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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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19/10/2017

Moderators' Note

The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery team has asked that, as usual, we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots. Please send any sightings directly to Chris Purnell at chris.purnell@birdlife.org.au. Also, please note that Birdline Victoria won’t be publishing individual reports of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo in the greater Melbourne area. However, it is worth noting that there have been a number of reports.

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highlightHighlightmegamegaMega
November 2017
Sat 18White-winged Triller
Moonee Ponds Creek, near Vanberg Road, Essendon
A male White-winged Triller in the trees near the eastern end of Vanberg Road, adjacent to the Park
Chris and Rosemary Lester 18/11 #232811
Powerful Owl
Clifton Creek
2 adults and 2 juveniles in Native Cherry
Catherine Foot 18/11 #232809
Scarlet Honeyeater
Bendigo - Kennington between Edwards & Marnie Roads
One male seen, early afternoon, feeding on eremophila, .
Helen Lunt 18/11 #232803
Fri 17Eastern Koel
Melbourne Cemetery (Northern end)
Heard T 8.15 am calling loudly caught my attention then sighted high in an elm tree.
Colin Hollow 18/11 #232806
Red-backed Kingfisher
Goschen Bushland Reserve
Spotted neat the old tennis courts. Pictured disgorging a large blob of undigested food. Cool and overcast day, so picture not brilliant. Lots of Hooded Robins, including juveniles. Budgerigars still present.
Murray Chambers 17/11 #232800
highlightScarlet Honeyeaters
Elmore
A number calling around the township. Opposite the bakery and Primary School as well as elsewhere.
Marlene Lyell 17/11 #232799
highlightDollarbird
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
Hawking between Separation Tree and Long Island about 16:00hrs
Gio Fitzpatrick 17/11 #232798
Scarlet Honeyeater
Ebden Street Kyneton
Two males singing from a house garden close to the botanic garden and children's park. I'm hearing 1-2 Scarlet Honeyeaters every day in Kyneton between the botanic gardens and the old primary school. Not numerous but always around at the moment. Further information
Lawrie Conole 17/11 #232792
Thu 16highlightBlack-eared cuckoo
You Yangs Regional Park
Male seen and heard calling at the top of a dead red gum in the Lower Picnic Ground around 1pm
Martin Maderthaner 17/11 #232801
megamegaHudsonian Godwit
Reef Island Nature Conservation Reserve
Found with flock of 12 Bar Tailed Godwits. Identified by black underwing coverts Two other flight photos available. Moderator's note: would be only 3rd or 4th state record and a BARC review species.
Keith Caldecott and Jeff Maltman 16/11 #232788
Scarlet Honeyeater
Chase Road, North Warrandyte
One male and one female, heard and seen in the afternoon, in heavily flowering Yellow Box along Chase Road.
Justin Sullivan 16/11 #232786
Tue 14Scarlet Honeyeater
Rhyll
Male and female in swamp melaleuca and eucalypt above beach between Waterloo St and Beach Road. eBird checklist
Sally and Derek Whitehead 14/11 #232767
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Swan Reach
A single bird flew across our home property making it's loud repeated call while flying south in a direct flight at 8.30 this morning. First sighting from home.
Ken Sherring 14/11 #232766
Mon 13Eastern Koel
Research
Heard calling along Swipers Gully, Research.
Jon Weaving 14/11 #232769
highlightAustralian Little Bittern (Black-backed Bittern)
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Edithvale
Stopped at the observation platform near the bird hide and a young couple showed up with a bird in a cardboard box. Turns out it was an adult male Australian Little Bittern that they had found stunned by the side of Edithvale Rd earlier in the day. They took it to a wildlife carer who gave it the all clear for release back into the wild. (Very poor photo quick shot of bird just before it was liberated.)
Sean Dooley 13/11 #232764
Scarlet Honeyeater
Anglesea
At 6.25 pm today we spotted a male scarlet honeyeater in the red flowering callistemon. We watched it feed for a minute or two before it flew off. Husband and I both saw it and there was no mistaking it. eBird checklist
Margaret Collings 13/11 #232757
Sun 12Brush, Pallid, Fan-tailed, Horsfield's Bronze and Shining Bronze Cuckoos
Spring Hill
Five cuckoos seen in late afternoon at Spring Hill south of Coliban Road. Great birding down the valley towards the Coliban River. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 13/11 #232754
Blue-winged parrot
Dandenong Ranges National Park--Grants Picnic Ground
I saw about six blue-winged parrots feeding on the ground and on low bushes near Paddy Track (half way up the big hill). I've never seen this species here before. I checked eBird and noticed that they have been seen at this spot in 2016 (same track & almost the exact same time of year). A beautiful bird. I'm glad they have returned to our forest.
