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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.

We support ethical birding .


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The Birdlife Australia Orange-bellied Parrot recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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, Frankston, Hawthorn, Mentone, Mordialloc, Northcote, Parkville, South Melbourne, St Kilda, Werribee, 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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August 2016
Mon 29Red Necked Stint Curlew Sandpiper
Kirk Point Western Treatment Plant
200 Red-necked Stints, many in breeding plumage, looked as though they had just arrived. Also 1 Curlew Sandpiper in breeding plumage. eBird checklist
Angus Hartshorn Colin Foreman 30/8 #228385
highlight5 Black-tailed Godwit
Lake Tutchewop
5 Black-tailed Godwit was a big surprise here. Have only ever seen these in summer in northern Victoria. Also huge numbers (many thousands) of Red-necked Avocet plus a few Banded Stilt, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper etc Looking good at this site for waders in spring and summer.
Simon Starr 29/8 #228383
Sun 28highlightGull-billed Tern
Point Addis
32 Gull-billed Tern passing south overhead at around 0800 hours, observed form the car park at the point. eBird checklist Further information
Steve Davidson & Judith Spence 29/8 #228379
Olive-backed Oriole, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Brown Goshawk
Banyule Flats - Plenty/Yarra River Confluence
My first Oriole for this Spring, being harassed by Red Wattlebird. Two YFHs presumably heading south also first since autumn. Brown Goshawk circling overhead.
Neil Murray 29/8 #228377
black falcon
Barwon River, Belmont to Breakwater
observed a black falcon being harassed by crow/raven species shortly after it chased a spotted turtle dove into a large window of my house breaking its neck the falcon didn't return.
brett roberts 28/8 #228362
highlightBrown gerygone
Shepherd's Bush
This bird was already reported on eBird on 8 August 2016 by John Daniels, however has not been reported to Birdline yet. I think it is a noteworthy sighting for suburban Melbourne. Still present today along the track on west side of Dandenong Creek. eBird checklist
Michael Fuhrer 28/8 #228361
Sat 27Brown Falcon
Tasman Sea 100 nautical miles south of Mallacoota
Shipboard observation. A very pale Brown Falcon came into the vessel and remained for around 15 minutes, harassing a pair of Grey-faced Petrels on occasion.
Mick Roderick 28/8 #228353
highlightBarking owl
Kenninton res Bendigo
Found in small trees being hassled by miners and magpies also seen by Phil Robertson
David mcinnes 27/8 #228348
Fri 26Swift Parrot
Greensborough Nth
30+ Swift Parrots in high flowering gums (hence poor quality photo!) adjacent to Plenty River Walk in Greensborough Nth. They were feeding from tree to tree in private gardens around Hamish Court.
Deb Oliver 26/8 #228343
Thu 25highlightRainbow, Scaly-breasted, Musk, Purple-crowned & Little Lorikeets
Hannah Watts Park, Melton
Not just Pokemons to be hunted here - every Victorian lorikeet species, naturally occurring and otherwise! All counts rough minimum estimates. - 25 Musk Lorikeet - 4 Little Lorikeet - 10 Purple-crowned Lorikeet - 15 Rainbow Lorikeet - 2 Scaly-breasted Lorikeet eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 26/8 #228340
Wed 24Swift Parrot 6
Mt Arapiles Tooan State Park
Three seen very clearly in gum tree a few meters above my head. Then they all flew off. About a western Vic. record for eBird eBird checklist
Angus Hartshorn 25/8 #228331
Tue 23Swift Parrot
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park- Magenta Mine
Single bird in ironbarks
Ian Sutherland 23/8 #228326
Sun 21Black-eared Cuckoo, Redthroat, Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
Wyperfeld National Park
Black-eared Cuckoo again at 2 different sites. At least 2, possibly 3 male Redthroat's around the Discovery Walk. Also, Southern Scrub-Robin and 4 Major Mitchell's Cockatoo's on the road to Hopetoun.
