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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The Birdlife Australia Orange-bellied Parrot recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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 Elsternwick, Elwood, Clifton Hill, Northcote, Hawthorn, 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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April 2016
Wed 27Swift Parrot
La Trobe University Bundoora Campus
Heard calling at Carpark 8, then seen flying up onto a low branch. Was soon chased off by a Noisy Miner. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 27/4 #227341
Mon 25Australian Magpie
Near Lake and Barwon Heads Road intersection
Seen in paddock while driving back to Geelong. Noticed unusual colouration. Photo taken from parked car before it flew off.
Steve Wilkinson 27/4 #227342
highlightHooded Plover
Snowy River Estuary
A "flock of some 22 Hoodies were observed feeding of exposed sandflats between Mots Beach and the entrance this afternoon. Extremely low tides had exposed large areas of tidal sand flats affording the birds a number of undisturbed sites at which to feed. 12 immatures of varying ages were "scoped" along with 10 adults. No flagged birds were sighted. A surprising number and find as it is a numbers of years since we recorded a mixed flock of 27 at the mouth of the Yerrung River. Despite unfavourable weather conditions along our portion of the East Gippsland coastline in 2015-6, this is a most encouraging record. Renee Mead at NO has been duly informed. eBird checklist
Jacquie and Len Axen 26/4 #227339
Australasian Pipit
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
A ''newy'' for the park list. One bird ''pippiting'' along the reservoir wall walking track.
Ken & Maureen Dredge 26/4 #227331
highlightWhite-headed Pigeon
Mt Gisborne, Gisborne
White-headed pigeon seen briefly on birdbath in my garden on Mt Gisborne, Gisborne just after 7am. Not seen here before.
Helen Evans 25/4 #227324
Sun 24Spotted Quail Thrush
Haggars Rd, Sarsfield
Female. Dead after apparently flying into window.
Jan Goddard - this report by Bob Carter 24/4 #227315
Sat 23highlightDouble-barred Finch
Kergunyah South
A single bird sighted along creek side with crested Shriketit, Flame Robin and Red-browed Finches in the early afternoon.
Brett Roberts 24/4 #227319
Lewin's Rail and Glossy Ibis
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Western Lagoons
Lewin's Rail seen briefly on Saturday 23rd by Aidan Sudbury, Giles Daubeny and Clive Kaplan. Giles and I returned on Sunday 24th and after 3 hours obtained a few pictures. Glossy ibis seen on both days.
Giles Daubeney Aidan Sudbury and Clive Kaplan 24/4 #227317
Sooty Oystercatcher
Altona Beach
Spotted along with Pied Oystercatchers at low tide. 15 Pied oyster catchers spotted eBird checklist
Janine Rademeyer 23/4 #227302
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
145W outlet
Dez Hughes 23/4 #227301
Fri 22highlightSpangled Drongo
Nooramunga Marine Park--Old Port Albert
Spangled Drongo busy eating insects in wattle tree on fence line marking commencement of Old Port Trail adjacent to Seabank caravan park.
Elaine Smith 22/4 #227294
Thu 21highlightTerek Sandpiper, Gull-billed Tern
Stockyard Point
8 Terek Sandpipers, 2 Gull-billed terns - one of them race affinis. Still plenty of other shorebirds around, Eastern Curlews (14), Whimbrel (1), Red-necked Stints (300+), Bar-tailed Godwits (38) (all 1st year birds) and Double-banded Plovers.
Dan Weller 22/4 #227293
Eastern Bristlebird,, Ground Parrot
Croajingalong National Park--Howe Flat
Great views of Ground Parrot along walking track to the ocean beach from Howe Flat Track. A pair of Eastern Bristlebirds about 200 metres west of the Howe Flat Boardwalk. Located right beside the track in sedgeland overtopped by tea tree. Very cryptic but eventually had good views.
Ian Miles, John Hill 21/4 #227284
highlightRose Robin
Westgate Park, Port Melbourne
Mature male Rose Robin seen in Moonahs near the Yarra River
George Fotheringham 21/4 #227282
highlightSpangled Drongo
Nooramunga Marine Park--Old Port Albert
Observed Spangled Drongo perched quietly in tree. Located Sea Bank Caravan Park end of trail near McMillan Historic Marker. Managed a digiscoped image with my iPhone.
Brendan McDonald 21/4 #227275
Wed 20White-bellied Sea-eagle
Surprised to see a Sea-eagle flying south over the Werribee CBD. I was up in a cherry-picker in Bridge St. About 8am.
