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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, Simon Starr and Tim Dolby.

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5/26/2020

Moderators' Note

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic all bird watching must now comply with the current Victorian restrictions. See https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-stay-home-and-restricted-activities-directions-faq#stay-at-home-direction for more details. 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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highlightHighlightmegamegaMega
October 2020
Mon 26Blue-winged Parrot
Royal Park
Spotted a male in a tiny dead shrub between the skink habitat and bitumen walking track just before 7 pm. Dropped into a dense field of weedy Malva and grasses but was refound a few minutes later and seen/photographed on this second occasion by four other observers. Circled through a few trees but originally returned to its initial perch and dropped back into the weeds - seemed to be fairly settled. Not common here - eBird has previous reports of single birds from only 2007, 2009, 2016, and 2019. eBird checklist
Oakley Germech 27/10 #259037
Scarlet Honeyeater
Foster(South Gippsland)
On a nature strip tree in Foster.
Rohan Bugg 26/10 #259027
Sun 25Brown Gerygone
Hamman's Reserve, Leongatha
At least four heard calling and observed.
Doug Robinson 26/10 #259035
Wonga Pigeon
Humevale
Distinctive repetitive advertising call heard well ("Woa, woa, woa, woa"....) down in gully immediately west of where I was standing off Ten Chain Fire Access Track (-37.513853,145.190889) out the back of Yan Yean Reservoir. Would be 1st record for City of Whittlesea and most Westerly in Victoria on eBird. eBird checklist
Dan Ashdown 25/10 #259021
Sat 24Koel
Foster(South Gippsland)
The Koel was calling from within the foliage of a Powton tree on Church Hill Rd Foster.
Rohan Bugg 24/10 #259013
Fri 23highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Royal Park, Parkville
Male first observed feeding low down in heavily flowering eucalypt off main shared path near Orygen, ~50 NE of wooden bridge over drainage line. Observed for ~90mins, with usual RP suspects (Spotted Pardalote, Red and Little Wattlebird, etc.). Seen subsequently by around a dozen other observers. A nice one for Royal Park, and a great southerly and urban record for this species. Together with sightings elsewhere in the suburbs over past week, appears to perhaps be another spring irruption similar to a few years back.
Leigh Pieterse 23/10 #259009
Thu 22Blue-winged Parrot
Point Cook Coastal Park
A flock of 7 Blue-winged Parrots seen about 500- 700 metres past the end of Side Entrance Road. Rose as we approached and flew to trees further away. Several were visible for some time and seen again on the return walk. eBird checklist
Des Middleton & Clancy Benson 22/10 #259001
Koel
Earimil Reserve (Mt Eliza)
Flying around Granya Grove, calling and being chased by Noisy miners. eBird checklist
Terry Gourley 22/10 #258974
Bar-tailed Godwit, Latham's Snipe
Barham River Estuary (Apollo Bay)
A pair of Godwits sighted on the estuary feeding in the shallows - they were also there yesterday. Uncommon sighting for Colac Otway. At least 5 Latham's Snipe also sighted on the Barham River backwater
Chris Dubar 22/10 #258973
Wed 21megamegaTawny Grassbird
Dandenong Valley Wetland
Along the westernmost track heading north approx. 100m up from the main cycle path. Heard calling and saw in flight late in the afternoon. Blurry record shot taken, and was seen by another birder (Bruce Wedderburn) at the same time. eBird checklist
John Daniels 21/10 #258969
Arctic Skua (Jaeger)
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
Single dark morph harrying a juvenile Pacific Gull at ~17:00.
Mark Stanley 21/10 #258966
Tue 20Lewin's Rail
Mullum Mullum Creek Reserve
In the open outside childcare centre over the bridge from Beasley's nursery. Retreated rapidly to bracken ferns and undergrowth. Very unexpected sighting as there are very few reedbeds in the creek or surrounds.
