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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.

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1/21/2014

Moderators' Note

Birdwatchers are reminded that there is no access allowed to the Western Treatment Plant, Werribee on days of Total Fire Ban in the Central Fire district. Please report: Regent Honeyeater to dean.ingwersen@birdlife.org.au; Orange-bellied Parrot to chris.purnell@birdlife.org.au - no OBP reports published on Birdline; nesting Fairy Tern to chrischandler1959@gmail.com; White-throated Needletail to tarburton.m@optusnet.com.au, Black Swan with neck collars to myswan.org.au; Barbary Dove to Birdline; Little Raven with leg bands to kbekanay@deakin.edu.au; Hooded Plover to hoodedplover@birdlife.org.au.

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September 2014
Tue 2highlightFreckled Duck
GDF Suez Hazelwood Morwell River Wetlands, Morwell
One Freckled Duck, a very unexpected sighting in the Latrobe Region, also an Australian Shoveler (male) and a Mallard (hybrid?). Great viewing of a perched adult White-bellied Sea Eagle and an immature in flight.
Alix Williams with the Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists' Bird Group 2/9 #219502
Mon 1Latham's Snipe, Freckled Duck
Mill Park Lakes Wetlands
A solitary Latham's Snipe at the edge of the water; my first for this season. Also around 12 Freckled Duck; I have seen Freckled Duck here on every visit this year. eBird checklist
Richard Arnold 1/9 #219486

August 2014
Sun 31Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
Still present - possibly 5 birds. eBird checklist
Alan Crawford 1/9 #219490
Freckled Duck
Blue Waters Lake Reserve, Ocean Grove
25-30 Freckled Ducks were observed roosting around a large willow tree.
Brett Ferguson 1/9 #219483
highlightMarsh Sandpiper
Yarrawonga
A single bird seen on a drying wetland by the Boomahnoomoonah Rd. A good sighting locally, waders are rare in NE Victoria. This is the third wader species seen in the Yarrawonga area over the late week with a Wood Sandpiper and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers also seen. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 31/8 #219469
White-winged Chough, Fan-tailed Cuckoo and Laughing Kookaburra
Royal Park, Parkville
An immature White-winged Chough was east of Elliot Avenue (as reported by Rohan Long on Thursday) close to the circular bike/walking track, a Fan-tailed Cuckoo was in the skink grassland above Trin Warren Tam-boore waterhole and a Laughing Kookaburra was in and around the Zoo.
Chris Lester 31/8 #219468
Sat 30Lewin's Rail
Royal Botanic Gardens (Cranbourne)
Heard calling beside the main access road while I was driving from the Australian garden to the Stringybark picnic ground. I stopped and walked back, hearing it calling again. eBird checklist
Jackson Airey 31/8 #219477
highlightTurquoise Parrot, Masked Owl
Bunyip State Park
Five Turquoise Parrots flushed from the borrow pit at the southern end of Bunyip River Road, seem to becoming more common in the area. Single Masked Owl of note as it was in an area extensively burnt in the Black Saturday fires. eBird checklist
Tim Bawden 30/8 #219462
Marsh Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Three Marsh Sandpiper today in Pond 4. Some Sharpies, Red-necked Stint and Curlew Sandpipers with good colour.
Jen Spry 30/8 #219460
highlightAustralasian Bittern
Lark Street, Altona
In flight above my backyard, heading south then east. I am very near to Truganina Swamp which is likely where it came from and looks like it was heading towards Kororoit Creek.
David A Richardson 30/8 #219453
Eurasian Tree Sparrows and New Holland Honeyeater
Alice Street, Coburg
My second sighting of a New Holland Honeyeater in Coburg in six years living here. This one was in a suburban front yard near the corner with Victoria street. Eurasian Tree Sparrows are regularly at this location including one this morning.
Nick Talbot 30/8 #219447
Fri 29Rainbow Lorikeet
Alexandra
4 birds along UT Creek and around Lekie Park - a new Alex bird for me.
