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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 and Simon Starr.

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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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February 2023
Thu 2White-throated Needletail
Eynesbury Forest and Grasslands
A small loose flock of about 10 Needletails going north over the Grey Box Forest. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 2/2 #268898
Magpie Goose
Loddon River at Newstead
3 adults roosting close to waterline, downstream of Pyrenees Highway bridge - first observed by Patrick Kavanagh. My first local record, but I've been expecting them to turn up!
Geoff Park 2/2 #268897

January 2023
Mon 30White-winged Black Tern
Long Swamp, Moolort Plains
At least six in mixed flock with Whiskered Terns. Roosting on rocks at western end of swamp. A single Latham's Snipe (3 were observed on 27th January in same area).
Geoff Park 31/1 #268885
Sat 28highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Mallacoota Captain Stevenson's Point
Originally reported by Martin Butterfield earlier this morning. eBird checklist
Rob Clay 28/1 #268872
Thu 26highlightBar-shouldered Dove
“Wibenduck”, Garnets Track, Jarrahmond, Victoria
After no sightings for over a month, a Bar-shouldered Dove, most likely the same individual that was observed in November and December last year, again observed near the house on Wibenduck.
Vik Dunis 26/1 #268864
Tue 24Terek Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler
Clonmel Island, Northern Spit
Observed 2 Terek Sandpipers in massive mixed flock and also Grey-tailed Tattler
mark lethlean 29/1 #268874
Red-kneed Dotterel, Latham’s Snipe (10)
Winton Wetlands
At Boggy Bridge, Winton Wetlands I observed 1 Red-kneed Dotterel (first record for NE Victoria since 2021 on ebird) in shallow water just beside the road. Also at the same location were at least 10 Latham’s Snipe (first record in the lga since 2021 on ebird). eBird checklist
Max Weatherall 24/1 #268861
Mon 23megamegaTawny Grassbird
Cherry Lake, Altona
Briefly heard singing around 2 pm but unable to confirm. Went back to the same location the next day (24/1) and photographed one bird. Others who went to check out the bird have reported sighting two. Seen in the south-west section of the lake amongst lignum around 150 metres north-west of Sugar Gum Drive. Prefers to perch on a snag in that area. eBird checklist
Ryan Kilgower 24/1 #268862
Sun 22Pacific Koel
Rose garden playground Benalla
A pair of Pacific Koel sighted in Benalla, Victoria. Quite unaffected by human proximity.
Amy Copland 22/1 #268860
Fri 20Blue-faced honeyeater
Mount Eliza home
2 in a melaleuca calling in duet; one would whistle and the other call (raucous). eBird checklist
Terry Gourley 20/1 #268853
Sun 15Little Buttonquail
Greater bendigo National Park - Butler’s Dam (Whipstick)
Initially saw moving through long grass on side of road. Presence of mallee close by gave it very little cover to escape to. Hence it stayed until I was very close then it walked away cautiously giving good views before sitting still for another minute or two. Small Buttonquail. Sandy colour to top and chest.. Bluish bill. Pale eye. Fabulous record for Greater Bendigo. IPhone photo only. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 15/1 #268831
Fri 13Eastern Koel
Fryers Ranges
Heard calling eBird checklist
Stephan Megroz 13/1 #268822
Thu 12Pacific Koel
Point Lonsdale Medical Clinic grounds, Point Lonsdale
Calling continuously late morning or maybe either side of these times. Single bird.
Tom Fletcher 12/1 #268821
Wed 11White-throated Needletails
Bunyip State Park at Helipad
8 Birds low over trees to medium height for a couple of minutes before heading South at 8.16 p.m.
David Stabb. 12/1 #268817
Tue 10highlightGreater Sand Plover
Clonmel Island, Corner Inlet
Flock of 18 birds bordering large mixed flock of RNS, Sanderling and Red Knot. Seen on the northern sand spit. Images show mostly Greater Sand Plover, may be some Lesser Sand Plover also but not confirmed
Mark Lethlean 12/1 #268820
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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