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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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Moderators' Note

NEWS FLASH: John Young will be talking about the rediscovery of one of the world rarest and most cryptic birds, the Night Parrot! The talk will be at the Deakin Edge auditorium, Federation Square, Melbourne, Sunday 1st of March. Purchase tickets online and then collect from the door 6pm on the night. Doors open 6:45pm and John will start his talk at 7pm. See

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

March 2015
Fri 6Powerful Owl, Rufous Fantail
Glenfern Valley Bushland
Des Palmer 6/3 #222439
Thu 5White-backed Swallow
Norm Road, near Junction of Beechworth Chiltern Road (10km south of Chiltern)
2 birds seen flying low over grazed paddock around 11am. Good views of white backs as birds flew away.
Joseph Birckhead 5/3 #222425
Wed 4White-throated Nightjar
Ironbark Picnic area Aireys Inlet
2100 hrs 2 birds calling.
Garry Cheers 5/3 #222433
Scarlet Honeyeater
A pair of Scarlet Honeyeaters were observed feeding in the flowering Southern Mahogany that abuts our driveway. Like many of our late summer-autumn observations of this species, they remained completely silent throughout the length of time we watched them actively feeding among the outer branches of this large gum.
Jacquie and Len Axen 4/3 #222423
Tue 3Barbary Dove, Rufous Whistler, Red-browed Finch (2)
Gardiners Creek Reserve, Ashwood
Single Barbary Dove perched high on dead tree between wetland area and open grass lawn. Second sighting here (last one in Feb 2014). Very certain there is a aviculturist in the neighbourhood (Chukar last year also). First record of Rufous Whistler yesterday afternoon (2/3/15) and first record for Red-browed Finch along the drain this afternoon (3/3/15). Never seen either species for the 10+ years I've lived here. Early autumnal movements? RB Finch was my 77th species at this little suburban site. Attached poor iPhone photo of whistler eBird checklist
James Mustafa 3/3 #222407
Australian Ringneck (28)
Fyansford Common
Escaped bird seen around the river on BirdLife Werribee outing
Dave Torr and BirdLife Werribee 3/3 #222405
300 Banded Stilt 500 Avocet 100 Marsh Sandpiper
Cheetham Wetlands, Avalon
Des Palmer and Peter Fry 3/3 #222403
Mon 2Latham's Snipe
Westgate Park (Port Melbourne)
A not so shy Latham's Snipe was seen during our bird survey feeding on the edge of one of the islands in the large freshwater lake. Further information
Andrew McCutcheon, Euan Moore and Rob Youl 4/3 #222419
highlightBlue-faced Honeyeater
royal pde carlton nth
Single Blue faced honeyeater seen along bike path/ walking track @ Princes Park this afternoon.
chris gittins 2/3 #222399

February 2015
Sat 28Lewin's Rail and Freckled Duck
The Briars- Boonoorong Hide
Lewins Rail heard calling in front of Boonoorong Hide. Heard both "Teck, Teck, Teck" advertising call and squelchy grunt calls. Also single Freckled Duck observed in pond, to left of hide. Further information
James Peake 28/2 #222388
Fri 27highlightPainted Honeyeater, Turquoise Parrot, White-throated Nightjar
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park
Still great birding around Chiltern with lots of mistletoe in flower throughout the park. Great views of feeding Painted Honeyeaters, with single birds seen at both Magenta Mine and Tuan Campground. A group of three Turquoise Parrots was also seen feeding on the ground near the Bartley's Block carpark. A pair of White-throated Nightjars was observed hawking over the dam beside Tuan campground over two consecutive nights just after dusk.
Helenna Mihailou 28/2 #222373
Diamond Dove
North Geelong, Victoria Street in front and backyard of our property.
My wife Gwen spotted the Diamond Dove in the front yard at 9.30 AM this morning. We both observed dove for several minutes and took photos with our phones. The dove flew off. 5 Minutes later I observed it in our back yard in the vegetable patch. It has been there browsing and sunbacking up to now which is 12.15. I was able to take photos with a proper camera which produced better results. At first we thought it was an escapee but noticed a report up near the Murry River so it opens the sighting up to question. I hope the photo comes out on report.
