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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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.

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November 2018
Fri 16Spotted Pardalote (Yellow-rumped ssp.xanthopyge)
Balmattum Nature Conservation Reserve
Alerted by the different call initially, a single adult male xanthopyge ssp. Spotted Pardalote on the Grey Box Plains north of Euroa this morning. eBird checklist
Dan Pendavingh 16/11 #236127
Eastern Koel
Glen Iris
Woke up the loud sound of a nearby Koel call this morning. Went out on the street (Celia street, Glen Iris), and there it was! It flew off before I could get my camera. eBird checklist
Christian Doerig 16/11 #236124
Thu 15Great Crested Grebe
Lake Victoria (Point Lonsdale)
A large raft of grebes consisting of 20+ Great Crested Grebes and 30-40 Hoary-headed Grebes currently swimming in the eastern end of the lake. Also present many hundreds of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints in lesser numbers, both Black-winged and Banded Stilts and Red-necked Avocets.
Rod Corinaldi 15/11 #236121
Wed 14highlightAustralian Bustard
One bird on roadside and then on private property approx. 4km south of Murtoa. Very nervous and wary, behaved totally the opposite to the bird that was in the Minyip district a month ago so I highly suspect they were two different birds. Photos suggested the Murtoa bird was a male, the Minyip one a female.
Ian Morgan 14/11 #236115
Eastern Koel
Darebin Parklands
Koel heard calling this morning at Northern section of the park.
Jason Caruso 14/11 #236111
Mon 12Glossy Ibis
Hospital Swamp, Connewarre
32 Glossy Ibis feeding on water body about 500m north of car park.Bird list done.
Colin Cannard 12/11 #236098
Eastern Koel
Scoresby rd Bayswater
Calling from a large eucalypt in residential garden. A koel was present in same tree back in 2012 and arrived on19th November in that year
Darren Wallace 12/11 #236097
Eastern Kioel
Centre road Langwarrin.
One bird night calling on 11th and 12th. eBird checklist
Ken Dredge 12/11 #236095
Sun 11Painted and Black Honeyeate
Mount Korong Nature Conservation Reserve
At least 5 Painted Honeyeaters and just 1 Black Honeyeater along with a pair of Gilbert's Whistlers nest building, many White-browed Babblers and Rainbow Bee-eaters. A good variety of other Honeyeaters, and Southern Whiteface, along the Firebreak Track.
David Stabb and Dawn Neylan 11/11 #236094
Wood Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
seen at t section at open area to the right of crake pond reeds bobbed tail once or twice as it preened on some rock outcrops
clive kaplan 11/11 #236092
Sat 10Turquoise Parrot ( 12 )
Old Coast Road, Cape Conran National Park
Unusually large numbers of Turquoise parrots spaced along 6 kms of the track. Several pairs at regular intervals and three flushed from the roadside of the Cape Conran/Cabbage Tree Road. Interestingly this section of the track had been extensively burned by fire not too long ago. eBird checklist
Hedley and Irena Earl 12/11 #236096
Bassian Thrush
Banyule Flats Reserve
Single bird flew off dirt track along Yarra River South of main wetland and dry billabong. Good views perched before it took off. First time I've seen one here. The reported White-throated Gerygone was also heard around this spot. eBird checklist
Owen Lishmund 10/11 #236077
Fri 9Whimbrel
Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Park--Toora Beach
8 Whimbrels on the mudflats as well as 6 Greenshanks +100s of other various Waders including R-n Stints,C sandpipers,B-T Godwits,E Curlews+Pied Oystercatchers.
Rohan Bugg 9/11 #236067
Eastern Koel
Behind Beatrix Retirement Village, Mt Dandenong Rd Montrose
Single bird, calling continually between 9-10am.
John Bond 9/11 #236066
Thu 8Black Honeyeater
Mologa and Durham Ox roads, west of Terrick Terrick
Bushes along the railway track in full blossom and black honeyeaters in abundance.
Clive Kaplan, Aidan Sudbury and Alfons Laen 9/11 #236061
Painted Honeyeater
Dereel Private Property
One Male Painted Honeyeater spotted & photographed along creekbed on private property .. have been hearing them for the last couple of weeks
Carol moyse 9/11 #236060
Satin Flycatcher
Quarry Hills Bushland Park
Heard then seen a Satin Flycatcher at Granite Hills section of Quarry Hills Bushland Park. First for the site. eBird checklist
Aleks Arsoski 8/11 #236058
Brush Cuckoo
Edmondson Lane, Wooragee
A single male heard and observed in grassy silver wattle and mixed box woodland. Recording of distinctive call made. Not seen in this location before.
