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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 , Simon Starr and Tim Dolby.

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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The Birdlife Australia Orange-bellied Parrot recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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 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, 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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May 2016
Fri 27White-winged chough
Birrarung Park, Lower Templestowe
A party of 10 white-winged choughs seen this morning in Birrarung Park is my first sighting of this species there in 30 years of visits.
Mike Connor 27/5 #227604
Wed 25Pink Robin
Gemmill Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve
A single brown bird,with no white in the tail, two deep buff wing bars. No other Robins present.This is my first record for this reserve in 49 years of records for this species. eBird checklist
Donald Roberts 25/5 #227599
Western Freeway, 5km west of Burrumbeet
2 birds in a sheep paddock.
Debbie Lustig 25/5 #227598
highlightWilson's Storm-Petrel
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse
I saw these birds on and off over a period of about 30 minutes (for a total of about 10 minutes) they had the erratic flight characteristic of Storm-petrels. Most frequently I saw one bird at a time through the scope, three through the binoculars. I saw one "dancing" on the water (using its webbed feet) also a very characteristic behavior for these birds. They were too small to be any other sea bird I can think of. There were 3 birds and I could see the all dark body, white rump and black tail clearly. Very unusual to find them so near to shore (perhaps due to extremely windy weather over recent weeks). eBird checklist
Angus Hartshorn 25/5 #227597
Tue 24highlightTasmanian Boobook (Morepork)
State forest east of Cambarville
Tasmanian Boobook (Morepork) seen in State Forest east of Marysville. Also Sooty and Powerful Owl as well as a suite of excellent mammals
Rohan Clarke and Tim Bawden 25/5 #227596
Grey Goshawk
Cranbourne South
While working in a paddock opposite an urban development I was alerted to the presence of a raptor by the local Noisy Minors and Magpies going ballistic. To my surprise, they were all chasing a Grey Goshawk (White) which took refuge in nearby woodlands. A first sighting for me and as far as I know a first sighting in this area.
Wayne Butterworth 25/5 #227595
Mon 23White-fronted Honeyeater
Mallee Hwy near Boinka
One White-fronted Honeyeater feeding on mallee blossom with Yellow-plumed, Spiny-cheeked and Singing Honeyeaters.
Paul Taylor and Pam Smith 23/5 #227587
White-backed Swallow
A pair of White-backed Swallows flying over a sandy rise on the Mallee Hwy near Underbool.
Paul Taylor and Pam Smith 23/5 #227586
Sun 22Flame Robin
Elgin Street, Hawthorn
My son and I were very surprised to find a male Flame Robin in a neighbouring garden in Hawthorn. We observed the bird for about 5 minutes as he flitted between the garden bed and the lawn (presumably feeding).
Andrew & Mylo Hogg 23/5 #227581
Pink Robin
Green Mallee site, south of Rushworth
One brown bird, probably an immature seen on the side of the road, in a thicket of mallee. Also seen: Speckled Warbler and Chestnut-rumped Heathwren at Bailieston.
Kevin Bartram, Scott Baker 22/5 #227574
highlightWhite-browed Woodswallow
Brynterion State Forest, Rupanyup South
Delighted to have about 30 White-browed Woodswallows perching and feeding near ground level, then I noted a large flock of 250+ swirling overhead and moving slowly north at 11:00am. Several Masked Woodswallows also present.Many Yellow Gums in flower.
Barry Lingham 22/5 #227573
Swift Parrot
Manrico Court, Sunbury
8 birds seen flying over and foraging in profuse flowering Yellow Gum at the bottom of the court. The profuse flowering Eucalypts also support Rainbow Lorikeet, Musk Lorikeet, Red Wattlebird, Galah, ubiquitous Noisy Miners, Spotted Pardalote among other resident birds.
Gerard O'Neill 22/5 #227572
Bassian Thrush
Oil Bore Rd Mississipi Creek Colhoun Forest
Two birds observed today,one on Friday on the Discovery trail
Gary & Judy Smith 22/5 #227571
Sat 21Bassian Thrush
Bulldog Creek Road, Tubbarubba
One adult in swampy gully. Many honeyeaters also present, feeding on flowering Swamp Gum, including Yellow-faced, White-naped, New Holland, White-eared, Brown-headed and Eastern Spinebill.
