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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.

May 2020
Mon 25Swift Parrot
Royal Park, Parkville
About 6 or 7 Parrots seen at approximately 4:10pm at McPherson Field in the trees bordering the field and Poplar Road. Red face and blue forehead easily seen and red wing linings in flight also observed for clear identification. A bus pulled up soon after birds were observed and the birds then dispersed into the nearby trees within the golf course. eBird checklist
Nick Koutoulis 25/5 #257025
Whistling Kite
One cruised over the neighbourhood this morning. My first record in almost 9 years living here.
Sean Dooley 25/5 #257021
Sun 24Swift Parrot
Urban camp, Royal Park
Found by Aidan Sudbury when the bird flew past and we were fortunate to locate the tree where it perched and commenced feeding. Provided views for close to an hour and other birders were able to view the bird as well.
Aidan Sudbury and Clive Kaplan 25/5 #257023
Sat 23Whimbrel
Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Park--Toora Beach
The 2 Whimbrels are still here, they may overwinter.
Rohan Bugg 23/5 #257005
Spotted Harrier.
Davis Creek Corridor Reserve, Tarneit 3029.
At 1605 hours, I observed a Spotted Harrier flying low and slow north over the substantial grassy creek corridor reserve, opposite my home. The Harrier was briefly mobbed by a small flock of very vocal Galahs.
Peter Gibbons 23/5 #257004
Swift Parrot
Urban Camp, Brens Drive, Royal Park
Single bird feeding on flowers of planted Eucalyptus sideroxylon
Daniel Gilmore and Leo Norman 23/5 #256998
Fri 22Swift Parrot
Royal Park --Trin Warren Tam-boore
15- 20 Swift Parrots feeding near bird hide and flying about this morning. Generally keeping some distance from the large number of Lorikeets also taking advantage of many flowering eucalypts - incl at least 6 Little Lorikeet. eBird checklist
Scott Baker 22/5 #256994
Mon 18Cattle egret
Lysterfield valley
Approx 60 birds arriving locally, with a few days difference of previous years
Darren Wallace 18/5 #256977
Sun 17Crimson Rosella
Merri Creek--Hall Res-Quarries Pk Clifton Hill
1 juvenile crimson rosella seen feeding in eucalypts at around 1:00pm near the cricket nets on the edge of Hall Reserve at the corner of Walker St and the Esplanade, Clifton Hill. A rare species here, though interestingly I saw a single juvenile crimson rosella in the same location almost exactly a year ago, on the 22nd of April 2019 (also reported to Birdline).
Harry Saddler 18/5 #256975
Gang Gang Cockatoo, King parrots and Twany Frogmouth
Tortice Avenue, Nunawading
6 Gang Gang cockatoos feeding run a eucalyptus and a handful of King Parrots. Tawny Frogmouth on telephone wire at about 7pm
Shaun Waring-Jones 18/5 #256973
Sat 16White-winged Chough
Banyule Flats Reserve
Half a dozen birds flying and perching in large trees at the top of the Viewbank Hill scarp, above the Main Yarra Trail. No calls heard, but typical silhouette with thin neck and curved beak observed, plus white wing-flashes. I have never seen them in this area before.
Anthea Fleming 16/5 #256964
Fri 15Bassian Thrush
Emu Bottom area north of Sunbury, Vic
Juvenile bird flew into window, found dead. This is a dry area - not the usual wet forest.
Christina Cheers 15/5 #256958
Thu 14Swift Parrot & Gang Gang Cockatoo
Fawkner Cemetery
Following on from yesterdays Swift parrot sighting in the Fawkner cemetery, another bird was seen in the same vicinity today at 4:30 pm along with 5 Gang Gang Cockatoos which took flight after preening in some tall eucalyptus behind Keenan reserve. They headed in a southerly direction towards the city. There are a few well developed Casuarina trees with large cones to the right of Keenans Reserve, which could be a possible food source for the Cockatoos.
Con Baltas 14/5 #256949
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Shrine of Rememberence
9.30 am 12 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos flying over the Shrine from Melbourne towards St Kilda
Emily per Coral Hughes 14/5 #256947
Wed 13Swift Parrot
Fawkner Crematorium and Memorial Park
Near Kennan Reserve and crematorium building. Four birds flying west from tall Eucalypts, sihlouetted against a cloudy sky. Characteristic call heard in flight, rapid staccato pure tone with slowing tempo towards the end. Long pointed tail. Direct flight, very fast, with rapid wingbeats. eBird checklist
Michael Whitehead 13/5 #256941
Mon 11highlightGlossy Black Cockatoo
Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve
Three birds seen today (11/05/2020), two males and one female. moderators note : another report from Braeside Park today, would appear likely birds displaced by recent fires, almost 400km out of regular range.
