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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots. Please send any sightings at the Western Treatment Plant, Werribee and The Spit Wildlife Reserve to and for all other areas to Chris Purnell at All Regent Honeyeater reports should be forwarded as soon as possible to Dean Ingwersen ( or freecall 1800 621 056), including any colour leg band details. It is requested that details of Swift Parrot sightings are forwarded to Chris Timewell ( Also, please note that Birdline Victoria won’t be publishing individual reports of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo in the greater Melbourne area. We have had so many reports of Koel that we will not be publishing anymore except for Koel in new areas or confirmed breeding reports.

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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

June 2019
Sat 15Pink Robin
Doug Grant Reserve (Altona),
A female Pink Robin was seen in a clump of vegetation in Doug Grant Reserve, close to the mouth of Laverton Creek. With Birdlife Melbourne Photography Group. eBird checklist
John Van Doorn 15/6 #239652
Sun 9highlightSouthern Fulmar
Philip Island from boat off Cape Woolamai
Pale bird seen following whale watching boat - approached to give good views. Southern Fulmar.
Sewart Monckton 9/6 #239627
Sat 8Gang gang cockatoo
Royal Park, Parkville
Entering Royal Park on my bike, i was arrested by the unmistakeable creaky gate call of gang gang cockatoos, near the roundabout just up from the zoo towards Royal Parade at the eastern edge of the park. The gum trees around the roundabout and over towards the golf course were alive with gang gangs, noisily hopping about and swooping over my head from tree to tree. Chatting to a lady with a huge lens nearby - can't remember her name, i'm sorry - she said she’d been watching this group for about three weeks. Apparently there are about twenty of them and she says she was surprised to see them feeding in the gums as she thought they preferred berries. I counted around ten-fifteen, with about three or four males, the rest juveniles and females. Very unusual to see them around here, so it's very exciting!
Daniel Walder 9/6 #239624
Wed 5megamegaAntarctic Petrel
Discovery Bay Coastal Park
Beachcast Antarctic Petrel recovered from near Portland by Robert Farnes perhaps 2nd-3rd Aus mainland report of this species in last 20 years. Adds to growing list of Antarctic seabirds recorded off SE Aus last 2 weeks which also includes multiple Southern Fulmars, Grey-headed Albatross and Blue Petrel.
Scott Baker [reporting on behalf of Rob Farnes] 5/6 #239604
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park
Single unbanded Regent Honeyeater observed feeding in sparsely flowering Red Ironbark off Ballarat Rd. Over 30 minutes observed to see off occasional forays from Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters.
John Kelly 5/6 #239598
Tue 4highlightSouthern Fulmar
Cape Nelson Lighthouse Reserve
Yet another Southern Fulmar observed in SW Vic by Rob Farnes from Cape Nelson lookout -west of Portland. Now almost daily reports for past week in Vic including multiple birds and various locations. Given scarcity of records in last 20 years suggests an event of some kind.
Scott Baker [reporting on behalf of Rob Farnes] 4/6 #239595
Mon 3highlightSouthern Fulmar (2), Eastern Osprey
Portland Bay east of Narrawong
Following recent run of reports across SE Aus Rob Farnes observed 2 Southern Fulmars flying close to shore whilst walking beach between Portland and Narrawong. Also of note Eastern Osprey, rare in area but several recent reports.
Scott Baker ( on behalf of Rob Farnes) 3/6 #239592
Sun 2Little Eagle
Goldsmith Avenue, Preston, 3072
1 immature light morph soared over house in Preston. First for my house list and would be uncommon bird in inner suburbs of Melbourne.
Kevin Bartram 3/6 #239590
highlightGrey Goshawk
Petty’s Orchard, Templestowe
White bird. Perched in orchard grounds then followed downstream along river towards Westerfolds Park.
Christopher Watson 2/6 #239589
Sat 1Gang Gang Cockatoo
Old Tyabb
Heard then saw 2 birds flying low over the Old Tyabb area of Hastings!
S King 2/6 #239577
highlightSouthern Fulmar, Grey-headed Albatross
Port Fairy Pelagic
Couple of nice cold water species off Port Fairy today following low pressure system and strong southerlies throughout week. Southern Fulmar alongside boat 3rd recorded in Vic in past few days. Juv Grey-headed Albatross - becoming semi-regular on June pelagics [3 out of last 4 years]. Both on VORAC review list. eBird checklist
Scott Baker, Kevin Bartram, Neil Macumber [all aboard Southern Explorer] 1/6 #239575
Pink robin
Lake Connewarre
Single brown bird seen associating with yellow rumped thornbill and flame robin. In unusually open habitat on fence line near the lookout on the north shore. Clearly not flame robin female due to different flight, posture, frequent cocking of the tail and produced the pink robin contact call.
Indra Bone 1/6 #239574

