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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 and Simon Starr.

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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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March 2023
Sun 26highlightScarlet Honeyeater
A singing male bird seen in mallee trees along the Bendigo-Tennyson Road, about 1 km south of Camp Road.
Sean Dooley 27/3 #269093
highlightSatin Bowerbird female
Mulgrave Way Croydon North
An afternoon visitor for a couple of hours, eventually got a drink but hassled by a pair of Pied Currawongs before flying off. Similar visit in May 2021
Ken Haines 26/3 #269090
Thu 23Pacific Swift
Roughly 20 Pacific Swifts flying West to East over the middle of town about 5:30pm, around some developing cumulonimbus clouds drifting over.
Lawrie Conole 23/3 #269080
Wed 22White-throated Needletail
Howitt Hut, Alpine National Park
At least 30 White-throated Needletails observed flying low over and around our camp.
Val Ford 26/3 #269084
Sat 18White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Banyule Flats Reserve
Seen taking flight from out of the billabong. eBird checklist
Craig Lakey 19/3 #269075
highlightSpangled Drongo
Hot and humid afternoon. Shiny black, medium sized bird with very long, round fork tail. Suburban Marlo.
Rob Clay 18/3 #269070
Wed 15Grey-faced Petrel
Bridgewater Bay. Surf Club area.
Beach washed bird.
Anne-Maree Burgoine 15/3 #269061
highlightPainted Snipe
Merin Merin Swamp State Game Reserve
Sighted one female on a few occasions as members from Birdlife Ballarat Branch surveyed the area around the swamp. eBird checklist
Ron Sawyer 15/3 #269058
Sun 12Horsfield's Bushlark
Red Bluff, Black Rock
John Eichler 12/3 #269039
Sat 11highlightGull-billed Tern
Private wetland, Moolort Plains
5 birds loafing on small, rapidly drying wetland. Only my second record on of this species on the Moolort Plains.
Geoff Park 13/3 #269045
Eastern Koel
Juvenile Koel been fed by Red Wattle birds along Swamp Road. Adult Male and Female Koels heard and seen around Avenel since Nov 21 till around Feb 3. Not a very good pic taken on iPhone
Andrew Morley 11/3 #269033
Fri 10Powerful Owl, Black-faced Monarch, Rufous Fantail, Rose Robin.
Good birding on the Pump Station trail over the past few days. Powerful Owl roosting with a fruit bat in its talons.
Keith & Judy Humphreys 11/3 #269034
Thu 9highlightCrimson Chat
Fort Nepean, Port Nepean National Park, Mornington Peninsula
A single bird. Initially reported by Park Ranger Kyle Bradshaw who saw a photo of it on a visitors phone on 7 March confirming what the bird was. eBird checklist
Wendy McWilliams 10/3 #269029
Black-faced Cormorant
Yarra River, Newport
Single bird seen in the river near the HMAS Yarra jetty which is located to the south-east of the power station. It eventually flew off toward the other end of the river before diverting to channel marker 26 further downstream. eBird checklist
Ryan Kilgower 10/3 #269027
Eastern Koel (juvenile)
This little bird was making A LOT of noise in suburban East Wodonga, northern VIC
Cathy Neilson 10/3 #269025
White-throated Needle-tails and Black-faced Monarch
Cape Conran and Drummer Rainforest walk
Needle tails 50/60 near entrance to Cape Conran N.P. Flying so low we could hear wings! Black-faced Monarch along Drummer Nature Walk.
Corrie and Ian Macartney 10/3 #269024
Mon 6highlightMagpie Goose
Yalukit Willam Nature Reserve
Five Magpie Geese flew in around 7:45 am. Perched in a sugar gum where dozens of currawongs and little ravens harassed them. All flew off and were later re-sighted in Billabong 2 (on the east side of the Chain of Ponds). Later in the morning, they were seen on the main wetland/creek perching on logs, where they remained all day. eBird checklist
Debbie Lustig 6/3 #269012
highlightMagpie Goose, Australian Spotted Crake
Yalukit Willam Nature Reserve, Brighton
5 Magpie Geese landed in new Chain of Ponds initially and are now in Elster Creek wetland. A Spotted Crake is in Pond 4 and Soak 2 (see Yalukit Willam Nature Association facebook page for map. A Spotless Crake has been seen repeatedly recently in main Elster Creek wetland and a White-necked Heron was in billabong 2 yesterday. Geese first seen by Debbie Lustig and David W Eades
Gio Fitzpatrick 6/3 #269010
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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