John Kelly 8/11 #236056
Scarlet Honeyeater
Benjamin crt, Kurunjang 3337
Adult Male Scarlet Honey eater observed. Seen on Private property. Birders will not have access.
Michelle Gebert 8/11 #236052
Wed 7highlightGrey Plover, Little Curlew
Cullens Lake Wildlife Reserve
Seen with two Golden Plover at the SE end of the reserve close to entrance.
Aidan Sudbury, Clive Kaplan, Alfons Lawen 11/11 #236078
Blue-winged Parrot
Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Clydesdale
Single bird seen feeding on ground early morning and again late afternoon in adjacent paddock. Not previously recorded at Reserve on eBird. eBird checklist
Dave Dickson 8/11 #236051
Tue 6Grey Plover
Waddy Island Gippsland Lakes
Grey Plover found on Waddy Island on Gippsland Lakes. The single bird was feeding alone along shoreline with two Pacific Golden Plovers resting together about 70 metres away. The comparison of the two species including behaviour difference at the time alerted us to the possibility the single bird was a Grey and not the Pacific Golden Plover that is more commonly seen on the Gippsland Lakes. A check of photos later confirmed a rare Grey Plover sighting for the Gippsland Lakes.
Deb Sullivan and John Hutchison 7/11 #236047
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher
Red-backed Kingfisher seen at Goschen today in southern part of the reserve
Brian Johnston and Beth Carr 6/11 #236041
Mon 5highlightAustralian Little Bittern
Etiwanda Wetlands, Mildura
A male Little Bittern the obvious highlight of my visit to arguably Mildura's best wetlands this morning. While counting pelicans, I saw a male bittern fly across a wide channel from one reedbank to another - great views through binoculars. Other notable birds were Baillon's Crake, (Yellow-rumped) Spotted Pardalote, and White-fronted Honeyeater. eBird checklist
Ashwin Rudder 5/11 #236031
Eastern Koel
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
Two individuals heard calling in the vicinity of the Visitor Centre at approximately 7.30am.
Jo Caruso 5/11 #236020
Sun 4Scarlet Honeyeater
Chiltern Township
A bird heard singing in private garden close to the children's playground next to Lake Anderson.
Sean Dooley 5/11 #236025
Great Crested Grebe
Quiet Corner, Black Rock
Beside promenade. An apparently rare bird in Bayside area.
Val Stajsic & Anastasiya Kiryanava 4/11 #236016
Glossy Ibis and Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
At least 5 Glossy Ibis and a single Pectoral Sandpiper observed this morning.
Catherine Noone 4/11 #236007
Sat 3Scarlet Honeyeater
Lake Sambell, Beechworth
One heard calling in pine trees and a male seen and heard singing and seen feeding at box mistletoe. Same spots as last year.
Richard Loyn 4/11 #236011
Scarlet Honeyeater
Forest Drive, Heathcote
A male was heard calling (fairly infrequently) while driving towards the southern end of the road; upon stopping the car, we easily located both a male and a female flitting about in lightly-flowering eucalypts. Seems like this species is getting around again in 2018!
Oakley Germech, Deb Oliver 4/11 #235996
Black Honeyeater
Heathcote Water Reclamation Plant
A minimum of twelve Black Honeyeaters seen in the dry bushland in the forest along Burn Track. Profuse, calling often, and easily found, also showing signs of breeding intent. A young Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo also flew over and into restricted-access land near the southern extremity of the plant area earlier in the day - this is near the edge of their range.
Oakley Germech, Deb Oliver 4/11 #235995
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Lake Borrie
At the outfall, roosting with other waders early afternoon, an hour or two after high tide.
Andy Walker and Simon Starr 3/11 #235989
Little Curlew
Cullens Lake Wildlife Reserve
Jenny Stephens 3/11 #235988
Red-backed Kingfisher
One on power lines at Bo Peep.
Roger Thomas 3/11 #235982
Masked Woodswallow
Royal Park --Trin Warren Tam-boore
First reported sighting for the site. One adult male bird. eBird checklist
Thomas Nataprawira 3/11 #235981
Fri 2White-browed and Masked Woodswallows
Healey's Road, Marlo
The "green drought" in Far East Gippsland has seen an influx of a mixed White-browed/Masked flock of Woodswallows along the coast this year. An irregular occurrence but well over 200+ birds have arrived with the vast majority as usual being White-browed. Published e bird records in our area are few and far between although some years ago, we did record flocks of up to 750+ birds, again during a long dry spell of hot weather.