Isaac Clarey 27/8 #228345
highlightGull-billed Tern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
1 adult Gull-billed Tern in breeding plumage flew from Lake Borrie, over Paradise Rd, into the lagoon north of Paradise Rd and then back to Lake Borrie, around 12 noon. Also 2 Brolga nests at the WTP now. I adult White-bellied Sea-eagle on Lake Borrie, 17 Whiskered Terns at Walsh's Lagoon and 6 at Lake Borrie. 7 Curlew Sandpipers at the Borrow Pit.
Kevin Bartram, Scott Baker 21/8 #228304
Sat 20Black-eared Cuckoo
Little Desert National Park
Spring is back in town. All species of cuckoo seen around Keith Hateley Nature Walk: Black-eared, Fan-tailed, Pallid, Shining Bronze and Horsefield's Bronze-cuckoo. No luck searching for Slender-bill Thornbills around areas bordering Dahlenbergs Mill Track. Although a pair of Hooded Robins were interesting here considering the habitat.
Isaac Clarey 26/8 #228338
highlightSwift Parrots
Plenty River Trail, Greensborough North
A great sighting of 50+ Swift Parrots along Plenty River Trail, specific location details provided to Dean Ingwersen.
David Adam 20/8 #228298
Zebra Finch
Cherry Lake, Altona
On a brief walk around the lake, three Zebra Finch (2 male, the third unidentified) flew very close by my face after being flushed from a feeding flock of Red-browed Finches and House Sparrow by a couple. I could not relocate them, but the facial markings were unmistakable. A recent record (2016) of a Zebra Finch call from Jawbone may be the same birds. eBird checklist
Oakley H Germech 20/8 #228297
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve
One Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater calling and feeding on red berries in the saltmarsh fringes, interacting closely with a Singing Honeyeater. All but one of the sightings at this location have been within the past 2 years. Three Fairy Martins also seen toward Kororoit Creek eBird checklist
Oakley H Germech 20/8 #228296
Fri 19Caspian Tern
Melton Reservoir
Single Caspian Tern over the reservoir. It was quite conspicuous after I had been watching several Fairy Martins hunting over the water.
Bernie McRitchie 20/8 #228289
highlightSwift Parrot
Plenty River Trail, Greensborough North
At least 30 birds, with likely more in area seen roosting in Manna Gum along creek behind Hamish Court. Birds eventually flew off into nearby Yellow Box and planted Flowering Gums in private gardens.
Warren Tomlinson 19/8 #228284
Spotted Harrier
Lancefield Golf Club
Single bird flying over Deep Creek towards Three Chain Road. First one I've seen in the area. Also the first Tree and Fairy Martins of the season.
Peter Houston 19/8 #228283
highlightSwift Parrot
Tracey Place, Greensborough
Following up on recent sightings of Swift Parrots in the area I located and counted 25 individuals in two Eucalypts at the end of Tracey Place, many were perched still with head withdrawn whilst it was raining. Additional flyovers of several small groups in and around Corowa Crescent, Hamish Court and adjacent Plenty River suggest many more. eBird checklist
Dan Ashdown 19/8 #228282
Thu 18Swift Parrot
Manrico Court, Sunbury
Have sighted a group of 6 whilst there are others present (calling). The swift parrots are flying between the Yellow Gum trees around the bottom of the court with lots of contact calls in flight. Not a lot of flowering at present in the gums however there is a firm northerly wind brewing today and I expect these are birds positioning for the return trip across Bass Strait.
Gerard O'Neill 18/8 #228270
Wed 17Black eared Cuckoo
Heathcote-Graytown National Park
Black eared Cuckoo sighted several times and heard calling all day in the area of the quarry. Also Speckled Warbler.
Murray Chambers, Alan Spalding 17/8 #228269
King Parrot
Oak Park
We were surprised to hear and then see a female King Parrot this morning sitting in a tree in our garden. Not sure how unusual this sighting is, but we've never seen KP's here in over 10 years.
Jo and Jason Caruso 17/8 #228264
Tue 16Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Lancefield Golf Club
One bird heard calling. First of the season for here.
Peter Houston 17/8 #228266
Common Koel
Birrarung Park
Male bird active in red gums adjacent to Yarra River
John Prytherch 16/8 #228261
Sun 14Latham's Snipe
Begola Wetlands, Ocean Grove
One flushed; first of the year
Guy Dutson 15/8 #228251
Black eared cuckoo
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
Found yesterday near bird hide
David mcinnes 15/8 #228246
megamegaFiordland Penguin
Cape Bridgewater
Found on busy beach west of kiosk. Appeared exhausted and was later taken into care.
