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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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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April 2019
Mon 22Gang Gang cockatoo
4 heard and seen flying twice at 1610 and 1615 near the gardens. Could jot locate any perched birds. 7 other parrot/rosella/lorrikeet species seen in 25mins on-site.
Richard Hook 22/4 #238323
Crimson Rosella
Merri Creek, Quarries Park, Clifton Hill
1 juvenile Crimson Rosella seen at around midday. Eastern Rosellas are relatively common in Clifton Hill but this is the first Crimson Rosella I’ve seen here in nearly a decade of living in the area.
Harry Saddler 22/4 #238322
Swift Parrot
Raymond Island
Four Swift Parrots in the Southern Mahogany trees in my garden.
Robert Wright 22/4 #238321
Sun 21highlightRed-lored Whistler
Pheenys Track (East)- Murray Sunset National Park
Single bird observed in trees near roadside at about 1.30pm
Nina Tsilikas and Giles Daubeney 23/4 #238327
20 Brolga
'Blackwood' Brolga Paddock, Hamilton/Chatsworth Rd, Penshurst
same spot as last year
Samantha Greiner 21/4 #238308
Swift Parrot
Sheoak Ct Ocean Grove
7 Swifties flew overhead as I entered the Court this evening. They then did a "U" turn and alighted in a flowering Yellow Gum just to my right. Great to observe more than the odd one or two that has been the norm over the past few years.
Denis Sleep 21/4 #238307
20 Fork-tailed Swift
Narrampumelap Historic Homestead
Arrived for a days tourist activities to be delighted to see a largish flock of Fork-tailed Swift over the homestead and Hopkins River valley.
Samantha Greiner 21/4 #238306
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
'Mirridong' wetland, Old Ararat Hwy, Glenthompson
Stopped beside farm wetland to observe a large collection of Australia Shelduck to be surprised by a low flying sea-eagle.
Samantha Greiner 21/4 #238305
Painted Button-quail
Park Orchards
This morning a Painted Button-quail spent some time foraging, and leaving it's circular depressions, in the dry leaf litter under bushes on our acre property. Rarely seen here but always a pleasure.
Hazel and Alan Veevers 21/4 #238300
Sat 20Powerful Owl
East Rd, She Oaks (b/w Meredith & Anakie) - Brisbane Ranges
Spotted beside the road and sat there while we stopped, took photos then drove on.
Kerry Thomson 21/4 #238310
Fri 19Little Lorikeet
Finns Reserve
Two Little Lorikeets heard and then seen flying south over Finn’s Reserve, Templestowe at 3pm.
Harry Saddler 19/4 #238290
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
5 birds seen flying near Beach Road in front of Ricketts Point teahouse, before briefly perching in a Banksia integrifolia. Unfortunately, by the time we got close enough to photograph them, the Noisy Miners had frightened them off. Other recorded species of interest: Arctic Jaeger (dark morph, 1 bird), Mistletoebird (1 bird), Flame Robin (1 bird, female or immature), Red Necked-stint (8 birds), and Common Tern (19 birds).
Val Stajsic & Anastasiya Kiryanava 19/4 #238284
Thu 18highlightSwift Parrot [35-40], Eastern Osprey, Lewin's Rail
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Swift Parrots feeding in woodlot on Point Wilson rd [500mt south of Paradise rd] as previously reported by Mark Broomhall. Good numbers but difficult to establish exact count, single flock of at least 20 birds in flight plus others in trees. Also recorded Eastern Osprey, early morning over Lake Borrie and 1-2 Lewin's Rail at the Little River crossing. eBird checklist
Scott Baker, Owen Lishmund, R Bruce Richardson 18/4 #238279
Wed 17highlightFork-tailed Swift
Lake Murphy
Foraging flock of 390 over the southern section of the lake.