Oscar Lago 13/11 #232752
Scarlet Honeyeater
Yarra Glen
Urban backyard feeding on callistemon sp. 2 males + 1 female
Stephen Fletcher 13/11 #232751
Painted Honeyeater
Dereel Lagoon
Two birds seen and calling regularly in late afternoon. Went to site to follow up on Chestnut-rumped Heathwren report the previous day but no luck. Painted Honeyeaters nice compensation, making this a great spot to visit at the moment. Heard from 'Removal of Sand Prohibited' sign (at entrance on southside of Swamp Rd, mid way along length of Swamp on right) and followed for about 30 mins within 100m of this sign.
Grant Palmer 13/11 #232749
Scarlet Honeyeater
Hall Rd, Corindhap
Sighted two of them, at this location eBird checklist
Carol moyse 12/11 #232745
Sat 11highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve
Another Scarlet Honeyeater sighting, but further west (north-west) than most. A singing male seen, and another heard.
Roger Thomas 14/11 #232771
Scarlet Honeyeater
Maldon
At least 3 birds feeding between Mock Orange and callistemons in retirement village grounds.
Deidre Andrews 12/11 #232741
Scarlet Honeyeater
In garden of unit 2/114 High Street, Kyneton
Heard male bird,morning &evening 2 days prior to sighting the male @ 9.30 am; later at 1pm saw female. Grevilleas in flower.
Margaret Badminton 11/11 #232733
Scarlet Honeyeater, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Dereel Lagoon
Three birds observed feeding from grasstree flowers and photographed up the dirt walking track.There is a sign at the start of this track saying “removal of sand prohibited”. Continue along the track turning right. Chestnut-rumped Heathwren up dirt track continuing straight from the sign calling loudly from bracken and heath.
Indra Bone 11/11 #232730
Fri 10highlightChanne-Billed Cuckoo
Melville Park Drive Berwick
This morning we have had our amazing Channel-billed Cuckoo visit. It visits our fig tree every year between November & December. In 2104 I took a photo & today another. Today only its head & tail are clear as it hides amongst the dense fig leaves, being constantly bombarded by the crows & the magpies. It is as elusive as ever & as soon as I heard its distinctive loud call I ran for the camera. We had a couple of serious bird watchers visit a few weeks ago as sightings were reported, but it was nowhere to be seen. They mentioned that the pair are at the most Southern point (here in Berwick) they have ever been sighted in Australia So grateful it visits us!
Helen Morse 16/11 #232785
highlightGull-billed Tern Asian ssp affinis
Stockyard Point
Asian Gull-billed Tern with 66 Gull-billed Terns and 74 Whiskered Terns.Asian was standing slightly apart from both Gull-billed and Whiskered Terns so I had a good size comparison,plus a smaller eye patch with dark spot on ear coverts.Photographed an Asian at Stockyard Point in March 2014 after being reported on Birdline and another turned up in 2015 and I think 2016.
Sally and Derek Whitehead 10/11 #232698
Banded Stilt
Lake Beeac
1440 banded Stilts. Two counts of 1200 (done in hundreds) and 240 (done in tens). Both reasonably conservative. Larger count on eastern shore closest to Beeac. Two lists done with distant photos for id.
Colin Cannard 10/11 #232696
highlightScarlet Honeyeater, White-throated Gerygone, Buff-banded Rail and Pied Currawong.
Jacana Wetlands
A Scarlet Honeyeater (male) and a White-throated Gerygone (adult) both heard calling many times and eventually tracked down and sighted on the west bank of Moonee Ponds Creek in a patch of planted trees and shrubs, ~350m downstream of the Ring Road bridge (follow the recently mown strip along the creek). Also only the second Buff-banded Rail that I have seen at Jacana from 2000 to 2017, ~400m upstream of the Ring Road bridge at a rapidly drying wetland. eBird checklist
Charles Silveira 10/11 #232693
Scarlet Honeyeater
Orchard Crescent, Wallington
Several males and females flying in and out of bottlebrushes
Adrian de Leiros 10/11 #232692
highlightDollarbird
Royal Park, Parkville
First time I have seen this species in Royal Park. Was perched on a high dead branch.
