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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.

We support ethical birding .


Moderators' Note

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic all bird watching areas at the Western Treatment Plant are closed. The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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 (

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March 2020
Sun 29White-headed Pigeon
Aireys Inlet
Single bird was seen feeding with the chickens in the backyard. Stayed for about 30 mins and ate seed from the chook feeder. Second time I have seen this bird in the last week. I suspect it was the same bird that I saw in Anglesea earlier this week.
aaron ledden 29/3 #248730
Fri 27Red-capped Robin
Bandicoot enclosure/Old Reservoir Boundary Road (North), Hamilton
Seen near spring on the west side of main waterhole near 2 bridges.
Kevin Williams 28/3 #248717
Song thrush
Royal Melbourne Zoo, Parkville
Single bird seen foraging off the path amongst the bamboo outside the Gorilla ranger station
Andrew O'Brien 27/3 #247714
Thu 26highlightWhite-headed Pigeon
Anglesea Camp Road
Single bird seen roosting on the power line out the front of the Anglesea primary school. Was seen in the morning and again about lunch time in the same location.
Aaron Ledden 26/3 #247703
highlightWonga Pigeon
Bird seen in backyard at 11.45am
Brenden Ilsley 26/3 #247701
Tue 24highlightFreckled Duck
Middle Reedy Lake, Kerang
52 Freckled Duck were observed at Middle Reedy lake in two groups. 18 of them looked like very young birds. The one in the attached picture could not fly and is perhaps an unfledged juvenile. Freckled Duck often nest in flooded Tangled Lignum, of which there is plenty in Middle Reedy Lake. There are not many records of Freckled Duck nesting in Victoria, however I did find references to the species nesting near Kerang in an old issue of The Australian Bird Watcher (Vol 5, 1974)
Damien Cook 27/3 #247717
Freckled Duck
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
8 freckled ducks at the northern end. Two groups of three and two separate ones.
Paul Jackson 24/3 #247690
highlightLong-toed Stint
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Two birds amongst mixed flock of Calidris species, including two Pectoral Sandpipers, in the North-eastern corner of Pond 7. One of the LTS showing some nice breeding plumage. Apologies for the terrible record shot! eBird checklist
Jackson Willows and Thomas Burley 24/3 #247689
Mon 23Long-toed Stint
Lake Cullen
One Long-toed Stint feeding with three Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. Other small waders present included Red-necked Stint, Double-banded Plover and Red-capped Plover were very abundant
Damien Cook 27/3 #247716
Sun 22Common Greenshank
Nooramunga Marine Park--McLoughlins Beach
30 Greenshanks opposite the houses.
Rohan Bugg 22/3 #247683
Common Sandpiper
Nooramunga Marine Park--McLoughlins Beach
One Common Sandpiper at the boat ramp.
Rohan Bugg 22/3 #247682
Sat 21highlightBroad-billed Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Ponds 28-30 / Adjacent Coast
Bird roosting and feeding in mixed flock of Caldris species on rocks adjacent to ponds 28 and 30. eBird checklist
Jackson Willows 21/3 #247674
Red-capped Robin
Single female seen in very unusual habitat of all stringybark and candlebark with low bracken, teatree and hakeas. Very rare in this region and I couldn’t find any other reports from the Nnapoleons-Enfield forest area
Indra Bone 21/3 #247673
Fri 20Black Kite
Middle Park Beach
A single bird bird seen cruising over Beaconsfield Parade during afternoon peak hour traffic.
Sean Dooley 22/3 #247678
Red-capped Robin
Plenty Gorge Park -- Southern Section
Pair seen on March 20th and at the same spot on Feb 26th, in woodland between east-west road and the river, roughly around -37.685023, 145.097331. One with only the faintest trace of rufous on the forehead and no colouration on the breast; the other with a more obvious forehead patch and bits of red coming through on the breast. Presumably both subadult, perhaps one male and one female. eBird checklist