Doug Robinson 22/5 #227558
Swift Parrot
Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Clydesdale
Relocated a single Swift Parrot, but lots of other activity. The Swift Parrot was quietly foraging in a clump of large Yellow Gums, in the dry creek bed near the paddock dam (almost completely dry). I also, found an Australian Owlet-Nightjar in a tree hollow. eBird checklist
Matt Anderson 22/5 #227557
Southern Boobook, Fairy Martin, Crimson Rosella, Pied Oystercatcher
St Kilda and Elwood
A single Fairy Martin hawking around St Kilda Breakwater, 4 Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes flew over St Kilda Beach (odd time of year), 2 Pied Oystercatchers feeding on St Kilda West Beach, 3 immature Crimson Rosellas at Moran Reserve (Elwood Foreshore) and a Southern Boobook at Elwood Primary School.
Gio Fitzpatrick 21/5 #227554
Blue-winged Parrot
The Gurdies Nature Conservation Reserve
A pair seen bathing in shallow pool then sitting after grooming. The bird in photo is a male.
Arthur & Denise Carew 21/5 #227549
Fri 20Sooty Owl
Toolangi, Spraggs Rd
A pair of Sooty Owls were calling at the rear of our property which forms part of the Yea River corridor - the Yellow-bellied Gliders were responding very vocally to their prescence. I managed only broken views of one individual in the canopy of a Mountain Ash.
Phil Rance 20/5 #227544
Little Eagle and Grey Goshawk
In my front yard talking to a friend, I spotted a Grey Goshawk come in and land in a leafless tree about 50 meters away. So I grabbed my binoculars to confirm. Then let my friend have a look. While he was looking I spotted a Little Eagle soaring above. First Grey Goshawk I've seen from home and first Little Eagle I've seen in Colac in 9 years of living here. eBird checklist
Adam Fry 20/5 #227543
Bassian Thrush
Brisbane Ranges National Park--Anakie Gorge
One observed on the track for about 3 minutes between the two car parks.
Kevin & Karen Maddigan 20/5 #227541
Thu 19Brolga
Two brolgas flying over Clunes-Creswick Road about 5 kms south of Clunes.
Brian and Dorine Bending 20/5 #227542
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Westgate Park (Port Melbourne)
At Westgate Park, near the freshwater lake.
Helen Chapman 20/5 #227540
Powerful Owl
Carlton Gardens
About 6 pm, very close to the corner of Nicholson Street and Victoria Parade. Perched in a tree, flew close overhead to another roost 10 m away. Seems likely to be the same bird seen previous night in Treasury Gardens
Robin Wilson 20/5 #227537
Powerful Owl
Treasury Gardens, Melbourne
At 7pm this evening, while walking home from the city, Alison and I saw a Powerful Owl in the Treasury Gardens. It was only 100 metres from Spring Street on the northern edge of the gardens. It was sitting only four metres above the ground on an open branch of a Lemon-scented Gum and allowed me to approach to directly underneath it. I attempted a photo with my mobile phone, but there was insufficient light. Presumably, this is one of the pair in residence in the Royal Botanic Gardens, directly over the river.
John Barkla & Alison Street 19/5 #227534
Major Mitchell Cockatoo
Raglan Street, Sale
This single bird has been around this area in Sale for 8-10 weeks. Associates with resident Sulphur-crested and Little Corellas. Solo this am in an Ash Tree. See images. Call confirmed with Morcombe. Pink head with white crest, white body. Corella size. eBird checklist
Jack Winterbottom, Bev Beard 19/5 #227527
Wed 18Freckled Duck
Cussen Park Tatura
Four birds observed eBird checklist
Donald Roberts 19/5 #227530
Swift Parrot
Burnt Creek Betley area
Near the creek 12 plus swift parrots feeding on lerps on young red gum saplings and some feeding amongst yellow gum flowers. I have observed them over the last two days but they possibly have been there much longer as I heard them over a week ago.
Heather Freemantle 18/5 #227519
Tue 17Lewin's Rail, Cox's type Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Cox's Sandpiper seen in front of Bird Hide off of Austin Rd with two Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in breeding plumage. At first we thought it was a Pectoral Sandpiper but when we looked closer the chest markings were fainter and the legs and slightly curved bill were dark. Great views of the Lewin's Rail at Crake Corner about 4.40 using the car as a bird hide. [Moderators Note: We cannot confirm this record of Cox's Sandpiper, publishing for others to look out for this interesting wader ]
Michael and Gwen Bird 17/5 #227518
Swift PArrot
Myrtle Creek
Up to 20 Swifties still foraging in reasonable flowering and mature roadside Yellow Gum at the corner of Bartys and Myrtle Creek Road.
Adrian Martins 17/5 #227514
Mon 16White-bellied Sea-eagle
An immature Sea-eagle flying north over suburban Werribee at about 10am. I was on Cambridge Crescent to be exact! Ravens, magpies and corellas flew with it.