Catherine Noone 10/11 #232691
Scarlet Honeyeater
Kyneton Primary School
Two singing males in gardens near the school in Simpson Street. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 10/11 #232690
Black-eared cuckoo
Freshwater Creek
Short but clear sighting. Third visit in two weeks. At edge of range. A pair of Horsefield and one Shining Bronze Cuckoos as well. Also two Little Wattlebirds, a first for property. Checklist done.
Colin Cannard 10/11 #232689
White-throated nightjar
Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Clydesdale
Single bird heard and subsequently responded to playback around 3:00 am.
Dave Dickson 10/11 #232687
Thu 9Scarlet Honeyeater
Everton General Store, Everton Victoria 3678
Sighted 2 adult males and a female foraging in red flowering Callistemon next to the Store. Was first attracted to the birds by the strong calling. There may have been other individuals present based on volume and spread of calls. Other flowering trees on site include profuse Yellow Box tree although I didnt observe birds foraging in the Eucalypts.
Gerard O'Neill 9/11 #232681
Wed 8Scarlet Honeyeater
Lyall Road Ventor , Phillip Island
9 birds seen in Conifers on Lyall Road Ventor between Ventor Pony Club and Graydens Rd. One male bird aggressive towards other Honeyeaters , chasing New Hollands and Yellow Face. One Bird also seen on Bottlebrush , Red Rocks Rd. Cowes
Colin Mulvogue 8/11 #232672
Scarlet Honeyeater
Yan Yean Reservoir
At least 2 males on the island in the pond below the dam eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 8/11 #232669
Scarlet Honeyeater
Seymour
Watering my veggie garden, serenaded the whole time by a Scarlet Honeyeater in the neighbour's garden. Too many sparrows around to get a good recording. They have also been seen about a half-kilometer away in town. eBird checklist
Val La May 8/11 #232666
Tue 7highlightBrown Cuckoo-Dove
Mairburn Road Metung Victoria 3904
Four Topknot Pigeons, one Koel and one, possibly two Brown Cuckoo-Doves feeding in two Moreton Bay fig trees, adjacent to the road.
Josephine Hope 10/11 #232724
highlightPied Butcherbird
Yarra Bend Park
Very surprised to sees this bird on the Galatea Point walking trail about 150 metres upriver of Dights Falls. eBird checklist
Barry Power 7/11 #232659
Mon 6Magpie Goose
Hird Swamp Wildlife Reserve
3 Magpie Geese at Hird Swamp this morning. eBird checklist
Nicole Spillane & Paul Jacobson 6/11 #232653
Scarlet Honeyeater
Dixon St, Wangaratta
Single bird heard in garden at about 10.00 am then seen and photographed preening perched in e. ficifolia and callistemon
Rob Humphrey 6/11 #232648
Eastern Koel
Corner of Daly Street and Hunter Street, Brunswick West
Heard this morning calling from nearby trees at 7:30 a.m.
Laura Pine 6/11 #232647
Sun 5Scarlet Honeyeater
Blackwood North
Very vocal. Feeding with other honeyeaters in mixed flowering fruit trees and eucalypts. Private property. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 9/11 #232683
highlightGull-Bulled Tern, Asian ssp G. nilotica affinis
Barwon Heads Bridge
Seen on Sat 4th & Sun 5th. Single bird. I have a couple more dodgy photos. Moderators note : possibly 3rd Vic record and new site record. Of further interest is bird reported from Shoalhaven Heads [NSW] on same day -a first for NSW [pending NSW ORAC review].
Jordan Ayton 5/11 #232645
Eastern Koel
Bastings/Oldis Ave Northcote
Eastern Koel calling from nearby tree both this morning (around 9am) and in the evening (around 7.00pm). I did not hear it during the day.
Michelle Hall 5/11 #232644
Scarlet Honeyeater
Benalla
Sighted a small honeyeater with a bright red head in our bottlebrush.
Ray Beavis 5/11 #232641
Scarlet Honeyeater, Collared Sparrowhawk
Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve
Single male Scarlet Honeyeater seen. I was seriously buzzed 5 or 6 times by the Sparrowhawk, hitting my hat the last time. Location: around 200 metres along Centre Break from the car park (-38.173, 145.169)
Aidan Sudbury 5/11 #232639
Common Cicadabird
Bunyip State Park--Mortimer Nature Walk
Common Cicadabird Heard then seen high in up in canopy , about 250 East of Mortimers Picnic Grounds. eBird checklist
Colin Mulvogue 5/11 #232637
Spotted Quail-thrush
Brisbane Ranges National Park
Although not unusual to find this species in this location, I thought it was unusual to find 5 birds together. I had only found 1 or 2 before together.previously. Located on the corner of Thompson's Rd and Stable track. Although skitty, the male did hang around for a photo. I suspect it was a pair with 3 recently fledged young ones. Time was 7.45am in overcast conditions.
