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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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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September 2019
Fri 20highlightCockatiel (7)
Jaycee Island (Benalla)
Flock of seven Cockatiel flew over Jaycee Island and landed in Red Gums along Broken River at Midday. eBird checklist
Dan Pendavingh 20/9 #241229
Thu 19highlightOrange Chat
Terrick Terrick National Park--The Meadows
Spotted 2 male and at least 1 female near the main body of water. Lots of crimson chats also.
Murray Chambers 20/9 #241231
highlightBlack Honeyeater
Mangalore Flora and Fauna Reserve
A single male Black Honeyeater was first heard, then observed less than 50m south west of the car park, frequently getting harassed by White-plumed Honeyeaters. Good blossom nomads in the area with Purple-crowned, Little and Musk Lorikeets, Black-chinned Honeyeaters, Noisy and Little Friarbirds all present. Also a very vocal pair of Gilbert's Whistler hanging around their usual haunt just north of the car park eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds 19/9 #241225
highlightOrange Chat
Quantong Cemetery Road, Quantong
Male and female feeding on the side of the road at 11:15am. A few crimson chats also present at this site. At least 112 crimson chats sighted at various locations between Nhill and Horsham.
Angus Schmidt 19/9 #241221
Wed 18Orange Chat (4) Pied Butcherbird (1) Crimson Chats 15
Lake Tyrrell Wildlife Reserve
4 Orange Chats (3 Adults,1 juvenile) when you turn right at the bottom of Lake Tyrrell Rd,1 Pied Butcherbird & 15 Crimson Chats (possibly more) when you turn left. Also plenty of White-winged Trillers and a few very obliging Rufous Fieldwrens. [Moderator’s Note: Also 2 Black-faced Woodswallows seen by me. MA]
Samuel Webster 18/9 #241218
highlightCrimson chat, black honeyeater
Warby-Ovens National Park
3 chats seen along tower road feeding in flowering eucalypts (2 male and 1 female). Constantly on the move along ridge and staying in canopy. No Ebird reports of CC near this location. Also single male black honeyeater at times feeding with chats. Although I have better photos of both, I was stoked to get a shot of both in one frame.
Indra Bone 18/9 #241217
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Heard 9.15 this morning, two weeks earlier than last year and 11th year running.
Arthur Carew 18/9 #241216
Mon 16Bar-Tailed Godwit
Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Park--Toora Beach
4 B-T Godwits and 3 Whimbrels this afternoon on an incoming tide down at the bird hide.
Rohan Bugg 16/9 #241188
Freckled Duck
Banyule Flats Reserve
One Freckled Duck against the base of the dead trees in the centre of the lake. Two Pink-eared Ducks also still around, and one of the pair of Black Swans has the neck ring F14. eBird checklist
Michael Mules 16/9 #241181
Sun 15White-fronted Honeyeater
East Bendigo -Chinese Diggings Historical Reserve
Birdwatching from the car at a large puddle with many birds coming in to drink. 1 White-fronted Honeyeater seen twice about 1/2 hour apart, so presume it was the same bird.
Marlene Lyell 15/9 #241174
highlightCrimson chat
O Brees Road Vectis
About 500 m from the intersection with Quantong cemetery road near the Red Gum Nature Reserve. Driving along spotted a flash of red and spotted maybe 10 to 15 Crismon Chats and some white fronted chats bathing in a puddle and sitting on the fence of a canola crop one side and ceral crop.
Jenny Vague 15/9 #241173
highlightCrimson Chat
Cemetery road Tungamah
over 50 Crimson Chats in the canola
Roslyn King 15/9 #241172
White-winged Triller
Morrisons Bushland, Eltham
two birds, one male and one female eBird checklist
Deb Oliver 15/9 #241164
Sat 14highlightCrimson Chat and Black Honeyeater
Bush Heritage reserve (restricted access) near Dalyenong
1 male CC seen with trillers in regenerating creekline woodland in dry heathy woodland area. BH heard and then confirmed with sightings by Jim and Julie Radford the next day.
George Appleby & Chrissy Freestone 16/9 #241180
Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Park--Toora Beach
2 Whimbrels on low tide mudflats east of bird hide.
Rohan Bugg 15/9 #241175
Fri 13Crimson Chat
Lake Tyrrell Wildlife Reserve--Baileys Road and Lookout
At least 12 but spread widely, in pairs or small groups, sometimes with white fronted's or trillers. One male performed an extensive broken wing display on the road in front of me then flew around me until I left. Nesting ? eBird checklist
Terry Gourley 14/9 #241160
Thu 12Painted Honeyeater and Square-tailed Kite
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Bartleys Block
Painted Honeyeater in mistletoe on the western side of the block and the Square-tailed Kite was flying low over the trees on the western side also. eBird checklist
Linda Hayes 12/9 #241132
Wed 11Nesting Crimson Chat.
Speed East
This afternoon I found an active Crimson Chat nest with 3 eggs on the verge of a main road. It is in a low weed bush close to the ground.
Warren Palmer 11/9 #241128
Tue 10Blue-faced honeyeater
Greensborough: cnr Nepean St & Longmuir Rd
Flock of 6, including large young being fed. 2nd year I've seen evidence of breeding, the small colony seems to have become established here. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 14/9 #241153
Sun 8highlightEastern Koel
Bentleigh East
Eastern Koel heard calling in the vicinity of Chesterville Road and South Rd (near my house). Not sighted at all but video recording of it calling was taken. Would think quite an early arrival.
