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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, Simon Starr and Tim Dolby.

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Moderators' Note

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic all bird watching must now comply with the current Victorian restrictions. See for more details. 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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September 2020
Tue 22Blue-winged Parrot
single bird seen on our property. Only about the third record in thirty years but all at this time of year.
Doug Robinson 23/9 #258747
Mon 21Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
3 - 5 Swift Parrots feeding in Ironbarks near the dog park. Moving around a bit as they are being chased by Noisy Miner. They were here yesterday too.
Nicole Spillane and Paul Jacobson 21/9 #258738
Sun 20Scarlet Honeyeater
Great Southern Rail Trail, Bennison
2 Scarlet Honeyeaters(M) being tormented by a Yellow-faced Honeyeater. Drooping Mistletoe and Swamp Paperbark are flowering nearby.
Rohan Bugg 20/9 #258732
Chestnut-rumped heathwren
Dereel Lagoon
Relocated and finally photographed these extremely shy birds here today. Unusual habitat for CR heathwren and a very isolated population.
Indra Bone 20/9 #258725
Sat 19White-bellied Sea-eagle
Bryan Swamp Wildlife Reserve, Victoria Valley, Southern Grampians
One nearly full coloured adult, gliding over the swamp with a half dozen Whistling Kites
Samantha Greiner 20/9 #258724
Rainbow Bee-eater
Birremathool, Bailieston (restricted access)
Heard an early Rainbow Bee-eater calling in the mid-afternoon. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 20/9 #258723
Fri 18megamegaWandering Whistling-Duck
Dandenong Valley Wetland
Seen on the morning of the 18/9 and again on the 20/9 in the south-western section of the wetlands near where the Fairy Martins are collecting mud. It has been seen by others on the 18th and again on the 20th when it was identified and photographed by more experienced birders. Also of note, Copperheads are back with three seen today (20/9). eBird checklist
Ryan Kilgower 20/9 #258733
highlightSwift parrot
Heathcote-graytown national park
50-60 birds feeding in large flowering ironbarks. All took off together heading south in a huge noisy flock with 5 or so musk lorikeets. Surprised to see so many in one spot.
Indra Bone 18/9 #258710
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Heard CBC approx 1.30pm today. 11th consecutive year recorded. The best place to see it is in the big fig tree on the south side of Princes Hwy near Melville Park Dr.
Arthur Carew 18/9 #258702
Thu 17Blue-faced Honeyeater
Pair of blue-faced honeyeaters chased into a tree in our yard by a mob of aggressive noisy miners. Brief stay and then they moved on to avoid the pressure. We have never seen this species so far south of their regular range.
Nance and Keith Pigdon 18/9 #258706
Australian King Parrot
Crowley crt Pascoevale
Great to have an immature King Parrot feeding on top of my Pine Tree in the front yard this afternoon. I've had them here before but its seldom. Spotted Pardalotes feeding under the carport, and a few Pied Curruwongs still around.
Con Baltas 18/9 #258700
Tue 15Gilbert's Whistler
Lake Eppalock
Birding! Go looking for Diamond Firetails and find a Gilbert's Whistler instead. I'll take that. Loud accelerating chow-chow calls. Grey bird. They are hard to find north of Bendigo so finding one in the southern forests is magic. Call recorded for eBird. A pair of Grey-crowned Babblers seen too. A top day. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 16/9 #258682
Mon 14Australian Boobook
Whitehorse Road Mitcham, near Antonio Park
Bird calling intermittently at first from 2220 to 2300, currently (2330) calling pretty much continuously. Sounds like in road reserve trees but not keen on wandering up highway from my house post curfew to investigate, not sure cops would accept the explanation! Lived round here 15 years never heard a boobook before. eBird checklist
Sophie, Mike and Bourne Honeyman 14/9 #258674
Spotted Quail Thrush
Fryers Ridge Nature Conservation Reserve
Worth visiting Fryers Ridge Road for the spectacular wildflowers alone. Multiple SQTs heard calling.
Dave Dickson 14/9 #258670
Sun 13Eastern Koel
Anderson Street Torquay
Been calling before sunrise and most Of the mornings. In gum tree in back yard
Jill whitchurch 15/9 #258675
Red-Necked Stint
Mahers Landing, Inverloch
About 300 R-N Stints on an incomming tide 200 mts east of the boat ramp.
Rohan Bugg 13/9 #258662
Spotted Pardalote, Yellow-rumped subspecies
Brisbane Ranges National Park
Noticed one Spotted Pardalote with grey flanks instead of the usual buff, and an obviously yellow patch on the rump. All of the many other pardalotes seen were the usual race punctatus
Indra Bone 13/9 #258660
Rose Robin
Ramu track, Dandenong Ranges National Park
heard calling just down from One Tree Hill.
Des Palmer and Dom D'Argenio 13/9 #258659
Sat 12highlightWhite-throated Gerygone
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
Single adult in the coastal scrub closest to the point.
Sean Dooley 12/9 #258653
Fri 11Rose Robin
Bowman Drive, Mornington
An adult female flew into a window and survived.
Erin Nicholls per Val Ford 14/9 #258666
Thu 10Pallid Cuckoo
Altona Rd, Altona - near Kororoit Creek
Single perched bird.
Richard Nowotny 12/9 #258651
Tue 8Australasian Darter
Henry Wilson Drive, Capel Sound
Single darter preening, and 3 Hardheads. eBird checklist
Colin Maddock 8/9 #258628
Mon 7Plumed Whistling-duck
Railway Dam, Canola Depot, Willaura
Was out looking for Brolga, and passed a railway dam, stopped as I saw movement on dam, which turned out to be at least 60 Plumed Whistling-duck. Have seen them there at this site before, but then canola depot held grain, this time was a little surprised to see them as no grain on site. Birds were spooked and flew to a nearby dam - see pic.
Deidre Andrews 7/9 #258624
Sun 6Scaly breasted Lorikeet
Seen several times this week, in company of Rainbows. Has been feeding on Coast Banksia. Ive lived here for 15 years and never seen them here
Odin Howard 6/9 #258610
wedge-tailed eagle
Royal Park, Parkville
seen soaring on Walker oval at 11am, for approximately 30 sec eBird checklist
Marian Wang 6/9 #258609
Sat 5Painted buttonquail, Spotted quailthrush
Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park
A single buttonquail seen and photographed after tracking platelets. Platelets were present throughout the park in extraordinarily large numbers and although no more buttonquail were detected, it is likely that there are quite a few in the denser areas of Cassinia. A total of 7 spotted quailthrush were seen. One pair calling at dawn upon arrival which I also photographed well, and 2 other pairs on seperate ridges. Another bird was heard calling from a 4th ridge.
Indra Bone 5/9 #258608
Pied Butcherbird
Merin Merin Swamp State Game Reserve
One adult, one immature, on edge of dry red gum swamp.
Roger Thomas 5/9 #258605
Fri 4highlightPeaceful Dove
Ralph Illidge Sanctuary
About 5 Peaceful Doves at the Sanctuary. Where there for about 40 minutes, then flew north.
Paul Jackson 4/9 #258598
Tue 1White-bellied Sea-eagle
East Burwood, between Blackburn Road and East Burwood Reserve
Immature bird flew overhead at good height, tracking slightly west of north around 1:30 pm, heading into wind so not moving too fast. Identified by broad wings, held in definite "V" when gliding, slightly pointed tail, huge size relative to pursuing (outraged) Little Ravens. Lots of alarm calls from Noisy Miners and general consternation from Rainbow Lorikeets scattering in all directions.
Jack Krohn 1/9 #258582

