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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

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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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

August 2020
Thu 6Cattle Egrets
Cardinia Creek Parklands, Berwick
200+ Cattle Egrets feeding in a paddock alongside parklands. In the parklands a single Fan-tailed Cuckoo sitting quietly and last Thursday 8 Flame Robins near the newly developed wetlands.
Graham Beal 6/8 #258450
Mon 3Great Egret
East Melbourne next to Darling Gardens
A friend looked out of the window of her single storey house onto its paved courtyard where a Great Egret was wandering around - it then flew to roof and away. Mid afternoon. Wondering where it might have come from?
Jane Robinson 3/8 #258436
Sun 2Olive-backed oriole
Yarra Bend Park
Olive-backed oriole heard calling near Fairfield Boathouse at around 10:00am. Not an unusual species in this part of Yarra Bend Park but not usually encountered in early August. I note that there have been numerous reports of overwintering orioles this year so whether this particular bird was an overwinterer or an early spring migrant, I don't know.
Harry Saddler 2/8 #258426
Sat 1Speckled Warbler, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Balmoral State Forest
Two Speckled Warblers heard, one seen singing in small grove of Allocasuarina verticillata, Drooping Sheoak. Also present in the area 4 Black-chinned Honeyeater, 2 White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike (not seen in this woodland since 2006!) and 2 Hooded Robins
Samantha Greiner 2/8 #258428
Pink Robin and Rose Robin
Merri Creek, Thornbury
Pink Robin Female / immature type reported several times over past week seen again by myself and Alan Crawford at ~4:20-4:45pm on east bank of Merri Creek, at bottom of metal stairwell off main trail, ~150m north of Moreland Rd. Rose Robin immature male seen yesterday by Dan Ashdown in Strettle wetland also seen again today ~3:30-3:45.
Leigh Pieterse 1/8 #258425
Pacific Swift
Along the Maroondah Aqueduct, Nillumbik section
Two birds seen circling above the tree line then disappearing skywards! Very surprised to see this bird at this time of year. eBird checklist
Deb Oliver 1/8 #258423

July 2020
Thu 30White-winged Triller
Lehmann's Farm Park (Epping North)
White-winged Triller (Male) observed in clapped out estate. Briefly sighted this bird on 28/7, so was nice to confirm today. This is 1st record S of Central Vic this Winter (Overwintering/early arrival?) on eBird. eBird checklist
Dan Ashdown 30/7 #258412
Wed 29Swift Parrot
Bundoora Park
Four Swift Parrots observed flying overhead at Bundoora Park Grassland. Birds flew east over Darebin Creek across open section of grassland to tree line then headed south.
Michelle Perry and Michael Cincotta 31/7 #258418
Sun 26highlightOsprey
Port Albert
Osprey seen flying again yesterday perched on the wharf.
Stephen Granger 27/7 #258404
Pink Robin
Lyell Forest--Block north of Patons Rd
Blown away! Initially attracted to the bird by the tack tack contact call. Bird was inquisitive and flew out of cover landing nearby giving fabulous views. Brown robin. Cute brown ball. Dark rich back and head. Pale eye ring. light brown breast. Tan wing bars. No white-edging to tail. Much darker all round than immature Red-cap. Also the place was heaving with the calls of cuckoos. Black-eared, Fantailed, Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo and Shining Bronze-cuckoo. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 26/7 #258400
Sat 25Painted Buttonquail
Fryers Ranges
A pair of pbq located on a rocky ridge after following platelets to a dense area of cassinia scrub atop a very steep rocky hillside. The platelets were noticed whilst following a pair of spotted quailthrush along the same ridge.
Indra Bone 26/7 #258402
highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Hilltop dog park, Guildford
2-3 Scarlet Honeyeaters very vocal. In flowing Yellow Gums on the west edge of the park. Also heard here about 5 days ago.
Lawrie Conole 25/7 #258393
Fri 24highlightBrown Gerygone
Sugarloaf Reservoir Park
Rare for Nillumbik. Seen near the highest point in the loop walk around the dam. Feeding in mixed flock. eBird checklist
Gavin Masters and Malvern Chicksen 25/7 #258391
Wed 22highlightSwift Parrot
A single bird, probably adult female, flew into a tree in the yard next door to mine alongside two Rainbow Lorikeets.
Sean Dooley 22/7 #258375
Tue 21Plumed Whistling-Duck
Up River Road Dam (Carlyle)
At least 50 Plumed Whistling Ducks on dam adjacent to road along with some magpie geese. eBird checklist
Philip Dubbin 21/7 #258367
Mon 20highlightMorepork (ssp leucopsis)
Werribee Open Range Zoo
This bird has been sighted in the same area inside of the zoo for a couple of weeks now. Shows up on eBird as a rarity for the area so thought it would be worth sharing. First seen on the 8th of July, 2020. (The zoo is currently closed but the bird is still being seen by staff)
Brian Aherne 23/7 #258381
Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Gunners Track, Wyperfeld
The two birds were feeding along Gunners Tk at about 4.30pm, about 2.5km from the Gunner/Racecourse Tk intersection. eBird checklist
Ron Sawyer 21/7 #258369
Sun 19highlightMagpie Goose
Lake Tom Thumb, Eaglehawk, Bendigo
6 Magpie Geese at Lake Tom Thumb
David Hewett 19/7 #258347
Sat 18Fan-tailed cuckoo
Barrier Landing, Lakes Entrance
Definitely one, possibly two calling around 1pm, lakeside beside jetty.
Denise McLarty 18/7 #258342
Thu 16Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Banyule flats lagoon
Ahh spring. Fan-tailed Cuckoo calling persistently. Single bird as best I could tell. Assuming this is a little earlier than usual.
Geoff Witten 16/7 #258329
Swift Parrots
C.J. Duggan Reserve, Noble Park North, Vic.
I saw three Swift Parrots today, as l was walking my dog around the Park at C.J. Duggan Reserve. I knew that they were endangered, but as l only just found out that they are actually now on the 'critically endangered' list, l thought I should report it somewhere!
Anthony Galea 16/7 #258328
Wed 15Gull-billed Tern
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
Single gull-billed tern flying past Ricketts Point from west to east. eBird checklist
Michael Fuhrer 15/7 #258316
Sun 12Shining bronze-cuckoo
Enfield State Park--Surface Loop Picnic Area
2 shining bronze cuckoos heard and then seen interacting along the walk from the picnic area. A common bird in the Enfield but a few months earlier than usual.
Indra Bone 12/7 #258301
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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