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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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7/1/2016

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The Birdlife Australia Orange-bellied Parrot recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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 chris.purnell@birdlife.org.au. 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 to Birdline Victoria. They certainly seem to be having a very good year and are being seen in urban areas across Melbourne including flocks near Melbourne’s CBD such as around the Fitzroy Gardens. Flocks have also been seen in Clifton Hill, Elsternwick, Elwood, Hawthorn, Mentone, Northcote, South Melbourne, St Kilda, and so on. It seems that they must have had a good breeding season, possibly related to the warm weather we’ve had in 2016.

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highlightHighlightmegamegaMega
July 2016
Fri 1Cattle Egrets
Yarra Flats Park, Banyule
22 Cattle Egrets with horses below Yarra Boulevard today, plus 2 White ibis.
Anthea Fleming 1/7 #227896
Red-capped Robin
Fairhope (12 km N of Bairnsdale)
A lone female Red-capped Robin has been hanging around in our paddocks for the last two weeks, seen almost daily, sometimes in the company of a pair of Scarlet Robins. Viewed and photographed last Monday 27 June by group of BirdLife East Gippsland birders. A rare record for the BLEG area and a new record for this locality.
Chris & Felicity Healey on behalf of BLEG 1/7 #227895

June 2016
Tue 28Common Greenshank, Red-necked Avocet, Banded Stilt
Victoria Lagoon, Hollands Landing - Gippsland Lakes
Three Common Greenshank observed feeding in shallows of Victoria Lagoon (Hollands Landing) during BirdLife East Gippsland biannual Gippsland Lakes IBA surveys. Also 50+ Red-necked Avocet and 9 Banded Stilt.
Chris & Felicity Healey, Martin Potts 1/7 #227902
Mon 27Olive-backed Oriole
Barkers Creek
One bird seen and photographed by landholder Mez Woodward, and two together on 12 June.
Mez Woodward via Tanya Loos 30/6 #227888
Turquoise Parrot
Dookie Bushland Reserve
One bird heard. other woodland species present during the day were Painted Button-quail (2), Hooded Robin, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Diamond Firetail, White-browed Babbler and Crested Shrike-tit
Doug Robinson 29/6 #227879
Sun 26Pink Robin
Anglesea Heath--Woodland Track
A brown bird seen along the track. Close up photo shows hint of colour on the chest. Also Spotted and Striated Pardalotes.
Brett Roberts 26/6 #227864
Lewin's Rail
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Four birds seen at one time by two observers. One was sunning and preening for a good few minutes in the open on reeds.
John Daniels 26/6 #227863
Brown Skua
Tyrone Foreshore (between Rye and Blairgowrie)
Single bird sitting on beach - flew off along beach when harassed by seagulls.
Will, Emma and Jason Bridgeman 26/6 #227861
Buff Banded Rail
Pakenham
First time I have ever seen one at Lakeside Drive. Feeding on the grass at the Arbour Rise end of the lake.
Barbara Carr 26/6 #227860
Sat 25Pink Robin
Eumeralla Flora Reserve (Anglesea)
One female Pink Robin seen in the stunted Eucalyptus by the road (Inverlochy) close to the restricted access scout camp. Buff wing bars clearly seen - but I was surprised to see this one here! eBird checklist
Oakley H Germech 25/6 #227853
Brown Skua (2), Black-browed (2) and Shy Albatross (8)
Point Addis
Birds were observed from carpark at 9am this morning, birdlife melbourne outing to Anglesea, 2 Brown Skua were observed about 200m from shore just beyond the wave break, flew left to right showing the diagnostic white wing panels as we watched them fly for nearly 2 minutes. Many albatross out too sea but too far to identify, the ones listed above were close into shore eBird checklist
Philip Peel, Tim Nickholds, Alan Crawford et al 42 other observers 25/6 #227851
Eastern Barn Owl
Barwon Heads Airport (Connewarre)
Eastern Barn Owl seen three nights in a row in a bare tree opposite Barwon Heads Airport
Jennifer Carr 25/6 #227848
Olive Whistler
Macedon Regional Park--Days Picnic Ground
On the track between Days picnic ground and the Lionshead Rd carpark. eBird checklist
Brent Henriksen 25/6 #227847
Fri 24highlightBarking Owl
Melton South
Heard a Victorian Barking Owl, in Melton South. They are very rare and this is the first time that I have heard it here ever.
