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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The Birdlife Australia Orange-bellied Parrot recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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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April 2017
Tue 25megamegaLetter-winged Kite
Terrick Terrick National Park--The Meadows
Single bird seen associating with Black-shouldered Kites, perching on fences and lignum bushes and moved around through much of the reserve. Seen well in flight showing the extensive, solid black underwing bars. Also noted pronounced black in front of eyes with no black behind, paler legs/feet than Black-shouldered and dark grey on top of head and on mantle. Appeared slightly larger in comparison to Black-shouldered. Unforgettable experience. GPS coordinates of first sighting are: -36.112365, 144.434583 eBird checklist
Dan Ashdown, Owen Lishmund 25/4 #230767
Sun 23Swift Parrot
Rushworth State Forest
Heard, then 7 Swifties seen feeding noisily atop Eucalypt trees. In a mixed flock of mainly Fuscous Honeyeaters and Lorikeets. A photo will be on our eBird list in due course. eBird checklist
Broken Creek Field Naturalists Club Inc. 24/4 #230751
highlightSoft-plumaged Petrel, Salvin's Albatross, hybrid Black-browed x Grey-headed Albatross
Port Fairy Pelagic
A busy day at sea, many birds around boat. Some of the highlights include Soft-plumaged Petrel, Salvin's Albatross and what is thought to be a hybrid Black-browed x Grey-headed Albatross. Also recorded Buller's Albatross, Northern Royal Albatross, NZ Wandering Albatross [7-8], Brown Skua, Wilson's Storm-Petrel [70-80] and a few White-faced and Grey-backed. Great-winged Petrels back in numbers whereas Grey-faced Petrel was noticeably absent, a single bird observed.
Scott Baker and all aboard the monthly Birdswing and Birding pelagic. 24/4 #230750
Olive-backed Oriole
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
Repeatedly heard calling, while moving around, near E Gate (which is at the southern end of the gardens, adjacent to Kings Domain). I imagine it's a seasonal movement from further south. eBird checklist
Matthew Crawford 23/4 #230745
Swift Parrot
Yellow Gums Estate (Ocean Grove)
3 flying around
Guy Dutson 23/4 #230744
Sat 22Common Blackbird
Migratory movement from SW to NNE. About 40 birds in 5-10 minutes. Males and females. Making short dashes from copse to copse. Heading down in altitude towards central Victoria. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 22/4 #230736
Two female Figbirds feeding in a Moreton Bay Fig tree in Metung
Gary Smith 22/4 #230734
Zebra Finch
3 finches (male and 2 females) seen around train tracks in the morning.
Indra Bone, Roger Thomas 22/4 #230732
Thu 20Black Falcon
Dandenong Ranges National Park--Mt Dandenong Firetrail
Pair of adult Black Falcons flying directly overhead near top of Mount Dandenong fire trail at Burkes Lookout . Raptors Rock!
Freya Palmer 20/4 #230721
Fork-tailed Swift
Surprised to see a single Fork-tailed Swift flying over my garden in Lark Street at 13.15 hrs. It circled over then disappeared in southerly direction . Large size compared to Welcome Swallows close by . White rump and smudge of white on throat noted.
David Richardson 20/4 #230720
Wed 19Turquoise Parrot
Glenrowan Tourist Park
Got into caravan park around 5.30pm with just enough light left for a quick look around the grounds, found 3-5 Turquoise Parrots in fading light on side of hill Nth side of park, will be up early for better look, a few King Parrots around too
Samantha Greiner 19/4 #230714
Mon 17Hooded Plover
Harmers Haven
At Cutlers Beach, 8 individuals (5 adults, 3 juveniles) feeding amongst rocks on shoreline.
Craig Boase 19/4 #230715
Rose Robin
Blackwood North
Male calling rather persistently from Blackwood grove along Allens Creek. Unusual to be so vocal at this time of year, or even still active in relatively dense forest at c.700m above sea level at this time. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 18/4 #230697
Sun 16Banded Lapwing
Granite Road, Balliang
Four birds seen feeding in the short pasture not too far from the roadside. Occasionally swooped by Little Ravens. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 17/4 #230693
highlightAustralian Bustard
Yarrawalla South Road
After a report by a local of a strange bird seen on Friday, followed up Sunday morning to find one adult male Bustard. Seen around 8am. Not there through middle of the day. In paddocks on west side of Yarrawalla South road 0.7 kms north of junction with Marfleets road.
