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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.

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Moderators' Note

The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots. Please send any sightings at the Western Treatment Plant, Werribee and The Spit Wildlife Reserve to and for all other areas to Chris Purnell at All Regent Honeyeater reports should be forwarded as soon as possible to Dean Ingwersen ( or freecall 1800 621 056), including any colour leg band details. It is requested that details of Swift Parrot sightings are forwarded to Chris Timewell ( Also, please note that Birdline Victoria won’t be publishing individual reports of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo in the greater Melbourne area.

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July 2018
Mon 16Australian Bittern, Eastern Barn Owl
Walking on western path around Lake Pertobe and flushed a bittern. It flew about 100 metres and dropped back into cover. Then continued up the main street of the town and a Barn Owl flew over the road chased by a Little Raven and three magpies. It sat on a window sill with the magpies watching from above. The raven would not let it alone and so it flew off. An unusual morning!
Graeme Brown 16/7 #234875
Sat 14Rose Robin
One Mile Creek Path (Wangaratta)
A male Rose Robin seen next to the One Mile Creek. Mid afternoon, sitting in low light on a log.
Richard and Catarina Gregson 15/7 #234871
Red-Browed Treecreeper
Won Wron State Forest--White Womans Waterhole Campsite
The Treecreepers were on smooth trunked eucalypts on the forest walk to the east of the water hole.
Rohan Bugg 14/7 #234860
Fri 13highlightDiamond Dove
Greater Bendigo National Park--Diamond Dove dam (Kamarooka)
Single bird first seen and photographed by Peter Bennet drinking at a rut in the road beside the dam. I later saw the bird drinking at same spot. It flew off to the East before I could get a photo.
Bernadette Haywood 13/7 #234854
Wed 11highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Wooragee backyard, Edmondson Lane.
Single male on box blossom; another winter record for this species in the north east, following on from last year's sighting of a pair in Chiltern N.P. in July.
John Kelly, Ewan Kelly 12/7 #234846
Little Tern, Curlew Sandpiper
Lake Victoria (Gippsland Lakes)
Lake is full, 6 Little Terns resting amongst 17 Caspian Terns. Also a Curlew Sandpiper feeding along with Red-kneed Dotterels & Red-capped Plovers.
Robert Wright 11/7 #234839
Tue 10Eastern Barn Owl
Royal Park, Parkville
Flushed near the skink habitat and flew off. It perched for about one minute and then flew down toward the wetland. Photo taken near the stone steps which go down to the baseball centre. Time was around 4pm. eBird checklist
Richard Arnold 10/7 #234836
Mon 9Australian Wood duck leucistic
Riversdale Golf Club, Mount Waverley
This duck has been living at the golf club for the past 18 months.
Stephen Bennie 10/7 #234835
Spangled Drongo
Reported bird still there 50 m S of Waterloo St on Beach "Road". Thanks to Geoff and Geoff. Bird rotating from favourite perch to perch over the "road". Appeared annoyed by the presence of a kookaburra in one of its favourite paperbarks. eBird checklist
Terry Gourley 9/7 #234830
Sun 8Rose Robin
Rhyll Inlet
Male Rose Robin in wooded area at top of hill, around 1/3 of the way along track from Conservation Hill Reserve car park eBird checklist
Philip Dubbin 9/7 #234829
Fairy Tern
Port Welshpool
4 Fairy Terns were calling and diving beside the jetty pushing into a strong w s westerly wind.
Rohan Bugg 8/7 #234820
Sat 7Black-shouldered Kite
Dandos Rd, Avalon
21 adult and immature Black-shouldered Kites observed sheltering from high winds together in Sugar Gums. Observed at 11am, from the one road side spot (approx 2kms from Avalon Rd) and all 21 birds in view at the same time. Returning at 2pm, 10 Black-shouldered Kite observed together on 2 branches with others sheltering on low fences, on the ground in long grass and on the leeward side of boxthorn bushes.
Kate Hope 17/7 #234885
highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Cape Conran
Single Beach Stone-curlew observed sheltering with a group of 11 Pied Oystercatchers at the high tide mark at Cape Conran picnic area.
Aaron Payne 7/7 #234810
Fri 6Pink Robin
Rhyll Inlet
2 females in clifftop woodland. Wing bars almost orange, back and head dark brown. Photo taken in very low light. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 6/7 #234805
Grey Currawong
Moonee Ponds Creek, near Fanny Street
A single Grey Currawong on the edge of Moonee Ponds Creek.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 6/7 #234798
Thu 5highlightWestern Gerygone
Royal Park, Parkville
2 birds observed for several minutes in small eucalypts on rise north of St Georges Gve, east of railway line. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 6/7 #234796
Australian Magpie
A friend reported seeing a pretty tame, leucistic Magpie on Regent Street Whittington today.
