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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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May 2021
Wed 5Grey Goshawk
Disney Street, Bittern
Single adult Grey Goshawk seen this morning in the garden for 30mins. Photographs to follow. Flew off southwards towards Coolart Wetlands (4km away) at 920am. My first on the Mornington Peninsula.
Richard Hook 5/5 #260132
Tue 4megamegaSpangled Drongo
Seen briefly on powerlines this afternoon at the height of a cold, wet and windy antarctic blast. Pursued down the street in wet weather gear with Canon in hand to gain some distant photographs. Good enough for positive ID purposes. Heard the bird calling the previous afternoon before both of us observed it today. No further sightings within the Marlo township. This observation follows on from recent report from Wuk Wuk north of Bairnsdale
Len and Jacquie Axen 5/5 #260137
Sun 2Wedge-tailed Eagle, Swift Parrot
A juvenile bird cruising around for half an hour mid-morning being constantly harassed by Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and Little Ravens. First Bayside record for me after living in the area for 10 years. Also at least 9 Swift Parrots were still around the flowering eucalypts of Banksia Park.
Sean Dooley 2/5 #260125
highlightDiamond Dove
Yarranungara Yurt Retreat
Thought i was going mad, but it's definitely a Diamond Dove. One only sighted, feeding on ground & fluttering into nearby tree when i got too close. Hoping there are more about. We are in Oxley NE Victoria
Linda Simpson 2/5 #260119

April 2021
Fri 30highlightPeaceful Dove, Australasian Bittern (2), Intermediate Egret
Eastern Treatment Plant--Boundary Rd Wetlands
One Peaceful Dove seen on a fence line between private property and the wetland. Two Australasian Bitterns were observed along the south-west edge of the wetland, one of which was previously reported on the 29th. Additionally, 1 previously reported Intermediate Egret was seen along the western edge of the wetland. eBird checklist
Ryan Kilgower 1/5 #260113
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Greater Crested Tern
Newells Paddock Wetland Reserve, Maribyrnong
A Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater was in the wetland and a Greater Crested Tern flew up the River.
Chris Lester 30/4 #260109
Wed 28highlightDouble Barred Finch
Doctors Flat Ensay rd
Unusual sighting today were a number of Double barred finches along with the Red browed finches Only photos were in the mistletoe but were briefly on the fence to see
GARY & JUDY SMITH 28/4 #260100
Eastern Curlew
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
A single bird seen flying north, probably a male based on bill length, possibly moving off a small rock shelf where it may have been roosting as the incoming tide started to inundate it.
Sean Dooley 28/4 #260095
Little Wattlebird, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Bungaree Park, Burnside Heights 3023
Little Wattlebirds are still not established this far west in Greater Melbourne, but these 3-4 birds seemed territorially ensconced amongst garden natives and flowering street tree Pincushion Hakeas. Also, small group of autumn migrants on to the volcanic plains - Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters very vocal in drainage reserve. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 28/4 #260093
Tue 27Spotted Quail-thrush
One Tree Hill, Greater Bendigo National Park
Female flushed from fire break track on lower southern slopes of One Tree Hill (close to -36.810860, 144.301749). Species not on eBird list for One Tree Hill, and I'd not seen it before in nearly 30 years of walking on the hill. With an imminent fuel reduction burn in the area, it may be a further 30 years before I see another!
Simon Smith 27/4 #260087
Mon 26Rose Robin (M)
Royal Park, Parkville
I sighted this male Rose Robin in the bushland to the east of the wetlands, about half way between the wetlands and the railway line. It was close to the wire fence that separates the park in that area. I've not seen the male there before, although I think there was a female in the park several weeks ago. eBird checklist
Rodger Scott 26/4 #260082
Sun 25Swift Parrot
Boweya Road (Killawarra)
Single bird sighted. Possibly 2 or 3 Swifts heard in the same area. In the same tree was a Turquoise Parrot.
Jo Ludeman 25/4 #260072
Sat 24White-fronted and Crescent honeyeaters
Yellow gum woodland - western Grampians Brimpaen Victoria valley red
A couple of Crescent honeyeaters amongst a host of other honeyeater species, including White fronted, Black chinned Yellow faced, Fuscous, New Holland, Yellow tufted, White naped, Eastern Spinebills and Red Wattle birds. Calling, feeding, moving about high in the foliage of flowering yellow gums. It was pretty hectic. First time I'd seen white fronted honeyeaters there too. Conditions very dry there at the moment. Glenelg river dry apart from the waterhole at Cherrypool.
Phil Robertson 26/4 #260083
Square-tailed kite
Grove street reserve, Eltham
flew low over the park, and some houses, before landing in trees. many bird mobbing it. Bad photo attached.
Bindi Hillen 24/4 #260067
Fri 23Powerful Owl
Western road, Boronia
Heard calling at 3am from nearby Eucalypt
Des Palmer 23/4 #260056
Thu 22Rose Robin
Back yard in Britton Street Castlemaine
Hawking amongst the cherry plum trees in my back yard. Small Petroica robin, mostly aerial - hawking from perches, not on ground. Tiny white frons patch, faint rose wash on breast, greyish overall, whitish underparts, off white wing bars. Silent. Adult female. Rare locally, but at least one bird regularly seen in Castlemaine in winter, eg botanic gardens. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 22/4 #260052
Swift Parrot
Yellow Gums Estate (Ocean Grove)
A Swift Parrot was heard calling in the Yellow Gum Nature Reserve behind my house. This follows a sighting of two Swift Parrots flying over my garden and north towards the same reserve yesterday. There are Yellow Gums in flower in the reserve which have been attracting large numbers of lorikeets and Red Wattlebirds. eBird checklist
Margaret Alcorn 22/4 #260051
Swift Parrot
Following on from my report earlier in the week, at least 4 birds (possibly more) were feeding in flowering eucalypts around Banksia Reserve (Beaumaris Footy Ground) on Tuesday and this morning 8 birds were seen near the corner of Weatherall and Church Roads in a large Messmate on the street. They then flew north-east towards Cheltenham Park.
