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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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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January 2020
Mon 20Square-tailed Kite
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
Bird cruising around for over an hour from 7.30 am
Deb Oliver 20/1 #244298
Sun 19Black-tailed Nativehen
On the island in the main lagoon. eBird checklist
Terry Gourley 19/1 #244288
highlightAustralian Pratincole
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Chiltern Valley #1 Dam
Donald Jordan 19/1 #244287
Sat 18Long-toed Stint
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Two birds seen in the T-section, pond 5, opposite the crake pond. The photo attached shows one Long-toed Stint compared to the larger Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.
Indra Bone 18/1 #244284
Little Friarbird
Napolean/Allora Rd, Ferntree Gully
A bird foraging amongst some Eucies and mid-story. Call was very similar to Graeme Chapmans audio No 646 - tone and chatter. Observed briefly but mostly amongst the foliage. Resident wattlebird species were not around at the time. Perhaps some displacement from the fire affected areas?
Greg Cobern 18/1 #244282
Magpie Goose
Swan Lake (Phillip Island)
Two Magpie Geese still present east of the first birdhide.
Sally & Derek Whitehead 18/1 #244280
Thu 16Intermediate Egret
Eastern Treatment Plant--Boundary Rd Wetlands
Identified through a scope from the unsealed road. It tended to hang around the border of a private property and the wetland, only moving away when there were Swamp Harriers around. Great & Cattle Egrets present for comparison. eBird checklist
Ryan Kilgower 16/1 #244270
Magpie Goose
Swan Lake (Phillip Island)
Two Birds observed, unusual here.
Jefferson J Maltman 16/1 #244268
Tue 14highlightAustralian Pratincole
Lake Eppalock--Old Bendigo Road
Initially reported by Michael Ramsey. Bird on the dried part of the mud flats merging for Mt Ida Creek and Wild Duck Creek. Sandy above, pale below. Red on the face/bill. Black on wings. Many Red-capped Plovers, Red-necked Stints and a few Sharp-tailed Sanpipers also present. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 15/1 #244261
Mon 13? Shelduck
WTP Pond 24
Mystery Shelduck still there. Through the scope definite grey wash on cheeks. Doesn't help does it? eBird checklist
Alf Forbes 13/1 #244247
Sun 12Common Sandpiper
Hastings Foreshore Reserve
Five birds seen on mud flats beside the Hastings jetty.
S and S king 13/1 #244244
White-throated Needletail
River Road Tarrawingee
At approximately 7.15pm we noticed a small flock of White-throated Needletails circling overhead as we crossed over Hodgsons Creek. A small flock of only five to ten birds. Definitely White-throated Needletails.
Michael and Carole O’Sullivan 12/1 #244241
Australian Spotted Crake
Albert Park Lake--SE Conservation Ponds
Foraging on mudflats in westernmost pond.
Aidan Powell 12/1 #244240
Sat 11Freckled Duck
Lake Lonsdale, Stawell
Flock of 40+ birds roosting on spit on southern side.
Ian Morgan. 14/1 #244251
Eastern Koel
1000 Steps Carpark
Heard with others at 7.50am
Michele Damschke 11/1 #244233
Common Tern
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
Sighted at 1 pm in flock of Crested Terns. Stayed for an hour before flying off. Positive ID as 'common' and not White-fronted by Tern expert.
Michael Genesin 11/1 #244232
Fri 10Pacfic Swift, White- throated Needletails
Abut 20 swifts, mostly fork tails, but also some needletails. 11:20am , heading east (towards Dromana). Warm windy conditions before southerly change.
Russell Thomson 11/1 #244228
Pacific Swift, Lewin's Rail, SA(?) Shelduck
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
12 Swifts over Paradise Rd, Lewin's Rail at Little River causeway. Shelduck (South African?) still in Pond 24
Dave Torr, Rick Bateman 10/1 #244224
Fork-tailed swift
50+ swifts flying over Lorne ahead of southerly change.
Janet chapman 10/1 #244222
Thu 9Square-tailed Kite
Chiltern-Beechworth Rd
Scott Jessup 10/1 #244219
African (Cape) Shelduck (?)