Michael and Gwen Bird 27/2 #222364
Thu 26highlightOriental Plover
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
1 oriental plover about 150 metres into salt marsh to the right of the road before restriction defence department gates. Loosely associating with red capped plovers. Almost 2x the size of red capped plovers with white breast and wide white brow. This is my first time seeing this species since moving to Australia. 2 brolgas and 1 blue-winged parrot also in salt marsh. As encouraged I shall start uploading lists to Ebird soon. [Moderators' note: This report has been published so that other birders can look for this bird and provide confirmation.]
Lachlan Richardson 28/2 #222369
Wed 25Indian Ringneck
St Albans
An obviously escaped Indian Ringneck flew overhead at about 3:30 this afternoon.
Marc Freestone 26/2 #222357
Tue 24Superb Parrot
At least 50 Superb Parrots were seen on the eastern outskirts of Wunghnu this morning at approximately 7:00am. The majority of birds were seen around the woodland at Graham St, most of which appeared to be females and juveniles eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds 24/2 #222344
highlightDiamond Dove
Barmah National Park
A single Diamond Dove was seen near the Weir at Broken Creek in Barmah National Park this morning. Clear views of both red eye ring and white spots on the wings distinguishing it from the Peaceful Doves it was associating with eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds 24/2 #222343
Guys Hill Rd, Strathfieldsaye
Lone Cockatiel sitting on the power line near corner of Ryalls Lane and Guys Hill Rd. [Moderator's note: this bird may well be an escapee considering the time of year and location.]
Phil Robertson 24/2 #222341
Mon 23Common Sandpiper
Hastings Boat Harbour
Sandpiper seen on exposed mud northside of boat ramp. Flew under jetty into mangroves. Low tide and many species of birds on mud.
Colin Mulvogue 24/2 #222337
Grey Goshawk
Pound Road, Hastings
Single white morph bird passing through old council depot property.
Dan Weller, Grainne Maguire 23/2 #222330
Sun 22Grey Goshawk (White form)
2 Jackson's Hill Road, Menzies Creek
Chickens were giving their out of sinc alarm call (reserved for extreme danger). Went down to their cage to see them huddled together in a corner and a white bird flew from the roof of the cage to an overhanging branch. As it landed I realised it wasn't a white cockatoo but a Goshawk. Third sighting in 13 years, previous one had the goshawk bouncing on the wire roof of the chicken's cage.@10.45am
Will Ashhburner with Simon Ashburner 22/2 #222320
White Throated Needletail
Des and Adrienne Palmer 22/2 #222318
Sat 21Myiagra flycatchers and Fantailed Cuckoo
Seal Island, east of Wilson's Promontory
2 flycatchers, best fitting Leaden in worn female and "unworn" female plumage, seen in scattered Shiny Coprosma bushes in mainly tussock vegetation and also hawking for prey in swallow-like fashion in a high shallow vertical-walled gulch on the south coast. With Satin Flycatcher being more likely on passage from Tasmania (but early) and very strong sunlight, I'm not 100% confident of Leaden Flycatcher. Also, immature Fantailed cuckoo flushed from a rock perch in dense tussock grassland and prob Wedge-tailed Shearwater seen at sea west of the island.
George Appleby 23/2 #222329
Swamp Harrier
Serendip Sanctuary
Observed a single Swamp Harrier over North Arm section of Serendip Sanctuary around 11:00am. Swamp Harriers are very rarely recorded at Serendip.
Paul Dodd & Bill Stent 22/2 #222316
highlightPainted Honeyeater, Turquoise Parrot, Speckled Warbler, Bush Stone-Curlew
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park
Four Painted Honeyeaters, four Turquoise Parrots and a pair of Speckled Warblers at Bartley's Block. A Bush Stone-Curlew at the Rutherglen Research Station.
Chris and Rosemary Lester and Jan Smith 22/2 #222314
highlightPectoral Sandpipers, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Peregrine Falcon
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
A total of 6 Pectoral Sandpipers seen today, 2 at Beach Rd Lagoon, 3 at the Western Conservation Ponds, & 1 at the Borrow Pits. 1 Broad-billed Sandpiper seen at the Beach Rd rocks. A nice juvenile Peregrine Falcon seen feeding on the side of the road between Lake Borrie & Little River. A party of Brown Quail at the Little River Ford & Beach Rd gate.