Luke Knox 24/6 #227846
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
1 immature white-bellied sea eagle seen flying overhead
Harry Boorman 24/6 #227845
Thu 23Eastern Barn Owl
Little Desert National Park
2 individuals sighted on the road between Little Desert Lodge and Nhill around 8pm. Both birds sighted perching on a fence post. Staff at Little Desert Lodge advised that a number of owls had been sighted over recent times in and around the lodge. Other notable sightings today include a Malleefowl, Red-Capped Robin and White-eared Honeyeater. All sighted on the grounds of Little Desert Lodge. eBird checklist
Mark Camilleri 23/6 #227841
Mon 20White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Yering
At the Golf Course.
Ian Macartney 20/6 #227818
Sun 19highlightArctic Tern
At sea about 20 miles south of Port Fairy.
1 Arctic Tern photographed & subsequently identified from photographs with 9 White-fronted Terns. The far right bird with the obvious black trailing edge is the Arctic.
Kevin Bartram & 16 others on the Birdswing tour. 22/6 #227829
highlightSalvin's Albatross, Blue Petrel, Slender-billed Prion
Port Fairy Pelagic
Good sea-birding conditions continue in the Bonney Upwelling. Some highlights from Sunday [Birdswing Tours] include adult Salvin's Albatross, Blue Petrel [2], Southern Royal Albatross and couple of whalebirds -Slender-billed Prion and Antarctic Prion confirmed, the ID of another bird still being discussed.
Scott Baker, Kevin Bartram, Neil Macumber [16 on board] 21/6 #227821
Lewin's Rail, Spotless Crake, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Brolga
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
The "crake pond" at the T-section lagoons was very active with at least one Lewin's Rail, at least 2 Spotless Crakes and lots of Australian Spotted Crakes and quite a few other species. There was a White-bellied Sea-Eagle roosting in the trees at Lake Borrie. We saw 3 Brolgas together then later 2 more, which may have been different. We also saw a large number of Black-fronted Dotterels (more than 30). There were also a small number of Whiskered Terns and of Fairy Martins. I thought it was quite late for these to be still around in any numbers at all. We saw 85 species quite easily without being all that thorough - a good return for winter.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 20/6 #227820
Sat 18Laughing Kookaburra
Canterbury
Pair of Kookaburras on a light Pole at Corner of Balwyn & Canterbury Roads. [Mod note. During this Autumn and early Winter, Laughing Kookaburra have been turning up in unusual places right across urban Melbourne, often in places not seen before. This may be due to dispersal of young birds after a good / late breeding season.]
Corrie & Ian Macartney 20/6 #227819
Brolga
Goulburn Valley Hwy, Nagambie Bypass 1km south Racecourse Rd
2 brolga spotted in paddock close to highway.
Graham Boast 18/6 #227809
Pink Robin
Karkarook Park
Female. Close views. Eastern trail above jetty, feeding in a clump of young she-oaks. eBird checklist
Terry Gourley 18/6 #227807
highlightBeach Stone-Curlew
Flat Rocks, Inverloch
This bird ran out from the base of the cliff in front of us, as we stopped it ran towards us stopping about 15 metres away. Didn't seem too fazed by our presence. Poor photo taken with iPhone.
Deb Crosby and Robyn Joyce 18/6 #227805
Fri 17Eastern Curlew
Snowy River Estuary, Marlo
Eastern Curlew seen feeding on the primary sand bar (eastern side) at the mouth of the Snowy River. Observed at approximately 2.30pm
Morgana Te Pauae 17/6 #227801
Thu 16Blue-winged Parrot
Heart Hall Road, Sale
Seventy-two [72] birds seen in the one flock "fencing" and foraging within 30 metres. eBird checklist
Jack Winterbottom, Heather Alexander 18/6 #227810
highlightSwift Parrot
Nillumbik Council Shire Offices
Six Swift Parrots observed and more heard calling from planted Sugar Gums and Red Ironbark's. Seen flying between council office grounds, Apollo Parkways Shopping Centre and Primary School. Have been irregularly observed here for over a month.
Warren Tomlinson 16/6 #227784
Tue 14Laughing Kookaburra
Fraser Street Sunshine
A single bird observed on power lines adjacent to Kororoit Creek. My first sighting of this species in the western suburbs of Melbourne since 1983 excluding outer suburbs such as Exford and Melton South.