Matt Weeks 31/8 #219474
Glossy Ibis
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Single bird flying west over Borrow Pit on a very foggy morning. Large numbers of Black-shouldered Kites, two Brolgas in sea east of Murtcain Outlet. Brown Quail at Beach Rd Gate. Several reports of Blue-wings in Western Lagoons but they hid from us.
Dave Torr and 4 UK visitors 29/8 #219431
Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
Following everyone else's reports, found at least 10 swift parrots in trees near Pearson St.. eBird checklist
Philip Peel 29/8 #219428
Thu 28highlightWhite-winged Chough
Royal Park, Parkville
Really odd to see this bird here, but got a clear, unmistakable view. Single bird flew in and perched in a medium-sized tree just east of where MacArthur Rd crosses the tram track. Clearly saw down-curved beak and white-wing detail when the bird made a preening motion. Would have liked to have seen if there were more choughs but I occupied and couldn't follow it up. (Also saw female Golden Whistler in more or less the same spot.) eBird checklist
Rohan Long 29/8 #219426
Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
At least 10 birds close to Pearson St as previously reported. eBird checklist
Pete Kyne & Micha Jackson 28/8 #219416
Wed 27highlightWood Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
North side of Paradise Road near Little River estuary [East of quarantine area]- with Dotterels. Feeding quietly and not bothered by very close car. Also one Glossy Ibis and many Black-shouldered Kites with immature plumage.
Mal Kidson 27/8 #219408
Tue 26highlightWood Sandpiper
Hicks Road Wetland (Yarrawonga)
Tipped off by Michael Ramsey waders were at this wetland and photographed a Wood Sandpiper late afternoon. Two Sharp-tailed Sandpipers also present.
Ros King 27/8 #219409
Little Eagle
Price Park, Viewbank
1 bird soaring high being hassled by ravens. Also, the Noisy Friarbird is still present below the toilet block
Greg Cobern 27/8 #219403
Eastern Barn Owl
Forfar Rd, Hamlyn Heights
Was attending to maintenance around my parents home at lunch time today when I disturbed an Eastern barn owl from roosting low in a shrub next to the swimming pool. It flew out and looked at me before flying into a large tree two houses down the street. I will never forget this unique experience.
Julian Earl 26/8 #219393
highlightRose Robin
Woodlands Historic Park
Located about 300 metres from the cemetery car park amongst flowering wattle, near the old entrance road to the hospital. eBird checklist
Richard Arnold 26/8 #219392
Little Eagle
Monash University Clayton Campus
Noisy Miner and Magpie alarm calls alerted me to the presence of a dark morph Little Eagle soaring over the uni carpark at 10:40am. Also observed were three Little Lorikeets.
Lewis Hiller 26/8 #219387
Rufous Songlark
Fairhope (12 km N of Bairnsdale)
Calling in paddock. Unusually early record for the season at this locality.
Felicity & Chris Healey 26/8 #219383
Mon 25White-bellied Sea Eagle
Donald Aerodrome
White-bellied Sea Eagle sighted on ground at the Donald aerodrome at 10 a.m. this morning. It took flight after being harassed by a pair of magpies only to be chased by a pair of circling Wedge-tailed Eagles.
David and Ann Dunstan 25/8 #219374
Sun 24Dusky Woodswallow
Strathtulloh Woodland
30 - 40 Dusky Woodswallows in Strathtulloh Woodland, in Toolern Regional Park, beside Toolern Creek, south of Melton. Very actively feeding both on the ground & in the air.
Daryl Akers 24/8 #219369
Latham's Snipe
Heathdale Glen Orden Wetland, Werribee 3030
At 1750 hours, I observed two Snipe that flushed at this Wetland. The first returns I have observed for this season at this location.
Peter Gibbons 24/8 #219362
highlightBeach Stone Curlew
Anderson Inlet, Inverloch.
Single Bush Stone Curlew still on mud flats near Screw Creek nature walk. eBird checklist
Dave Dickson 24/8 #219351
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Rufous Songlark
Hicks Road (Yarrawonga)
One recently arrived Sharpie at the east end of the wetland in drying shallows. Also first spring return of Rufous Songlark in full song. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 24/8 #219350
Sat 23Blue-faced Honeyeater
Royal Melbourne Zoo, Parkville
Three individuals flying free near the entrance to the gorilla enclosures. I've never seen them this far south.
