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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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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March 2019
Tue 19Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Chiltern- Mt Pilot National Park, Junction Track.
Observed in dense re-growth in area burnt by wildfire in 2015. My last record for this species in the Mt pilot end of the park was in 1993.
John Kelly 19/3 #238045
Sun 17Wood Sandpiper
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
bird seen at first pond on the left after entering T section at western treatment plant and gave prolonged views
Aidan Sudbury Clive Kaplan 18/3 #238037
megamegaLittle Shearwater
Port Fairy Pelagic
Today on the Port Fairy Pelagic I saw this black and white bird scooting across the sea & I immediately took photos with my Canon 5D mark IV with the 100-400 Canon lens. They turned out to be photos of a Little Shearwater, a rare bird in Victoria. No other observers saw it well enough as far as I know, I lost it before I could alert anyone to it, & I didn't realize what it was until afterwards anyway. The identification is based on the mostly white underwing, with narrow black margins, broadest on the tips of the primaries. This is not artifact because in some shots you can see the wing is in shadow. In similar shearwaters (Fluttering, Hutton's for example, the primaries are all dark and there is also dark areas in the carpal area and leading edge. The face is mostly white, this may be blown out by over exposure and glare from the morning sun, but we can make out the dark eye and black cap, so the pattern is at least mostly true and it is not dark faced like Fluttering, Hutton's and Subantarctic Shearwaters. The compact look of the bird, large head, short rear and relatively short and rounded wings augur well for Little. Taken at 17/3/19 at 10:14 am, near the continental shelf.
Kevin Bartram 17/3 #238035
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Little Wattlebird.
Bacchus Marsh West Golf Course
First local sighting of a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater this season. Also of interest is a lone Little Wattlebird that has been in the golf course for months. The only one I've ever seen in our town and surrounds. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 17/3 #238034
Intermediate Egret
Lancefield Golf Club
Single bird on the rear dam. Also 13 Little-pied Cormorants and pair of Blue-billed Duck.
Peter Houston 17/3 #238029
Sat 16highlightTawny-crowned Honeyeater
Woodlands Historic Park--Back Paddock
Bird landed at the top of a dead tree in an open paddock. I initially thought it was another Red Wattlebird as there were lots around this morning in this area but I took some photos just for ID purposes. Once I got home I realised it wasn't a RW and confirmed the ID as a Tawny-crowned Honeyeater. eBird checklist
Ken Crawley 16/3 #238025
Fri 15Wedge tailed eagle
Around Boral Quarry DeerPark
About 14,to 16 eagles circling in the area around the quarry
Todd cahoon 17/3 #238028
Thu 14Powerful Owl
Edmonds Street, Narre Warren
An adult Powerful Owl perching in a large street tree, clutching the remains of a Raven (Little?). Never sighted here before - a refugee of the Bunyip State Forest fire perhaps? Photo of reported sighting. Thanks to Mary-Anne, John and Karl
Jeni Bedin 14/3 #238011
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Brisbane Ranges National Park
4:15pm. Sub-adult Sea-eagle circling with two Whistling Kites. It flew from a reservoir on the south side of Ballan-Geelong Road (Upper Stony Creek Reservoir) to the reservoir on the north side.
Bernie McRitchie 14/3 #238009
Tue 12Blue-faced honeyeater
Greensborough Secondary College, Nepean St, Watsonia
2 adults and 3 juveniles - evidence of local breeding again this season.
Peter Bennet 12/3 #237996
Mon 11Black Honeyeater
Muckleford State Forest
At least 8 birds seen near a water point on south German tk. Also seen were 5+ Yellow-plumed Honeyeaters and a Chestnut-rumped Heathwren.
Indra Bone 11/3 #237989
Sun 10highlightBlack Honeyeater
A male and female pair in dense woolly teatree patch. never seen before, no records for the region.
Eleanor Lang 10/3 #237979
Sat 9Spotted Quail-thrush
Coombs Rd, Yan Yean
Male seen quite well on west side of Coombs Rd. at around (-37.5178451, 145.1900912). Movement noticed at the edge of undergrowth; viewed male pottering around on the ground for a couple of minutes. eBird checklist
Rohan Long 11/3 #237986
Grey-tailed Tattler
Reef Island Nature Conservation Reserve
Des and Adrienne Palmer, Dominic and CarolineD'Argenio, Karen Collard and Julia Christie 9/3 #237975
highlightEastern Osprey
Altona Coastal Park
Osprey roosting on a six foot high dead stem/branch that is sticking out of sand on shoreline.
