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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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7/11/2016

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The Birdlife Australia Orange-bellied Parrot recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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, Frankston, Hawthorn, Mentone, Mordialloc, Northcote, Parkville, 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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July 2016
Wed 27Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Song Thrush
Travancore
There has been a flock of 5 or 6 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos feeding in Travancore Park and in the nearby street trees for about a week. As well, there has been a singing (presumably male) Song Thrush in a street tree in Myrnong Crescent for a similar period. Both are quite rare birds in Travancore now.
Chris Lester 27/7 #228130
Tue 26White-fronted Tern
Bullock Island, Lakes Entrance. East Gippsland
Mix of approx 25, 1st immature non-breeding and juvenile plumage White-Fronted Terns sitting among large flock of Crested Terns (predominantly in non-breeding and juvenile plumage) on Bullock Island near the entrance of Lakes.
Faye Bedford 26/7 #228125
Sun 24Rufous Fieldwren, White-winged Fairy-wren
Lake Tyrrell
Both these birds were (relatively) plentiful on the edge of Lake Tyrrell just down from the lookout on the western edge.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 27/7 #228131
Sat 23White-browed Treecreeper, Pink Cockatoo
Timberoo Flora and Fauna Reserve
We saw several White-browed Treecreepers at Timberoo near Lake Walpeup and a flock of 8 Pink Cockatoos feeding in Pinus radiata cones (or something very similar) about 15 km north of Hopetoun on the Hopetoun - Walpeup Road.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 27/7 #228132
Fri 22Blue-faced Honeyeater
Greensborough Secondary College
4 BFH feeding with Noisy Miners and Rainbow Lorikeets in flowering Yates in college grounds near the gym, 4.30pm today
Peter Bennet 22/7 #228096
Black Falcon
Pinkerton Forest
One Black Falcon flying among trees is Pinkerton Forest (private property owned by Western Water- restricted acess). Black Falcons (either one or a pair) have often been seen here, since a pair were observed by a BLA monthly bird survey in February 2016. Seen in Pinkerton Forest, adjoining Werribee River Volcanic Gorge or along Eynesbury Road
Daryl Akers 22/7 #228094
Thu 21Redthroat, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, White-fronted Honeyeater
Wyperfeld National Park
In the Green Teatree just off the Nine Mile Square Track, there were several Redthroats and nearby a single Tawny-crowned Honeyeater and a single White-fronted Honeyeater. There were very few "Mallee"-type honeyeaters in the Park (e.g. Yellow-plumed) although there were lots of Spiny-cheeked and White-eared Honeyeaters and Red Wattlebirds.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 27/7 #228133
Speckled Warbler
You Yangs Regional Park
Valley Picnic area, south side
Ian Llewellyn 22/7 #228093
Wed 20White-browed Scrub-wren
Walters Park Jordan Place Shepparton
This is my first record in 49 years of this species in River Red Gum Forests in the Shepparton area. The bird was observed by 7 other people and 2 photos were taken. eBird checklist
Donald Roberts 20/7 #228080
Tue 19White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Terrick Terrick National Park
One WBCS seen hawking for insects along the central road. My first sighting of one in the Terricks. Also a single Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, a scarce winter visitor to the area eBird checklist
Simon Starr 21/7 #228083
Powerful Owl
Conservation Hill Reserve, Rhyll.
Conservation Hill Reserve, Phillip Island. 100 meters north along the track leading away from the Cowes-Rhyll Rd Car Park towards Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve. Lots of Ringtail and Brushtail possums about. The Owl was spotted at circa 8:30 pm
Ruby Albury and Andrej Hohmann 21/7 #228082
Sun 17Pink Robin
Royal Melbourne Zoo, Parkville
1 female-type Pink Robin near Melbourne Zoo's Great Flight Aviary, close to elephant bull barn. Interesting inner city record.
Falk Wicker 17/7 #228057
Hooded Plover
The Glasshouse, Lake Tyers
Single bird, presumed first-winter immature, foraging in sandy shallows towards southern end of Lake Tyers. Also several Red-capped Plover, pair Pied Oystercatcher, 2 Eastern Great Egret.
Chris Healey 17/7 #228056
Sat 16Little Eagle
Strathmore
Heard lots of Ravens calling overhead today, went out to investigate and saw several of them harassing a Little Eagle overhead. Little Eagle are a rare sighting here in suburbia - though there is a population of them relatively nearby in the Maribyrnong River valley around Brimbank Park, so I assume that was where it was from.
Trevor Manley 16/7 #228048
Fri 15Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
Little Desert National Park
A single bird heard and then seen overhead, heading south at Maher Hut Track shortly after sunrise, and a second heard from an unburnt patch of Stringybarks at McDonald Hwy, presumable rare this far north of their range. Also a pair of Malleefowl seen at Lowan Sanctuary, a Shy Heathwren at the Kiata Campground turnoff and a single Brown Quail flushed from the roadside near Merrett's Bushland eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds 16/7 #228042
Thu 14highlightOsprey
Cheetham Wetlands, Avalon
Spotted near seagates on inlet channel to saltwater lagoon.