Bernie McRitchie 16/5 #227510
highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Snowy River Estuary
Observed feeding solo along the flats at the mouth of the Snowy River Estuary, SE side of the mouth, ocean side of the estuary flats to the inside flats along the water line heading east towards Mots Beach. Also observed in flight heading east towards Mots Beach after feeding. Observed at approx. 4.45pm until approx. 5.00pm
Morgana Te Pauae 16/5 #227508
Swift Parrot
Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Clydesdale
Around 7:30 this morning 8 Swifties with many small flocks of Musk and Little Lorikeets feeding on Yellow Gum flowers which are prolific at the moment in Rise and Shine. Also seen were 2 families of Flame Robins in paddocks adjacent to reserve.
Dave Dickson 16/5 #227506
Sun 15Powerful Owl
While searching for the recently reported Swift Parrot's in the flowering gums along the river, I surprisingly stumbled upon a pair of roosting Powerful Owl's. No sign of the Swifties - only Musk Lorikeet's and a collection of honeyeater's. Record photo attached. eBird checklist
Isaac Clarey 18/5 #227526
Powerful owl
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
Seen On the track to the north of nymphaea Lilly lake in some pines. The pines were just past the start of the fern gully
A Powell 15/5 #227500
Red-necked Avocet, Banded Stilt, Hooded Plover
Jack Smith Lake and 90-Mile Beach @ Jack Smith Lake, Woodside, Yarram
One Hooded Plover on the wave line to the north of the two access points to the beach. Three Banded Stilt amongst 50 or so Red-necked Avocet on the lake. eBird checklist
Jack Winterbottom, Peter Ware, John and Marg Gwyther, Claire Lunnun 15/5 #227497
Sat 14Australasian shoveller
Westgate Park, Port Melbourne
A pair of Australasian shovellers (male & female) were seen on the Fresh Water Lake
George Fotheringham 15/5 #227489
Little Egret
Lake Hattah
one present
Simon Starr 15/5 #227486
highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Mots Beach (Snowy River Estuary)
Following on from Greg McCarthy's observation that the BSC had returned to the Snowy River estuary, his accurate directions allowed me to locate it sheltering amongst a pile of debris on the estuary beach near Mots ( Mouth of the Snowy River ) around 1020hrs today eBird checklist
Greg McCarthy and Len Axen 14/5 #227485
Fri 13White-bellied Sea Eagle
Lake Charm
Juvenile bird perched at waters edge in dead tree before flying west towards Lake Bael Bael.
Adrian Martins and Carl Gray 15/5 #227503
Superb Fairy-Wren (leucistic)
You Yangs Regional Park--Western Plantation
Probable leucistic Fairy-Wren - fairy-wren-type bird but with large light/white patches. Hanging around with other Sup.F-wrens but strikingly different. W.side of Hovell's Ck on private land but visible in binoculars from park's W. fenceline (near to a pile of rusting metal items, wire, etc). eBird checklist
Michael Noble 13/5 #227477
Swift Parrot
Aldridge Drive, Sunbury
Group of about 4 feeding on Yellow Gums
Terry Woodbridge 13/5 #227476
Swift Parrot
A few swifties this morning feed on lerp
Deb Worland 13/5 #227471
Wed 11Powerful Owl
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
One bird found perching in a tree beside the sealed track at the southern end of the Fern Gully thanks to Patricia Maher. Several pellets in the garden beds nearby.
Nicholas Talbot 11/5 #227465
Flame Robin
Several male birds spotted in paddock just off Western Highway. Never seen them in 2 years of being a regular attendee in this paddock.
Jeff Grech 11/5 #227461
Tue 10Pied Oystercatchers
Betka River mouth and beach
Just returned from Gippsland hence late recording. Two Pied Oystercatchers on beach at river mouth, one with flag 9A on the left leg and one with the same 9A on the right leg. (could be 19A) 3 Hooded Plovers on beach at Pt Ricardo several days later. Between Cape Conran--Marlo
Bob Tate 22/5 #227564
Mon 9Brolga
Hepburns Lagoon near Daylesford
One Brolga seen and photographed
Andrew Gillingham 17/5 #227511
Australasian Bittern
Williams Landing ( Laverton RAAF Swamp ) .
At 13.55hrs,while casually watching a Swamp Harrier quartering Laverton RAAF Swamp an Australasian Bittern emerged from cover and took to flight, circling overhead then flying South across Princess HWY towards Skeleton Creek.