David Gleeson 9/3 #237973
Square-tailed Kite
Barkers Creek
At the cricket ground.
Geoff Park 9/3 #237970
Sun 3Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Gun Club Track, Mallacoota
Early in the morning while searching for Ground Parrots we were delighted to hear the distinctive calls of 3 Glossy Black-Cockatoos feeding in a casuarina. They were very good at hiding in the foliage and amazingly difficult to photograph. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 5/3 #236933

February 2019
Sun 24highlightBlack Honeyeater, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, White-backed Swallow
Muckleford State Forest
A single Black Honeyeater (immature) on South German Track and numerous Yellow-plumed Honeyeaters calling - adult and immature drinking from bush dam. Two White-backed Swallows ... the only ones I've seen locally this summer.
Geoff Park 26/2 #236924
Pacific Swift
Marshalls Road, St Andrews, Vic
Two birds flew low over head in a north-westerly direction. At the time of the sighting the conditions were calm, but thirty minutes later a fair breeze had arrived. eBird checklist
Deb Oliver 24/2 #236911
Sat 23highlightPied Honeyeater
Warby-Ovens National Park--Killawarra Forest Camp and Oval
Black and white bird with all black head, down curved beak, white wing bar and white underneath with black tip to tail. Blue skin below eye visible. At one point the Pied, Black and Painted Honeyeaters were all in the same tree. At least 3 birds with 2 adult males, perching in the tops of the eucalypts and feeding in the flowering mistletoe. eBird checklist
Peter Sawyer 24/2 #236918
Fri 22White-headed Pigeon
Lake Tyers
My wife and I were having a leisurely stroll around the small hamlet of Lake Tyers Beach looking at all the sea birds out on the sand flats. As we were walking back to where we were staying a large black and white bird flew across our path and landed on a power line into a residence. We were able to quietly sneak a little further along and discovered a White-headed Pigeon on the powerline. We were able to watch the bird from a very short distance and thus get a really good look at it, with it’s white head and breast and black wings and upper body. As usual left the cameraman behind. Time observed 7.45pm. Fine and clear.
Michael and Carole O’Sullivan 23/2 #236908
Wed 20Calyptorhynchus funereus
Skenes Creek
Rare Yellow feathered variant of yellow tailed black cockatoo. This one was keeping cockatoo for a group of regular yellow tailed black cockatoos that were devouring my hakea seed pods
Frank Whitlock 21/2 #236896
Pink-eared Duck
Banyule Flats Reserve
2 Pink-eared Ducks with at least 3 chicks seen at Banyule Swamp. eBird checklist
Nick Koutoulis 20/2 #236892
Tue 19White-throated Needletail
Bunyip State Park--Dyers Picnic Ground
120 birds at high to medium altitude, but could not see any Pacific Swifts with them, 7.30-7.45.p.m. [Moderator's Note: We will only be publishing Needletail reports with high numbers or in unusual locations for the rest of this summer season. MA]
David Stabb and Dawn Neylan. 20/2 #236857
Australasian Figbird
Australasian Figbirds continue their occupation of quiet suburban gardens in the vicinity of Willis Avenue. At least 3 birds were seen and or heard continually calling early this afternoon.
Len and Jacquie Axen 19/2 #236856
Mon 18highlightGull-billed Tern Asian ssp affinis
Stockyard Point
At high tide this morning,two Asian Gull-billed terns flew in, accompanied by eight Gull-billed Terns.This sub species has been a regular visitor to this site for several years.
Derek & Sally Whitehead 18/2 #236840
Sun 17Peaceful Dove
Eynesbury Forest and Grasslands
Single distant call heard during quarterly BirdLife survey
Dave Torr 19/2 #236852
Pacific Swift and White-throated Needletail
Pinkerton Forest (restricted access)
Small mixed flock observed during quarterly BirdLife survey.
Dave Torr 19/2 #236851
Fork-tailed Swift
Newstead township
Small, loose flock ... perhaps a dozen individuals at 8pm
Geoff Park 17/2 #236834
Black-faced Monarch
Black-faced Monarch seen on the river trail about 300m from the caravan park entrance. No previous reports on eBird.
Jason Camilleri 17/2 #236829
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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