Bernie McRitchie 21/4 #227286
Black Falcon
Single falcon seen flying out of the residential area near the creek gully on Sayers Rd, west of Poets Lane. About 10am.
Bernie McRitchie 21/4 #227285
highlightSwift Parrot
Loddon River @ Newstead
A flock of about a dozen including some immature birds - feeding on River Red-gum lerp and also in Black Wattle
Geoff Park 21/4 #227283
Mt William Road, Stoneleigh
A flock of approximately 24 Brolgas seen in private paddock, on edges of saline wetland opposite bulk storage facility. Birds have been present for a number of weeks feeding in paddocks adjacent to and surrounding the facility.
Deidre Andrews and Joan Pitaro 21/4 #227273
Rainbow Lorikeet
Two birds flying towards the golf course this morning as I was driving into the town. [Mod. note: there's been few reports of Rainbow Lorikeet from Kerang recently. They now seem to have colonised that town.]
Adrian Martins 20/4 #227267
Mon 18Powerful Owl & Owlet Nightjar
Forest near Warrak
A pair of Powerful Owls in pine trees roosting about 5 metres apart. (daytime sighting) On returning to our car an Owlet-Nightjar called and was also sighted. An Owlet Nightjar also called at home that afternoon and again this afternoon 1600hrs approx. Pomonal Victoria.
Neil Macumber & Ian Halliday 19/4 #227260
highlightSpangled Drongo
Old Port Trail, Port Albert
The sea bank caravan park end of the trail, I heard a "squark" in the tree, looked up and there it was "a spangled drongo" a very rare sighting in this part of the world
Rohan Bugg 18/4 #227246
Sun 17Powerful Owl
A pair of Powerful Owls sighted roosting in a cherry tree in a gully near Zig Zag Road, Malmsbury.
Corey Wallace 19/4 #227254
Spotted Harrier
It appears to be carrying a lizard
Ian Morison 19/4 #227253
Magpie Goose
Tinamba near Heyfield Gippsland
Among a flock of straw-necked ibis in an irrigated paddock just south of Tinamba.
Mike Duncan 18/4 #227245
Noisy Friarbird
2 Birds feeding in flowering Yellow Gum. First sighting in the Maryborough area for many years.
Garry Cheers 18/4 #227240
Swift parrots
Fadersons Lane Mandurang
Six birds clearly seen, flying low from north west to South East. Early evening in good light. First time seen here, (home site), since moving here four years ago.
Melissa Falconer 17/4 #227237
highlightBeach Stone Curlew
Marengo Reef Marine Sanctuary
Approximately 2 kms west of main car park we encountered the BSC. There seems little doubt that this bird is the same one that was seen in various locations last year from Cape Otway to Separation Creek. What a pity it does not have a mate as it would be great for this rare species in south Victoria to establish a permanent presence.
Hedley and rena Earl 17/4 #227233
Scaly Breasted Lorikeet
Private Property Mount Moriac near Geelong
At least 3 birds feeding with Rainbow Lorikeets, also at least one hybrid Further information
Ian J Llewellyn 17/4 #227230
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Avalon Saltworks--Snake Island
Walking along the track around Snake Island I saw a solitary White-bellied Sea-eagle. It was perched on top of a power pole and took off towards the water when I got too close.
Sharon McMeekin 17/4 #227228
Sat 16highlightInland Dotterel, Banded Lapwing, Red-capped Robin, Orange Chat.
Private Property Sturt Highway near Neds Corner Station
6 Banded Lapwing, 1 male Red-capped Robin, 20+ Orange Chats (male & female) and 19 Inland Dotterels.
Neil Macumber & Ian Halliday 19/4 #227259
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
Goschen Bushland Reserve
Near the Tennis court
Bernadette Haywood 17/4 #227229
highlightPied Honeyeaters
Goschen Bushland Reserve
Near the Tennis courts
Bernadette Haywood 16/4 #227227
Thu 14Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
5 Major Mitchell Cockatoos in Ouyen township. Calder Highway (3) and (2) in a side street close to the caravan park.
Neil Macumber & Ian Halliday 19/4 #227261
highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Marengo Beach
400m west of the Great Ocean Walk where it drops down onto the beach for a short stretch. Bird was on a rock shelf just in front of a guano-covered outcrop, at about 10 am. Distant phone photos.