Simon Starr 16/4 #230679
Sat 15Rose Robin, Grey Butcherbird.
Woodlands Historic Park
One Rose Robin, probably a young male with a rose flush to the breast seen near the dam at Weeroona. Also heard a Grey Butcherbird giving alarm call, first I've recorded in the whole of this area (including Greenvale Dam, Meadow Heights, Roxburgh Park).
Kevin Bartram 16/4 #230677
Black-eared Cuckoo
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
Adult seen well 100 m anti clockwise from car park. eBird checklist
Alan Crawford, Lindy & Nick Damoulakis 16/4 #230676
Southern Boobook
Woodlands Historic Park
Somerton Road area, just over the foot-bridge which crosses Moonee Ponds Creek. The Boobook was flushed out by some White-plumed honeyeaters and then perched in a large Red Gum. Only the second one I have seen in the park. eBird checklist
Richard Arnold 15/4 #230673
Fri 14Powerful Owl
Shoreham, Iluka Girl Guide Camp Site (restricted access)
During the Easter weekend heard, then spotlighted a sugar glider that remained surprisingly stationary upon close approach to the tree. Likely reason was a Powerful Owl perched on a branch about 1.5 m away which was noticed only after some time observing the glider. Did not see it on other nights. Also, a Bobook was heard on several nights during the long weekend.
Scott Chandry 24/4 #230754
Lake Cooper
14 Brolga
Surong and James Gunn & Keith Stockwell 17/4 #230689
Azure Kingfisher
Birdsland Reserve
Seen twice at the reserve in the past few days. A pair of them. I've been photographing there for 7 years and never seen them there before.
Kathie Thomas 16/4 #230682
Wed 12Brolga
Lake Cullen
Pair on western edge of lake
Adrian Martins 13/4 #230649
Tue 11Pink Robin
Ocean Grove Nature Reserve
One female, possibly two, sighted on the north track early afternoon.
Robin Spry 12/4 #230635
Sun 9Rufous Night-Heron
Winton Wetlands
We saw upwards of 150 birds around Green Swamp. This is a conservative estimate - it may easily have been over 200 birds. There were both mature and juvenile birds. They were wheeling around in huge groups before settling in the bare trees. It was a truly amazing sighting. We watched and photographed them for an hour. eBird would not let me enter 150 in the numbers section. Don't need to go to Melbourne Zoo this year for the photo! eBird checklist
Deb Oliver and Nina Tsilikas 10/4 #230617
Pacific Swift
Three. Flying low in a northerly direction over Tylden in the midst of the violent cold front weather. Rather late in the season. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 9/4 #230609
Sat 8Cape Barren Goose
Gladfield South near Pyramid Hill
One seen in stubble field. Was shy when approached. Never seen before in the district. Distant phone pic attached
Peter Hercott per Simon Starr 8/4 #230605
Common Sandpiper
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
One bird spotted by Echuca Birdlife group. on waters edge south east corner of res. Several photos taken hope to have on line later. First sighting of these species here at Crusoe.
Ken Dredge, Wayne Wignall, Malcolm Cousland & others 8/4 #230602
Fri 7highlightBeach Stone-curlew, Eastern Ground Parrot
Mots Beach (Marlo)
Stone-curlew still present on 6th & 7th Apr. across estuarine backwater from car park access. Single Ground Parrot flushed from edge of rushes at Frenchs Narrows nearby. Spotless Crake seen on 6th at muddy margin of Phragmites from boardwalk.
P. S. Lansley 8/4 #230594
Swift Parrot
Bend of Islands
Three birds flying through trees over private property in Henley Road.