Danny Rogers and Darren Quin 19/4 #238288
8 Fork-tailed Swift
Arborline Nursery, Hamilton
Birds seen over nursery and Grange Burn creekline area of South Hamilton
Samantha Greiner 17/4 #238275
Pacific Swift, Parasitic Jaeger, Spotless Crake
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
Several small (1-6 birds) flocks of swifts in various places. 1 pale morph Jaeger off the bird hide. Good views of Spotless crake at the usual crake pond,. Also a juvenile Sea-eagle and a Wedge-tail
Dave Torr and visitor from Philippines 17/4 #238274
Bassian Thrush
Park Orchards
This morning a Bassian Thrush was observed, for some time, foraging in the (dry) leaf litter in our backyard. It was a first sighting on our acre block since we began recording over 25 years ago. Yesterday, a flock of 18 White-winged Choughs foraged through the same area.
Hazel and Alan Veevers 17/4 #238267
Tue 16Swift Parrots
One Eye State Forest (north of Heathcote)
3 Swift Parrot seen and photographed by B.Cooper.
Barrie Cooper per Marlene Lyell 17/4 #238266
Sun 14highlightSwift Parrot
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)-- Point Wilson Rd b/w Paradise Rd and Beach Rd
eBird checklist
mark broomhall 17/4 #238277
Rose Robin
Serendip Sanctuary
Male displayed well near entrance from carpark
Arthur Carew and RFNC outing members 14/4 #238258
Gang Gang
Elster Creek Elsternwick Park North
One male and 4 females or juveniles quietly feeding on buds of a very mature surgar gum besige the Elwood Canal mid morning.
Elizabeth Walsh 14/4 #238255
Freckled Duck
4 on dam 3km north of Lancefield township on the Lancefield-Tooborac Road.
Sean Dooley 14/4 #238252
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
White -bellied Sea Eagle sighted on farmland in far East Gippsland Victoria. Appeared healthy and active. Landed in an open paddock for 20 minutes where we observed it with binoculars before taking flight. Considerably harassed by local magpie population. We were unable to obtain a photograph.
Abbey Ingram 14/4 #238246
Black Kite
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
A flock of 150-200 Black Kites along Pt Wilson Rd this morning.
Brian Johnston 14/4 #238244
Sat 13Peaceful Dove
Elsternwick Park, Brighton
Surprised to see this on the oval this morning in Suburban Brighton with some Feral Pigeons. Apologies for the low quality zoomed in photo. Moderator's note : Likely escapee but difficult to determine either way.
Adrian Dubar 13/4 #238231
Fri 12White-bellied Sea-eagle
Glenelg River, Balmoral State Forest
Single bird seen flying overhead with one Forest Raven in pursuit, looked to be a sub adult bird as white belly still had some dark edges.
Samantha Greiner 15/4 #238261
Intermediate Egret
Wilton Vale Wetlands, South Morang
Bird still present at site seen hunting by side of Hawkstowe Parade while driving through. Has been over 2 months since original sighting but no eBird reports since 23/3.
Dan Ashdown 13/4 #238232
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Bolte Bridge (Docklands)
Large, dark eagle seen soaring on upswept wings high above Victoria Harbour from the Melbourne CBD towards Bolte Bridge at 10:30AM, pursued by two silver gulls. I only saw it from a distance but given the size it could only have been a wedge-tailed eagle or a juvenile white-bellied sea-eagle, and because of the location I believe the latter is the most likely. First time I've seen a WBSE in 7 years of working in Docklands
Harry Saddler 12/4 #238222
Wed 10Golden Whistler
Truganina Swamp, Altona
I grew up around Altona and Laverton and in all those years never saw a Golden Whistler until yesterday opposite Truganina Swamp. They are probably in the nearby Kooringal Golf Course.
Alf Forbes 11/4 #238219
Tue 9Flame Robin
Footscray Park
2 male Flame Robins seen this morning on the very degraded sports field area next to the gardens.
James Dredge 9/4 #238208
King Parrot
Plenty River at Greensborough railway station.
At least 17 King Parrots in the trees around the foot bridge at the end of Pope Place. I counted 15 flying into 1 tree and there were others calling. Probably an aggregation of juveniles, as I did not see an adult male in those I saw clearly. Cannot recall seeing so many in a mob before.