Gary Oliver 24/8 #219355
highlightBeach Stone-Curlew
Screw Creek, Inverloch
Beach Stone-Curlew still present at Screw Creek. Was seen sheltering amongst rocks at low tide, approximately 100m from bridge. eBird checklist
Robyn & Nick Goode 24/8 #219352
Brolga
Rokewood Shelford Road. east of Rokewood
Two brolga in wet area near side of road.
Noel and Lynne Billing 23/8 #219345
highlightPlumed Whistling Ducks
Railway Dam, Canola Depot, Willaura
260 birds resting beside dam, counted by two individuals and then seen again at the 'poo farm' in the afternoon eBird checklist
Samantha Greiner & BirdLife Hamilton members 23/8 #219340
highlightPectoral Sandpiper etc
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
1 Pectoral Sandpiper in worn breeding plumage seen in the 5W Conservation Ponds 5W - the one just south-west of the intersection of the South Rd. It was with a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper also in worn breeding plumage. Other highlights include: a pair of Brolgas at the T-Section Lagoons; 6 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in the T-Section Lagoons; 1 Black Falcon on the fence next to the Spit.
Scott Baker, Merv Marsh, Kevin Bartram 23/8 #219339
White-winged Triller, Brown Songlark, Banded Lapwing, White-winged Fairy-wrens
Gladfield South
A scout around the plains west of Pyramid Hill turned up an early male Triller on the move through, a displaying Brown Songlark, 6 Banded Lapwings, numerous White-winged Fairy-wrens and Zebra Finches, Stubble Quail calling, a Peregrine, Pied Butcherbird and White-fronted Chats feeding young. Not bad for a few treeless paddocks !
Simon Starr 23/8 #219331
Fri 22Wood sandpiper
Dandenong Valley Wetlands, Rowville (Rigby's Wetlands)
One solitary bird as observed on Saturday 16 August
Stephan Megroz 22/8 #219330
Freckled Ducks
Coolart
A few Freckled Duck plus plenty of Blue-billed Ducks. Also 20 or more Ibis (mainly Sacred Ibis) building nests, incubating eggs,raising chicks and quarreling, all within 20 metres of the hide
Philip Robinson 22/8 #219326
Thu 21Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
About 6- 8 birds seen near the Pearson Street side of the Park where previously reported. eBird checklist
Nick Koutoulis 21/8 #219314
Southern Boobook
Valley Reserve, Mt Waverley
Boobook seen this afternoon at Valley Res` being harassed by usual suspects.
Chris Gittins 21/8 #219312
Swift Parrot, Crimson Rosella
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
3 male Swift Parrot seen in flowering Sugar Gum at woodlot along Pt Wilson Rd this morning around 0930hrs. Also there a roving band of Crimson Rosella which is a rare bird for the plant. Fairy Martin is returning in good numbers now and I saw one and heard two other Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo in saltmarsh at T-section and Western Lagoon. eBird checklist
Steve Davidson 21/8 #219305
Wed 20highlightIntermediate Egret & Latham's Snipe
Lake Colac Bird Sanctuary
Went down looking for a few Snipe a friend told me about. I was lucky enough to find the Snipe and an Intermediate Egret. Also lots of other species including several Swans nesting, Yellow-billed and Royal Spoonbills, a Pacific Heron and 2 Great Egrets in breeding plumage. eBird checklist
Adam Fry 20/8 #219301
Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
At least 8 swift parrots still present this afternoon (4pm). All seen at the Pearson Street end of the park feeding on tall flowering gums. eBird checklist
Richard Arnold 20/8 #219298
Song Thrush
Dundee St, Reservoir
1 seen in a private backyard this morning
Matt Vinicombe 20/8 #219295
Tue 19Swift Parrot (2)
Monash University Clayton Campus
2 Swift Parrot seen in usual area today feeding in natives. Seems like there is a small number hanging around at the moment. eBird checklist Further information
James Mustafa 19/8 #219285
Mon 18Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
Feeding near Pearson Street. Witnessed several interactions with Noisy Miners. eBird checklist
Debbie Lustig 18/8 #219275
Sun 17Powerful Owl
Dandenong Ranges National Park ,Old Coach Rd The Basin
Des and Jeremy Palmer 18/8 #219277
Powerful Owl
Studley Park, Kew
I was alerted by alarm calls of Bell Miners near their colony at Dights Falls end of Galatea Point.
