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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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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

September 2014
Wed 17Hutton's Shearwater
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
I've been keeping an eye on a large flock of Fluttering-type shearwater that's been hanging offshore from the east end of the plant over the last 14 days or so but generally they've been way too far out to monitor closely. Today however in the strong southerlies several were pushed in close to shore to around 300m off with a feeding flock of gannets, cormorants, terns, etc, and amongst about 70 Fluttering SW was a clear Hutton's that showed a dark hood with little white visible around the chin, dusky axillaries and generally less white on the underwing; it also showed more dark feathering on the thighs that further differentiated it from the FSW. It clearly stood out, and in the time I watched I could only see one at any time, however there may have been more. First I've seen this sp. at WTP. eBird checklist
Steve Davidson 17/9 #219750
Dusky Woodswallow
Swan Reach, East Gippsland
80 counted resting on fences and power lines near home close to Colquhoun Forest this morning
Ken Sherring 17/9 #219743
Mon 15Swift Parrot
Heyfield Golf Course
Between 15 and twenty birds observed feeding in Red Box blossom.
Peter Ware plus 4 other members of Birdlife East Gippsland 16/9 #219730
Sun 14Scarlet Honeyeater
Log Crossing Lakes Entrance
Two young birds at the picnic spot at Log Crossing. Also present a Rose Robin, Eastern Yellow Robin and a Beautiful Firetail amongst several other honeyeater species.
Gary Oliver 15/9 #219714
highlightArctic Tern
Port Fairy Pelagic
1 juvenile Arctic Tern seen for a few minutes around 9.55 today. Numerous photos taken. Diagnostic distinct and long black trailing edge seen, translucent underwing, small bill & domed head all characteristic of this species. Other a very quiet day with birds reluctant to feast on our burley & fewer species expected. Other highlight include a Common Diving Petrel photographed on the shelf, 1 Wandering type Albatross (probably gibsoni) flew past.
Kevin Bartram, Neil McCumber, James Mustafa etc 14/9 #219711
Banded Lapwing (8).
Williams Landing 3027.
At 1730 hours, I observed four adult Banded Lapwings and four juveniles in a large grassed paddock east of Palmers Road (between Williams Landing Boulevard and Freya Drive). The four juveniles were with an adult pair and the two other adult birds appeared to be a pair.
Peter Gibbons. 14/9 #219704
highlightSpiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Travancore Park, Travancore
A single Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater calling from the top of a Plane Tree adjacent to the Park. Flew off east in the direction of Royal Park. Very uncommon.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 14/9 #219691
Sat 13Beach Thick-knee
Anderson Inlet, Inverloch.
A single bird, seen in early evening around 6 pm, foraging in the sand flats and shallows of the receding tide near the Screw Creek outlet.
Stephen Lacy 16/9 #219739
Black-eared Cuckoo
Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park--Mt. Arapiles
Following up earlier report. Heard then seen along left side of Summit Road, a few hundred metres west of the C240. Awesome views while it perched. eBird checklist
James Mustafa, Owen Lishmund 14/9 #219709
highlightCape Gannet
Point Danger
Single Cape Gannet located amongst the hundreds of Australasian Gannet's in the colony at Point Danger. Spent a lot of time huddled down (partnerless) but darker area around the eye still prominent and clearly different from Aus Gannets. Long gular stripe clearly seen when the bird lifted it's head up for a look around. Lighter iris also observed. Cape Gannet and colony was observed through scopes from outside the fence. eBird checklist Further information
James Mustafa, Owen Lishmund, Tony Bischoff and Rob Farnes 14/9 #219708
highlightCurlew Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Latham's Snipe, White-winged Triller
Boomahnoomoonah Road Wetland (Yarrawonga)
A Curlew Sandpiper was seen actively feeding in the middle of the wetland with a small flock of 4 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, in non-breeding plumage. My first ever record in NE Victoria and probably the only record in many years with no records on eBird or Birdata for NE Victoria either. Also spring returns of a Latham's Snipe and two male White-winged Trillers. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 13/9 #219687
highlightBlack-eared Cuckoo
Plunkett's Rd, Newstead
Multiple birds calling mid-afternoon along with Pallid, Fan-tailed, Shining and Horsfield's bronze-cuckoos.
Geoff Park 13/9 #219684
Fri 12highlightWhite-fronted Honeyeater
In blossoming plum tree in garden in Skipton, observed from close by, poor photo taken (attached) before it was chased off into a neighbours yard, heard singing for 10 minutes or so. eBird checklist
Tristan Kennedy 12/9 #219669
highlightStraw-necked Ibis, White Ibis
MacLeod Morass Wildlife Reserve, Bairnsdale
Large rookery approx 24 ha, with ibis nesting in reedbeds near northern end of Morass. Provisional estimate 11,000 to 20,000 birds, mostly Straw-necked Ibis; proportion incubating not determined. Rookery site shifts from year to year; this is an earlier start to breeding than most years.
Chris Healey, BirdLife East Gippsland 12/9 #219665
Freckled Duck
MacLeod Morass Wildlife Reserve, Bairnsdale
9 Freckled Duck in company with small numbers of Black Duck, Chestnut Teal and Grey Teal. Also Aus Spotted Crake, Aus Reed-warbler.