Alison Nisbett 8/9 #241108
highlightCrimson Chat
Terrick Terrick National Park--The Meadows
Dozens of Crimson Chats seen amongst the lignum, associating with White-fronted Chats. Also present Rufous Songlarks.
Bernadette Haywood 8/9 #241106
Swift Parrot
Warringal Park, Heidelberg
Flock of min. 5 Swift Parrots seen feeding and moving through the flowering gums lining Beverley Road, between Louise St. and Fay St. eBird checklist
Michael Mules 8/9 #241103
Sat 7Black-eared Cuckoo
Eynesbury Forest and Grasslands
Seen in the North-west corner of the Grey-box forest about 1:00pm. Also seen Shining Bronze Cuckoo and Speckled Warbler.
Stephen Garth 7/9 #241101
Wed 4Masked Woodswallow
Murray-Sunset National Park--Pink Lakes
Conservatively 200 birds feeding in grassland N of Pioneer Dv with WB Woodswallows, WW Trillers, a few SC Honeyeaters and one Crimson Chat, at approx -35.03245 141.73426 eBird checklist
Michael Noble 4/9 #241082
Tue 3Scarlet Honeyeater
Sherbrooke Forest, Kallista
Hillclimb Track
Ian Wilson 3/9 #241076
Mon 2Crimson Chat
Henty Highway at -36.288756, 142.407125
4 chats seen feeding amongst salt bush. Approx 3.6km south of Warracknabeal. Also seen were about 60 White-winged Trillers.
Angus Schmidt 2/9 #241065
Crimson Chat
Nyallo Road, Hopetoun at -35.716064, 142.383787
Approx 40-50 Crimson Chats feeding in canola crop and amongst road side vegetation. A few birds also seen in pea crop. Also present were 4 Pied Honeyeater which were quite vocal. 3 males, 1 female.
Angus Schmidt 2/9 #241064

August 2019
Sat 31Pied Honeyeater
Goschen Bushland Reserve
four birds calling loudly inside the reserve to the right of the car park eBird checklist
Deb Oliver 1/9 #241057
Crimson Chat
Goschen Bushland Reserve
Up to forty birds moving around the reserve and near the radio tower eBird checklist
Deb Oliver and Oakley Germech 1/9 #241056
highlightPied Honeyeater
Goschen Bushland Reserve
Male and female. Lots of Crimson Chats, White-winged Trillers and Rufous Songlarks
Scott Eaton 31/8 #241051
Fri 30Black-eared Cuckoo
Campbell Road, Kamarooka
Two birds near the corner of Bendigo-Tennyson Road eBird checklist
Deb Oliver 3/9 #241074
highlightCrimson Chat.
Goschen Bushland Reserve.
Observed a feeding flock of 20, made up of males and females. They seem to be well settled there. Mostly seen in the reserve feeding on the ground near the dam.
Warren Palmer. With Bernadette Haywood, Warwick Remington and Brian Nestor. 30/8 #241050
Black-eared Cuckoo
Eynesbury Grey Box Forest
Spotted this arvo. Turned left off the main track. About 50m from where the car park little area is off the side of the road towards the golf course. About 100m down i saw the cuckoo.
Braydan 30/8 #241048
Magpie Goose
Heathdale Glen Orden Wetland, Werribee
Single bird flew over about 10 am this morning. First I have seen in this area
Dave Torr 30/8 #241045
Wed 286 Crimson Chat
Last Hope Track , near Hattah township
At least 6 Crimson Chats loosely associated with White-fronted Chats and Southern Whiteface in first clearing and area of samphire on Last Hope track just NW of Hattah township just before track goes off to Gypsum mine Other reports of Crimson Chats in last couple of days from Bronzewing FF Reserve and Wymlet Tank in Murray-Sunset.
Simon Starr, Andy Walker et al 28/8 #241039
Tue 27Powerful Owl
Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
One male calling constantly for about an hour, but not loudly. In the northern part of the gardens near the NE corner access gate. I walk the dog here nearly every night, but it's my first encounter with a calling Powerful Owl at this location. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 28/8 #241037
Square-tailed Kite
Wangaratta Golf Club, Waldara, Wangaratta
Soaring overhead for about 10 mins while we played golf, the green directly in front of the clubhouse and to the left, on the edge of the course closest to the three mile creek and the Ovens river. My first STK! Paul would have been so proud. eBird checklist
Liz Hackett 27/8 #241033
Sun 25Cattle Egret
Banyule Flats Reserve, Viewbank
Three sitting on posts - they haven't been about much this winter.
Anthea Fleming 27/8 #241035
Black-eared cuckoo
Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Clydesdale
Bird heard and then seen about half way through the reserve. Watched as it caught grubs and was chased by yellow-tufted and black-chinned honeyeaters.
Indra Bone 25/8 #241023
Sat 24Black-eared Cuckoo
Nangeela State Forest
Feeding on caterpillars in the Brown Stringybarks. Also many other Cuckoos present (Horsfield's, Shining Bronze and Fan-tailed) Only one other eBird record for this far SW Vic area
Simon Starr 25/8 #241025
Square-tailed Kite
One bird over property. First sighting this season.
Doug Robinson 24/8 #241008
Swift Parrots (10-20)
Barrabool Nature Reserve, Lubeck
Twos and threes with lots of Musk Lorikeets feeding in flowering Yellow Gums
Rob Drummond 24/8 #241007
Thu 22Australian ringneck parrot
Lower Darebin Creek, Alphington and Ivanhoe
Single bird perched in gum tree over the creek. Black head clearly visible. Poor photo attached but head and ringneck visible.
Sally Staddon 22/8 #240999
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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