Pond 24, Western Treatment Plant
As noted by earlier observers, bird was found this morning from road bordering eastern edge of Pond 24. It was about half way from Gate 4 to southern end of Lake Borrie. Dark grey cap and rear neck and rest of face/ head/ neck white correspond to African (female) but not to Paradise or Ruddy. Zoos Victoria advised by phone that it holds no African Shelducks in its Werribee Open Range collection. However, the species does not seem from literature to be migratory or strongly mobile. So how it got all the way to WTP seems a mystery.
Jack Krohn with Damian Slattery 9/1 #244211
Australasian Bittern
Braeside Park
Seen on the ground from the viewing platform at the wetlands just before 10:55 am and in the air on three occasions at 10:30 am from the grassy path, 10:55 am just after I arrived at the viewing platform and at around 11:15 am when it returned back to the viewing platform area. It is unusual for this species to be sighted in South-East Melbourne during January, with this being the first ebird record for January in the region since 2011. eBird checklist
Ryan Kilgower 9/1 #244208
Superb Parrot
Churchill National Park
Single bird, juvenile. Possibly up to three others that took off.
Stephan Megroz 9/1 #244207
Wed 8White-throated needletail
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka--Campbell Rd
Approx 30 white-throated Needletails & 2 Pacific Swift soaring over Campbell Rd.
Brian Johnston 9/1 #244204
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka
One Cockatiel seen along Elmore-Raywood Rd
Brian Johnston 9/1 #244203
Tue 7Black tailed native hen
Wye River
First time seen in more than than ten years at wye river. No doubt pushed out of range by the drought. Also spotted shining bronze cuckoo in the rainforest also first time in this location.
Paul Brown 9/1 #244206
Glossy Ibis 25+
Hospital Swamp
Rodney Long 7/1 #244196
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Continuing bird still present and easily seen feeding quite close to the road.
Indra Bone 7/1 #244194
Mon 6Eastern Koel
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)-- Point Wilson Rd b/w Paradise Rd and Beach Rd
One heard calling continuously. Apparently this is the first record for the area.
Tom Fletcher & Angus Hartshorn 6/1 #244186
Western Treatment Plant(Werribee) beach east of Beach Road
One carrying long sand worm and being chased by a Silver Gull.
Tom Fletcher & Angus Hartshorn 6/1 #244185
Sun 5shellduck
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee--Pond 24
duck located and watched for a lengthy period-south african field guide seems to point to south african shellduck but by no means sure
clive kaplan aidan sudbury 7/1 #244199
? Shelduck
WTP pond 24
Seen by a number of observers around 10.30 in the same area as previously reported, but too distant for a decent photo. One birder with a South African background was quite sure it was a Cape Shelduck
Betty and Graeme Horskins, Marie and Mick Brasher 6/1 #244183
Sat 4? Shelduck
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Seen in pond 24. Photo by Will Bridgeman
Corrie and Ian Macartney, Will Bridgeman and Elke Link 7/1 #244195
Fork-tailed Swift
Black Rock, Red Bluff area.
Approximately 20-30 birds overhead, many flying low over houses and trees along Beach Road and side streets. Good views, unmistakable long deeply forked tail and white rump. Also seen at Ricketts Point. The birds moved on shortly before a dry, windy, cool change.
Val Stajsic & Anastasiya Kiryanava 4/1 #244171
Fork-tailed Swift
At least 55 seemingly feeding overhead for about an hour during the morning, approximately two hours before the wind change. Also Gang-gang Cockatoo in the neighbourhood which is highly unusual for summer.
Sean Dooley 4/1 #244169
Fork-tailed Swift
Port Melbourne Rail Reserve--Ingles to Graham St
Approximately 20 birds flying high over light rail reserve near Graham Street.
Daniel Gilmore 4/1 #244165
Fri 3Banded Lapwing
Approx 40 Banded Lapwings observed on private property 4km south of Stanhope (adjacent to Girgarre-Rushworth Rd)
David Kleinert 6/1 #244184
Thu 2Swift parrot
Memorial park, Mornington
At least two birds seen and heard in Sugar Gums in park
Doug Robinson 4/1 #244173
Diamond Firetail
Euroa Arboretum
Two birds in immature plumage near the picnic area, indicating a recent breeding event. eBird checklist
Darryl Smedley 2/1 #243159
Wed 1Blue-faced Honeyeater
2 Juveniles in a Eucalypt tree
Ron Litjens 5/1 #244178
Juv White-bellied Sea Eagle
Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary
Just the second record of a Juv Sea Eagle for the reserve.