Geoff Witten 20/10 #258957
Fri 16Scarlet Honeyeater
Koomba Park
Male seen and heard in the general area around the boardwalk entry gate, down from the car park. Calling often, and active. eBird checklist
John Daniels 16/10 #258932
Thu 15Blue winged parrots
Jacks Creek Rd, Whittlesea
approx 20 , mostly feeding on capeweed through paddocks and calling in flight.
Greg Cobern 16/10 #258931
Whiskered Tern
Jells Park
9 birds arrived from the general direction of South-West at around 11.50am and did a few circuits over the lake, interacting with 7 Silver Gulls which were present, before departing back to the SW. Most were in breeding plumage. eBird checklist
John Daniels 15/10 #258929
Wed 14Channel-billed cuckoo
Kings Cove Metung
Flew over caling loudly and pursued by magpies First seen for the season
Gary Smith 14/10 #258919
Tue 13Albino Magpie
Darebin Parkland North
Spotted a rare fledgling albino Magpie sitting on the path in the Northern segment of the Darebin Parklands. The fledgling is on the opposite side of the creek from the CH Sullivan memorial park (Heidelberg West).
Clancy Fraser 13/10 #258917
Mon 12Leaden Flycatcher
Woodside Sth Gippsland
1 bird calling on Stringybark Lane Woodside.
Rohan Bugg 21/10 #258968
Sun 11Red Knot
Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve
Single bird loosely associating with 4 Bar-tailed Godwits along tideline. eBird checklist
Mark Stanley 11/10 #258907
Sat 10Noisy friarbird
Dereel Lagoon
Single bird present at an open clearing along the south side of the lagoon. Fairly vocal and seen flying across open spaces to perch in emergent trees. Was very surprised to see it so far south.
Indra Bone 10/10 #258896
Thu 8highlightAzure Kingfisher
garden Fraser St Middle Park
sitting on BBQ next to pond. It had a very short tail. It had a very bright orange chest and brilliant blue back. It was not a big bird.It was sitting on a metal bar about 2 inches from the ground and its tail did not touch the ground. It seemed confused fluttering around between the ground and the gutter of the single storey house behind. When I went to get a camera it fluttered up to the gutter and fluttered around the house only alighting once. I could not get a photo.
Zoe M Hogg 8/10 #258880
Tue 6Dollarbird
New Crossing Place, Seymour
Heard the unmistakable harsh cackle of 2 Dollarbirds, then immediately saw a Raven fly by in that direction. Couldn't find the Dollarbirds in their usual roost trees. This is my earliest record for this site & also Seymour River Walk. Usually seen from late Oct. eBird checklist
Val La May 6/10 #258861
Koel
Lower Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve
Heard at junction with Bembridge Avenue
Jenny Hattingh 6/10 #258859
Sun 4Scarlet Honeyeater
Britton Street Castlemaine
At least 1 Scarlet Honeyeater calling constantly from street eucalypts near Britton St/Railway Ave on 4/10, and Britton/Vincent Sts on 5/10 (S74549414 & S74549469) eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 8/10 #258879
highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Plenty Gorge Park--southern section
Three males seen very well in rocky river woodland west of the plank bridge over the Plenty (roughly around -37.6818589, 145.0951726). Calling constantly, feeding on yellow gum blossoms.
Rohan Long 7/10 #258870
Bar-Tailed Godwit
Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Park--Toora Beach
Aprox 250 to 300 B-T Godwits on the Toora mudflats today.
Rohan Bugg 4/10 #258848
Painted Honeyeater
Rifle Butts Road, Mansfield
One bird seen and heard in mistletoe on a Long-leaved Box. Leaden Flycatchers, Sacred Kingfishers and Rainbow Bee-eaters also recorded. eBird checklist
Kaz Wilson 4/10 #258846
Sat 3Common Sandpiper
Nooramunga Marine Park--McLoughlins Beach
The C Sandpiper has returned to the boat ramp this Spring.