Rohan Long 21/3 #247665
highlightEastern Ospray & Oriental Pratincole
Shaw River mouth, Lake Yambuk
Seen gliding along cliffs across river on walk along river path to see the Oriental Pratincole currently starring on the beach, a slightly ‘scruffy’ looking bird we thought might indicate a young adult but did have the distinctive brown necklace of female or juvenile bird
Samantha Greiner 20/3 #247663
Australasian Bittern
Princetown Wetlands
Sadly got more than I bargained for when I went for a drive looking at wetland birds around the Princetown Wetlands. This Bittern flew straight out of nearby reed beds into my moving vehicle and died shortly after impact. Very sad.
Darren Wallace 20/3 #247658
highlightOriental Pratincole
Yambuk Estuary
The bird was first seen huddled on the rock shelf (almost impossible to see) then it flew onto the beach where it moved around behind clumps of seaweed out of the wind. eBird checklist
Deb Oliver 20/3 #247657
Square-tailed Kite
Intersection of Calder Hwy and Marong/Mildura Rd
Arthur & Denise Carew 20/3 #247656
Thu 19White throated needletail
Lorne Foreshore Reserve
Approx 30 birds on approaching storm front at 7pm
Darren Wallace 19/3 #247653
megamegaOriental Pratincole
Yambuk Estuary
Bird originally reported on 16/3 still present at roost on rocky reef this morning (-38.339438,142.044098) with assorted mix of Red-backed Stints, Double-banded Plovers, Silver Gulls etc.
Dan Ashdown 19/3 #247649
Wed 18highlightPeaceful Dove, Rufous Fantail
Honour Avenue Wetlands, Wyndham Vale
Good views of a Peaceful Dove feeding amongst a small group of Spotted Doves. Also a juvenile Rufous Fantail seen briefly. Two unexpected birds in my lunch break! eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 19/3 #247654
Arctic Jaeger
Half Moon Bay, Black Rock
A pale morph bird seen chasing a Silver Gull offshore.
Sean Dooley 18/3 #247644
Tue 17White-throated Needletail
Knobs Junction, St Andrews
Ten birds flew over our house headed north.
Deb Oliver 17/3 #247640
Sun 15highlightBlack Honeyeater
Warby-Ovens National Park--Killawarra Forest
Single female (or immature male) seen in flowering box near dam on north west track. Lots of Noisy and Little Friarbirds and other small honeyeaters in the box and flowering mistletoe. Unusual sighting for this time of year.
Janet Chapman 16/3 #246639
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Seen originally by Malcom Cousland and party in pond 1 and rediscovered in pond five -also saw a distant bird in grass in the same pond.
Aidan Sudbury and Clive Kaplan 16/3 #246638
Sat 14Double-banded Plover
Joyces Creek, Cairn Curran Reservoir
2 with Black-fronted Dotterels
Geoff Park 14/3 #246629
Thu 12Grey Goshawk ( White Morph )
Edrington Park, Berwick
One at 9.25 am causing a commotion with the " locals " ! Flew off over the Princes Highway.
Graham Beal 12/3 #246611
White-throated Needletail
Mount Burnett
Approx 10 in the evening.
Graham Beal 12/3 #246610
Wed 11highlight4 Pectoral Sandpipers
WTP T-section Pond 5
Seen early afternoon on a rising tide amongst Sharp-tailed and Curlew Sandpipers.
Simon Starr 12/3 #246615
Rufous Fantail
Long Hollow Reserve, Beaumaris
Briefly seen in early morning among dense Coast Wattle.
Sean Dooley 11/3 #246606
Mon 9highlightSwift Parrot
Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Clydesdale
6 Swift Parrots observed flying over the reserve this morning (8.30am). Very little flowering of Grey Box happening at present but River Red Gum lerp is available. Scarlet Robins have reappeared after complete absence over summer.
Geoff Park 9/3 #246591
300+ White-throated Needletail
Princes Hwy between Port Fairy and Warrnambool
Between 1.15pm and 1.40pm. Partly cloudy, 20 degrees, cool southerly breeze, Largest numbers near Rosebrook/Belfast Lough where birds were flying fast and feeding low over irrigated crops/dairy pasture. Highest concentration around a milking shed ! Then smaller numbers seen all the way to Warrnambool. No Pacific Swift seen amongst them.
Simon and Alex Starr 9/3 #246590
Beautiful Firetail
Fish Creek
Single Beautiful Firetail seen in creekline with Red Browed Firetails.
