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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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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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September 2021
Fri 17highlightGrey Plover
Kororoit Creek Mouth (Williamstown North)
In breeding plumage on sandbank off Jawbone.
Barry Power 17/9 #260799
Thu 16highlightSquare-tailed Kite
Birdsland Reserve
Flew over the hill followed by a throng of ravens and currawongs, all alarm calling and dive-bombing the Kite. Circled a few times then flew back over the hill in the direction it came from. Seen at 10:55am for approx 4 minutes. eBird checklist
Ken Crawley 16/9 #260795
Wed 15highlightGlossy Black-Cockatoo
The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve
2 birds, Male and female
John Morrissey 15/9 #260790
Tue 14highlightWhite Headed Pigeon
Yarran Dheran Reserve--Mullum Mullum Park
David Craig 15/9 #260783
highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
CBC returned for another year. Calling from fig along hwy near Melville Park Dve.
Arthur & Denise Carew 14/9 #260780
Mon 13Spotless Crake
Reedy Billabong, Wilson Reserve, Ivanhoe
A brief sighting of a single Spotless Crake, which had emerged from a dense growth of tall sedges. Known from this location but very seldom seen. I believe I last saw one here early in the Millennium Drought.
Anthea Fleming 13/9 #260775
Spotted Quail-thrush
Winyayung State Forest
2 ran across Grassdale-Hotspur road
Tristan Kennedy 13/9 #260767
Sun 12Pink-eared Duck
Newells Paddock Wetland Reserve
2 Pink-eared Ducks on the wetland. These are pretty uncommon here.
Rosemary and Chris Lester 12/9 #260751
Rose Robin
Mulgrave Reserve
Heard distinctly, but not seen at about 7.20 am. eBird checklist
Stephan Megroz 12/9 #260749
Fri 10Diamond Firetails
Hall Rd Wairewa
A pair of Diamond Firetails feeding in the grass
GARY & JUDY SMITH 10/9 #260741
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Mooroolbark, Victoria
Seemed to be vying for food with Noisy Miners within the grounds of a school
Adielle Murray 10/9 #260738
Thu 9Latham’s Snipe
Royal Park, Parkville
Seen while we were sitting on the grassy circle to see what might turn up. First seen by Jamie when it flew in from NE (unknown if flushed by dog walkers, there were at least 2 off-leash in that section of the park) and headed W. Later returned and landed in tall grass. Had to ward off an off leash dog before it got too close (a problem in this on-leash area) Seen by Scottt and Josh when it flew off W, after a few minutes scanning the tall grass with bins from afar. eBird checklist
Ken Tay, Jamie Smith-Morvell, Scott Baker, Josh Gatchalian 10/9 #260736
Wed 8Square-tailed Kite
Emerald Lake Park
Circling & gliding high above the Lake area. Continuously harassed by Little Ravens & Australian Magpies. 3.00 pm.
Noel Billing 8/9 #260730
Richmond Hill area
Distinctive near-continuous calls of a single Koel this afternoon. W of Church & N of Swan streets…
Martin O’Brien 8/9 #260728
Spangled Drongo
Franklin River at rail trail, South Gippsland
This morning the Drongo was in exactly the same place as reported by Rohan on 22/8 -in a dead tree by rail trail bridge hawking for insects.
Elaine Smith 8/9 #260727
Tue 7White-winged Triller
Pines Flora and Fauna, Seaford
A mature male
Jacqui Sheppard + Marianne Sainsbury 7/9 #260725
Sun 5White Goshawk
Bennison Great Southern Rail Trail (South Gippsland)
At the start of my walk on the rail trail a Goshawk called not far away ,then on the way back it flew overhead.
Rohan Bugg 5/9 #260713
Sat 4Olive-backed Oriole
Moonee Ponds Creek near Hilda Street, Essendon
An Olive-backed Oriole in the trees adjacent to the shared path along the creek.
Rosemary and Chris Lester 4/9 #260711
Wed 1Barn Owl
Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve
Being chased by 4 Ravens.
Aidan Sudbury 2/9 #260703

August 2021
Tue 31Barn Owl
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
Single bird flew from a large She-Oak, presumably the same bird reported a couple of weeks ago. Also a Horsfields' Bronze-Cuckoo further south along the Bay Trail being mobbed by Brown Thornbills and White-browed Scrubwrens.
Sean Dooley 31/8 #260687
Fri 27White New Holland Honeyeater
Lower Anikie Road, Bell Post Hill, Geelong
I spotted the bird on power lines - got out of car - started taking photos. A single white bird but mixing with normal New Hollands.
Lothar Hohaus 27/8 #260666
Thu 26highlightPainted Buttonquail
Single Adult bird spotted in my Elwood backyard this morning at 9am. Has been making platelets, kicking around mulch eBird checklist
Ryan Barnaby 26/8 #260655
Wed 25highlight3 Glossy Black-cockatoo
Meryl Wiseman 26/8 #260659
Red Knot
St Kilda Beach
Single Red Knot with a Red-capped Plover. Flew off when dog walkers arrived. eBird checklist
Mark Stanley 25/8 #260652
White-headed Pigeon
Willis Avenue, Marlo
An adult White-headed Pigeon has been sheltering on our upstairs balcony this afternoon while gale force winds and scudding rain have moved along the East Gippsland coastline. Quite possibly the same WHP reported nearby on 12/08.
Jacquie and Len Axen 25/8 #260651
Tue 24Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Point Gellibrand National Park
We are looking out from our apartment and are observing, through binoculars, a flock of approximately 40 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos landing, feeding on the ground and flying between trees in Point Gellibrand National Park, not far from the Time Ball. This is the first time in over 2 years living here that we have seen this species of bird.
Ken and Judith Edwards 24/8 #260648
Mon 23Rose Robin
Donald Avenue, Essendon
A male Rose Robin in a bush beside Moonee Ponds Creek at the western end of Donald Avenue, Essendon.
Chris Lester 24/8 #260646
Sun 22Scarlet Honeyeater
Rifle Butts Road
Three male Scarlet Honeyeaters feeding in a japonica along with Eastern Spinebills. eBird checklist
Kaz Wilson 22/8 #260640
highlightSpangled Drongo
Franklin River(South Gippsland)
The Drongo was hawking for insects above the river near the rail trail bridge,only my second observation of this bird in South Gippsland. ,, ,
Rohan Bugg 22/8 #260636
Sat 21Spiny cheeked honeyeater
Strathmore - Private Garden on Mascoma St
First sighting for me in garden or local area. Lovely clear view at eye level from upstairs window but was being chased by Little Wattlebird so didn't settle and I was unable to get a photo.
Chris Hill 21/8 #260627
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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