Geoff Witten 9/4 #238206
Mon 8Hooded Plover
Lake Victoria (Point Lonsdale)
Further to the report a few days ago this morning I saw 17 Hooded Plovers on the shore of the very low lake. There were 4 juveniles in the group. Possibly the four that fledged this season between the Lighthouse and Ocean Grove.
Robin Spry 8/4 #238202
King Parrot
Lark Street, Altona
Adult, male King Parrot ,first reported on 31/3 was again in and near my garden this morning, first heard calling at around 07.00. It could be heard and seen for around half an hour.
David Richardson 8/4 #238198
Sun 7Gang-gang Cockatoo
4 birds seen flying over Banksia Oval, Beaumaris. First time I've seen the species in the suburb in more than seven years living here.
Sean Dooley 8/4 #238195
Arctic Jaeger
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
Arctic Jaeger – at least 5 birds seen a few hundred metres out from the shore, harassing Crested Terns and Silver Gulls, pursuing them with impressive aerial agility. Identification aided with images taken with a telephoto lens by another birdwatcher that I met who kindly showed me the images. Birds (at least some) appeared to be mostly dark, but with a creamy collar and throat, bill proportionate, tail streamers evident in some birds but not others.
Val Stajsic 7/4 #238193
Rose Robin
Female Rose Robin seen in my garden for the past few days. Thanks to moderators for confirming species
Anne Palamountain 7/4 #238188
highlightWestern Gerygone
Darebin Creek, adjacent to LaTrobe Uni sportsfields
1 ad 1 juv. Brown back, whole of front white, white eye-ring, distinctive undertail pattern (see crummy but sufficient photos). Juv yellowish. Thornbill size and shape but bill heavier. Song heard clearly. In small eucalypts on Darebin Creek bank, 50m north of footbridge. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 7/4 #238185
Sat 6Swift Parrot
Woodlands Estate (Ocean Grove)
While taking my dog for her walk this evening, we spooked one only Swiftie from a Yellow Gum adjacent to the Nature Reserve.
Denis Sleep 6/4 #238180
Common Tern
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
50 Common Terns perched on an inter-tidal rock platform, with 130 Crested Terns. First seen on 10 Feb (1 bird,) the numbers fluctuating since then between 10-40, with 50 birds today.
Val Stajsic & Anastasiya KIryanava 6/4 #238179
Double-Banded Plover
Corner Inlet Western shoreline Charles Hall Rd Yanakie
10 D-B Plovers 4 R-N Stints colouring up .
Rohan Bugg 6/4 #238178
megamegaBlack-breasted Buzzard and 6 Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Murray-Sunset National Park--Lindsay Island
Seen today. Photos taken. With Richard Loyn and Guy Dutson. A sign of how dry things are here and to the north.
Richard Loyn, Guy Dutson, Dan Eyles 6/4 #238175
Fri 5Cattle Egret
Colac - Ballarat Rd Irrewarre, near Colac
Over 200 Cattle Egrets in 3 groups of 110, 50 and 40, within 500 metres of each other. On black flats currently with a super abundance of crickets.
Colin Cannard 5/4 #238166
Thu 4Spotted Harrier
Koo Wee Rup
Spotted Harrier seen low over farmland, being mobbed by Ravens just north of township
Claire Wolinski 4/4 #238165
White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Painted Button-quail
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
Immature Sea-Eagle flew several circuits of SE corner of reservoir before moving on. Painted Button-quail seen at the SW corner of the loop walking track. Neither species is common at the site.
Simon and Judy Smith 4/4 #238162
Common Sandpiper
Hastings Foreshore Reserve
One bird seen feeding on mud flats beside Hastings Jetty on the in-coming tide this morning.
S and S King 4/4 #238156
Wed 3Black Kite
Moonee Ponds Creek, near Fanny Street Reserve
A group of 8 Black Kites soaring above the Creek, heading in a northerly direction.
Chris Lester 3/4 #238150
Greens Lake (Corop)
28 birds grazing in paddock on southern edge of the lake. Took flight to northern edge.
