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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.

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Moderators' Note

The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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 ( Also, please note that Birdline Victoria won’t be publishing individual reports of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo in the greater Melbourne area. We have had so many reports of Koel that we will not be publishing anymore except for Koel in new areas or confirmed breeding reports.

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February 2020
Wed 19Banded Stilt
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
3 in adult plumage (with bands) resting on rocks out of the wind, just behind a flock of 150 Crested Terns.
Sean Dooley 19/2 #245489
Sat 15Common Sandpiper
Nooramunga Marine Park--McLoughlins Beach
Probably the same bird i saw in November last year.
Rohan Bugg 16/2 #245475
Eastern Koel
North Arm Lakes Entrance
Heard this morning at small caravan park
Martin O'Brien 15/2 #245459
Fri 14Figbird
North Arm Lakes Entrance
Calling from small trees in caravan park grounds.
Martin O'Brien 15/2 #245460
Tue 11Freckled Duck
About 20 Freckled Duck on large farm dam just outside town. Also flock of 20+ Glossy Ibis on irrigated paddock a few km away
Ian Sutherland 11/2 #245439
Mon 10highlightRuff
Avalon Beach
Seen feeding near bend in road before boat ramp mid afternoon
Simon Starr 13/2 #245452
White-throated Needletail
Dumbarton Street Reservoir
Approximately 30 White-throated Needletails circling above Dumbarton Street Grasslands, ahead of the storm front.
Andrea Canzano and Nadine Richings 12/2 #245447
Sun 9highlightGrey Goshawk - white form
Back garden in Clark rd, Ivanhoe, overlooking Darebin creek
2.300 pm - Good-sized pure white bird, no markings, flew into back garden, behind trees. I went out to check and it flew off at once, giving me good view of its upper surface. Definitely White Goshawk - I once saw one here a year or two ago. Possibly attracted by neighbour's cage-birds.
Anthea Fleming 9/2 #245414
Sat 8Australasian Bittern
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
I was trying to photograph terns and other birds in flight when I happened to see the bittern flying by on the other side of the lagoons. It landed and disappeared from sight. Was unable to locate it again.
Catherine Noone 10/2 #245425
Tue 4Banded Stilt
Cullens Lake and Lake Elizabeth near Kerang
About 100 Banded Stilt at the south end of Lake Cullen and about 50 at Lake Elizabeth. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 6/2 #244397
Mon 3Square-tailed Kite
First seen late morning on the 3rd by Lesley. Brown raptor, smaller than a Wedge-tailed Eagle, upswept wings flying low over trees at times, above the hill SW of ANZAC Ave.. Not a harrier. Then seen in the afternoon of the 4th by Peter. This time the bird was over the High School, which is also SW of ANZAC Ave. Nearest previously reported sightings in Seymour have been at Seymour Bushland Park. eBird checklist
Lesley Dalziel, Peter MItchell 5/2 #244392
Sat 1highlightBlack-Faced Monarch
Cobboboonee National Park
Was photographed down Boiler Swamp Rd down a big dip where the river runs through.
Michelle Holcombe 12/2 #245449
40 Blue- winged Parrots
Salt marsh at Bass Landing
Des Palmer and Dom D’Argenio 1/2 #244375

January 2020
Thu 30Mallee Ringneck
Settlers Walk Picnic Area
At Cavendish, three Mallee Ringnecks on Settlers Walk. Stayed for about 10 minutes then flew north.
Paul Jackson 31/1 #244365
Mon 27Common Sandpiper
Roslyn King. 28/1 #244346
Bendigo Sewage Ponds
Perched high above Bendigo Creek on the eastern side of May Swamp. Bird was quiet until swooped by Black Kite. Species is uncommon in Bendigo.
Simon Smith 27/1 #244341
Sun 26Reed Warbler
Bailey Billabong, Wilson Reserve, Ivanhoe
Two birds in edge of reedbed. I have not seen this species here since the early 1990s, when management of nearby oval wiped out weeds and incidentally killed off a large reedbed. Common Reed has re-grown since then, but no Reed Warblers till today.
Anthea Margaret Fleming 26/1 #244336
Fri 24highlightSouth African Shelduck
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Photographed the shelduck on Friday at the Western Treatment Plant, and forwarded several photographs overnight to Ian Sinclair, the leading field ornithologist in Southern African. His overnight reply was, "Almost certainly South African Shelduck, possible escapee."
Chris Doughty 25/1 #244328
Wed 22Pacific Swift
Westona Station, Altona
Six (6) Pacific ( Fork-tailed ) Swifts seen flying over from south to north at 08.45hrs DST.
David Richardson 22/1 #244312
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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