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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The Birdlife Australia Orange-bellied Parrot recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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. We have also decided not to publish any further reports of Eastern/Pacific Koel as they are now common in Victoria in the warmer months.

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May 2017
Tue 30Swift Parrot
Arborline Nursery, Hamilton
One bird calling from boundary trees mid afternoon, very distinctive call heard three-four times, possible response to call back
Samantha Greiner 30/5 #231040
Mon 29Little Eagle, Crested Pigeon
Hoppers Crossing
Whilst having lunch at Mossfiel Reserve, we saw a dark morph Little Eagle fly in. Without warning, it stooped all the way to the ground, catching a Crested Pigeon that hadn't bothered to fly off, like its fellow pigeons had. It took it to a nearby eucalypt, allowing close views. This park is very urban and quite a few people were in the area, which didn't seem to bother the eagle. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 29/5 #231033
Australasian Bittern
Truganina Swamp, Altona
Nice views had of Aus Bittern inside fenced Wildlife Refuge area feeding on abundant Clicking Froglets .
David Richardson 29/5 #231032
Sun 28White-headed Pigeon
13 White-headed pigeons feeding at a bird feeder, Christmas St, Metung. Owner claimed up to 8 breeding pairs frequent the nearby reserve, and bring fledglings to the feeder in the spring.
Roger Bilney 29/5 #231030
Fri 26highlightSlender-billed Thornbill, Striped Honeyeater
Wyperfeld National Park
We saw two small groups of Slender-billed Thornbills (2 or 3 birds in each) in burnt sections of the Desert Walk, along with quite a few Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters and a White-fronted Honeyeater. There were some Striped Honeyeaters (3 or 4) in the Wonga Camping Ground. Moderator's note: very few published records of Slender-billed Thornbill at this site. This particular subspecies has a limited range and nowhere common. SB
Chris and Rosemary Lester 27/5 #231016
Thu 25Magpie Geese
Via Kow Swamp
Six birds sighted close to the Pyramid Hill to Leitchville Road south of Kow Swamp sitting on edge of irrigated paddock along with 20+ Black Duck
Chris McGrath per Adrian Martins 25/5 #231004
Wed 24Australian Reed Warbler
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
One singing from reeds & paperbarks near Little River estuary: this species often stays into first week of May but this is unusually late. At least 200 Welcome Swallows hawking round the same vegetation, so no shortage of insect food.
Richard Loyn 28/5 #231023
Black Falcon
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
One dashed through the flock of Black Kites milling around the maize harvester west of Point Wilson road.
Richard Loyn 28/5 #231022
Tue 23Gang Gang Cockatoo
A flock of at least 17 in the Manna Gums at my place today. Usually see groups of 3 - 6 around here. Only two adult males.
Neil Murray 23/5 #230993
Mon 22Australasian Bittern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Paradise Rd
First noticed along the fence line bordering the flooded area on the road to gate 8. The bird entered long grass along fence and appeared briefly in the flooded area.
clive kaplan 23/5 #230995
White-headed Pigeon
Fish Creek
Single bird seen on private property near Meenyian -Prom Rd,Fish Creek
Chris Gittins 22/5 #230983
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Emily St, Point Lonsdale
A Fan-tailed Cuckoo has arrived in our locality and is calling for hours throughout the day. [Moderator's Note: Although some birds do over-winter it is unusual for them to calling at this time of the year. MA]
Rod Corinaldi 22/5 #230966
Sun 21Black-tailed Godwit
Lake Cooper
Three Black-tailed Godwits were sighted at -36.4883 144.7912.
Surong Gunn, Keith Stockwell, James Gunn 21/5 #230960
Peaceful Dove
Mangalore Flora and Fauna Reserve
Sheridan Smith and I saw two Peaceful Doves on our visit to the reserve today. I thought this a rather southerly location for this species? [Moderator's Note: This is quite a southern report but they are seen south of Seymour at times. MA] eBird checklist
Andrew Hogg 21/5 #230959
Pink eared duck
Lake Daylesford
6 P.E.D rafting in the back section of the lake.very unusual habitat and only 1 other reported sighting
Indra Bone 21/5 #230955
Sat 20Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Clifton Hill
One adult fan-tailed cuckoo calling repeatedly from a high perch (a TV antenna on someone's roof) on my street in Clifton Hill at about 8am on Saturday 20/05. I read in my field guide that some birds overwinter so had dismissed the sighting as unusual but not noteworthy, but after reading the moderator's comment on Rod Corinaldi's report of 22/05 I thought it might be worth reporting as a confirmation of this behaviour.