David Richardson 9/5 #227450
Sun 8Powerful Owl and Pink Robin
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
A Powerful Owl was easily located at 1235h near the south end of the Fern Gully in a grove on the south side of the sealed loop track from Gate E to Gate D; several flattened pellets with intact jaw and other bones were found on the sealed track under overhanging limbs up to 100m away from today's roost site and several more were found beneath the owl. A female Pink Robin was also seen, from as close as 2m, on the Australian Forest Walk, in the shrubbery between the "Nursery and Works Entry" and Gate E.
Charles and Reuben Silveira 9/5 #227446
Sat 7Kelp Gull
Mornington Peninsula National Park--Gunnamatta Beach
An adult bird amongst a flock of 4 Pacific Gulls, on the beach.
CHRISTOPHER Doughty 8/5 #227439
Swift Parrot
Loddon River @ Newstead
A small flock - presumably the same one as reported on 20th April. At least a couple of immature birds. Red-gum lerp is prolific and will hopefully encourage them to linger.
Geoff Park 8/5 #227436
Arctic Jaeger, White-winged Black Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, Freckled Duck, Australasian Bittern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Arctic Jaeger seen by Philip Peel harassing gulls near Kirk Point around midday; one WWBT in full breeding plumage accompanied about 20 others with blotchy partial breeding plumage (earmuffs still visible); 4 Black-tailed Godwit seen in the same pond near the T-Section where they have been previously recorded. One Australasian Bittern sighted. Other notables: 3 Brolga, 1 Cattle Egret, Freckled Ducks, am unseasonal Whiskered Tern, Spotless and Aus Spotted Crake, and Wedge-tailed Eagle.
Oakley H Germech (but first observers were different for most of the birds) 7/5 #227430
Fri 6Pink Robin, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Little Eagle
St Kilda Botanic Gardens
Female Pink Robin seen catching moths and Dutch Elm Beetles in the Golden Elm in the NE part of the gardens. It occasionally flew up into the large adjacent Moreton Bay Fig where it foraged high in the canopy. A Little Eagle circled overhead a couple of times before heading E and a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater was seen flying out of the gardens. It landed briefly in Foster Avenue.
Gio Fitzpatrick 10/5 #227454
Rose Robin
Westgate Park (Port Melbourne)
The Rose Robin is still on the small hill near the river and the bridge.
Jenny Skewes 7/5 #227432
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
Wellsford Forest
Northern end of Soundary Rd. Saw them in the same location two days in a row.
Philip L Robertson 7/5 #227422
Powerful Owl
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
Further to yesterday's sighting of a Powerful Owl, today there are two owls in the NZ section of Melbourne's RBG. Close together but roosting in different trees.
Patricia Maher per. Philip Maher 6/5 #227411
Thu 5Powerful Owl
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
A Powerful Owl seen back in its old haunts in the NZ section in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It's been seen regularly in the last week or so.
Patricia Maher per Philip Maher 5/5 #227409
Wed 4Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
Crusoe Reservoir Bendigo
One (juvenile ) Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (confirmed by Simon Starr ) seen and photographed by Simon Smith and his wife. It was on the exposed flats east of the big pines. It is a new bird for the Crusoe list , now at 164 species.
Simon Smith per Ken Dredge 4/5 #227406
Olive Whistler
A good twenty minute observation period at Forest Creek of a lone Olive Whistler foraging on the ground by the creek. A most unusual sighting for the region! Happily, the whistler was observed during a 20 minute 2 ha count as well!
Tanya Loos 4/5 #227404
Tue 3Short-tailed Shearwater, Fluttering Shearwater, Arctic Jaeger
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Blowing a westerly gale but good conditions for sea birds. eBird checklist
Angus Hartshorn 3/5 #227398
Sun 1Swift Parrot
Burnt Creek
Several swift parrots feeding on yellow gum flowers and amongst leaves of red gums, possibly for lerps. First time sighting at this particular spot. Also white browed babblers, white backed swallows, striated pardalotes, brown tree creepers, peaceful doves, white plumed honeyeaters, flame robins and various other species.
Heather Freemantle 17/5 #227513
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Wattle Park, Burwood
Eight, harassed by a couple of currawongs. eBird checklist
Debbie Lustig 1/5 #227386
Spotted Quail-thrush
Moggs Creek
A male Spotted Quail-thrush was seen in the hills behind Moggs Creek this wet morning in a bracken-filled area that has been fairly recently burned. I have not seen one in the eastern Otways for over 17 years. eBird checklist
John Newman 1/5 #227383

April 2016
Sat 30Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Saturday afternoon Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) 10 birds present in T-section of Western Treatment Plant .
Alek Kwiatkowski 1/5 #227378
Fri 29Swift Parrot
Raymond Island
8 swift parrots flew into large trees around my house , quickly moved on by noisy miners.
Robert Wright 29/4 #227354
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
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