
Lake Victoria, Point Lonsdale
An adult flew from the south towards Swan Bay across Lake Victoria. I have had the identification confirmed by others on Facebook ABID. eBird checklist
Robin Spry 7/10 #260929
highlightGlossy Black Cockatoo
The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve (West)
Adult male and female seen feeding in low Casuarinas alongside Panorama Track just down from upper junction with the Sheoak Track. eBird checklist
Ron Willemsen 6/10 #260924
Sun 3highlightBlack-eared Cuckoo
Afton Street Conservation Park (Aberfeldie)
First heard calling from a distance, then spotted in bushland opposite the open space area
Jason Camilleri 3/10 #260909

September 2021
Thu 30Swift Parrot
~20 swifties feeding in the flowering eucs between Mots Beach and Frenchs Narrows
Marc Freestone 30/9 #260890
Olive-backed oriole
Upstream from Darebin Parklands
Bird heard in bushland along Darebin Creek near the end of Chifley Drive, Thornbury
Greg Hunt 30/9 #260889
Wed 29highlightGround-Cuckoo-shrike
Gunners Track, Wyperfeld NP, Patchewollock
See image. Large cuckoo-shrike , black wings, grey head, fine dark barring on belly. Black forked tail, Grey head, yellow eye. Seen flying vertically upwards from perches for several metres above the treeline. Returning with marvellous tail-splay during the 180-degree turn. Nuptial flight or hawking for insects? Same location as last year. Note this is a threatened species in Victoria at their only known breeding site. Observers need to be especially sensitive when visiting the site. Very excited to see them again. eBird checklist
Jack Winterbottom, Heather Alexander 3/10 #260910
Mon 27highlightEastern Osprey
Rhyll Inlet
Unmistakable. Single bird (likely female due to large size) seen perched on a dead tree about 100-200 meters before reaching the inlet. Osprey first seen at approx 1:30pm and observed for about 1 hour before being mobbed by 2 Silver Gulls. First record at this site as far as I can tell. eBird checklist
Nick Koutoulis 28/9 #260880
Turquoise Parrot
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Bartleys Block
Male and female
Patricia Morrissey 27/9 #260872
Sun 26highlightSquare tailed Kite
Koomba Park Wantirna
Flying overhead in a North westerly direction
Darren Wallace 26/9 #260866
Sat 25highlightWhite-Fronted Tern
Apollo Bay
There were 2 White-Fronted Terns on the spillway at Apollo Bay today.
Ian Davies and Adam Fry. 25/9 #260859
Fri 24Pallid cuckoo
Royal Park, Parkville
Cuckoo of size similar to fan-tailed cuckoo seen moving frequently and easily flushed by other birds. Seen circling overhead and then landed in a small eucalypt near bike path at Trin Warren. Stayed there for about ten minutes and was flushed towards drain. Was resighted in small eucalypt in the vegetation at the end of the drain. Stayed on this perch for some time, possibly an hour and was observed by multiple people with unobstructed views. eBird checklist
Bryn Pickering 24/9 #260851
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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