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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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11/18/2020

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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 2021
Thu 21Scarlet Honeyeater
Greenslopes Rd at The Birdcage, Whiteheads Creek
I was sitting in my car in the parking area at the start of Greenslopes Rd. when a male Scarlet Honeyeater landed in a Silver Wattle about 3m from my car. I had finished my walk along the Rd., not hearing or seeing any SHE's. This is my first record of this species for Greenslopes Rd. This spot is not far, as the honeyeater flies, from the Rail Trail on the other side of the River, where I saw this species on the 18th of January. Last seen near this part of the River in 2017. eBird checklist
Val La May 21/1 #259602
Wed 20Double-banded Plover
Clonmel Island, Corner Inlet
While surveying the island for the Beach-nesting Bird Project we came across this Double-banded Plover in full breeding plumage. We assume that the individual has simply migrated very early
mark lethlean 21/1 #259600
White Bellied Sea Eagle
Nuns Beach Portland VIC
Two adults and a juvenile soaring over the cliffs. Seen 2 days in a row, first day adults harried by 3 Kelp Gulls.
Roy Chester 20/1 #259597
Tue 19Powerful Owl
Warramate Hills Flora and Fauna Reserve
Perched in tea tree near the dry swampland. Magnificent creature.
Sue Lush 20/1 #259594
Mon 18Superb Parrot
Fishers Road Chiltern
5 Superb parrots observed here on Saturday morning and at least 32 birds observed this morning. A fantastic site as flocks of up to 20 birds flew from grass land to ironbark stand and across the paddocks. Feeding amongst native grasses and cropped farmland and roosting in ironbark.
Matt Weeks 18/1 #259589
Little-button Quail
Lake Goldsmith
Single Little-button Quail flushed from long grass on the edge of the lake. A single Marsh Sandpiper was also recorded long with 1000 plus Pied Stilts. Red-necked Stint were the only other migratory waders seen.
Ian Ashton Murray Grant Ron Sawyer 18/1 #259586
Scarlet Honeyeater
Great Victorian Rail Trail, Tallarook to Trawool section
Heard in 4 places along the Trail, east of the Lark Force memorial. Continuing species, reported in large numbers in December. Several audio recordings made. eBird checklist
Val Lamay 18/1 #259585
Sun 17Cockatiel
Junction of Mt Pleasant Rd and Curtins Rd, Chiltern.
x 4
Scott Jessup 18/1 #259588
Wed 13Scarlet Honeyeater
Yarrambat
Feeding in garden on grevilleas
Kevin Payne 13/1 #259555
Mon 11Blue-faced Honeteater
Bundoora
Feeding in garden on bird of paradise
Kevin Payne 13/1 #259556
Spotless Crake
Portsea Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
1 Spotless Crake seen briefly as it disappeared into long grass on the edge of the lagoon. Also 18 Royal Spoonbills on small island in the middle of the lagoon. eBird checklist
Colin Maddock 13/1 #259553
Sat 9Black-faced Monarch
Toolangi State Forest--The Tanglefoot Trails
Seen about 400 metres from the car park in tall trees to the right of the track as it starts to ascend. Also seen Rufous Fantail, Crescent Honeyeaters and Rose Robin and Pilotbird heard calling.
clive kaplan aidan sudbury 9/1 #259528
Spotless crake
Plenty Gorge Park--Hawkstowe Park
1 spotless crake seen briefly but clearly at about 12pm walking along the shore before re-entering reeds at the dam near Hawkstowe Picnic Area in Plenty Gorge Park. First time I’ve seen one there (though of course with crakes that doesn’t necessarily mean anything!). Current conditions are potentially good for crakes and rails at this dam with lots of exposed mud where the waterline’s dropped interspersed with extensive reed beds - could be worth watching for other species.
Harry Saddler 9/1 #259527
Scarlet Honeyeater
Australian Light Horse Memorial Park (Seymour)
This is the first eBird record of this species at Light Horse Park. Not a surprise to hear them here today, since I heard several in Seymour Bushland Park yesterday; that Park is about 1 km. away. Recorded in 3 places in Light Horse Park today. eBird checklist
Val La May 9/1 #259525
Tue 5Little Lorikeet
Beaumaris Reserve, Beaumaris
A pair has been quite reliably seen feeding in flowering eucalypts near the cricket nets over the past couple of weeks. Usually a rare flyover in this area.
