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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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.

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October 2018
Mon 22Whimbrel
Snowy River Mouth
Observed a lone Whimbrel feeding on a sand bar immediately to the east of the mouth of the Snowy River this morning while completing a 2020 Shorebird survey. An irregular visitor according to all published reports.
Jacquie and Len Axen 22/10 #235858
Sun 21megamegaGround Cuckooshrike
Found 2 birds with Rob Farnes at 1040 this morning in bare wheat paddock on E side of Meridian Rd 1-2 km N of intersection of Carwarp Rd. Flew up into roadside trees and then over to W side. Will be subject to VORAC review. eBird checklist
Dan Ashdown & Rob Farnes 23/10 #235860
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Corner of Carnochans and Bartys Rd, Myrtle Creek
Two pink Sulphur Crested Cockatoos were seen at the corner of Carnochans and Bartys Rd at 10:30 on the 21st of October. While driving, both my passenger and I noticed a group of three cockatoos feeding on the ground. Two of the three had a pale pink colouring to their plumage with the exception of the crest. This was not a trick of the light, nor was it due to binocular colour fringing as we had seen them well with our own eyes. The two pink cockatoos were also well contrasted against the third, which was plain white. In addition, a bird was seen on the 8th of September with the same colourings on a property just off Sutton Grange Rd, south of yesterdays sighting. Similarly, the bird was surrounded by a flock of stock-standard white Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, and caught the attention of both observers as we were driving. The bird was observed both close and distantly, as well as in flight, though not photographed. My first thoughts were that the birds had been exposed to some kind of agricultural chemical, however the colour was incredibly uniformed and suggested pigmentation. Perhaps this is evidence of a rare gene allele for feather pigment in this population group? More photos are available on request.
Fred Booker Malcolm 22/10 #235852
Scarlet Honeyeater
Dandenong Ranges National Park--Sherbrooke Forest
Scarlet Honeyeaters seen at a few spots along Hillclimb Track below the Sherbrook Falls in the afternoon. Other notable birds included Large-billed Scrubwrens and Rose Robins.
Rowan Mott 22/10 #235839
Fri 19Pied Butcherbird
Western Highway - close to Steele Park Drive intersection approx. 5km West of Dadswells Bridge
The bird was on the road verge and flew up into trees in the Grampians National Park as I was driving towards it. An unmistakable adult bird, observed from approx. 20 mtrs. This is the first of this species I have observed in the Grampians region.
Neil Macumber 21/10 #235824
Thu 18Morepork
Cape Liptrap Lighthouse
One only seen from 2020 to 2035 sitting on posts in the car park in the headlights. Light winds, misty rain, temp. 13 deg. C. Yellow eyes.
Gil Langfield 19/10 #235817
highlightYellow-throated Miner
Four Yellow-throated Miners seen harassing a Southern Boobook on a private property on Karramomus Road.
Bernadette Haywood 19/10 #235814
Eastern Koel
Heidelberg Heights
First Koel for the spring/summer calling at 6 am this morning.
Peter Menkhorst 18/10 #235813
Leaden Flycatcher
Nioka Bush Camp, South Morang
Khaled Bajjali and Steven Ashdown 18/10 #235810
Common Sandpiper
Bass River Mouth Nature Conservation Reserve
Single bird seen at the start of the nature conservation reserve when coming from Bass Landing Road. Two Common Greenshanks and around 11 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers were also observed among other more usual species. eBird checklist
Megan Griffith 18/10 #235808
Australasian Bittern
Seen flying north over the town. At first I thought it was a raptor but I then noticed it’s unique shape. New bird for the Enfield forest Region as far as I know
Indra Bone 18/10 #235806
Wilby, private property
Just a pair of Dollarbirds catching insects over my house.
Brendan Toll 18/10 #235805
Wed 17highlightChannel- billed Cuckoo
The distinct call of a Channel- billed Cuckoo was heard by this passage migrant at it flew to the south of us in Willis Avenue this morning.
Jacquie and Len Axen 18/10 #235812
Topknot Pigeon
Continued surveillance of the Mairburn Dr fig trees today turned up 3 Topknot Pigeons. The birds seemed to be passing through, alighting on flying off almost immediately. This site is becoming a consistent hotspot at the westerly extent of its range in Victoria. Also seen was a higher count of 4 Australasian Figbird’s compared to the previous day.