Rob Farnes 15/8 #228245
highlightGull-billed Tern (Asian ssp)
Stockyard Point
One smaller bird with 6 typical Gull-billed Tern early morning at high tide. Didn't stay long.
Simon Starr and Christian Doerig 14/8 #228240
Sat 13Square-tailed Kite
Guildford, Midland Highway
One bird circling low over roadside trees and over the highway. Near where the road passes under the old railway bridge. eBird checklist Further information
Lawrie Conole 18/8 #228272
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Whroo Historic Reserve, Balaclava Hill
Pair observed by group on Birdlife Echuca outing. They were flying over the south-east in the direction of Reedy Lake.
Malcolm Cousland 14/8 #228237
Mon 8Powerful Owl
Glenfern Valley Bushland
Also great view of Wedge Tailed Eagle flying just above the canopy
Des and Adrienne Palmer 8/8 #228213
Sun 7Rose Robin
Nurcong Flora and Fauna Reserve, near Mt Arapiles, Western Victoria
All 18 participating members of Birdlife Horsham had a delightful but surprising sighting of a Rose Robin during our Sunday outing. Single bird flew in whilst members were observing a Southern Scrub-robin.
Deidre Andrews 8/8 #228207
highlightBrown Gerygone
Gardiners Creek, Glen Iris
Submitting better photo of what I believe is a Brown Gerygone. Seen again near the Hedgeley Dene outflow pond. This would be out of normal range ??
Phillip West 7/8 #228198
Sat 6Varied Sittella (18), Olive Whistler
Dandenong Ranges National Park--Sherbrooke Forest
Two separate bands of sittella (8 and 10 individuals respectively), one near the junction of the Paddy and Neumann Tracks, and the other near the bottom of the Hillclimb Track (just before the junction with the Pound Creek Track), both foraging actively in the upper regions of the Mountain Ash. Distinctive calls + clear views of their barred tails and upturned bills. This species is not commonly reported from inside the Dandenong Ranges - there have been two sightings reported on eBird this year, however, and one from 2014. Also incredibly prolonged views of a male Olive Whistler feeding silently near the track at the top of Neumann Track - remained within five metres of me for ten minutes without moving away. Many male lyrebirds still in full breeding swing - three seen performing their display. eBird checklist
Oakley H Germech 7/8 #228199
Fri 5Grey Goshawk White Morph
Daylesford Malmsbury Road, Daylesford
A single bird perched, eating prey on a fencepost
Chris McLean via Tanya Loos 8/8 #228208
Eastern Curlew
Mahers Landing, Inverloch
30 plus eastern curlews east of Mahers Landing, not sure if they're stayers or incomers. Also 3 red capped plovers, male, female and juvenile. 1 yellow billed spoonbill and a wedge-tailed eagle. Also 2 very vocal olive whistlers in my front yard in town.
Deb Crosby 5/8 #228185
Thu 4Song Thrush
Warmington Road, Sunshine West
Song Thrush seen singing its heart out in the morning sun atop a pine in the front garden of a house on Warmington Road about 7.55am.
Michael Gooch 4/8 #228180
Wed 3Restless Flycatcher
Bacchus Marsh West Golf Course
After hearing the unmistakable call of a Restless Flycatcher at my home this afternoon, I found it in the back garden. From its behaviour, it must have had a dip in my bird bath and then perched up to clean its feathers.
Bernie McRitchie 3/8 #228178
Tue 2Black-chinned Honeyeater
Bacchus Marsh West Golf Course
A small group of three Black-chinned Honeyeaters moved through my garden yesterday afternoon. Only the second time I have seen this species, so I was very impressed to have them in my garden for a few minutes. Our place is close to the BM West Golf Course.
Bernie McRitchie 3/8 #228177
Australasian Bittern
Braeside Park
A regular winter visitor to the park and is usually sighted at the southern end.
Wayne Butterworth 3/8 #228176
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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