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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

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic all bird watching must now comply with the current Victorian restrictions. See for more details. We will publish reports of birds that are rare or unusual, 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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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

July 2020
Sun 12Shining bronze-cuckoo
Enfield State Park--Surface Loop Picnic Area
2 shining bronze cuckoos heard and then seen interacting along the walk from the picnic area. A common bird in the Enfield but a few months earlier than usual.
Indra Bone 12/7 #258301
Thu 9Swift Parrots
Crosbie Nature Conservation Reserve
At least 12 Swift Parrots feeding on flowering Ironbarks on west boundary (McRoberts Track about 2km south of Axedale-Toolleen Rd). eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 9/7 #258286
Wed 8Jacky Winter, Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Lysterfield Lake Park
3 Jacky Winters seen from Granite Track. Unusually high count of Fan-tailed Cuckoo for this time of year. 4 Fan-tailed Cuckoos heard from; Dargon Track, Granite Track, Powells Track, Logan Park Rd and 1 seen along East Boundary Track (not calling). eBird checklist
Ryan Kilgower 8/7 #258281
Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Jells Park (Ibis Island)
Perched on tree on small Ibis island for about 20 mins. before flying off to the larger Ibis island. Late morning.
michael genesin 8/7 #258280
Mon 6Plumed Whistling-Duck
A flock of 60 on the pond opposite Brown Brothers Winery.
Sean Dooley 6/7 #258276
Sun 5Powerful Owl
Bush at back of 3 Elonara Court, Wheelers Hill
Heard but not seen. Quite distinctive and lasted about an hour.
Ethel Perry 6/7 #258269
Sat 4Australasian Gannet
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
At least 800 Australasian Gannets in several flocks, some flocks feeding (presumably on Australian Anchovies, which were seen washed up on beaches over the last week) and other flocks resting on water, very close to shore. Images and video available.
Val Stajsic 5/7 #258259
Black Kite, Laughing Kookaburra, Crimson Rosella
Royal Park, Parkville
A Black Kite, quite rare here, circling over the waterhole along with a Laughing Kookaburra on the railway line powerlines and a Crimson Rosella just north-east of the zoo. Quite a birdy day with 48 species in 2 hours in the Park.
Chris Lester 4/7 #258255
Wed 1Satin Bowerbird
Private land in Montrose. Limited Access.
We spotted this beautiful female sitting in the tree next to our window. It stayed long enough for us to pay attention to detail to its plumage and size. We weren't sure of it's breed until we spoke to a neighbour who's wife was positive she had also seen one recently - probably the same female.
Denise and Stuart Rash 6/7 #258274
highlightOsprey 2
Port Albert
Two Ospreys seen flying over Wharf Street around 11.30am. Have only ever seen 1 bird previously and only rarely
Stephan Granger 3/7 #257253

June 2020
Tue 30Plumed Whistling Ducks
Powlett Swamp
Four Plumed Whistling Ducks seen briefly swimming on open water. Swamp full. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 30/6 #257249
Thu 2560 Red-browed Finch
Afton Street Conservation Park (Aberfeldie)
A flock of over 60 feeding along the walking path, easily startled.
Christine Woolley 25/6 #257228
Wed 24Swift Parrot
Fawkner Crematorium and Memorial Park (Hadfield)
18 birds flying around and feeding in the same Tall Eucalyptus trees around Cordell Chapel, just behind Kennan reserve. The birds remained in this area all day.
Con Baltas 24/6 #257225
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve
Single male feeding around the Sheoak track area around 2pm. 5 yellow-tailed black-cockatoos in close proximity. Fed for about 30 mins. before flying off in southerly direction.
Michael Genesin 24/6 #257224
Tue 23Shy Heathwren
Mt Arapiles Centenary Park and Campground
Two Shy Heathwrens appeared and went about there business . A delight to watch.
Jenny Vague and Lea Crammond 27/6 #257239
highlightGlossy Black-Cockatoo
The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve
3 birds active on sheok track-chased by Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo and disappeared - could not be found at time of leaving the reserve
Clive Kaplan 23/6 #257220
Mon 22Satin Bowerbird
Great Alpine Tarrawingee 3678
Two female/juvenile Satin Bowerbirds have been in the garden and next door’s garden for about five days now. Quite skittish. Feeding on the ground much of the time. They are being harassed at time by New Holland Honeyeaters. Never seen in the area before. Usually in the valley further east in the wetter regions. Not on the plains Around here.
Michael O’Sullivan 23/6 #257217
Sun 21highlightGlossy Black-Cockatoo
The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve
Following a report on ebird yesterday decided to head up to the reserve and see if the birds re-appeared. No action at the she-oak trail initially, but at about 1545 three birds (2 males and a female) flew in. A pair allopreened together for a little while and the birds moved around calling, feeding in the casuarina and hanging out in eucs. eBird checklist
Dheran and Mike Honeyman 21/6 #257205
Sat 20Olive-Backed Oriole
Won Wron State Forest--White Womans Waterhole Campsite
1 adult O-B O feeding in the lower canopy on forest walk at the camp ground(a winter surprise).
Rohan Bugg 20/6 #257199
Fri 19Red Knot (2), 60+ Curlew Sandpiper, Red-necked Stints
Avalon Saltworks
Avalon Beach past houses in back right hand section from beach. Feeding in shallow water in old salt work ponds.
Gwen and Michael Bird 19/6 #257195
Thu 18Olive-backed oriole
Candlebark Park Templestowe
I was very surprised to see and hear an adult olive-backed oriole along Fitzsimons Lane Drain in Candlebark Park at around 12pm today - I thought they all migrated north at this time of year. I had good views of the bird so was able to identify it as an adult - heavy streaking underneath, red bill and eyes, and distinctive green back. It was singing constantly, mostly mimicry of multiple other species including magpie-lark, grey butcherbird, and yellow-tailed black-cockatoo. Very large numbers of spotted pardalotes were also present.
Harry Saddler 18/6 #257190
Wed 17White-headed Pigeon, Grey Currawong
Elsternwick Public Golf Course
White-headed Pigeon flew through reserve on dusk toward Elsternwick Park South where two have roosted in recent winters. Grey Currawong X2, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo X3 and Australian Hobby also on the Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve (formerly Elsternwick Golf Course).
Gio Fitzpatrick 22/6 #257206
Blue -winged Parrot
Walking our Whippets on the track next to the Puffing Billy line between Cockatoo and Gembrook. 38 Blue -winged Parrots landed in a tree next to the track. They flew onto a recently ploughed potato paddock and returned to the tree twice before departing.
Noel Billing 18/6 #257191
Mon 15Blue-Faced Honeyeater
Flock of at least 10, feeding around and even in picnic shelter. Usually only the occasional bird seen here, at the edge of its range.
Ian Cheyne 15/6 #257178
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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