Isaac Clarey 18/10 #235799
Brown Songlark
Mill Park Recreation Reserve
Nice Ad ? Br on Baseball Diamond No. 1 at 15:35 ~100 metres N of Morang Dr. Uncommon in area and unusual to see foraging in open on suburban sports ground in association with regular riff raff (Common Starling, Crested Pigeon, Red-rumped Parrot etc).
Dan Ashdown 17/10 #235797
Dollar Bird
10 Dollar Birds observed circling overhead for several minutes, approximately 1km from the Goulburn River. A welcome return.
Anne Finlay. Kay Ball 17/10 #235795
Tue 16Australasian Figbird, White-headed Pigeon, Pacific Koel
Observations over 15/10 - 16/10; Figbird (2) hanging around the Mairnburn Dr fig trees which look full of un-ripe fruits, definitely a site to keep an eye on over the coming months. Also a single White-headed Pigeon nearby and an incessantly calling Pacific Koel (male) which seems to be the first Victoria report, per eBird, for the summer.
Isaac Clarey 16/10 #235790
Mon 15Dollarbird
Plenty Gorge Park
Single bird in dead trees along trail above Happy Hollow Homestead ruin
Frederick Bain 16/10 #235791
Sun 14Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Crusoe Reservoir, Bendigo
Observed for at least 15 mins on both Monday 8 Oct and this morning as it foraged near the hide on the southern shore of the reservoir - today the bird was seen to feed a juvenile Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Simon Smith and Peter Goffin 14/10 #235767
highlightBlack Honeyeater
Approximately a dozen Black Honeyeaters feeding in Eremophila planted at the front of the Jeparit Caravan Park. Also present White-fronted, Singing, Spiny-cheeked and New Holland honeyeaters.
Anne Collins 14/10 #235763
Fri 12Cape Barren Goose
Belmont Common
2 x Cape Barren Geese observed on the side of the former Breakwater Road, (now no through road: Gun Dog Lane). They were grazing on grass on the roadside, between the Gun Club and the Dog Obedience Club. Quite tolerant of my presence. According to model airplane enthusiast, they'd been there 'all day'. I observed them at 14.50pm and later on, at 18.45pm they were still there. (Only had my ancient mobile phone on hand to record the obs!)
Andrea Dennett 14/10 #235762
Thu 11highlightMorepork.
Cape Liptrap Lighthouse
A strong and chilly wind made things a little uncomfortable in the picnic ground and carpark was much worse. A brief glimpse of one bird in flight, and after 3+ hours we pretty much admitted defeat. Returning to carpark, one bird roosting on a post with a bit more shelter than other posts. Very obliging in torchlight, good views though photos average. But they are still there.
David Stabb with Mike Carter and Dawn Neylan. 12/10 #235748
highlightSuperb Parrot (46)
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park - Fishers Road
A follow up on the recent reports in the area produced a count of 46 Superb Parrot this evening at the northern interface of the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park along Fishers Road. Multiple flocks of a dozen or so birds were circling over the adjacent paddocks and remnant Ironbark along the roadside. Actual abundance probably higher. eBird checklist
Dan Pendavingh 11/10 #235742
Wed 10Superb Parrot
The Superb Parrots are still around the northern margins of the National Park. Today they were observed in iron bark and adjacent farmland along Fishers Road. An adult male and female were first observed in one tree, and a sub-adult male and 'other' in another. I dipped on the Grey-crowned Babblers that are often found here but was happy with these instead.
Matt Weeks 10/10 #235731
Tue 9Blue-faced Honeyeater
Yallambie, Diamond Village
Two birds flew past me at face level. This is the third spring in a row that I have seen some here.