Sean Dooley 22/4 #260050
Wed 21Swift Parrot
Lysterfield Park, Yarra Ranges
28 Swift Parrots seen at northern edge of entrance to Lysterfield Park at beginning of Logan Park Track. At this spot most were perched along many branches of two dead trees and remainder were feeding in adjacent tree. Earlier that morning I saw 23 of them all feeding in flowering Spotted Gums at southernmost end of the Spotted Gums carpark at Lysterfield Park. eBird checklist
Ron Willemsen 23/4 #260055
Mon 19Powerful owl
Fairfield Boat House to Chandler Hwy
Female powerful owl heard calling repeatedly at Wirundjeri Spur, opposite Fairfield Boathouse, shortly after 6pm. Possibly also seen, but not clearly enough for a definitive ID.
Harry Saddler 19/4 #260041
Swift Parrot
Lysterfield Lake Park
Approx 18 birds seen in gums near bmx jumps eBird checklist
Robert Anderson 19/4 #260040
Swift Parrot
At least six birds flew over my house, two being chased by a Noisy Miner.
Sean Dooley 19/4 #260038
Sun 18Swift Parrot
Teatree Close, Ocean Grove
3 Swifties observed in Yellow Gums this evening.
Denis Sleep 18/4 #260032
Sat 17megamegaGround Cuckoo-shrike
Jungaburra Road, Sylvaterre
2 adults and 1 immature in fairly bare paddock on southern side of Jungaburra Rd, Sylvaterre (north of Terrick Terrick NP). The birds were on the eastern side of the driveway to the private property named 'Mountain View JPE' with '516' on mailbox. Birds were observed from Jungaburra Rd for several minutes as they foraged in the paddock (and were still there when we departed at 1.15pm).
Simon and Judy Smith 17/4 #260028
Swift Parrot
Warby-Ovens National Park--Boweya Forest
at least 4 birds seen, being chased by Noisy Friarbirds
roslyn king 17/4 #260026
Wed 14Cattle Egret
Newells Paddock Wetland Reserve
One Cattle Egret non- breeding plumage seen today. A first for me at this site
Anne Palamountain 14/4 #260014
White-winged Black Tern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Bird Hide
Single bird in full breeding plumage.
Ian Sutherland 14/4 #260013
Tue 13Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Australasian Darter
Royal Park, Parkville
On a good day of nearly 50 species during a three hour walk around Royal Park, I saw a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater north of the Hockey Centre along the bike path just to the east of the railway line and an Australasian Darter flying over nearby along with a Mistletoebird and a couple of Golden Whistlers near the waterhole. There were about 70 Galahs, 50 Crested Pigeons and 20 Red-rumped Parrots enjoying something on Brens Oval.
Chris Lester 13/4 #260007
Mon 12highlightBlue-faced Honeyeater
Was asked by a friend to id bird photo posted to Facebook. Enquiries revealed two birds present on Monday morning 12 April 2021 in observer's garden attempting to poach food put out for Australian Magpies. This appears to be the second record of this species in the Portland District.
Robert Jones (per Peter Barrand) 14/4 #260015
Eastern Spinebill
Flagstaff Gardens
One immature birds feeding on flowers in the gardens. One Grey Fantail also foraging in eucalypt.
Doug Robinson 12/4 #260002
Sun 11Superb Parrot
I km north of James Bridge, James Bridge Road, Moira
Six Superb Parrots feeding on ground adjacent to campsite on Broken Creek. Brilliant views of vibrant plumage especially yellow and red face markings of male. Up to 21 SPs passed through creek side campsite morning and evening. eBird checklist
Daphne Hards 15/4 #260017
highlightPeregrine Falcon, race calidus
I watched a Peregrine Falcon flying directly in front of me, from my office, which is on the third storey of my home. As the bird circled around I was surprised to observe it had large glistening white cheek-patches and the upperparts were pale grey, similar in colour to a Black-faced Cuckooshrike. I have no doubt that I had been watching the calidus race of Peregrine Falcon. I was not aware that this migrant from Eurasia could be encountered in southern Australia. My reason for this note it to alert other birders to the possibility of observing this bird, anywhere in Australia.
Chris Doughty 13/4 #260006
Wed 7Budgerigar
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Chiltern Valley #1 Dam
2 budgies seen flying over the dam. Havn’t seen them in the Chiltern park since February. Poor photos taken.
Jasmine Boehm 13/4 #260010
Tue 6Flame Robin
Eumeralla Flora Reserve (Anglesea)
2 females and 1 male seen on the fence between the cliff and the boardwalk. Surprisingly there are very few records of Flame Robin in Anglesea on both eBird and Birdata. Males seem to be particularly rare. eBird checklist
Ryan Kilgower 6/4 #259983
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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