May 2019
Thu 30highlight2 Southern Fulmar
Mornington Peninsula National Park--Cape Schanck
One bird flew west at 10.15am. Another bird seen at 1.30pm in the water close to shore. Fed from the surface for a couple of minutes then drifted off to the SE. A third sighting was had at 2.10pm likely the same bird as shortly before.
Simon Starr 5/6 #239601
Swift Parrot
Plenty Gorge Park--South Morang Wetlands
Single Adult observed in flowering Eucalyptus sp. with Rainbow Lorikeets and number of Honeyeater spp. on Wilton Vale Rd.
Dan Ashdown 30/5 #239565
Sun 26Southern Boobook
Beaumaris, Dalgetty Road area
Thanks to a serendipitous meeting with two ladies (Lucinda and her friend) who were walking near Ricketts Point while I was birding, I was fortunate enough to be invited to see a Southern Boobook in Lucinda's garden, perched in a Grevillea.
Val Stajsic 27/5 #239551
laverton Creek mouth, Altona
Saw twice - a bird left Truganini Park woodlands about 7.30AM, perched on a bush at beach for a while then flew towards Pt Cook; later flew up Laverton Ck estuary about 9.30AM, putting up everything, then continued southwards. Excellent view at 20m as flew slowly past. Camera in car, of course. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 26/5 #239543
Sat 25Magpie Geese / Pied Geese
Warrnambool Merri River wetlands Victoria
Flock of Magpie geese- seen in the wetland area around the Merri (near Midfields rendering plant). In the company of a large group of swans..
Angela Alexander 25/5 #239539
Fri 24Fork-tailed Swift
Shell Road Recreation Reserve, Ocean Grove
Flying easterly, just above tree height. Warm N-W wind, unsettled skies to the west.
Tom Fletcher 25/5 #239537
Swift Parrots
Woodville Park, Hoppers Crossing
Minimum of 8 Swift Parrots in the tall Sugar Gums behind the shops.
Bernie McRitchie 24/5 #238533
Thu 23Female King Parrot
Summerhill Park - Ashburton Melbourne
Female specimen was alone, being harried by another bird's danger call - possibly a miner. It was chirping rather quietly. See image.
Rich Hardy 26/5 #239542
Terek Sandpiper
Stockyard Point
9 birds flew in about half an hour before sunset. Distinct upturned bills and bright orange legs. eBird checklist
Daniel Terrington 24/5 #238534
Freckled Duck
Lancefield-Tooborac Road, Lancefield
Flock of 30 birds on a large private dam about 3kms north of Lancefield. Easily seen from the road. By far the largest number I've seen in the area.
Peter Houston 23/5 #238530
Wed 22Swift Parrot
290 Gooch Road Stratford Vic 3862
I saw and photographed this unusual bird during my 20 minute bird count at my property, for birdlife australia backyard bird count. I could not identify it, so posted it to birdlife east gippsland for assistance and was advised by Dan Ashdown it was a juvenile Swift Parrot. The bird is similar in size to a Musk Lorikeet.
Lee Spalding 26/5 #239540
Barn Owl
Dandenong South
Seen flying across Frankston-Dandenong Rd near Bunurong Memorial Park at about 6:15pm.
Ben Sinclair 22/5 #238527
Tue 21Eastern Barn Owl
Hawthorn, Victoria
Saddened to discover this recently deceased Eastern Barn Owl on my walk to work today. Found under power cables.
Andrew Hogg 21/5 #238509
Sun 19Eastern Barn Owl (5)
On a back road between Lake Bolac and Willaura
5 Barn Owls seen sitting on fence posts between Lake Bolac and Willaura and another one between Willaura and Moyston.
Neil Macumber 22/5 #238517
White Headed Pigeon
Lake Tyers
As per Jaquie and Len Axen's report. White Headed Pigeon in same place again. 300 metres west of pub on Beach Rd eBird checklist
Alf Forbes 20/5 #238504
Black Falcon
Hume Freeay, Kalkallo
Heading south into kalkallo, a single black falcon swooping on a flock of pigeons.
Brendan Toll 19/5 #238493
Lewin's Rail, Australian Spotted Crake
Hastings Foreshore Reserve
One Rail seen very clearly and 3 spotted crakes also.
S and S King 19/5 #238492
Sat 18Gang-gang cockatoo
East Brighton - private land
A pair of Gang-gang cockatoos have been enjoying gumnuts on our Eucalyptus Lehmanii tree for the past two days - each time around lunchtime. First sighting here in 16 years. eBird checklist
M Ryan 19/5 #238499
Black Falcon
McMillan's Lane Inverleigh
Black Falcon was observed over the homestead gardens firstly as it chased a Black Kite into the trees and then as it circled low overhead with a Whistling Kite and the same Black Kite
Brett Roberts 19/5 #238498
Fri 17Little Friarbird
Brynterion State Forest
Four birds observed in section of forest where Yellow gum and Grey Box are flowering spasmodically.
Ian Morgan 5/6 #239600
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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