Len and Jacquie Axen 4/11 #236014
Ryan Lane Beechworth
One flew over near Buckland Gap: this species is rare at this elevation (~600m asl) though regular in the Ovens Valley a few km away.
Richard Loyn 4/11 #236013
Masked Woodswallow
Ryan Lane Beechworth
Two or more with ~30 White-browed Woodswallows over farmland near Buckland Gap.
Richard Loyn 4/11 #236012
Black-faced Cormorant
Half Moon Bay, Black Rock
An unwell, immature bird resting beside the boat launching ramp. An apparently rare bird in the Bayside area.
John Eichler 2/11 #235977
Masked Woodswallow
Eastern Park, Geelong
Flocks of woodswallows moving over, surprised to see that 80 to 90 percent of them were Masked Woodswallows, the remainders being White-browed. A reverse of the usual mix
Simon Starr 2/11 #235976
White-browed & Masked Woodswallow
Flying overhead, about 100 in total (80% White-browed, 20% Masked) birds over a few hours (perhaps more). Wind seemed to be pushing them along quickly.
James Cornelious 2/11 #235974
Thu 1Masked Woodswallow
Woodlands Historic Park
Several hundred (possibly many more, no attempt to count) masked woodswallows mixed with dusky and white-browed woodswallows. Perching in the eucalypts south of the rangers’ building along the boundary road and overhead throughout the park for the 1.5 hours I was there. Hawking in the wind and chirping. One flock overhead at one point must have exceeded 200 birds. Many tree martins overhead, too.
Jackson Willows 2/11 #235969
highlightLittle Curlew
Cullens Lake Wildlife Reserve
First spotted at 9.35am. This bird is very loyal to the south-eastern section of the lake. Mainly feeding in the vegetation a few meters away from the shoreline.
Warren Palmer, Warwick Remington, Tim Nickholds, Owen Lishmund, Dan Ashdown. 1/11 #235966
highlightWhite-headed Pigeon
Arthurs Seat
John Catchlove 1/11 #235963
White-browed and Masked Woodswallows
Bogans Lane at Freshwater Creek (Mt Duneed)
Waves of about 12 and 6 mixed woodswallows, about 3.30. Perched on tree for positive Id. Approx two thirds were white- browed. List submitted.
Colin Cannard 1/11 #235962

October 2018
Wed 31Wedge-tailed Eagle
Jack Smith Lake reserve-stringybark ln
Unusually high concentration of wedgies, about 15, in this paddock , near jack smith lake reserve, gippsland. they were feeding on some carcasses (dead sheep, mostly). carcasses looked old, so they may have been on them for the last few days. it may be nothing but perhaps, it's worthwhile keeping an eye, if anyone happens to be that way.
lai aw 8/11 #236053
Scarlet Honeyeater
Willis Avenue, Marlo
A female Scarlet Honeyeater was seen feeding on a flowering Xanthorrhoea spike in our native garden this afternoon. Uninterrupted views until disturbed by a pair of aggressive Red Wattlebirds. Another somewhat early arrival but given the extended dry conditions this year, it is not to be unexpected.
Jacquie and Len Axen 4/11 #236015
Red-backed Kingfisher
Mount Korong Nature Conservation Reserve
2 birds seen on Firebreak Track along the about 2km on the east side of the reserve. I heard the call again when I returned to the car so there may be a third bird. Painted Honeyeaters, Black Honeyeaters and White-winged Trillers were along the track. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 31/10 #235957
Eastern Koel
Glenhuntly Station
Eastern Koel has just flown past my train window into mature trees on the western side of the station as my train slowed and came to a halt in the station at 1955.
Richard Hook 31/10 #235952
White-throated Gerygone
Banyule Flats Reserve
White-throated Gerygone at Banyule Flats, sighted approximately 100m west of the footbridge over the Plenty/Yarra river confluence. Single bird feeding in River Red Gum canopy. eBird checklist
David Adam 31/10 #235950
Tue 30Eastern Koel
Frankston South
This Eastern Koel returned yesterday for his annual visit. Moving between 3 or so street blocks.
Jenny Hattingh & Tanya Hattingh 31/10 #235947
Western Gerygone
Plenty Gorge Park--Hawkstowe Park
James Cornelious 30/10 #235946
megamegaLittle Curlew
Cullens Lake Wildlife Reserve
Entered the lake through Lake Charm-Quambatook Rd (police tape currently around the fence posts at the entry where you drive in - for reference). Bird found feeding along the shoreline about 50-70m from the fence line in the water to the right of where you’d park a car. eBird checklist
Tanya Hattingh and Alison Nisbett 30/10 #235943
Freckled Duck
Braeside Park
12 Freckled ducks, along with blue-billed and hard heads among the teals in the southern wetland ponds near the red gum picnic area...... walk around the grass track to the south side... eBird checklist
Philip Dubbin 30/10 #235933
Mon 29Eastern Koel
A lone Eastern Koel announced its presence in Marlo by continuously calling late in the afternoon from the eucalypt woodlands on the edge of the Marlo township. A somewhat earlier arrival than most of our records for this species around Marlo.