Rohan Bugg 3/10 #258840
highlightLittle Buttonquail
Royal Park, Parkville
Flushed at grassy circle N end 3:50pm, only flew approx 30m into tall native grassland. Later was flushed again into low bushes. ID'd by photos and later seen also Scott Baker, Dan Ashdown and Oakley Germech. Photo Scott Baker. eBird checklist
Ken Tay 3/10 #258836
Rufous Songlark
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
This was a surprise to see walking along the coastal path near the signal marker (towards the life saving club end of Ricketts Pt)
Mel Mitchell 3/10 #258834
highlightRainbow Bee-eater, Brown Songlark
La Trobe University--Darebin Creek sports fields
Two Rainbow Bee-eaters seen this morning at La Trobe University sports fields / Darebin Creek area. Observed initially perched in row of cypress just south of the La Trobe golf park, and later in flight and in eucalypts on golf park fenceline. Brown Songlark female sighting an hour later also of note (is an uncommonly sighted species in Darebin area), flushed from long grass near NW corner of sports field lake. eBird checklist
Leigh Pieterse and Gareth Pellas 3/10 #258832
Banded Stilt
White Lake, Douglas
A huge flock of an estimated 60,000 Banded Stilts at White Lake today. Also about 900 Red-necked Avocets. We checked most of the Natimuk-Douglas hyper saline wetlands, starting in the north at Lake Wyn Wyn, and found them either dry or devoid of birds. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 3/10 #258829
Fri 2Cicadabird
Cemetery Track (Cann River)
A Cicadabird's distinctive call was recorded from a forested area along Cemetery Tk this morning. Although the area was burnt during this year's bushfires,much of the canopy had only been lightly scorched. Over a 10 minute period the bird moved slowly through the tree tops while continually calling. Like Chris Healey's observation at Fairhoope (01/10), this is our earliest record of this species in any area east of Orbost.
Len and Jacquie Axen 3/10 #258841
Lewin’s Rail
Point Cook Coastal Park
Yesterday at about 9:18am I was siting by a little body of water and saw a Lewin’s rail and a chick. The rail was about ten meters from me and had just moved out of the longer grass outlining the pond with chick in tow. After a few seconds the chick appeared again by itself and moved back into the long grass after the adult. To get here..next to the property of 85 point cook homestead road (which is the last private property on that road) you have a little access gate to the coastal park. This little gate has a rocky type park and if you follow that (this paths is in line with 85 point cook homestead rd side fence) for maybe 100 meters you’ll come past a body of water on your right which is well kept by national parks and I found the birds in there. The pond is just before the road that goes through the coastal park. There’s a tiny hill between the two little body’s of water/ponds which gives a good vantage point and on top of that is round piece of concrete (maybe for storm water?)..I sat on that and looked towards the two ponds and I saw the birds moving out of the longer grass which is beside the larger pond/body of water (this pond is in a sort of “horseshoe shape” as it horseshoes around a little area of land which has some Reeds on it.)
James O'Connell 3/10 #258827
Latham’s Snipe
Tirhatuan Wetlands Conservation Reserve, Rowville
69 Snipe counted. Most were among young Prickly Tea-tree and and Coarse Twine-rushes on damp ground.
Gio Fitzpatrick 2/10 #258825
Thu 1Turquoise Parrot
Loch Sport
Flew up from the ground, very friendly, habitat coastal scrub in grassed area, Sighting confirmed by Sean Dooley.
patricia madeley 22/10 #258993
Cicadabird
Fairhope (12 km N of Bairnsdale)
First record for the season, heard calling in ridge-top forest. The is the earliest record for the locality in 10 years; the mean date of first records for the locality is 18th October (range 5th to 30th Oct).
Chris Healey 1/10 #258816
Whimbrel
Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Park--Toora Beach
6 Whimbrels at the bird hide this evening.
Rohan Bugg 1/10 #258815
Sacred Kingfisher
Near wetlands in Royal Park, Parkville.
Spotted by several observers and photographers in a bushland area just east of the wetlands and between the wetlands and the railway line, but much closer to the wetlands.
Rodger Scott 1/10 #258812

September 2020
Wed 30highlightScarlet honeyeater
Jells Park
Vijay Parate 30/9 #258805
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