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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 Australia and moderated by Margaret Alcorn, Michael Ramsey , Scott Baker, Simon Starr and Tim Dolby.

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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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February 2021
Tue 23Little Eagle
Syndal (Glen Waverley North)
Working from home about 3pm this afternoon, sensed slightly unusual quality in extended chorus of Noisy Miner alarm calls, enough to prompt me to go outside for a look. Saw a raptor very high overhead, grabbed binoculars and identified pale morph Little Eagle by underwing pattern and tail (too short, straight across the tip and dark for Whistling Kite), gliding slowly but definitely southwards (against prevailing wind, at least at ground level). Bird remained in sight for maybe another minute before disappearing beyond trees. Third or fourth sighting here in 25 years.
Jack Krohn 23/2 #259760
Sun 21Grey Goshawk (White morph)
Grey Goshawk (White morph) circling over the area around Hewitts Road, Linton about 11 am today.
Dorine and Brian Bending 22/2 #259755
Lewin's Rail
Lake Victoria (Point Lonsdale)
6 Lewin's Rail in the ponds between Lake Victoria and the golf course. Also one Aust Spotted Crake.
Rob Drummond 21/2 #259748
Square-tailed Kite
2 adult birds seen hunting for Galahs
Doug Robinson 21/2 #259747
Lewin’s Rail
Hastings Foreshore Reserve
Bird previously reported and found 5 minutes walk from Babington Park Thornhill Street along the boardwalk which crosses a stream and meanders past a small wetland on your left. Bird located on the left. Also seen was a Spotless Crake.
Aidan Sudbury Clive Kaplan 21/2 #259743
highlightWestern Gerygone
Newport Lakes Park
Amidst c.40-50 Silvereye. Confirmed by Steven Davidson as a juvenile bird. Also 3 Rufous Fantail (2 adult) and Rufous Whistler with a sizable number of Spotted Pardalote.
Barry Power, Steven Davidson. 21/2 #259742
Sat 20King Parrot
Travancore Park, Travancore
A female King Parrot flying around our local park.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 20/2 #259740
Fri 19highlightGlossy Black Cockatoo (Male)
The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve
Closeup view of Male feeding. Sighted between Sheoak Tk and Panorama Tk on sandy track at 8.30am
Judy Reddoch 21/2 #259745
Blue-winged Parrot
Yarra Valley Trail
Ten to twelve birds seen on the Yarra Valley Trail between Yering and Coldstream. eBird checklist
Deb Oliver 19/2 #259737
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Bronzewing Flora and Fauna Reserve
Counted 55 birds accessing water in almost empty dam, with many others in nearby trees, perhaps rotating. I have never before seen more than 5 or 6 together in one place.
Kevin Emmett 19/2 #259736
Sun 14Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Newstead township
Observed this morning (9am) soaring high over the town pursued by ravens. My first local observation of this species.
Geoff Park 14/2 #259708
Fri 12Lewin's Rail
Hastings Foreshore Reserve
Lewin's Rail in the wetlands behind the motel in Marine Parade in Hastings. Seems to have taken up residence here.
S and S King 14/2 #259707
White-throated Needletail
Lakes Entrance
6 birds overhead at 6.30.
Arthur & Denise Carew 12/2 #259699
Thu 11Australasian Figbird
Myers Street, Lakes Entrance
1 Australasian Figbird observed on powerlines outside the supermarket in Myers Street repeatedly calling above all the lunchtime traffic and noise from this shopping strip.
Len and Jacquie Axen 15/2 #259722
Wed 10highlightBuff-breasted Sandpiper
Lake Modewarre.
Feeding actively between 8.45 and 10.15 a.m. near Red-necked Stints and Red-capped Plovers, on opposite side from Taylors Rd, about 2/3 way down length of remaining water from Waltons Rd. carpark. About 100 metres from water, often out in the open.
David Stabb and Alan Stringer. 11/2 #259690
highlightLittle Friarbird
Mulgrave Way Croydon North
At about 6pm a bird flew to a birdbath in the garden, as I was sitting near an adjacent window. To my surprise it was a Little Friarbird which I have never seen here before, got my camera but the bird flew off to the north before I got a shot.
Ken Haines 11/2 #259689
Tue 9Intermediate Egret
Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve
At least 2 Intermediate Egrets at the swing bridge end of the common boardwalk.
Rohan Bugg 9/2 #259684
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Bird seen on Beach Rd heading towards Avalon Airport in trees opposite the dam.
Gina Hopkins 9/2 #259683
Mon 8Beautiful Firetail
Point Danger
Two Beautiful Firetails found along the track to Point Danger. The overcast conditions probably helped as they were out and about in the middle of the day. eBird checklist
Ron Sawyer 8/2 #259681
Sat 6Great-crested Grebe
Lake Sambell (Beechworth)
1 Great-Crested Grebe
Corrie and Ian Macartney 7/2 #259668
Thu 4Spotted Quail-thrush
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park-McGuinness Rd
1 seen and another heard.
Ian and Corrie Macartney 4/2 #259663
Wed 3Superb Parrots
Fishers road Chiltern
30+- on roadside verge feeding in stubble beside the tree line
Corrie and Ian Macartney 3/2 #259657
White-throated Needletail
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
Anywhere between 100 and 200 birds flying high over the reservoir. Very difficult to estimate numbers. Time was about 9:15. Calm and sunny about 17 degrees.
David Hewett 3/2 #259656

January 2021
Sun 31megamegaHudsonian Godwit
Sand Island (Swan Bay) (restricted access)
While taking part in the Summer wader count on Sand Island I photographed a large group of Bar-tailed Godwits so that I could count them later. Then, while counting I discovered a Hudsonian Godwit among them. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 1/2 #259646
Double-Banded Plover
Duck Point (Yanakie)
1 D-B Plover on the north side of point and 1R-N Stint.
Rohan Bugg 31/1 #259644
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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