Kevin Bartram, Scott Baker 21/2 #222312
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Around 0930hrs this morning Jacquie noticed an unusual honeyeater being harassed by a number of Little and Red Wattlebirds as it was drinking and bathing in a birdbath at the front of our house. On closer inspection a male Regent Honeyeater was identified and for the next half hour we had uninterrupted views of it as it began feeding in the flowering Southern Mahogany in front of our balcony. Needless to say a most unexpected observation. Archival data and HANZAB suggest "vagrant" or at best "an irregular visitor" to this area of Far East Gippsland
Jacquie and Len Axen 21/2 #222311
highlightBlack-faced Monarch
RJ Chambers Flora and Fauna Reserve
One very observer-friendly bird, calling, flying around and sittiing on low branches. Along Lyrebird Track near the point where it crosses Toomuc Creek. The Reserve is off Bourke Creek Rd, less than 10 minutes drive from Upper Beaconsfield on the road to Emerald. Also White-naped, Brown-headed, White-eared and Yellow-faced honeyeaters at the same spot, and three Lyrebirds congeregated on Bourke Creek road on my drive off.
Christian Doerig 21/2 #222310
Australian Spotted Crake
Boardwalk Hastings
One female bird seen working the edge of the wetlands, behind the motel along the boardwalk. Not seen here before.
S. King 21/2 #222306
Fri 20White-throated Nightjar, Speckled Warbler
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park
Two Nightjars calling along Cyanide Road in the dusk. A pair of Warblers in the picnic ground at Honeyeater Dam.
Chris and Rosemary Lester and Jan Smith 22/2 #222313
Wed 18Pectoral Sandpiper, Fairy Tern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Pectoral Sandpiper in Pond 28, very close to track, gave excellent views for ID (bill colours, head shape, eyebrow, breast markings). No sign of the LTS that other have seen here. There were few waders in this pond, only Sharpies and a single Red-necked Stint. 3 Fairy Terns on a small rock in the usual area (a bit further north, still opposite Pond 24). Hundreds of Red-necked stints covering the rocks, plus gulls, oystercatchers, lapwings, etc. A few marsh-type terns as well.
Russell Woodford, Judy Roberts-Wray, Brian Cook 21/2 #222305
Little Eagle
Moonee Valley Racecource
A large, light-phase bird leisurely soaring directly over racecourse at around 12:45pm. Quite unusual, I would've thought!
John Gray 18/2 #222288
Tue 17Blue-faced Honeyeater
Melbourne General Cemetery
Single bird heard and then seen feeding in a tree. Seemed undisturbed by the 3000+ people present at the Melbourne Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday festival going on next door. This is yet another sighting in a long string of sightings from this general part of the Melbourne, Carlton, Royal Park district. eBird checklist
James Mustafa 18/2 #222280
Fluttering Shearwater
Tankerton, French Island
Single bird following ferry to Tankerton, 0800 hours. Flying very low to the water, even dipping a wingtip into the water a couple of times. Very few records of this species in Western Port.
Chris Chandler 17/2 #222278
Bassian Thrush
Surf Parade, Inverloch
In our bird bath, having a wonderful time. Also Peregrine Falcon at Shack Bay and a couple of Latham's Snipe on private property near Mahers Landing.
Den Crosby 17/2 #222272
Magpie Goose
Lake Colac Bird Sanctuary
3 Magpie Geese feeding in the front corner of Sanctuary. eBird checklist
Adam Fry 17/2 #222271
Mon 16Broad-billed Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
1 Broad-billed Sandpiper seen feeding at the 85W outfall to the NE of the Little River. No band, so not the bird the Wader Study group banded recently. 1 Pectoral Sandpiper at the Western Lagoons. Fairy terns with 4 young juvenile birds around the Beach Rd rocks.
Kevin Bartram 16/2 #222264
Magpie Goose
Barongarook Creek Catchment
Observed 1 Magpie Goose among 3 Swans on the south side of the Colac/Forrest Rd eBird checklist
Adam Fry 16/2 #222261
Red-capped Robin
Heritage Wetlands, Wonga Park
A female Red-capped Robin was found at the Henley section of the wetlands near the bridge, loosely associating with Superb Fairy-wrens. Rare locally, most likely blown here by the recent storms eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds 16/2 #222256
Sun 15Pallid Cuckoo
Altona Meadows
Dead bird found on pavement at south side of Central Square shopping centre (adjacent library). Probably collided with building or window while passing through on migration. My first for Hobson's Bay municipality in 8 years of residence.