Gavin Masters and Mal Chicksen 7/4 #230590
Thu 6Gilbert's Whistler
Mangalore Nature Conservation Reserve
Fiona Parkin 6/4 #230588
Australasian Bittern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Single bird heard booming in vicinity of T-section and adjacent swampy areas next to Western Lagoon Pond 4/5, hard to pinpoint location but that general area. eBird checklist
Steve Davidson 6/4 #230582
Wed 5Australian Magpie
Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre
Partial albino Australian Magpie seen in flight with two other (normal) magpies. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 5/4 #230574
Tue 4Noisy Friarbird Philemon corniculatus
Single bird coming in to drink at our bird bath. Clearly visible with naked eye but also checked with binoculars through kitchen window. Black head and nape, heavy curved bill prominent knob Bird seen approx 15 minutes later preening on dead tree in maize paddock, again visible from kitchen window with telescope. Curved bill and prominent knob checked with telescope. No opportunity to photograph.
Howard & Jill Plowright 5/4 #230571
Intermediate Egret
Truganina Swamp (Altona)
Intermediate Egret at Truganina Swamp, Altona, VIC along shore of Laverton Creek. Seen today around 11:15am, but has been present in that area since 13 March. It does seem a bit flighty and does not like to be crowded, so gave it some space. Sorry if this is a double post, but the photo seemed to have disappeared from the first post.
David Richardson, R. Bruce Richardson 4/4 #230566
Mon 3Spotted crake, Great crested grebe, Hoary headed grebe, Australasian grebe
Emily's Pond, Point Lonsdale
Two spotted crakes observed feeding along the reed edges of the channel leading from Emily's Pond to Lake Victoria. There are also all three of the grebe species currently inhabiting Emily's Pond, but to photograph all three in one shot would be a fantastic achievement.
Rod Corinaldi 4/4 #230563
highlightGrey Goshawk
Nine Mile Creek at Reilly's Crossing, SW of Wunghnu
Alarm calls of other birds alerted us to a white morph bird gliding quickly through at fairly low height. Bright yellow cere and legs/feet with longish, neat, square-cut tail seen clearly. Was very surprised to see - appears to be outside their usual range. Wasn't quick enough to get photos. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund, Graeme Gillette 3/4 #230556
Parasitic Jaeger
Port Melbourne
Nonbreeding light morph sitting on water about 800m offshore directly out from Station Pier (I got pretty close in kayak). Bird took off; very pale underbelly and streaky breast-band were then visible. it looked well-fed, biggish; sort of chubby.
Dave Gleeson 3/4 #230552
Sun 2megamegaBlack-bellied Storm-petrel
Port Fairy Pelagic
At least one bird sighted then photographed in deep water beyond the shelf. Other highlights include: Long-tailed Jaeger, Slender-billed & Antarctic Prion, 2 Southern and 4 Northern Royal Albatross, several Wandering and New Zealand Wandering Albatross, 2 Northern Giant Petrels and one Common Diving Petrel in inshore waters.
Kevin Bartram & 16 others on the Birdswing tour. 4/4 #230557
Lewin's Rail, Buff-banded Rail, Cape Barren Goose and Freckled Duck
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
We saw a Lewin's Rail and a Buff-banded Rail along the Little River at low tide, along with some Australian Spotted Crakes. We saw 2 Cape Barren Geese at the Lake Borrie outlet. There were quite a few Freckled Ducks on the trees at Lake Borrie and more on the rocks in the first pond as you come in from Beach Road. It was an excellent day's birding with 86 species even though the weather was very poor. There were lots of terns, with White-winged terns coming into breeding plumage along with Little, Fairy, Whiskered and Crested. The only waders we could find were the commonest ones. A Blue-winged Parrot flew over us along the back of the spit. We also saw 6 Brolgas behind the spit.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 3/4 #230549
Freckled duck
Lake Wendouree (Ballarat)
At least 13 freckled duck now present (3 earlier this month) located in the dense willows to the left of the Olympic Rings
Indra Bone 3/4 #230548
highlightWestern Gerygone
Coburg - Merri Creek trail
Seen in trees on the bank of the creek, between Edna Gove & Bell Street, where the power lines cross the creek, at 5.45 pm. eBird checklist
Alan Crawford 2/4 #230543
Little Eagle
Maribyrnong River (Avondale Heights) Melb, Victoria
Adult bird seen several time upstream from Canning St bridge mid afternoon today.