Bernie Okeefe 5/11 #232627
Eastern Koel
All Nations Park, Northcote
Eastern Koel heard calling from All Nations Park at about 7am.
Andrea Canzano 5/11 #232621
Sat 4Red-backed Kingfisher
Hattah
found along the road near the Hattah roadhouse
giles daubeney clive kaplan 13/11 #232762
Square-tailed Kite
Reedy Lake (Bailieston East)
Along track at north west corner of the lake eBird checklist
Andrew and Leonie Corrick 4/11 #232617
highlightAustralian Painted-Snipe
Lake Goldsmith
A single male Painted-Snipe flushed this morning from wet vegetation also 20+ Red-Kneed Dotterel on the same pool.
Ian Ashton, Murray Grant, John Gregurke and Roger Thomas 4/11 #232611
Eastern Koel
Church St, Richmond
Heard calling around 4:00 am.
Dave Dickson 4/11 #232606
Fri 3Scarlet Honeyeater
Lerderderg Gorge near Bacchus Marsh
At least 3 heard and seen in tall eucalypt at Mackenzie's Picnic Ground.
Marilyn and Dean Hewish 4/11 #232607
Pied Honeyeater.
Goschen Bushland Reserve.
Pied Honeyeaters still present, 1 Male and 1 Female seen together, mid morning.
Warren Palmer, Warwick Remington, Trevor Lumb. 3/11 #232600
Thu 2Scarlet Honeyeater
Bacchus Marsh West Golf Course
I finally found the Scarlet Honeyeater! It was happily whistling amongst flowering eucalypts in the revegetated area above the golf course. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 3/11 #232603
Scarlet Honeyeater
Lake Sambell, Beechworth
3 (2 males and a female) in deciduous trees beside Jarvis Road near Lake Sambell, Beechworth, foraging in canopy and singing constantly. At least one was singing there two weeks ago (16 Oct). A male Mistletoe-bird chased one of the males. Lots of box mistletoe nearby but the honeyeaters were only seen feeding in the deciduous trees on this occasion. Further information
Richard Loyn and Debbie Tully 2/11 #232593
Wed 1White-backed Swallow
Hattah
A small number of birds breeding in sand dumps from road works near Hattah store.
Giles Daubeney, Clive Kaplan 12/11 #232739
Red-backed Kingfisher
Hattah
Seen near Hattah store.
giles daubeney clive kaplan 12/11 #232738
Eastern Koel
Eaglemont near Maltravers Road & The Righi
Heard most of this week early morning and today in the afternoon. Yet to spot. The first time I have recorded a Koel here in 30 years.
Harry Clarke 10/11 #232699
Little Egret
Boort
Seen on dusk circling dam and perched in trees.
Malcolm Cousland 3/11 #232601
Scarlet Honeyeater
Mullum Mullum Park--Hillcrest Reserve
Male. Seen clearly in in the upper canopy of old Eucalypts. Calling and stayed in the area for about 15 minutes.
Barbara Burns, Cecily Falkingham 2/11 #232592
Southern boobook, Sacred kingfisher & Nankeen night heron
Westgate Park (Port Melbourne)
Seen on the north side of the Freshwater Lake
George Fotheringham 2/11 #232591
Scarlet Honeyeater
Cardinia Reservoir
Approximately 15 birds feeding on flowering planted Eucalyptus robusta (swamp mahogany) along the exit road of the park
Darren Wallace 1/11 #232581

October 2017
Tue 31White-throated Gerygone
Grenville
One bird singing constantly. Great views. Last sighted here 20 years ago. Further information
Jenny and Peter Sedgwick 1/11 #232573
Mon 30Pallid Cuckoo, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Red-capped Robin
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park--Hattah Nature Walk
Pallid Cuckoo fledgling observed being fed by both Brown-headed Honeyeaters (presumed host parents) AND a male Red-capped Robin. All three tiny 'parent' birds were working overtime to meet the constant begging of their comparatively gigantic 'offspring'. eBird checklist
Veronica Peric 2/11 #232594
Eastern Koel
Balwyn Victoria
It can be heard and seen from Grange Ave, Balwyn. It’s been in the area for about a week
Graeme and Pam Moore 30/10 #232535
Spotless Crake
Lake Caroline at Garrettys Rd, Caroline Springs
One bird foraging between tussocks on exposed mud. Can be seen in the same binocular view as Tree Sparrows for a uniquely Caroline Springs perspective. eBird checklist Further information
Lawrie Conole 30/10 #232531
Sun 29Satin Flycatcher
Wilsons Reserve, Ivanhoe
Whilst visiting Wilsons Reserve on Sunday, 29 October, I am 80% confident that I observed a female Satin Flycatcher high in a Eucalypt. White underparts and chestnut/ buff upper chest and light grey, long undertail. Tail wagged conspicuously from side to side. I make this report in the hope that others may be able to confirm.