Neil Murray 10/10 #235721
Crimson Rosella (flaveolus)
Grannies Lane (Whanregarwen)
The Ýellow Rosella' was seen by a few birders from a BirdLife Aust. camp in Whanregarwen. The bird was alone, but there were several Crimson Rosellas (elegans) in the area. This is south of the usual range of the subspecies; the bulk of eBird records being N of the Divide. Several theories for the YR presence: aviary escape, mutant, or a flaveolus that has paired with an elegans. Sadly, none of the photographers at the camp were among the group that saw the Yellow Rosella. I didn't see the bird, but put it into my eBird list for that outing, to see if eBird flagged it as a rarity--it didn't & the subsp was included in the area list that was generated by the eBird app. eBird checklist
Birdlife Australia members at Alex. camp 10/10 #235717
Superb Parrot
First observed parrot on the evening of the 7th October at about 6.30pm in Nolan Lane, but because of the light was not able to identify accurately. Saw the bird again last evening at 6.10pm. Bird was all bright green plumage, long tapering tail, sharp pointy wings and reasonably rapid flight. Bird flew overhead and I was able to get a very good look at it for quite a few seconds. Definitely a Superb Parrot.
Michael O’Sullivan 10/10 #235715
Mon 8Scarlet Honeyeater
Uralla Nature Reserve
First sighting this spring. They have appeared in the last few years once the Pittosporum undulatum has started flowering fairly strongly. One male seen at about 10.30 am.
David Mules 8/10 #235700
Sat 6highlightBlack Honeyeater
Single male calling on scrubby roadside in otherwise open pastoral country, 6 km E of town.
Roger Thomas 6/10 #235675
Curlew Sandpiper
Cairn Curran Reservoir
One amongst a flock of ~ 25 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers near Captains Gully.
Geoff Park 6/10 #235670
highlightBlack Honeyeater
Warby-Ovens National Park--Killawarra Forest
Several birds observed feeding in and from ironbarks adjacent to a dam on Northwest Track this morning between 7.30 and 9.00am. Male birds seen hawking for insects.
Rob Humphrey 6/10 #235665
Fri 5Pink-eared Duck
Banyule Swamp, Heidelberg
A pair of Pink-ears with four young ducklings. Pink-eared Ducks have occasionally visited this Swamp in recent years, but as far as I know this is the first record of breeding here. Seen swimming rapidly on open water, also among water plants at margins, and resting briefly on logs near the large dead trees in the Swamp.. Also seen by 5 other observers including Daphne Hards on 7th October.
Anthea Fleming 10/10 #235730
highlightPied Butcherbird
Bacchus Marsh
9:30am. We heard the piping call initially and then got good views of a Pied Butcherbird. Seen on private property, south of Bacchus Marsh, in open remnant woodland.
Bernie McRitchie 6/10 #235671
highlightPainted Honeyeaters
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka--Diamond Dove Dam
Two Painted Honeyeaters seen feeding in mistletoe near dam.
Bernadette Haywood 5/10 #235661
Thu 4Red-tailed black cockatoo
Lower Glenelg National Park
Flock of 35+ birds (more specific details can be supplied if needed)
Neil Champion 4/10 #235651
Wed 3highlightRed-backed Kingfisher
McKenzie Creek Bushland Reserve
Nixons Road at -36.862907, 142.185014
Angus Schmidt 13/10 #235754
Black Honeyeater
Grampians National Park
Male calling constantly from dead limbs in tress on Brimpaen Road.. eBird checklist
Richard Wilson 7/10 #235678
Tue 2highlightBlack Honeyeater (6)
Sydney Road Benalla (DELWP office car park)
Had a group of 6 Black Honeyeater in the car park at work today - feeding in planted Mugga Ironbark and hawking insects from Allocasuarina. Two dependent juvs being fed so likely to have bred locally. eBird checklist
Dan Pendavingh 2/10 #235628
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
The CBC has returned to Berwick for the 10th year running.
Artur Carew 2/10 #235624
Mon 1Painted Honeyeaters
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Bartleys Block
Pair of Painted Honeyeaters in tall gums across paddock - far side - from car park.
Daniel Walder 7/10 #235692
Singing Honeyeater and Black Honeyeater
Nolans Rd (South end of) between Creswick & Clunes
Two Singing Honeyeaters found while observing Black Honeyeaters. Both species rare in Ballarat district but Singing is the rarer with only a few and no recent records.