Micah Kawalek 15/6 #227781
Superb Parrot
Marlborough Road, Heathmont, Victoria
Sighted time and time again over the past 4 months, and as recent as yesterday, a single male Superb Parrot has been inhabiting the local suburban area of Heathmont (VIC, 3135). Nearby are many grassed/bushy areas, along with the Dandenong creek. The area is also inhabited by Rosellas, King Parrots, Rainbow Lorikeets and Corellas, so there is not shortage of food. What's significant about this specimen is that it's likely an escapee (although no leg tags appear present), yet it has managed to survive for over 4 months in my local area, even during the recent near freezing overnight temperatures. It seems very healthy and doesn't struggle to fly long distances, which tends to happen with domestic birds gone wild.
Anthony Faber 14/6 #227778
Mon 13White-bellied Sea Eagle
Taylors Lake Reserve
Two White-bellied Sea Eagles seen flying onto a dead tree, half an hour after dawn. Honking loudly, indicating pair-bonding and warning off intruders. eBird checklist
Debbie Lustig 23/6 #227838
Sun 12White Goshawk
Bacchus Marsh
Further to the report on June 10th, my friend Edwin and I saw another White Goshawk along the Lerderderg River in Bacchus Marsh. It seemed more concerned about ravens and magpies attacking it, than about us. The morning sky was dull and overcast and it was amazing how the goshawk was almost invisible perched out in the open in bare trees. I had the camera this time.
Bernie McRitchie 14/6 #227779
highlightBlue Petrel, Arctic Tern, Slender-billed Prion and Antarctic Prion
Port Fairy Pelagic
A great day at sea, Blue Petrel was one of the first birds at back of boat, followed by Arctic Tern and was good numbers on Slender-billed Prion all day with 1 confirmed Antarctic Prion. eBird checklist
Philip Peel, Scott Baker, Kevin Bartram et al 12 other participants 13/6 #227759
Emu
Toolondo Reservoir
6 at noon. (Mod. note: while Emu are generally common in the Wimmera, this is the first record (eBird/Birdata) for this substantial (often) dry isolated Wimmera lake).
Andrew Wallis per Debbie Lustig 12/6 #227758
Sat 11Black Falcon.
Holcim Quarry site (near Werribee Refuse Disposal Facility), Wests Road, Werribee.
At 1610 hours, I observed a pair of Black Falcons perched in large Sugar Gums at this location. I observed the birds for about ten minutes flying from tree to tree and on one occasion. The Falcons eventually flew south in the direction of the Princes Freeway and towards the Melbourne Water - Western Treatment Plant., being mobbed by Little Ravens.
Peter Gibbons. 14/6 #227775
Australian Pratincole
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--intersection of Pt Wilson Rd and Beach Rd
Good views of a pair of Australian Pratincoles flying alongside car. (Mod. note: this report is awaiting more details).
Arthur Samuel / Wendy McWilliams. 12/6 #227753
highlightEastern Osprey, White-bellied Sea-eagle
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Osprey observed flying to the west just inside Gate 4 near the Beach Road boat ramp. Came to within 30 metres on fly past. Two Sea-Eagles in the dead-ish eucalyptus inside Gate 8 near the Little River crossing. eBird checklist
Jack and Elaine Winterbottom, Ethan Perry 11/6 #227747
Diamond Firetail
Staughton Vale
Pair of Diamond Firetails, close to the T-intersection of Quakes Rd and Bacchus Marsh Rd - near where Beautiful Firetail was recently seen. Mid-afternoon. Foraging roadside and in paddock stubble among a flock of about twelve Buff Rumped Thornbills.
David Gleeson 11/6 #227746
Fri 10Grey Goshawk
Bacchus Marsh
Driving the truck home along the Avenue of Honour I noticed a white bird in a dead gum tree. I pulled over and walked back with the binoculars and identified it as a White Goshawk. A larger raptor (Little Eagle I think) landed in the tree above it and the goshawk spread its wings out in defence. It flew off soon after, making a distinctive, plain whistle, the first time I've heard one call. I've been on the lookout for this species after a friend of mine has seen one twice a bit further up the Lerderderg River.
Bernie McRitchie 10/6 #227741
highlightGreat Frigatebird
Olivers Hill
Saw frigatebird gliding in the winds in Frankston Olivers Hill carpark late morning, being dive-bombed by many seagulls. Was beautiful in flight. I've never seen before in this area. I wonder if it's been thrown off course by the recent storms.