Dave Dickson 17/8 #219262
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Bundoora
For those interested in ticking plastics Bulbul still showing well this morning (around 8.30 am) in Bryson Crtt and Carbeen Dve. All sightings appear to be within 100 m of this location but bird not always present. Was heard upon arrival and allowed very close approach which possibly does not support the 'wild-bird theory'.
Scott Baker 17/8 #219260
Sat 16White-winged Chough
Viewbank (Melbourne)
Flock of 7 foraging among red gums at end of Martins Lane. 10 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos in wattles nearby.
Richard Loyn & Debbie Tully 16/8 #219246
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Spotted Harrier, 70 Neophemas, 30 Double-banded Plover
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
3 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at the T-Section Lagoons & 2 at the Western Conservation Ponds (=5). Also around 70 Neophemas seen at the saltmarsh south of the T-section Lagoons, presumably all Blue-winged Parrots. A few hundred Curlew Sandpipers, around 6 Red-necked Stints, about 30 Double-banded Plovers also at T-section. 1 adult Spotted Harrier on fence post on Pt Wilson Rd. 1 Glossy Ibis, Western Conservation Ponds.
Kevin Bartram 16/8 #219244
highlightWood Sandpiper
Dandenong Valley Wetland
Solitary bird
Stephan Megroz 16/8 #219243
Noisy Friarbird
Price Park, Viewbank
The Noisy Friarbird was living up to its name at 9:30am, so it was very easy to find in the gum trees below the toilets. It kept chasing Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and Red Wattlebirds over the houses and into the tall trees 100m away, only to return to its preferred gum tree after about a minute. (In addition, at least 4 Swift Parrots were seen feeding at 11am in Car Park 8 of La Trobe University Campus.)
Reza Mohammed 16/8 #219232
Fri 15Olive-backed Oriole
Banyule Flats Reserve
One calling in morning from red gums in billabong. 2 Yellow-faced Honeyeaters nearby beside Yarra River.
Richard Loyn 16/8 #219245
Red-kneed Dotterel
Yarrawonga
88 birds seen in a shallow flooded paddock by Hicks Road. Not a rare species locally but the high count and timing (usually a late spring and summer bird around here) is unusual. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 15/8 #219224
Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park Brunswick
Swifties still there this morning as previously reported. I saw up to four, probably juveniles flittering from tree to tree not far from Pearson Street. Thanks to everyone who has been putting these sitings on Birdline. eBird checklist
Richard Arnold 15/8 #219218
highlightNoisy Friarbird
Price Park Viewbank
Noisy Friarbird quietly feeding in flowering gum along walking track below toilets at approx. 9.15am eBird checklist
Brendan McDonald 15/8 #219217
highlightRed-whiskered Bulbul
Bundoora
Bird seen on top of bare tree on private property in Bryson Crt. Bundoora just back form corner Carbeen Drv. as previously reported on Birdline eBird checklist
Brendan McDonald 15/8 #219216
Swift Parrot
La Trobe University Bundoora Campus
A dozen or so Switties still present along North side of car park 8 . eBird checklist
Brendan McDonald 15/8 #219215
Thu 14highlightLatham's Snipe
Growling Frog Golf Course
Seen one Latham's Snipe around the back near the bird hide. An early visitor. eBird checklist
Aleks Arsoski 15/8 #219212
Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
Around 4.30pm at least 30 Swift Parrots in Eucalypts close to Pearson St (as previously reported). eBird checklist
Scott Baker 14/8 #219206
Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
At least 6 Swift Parrots seen at the Pearson St end of Gilpin Park. Thanks for the initial posting Nicole & Paul. eBird checklist
Philip Jackson & Frank Mitchell 14/8 #219205
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Indian Ringneck)
McKinnon
An Indian Ringneck was observed perched next to some Spotted Doves on a house roof in Glen Orme Ave, McKinnon. I presume an escapee.