Dale Supple 11/5 #256933
Swift Parrot
Ocean Grove Park (Ingamells)
While walking our Golden Retriever around 2pm today. I was delighted to observe 5 Swifties as a group feeding on lerp within the playground area of the park. While observing these birds, more Swifties could be heard calling in the northern area of the park. Always a pleasure to see these beautiful birds!!!
Denis Sleep 11/5 #256932
Kororoit Creek Mouth (Williamstown North)
Lone bird reported on Saturday from this site and Jawbone Reserve present today on sandbar in creek mouth, ~1-2pm on rising tide. Overall size in comparison to other nearby species, and profile view of medium length bill and dark crown (from photos) allowed confirmation of the species over Far Eastern Curlew. Was visible, albeit distantly from Paisley Challis bird hide and from the small hill at Jawbone Reserve. A great record for the bay, as not typically seen west of Westernport Bay sites. eBird checklist
Leigh Pieterse 11/5 #256928
White headed pigeon
Kellina Court, Paynesville, Victoria
Ted Fregon 11/5 #256927
Sun 10Rainbow Lorikeets and Australian King-parrots
Blackburn Lake
Both species were nesting in the exact same tree hollow. There were 2 Rainbow Lorikeets and 3-4 Australian King-parrots observed feeding young. First time I had seen any species of birds sharing nests. Footage taken. eBird checklist
Desmond Wang 12/5 #256935
Tawny Frogmouth
Horseshoe Bend Road, Keilor
Spotted two yesterday in the same spot. The female only present today. In a tree by the side of the road, statute-like, cleverly camouflaged. eBird checklist
Christine Woolley 10/5 #256925
Flame Robin
Point Cook Coastal Park.
At 1700 hours today, two adult male and one adult female Flame Robins observed perched on the fence line beside the main driveway at the Point Cook Coastal Park. This is generally a good area to observe Flame Robins during the winter period.
Peter Gibbons 10/5 #256924
Peregrine falcon
Collier crst and Howson St, Brunswick West
Peregrine falcon spotted on a TV antenna, tearing apart what looked like a small bird. Was mobbed by a pair of Ravens and flew north.
Helen Chapman 10/5 #256923
Spiny cheeked honeyeater
Leigh River at -37.81028, 143.91861
Single bird seen at car pull off feeding in mistletoes in acacias, and hopping along the ground. As a wedgie flew over the spiny-cheeked honeyeater flew off across the river to trees near the cliff and did not return. Rare in this area.
Indra Bone 10/5 #256915
Sat 9Olive-backed Oriole, Laughing Kookaburra and Flame Robin
Royal Park
An Olive-backed Oriole and a Laughing Kookaburra east of the Zoo and west of the railway line and a female Flame Robin at the bird hide near the waterhole. As well, there were several female Golden Whistlers and lots of Spotted and one Striated Pardalotes.
Chris Lester 9/5 #256909
Flame Robin
Newells Paddock Wetland Reserve
Male Flame Robin seen at Newells Paddock today. Female robin seen in same location a couple of weeks ago.
Anne Palamountain 9/5 #256907
Fri 8White Goshawk
Off Bellevue Dve, Ocean Grove
At dusk a White Goshawk descended from our tallest backyard eucalypt and took a Ring-Tailed Possum off the roof. It returned to the same tree and proceeded to dispatch it, fending of a Grey Currawong. It shifted from tree to tree every five minutes or so but retained its prey. White Goshawks usually do not arrive from the Otways until full Winter. [Moderator's Note: The recent Grey Goshawk species report in the Geelong Bird Report 2013-2016 shows that there were records for the Bellarine in all months. MA]
Martin Williams 9/5 #256906
Wed 6Flame Robin
North Melbourne
A male Flame Robin flew over Arden Street just east of the Moonee Ponds Creek, heading north.
Chris Lester 7/5 #256899
Peregrine Falcons
Pair of Peregrine falcons seen on top of Telstra tower fours weeks ago, single Peregrine observed there again two weeks ago and then again today. Will keep camera & telephoto lens handy for next time. They tend to stay on tower for 10-15 mins whilst scanning the surrounding areas.
June McIntosh 6/5 #256898
Swift Parrot
Single bird seen calling from top of a Liquid Amber tree in a yard near the corner of Clonmore and McNaught Streets. Flew off to the south and was heard calling again in general location half an hour later. Extensive flowering of eucalypts nearby attracting large numbers of Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets (eg at Beaumaris Secondary College) but not a lot in flower at this location.