Birdlife Ballarat Members 4/1 #244168
megamegaParadise Shelduck (probable)
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Seen on pond 24 - the last big pond just before the main Lake Borrie as you come through gate 4. This bird is in heavy moult and currently has no primaries. The best fit seems to be a female Paradise Shelduck. eBird checklist
Andrew Allen 2/1 #243155
Black-tailed Native Hen
Swan Lake (Phillip Island)
A single bird seen from the more northerly of the two hides, present from 11-11.30 am.
Chris Doughty 1/1 #243151
Square-tailed Kite
Glenelg Highway between Smythe Creek and Smythesdale
Square-tailed Kite flying over Glenelg Highway. Clearly distinguished from Black Kites that frequent the area
Brian Bending 1/1 #243148

December 2019
Tue 31Pied Currawong
Holdsworth Road, White Hills
Typically a rare winter visitor to the Bendigo area, a single bird was heard calling as it flew over the folks place near the White Hills Cemetery (approx 7:50pm today). The bird sounded as though it was heading southwards.
David Parker 31/12 #243145
Mon 30Glossy Ibis
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
Four still present on the adjacent public golf course, viewable from Edith Vale Road, Highway 40.
Trevor Williams - North East Norfolk Bird Club, UK 31/12 #243141
Superb Parrots
Sampsons Road Numurkah Vic.
Superb Parrots sighted south side of Sampsons Road 7am, about 25 in all, some flying north towards Katamatite Road.
Richard & Catarina Gregson 30/12 #243132
Sun 29Fork-tailed Swift, Great Knot, Pectoral Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee), Victoria
Saw around 60 Fork-tailed Swifts feeding low and in the same spot from 4:35 pm to 5:50 pm. They kept going back to the top of this old eucalypt and presumably fed on something, because it was an obvious target for them. I've never seen them do this before. Usually see them on dull days, but this was bright afternoon sunlight and meant I could get good photos of them. They also fed with a few Fairy and Tree Martins. The area was next to the Western Conservation ponds drain, at the gate on the South Road, just west of 35E Pond. Also 1 colour banded Great Knot with 30 on it, at the Little River bird hide and later at the Beach Road Rocks. 2 Pectoral Sandpipers pond 5. 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Beach Rd Lagoon and Lagoon 29 of South Lake Borrie.
Kevin Bartram (Tfrd from Birdline Australia) 3/1 #243161
Fri 27Glossy Ibis, Brown Songlark
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Seaford
Five Glossy Ibis in the centre (difficult to access) section of the swamp along with 1300 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. Seemingly the first record of the ibis here since 2015. 83 Latham's Snipe in dry south-western corner, and a female Brown Songlark seen flying over.
Sean Dooley 28/12 #243117
highlightGlossy Ibis (6) and Pied Honeyeater (2)
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Chiltern Valley #2 Dam
Ibis & honeyeaters observed from the picnic area near the bird hide. High temperatures may have increased the species list for this location...
Kaye Trainor & M.O'Brien 27/12 #243112
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Koomba Park
An immature bird circling at height moving in a north westerly direction.
Darren Wallace 27/12 #243106
Thu 26Square - tailed Kite
Smythes Creek near Ballarat
Bird gliding fairly low over houses at Smythes Creek.
Noel Billing 28/12 #243118
highlightAustralian Pratincole
Patho Plains, East side of Gunbower Terricks Road south of O'Keefes road, private property
7 seen late morning on private property ( larger numbers seen by others later in the day along dirt track heading off to the east)
Simon Starr 26/12 #243105
Mon 23Red-kneed Dotterel
Banyule Flats Reserve
Single bird feeding along north-west margin of lake around 7.30AM this morning.. Unusual here. Also Latham's Snipe at south end of lake, and Buff-banded Rail on Grotty Pond. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 23/12 #243091
Sun 22Blue-winged Parrot
Wombat State Forest--Whipstick Loop walk
Great views of two adult Blue-winged Parrots flushed from feeding on the ground in tall, damp forest. Other birds observed in a lovely afternoons walk included Brush Bronzewing, Red-browed Treecreper and an Australian King-Parrot
Damien Cook 22/12 #243090
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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