Lewis Hiller 14/8 #219204
Brolga
Williams Landing Wetland
Two Brolgas reported at the wetland in Reserve C. Possibly the closest record to Melbourne CBD in a long while? Poor photo attached.
Matt Hatton via David Wilson 14/8 #219198
Wed 13highlightBrown Cuckoo-dove
Croajinolong National Park approx -37.4580, 149.8380
An unmistakable large brown pigeon (female). Observed for about 10 minutes, sitting half way up a gum tree about 300 M south from the start of Lakeview track, Croajinolong NP (north of Mallacoota inlet, access via Maxwell's Rd) eBird checklist
Angus Hartshorn 14/8 #219203
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Magenta Rd, Chiltern-Mt Pilot NP
It seems the unbanded male from Teal Track a few months ago has moved. Matt found the bird today, still making abbreviated Red Wattlebird mimicry, adjacent to Magenta Rd about 300m west of the intersection with Greenhill Rd (i.e. back towards Magenta Mine). eBird checklist
Matt Lincoln via Dean Ingwersen 13/8 #219192
Tue 12highlightSlender-billed Prion
Point Roadknight.
SBP found beachcast around noon today. Longish bill, culminicorn gap of >5mm between nostril and bill hook, straight bill sides and small black tail tip suggested this sp.
Steve Davidson - The Melbourne Birder 13/8 #219193
Mon 11Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
12 Swift Parrots in the park today, seem to be hanging about the Pearson Street end. They have been around for a few days. eBird checklist
Nicole Spillane and Paul Jacobson 11/8 #219157
Sun 10Red-necked Avocet
Serendip Sanctuary
I think that this is the first record of this species at Serendip. Seen in Lake Serendip feeding with Black-winged Stilts. eBird checklist
Ruth Woodrow & Paul Dodd 10/8 #219151
Eclectus Parrot
Robinson Reserve, Coburg
A female escapee feeding in a cotoneaster in a park. (Note - Google search found two reports of people seeking missing pet female Eclectus. Both appeared to be from May 2014.) eBird checklist
Nick Talbot 10/8 #219146
Lewin's Rail
Liverpool Rd Retarding Basin Boronia
eBird checklist
Des Palmer 10/8 #219139
Sat 9highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Killawarra Forest
One male heard then seen at the end of Mattamia Lane. First record in the forest for over a year. This species has been seen sporadically in the forest now since 2010. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 10/8 #219137
highlightBeach Stone-Curlew
Andersons Inlet, Inverloch
Single bird spotted in the mangroves, on east side of Screw Creek approx. 100m south of footbridge. eBird checklist
Martin Dwelly 9/8 #219134
highlightRed-whiskered Bulbul (2)
Bundoora
Two Red-whiskered Bulbul located this morning in Bundoora approx. 10.15am. First bird seen from the road in a backyard in Betula Avenue. Watched as it called for a around 5 minutes until (to my astonishment) it received answer from Shaman Court. It flew off and joined a second bird near the corner of Sharman/Betula. First bird did not hang around for long but second bird remained a little longer allowing for some photos. Habitat was your stereotypical suburban urbanised area with lawns and a lot introduced plants. Many other ferals noted such as myna, starling, spotted dove etc. Looking at records from when this bird was around in Victoria in higher numbers this is in a nearby region. RWBulbul was recorded in Vic up to 2009 in Rosanna, Heidelberg, Hurstbridge, Ivanhoe, Brunswick and other northern suburbs. No bands on legs either. eBird checklist Further information
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne 9/8 #219120
Fri 8Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck
Growling Frog Golf Course
3 Freckled Ducks along with 11 Pink-eared Ducks located in the back dam. 9 species of ducks were recorded on site including Shelduck, Wood Duck. Black Duck, Grey & Chestnut Teal, Shoveler & Hardhead. eBird checklist
Aleks Arsoski 8/8 #219100
Superb Fairy-wren
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Leucistic Superb Fairy-wren found on the road adjacent Ryan's Swamp at the WTP. It was in the company of a regular family group of fairy-wrens. eBird checklist
Mark Buckby, Iian Denham, Trevor Hunt 8/8 #219097
Thu 7highlightSooty Albatross
Pt Lonsdale lighthouse offshore
Uniformly dark, graceful and shapely albatross. ~80% wingspan of a Shy Albatross. Long narrow wings, occasionally hump-backed like a Shy Albatross, wedge shaped tail; consistently, with one exception when it rose quite high, it was gliding low, slowly and gracefully over the water. Occasional graceful shallow wing-beats. Uniformly dark sooty brown with a dark bill with no distinguishing features or paler contrasts. eBird checklist
Craig Morley 9/8 #219123
highlightBeach Stone-Curlew
Anderson Inlet, Inverloch.