Ian & Amanda Ashton, Murray & Lyne Grant, Helen O'Donnell, Roger &Fran Thomas. 7/10 #235685
Melanistic Psephotus
Bronzewing Flora and Fauna Reserve
Photo taken at dam near railway line. Lots of parrot species having morning bath including: Red-rumpeds, Mulgas, Blue Wings, and Mallee Ringnecks.
Dave Dickson 4/10 #235648

September 2018
Sun 30highlightPainted honeyeater
Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Clydesdale
Positive sighting in central bare gravelly area. Many Mistletoe birds.
Dave Dickson 1/10 #235613
highlightBlack Honeyeaters (9)
Grampians National Park--Beehive Falls
At least 9 birds seen on the Briggs Bluff Track. eBird checklist
Richard and Margaret Alcorn 1/10 #235612
Eastern curlew
Tortoise Head, French Island
Approximately 100 eastern curlews seen at the Tortoise Head high-tide roost on French Island at about 2:30pm (high tide was forecast for approximately 4pm). I counted 50 visible then a swamp harrier flew over the roost and flushed many more that had previously been hidden from sight. Other notable sightings were two adult white-bellied sea-eagle and a Horsfield's bronze cuckoo. Unfortunately I also saw a cat on the beach at Tortoise Head - the first time I've seen a cat on French Island.
Harry Saddler 30/9 #235598
Western Gerygone, White-naped Honeyeater
Royal Park --Trin Warren Tam-boore
Western Gerygone still present at Royal Park. Observed in casuarinas on north side of Bellbird waterhole (near bridge). White-naped Honeyeater also observed in same area.
Jason Caruso 30/9 #235595
Painted Honeyeater
Sullivans Track, Muckleford SF
At least two birds heard this morning - nice to have them back at a favoured spot.
Geoff Park 30/9 #235591
Sat 29Black Honeyeater
Black Range State Park
One male seen and several heard peeping. Small black and white honeyeater with curved bill and black line down breast. Calls all around. Also seen at Mt Arapiles earlier in the day. eBird checklist
Richard and Margaret Alcorn 29/9 #235587
Fri 28Superb Parrot
20 or so Superb Parrot feeding in canopy of flowering Yellow Box on SE bank of the Broken Creek adjacent to Fairmans Bridge. Brilliant green with blue in the shoulder, yellow cheek patch and red face markings. Distinct sharp contact call. Also Red-rumped Parrot and Noisy Miner.
Daphne Hards 28/9 #235574
White-browed woodswallow
Huge flock of at least 300 birds flying north at hight. First heard their sparrow like calls. First sighting of them here in a while and largest flock I have seen in the district.
Indra Bone 28/9 #235565
Thu 27highlightLesser Sand Plover
Shallow Inlet Marine and Coastal Park
A single individual associating with coloured up Double-banded Plovers in a sheltered section of the inlet (GPS Co-ords: -38.8575211, 146.1812335) approximately 1 hour prior to high tide. The bird appeared marginally larger then the DBP’s and lacked any secondary breast tab. The bill was also an obvious giveaway with it being noticeably thicker and blunt tipped. eBird checklist
Tim Nickholds 29/9 #235578
Wed 26Swift Parrot
Gypsy Point
Feeding on lerp in lower canopy
mark lethlean 30/9 #235590
Tue 25Black Honeyeater
Lake Natimuk
Three Black Honeyeaters (2 M, 1 F) amongst low vegetation on dry lake bed. Two more singularly at Mitre Lake and adjacent Vinegar Hill on 26/9, and three more again 27/9 on Natimuk Creek near caravan park. Spotted Harrier at Mitre Lake.
Ren Millsom 28/9 #235576
Sun 23highlightNorthern Shoveler
Lake Modewarre--Waltons Road
Continuing bird easily identified with dark head and white breast as opposed to the Australasian Shovelers it was with. We used a scope from a position halfway along the western shore. eBird checklist
Jack Winterbottom, Heather Alexander 23/9 #235527
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park--Lake Hattah Campground
Single bird near drying lagoon with many avocets and dotterels.
Indra Bone 23/9 #235525
Red Knot
Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Park--Toora Beach
4 Red Knots (one with orange flag on right leg) and aprox 110 B-T Godwits(one also with orange flag on right leg).
Rohan Bugg 23/9 #235524
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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