Dan Forbes, but reported by Bernie McRitchie 5/7 #234795
highlightBrown Gerygone
Banyule Flats Reserve
Brown Gerygone at Banyule Flats this afternoon on the south side of the billabong just inside the fenceline and then moved outside the fence. Single bird feeding and moving from tree to tree with a flock of Brown Thornbills, White-browed Scrubwrens, a Grey Fantail and 2 Grey Shrikethrush. eBird checklist
David Adam 5/7 #234794
highlightSpangled Drongo
Quite a surprise to see a drongo on the mornng walk.Spotted at corner of Waterloo and Beach Streets it gave me enough time to go back and get the camera, and then took off in the direction of the boat ramp and jetty.
Wed 4highlightChestnut-rumped Heathwren
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Chiltern
A single bird recorded along Oates Track during fauna survey work - a rare bird for the park. Habitat was ~ 2 year post-wildfire Box Ironbark Forest with a dense regenerating midstorey of Golden Wattle. eBird checklist
Dan Pendavingh 4/7 #234783
Mon 2Blue-winged Parrot
Brighton Beach Railway Station
A single bird flying over calling around 8:30.
Sean Dooley 3/7 #234773
highlightBarn Owl (25+), Black Falcon (3)
While looking for the reported Letter-winged Kite (which wasn't seen) on a nearby road, we came across a roost of over 25 Barn Owls. They all took flight after a few were accidentally flushed, and proceeded to circle around the immediate area, from perch to perch of numerous trees, all the while being the target of harassment by three Black Falcons and numerous other raptors. At one stage all the owls and the three falcons were perched in the one tree! It was an incredible sight.
Leigh Pieterse, Owen Lishmund, David Adam 2/7 #234759
Brown Quail, White-naped Honeyeater
Royal Park, Parkville
A Brown Quail in the White Skink habitat area as well as a White-naped Honeyeater feeding in some small trees nearby.
Chris Lester 2/7 #234757
Sun 1highlightLetter-winged Kite
Bird still present until around 11am when it took off (not flushed).
Falk Wicker and many others 2/7 #234753
Barn Owls
Unusually high number killed in a 3 km stretch on the western highway near Lillimur. Last count 20 over the month of June. Haven't noticed excessively high number of rodents.
Jeanette Feder 1/7 #234749
Striated Pardalote
Royal Park, Parkville
At least one individual each of three subspecies of Striated Pardalote, Eastern, Striated and Yellow-tipped (the latter two are rare in Melbourne) seen along with many Spotted Pardalotes in small Eucalypts beside the bike path and path leading to remnant bush patch. eBird checklist
Will Morris 1/7 #234748
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Gemmill Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve
Fifth record for this Reserve in 51 years of keeping notes. eBird checklist
Don Roberts 1/7 #234747
highlightWestern Gerygone
Banyule Flats Reserve
Single bird seen whilst observing a very active mixed flock of Grey Fantail, Spotted Pardalote, Brown Thornbill and Striated Pardalote. White eye ring noted clearly, black marking joining eye and very prominent bill. Tiny bird with white underside and grey upper. Bird regularly 'hovered' whilst feeding during which time black and white tail patterning seen. Observed for about 15 minutes on the south side of the Billabong in two eucalypts just out from the Billabong fence. eBird checklist
Andrew Hogg 1/7 #234746

June 2018
Sat 30highlightSquare-tailed Kite
Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Square-tail, long wings, reddish underparts. Seen flying low over Sydney rd near Brunswick town hall. Soared higher then headed northwest. Probably same bird that has been seen in the inner northwest of Melbourne since early autumn. eBird checklist
Will Morris 1/7 #234743
Spotted Harrier
Melton South
One Spotted Harrier seen flying over new housing development, just below tree height, while driving along Clarkes Road. It seemed almost oblivious to a couple of Little Ravens following it. A week ago a Spotted Harrier was flying back & forth over a house in Lachlan Road, Melton South. It seemed interested in something in the backyard, until it was driven off by a couple of Ravens. One seems to make low flights over the neighbourhood once or twice a year.
Daryl Akers 30/6 #234742
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher, Asian Gull-billed Tern (2), Black-tailed Godwit
Stockyard Point
Previously reported SIPO (1N) present at high tide roost at point. Also present were Asian Gull-billed Tern (2) and single Black-tailed Godwit (Rare in Westernport). Good numbers of overwintering Eastern Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit and Red Knot also recorded.
Dan Ashdown & Leigh Pieterse 30/6 #234738
White-necked Heron
Royal Park --Trin Warren Tam-boore
A White-necked Heron at the waterhole about 11 am.
Chris Lester 30/6 #234731
Fri 29highlightDiamond Dove
I was out with a friend who lives local to the site, whilst walking along the western most edge of the grey box forest we observed a bird fly to the fence. I at first thought a Peaceful Dove, but on examination of my friends photo it is a Diamond Dove.
Gary Gale & Stephen Fuller 29/6 #234728
Thu 28megamegaSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Stockyard Point
Red 1N was resighted around high tide in the afternoon, associating with about 110 Australian Pied Oystercatchers. Other than the leg flag, the dumpy legs, longer and finer bill, and the extensive white wedge on its back helped to pick the SIPO from the crowd.