Terry Gourley 15/4 #227216
highlightAustralasian Bittern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Driving down road after Lake Borrie, towards Paradise Rd, Bittern Flew out of the long reeds on right hand side of the car and flew to reeds on Lake Borrie side. I stopped the car in an attempt to get another photo but Bittern then flew out of sight along the tall reeds along Lake Borrie bank. Bad photo but I had a good sight of the bird!
Jennifer Carr 14/4 #227208
highlightAustralasian Bittern
Large streaky brown colored Bittern seen crossing to the north side of Little River. About 100 meters from gate 8. eBird checklist
Adam Fry and Dez Hughes 14/4 #227206
Wed 13White-backed Swallow
Wyperfeld National Park
4 birds flying around the first red sand dune road cutting and 2 birds around the second. On road heading towards main entrance.
Neil Macumber & Ian Halliday 19/4 #227257
Grey Goshawk (White morph)
While driving to Birregurra on C119, about 1km SE of town, I saw a White Goshawk on a utility line. Stopped to have a closer look but the bird was wary and did not allow close enough approach to photograph with iphone. More details on the eBird list. eBird checklist
Val La May, Margaret Yii 13/4 #227201
Tue 12Hooded Plover, Beautiful Firetail
Aire River mouth
6 adult Hoodies & 2 immature seen near the Aire River Mouth. These birds were far enough from the Hoodies, seen on 11 April, to be different birds. The firetail was in the track to the mouth and allowed close approach. Photograph by Margaret Clarke on the ebird list. eBird checklist
BirdLife Murray Goulburn 15/4 #227215
Freckled Duck x3
Spavin Drive Lake
Still here on 13th, non-breeding plumage
Sally Ryan 13/4 #227198
Wood Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
3 birds in breeding plumage NW corner Pond 6 late afternoon
Mal Kidson 13/4 #227195
Beautiful Firetail
Log Crossing Rest Area, Princes Hwy Kalimna
Single bird feeding on the walking track Not shy it flew to within 20 feet of us & fed for a few minutes eBird checklist
Gary & Judy Smith 12/4 #227188
Mon 11Hooded Plover
Marengo Beach
Two on the beach and a flock of 8 flying by close to shore, seen several times. One bird on the beach had an orange leg flag. More details on the ebird list. eBird checklist
BirdLife Murray Goulburn 15/4 #227214
Cattle Egret
Lysterfield Rd, Lysterfield
Approximately 20 birds seen. First sightings in area for the year.
Darren Wallace 12/4 #227191
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Western Lagoons
A pair sitting on a fence rail.
Trevor Lumb 12/4 #227184
Sun 10highlightAustralasian Bittern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Flew into the crake pool reedbed at dusk from the direction of Austin Road. eBird checklist
Alan Crawford & Megan Griffith 10/4 #227176
Great Knot
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
6 birds seen from 10.30am just E of 145W outlet. With c30 Red Knot (2 of which in partial and 2 in full breeding plumage)
Dez Hughes 10/4 #227167
Sat 9Australian Darter
The Briars
One at the Briars Mount Martha. At the pond beside Chechingurk birdhide.
Kevin Conlan 10/4 #227170
Swift Parrot
0800 one bird flying to the west towards Timor Nature Conservation Reserve
Garry Cheers 10/4 #227169
Pectoral Sandpiper
Avalon Saltworks.
1 Pectoral Sandpiper, probable female, found by Tom Tarrant. No Sharp-tailed Sandpipers seen at Avalon at all!
Kevin Bartram, Tom Tarrant 10/4 #227162
Blue-billed Duck
Blind Creek Trail near Knox Community Gardens, Ferntree Gully
One lone Blue-billed Duck on the dam with other duck species.
Amber Wallace 9/4 #227157
Fri 8White-bellied Sea Eagle
The Gulf, Murray River 17km north of Picola
Flew low over treetops early morning, sending corellas and cockatoos wild. Also pair of Azure Kingfisher, and a Scarlet and Red-capped Robin. eBird checklist
Daphne Hards 10/4 #227165
Grey Butcherbird
Juvenile spotted in back yard. I've not seen one here in the last 9 years I've lived here. (Mod. Note: good record for Castlemaine. With holes in their distribution, they are surprisingly rare around Castlemaine.)