Harry Saddler 23/5 #230988
highlightSooty Owl
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Seen perched at entrance to nest hollow.
Des Palmer, Jeremy Palmer and Rafael Cantarella 20/5 #230953
Swift Parrot and Purple-crowned Lorikeet
Deakin University Warrnambool Campus
Three Swift Parrots and 25+ Purple-crowned Lorikeets feeding in the eucalypts in carparks either side of Cafeteria Lane in the morning. Purple-crowned Lorikeets were also present in good numbers on Friday, particularly before lunch.
Rowan Mott and Cathy Cavallo 20/5 #230951
Azure Kingfisher
Shepherds Bush
Stumbled upon an Azure Kingfisher this morning along the Dandenong Creek, about 100m upstream from Patterson Bridge.
Luke Shelley 20/5 #230946
Fri 19Cattle Egret
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
One bird roosting on rocks just offshore.
Sean Dooley 19/5 #230936
Thu 18highlightOsprey
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
A female seen flying over the northern section of the Plant.
Sean Dooley et al 22/5 #230963
highlightAustralasian Bittern
Cullens Lake Wildlife Reserve
Up to 16 Australasian Bittern flushed from the inlet area whilst monitoring the patch of typha. Many circled and returned to land from whence they flew.
Damien Cook per Adrian Martins 19/5 #230940
Wed 17highlightDiamond Dove (3)
Murray-Sunset National Park--Lake Walla Walla
Three Diamond Doves were observed on the bank of the Lindsay River near the northern end of the lake. Access to the site was via a dirt access road off Old Mail Road, also at the same location was an overwintering Pallid Cuckoo eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds, Dan Ashdown, Alison Nisbett, Jack Parrington & Robin Rider 26/5 #231011
Tue 16highlightRed-lored Whistler, Striated Grasswren, Olive-backed Oriole
Murray-Sunset National Park
A pair of Red-lored Whistlers were seen in a slightly unusual habitat on South Bore Track, the habitat was predominantly Mallee Stringybark with Triodia understorey, but almost no middle storey. Also was interesting to note the vocalisations of the male bird at this time of year, calls were notably softer than I have I heard during breeding season, and appeared to only be done to call to the nearby female bird. Also 3 Striated Grasswren were seen on Pheenys Track, approximately 2km east of the North South Settlement Track junction, and a probable overwintering, out of range Olive-backed Oriole was seen near the Shearers Quarters. eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds and Dan Ashdown 17/5 #230925
Cape Barren Goose
Victorian Desalination Plant
A pair seen flying west over the Victorian Desalination Plant, Wonthaggi.
Craig Boase 16/5 #230923
Sun 14Swift Parrot
Mangalore Flora and Fauna Reserve
At least three Swift Parrots seen not far from the car park. Also one Gilbert's Whistler and one Rufous Songlark. eBird checklist
Dirk Tomsa 14/5 #230912
megamegaWestland Petrel
Port Fairy Pelagic
Excellent day at sea -major highlight being Westland Petrel at the shelf. This appears to be first live record for Victoria. Only 1 previous record of beachcast bird from Port Campbell 1989 [Paul Peake]. Also of note was a single Antarctic Prion, numerous Wandering Albatross [both New Zealand and Snowy], Cape Petrel and good number of Shy, Black-browed, Cambell's etc.
Scott Baker, Kevin Bartram, Neil Macumber and all aboard Southern Explorer 14/5 #230908
highlightChesnut-rumped Thornbill
Lake Glenmaggie
Been chasing clear sighting here for 3-4 days. Finally got multiple up-close photographs, two observers confirming the bird. Also responded instantly to bird call app playback for CRT. Moderators note: this appears to be a long way from any other known population. Very interesting record! SB eBird checklist
John Gwyther 14/5 #230906
Sat 13Masked Woodswallow
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Young female (?) seen in woodlot alongside Point Wilson rd. Unexpected record for this time of year.
Scott Baker 13/5 #230901
highlightFreckled Duck, Black-tailed Godwit, Marsh Sandpiper.