M Newman 10/6 #227737
megamegaGreat Frigatebird
Point Kirk
On way home from the Western Treatment Plant sighted the bird just above tree line.
Lothar Hohaus 10/6 #227736
megamegaGreat Frigatebird
Frankston - boat ramp
I had seen smaller frigate birds before in the Cook islands and it just looked out of place in Melbourne. It was pretty easy to identify with the bright red throat. It was a large specimen probably at least 1m in wing span. Hovered over the Olivers Hill boat ramp for 10 minutes or more. Sorry no photo.
Bruce Perkins 10/6 #227735
megamegaGreat Frigatebird
Olivers Hill Frankston
At approximately 900 hrs a single Great Frigatebird was observed at close range gliding in updraft off Olivers Hill (over Nepean Highway) Frankston. Bird observed for approximately 5 mins before moving south along coast of Port Philip Bay. Video and photographs taken.
Cameron Colson 10/6 #227734
Wed 8highlightBeautiful Firetail
Staughton Vale
I was walking on the Bacchus Marsh –Balliang Rd approx 1.5km East of the junction of Murphys Rd when I flushed a group of finches from a mixed eucalypt & wattle plantation on the south of the road. One bird separated from the flock and flew directly past me, no more than 4 metres away to the fenceline on the other side of the road. The other birds in the flock were Red–browed Finches but this one caught my attention immediately. I got a brief glance at its chest which had the horizontal black and white barring of Beautifuls but even more telling was that the red rump was larger and extended further down the tail than I had ever seen in any Red-browed Finch. It was very noticeable! Single individual seen approx this time last year on Glenmore Rd, at Glenmore.
David Whelan 8/6 #227724
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Victorian Desalination Plant
At Wonthaggi, a single juvenile flying in a westerly direction along the coast.
Craig Boase 8/6 #227718
Tue 7Powerful Owl
Banyule Flats Reserve
Two Powerful Owls in an acacia, one male and one female (who had a possum in her talons).
Ross Auchettl 7/6 #227714
Mon 6Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Forfar Rd, Hamlyn Heights
Single bird observed on 4th June perched in a tree across the road from our house. First sighting for our suburb of this reclusive raptor. Still present on 6th June. How unusual to witness a forest raptor being driven out of a suburban street by a flock of very agitated seagulls! Usually it is the magpies or Ravens that protect the local bird life. This goshawk has obviously taken up temporary residence in our street to the consternation of turtle doves, lorikeets and starlings.
Hedley and Irena Earl 4/6 #227672
Sun 5Grey Goshawk - White morph
Gembrook
Observed hanging around our and our neighbour's gardens feeding on a Bronzewing it must have caught. Alerted to its presence by the alarm calls of other birds and the first time we have seen this species in the township.
Wolinski & Richardson families 6/6 #227693
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Little Lake Boort
Pair photographed at the pumping dam point. They were chased off by gulls. Sightings of single birds have been reported in the last few months.
Malcolm Cousland 5/6 #227690
Banded Stilt
Blacks Rocks-near 13th Beach
2 Banded Stilts in superb adult plumage loafing on the beach; also 1 Sanderling close to Black Rocks and 20-21 Hooded Plovers including 6 immatures with variable amounts of black on the head in five different groups spread along the beach.
George Appleby 5/6 #227688
Fri 3Double-banded Plover
Green Lake, SE of Horsham
Single Double-banded Plover at Green Lake near Horsham, with Red-capped and Black-fronted Dotterels close by. eBird checklist
Tristan Kennedy 3/6 #227666
Banded Stilt
Kitty Miller Rd, Phillip Island
A single Banded Stilt feeding in ponds below quarry. First we have recorded on our visits to the Island.
Alan and Hazel Veevers 3/6 #227665
Rose Robin
Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
Two males spotted on the main track through the gardens.
Gary Oliver 3/6 #227663
Northern Giant Petrel
Mordialloc Pier
Swimming around the end of the pier as reported by Rob yesterday. Probably a juvenile. Seemed healthy; flapped wings but didn't fly. Seemed to favour its off leg whilst swimming. Thanks to Rob, my easiest tick ever. Photos taken.
Terry Gourley 3/6 #227662
Thu 2Giant Petrel
Mordialloc Pier, Mordialloc creek
Has been around for last three days. Possibly a juvenile. Not sure if Southern or Northern. Have not seen it fly. Moderators note: probably a Northern Giant-Petrel due to darker reddish bill tip
Rob Davids 2/6 #227656
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