Jim Caine 2/4 #230542
Spotted Crake, Black Tailed Native Hen
Mullawallah Wetlands Ballarat
Spotted Crake seen feeding for several minutes in reeds near the carpark.Also had a fleeting view of a Black Tailed Native Hen in the same area.
Brian Bending 2/4 #230540
Sat 1White-necked Heron
Bryan Swamp Wildlife Reserve
a cool 100+ White-necked Herons with many juvenile birds, also 100+ Yellow-billed Spoonbills & 100+ White-faced Herons; other species Aust & Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, , 2 Brolga, Whistling Kites ,Wedge-tailed Eagles, Pelicans and Emus
Samantha Greiner 1/4 #230532
Song Thrush.
Rear yard of large residential allotment in Hoppers Crossing 3029.
At 0800 I observed two Song Thrush at and around a bird bath in my rear yard. I have observed Song Thrush mainly in the vicinity of the bird bath on occasions in the past.
Peter Gibbons. 1/4 #230529

March 2017
Fri 31Intermediate Egret
Lake Wendouree (Ballarat)
Individual catching small fish on the south side of the lake. It was also following the weed collector around
Indra Bone 1/4 #230528
Plumed Whistling-Duck
Bendigo Creek, Terrick Terrick.
15 plus birds roosting among reeds
Gregg Muller 31/3 #230526
Thu 30highlightMagpie Goose
Melbourne CBD
Near Federation Square ( rowing club area ) Yarra River, Melbourne VIC. Further information
Min-pei Chuang 31/3 #230516
Little Egret, Pink-eared Duck, Great Egret, Black-fronted Dotterel.
Newell's Paddock Wetland Reserve
Observed Little Egret for the first time. Two Great Egrets have been in the area for awhile. eBird checklist
Thomas Nataprawira 31/3 #230515
Red-capped Robin
Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve
Female hunting along a fence bordering farmland on the Western side of the park. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 30/3 #230512
Little Eagle (light morph)
Sunshine West
A Little Eagle seems to have taken up a pretty small territory over the past week and seen today flying very low and hunting on the waste ground behind McDonalds/Servo on the Western Ring Road/Boundary Road junction. Over the past week it has been at the junction of Western Ring Road and Princes Highway/Geelong Road; and also at the large pond Little Boundary Road & Geelong Road junctions, Laverton. All points are within ~2kms.
Michael Gooch 30/3 #230510
Scarlet Robin
Saw our first Scarlet Robin for the year. A male seen and heard on two occasions around midday. A flock of about 150 YTBC flew into the pine trees near Linton Reserve about 15 minutes later.
Brian and Dorine Bending 30/3 #230509
Tue 28Turquoise Parrots
12 Turquoise parrots feeding on ground . Great viewing for approx. 1 and a half hours .
Robert Scholes, Rob Gully, John O'Hara, Gordon Ley 30/3 #230508
Freckled Duck, Brolga, Red-Kneed Dotterel
Lake Cooper
Thousands of Coot and Grey Teal and other ducks in much smaller numbers. 200 Freckled Duck, 160+ Red-kneed Dotterel including one flock of 120, 15 Brolga. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 28/3 #230499
Gang Gang Cockatoo
Garibaldi Hall, Hardies Hill Rd
9 birds in pine trees at the hall. First time ever seeing them in this district. Currawongs didn't like them much!
Martin Scuffins 28/3 #230490
Mon 27Dollarbird
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Chiltern Valley #1 Dam
eBird checklist
Rob Gully Rob Scholes John O'Hara Gordon Ley 2/4 #230536
Rufous Fantail
18 Tyrone Street, Ormond, VIC 3204
I was stunned to see this bird in my back yard! I rarely find them anywhere, and it was just hopping around my back yard in the late afternoon (5-6 pm). Photographing such a kinetic bird is difficult but I did manage to get a few decent (not great) shots. And lots of blurry ones.
Cynthia Mitchel 29/3 #230506
Swift Parrot
Woodlands Estate, Ocean Grove
2 heard & seen flying.
Tom Fletcher 27/3 #230483
Black kite
Old Tyabb
Two birds seen hovering in harsh northerly winds! Good views through binoculars. First time seen at this location.
S and S King 27/3 #230477
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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