Lake Cooper
870 Freckled Duck counted at the north end. A single Marsh Sandpiper was at the ski club and 3 Godwits were a bit further south. Also impressive numbers of Coot probably more than 20000. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 13/5 #230900
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Bacchus Marsh
A pair of Spiny-cheeks in our back garden. Every autumn they move into our area, but these two were very comfortable on our small property which is bordered by six other houses. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 13/5 #230897
Swift Parrot
Coburg Lake Reserve
Single bird seen and heard flying overhead is my first record for this site. Spent time searching flowering eucalypts at western end of reserve but unable to relocate.
Scott Baker 13/5 #230892
Fri 12highlightGrey Goshawk
Banyule Flats Reserve
Reported white morph bird seen well sitting in the morning sunlight along the track that leads from the Main Yarra Trail to the windmill. Flew between several perches, then disappeared. eBird checklist
David Adam, Owen Lishmund 12/5 #230888
Thu 11Superb Parrots
This morning 4 Superb Parrots flying low over the Hwy, heading towards Tocumwal, NSW.
Brendan Toll 11/5 #230880
Sun 7Pallid Cuckoo
Terrick Terrick National Park
An overwintering female not calling seen perched in a road side tree and eating a big fat grub. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 9/5 #230867
Sat 6highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Mots Beach (Marlo)
Marlo's resident Beach Stone-curlew was observed in its preferred habitat at Mots Beach this afternoon during a late autumn 2020 shorebird count. 3 years, 3 months and 2 weeks since the initial report in January 2014. eBird checklist
Len Axen 7/5 #230857
Fri 5Blue-billed Duck
Yan Yean Reservoir
1650. Absolute calm so able to get a good count over most of the reservoir from near the old caretaker's cottage. Most birds were towards the east side. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 6/5 #230843
Thu 4Brown Songlark
Water Storage Plant, Grants Road, Whittlesea
One bird seen on fence - very pale bird , not calling but seen in flight , got pretty poor photo .
Colin Mulvogue 4/5 #230833
Purple-gaped Honeyeater (8+)
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka--Burnside Track
Eventually saw over 8 Purple-gaped Honeyeaters along Burnside Rd opposite Campbells Rd. Just in case the other birders I ran into looking for the same bird didn't find any where they looked, the birds were very close bathing in a pond about 2 km along the road.
Max O'Sullivan 4/5 #230832
Swift Parrot
Yellow Gums Estate (Ocean Grove)
Twice today at 9:50 and 15:30 I have heard and then seen a single Swift Parrot flying over my house garden. Some of the Yellow Gums are just coming into flower so there will be food for the Swift Parrots for some time. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 4/5 #230830
Wed 3White-naped Honeyeater
Banyule Flats Reserve
Lone bird in flock of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and Silvereyes along the Main Yarra Trail between the transmission lines and Rosanna Golf Club. First one I've ever seen here and the only record for here on eBird. Presumably passing through. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 3/5 #230826
Australasian Shoveler, Pink-eared duck, Freckled Duck, Hardhead
Lake Lorne
Great viewing for duck watchers with many Freckled, Pink-eared, Aust Shovelers and Hardheads all mixed together in agitated feeding activity.
Rod Corinaldi 3/5 #230825
Tue 2Painted Button-quail
Bacchus Marsh West Golf Course
A female Button-quail walked across my path. It didn't flush but escaped my attention by walking under saltbush and reappearing only once a fair way away. A Boobook flushed also. Observations in the revegetation that borders the golf course. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 2/5 #230821
One adult female observed accompanied by young bird, with suspected second young giving begging calls nearby, but which we were unable to locate. The two visible birds were high in a White Stringybark tree in ridgetop forest. The female caught several caterpillars or grubs which it fed to the waiting young. Cicadabirds are regular summer visitors to the area; this is the first we have observed evidence of breeding locally, and an unusually late record.
Felicity & Chris Healey 2/5 #230818
Mon 1White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Lysterfield Lake Park
Very large bird (female?) in full adult plumage. Observed perched in dead tree near the lake edge on the Heatherton Road side- directly opposite the Swimming area. During my observation, the eagle plunged into some reeds very close to the shore and emerged with an Eurasian Coot in it's talons. It then flew to a nearby perch and proceeded to devour it's catch. I haven't observed this species at this location since August 2010.
Jeni Bedin 1/5 #230811

April 2017
Sun 30Chestnut Teal
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Lake Borrie
Leucistic Chestnut Teal swimming with a group of around 20 other Chestnut Teal.
Gary Gale 1/5 #230806
Scarlet Robin
Aquaduct Trail (Pakenham)
Have not seen this species before in Pakenham
Barbara Carr 30/4 #230799
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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