Andrew Hogg 31/10 #232563
highlightPied Honeyeater, Black Honeyeater, Budgerigar, Cockateil, Red-back Kingfisher
Goschen Bushland Reserve
Goschen's bonanza of inland species continues - after no report for a couple of weeks, Pied Honeyeater (4) again found. Also Black Honeyeater (2), groups of Budgerigar (15+), Red-back Kingfisher (3), Cockateil (4) and massive numbers of Woodswallow's, Triller's and Rufous Songlark. eBird checklist
Isaac Clarey 30/10 #232539
highlightPied Honeyeater
Murray-Sunset National Park--Pink Lakes
Continuing records from across the state, a single male bird encountered in the sparse pine woodland hills between Lake Crosbie and Lake Kenyon in the Pink Lakes section of Murray-Sunset. Seemed to be a bird in transit. Flew past, landed atop a tree, then quickly flew again to the horizon with no sign of landing. eBird checklist
Isaac Clarey 30/10 #232537
highlightBarking Owl
Newstead Rotunda Park, Newstead
Pair sitting quietly in tree across the creek. eBird checklist
NIna Tsilikas, Karen Weil 30/10 #232536
Scarlet Honeyeater & Painted Honeyeater
Clarkedale Bird Reserver, Linton
Male and female Scarlet Honeyeaters were seen in front of the conference centre feeding in the flowering Yellow Gums over the three days of BirdLife Hamilton's weekend camp. Painted Honeyeater was seen (& heard) in the bird paddock on the 26th and 30th of October. Birdata survey number 1993588
Samantha Greiner 30/10 #232526
highlightWhite-headed Pigeon
Wye River
My son spotted this bird this morning on our balcony in Wye River Victoria. We get a large variety of birds in the area but had not seen one of these before, he photographed it and looked up online to see what is was. We think it is a white headed pigeon and as they have seem to be mostly found in coastal regions of NSW and QLD we thought you might find the sighting interesting. Moderator's note: great record. previous report in same area May 2017 was most westerly occurrence of species ever on ebird.
Kathryn mackieson 29/10 #232521
Sacred Kingfisher, Scarlet Honeyeaters 5 male,
Deep Creek Nature Reserve (Torquay)
I was watching a Sacred Kingfishers returning to an old tree with insects, when a group of about 5 Scarlet Honeyeaters flew into a gum tree close by . Further information
Matt Malone 29/10 #232514
Sat 28highlightWhite Headed Pigeon
East Ivanhoe, Vic
This pigeon was being seriously harased by Noisy Miners while sheltering / resting in our garden.
Anne Kelly 3/11 #232595
Red-backed Kinfisher
Timberoo Flora and Fauna Reserve
Inspired by Simon Starr's recent report a week ago, I stopped by this small Reserve for a look around. A single Red-backed Kingfisher found in exactly the same location as previous report. eBird checklist
Isaac Clarey 30/10 #232538
highlightRed-lored Whistler, Striated Grasswren, Malle Emu-wren, Chestnut Quail-thrush
Murray-Sunset National Park--Millewa South Bore
Phenomenal day out in western Murray-Sunset. At least 4 individual Red-lored Whistler's, Striated Grasswren appearing in terrific numbers, Mallee Emu-wren only ~10km from SA border and usual mallee specialists. Also likely Brown Thornbill (photos TBC) as a very northern and unusual habitat state record. eBird checklist
Isaac Clarey 30/10 #232527
Scarlet Honeyeater
Werribee Mansion
East of the mansion, toward the winery
David Jenkins 29/10 #232517
highlightRed-chested Button Quail
Point Ormond
David W. Eades discovered the bird on open newly planted/mulched ground and photographed it on the adjacent gravel footpath about 35m North of the the public toilets. When I arrived 5minutes later it had moved directly across the cul de sac to the section of scrub bordering Marine Parade. David's photo is attached. Also a female Rufous Whistler further north near service station.