Dino Cevolatti 8/4 #227140
Thu 7Blue-winged Parrot
Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Rd Terrick Terrick
3 Parrots observed on wire fence in open grassland along Kow Swamp Rd near inspection of Mologa Echuca Rd. eBird checklist
Brendan McDonald Tanya Hattingh Allison Nisbett Adam Fry 9/4 #227160
Wed 6highlightPied Honeyeater
Neds Corner Station
At least ten males and ten females/immatures in eight year old revegetation. One bird seen taking fruit from Ruby Saltbush
Peter Barnes (reserve manager) via Doug Robinson 7/4 #227124
Powerful Owl
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
Seen at 4:30pm roosting in big oak tree or similar at -37.831298, 144.979514. eBird checklist
Rohan Long 6/4 #227118
Swift Parrot
Winslow, near Warrnambool
At least a dozen swift parrots have been visiting the flowering eucalypts in my garden, over the past week.
Pauline McCarthy 6/4 #227113
Tue 5highlightEastern Osprey
Mouth of Sydenham Inlet
An adult (female) Eastern Osprey was observed along coastline at Sydenham Inlet this morning. Swooped to fish near the entrance before heading further east. Re-appeared around midday to rest along the estuary shoreline affording Tony and I some close up observations. eBird checklist
Len Axen and Tony MItchell (DELWP Orbost ) 7/4 #227133
Brown Gerygone
Turtons Creek Falls
2 birds at Turtons Creek Falls. Also at least 2 at Stony Creek on the 6th. At the Stony Creek site (just off the highway at Carmichaels Road), a possible old nest was seen in a Pittosporum, just missed in roadside pruning.
George Appleby 7/4 #227130
Olive Whistler
Heritage Wetlands, Wonga Park
A single Olive Whistler was seen at the eastern end of the main wetland not far from the gate. Atypical habitat for this species, so presumably just passing through eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds 5/4 #227106
Mon 4Brown Gerygone
Bear Gully
At least 5 birds seen in Banksia/wet gully vegetation then in large Messmates, a Manna Gum and exotic Desert Ash within the open campground. Bizarre to see a previously rainforest specialist in such habitat.
George Appleby 7/4 #227128
Wood Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
2 x spotted in pond 6 along the western shore line. eBird checklist
Janine Rademeyer 5/4 #227108
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
1 spotted on the north shore through gate 8. Foraging along with a few Curlew Sandpipers eBird checklist
Janine Rademeyer 5/4 #227107
Sanderling (Calidris Alba)
Bridgewater Bay, Portland. Surf beachfront.
250+ Sanderling formation flying (murmuration patterns), in low Autumn dawn. Like a mirror ball glinting in the light. Then feeding furiously following the ebb & flow of the shore break. In the company of Crested Terns and Silver Gulls. 7.30 am
Anne-Maree Burgoine 5/4 #227104
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Echuca Rd, Greensborough
Pair, preening each other in ironbark. Have seen this species a couple of years ago close by here. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 4/4 #227096
Fluttering Shearwater
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Beach Road foreshore
Brown and white shearwater with slim grey bill, pale underwings foraging mostly on surface near very large flock of cormorants and silver gulls. Shearwater was actually nearer to shore than the main foraging flock and as they moved (presumably tracking a shoal of fish) the shearwater tended to lag before it followed the flock along and would fly a short distance and land. Very pale down the neck, confident it was Fluttering not Huttons. Observed @ 1330.
Mike Honeyman and Peggy Gussman 4/4 #227093
Azure Kingfisher
Alphington Wetlands/Darebin Creek
I have seen this individual a number of times over the past 2-3 weeks. Attached photo taken 30/3 Further information
Ruben Montero 4/4 #227089
highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Marengo Beach
Rufous Bristle Bird, Hooded Plovers, Ruddy Turnstones and a Beach Stone-curlew walking from the end of the Marengo Caravan Park and west for 2 kilometres along the Great Ocean Walk.
Ron Sawyer 4/4 #227085
Sun 3Swift Parrot
From heathland, 9 birds in a compact flock flying northward.
George Appleby 7/4 #227129
Swift Parrot
Approx 6 swifties feeding along road
Deb Worland 4/4 #227092
Beautiful Firetail
Carlisle State Park--Old Carlisle Road at -38.555, 143.431
Three Beautiful Firetail and an Olive Whistler along Cricket Pitch Track. eBird checklist
Ron Sawyer 3/4 #227077
Sat 2Painted Button-quail
Yanggai Barring reserve, Warranwood
1 bird seen in the Yanggai Barring reserve. Observed for several minutes before going under a residential fence. I've seen records in Warrandyte SP and 100 Acres but quite a shock to add to my home list. eBird checklist
Jack Airey 3/4 #227083
Freckled Duck
McLeods Waterholes Reserve
32 clearly seen and counted with up 10 other possibles hidden in dense bushes
Stewart Monckton 3/4 #227073
Rose Robin (young male)
Werribee Zoo, African River Trail (near Serval enclosure).