P S Lansley 2/3 #222394
Long-toed Stint, Pectoral Sandpiper, Red Knot, Spotless Crake
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Long-toed Stint and Pectoral Sandpiper seen inside gate 5 in first pond as previously reported, LTS showed well bathing out in open and was first bird i saw. Pectoral Was hiding in the glasswort but once seen was easy to pin point, Red Knots were seen at the Bird hide as the tide receeded wit thousands of other waders, and Spotless Crake was seen in Conservation Pond near borrow pits eBird checklist
Philip Peel, Simon Starr, Owen Lishmund +23 other birders 15/2 #222252
Double-banded Plover
Pond 3, T-Section, WTP
Single seen at Pond 3 though another had been observed across the road at the same time. Moderators note: published as this is a still an early arrival date eBird checklist
Tom Tarrant 15/2 #222249
Azure Kingfisher
Organ Pipes National Park
Single bird in dry undergrowth. Very unusual perching position.
Robert Schaap 15/2 #222247
Sat 14White-throated Needletail
Elsternwick Golf Course
What a spectacle! From about 2:30pm to 3:45pm over 50 swifts could be seen wheeling around the golf course, often below tree height. Their shadows zipped over the lawns and there was an audible whoosh as they passed.
Gio Fitzpatrick 14/2 #222234
Dandenong Ranges National Park
On the track to Sherbrooke Falls, about 200m from the Sherbrooke Forest car park. (Apologies for the quality of the picture, the light was very poor --included just to ascertain species identification)
Christian Doerig 14/2 #222233
White-throated Needletail
15-20 birds lowish over my place for a few minutes at 3:30pm.
John Gray 14/2 #222232
White-throated Needletail
Gresswell Forest Nature Conservation Reserve
A small flock of about six were observed at midday flying over houses and then over the Reserve before disappearing in the distance.
Reza Mohammed 14/2 #222230
Fri 13White-throated Needletails
6km north of Alexandra, Victoria
About 10 White-throated Needletails sighted in front of an approaching storm. They stayed around for about 10 min and then disappeared.
Julee Hosking 25/2 #222349
White Throated Nedletail
Anglesea Heath
200+ flying in heavy rain no2 road Anglesea Heath. Feeding on swarming termites
Garry Cheers 14/2 #222237
Koreans Bridge Nagambie
Two Brolga at a small dam in a dry paddock on the Naambie - Kirwans Bridge rd
Alisa Bunbury and Stuart Dashper 14/2 #222229
Spotless Crake, Latham's Snipe, Freckled Duck
Mill Park Lakes
Visited the Lakes at around midday with great views of Latham's Snipe and Freckled Duck in the 'middle lake' as well as an immature Spotless Crake.. Also present were Royal Spoonbill, Shoveler, Black-winged Stilt and the regulars.
Jason & Jo Caruso 13/2 #222227
white-throated needletails
approx. 12 wt needletails flying towards the storm and rain in the distance, quite low
Brett Roberts 13/2 #222226
white-throated needletails
Malvern East
6:30pm a dozen birds flying at a few hundred feet high at intersection Waverley and Burke Roads following direction of a storm front.
Fiona Parkin 13/2 #222223
Thu 12Topknot Pigeon
Mitchell River National Park
Group of at least 8 Topknot pigeons seen on Mitchell River walking track between Angusvale and Rock Creek camping areas.
Anthea Stubbs 24/2 #222342
Wed 11Indian Peafowl
Bullock Road, French Island
Half a dozen birds seen at the northern end of Coast Road.
Marc Freestone and Tom Schmidt 11/2 #222205
Common Koel
Mangan's Hill, eastern outskirts of Lilydale
About 11.20am, heard a male Koel call four times, coming from further up the hill. Treed suburbia, mix of Messmate/ Long-leaved Box and garden exotics.
John Bond 11/2 #222204
Rufous Fantail
Distillery Creek pond, Aireys Inlet
Early morning visit with many bush birds coming in waves.