Chris Healey, BirdLife East Gippsland 12/9 #219664
highlightWhite-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike, Black-winged Stilt and Red-kneed Dotterel
Woodlands Historic Park
1 lone bird in a flock with Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes, was singled out and as the black-faced flew this bird stayed behind giving us great extended views, many pictures and even was rewarded with its beautiful call. A cracking bird for this area. The Stilts and Red-kneed Dotterel were found down at the large dam in south east corner, 3 new birds for the park for a day out... eBird checklist Further information
Philip Peel and Matt Mccrae 12/9 #219655
Wed 10Black-eared Cuckoo
Mount Arapiles
Two birds calling on Circuit Track near Summit Road, one seen well. Also seen on this track were several Shy Heathwrens, Gilbert's Whistlers, White-winged Trillers, White-fronted Honeyeaters and a Peregrine Falcon. eBird checklist
Richard and Margaret Alcorn 10/9 #219626
Tue 9Noisy Friarbird
Newry, East Gippsland
Not sure if they are common here or not, but haven't seen one here before and it was suggested I report it here. Coming in to eat the nectar in the Nectarine Blossom.
Debbie Radde 10/9 #219622
Mon 8highlightWhite-headed pigeon
Karbeethong (Mallacoota)
I first saw this species here during a visit in May 2014. On this trip I have seen 1-3 on each of the last 4 days. This morning I observed 3 in a tree near the intersection of Karbeethong Avenue and Lakeside Drive. One bird was doing a bobbing DIsplay followed by putting a wing over its target bird. About 40 minutes later and about 1km away I saw another bird carrying a twig into dense garden plantings. So they seem to be breeding.
Martin Butterfield 8/9 #219574
Sun 733 Latham's Snipe
'Golden Pond', Peterbough,
this is a small wetland on the western edge of Peterborough, named Golden Pond by members of BirdLife Warrnambool (all visible birds where counted by Peter Barrand through his telescope) eBird checklist
Samantha Greiner + all on the Cross Boarder Camp Out at Warrnambool 9/9 #219604
Square-tailed Kite
Hanging Rock
An adult being swooped repeatedly by a vociferous Australian Magpie as it flew from south to north over the upper section of Hanging Rock at 1515 hours.
Charles Silveira 8/9 #219582
highlightGould's Petrel, Killer Whale
BirdLife Australia Portland Pelagic
Despite what turned out to be a very quiet day on the water for pelagic seabirds, we still had a couple of highlights. There were 2 Gould's Petrels observed on the way out to the shelf and a pod of 4-5 Killer Whales out past the shelf. We are still looking at the identity of a juvenile albatross, which might be a Grey-headed or a Black-browed. Otherwise, a day of small species numbers and low numbers of birds overall.
Chris Lester, Paul Dodd, Tim Bawden et al 8/9 #219580
White-winged Triller
Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve
One male on Steep Track.
Nicole Spillane & Paul Jacobson 7/9 #219568
Painted Honeyeater
Newstead township
Calling at 10am this morning - first return.
Geoff Park 7/9 #219561
Sat 6Yellow-faced Honeyeater - migration
Merri Estuary--Rutledges Cutting, Kelly Swamp and Saltwater Swamp
we saw 5-10 small flocks (around 16 in each group but up to 20 birds in one flock) at this location and again at the Killarney Sports Ground, they flew from the west along the dunes system towards the east and Warrnambool eBird checklist
Samantha Greiner + all on the Cross Boarder Camp Out at Warrnambool 9/9 #219606
Beautiful Firetail
Bunyip State Park--Buttongrass Walk
Also a pair of Bassian Thrushes, a female Olive Whistler, a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles and several White-eared honeyeaters.
Stephan Megroz 6/9 #219555
Swift Parrot
Moonee Ponds Creek (near Fanny Street) in Moonee Ponds
A single Swift Parrot in the eucalypts around the park near Fanny Street next to the Moonee Ponds Creek in Moonee Ponds.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 6/9 #219542
Fri 5Rosy-faced Lovebird (Peach-faced Lovebird)
Bentleigh East
I heard an unusual psittacine call emanating from a plane tree, subsequent investigation revealed a Peach-faced Lovebird perched in the outer branches. Natural colours but obviously an escapee. It flew away strongly. eBird checklist
Lewis Hiller 5/9 #219532
Thu 4Freckled Duck
Braeside Park
A pair of Freckled Ducks seen swimming in the water in front of the Bird Hide. Also present on or near the water was Hardhead, Grey and Chestnut Teal, Coot, Black Duck, White-faced Heron, Australasian Darter, Purple Swamphen, Little Pied Cormorant and Pelicans. Swamp Harrier and Whistling Kite seen flying overhead.
Leonie Proudfoot 6/9 #219546
Wed 3Grey Goshawk
Cape Otway Rd
Brett Roberts 3/9 #219512
Eastern Curlew
Anderson Inlet, Inverloch.
60 + feeding at low tide, west of Mahers Landing
Deb Crosby 3/9 #219509
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 1White-winged chough
Royal Park, Parkville
The lone chough spotted again
Chris Nicholson 3/9 #219508
Latham'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 31highlightRed-browed Treecreeper, Brown Gerygone
Wilsons Promontory National Park--Lilly Pilly Gully
1 RB Treecreeper seen and heard in Damp Forest - listed in 4 habitat types old WP National Park bird book by Roy Cooper (1975) but recorded very infrequently in Birdata. At least 7 BGs seen or heard in rainforest and adjacent densely shrubbed Damp Forest - they appear to be very well settled at the Prom.
George Appleby 6/9 #219545
Swift 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
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
Grey-Tailed Tattler (possible, confirmation needed)
Altona Coastal Park
Not 100% sure about my identification - bird was partially hidden behind rocks and quite far away. Bird was located along Racecourse Road, to the left of the 'bridge' above the Kororoit Creek. Would love to hear about any other possible IDs for this bird. [Mod note: this record needs confirmation i.e. the bird is most likely a Common Sandpiper, a similar species regalarly recorded at this site. ]
Nick Koutoulis 30/8 #219458
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
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
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
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
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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