David W. Eades per Gio Fitzpatrick 28/10 #232513
highlightPainted Honeyeater and White-winged Triller
Railway Dam (Chewton)
At least 3 Painted Honeyeaters. Birds location relatively easy to find as they are calling frequently at the moment. White-winged Trillers are in the same and nearby trees. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 28/10 #232507
Scarlet Honeyeater
Woodlands Historic Park
Observed about 200 metres South East of Water Tower in a patch of Casurina trees. Also observed an Olive-backed Oriel in the Sugar Gums eBird checklist
Richard Arnold 28/10 #232504
Scarlet Honeyeater
Toronga Rise, Alexandra
Got a good view of at least one Scarlet Honeyeater flitting around in a flowering yellow gum in the back yard. eBird checklist
Andy Miller 28/10 #232503
Scarlet Honeyeater
Normans Reserve, Warrandyte State Park via Bradleys Lane
Two male Scarlet Honeyeaters seen, using both sides of the Yarra River, downstream of the tunnel and the rock bar. eBird checklist
Richard Case 28/10 #232502
highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Wallington
40 seen / heard in 2 hours. Several small groups in flowering bottlebrush and melaleuca, especially along Orchard Crescent. eBird checklist
Guy Dutson 28/10 #232500
Scarlet Honeyeater
Doreen
Going for my morning bike ride and heard the distinctive call of the Scarlet Honeyeater, turned around to look for it and eventually saw it. It was located amongst a small group of trees on a hill that is earmarked for development. eBird checklist
Aleks Arsoski 28/10 #232498
Fri 27White-throated Needletail
McKenzie River Rainforest Walk
One seen flying high over canopy on walk, another seen quite low over highway a few kilometres further to east. Also beautiful view of white morph Grey Goshawk circling over canopy in rainforest walk. See pic in eBird list eBird checklist
Janine Duffy 1/11 #232577
White-winged Triller
Quarry Hills Bushland Park
Seen a couple of WWTR hanging around some blackwoods and gorse. Probably more but not able to see. For such a weedy spot there are some small to medium sized birds in the area. Best access is at The Atrium.
Aleks Arsoski 27/10 #232492
Scarlet Honeyeater
Castlemaine
3 male birds observed Plain tress rear of Top end Computers and Plain tress Barker st near Top end computers. The trees have large leaves so the birds are hard to see unless you follow their call to locate them. eBird checklist
Greg McKay 27/10 #232491
Black-eared Cuckoo
Freshwater Creek
Cuckoo, slightly larger than bronze cuckoo, prominent black eye stripe, no barring, slower longer call than Horsefield's. Perched patiently for 10 minutes, photos taken. Then interacted with 3 Shining Bronze-Cuckoos in a bare tree. Also Fan-tailed and Horsefield's Cuckoos earlier in morning.
Colin Cannard 27/10 #232489
Thu 26White-bellied Cuckooshrike dark morph
Cape Conran Coastal Park - Yeerung Bridge/Estuary View Track
Dark morph, race robusta. Flew in over Yeerung River, calling. Stayed in area for 10 minutes, flying short distances, calling repeatedly. More pics on eBird checklist, I have video too. eBird checklist
Janine Duffy 1/11 #232575
highlightPectoral Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
One juvenile plumaged bird found at 6pm feeding with a small number of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at T Section lagoons pond 4 (Rail & Crake pond).
Maarten Hulzebosch 26/10 #232488
Scarlet Honeyeater
Long Pt Rd, Cape Schanck
Yep another Scarlet Honeyeater report , though the number of birds seen and heard was significant. Estimate at 20 , but confident more birds present. Mistletoe is in full bloom. Saw 4 Males and a Female in one plant. Very active and vocal. A lot of honeyeaters present including Crescent and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and Eastern Spinebills. eBird checklist
Colin Mulvogue 26/10 #232481
Scarlet Honeyeater
Grenville
At Grenville 28km south of Ballarat. Heard the lovely call then spotted 1 male and 3 females very actively chasing about, calling and interacting from top of a dead eucalyptus and mid-storey below. eBird checklist
Jenny and Peter Sedgwick 26/10 #232475
Tue 24Mallee Emu-wren, Black Honeyeater
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park--Konardin Track
Multiple groups of emu-wrens along Nowingi, but a surprise to find another group less than 200m from the far eastern end of the Konardin Track where it meets the gate towards Lake Mournpall in what looked like quite poor spinifex. A few Black Honeyeaters around too along the same track.