Adrian Martins 3/4 #238147
Tue 2Hooded Robin
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park
South-East part of park just to the SE of Mt Pilot. On McGuiness Rd around 2km South of Old Coach Rd eBird checklist
Philip Dubbin 3/4 #238146
highlightSwift Parrot
Royal Park --Trin Warren Tam-boore
One, or perhaps two, Swift Parrots in the gums beside the waterhole late this morning. Quite a lot of other bird activity with several Weebills and Spotted Pardalotes, lots of Grey Fantails, a pair of Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrikes, a Golden Whistler, quite a few Pied Currawongs and a Collared Sparrowhawk in the vicinity.
Chris Lester 2/4 #238134

March 2019
Sun 31King Parrot
Lark Street, Altona.
A male King Parrot spent around half an hour in a tree in my garden. At times I could hear it call. Through binoculars, no bands visible on legs and bird acted cautiously. It flew off when something spooked all the spotted doves etc into flight in the garden. I believe it is a wild bird. I am close to Kooringal Golf course, Truganina Swamp, and Laverton Creek.
David Richardson 1/4 #238133
highlightRose Robin
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)-- Point Wilson Rd b/w Paradise Rd and Beach Rd
Adult female in wooded area along Point Wilson rd. Had not recorded previously at the farm.
Scott Baker and Kevin Bartram 1/4 #238132
Freckled Duck and Blue Billed Duck
Braeside Park
Group of 70 Freckled Ducks seen at the western side of the Braeside Park Wetlands. Follow the path to the left of the viewing platform to reach this section. Blue Billed Ducks (approx 4 males in breeding plumage and 5 females) observed in the same location.
Nick Koutoulis 1/4 #238131
White-bellied Sea-eagle (juvenile / immature)
Woodlands Historic Park--Providence Rd car park
I was just about to get in my car at the Providence Road car park when a raptor flew over from the direction of the Back Paddock, heading North. I assumed it was the resident Whistling Kite so got off a couple of shots before jumping in the car and heading to Eynesbury. Just been reviewing the images tonight and immediately noticed that the tail and wing pattern don't look right for a Whistling Kite, and the bill is also much too large. After double-checking the reference guides I am sure it is a WBSE (Immature / juvenile). Look at the tail shape and how the feet are held, as well as the under wing pattern. Note the large bill in the fourth photo. No records of this bird here that I can find. eBird checklist
Ken Crawley 31/3 #238125
Rose Robin
Shepherds Bush
Adult female judging by the light wash of pink on breast. First seen along main track near the junction of the Paperbark Track. eBird checklist
Andrew Hogg 31/3 #238120
Sat 30Grey Currawong
Moonee Ponds Creek, at Fanny Street Reserve
A Grey Currawong was feeding in the eucalypts along the edge of the Park
Chris Lester 2/4 #238136
Fri 29Common Tern
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
37 Common Terns roosting among a flock of around 275 Crested Terns in the early afternoon.
Sean Dooley 30/3 #238105
Thu 28Swift Parrot
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands--Seaford
No waterbirds aside from a couple of Spotted Crakes on the BirdLife monthly census for Melbourne Water, but highlights from the buffer areas included a Swift Parrot, Stubble Quail and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters.
Sean Dooley 29/3 #238100
Wed 27White-headed Pigeon
Suburban Newborough
Single bird sighted perched and then flying away. Last saw one nearby in August 2011.
Alix Williams 28/3 #238097
Pacific Golden Plover
Cape Paterson First Surf Beach
40+, many in full breeding plumage, resting for 30 minutes on beach on edge of rock platform.
Mike Tesch 27/3 #238089
megamegaOriental Pratincole, Pectoral Sandpiper and Magpie Goose
Hospital Swamp--Baenschs Lane
Brief flyby by pratincole (Oriental type), not relocated over next few hours.
George Appleby 27/3 #238087
Tue 26highlightWhite-headed Pigeon
Geelong Botanic Gardens
Pigeon briefly seen perched in a tree, then it flew off not to be seen again.
Jennifer Carr 27/3 #238093
Mon 25White-breasted Woodswallow
Lake Fyans Caravan Park
Around 20 White-breasted Woodswallows seen approx. 100 metres north of the entrance gate in trees opposite the van park - checked again today and only 2 were seen.
Neil Macumber 26/3 #238082
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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