Neil McMeekin 14/7 #228024
Wed 13White-bellied Sea Eagle
Jells Park
Bird was cruising over Jells Park, and harassed by a couple of Ravens. Saw another WBSE - presumably the same bird - 45 minutes later over farmland on the path between Jells and Shepherd's Bush eBird checklist
John Daniels 14/7 #228023
Mon 11highlightGrey-tailed Tattler
Bear Gully
Sighted at Bear Gully, Waratah Bay - at around 2pm with a pair of Hooded Plovers, south of Maitland Beach towards Grinder Point.
Rohan Bugg 11/7 #227990
Sun 10Curlew Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Curlew Sandpiper (3-4) spotted feeding alongside Red-capped Plover and another wader which I believe was Red-necked Stint. Originally thought the birds were Sharpies but on closer inspection (black legs being the key feature) I realised that the birds were Curlew Sandpipers. Birds spotted feeding on the beach.
Mark Camilleri 10/7 #227978
Sat 9megamegaAntarctic Tern
Port Fairy Pelagic
A pair of 'commic' terns encountered at shelf around 10am have been tentatively identified as Antarctic. Bird pictured in adult breeding plumage was accompanied by another in non-breeding plumage. Would be only third Vic record [pending BARC submission]. Was actually fairly quiet day at sea, gentle swell, very little wind and birds reluctant to approach boat. Some good species recorded including Arctic Tern (3), Slender-billed Prion (3) and single Northern Royal Albatross.
Scott Baker, Neil Maccumber, etc [Birdswing Pelagic tour] 10/7 #227973
Tawny Frogmouth
Eynesbury
I thought I was dreaming this afternoon when I saw a frogmouth on someone's second storey balcony. We stopped the car, reversed and realized it wasn't a plastic garden feature, but a roosting bird in a warm sunny aspect. Interestingly, it had its back against the rendered pillar just as it would have its back resting against a tree trunk in the typical frogmouth way.
Bernie McRitchie 9/7 #227968
Fri 8highlightAustraliasian Bittern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Lake Borrie
I flushed one as I drove past Lake Borrie. It flew 50 metres, landed and pointed its head skywards. eBird checklist
Paul Schillier 11/7 #227989
Blue Bonnet
Boort-Kerang Road near Leaghur
At least three pairs over a distance of about 3 km, all to the south of Leaghur State Park. Some distance east of the south-easternmost record showing in Birdata. Birds were feeding in weedy roadsides, and flying up into mallee-type eucalypts in the road reserve when disturbed. Moderators Note: Blue Bonnets do seem to be increasing and slowly re colonising their former range. They have been present just north and north-west of Boort for 10+years at least and perhaps always have been.
Jack Krohn 8/7 #227962
Thu 7Hooded Plover
Thirteenth Beach, Barwon Heads
At least 6 adult and 1 immature hoodies seen at western end of Thirteenth beach today
Anne Palamountain 7/7 #227956
Mon 4Olive Whistler
Churchill National Park
Stephan Megroz 4/7 #227934
Sun 3Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Rushworth State Forest
A Chestnut-rumped Heathwren in the mallee area to the north of the Half Way Dam picnic area.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 4/7 #227933
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Hooded Robin
Bailieston
In the area just to the west of the Bailieston Reserve, we saw a Tawny-crowned Honeyeater and up to 3 Hooded Robins. The former is a winter visitor, I think, and the latter are now very rare in this area.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 4/7 #227932
highlightZebra Finch
Galada Tamboore / Merri Creek
I'm not actually sure how noteworthy this sighting is, but I was surprised to stumble across a lone Zebra Finch by the Merri Creek in the Cooper Street Grasslands. eBird checklist
Michael Livingston 3/7 #227925
Swift Parrot
Bonds Road, Lower Plenty
One or two birds heard just before sunset on multiple occasions on the corner of Bonds Road and Palamino Court. Unable to get a visual. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund, Brad White 3/7 #227924
Sat 2highlightSatin Bowerbirds
Berringa Rd Park Orchards
2 female or juvenile satin bowerbirds in suburban backyard. The first sighting here over 20 years in our backyard opposite the east side of the 100 Acres reserve.
Lyn Hawkins 2/7 #227918
Eastern Barn Owl
Little Desert National Park--Nhill-Harrow Rd at -36.53505, 141.64786
While driving down the road at night, we saw many of the owls hunting over nearby paddocks. We got close views of several birds perched on fence posts.
Chanith Wijeratne 2/7 #227916
Magpie Geese
Lake Yambuk
A flock of approx 10 birds landed in paddock beside road on way back into Yambuk, I stopped to take some photos and four more flocks of 10-20 birds flew past and landed in flooded wetland east of Lake Yambuk.
Samantha Greiner 2/7 #227915
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
highlightRed-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
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