Len Axen 4/11 #236010
Australasian Figbird
Willis Avenue, Marlo
4 Australasian Figbirds were seen to briefly perch in the canopy of some eucalypts in Willis Avenue around midday today before continuing to move westwards over the Snowy River estuary. Initially detected by their continuous calling and then clearly observed as they moved from tree to tree.
Jacquie and Len Axen 4/11 #236009
highlightBlack Honeyeater
We saw between 50 and 100 Black Honeyeaters about 2 km west of Speed on the Patchewollock Road in a very good patch of flowering Eremophilas about 1 km long. We couldn't find any Pieds. There were White-fronteds and some of the more common Mallee honeyeaters as well as some breeding White-browed and Masked Woodswallows..
Chris and Rosemary Lester 29/10 #235921
highlightWhite-throated Gerygone, Dusky & White-browed Woodswallow
Melton South
A White-throated Gerygone was heard at length from the escarpment edge above Toolern Creek in the Toolern Creek Park. The call was confirmed at length by playing a online recording at the same time as the bird was in song. Good numbers of White-browed Woodswallow also throughout the woodland off Strathtulloh Circuit, either courting, establishing and fending for territories or mating. The same was seen on the 27th at Eynesbury, north west of the land sales office towards the old shearers quarters along with Dusky Woodswallows.
Micah Kawalek 29/10 #235920
Sun 28Red-backed Kingfisher, Apostlebird
Murray Sunset National Park
A Red-backed Kingfisher and two parties of Apostlebirds, totalling about 14 in all at the Shearer's Hut. We also spent a fair bit of time on Friday evening, Saturday morning and Sunday evening looking for the previously-repoerted Ground Cuckooshrikes on Meridian Road but we could not find them.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 29/10 #235924
Red-lored Whistler, Mallee Emu-wren, Striated Grasswren
Murray Sunset National Park
3 male Red-lored Whistlers, 2 Mallee Emu-wrens, 2 Striated Grasswrens and 2 Little Crows on South Bore Track. Spotted Nightjars were calling during the night.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 29/10 #235923
Freckled Duck
Braeside Park
4 Freckled Duck in the pond nearest car park for Red Gum Picnic Area ie near Governor Road. Also 150+ Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, several Blue-billed Ducks, a Pink-eared and a few Shoveler eBird checklist
Debbie Lustig 28/10 #235915
Freckled Duck
Bald Hills Wetland Reserve Tarwin Lower
14 FDs were on branches and logs around the northern island in the wetland.
Rohan Bugg 28/10 #235912
highlightWhite-throated Gerygone
Capel Sound
Had good views of a single bird at the Village Glen Retirement Village (private property). First time seen at this site.
Val Ford 28/10 #235907
Sat 27Olive Whistler
Cape Conran CP- Conran Creek
An Olive Whistler was heard calling from a dense coastal thicket in swales behind the primary dunes at Conran Creek this morning.
Len and Jacquie Axen 4/11 #236008
Painted Honeyeater
Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Clydesdale
Geoff Park 29/10 #235926
Square-tailed Kite
Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Clydesdale
Quartering low over tree tops at northern end of reserve and harassed by magpies. Excellent views for 5 mins.
Dave Dickson 29/10 #235925
Mallefowl, Red-lored Whistler
Murray-Sunset National Park
A Mallefowl on Bambil South Track and 2 Red-lored Whistlers on South Bore Track.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 29/10 #235922
Rainbow bee-eater
Merrawarp Rd, b/w Barwon River and Hamilton Hwy, Stonehaven
A pair. Hawking from established red gums near the river. A few hundred metres from road. eBird checklist
Will Johnston 28/10 #235905
Gull-billed Tern
Ricketts Point, Beaumaris
Single bird, together with Crested Terns, 3 White-headed Stilts, and 1 Australian Pied Oystercatcher.