If people are interested in looking for this bird they will need access to the zoo (entry fee applies) and a likely area to see it would be in the scrubby bush between the gorillas and cheetah. eBird checklist
Paul Rushworth 2/4 #227071
Fri 1Yellow-faced Honyeater, Mistletoebird, Willie Wagtail
Perhaps not what one would think of as immediately of great interest, but all three species are rarely encountered these days in the suburb. Have not seen Yellow-faced or Wagtail in Beaumaris before in almost 5 years of residence.
Sean Dooley 25/4 #227329
Powerful owl
A pair at belltopper,zig zag road malmsbury,low in trees,amazing nice and close
Corey wallace 17/4 #227235
Bear Gully
2 birds and possibly a third seen by family experienced with the species from NSW and Qld. Not seen in previous week and subsequent two days so may appear further westward (Pt Nepean etc?) with luck
George Appleby per Van Tiggelen-Howard family 7/4 #227127
Marsh Sandpiper
Victoria Lagoon (Ruckers Lane), Hollands Landing, Gippsland
Pair of birds feeding in shallows with Banded Stilts.
Gary Cousens 2/4 #227067
Red-browed Treecreeper.
Lerdederg River, Blackwood.
2 seen this morning in tall trees close to the river.
Warren Palmer, Warwick Remington and Trevor Lumb. 1/4 #227056
Intermediate Egret
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Pond 7, T-Section. eBird checklist
Alison Nisbett, Di Peters, Brendan McDonald and Matt 1/4 #227054

March 2016
Thu 31Australasian Grebe (109)
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
I counted (fairly loosely) at least 109 Aus Grebe today on the plant, mostly in loose association with HH Grebe on Walshes Lagoon ponds and adjacent 145W ponds at western end of 280 South Rd. There were also several in Western lagoon and T-section Lagoon. It's a surprisingly large number for the plant, and anywhere for that matter... eBird checklist Further information
Steve Davidson 4/4 #227095
highlightBanded Stilts, Black-winged Stilts, Red-Necked Avocets and Little Terns
Victoria Lagoon (Ruckers Lane) - Hollands Landing, Gippsland
Large numbers of all species mentioned above loafing an feeding in the shallows. Little Terns predominantly in non-breeding plumage possibly Japanese terns. One single White-Winged Black Tern in transitional plumage showing a clean white belly, black cap and distinctive black bands under the leading edge of wing. A few Great and Little Egrets.
Faye Bedford 1/4 #227053
Lewin's Rail
Bryans Creek Walking Track, Coleraine
Bird observed on the bank of Bryans Creek, Coleraine. Photographed and ID discussed with an online Australian birding community before reported. Cropped photo supplied.
Marjorie Gillies 31/3 #227044
Northern Giant- Petrel (previously reported at Southern G-P)
Ocean Grove
Immature bird washed up on beach this morning! [Rohan Clarke has provided the following: Agree with others that have said this is a Northern. Us males are more prone to red-green colour blindness than females and there is regurlar dispute (sorry - read 'healthy discussion') on the ID off some of these juvenile/early immature Giant Petrels where the bill tip is less striking cf with adults. The general rule of thumb is that if there is any hint of reddish colour in the bill tip (the maxillary and mandibular ungues) then it is a Northern Giant Petrel, if it is completely horn coloured (occurs occasionally) or with a pale greenish hue (occurs commonly) then it is a Southern GP. If you are colour-blind or just can't see any colour because of distance etc then it also turns out that the hue of green on the bill tip of a Southern Giant Petrel is about the same shade in grey scale as the rest of the bill. whereas the reddish tip of a Northern Giant Petrel is clearly darker than the rest of the bill. This bird shows a reddish tip = Northern Giant Petrel. This bird also shows a darker tip = Northern Giant Petrel.]
Denis Sleep 31/3 #227043
Cattle Egret
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
3 flying over the bay in a generally northerly direction around 8 o'clock this morning.
Sean Dooley 31/3 #227040
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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