August 2020
Mon 31Red Tailed Black Cockatoo
Hobbs Road Brooksby
Followed a distance call of what sounded like Red Tailed Black Cockatoos, found a group feeding of around 15 male and female Red Tailed Black Cockatoos in stringybark gums. Absolute delight to see
Jenny Vague and Lea Crammond 31/8 #258577
Powerful Owl
My son and I have both heard a distant call over the past few weeks. Then he found half a ringtail possum and late this afternoon located the Powerful Owl
Joy and Chas Pagon 31/8 #258575
Australian King Parrot
Thomas Street Reserve Hampton
I though I heard some around the area a few weeks ago but had not sighted until this morning. One immature or female bird was getting chased off by a Noisy Miner this morning.
Adrian Dubar 31/8 #258572
Sun 30highlightOsprey (Eastern)
North Arm, Lakes Entrance
Morgana Te Pauae 30/8 #258560
Sat 29Chestnut-rumped heathwren
Brisbane Ranges National Park
Possibly up to 9 birds seen and heard over the course of the day. Photographed in 4 locations, from the far both of the park along aeroplane track to the far south along south Steiglitz road.
Indra Bone 31/8 #258574
Speckled warbler
Meredith State Forest
Single bird in kangaroo thorn wattles. Initially heard calling then seen.
Indra Bone 31/8 #258573
Rose Robin (Male)
Muckleford Nature Conservation Reserve
Male present at same site for a week or so.
Nevil Amos 31/8 #258570
Rose Robin
Newstead Rotunda Park, Newstead
Female at same spot where this species has been observed in previous years
Geoff Park 29/8 #258557
Australian Boobook
Bundoora Park
One, possibly two calling for a couple of minutes around 5:45am. Sometimes sounded extremely close, a few times farther away. Could have been due to wind. Mellow, two-note standard hoots. I suspected at least a pair lived in the park as I've seen them three times just west of here.
John Gray 29/8 #258554
Fri 28Latham's Snipe
Plenty Gorge Park--South Morang Wetlands
Single bird, first for the season, early arrival. eBird checklist
Ronald Spencer 28/8 #258547
Magpie Geese
Moolap Station Rd at Townsend Rd, Moolap
25 Magpie Geese in flooded paddock.
Peter Fuller 28/8 #258546
Mon 24Spotted Quail-thrush
Poverty Gully, Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park
Male in full song. Heard over a 10 minute period in mid morning whenever the sun came out between showers. Some other records in this general area. Still uncommon to rare. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 24/8 #258532
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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