Ian McConchie 11/2 #222193
Mon 9highlightMasked Owl (1), Pacific Swift (6)
Bunyip State Park
Single Masked Owl located around 11.00pm. At least 6 Pacific Swift seen along Gembrook-Tonimbuk in the later afternoon heading North with White-throated Needletail. eBird checklist
James Mustafa & Leo Skowronek 10/2 #222185
highlightWhite-headed Pigeon
Berwick, Akoonah Park
In our backyard this morning at 08:30, looking for seeds in the feeder. Then took off to Akoonah Park, just across the road. First time we see this species in the area since we arrived 3 and a half years ago!
Guillaume and Christian Doerig 9/2 #222184
Long-toed Stint, Pec Sand
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Both birds on same rock with a Sharpie in Beach Rd Gate pond. Black Falcon on Beach Rd 40+ White-wing Terns on Con Ponds 13 Freckled Ducks on Borrie Banded Lapwings on Beach Rd have chicks
Dave Torr, Christine Shelley, Iian Denham, Mark Buckby 9/2 #222183
King Parrot, Female
Seen in Graham St this morning, an unusual bird for this neck of the woods.
Terry Allen per Deb Crosby 9/2 #222178
Sun 8highlightLong-toed Stint, Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
The Long-toed Stint was eventually spotted tucked away behind some grasses, keeping company with two Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and one preening Pectoral about 6pm. Well away from the main groups of Red-necked Stints and Sharpies. I managed a few shots before a Swamp Harrier swept in and put the entire pond up in fright... perfect timing! Beach Rd pond, Port Phillip Bay side. eBird checklist
Michael Gooch 9/2 #222180
highlightLong-tailed Jaeger-2
Port Fairy Pelagic
2 birds seen together on the edge of the continental shelf. Seen several times, both in flight & on the sea. Diagnostic light upperparts contrasting with black trailing edge, pale shaft streaks on base of upper primaries, small compared to near by Flesh-footed Shearwaters, dark underwing with no pale bases to primaries, long tail, but neither had elongated central feathers beyond the rest of the tail etc. Also very good numbers of Flesh-footed Shearwaters, & White-faced Storm-petrels, 1 Buller's Albatross.
Kevin Bartram, Scott Baker, Neil McCumber 8/2 #222173
Square-tailed Kite
Adult flying north east over Eltham town centre
Danny Rogers & Wendy Ryan 8/2 #222167
Sat 7White-throated Nightjar
Bunyip State Park
White throated nightjar, dead at side of road, probably struck the night before. On the Gembrook-Tonimbuk road, 150 M east of the Tynong North Rd junction.
Giles Daubeney 8/2 #222169
Barrabool Rd Belmont
heard and observed at about 7pm,
brett roberts 7/2 #222158
White-throated Needletail
Highbury Park, Burwood East, Vic
Very humid with storm clouds. Two birds only at 6.20pm flying North. No further birds by 6.45pm.
Graeme Hosken 7/2 #222155
Square-tailed Kite
5km NW of Bairnsdale
1 bird hunting over orchard trees, near Mitchell River. In heavy wing moult.
Roger Bilney 7/2 #222147
3 Wood Sandpipers, Australian Spotted, Baillons and Spotless Crake
Dandenong Valley Wetland
There are currently 3 Wood Sandpiper together at the Dandenong Valley Wetlands. They are located in the ponds adjacent to the concrete path that runs from the footbridge over Dandenong Creek to the Service Centre on Eastlink. Other species being seen regularly in the same area are Australian Spotted Crake, Baillon's Crake and Spotless Crake.
Luke Shelley 7/2 #222144
Fri 6Nankeen Night Heron
Lake Weeroona, Bendigo
Reports of NNH nesting on the creek side of the small island at Lake Weeroona. Up to four adult birds and as many juveniles sighted. Photograph attached.
Barrie Cooper via Adrian Martins 11/2 #222197
Marsh Sandpiper
Cairn Curran Reservoir, Joyce's Creek
Single bird feeding in shallows under Railway Bridge
Geoff Park 7/2 #222157
Thu 5Fork-tailed Swift
Greater Bendigo National Park
A single bird floated leisurely overhead in clear skies with little wind in the vicinity of Shadbolt's Picnic Ground.
Sean Dooley 6/2 #222137
Greater Crested Tern (2)
Two birds flying around and fishing with Silver Gulls from Southbank in the Yarra. eBird checklist
James Mustafa, Clancye Milne 6/2 #222135
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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