Oakley Germech, Deb Oliver, Graeme Gillette, Roger from VWSG 30/6 #234729
Tyto alba (Barn owl)
Macauly Rd, Kensington 3031
Dead bird, likely traffic casualty. Still so very beautiful.
Frank Wallace 29/6 #234725
Hooded Robin
Sheep Station Creek, 3896
This morning I photographed a male Hooded Robin.
Robert Plumtree 28/6 #234723
Wed 27Black-tailed Godwits
Laverton Creek Mouth (Altona)
Surrounded by 300-400 stilts, avocets and several species of ducks a very bright [male?] Black-tailed Godwit. Rufous head,neck and upper chest. Strong black bars on flank, not complete to belly. Back and wings strongly 'spangled" black and chestnut. Wide white eye-brow only to top of eye. Beak, leg colour and tail etc normal. Second bird with it in complete non-breeding plumage pale grey above paler under. Beak, tail and eye-brow as with first bird. Must be over wintering. About 300 metres upstream of mouth.
Joseph Gatt 28/6 #234720
Spotted Harrier
Staceys Rd, Lara, west of Bacchus Marsh Rd
Seen quartering low over a grassed paddock to the south over Stacey's Rd at 1313. Several Brown Falcons, Nankeen Kestrel and at least 5 Black-shouldered Kite seen along a 4km stretch of road.
Richard Hook 28/6 #234717
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Single immature-plumaged bird seen flying steadily north-east near Blackburn Rd/ High Street Rd intersection about 8:20 am. Escorted by an agitated but comparatively insignificant-looking Australian Magpie, and causing great alarm among local Noisy Miners, Little Corellas and Rainbow Lorikeets. The bird was actively flying (flapping) the whole time (10-15 seconds) it was in sight. Never seen one overhead around Glen Waverley before.
Jack Krohn 27/6 #234709
Tue 26megamegaLetter-winged Kite
Rupanyup area
Single bird perched on fence line, then flew to old homestead site, all on private property. Excellent views obtained both from inside and outside vehicle. Photos taken.
Ian Morgan 26/6 #234705
Mon 25highlightYellow-plumed Honeyeater
Gemmill Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve
First record for this Reserve in 51 years of keeping records, the bird was feeding on flowering Grey Mistletoe, host tree Silver Wattle, other species feeding on the same were Eastern Spinebill, Yellow-faced and Fuscous Honeyeaters. The Yellow-plumed was latter observed bathing with Silvereyes and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters at a small puddle. eBird checklist
Don Roberts 26/6 #234701
Sun 24highlightSwift Parrot
Gemmill Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve
Four birds feeding on lerps in a River Red Gum. eBird checklist
Don Roberts 26/6 #234700
megamegaHudsonian Godwit
Swan Island (restricted access)
Single Hudsonian Godwit with small flock of Bar-tailed Godwits and Red Knot seen on restricted access land - subtly upswept bill, bulging eyebrow in front of eye and dark underwing seen. Keep an eye out for this bird on Mud Islands or other potential Godwit roosting sites.
John Newman, Rustem Upton 25/6 #234698
highlightGrey-headed Albatross [2], Light-mantled Sooty Albatross and Arctic Tern
Port Fairy Pelagic
Nice bunch of cold-water species recorded on monthly Port Fairy pelagic. Of particular note were 2 imm Grey-headed Albatross and single Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, all showing well. Both species on state review list, therefore pending submissions to VORAC. Total of 10 Albatross species for the day almost a local record. Also of note was Arctic Tern[2], Common Diving-Petrel and number of 'whalebirds', mostly Slender-billed Prion but may have have been other species involved, still sifting through photographs. Definitely rates as 1 of the better trips of recent times.
Scott Baker, Neil Macumber, Kevin Bartram, Peter Lansley, Dan Ashdown, et al 25/6 #234697
Sat 23Striped Honeyeater
Kangaroo Lake
2 Striped Honeyeaters present with large gathering of other Honeyeaters: mainly White-fronted and Spiny-cheeked. The birds have been there for some time and seen by other birders. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 24/6 #234691
Australian Bittern
Reedy Lake (Geelong)--Moolap Station Rd
Very light brown bird. Flushed within 10 metres, great views. eBird checklist
Jeff Dagg, David Tyherliegh, Paul Schller 24/6 #234690
Wed 20Spotted Harrier
Hoppers Crossing Sports Club
An immature Spotted Harrier flew in from the south in this very urban site. It was heralded by lapwings and driven off persistently by ravens. It had no rest and ended up going east. About 10:45am.
Bernie McRitchie 20/6 #234663
Tue 19Sooty Owl
Pakenham Road Cockatoo
Calling a number of times from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm. near our house and later from above a gully behind the house. .
Noel, Lynne,Asha & Brenna Billing. 19/6 #234662
Rose Robin
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
Male seen twice by Murray and me near the pines and seat 31. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 19/6 #234661
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 Australia or Victoria
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