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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 and Simon Starr.

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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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January 2022
Sat 22Topknot Pigeon
Marsdenia Rainforest Walk, Lake Tyers
About 15 Topknot Pigeons feeding in Lilly-pilly in the gully near Princes Hwy. A rain of fruit as they moved and views through gaps in the foliage gave them away.
Richard Case 25/1 #264573
Fri 21Gang-gang Cockatoos
Eynesbury Forest and Grasslands
7 Gang-gangs in a flock. Mainly juvenile birds, but one adult female with them. The Galahs weren't happy with the Gang-gangs being around. They fed briefly in Eucalyotus cladocalyx nana. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 25/1 #264574
White-throated needletail
Razorback Trail, Mt Feathertop
Approx 50 birds wheeling around us as we chatted to some Monash PhD ornithology researchers.
Greg Hunt 25/1 #264567
Wed 19Australian Shoveler
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Shoveler with unusual colouration on head eBird checklist
Aidan Powell and Archer Callaway 22/1 #264555
Tue 18Australasian Figbird
623 Esplanade, East of Stock St, Lakes Entrance
Figbird heard and seen from 18-22 Jan, using prominent perches like power lines.
Richard Case 25/1 #264570
Blue faced honeyeater
Matong avenue, Mount Eliza, Melbourne
Noted a couple of unusual looking birds in one of the trees in Matong avenue, Mount Eliza yesterday. Black head, blue streak above the eye with light green wings and a white underside. Seen them a couple of times in the last month in a couple of different trees in the area. eBird checklist
Ben Smith 19/1 #264544
Mon 17Red-whiskered Bulbul
Maribyrnong river valley Avondale Heights
Heard unusual call and saw the Bulbul on a tree next door . This is the second one I’ve seen on more than 20 years .
Leonardo Acevedo 17/1 #263539
Sat 15Spotless Crake
Wilson Reserve, Ivanhoe
Late afternoon -On the edge of the Reedy Billabong,near the Oval. I saw it half-leap,half-fly, from some fallen branches in the water to a big clump of sedge. I waited to see if it would reappear, and saw it looking out through the stems. This is a good location for them, the difficulty is to see them.
Anthea Fleming 17/1 #263540
Mon 10White headed pigeon
2 Currajong Ave. Selby. 3159
This bird visited us last summer and has returned this year. I've identified it through Simpson and Day. I'm pretty certain it's not a common pigeon or dove. We have none of those in this area and this bird's body is larger. It's becoming quite tame and is turning up for seed daily.
Stuart Semmens 10/1 #263505
Oak Park
Single bird making repetitive call and ascending three-note call around 9am this morning, 200 metres from the Moonee Ponds Creek
Greg Hunt 10/1 #263504
Fri 7Eastern Koel
Fossil to Birdrock Beach, Mornington
Heard calling at first light this morning in the Dava Dve area. A regular visitor over the past 5-6 years, this year arriving around a month later than usual.
Keith & Judy Humphreys 7/1 #263492
Lewin's Rail
Tootgarook Wetland Reserve
Bird seen and heard multiple times. Bird also heard on 5 January.
Stephan Megroz 7/1 #263491
Eastern Koel
Captured this shot of the Eastern Koel calling just after my last report.
Stephan Megroz 7/1 #263489
Thu 6Dollar Bird
Tootgarook Wetland Reserve
Single bird. Flew off before I could get a decent photograph.
Stephan Megroz 6/1 #263484
Painted Button-quail
Kent Street, Richmond
A male - Initially in backyard then in small bush garden front yard…only the third one we’ve see in urban Melbourne (over 30 years).
Kaye Trainor & Martin O’Brien 6/1 #263482
Wed 5Eastern Koel.
12 Wyndham Street Werribee
Heard last few mornings
Alan Warren 5/1 #263473
Tue 4Eastern Koel
Heard calling between our house in Wynne street and the Lake from about 6.35 this morning. This is only the second time we have heard this species in the 17 years at this address.
Greg and Vonda Potter 4/1 #263459
Sun 2Superb Parrot
Swamp Rd, Numurkah
32 Superb Parrots, with a couple of galahs, feeding quietly in a stubble paddock adjacent to road. Photos in eBird list. eBird checklist
Pat and Denise Feehan 2/1 #263446

December 2021
Thu 30Pomerine Jaeger
On boat 2km off Gunnamatta
Saw 2 birds harassing Greater Created Terns for fish spoils
mark lethlean 30/12 #263421
Mon 27highlightOsprey
Phillip island Penguin parade
Des Palmer 28/12 #263410
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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