Sean Dooley 5/1 #259504
Mon 4White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)
The Gurdies
Elizabeth Alger, Trish Hart 10/1 #259531
Sun 3Eastern Koel
Bacchus Marsh (Maddingley)
Was very surprised to waking up to the sound of an Eastern Koel calling. Went outside and it was out the front of my house calling in a large, old oak tree. Videos/photos taken. eBird checklist
Braydan Pettigrove 3/1 #259489

December 2020
Wed 30Grey Goshawk (white phase)
Marlo urban area
A Grey Goshawk (white phase) was observed slowly gliding over and through suburban backyards this afternoon. An infrequent visitor to the Marlo area according to existing e bird and Bird data records.
Jacquie Axen per Len Axen 1/1 #259484
Tue 29Chestnut-rumped heathwren
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park-Andersons Track
Went to look for the budgies as reported and found chestnut-rumped heathwren at the water in wheel ruts on andersons’s track. Also turquoise parrot, diamond firetail, budgies, black-chinned honeyeater etc.
Janet Chapman and Greg Hardham 29/12 #259461
Wood Sandpiper
Gaynor Swamp
With 2 Greenshanks initially. Seen from the 'viewing mound'. Small sandpiper compared to Greenshanks. Distinct supercilium. Spots more distinct on the tail than back. Greyish look to it in the light with pale underside. Occasional tail bobbing like Common Sandpiper but less frequent. No shoulder flash. Found a second time with another birder - both of us had scope views. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton and Greg Buzza 29/12 #259458
Mon 28Peregrine falcon (potentially melanistic)
Terrick Terrick National Park--Mt Terrick Terrick
Potentially a melanistic peregrine falcon. Seen at 7:23am, North East side of the park where the large rock start ascending. -36.133592, 144.247263 I haven't been able to track down any records or images of similar birds in Aus or worldwide so far. eBird Checklist: https://ebird.org/australia/checklist/S78179026 eBird checklist
Braydan Pettigrove 29/12 #259456
Lewins Rail
Spring Creek between Spring Creek Reserve and Duffields Rd
Sighted in the open between reed tufts at Spring Creek wetlands, across from the Torquay football oval. There were two adults and 3 chicks. The chicks were all black in appearance. We have never seen a Lewins Rail before and we walk this area very regularly.
Mark Phillips 28/12 #259454
Budgerigar
Ryan Lane (Buckland Gap) near Beechworth
Flock of 15 flew east along escarpment this morning, past our house in Ryan lane, first we've seen here.
Richard Loyn 28/12 #259449
Black faced monarch
Warburton Private property
Bird seen briefly two days ago, call identified and then bird seen and photographed this morning
Brenda Parkinson 28/12 #259447
Australasian Bittern
Colac Lake Bird Reserve
Large heavy -set bittern flew low over swamp before slowly vanishing into reed beds eBird checklist
Jane Holwell 28/12 #259446
Sun 27Common Koel
Tecoma, near Hazelvale Rd and close to Birdsland Reserve
Male heard calling for a few minutes about 10am.
Jeff Dickinson 27/12 #259443
Sat 26highlightBudgerigar
Flowerdale
A small flock of 7 seen on a farm in Flowerdale.
Chris Cobern 28/12 #259444
Fri 25Peregrine Falcon
Two Mile Bay track, Port Campbell Nationsl Park
Bird attacked drone. Photo taken by drone. Sighting by Ted O'Connor and passed on to me.
Ted O'Connor 26/12 #259442
Budgerigar
Horsehoe Creek, Everton
Three birds seen in Eucalyptus trees near our house site. First heard the birds quietly calling in the trees then good views with binoculars. This is the first record of the species at this site for us. Appears to be part of a wider irruption given other records in the region.
Gerard O’Neill 26/12 #259439
Budgerigar
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park-Andersons Track
A group of about 7 birds in a tree above a puddle on the track. eBird checklist
Linda and Bill Hayes 25/12 #259435
Wed 23Cockateil
Great Alpine Road Tarrawingee 3678
At 6.15 a.m. three Cockateils were heard and observed flying low directly over head. Able to get a good look at them and recognised their call.
Michael O’Sullivan 28/12 #259453
Eastern Koel
Eltham North
One bird calling at 8pm, first time I've heard it here
Mark Taylor 24/12 #259433
Tue 22Rainbow lorikeet (unusual markings)
Chetwynd street North Melbourne
While most rainbow lorikeets have unmistakable markings, this pair is very unusual with cream and light brown feathers mottled throughout the green and blue feathers, and peach in the red.
Serena van Nimwegen 22/12 #259423
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