Val Stajsic & Anastasiya Kiryanava 28/10 #235904
Wed 24White-winged Black Tern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Walshes Lagoon
Bird in non-breeding plumage. Smaller than nearby loafing Whiskered Terns. Finer, shorter dark bill, diagnostic 'skull-cap' head pattern, mantle paler grey than Whiskered Terns and very dark primaries. Loafing with ~30 Whiskered Terns. eBird checklist
Craig Morley, Trevor Hodson with Birregurra Lancare. 25/10 #235878
Magpie Goose
Greens Lake (Corop)
One Magpie Goose north of the channel. Also 1 Intermediate Egret and 3 Brolgas. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 24/10 #235870
Black-eared Cuckoo
Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve
A bird was heard calling from the southern ridge above the gully that follows the Moonah Walking Track and joins into Djerriwarrh Creek. At this confluence a juvenile bird was found being fed by and following a Brown Thornbill in a area of thick Varnish Wattle.
Micah Kawalek 24/10 #235869
Scarlet Honeyeater
Royal Botanic Gardens (Cranbourne)
Dawn Neylan reports first return of a single bird feeding in Mistletoe this morning.
Dawn Neylan per David Stabb 24/10 #235864
Mon 22Whimbrel
Snowy River Mouth
Observed a lone Whimbrel feeding on a sand bar immediately to the east of the mouth of the Snowy River this morning while completing a 2020 Shorebird survey. An irregular visitor according to all published reports.
Jacquie and Len Axen 22/10 #235858
Sun 21megamegaGround Cuckooshrike
Found 2 birds with Rob Farnes at 1040 this morning in bare wheat paddock on E side of Meridian Rd 1-2 km N of intersection of Carwarp Rd. Flew up into roadside trees and then over to W side. Will be subject to VORAC review. eBird checklist
Dan Ashdown & Rob Farnes 23/10 #235860
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Corner of Carnochans and Bartys Rd, Myrtle Creek
Two pink Sulphur Crested Cockatoos were seen at the corner of Carnochans and Bartys Rd at 10:30 on the 21st of October. While driving, both my passenger and I noticed a group of three cockatoos feeding on the ground. Two of the three had a pale pink colouring to their plumage with the exception of the crest. This was not a trick of the light, nor was it due to binocular colour fringing as we had seen them well with our own eyes. The two pink cockatoos were also well contrasted against the third, which was plain white. In addition, a bird was seen on the 8th of September with the same colourings on a property just off Sutton Grange Rd, south of yesterdays sighting. Similarly, the bird was surrounded by a flock of stock-standard white Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, and caught the attention of both observers as we were driving. The bird was observed both close and distantly, as well as in flight, though not photographed. My first thoughts were that the birds had been exposed to some kind of agricultural chemical, however the colour was incredibly uniformed and suggested pigmentation. Perhaps this is evidence of a rare gene allele for feather pigment in this population group? More photos are available on request.
Fred Booker Malcolm 22/10 #235852
Scarlet Honeyeater
Dandenong Ranges National Park--Sherbrooke Forest
Scarlet Honeyeaters seen at a few spots along Hillclimb Track below the Sherbrook Falls in the afternoon. Other notable birds included Large-billed Scrubwrens and Rose Robins.
Rowan Mott 22/10 #235839
Fri 19Pied Butcherbird
Western Highway - close to Steele Park Drive intersection approx. 5km West of Dadswells Bridge
The bird was on the road verge and flew up into trees in the Grampians National Park as I was driving towards it. An unmistakable adult bird, observed from approx. 20 mtrs. This is the first of this species I have observed in the Grampians region.
Neil Macumber 21/10 #235824
Thu 18Morepork
Cape Liptrap Lighthouse
One only seen from 2020 to 2035 sitting on posts in the car park in the headlights. Light winds, misty rain, temp. 13 deg. C. Yellow eyes.
Gil Langfield 19/10 #235817
highlightYellow-throated Miner
Four Yellow-throated Miners seen harassing a Southern Boobook on a private property on Karramomus Road.
Bernadette Haywood 19/10 #235814
Eastern Koel
Heidelberg Heights
First Koel for the spring/summer calling at 6 am this morning.
Peter Menkhorst 18/10 #235813
Leaden Flycatcher
Nioka Bush Camp, South Morang
Khaled Bajjali and Steven Ashdown 18/10 #235810
Common Sandpiper
Bass River Mouth Nature Conservation Reserve
Single bird seen at the start of the nature conservation reserve when coming from Bass Landing Road. Two Common Greenshanks and around 11 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers were also observed among other more usual species. eBird checklist
Megan Griffith 18/10 #235808
Australasian Bittern
Seen flying north over the town. At first I thought it was a raptor but I then noticed it’s unique shape. New bird for the Enfield forest Region as far as I know
Indra Bone 18/10 #235806
Wilby, private property
Just a pair of Dollarbirds catching insects over my house.
Brendan Toll 18/10 #235805
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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