The bird was still on the beach near the Screw Creek carpark around 10 this morning. eBird checklist
Jenny Skewes 7/8 #219077
Banded Lapwing
Bluestone School Rd, Connewarre. 38°16'34.00"S 144°25'50.37"E
10 Plovers feeding in short grain crop this afternoon! Same location as reported on April 30. eBird checklist
Denis Sleep 7/8 #219072
Wed 6highlightRed-whiskered Bulbul
Bundoora
Observed singing loudly on prominent treetops in Carbeen Drive, Bundoora. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 9/8 #219114
Freckled Duck
Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve
Single bird loafing on rock in ornamental lake. eBird checklist
Richard Nowotny 7/8 #219068
Pink-eared Duck
Growling Frog Golf Course
12 Pink-eared Ducks in the back dam eBird checklist
Aleks Arsoski 6/8 #219066
Unusually coloured Australian King-Parrot
Backgarden bird bath, Blackburn, adjacent Blackburn Creeklands Parkland
A large, very colourful parrot arrived at the bird bath at 11.30 am this morning. As King-Parrots are common in the area and at the bird bath I assume it is a King-Parrot with a lot of bright yellow in the feathers. As you can see in the photo the beak and lower breast are red. Female? Unfortunately i only had time to take a quick photo through glass with a small camera. I have alerted others who live adjacent or walk in the Blackburn Creeklands as it flew off in that direction. King-Parrots could be heard calling from the park. eBird checklist
Megan Short 6/8 #219058
Tue 5Pink Robin
Seymour River Walk
Male bird seen close to the track. Not previously reported for this area. eBird checklist
Peter Mitchell, Lesley Dalziel, Val La May 8/8 #219092
Freckled Duck
Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve
Two Freckled Ducks with the Pink-eared Ducks in the pond just west of the bird hide. eBird checklist
Peter West 6/8 #219063
highlightPlum-headed Finch
Murray to Mountains Trail - Bowser Station
Found the previously reported bird feeding by itself behind the station. Timid, I had the bird frequently dissapearing on me, at one point calling from atop an Acacia, and also calling and flying directly over a couple of times in response to playback eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds 5/8 #219048
Brown Gerygone
Dandenong Ranges National Park--Sherbrooke Forest
Heard and then had great views of a Brown Gerygone along Neumann track. eBird checklist
Simon Starr 5/8 #219046
Mon 4Cattle Egret
Lake Benalla
A flock of 57 Cattle Egrets roosting on an island at Lake Benalla, close to the art gallery, counted at 5pm. The birds have roosted there for over 2 months, with numbers varying from about 30 to 60 birds. eBird checklist
Kathy Costello 5/8 #219045
highlightTurquoise Parrot
Dookie
A single male bird seen on the edge of town by paddocks on McDonald Rd, a bird I never expected to see here. Well away from their core range in the Warby Ranges and Chesney Hills to the east, some records also from Voilet Town to the immediate south though as well. All I can think it is most likely this bird has dispersed quite far during winter, or even more exciting there could be a unknown remnant population in the Dookie Hills. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 4/8 #219032
Report
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
Highlight
Rare
Vagrant
Outside normal range/irruption
Exceptional number
Repeat report of megas
Mega
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