Joshua Bergmark 26/10 #232479
Scarlet Honeyeater
The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve
Observed one male bird feeding on flowering tee tree blossom. First time I have seen one in this reserve eBird checklist
John Morrissey 24/10 #232458
Scarlet Honeyeater
Tarrawingee
While working in the garden this afternoon I noticed a small reddish bird flitting about in the Lemon Scented Gum near the house. The bird was flitting about foraging for insects and flying out of the tree hawking insects. A rare bird for these parts although more seem to appearing in the area each spring and summer now. It is the first one I have seen in this area. eBird checklist
Michael O'Sullivan 24/10 #232451
Mon 23highlightBrown Cuckoo-Dove
Private property near Gypsy Point- East Gippsland
The bird was observed coming to a bird feeder for approx. 2 weeks regularly but not every day and has not been seen since 23rd October.
Peter Allard reported to me Neil Macumber 28/10 #232506
Glossy Ibis
Ristick's Wetland opposite Lake Fyans caravan park entrance
12 birds observed feeding in the wetland about 200metres from the caravan park entrance. This is the first record of this species in the 20 years I have lived in the Northern Grampians region.
Neil Macumber and David Cox (USA) 28/10 #232505
Scarlet Honeyeater
Ballan
Sweet sing-songy call clearly hd from at least 3 different directions in private gardens and properties. At least 4, probably more. Geelong-Ballan Road, Ballan (-37.603, 144.21) eBird checklist
Craig Morley, David Tytherleigh. 24/10 #232461
Scarlet Honeyeater
Maldon
In High Street, at least 6 in the garden of the Anglican Church. Males chasing males and males chasing females. Activity centred on Hawthorn in flower, Oak and Elm and, next door, Cedar trees. Others heard in area e.g. grounds of Tourist Information Centre. At least 10 birds. eBird checklist
Craig Morley, David Tytherleigh. 24/10 #232460
Scarlet Honeyeater
North of Maldon
At least 4, probably more. At least 2 red ad Ms; sing-songy soft calls hd numerous times. Bridgewater-Maldon Road, Maldon (-36.981, 144.053) eBird checklist
Craig Morley, David Tytherleigh. 24/10 #232459
Glossy Ibis
Gooramadda Rd Wetlands (Rutherglen)
eBird checklist
Linda Hayes 24/10 #232445
highlightAustralasian Bittern
Hird Swamp Wildlife Reserve
Two males calling. Also Australian Little Bittern, Magpie Geese, Brolga and Plumed Whisling Duck (approximately 75 individuals).
Adrian Martins per Damien Cook 24/10 #232440
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher
Koorangie Wildlife Reserve--Second Marsh
Single bird sighted. Follows sighting at Lake Lalbert at the end of September that was not recorded. eBird checklist
Adrian Martins per Damien Cook 24/10 #232439
highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Leopold
Family of 7 Scarlet Honeyeaters feeding on Callistemon Kings Park in my backyard today The Court; males, females and young. I've never seen them before. I had heard an unusual call over the past few weeks but had not sighted any birds I couldn't identify. They have spent all afternoon feeding with recently fledged young. Not at all timid. I stood under the tree and was able to observe within 1 metre. eBird checklist
Alison Williams 23/10 #232438
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Bend of Islands
Bird first noticed due to loud repeated call. Noted large pale bill. Large size compared with Red Wattlebirds and Pied Currawong. Black tail band observed. eBird checklist
Mal Chicksen 23/10 #232435
highlightWhite-winged Triller, White-throated Gerygone, Scarlet Honeyeater
La Trobe University Bundoora--Wildlife Sanctuary
A fantastic few hours of birding at the sanctuary early this afternoon netted over 50 species, including the reported White-throated Gerygone, a White-winged Triller, and at least 15 Scarlet Honeyeaters. Birds mainly seen in the area south of Gate 6. eBird checklist
Leigh Pieterse, Owen Lishmund 23/10 #232432
highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Maldon
Two possibly more calling outside the senior citizen centre. eBird checklist
David McInnes 23/10 #232426
highlightBlack Honeyeater
Wooragee, Edmondson Lane
Male calling. Good views. Can be in Chiltern end of park, but have not seen it up here before.