Sean Dooley 6/5 #256895
Tue 5Eurasian Tree Sparrow
A single Tree Sparrow in Wellington Street with a group of House Sparrows. They used to be fairly common in my area but are now quite rare.
Chris Lester 7/5 #256900
highlightWhite-bellied Cuckooshrike
Yarra Valley Rail Trail, Lilydale to Coldstream
A single dark phase bird was seen on the rail trail approximately 200m north of the powerlines. Excellent views to within 5m, it was distinguished from Black-faced by smaller size, black on head and face extending to the top of the breast and horizontal mottling along the breast fading towards a clean white belly. This species is a vagrant in the Yarra Ranges, with this sighting being only the 5th or 6th record in the LGA, record shots taken with iPhone eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds 5/5 #256889
Sun 3Striated Fieldwren
8 birds seen in 3 locations. likely more as they were heard calling in a couple of areas in extensive farmland with remnant native grassland. spiny rushes, reeds, kangaroo grass, rocks and stunted bushes seemed to be the characteristic habitat, with a water source present at each location. All birds found were to the north-west of Bamganie State Forest.
Indra Bone 4/5 #256879
Little lorikeet
Koomba park Wantirna
2 birds breifly seen perched in dead tree
Darren Wallace 3/5 #256875
Australian King Parrot
4 King Parrots seen and heard flying west over Wingrove St, Alphington at approximately 10am as I was riding home from my weekly grocery shop. Not a species I often see this close to the city.
Harry Saddler 3/5 #256870
Sat 2Blue-winged Parrot
Cape Otway Rd, b/w Conns La and Lidgerwoods La, Birregurra
At least 40 Blue-winged Parrots flushed off improved ryegrass pasture, adjacent to farm dam, hosting about 60 Australian Shelducks. Flock exhibited direct, rapid flight, wheeling together. In the sunshine, yellow and blue colours were shown. No native grasses occur in the immediate location. Two flocks of at least 40 birds were observed at different times and direction, but only one recorded as it is possible they were same flock. Observation made on work trip to my farm.
Colin Cannard 2/5 #256867
White-breasted Woodswallow
Loddon River at Newstead
A dozen birds catching insects beside the river. Usually this species departs early April.
Geoff Park 2/5 #256861
Fri 1Magpie Goose
Cornish College Bangholme
While I’m quite aware Magpie Geese frequent Edithvale wetlands down the road this is the first time in 22 odd years of working at Cornish College that I’ve seen them here. Quite excited actually and evidently they’ve been here for two or three days.
Tom Humphreys 1/5 #256855

April 2020
Thu 30Whimbrel
Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Park--Toora Beach
2 Whimbrels and 2 Gull-Billed Terns,one of the Whimbrels was doing some interesting aeriels this afternoon.
Rohan Bugg 30/4 #256849
Peregrine Falcon
Permas Way, Truganina
Flock of about 30 Starlings swooped a Peregrine Falcon over a construction site I'm working on. Never seen that before. Huh, go figure. 10 minutes later saw another Peregrine near Palmers rd ( No relation) and Western Freeway interchange.
Des Palmer 30/4 #256844
Rose Robin
Seymour River Walk
A male bird, downriver from the boat ramp, in Silver Wattles. Last seen along the River on 20 Aug. 2017. An all too brief view, as it disappeared downriver. eBird checklist
Valerie La May 30/4 #256839
Tue 28Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (19)
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Seaford
Continuing my theme on this species, while doing a BirdLife Australia monthly count for Melbourne Water, I encountered 19 Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters including a loose flock of 15 flying north along eucalypt plantings on the western side of the wetlands. A former regular winter visitor, there have been fewer records in recent years, but rarely more than one or two birds. Presumably dispersing so keep an eye out in other suburbs.
Sean Dooley 30/4 #256842
Mon 27Swift Parrot
Ivanhoe Golf Course
While I was walking across the Golf Course, a pair of Swift Parrots flew over me at high speed at 11.30 am. Fast, long-tailed, very slender, predominantly green with red at throat and vent. Much more slender than Rosellas. Called once. Heading eastwards, upstream.
Anthea Fleming 27/4 #256822
Black-faced Cormorant
Altona foreshore
Immature bird again present today at 11:48-12:00 (rising tide) on inshore rock at end of Bayview Street. Photo obtained.
P. S. Lansley 27/4 #256821
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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