Chris Gittins 9/3 #246588
Sun 8Rainbow bee-eater
Werribee Gorge State Park
Approximately 20 rainbow bee-eaters seen at Miekles Point Picnic Ground at about 3pm. Given the number and the time of year I assume they were migrating.
Harry Saddler 8/3 #246582
White-throated Needletail
Mallacoota Airfield
A flock of around 20 Needletails circling low over burnt clifftop vegetation adjacent to the airfield. Up to 18 Bar-tailed Godwit observed on the bar at the currently blocked off Betka River.
Keith & Judy Humphreys 8/3 #245583
Sat 7Grey Goshawk, white morph
Shepherds Bush
Glimpsed through the foliage, flying just over the canopy and causing some commotion among the Sulphur-crested Cockatoos! Seen again later over the baseball grounds. With David and Jimmy Olsen, visiting from the US. eBird checklist
Christian Doerig 7/3 #245578
Fri 6Noisy Friarbird
Bellbird Rd, Clifton Creek
Single bird passed through our garden this afternoon, calling briefly. Not recorded in this locality for several years.
Felicity & Chris Healey 6/3 #245576
Thu 5Pallid Cuckoo (Immature).
Western side of Davis Creek Corridor-Reserve, Tarneit 3029.
At 1700hours, I observed an Immature Pallid Cuckoo perched on the i timber fence at the western boundary of the Davis Creek Corridor - Reserve, 500m south of Sayers Road. The bird flew off north after a few minutes. Unmistakable with immature plumage and flight pattern.
Peter Gibbons 6/3 #245575
White Headed Pigeon
Doncaster Road Donvale
Sighted on Power Lines late afternoon.
Corrie & Ian Macartney. 5/3 #245570
Wed 4White-throated Needletail
Three White-throated Needletails flying over Heales Street, Smythesdale at about 10.30 this morning. Slowly headed east.
Brian and Dorine Bending 4/3 #245567
Tue 3highlightAustralian Little Bittern
Black Forest Road wetlands (Wyndham Vale)
Great view of a juvenile Little Bittern flushed from the wetlands near the footy oval. Plenty of photos to help me identify this Lifer. Also known as the Black-backed Bittern on the EBird list. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 3/3 #245564
Common Sandpiper
Moe Waste Water Treatment Works
A lone Common Sandpiper observed flying and feeding along the sandy edges. Rarely seen in the Valley.
Alix Williams with the Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists Club 3/3 #245560
Red-necked Avocet
Kennington Reservoir
Single young bird feeding on the east side - observed by Marlene and me. Also pair of Shovelers. Photos on Echuca District facebook. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 3/3 #245558
Mon 2Leaden Flycatcher
Cardinia Reservoir Park
Seen on a fence at the southern lookout near Red Hill Road. eBird checklist
Ryan Kilgower 2/3 #245550
Sun 1White-throated Needletail
St Kilda Botanic Gardens
About 10 birds below and just above tree canopy. Headed NW
Gio Fitzpatrick 3/3 #245557
White-headed Pigeon
Fish Creek
White-headed Pigeon seen around the house in the late afternoon.
Chris Gittins 2/3 #245547
Common Bronzewing
Freeman Drive, Glenroy
Excellent views of a single bird walking on the grass along the nature strip. First Bronzewing we've seen in the area. It's possible that it has come from the Northern Golf course, though we regularly bird watch from the perimeter of the course and have not heard or seen one before. eBird checklist
Jo & Jason Caruso 1/3 #245542

February 2020
Sat 29highlightGrey Goshawk
Elsternwick Park, Brighton
Flew amongst Sulphur-crested Cockatoos in the former golf course and then headed east.
Gio Fitzpatrick 3/3 #245556
Magpie Geese
Swan Lake, Phillip Island
Three Magpie Geese dropped down onto Swan Lake, directly in front of the left-hand hide at around 10.30 am. They eventually came off the water onto the spit, forward of the hide, and curled up into the resting position among the more common species.
Alan and Hazel Veevers 2/3 #245551
Rufous Fantail
You Yangs Regional Park
One bird seen briefly in low shrubs 100m west of the Toynes rd carpark. Last eBird record here was in 2014.
Leo Norman 29/2 #245539
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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