John Kelly 23/10 #232424
Sun 22White-throated Gerygone, Bush Stone Curlew
Little Desert Kiata Track (former) and Horsham Golf Course (latter)
A surprisingly far west gerygone in Little Desert National Park, and two Bush Stone Curlews in nearby Horsham at the usual spot.
Joshua Bergmark 26/10 #232478
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher
Murray-Sunset National Park--Honeymoon Hut Track
Two birds observed at the corner of Walker Rd and Honeymoon Hut Track.
Jo and Jason Caruso 23/10 #232437
highlightBudgerigars
Goschen Bushland Reserve
Wonderful outing to the reserve with good sightings of White-winged Trillers, Australian Owlet-Nightjar, Rufous Songlarks, Black Honeyeater and many other species all feeding on flowering shrubs and trees with the highlight being a flock of some 15 -20 Budgerigars.
Aidan Sudbury, Giles Daughbeney and Clive Kaplan 23/10 #232436
Intermediate Egret
Lake Colac Bird Sanctuary
4 Individuals identified in the Bird Sanctuary today. eBird checklist
Adam Fry 22/10 #232418
Scarlet Honeyeater
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Bartleys Block
3 birds seen many times returning to the same tree just in from parking area. First located by calls. eBird checklist
Indra bone 22/10 #232417
Glossy Ibis
Greens Lake (Corop)
One in shallows at the south end. Seven were reported recently at nearby Lake Cooper. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 22/10 #232416
highlightWhite-throated Gerygone (2), Scarlet Myzomela
La Trobe University Bundoora--Wildlife Sanctuary
Located just inside gate 6 along a channel, both birds calling a lot and suspect more. Scarlet Myzomela continuing, seen and heard calling in different locations seems there are at least 10 on estimate. eBird checklist
Dan Ashdown 22/10 #232415
Topknot Pigeon
Fairy Dell Flora Reserve
Whilst observing a Cicadabird at Fairy Dell, near Bruthen, I was surprised to see about 12 Topknot Pigeons fly through the canopy.
Brian Johnston & Beth Carr 22/10 #232409
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Gherang Gherang Bushland Reserve
At least 2 birds feeding in mistletoe on north boundary track, close to road. BirdLife Melb Photo Gp. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 22/10 #232408
King Parrot
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Seaford
An adult male near the Austin Road observation platform. The first record of this species for Seaford.
Sean Dooley 22/10 #232407
Australian Bittern
Warrnambool
Fly by as walking along rail trail track.
David Mcinnes 22/10 #232405
highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Wallington Road at Orchard Crescent, Wallington
18 seen and heard. Gregarious and mobile in areas with few Noisy Miners. eBird checklist
Guy Dutson 22/10 #232400
Scarlet Honeyeater
Rhyll Inlet
Single male flitting around bluff east of McIllwraith Road overlooking Rhyll inlet. eBird checklist
Derek & Sally Whitehead 22/10 #232399
Sat 21highlightRegent honeyeater
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Chiltern
At least 5 adult birds seen over the course of the day including one wild-born bird with no leg tags. All others individually identified by leg tag colour combinations.
Birdlife Ballarat Group 22/10 #232398
Red-necked Stint
West Beach, St Kilda
Following a report of 200 RNS, got a count of 57 - although seen after dark so impossible to do accurate count (off-leash dog beach popular in the daytime). Also 2 Pied Oystercatchers regularly seen here and a Silver Gull with no legs.
Debbie Lustig 21/10 #232397
Fri 20White-winged Triller
Rice Nature Reserve
Single male bird seen, chased off by New Holland Honeyeaters before I could get a photo
Jennifer Carr 20/10 #232384
Brush Cuckoo
Gemmill Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve
First heard calling then observed for 3minutes, this is the third record I have for this Reserve in 50 years of keeping records. eBird checklist
Don Roberts 20/10 #232381
highlightDouble-barred Finch, Painted Honeyeater
Osbornes Flat, Yackandandah
The morning bike ride discovered a pair of double-barred finch at the end of Meehan's Lane adjacent to Yackandandah Creek. Also two painted honeyeaters calling at the intersection of Mahon Lane and Sanatorium Rd.
Matt Weeks 20/10 #232377
Report
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
Highlight
Rare
Vagrant
Outside normal range/irruption
Exceptional number
Repeat report of megas
Mega
Rare vagrant
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