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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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June 2021
Tue 15highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Shadforth Reserve, Violet Town
3 brown birds seen during monthly bird survey. One had orange tinges around bill, and another bird had larger area of red around bill. 3 birds also recorded at this location during last survey on 11 May 2021, when an adult male was seen well. Feeding in Spotted Gums and on dead wattles. Perhaps staying in area which also has flowering ironbarks and yellow gum.
Kathy Costello, Debbie Hill, Georgina Gower 16/6 #260326
Mon 14Swift Parrot, leucistic Masked Lapwing
Lysterfield Lake Park
At least 120 Swift Parrots in location reported last week, south of dam wall at eastern end, about 8am, counted as moving from one flowering Spotted Gum to another, and recounted moving back a few minutes later. Many if not most subsequently found foraging low down in flowering trees near southernmost car-park. Also one partially leucistic Masked Lapwing among several normally plumaged birds (distant cropped photo, leucistic bird on far right).
Jack Krohn 14/6 #260318
highlightTurquoise Parrot
379 Diffey Rd Everton
eight Turquoise parrots sighted feeding on ground in grassy woodland.
Gerard O'Neill 14/6 #260317
Thu 10White-fronted Tern
Immature flying inshore - black cubital bar broadening towards body; long relatively robust bill and paler grey dorsally than other potentially occurring 'commic' terns is sufficient for ID. Record shot attached.
P. S. Lansley 11/6 #260305
Swift Parrot (5)
Cherry Lake, Altona
Initially (15:03 h) one bird heard and seen flying into a flowering Lemon-scented Gum near the corner of Fresno Street & Bluegum Drive. Later 2 birds in Sugar Gum about 150 metres east. Finally (16:04 h) 5 seen and heard in flight near original position. Traditional wintering site for small numbers of this species dating back to at least the 1970s.
P. S. Lansley 11/6 #260304
Giant Peterl - suspect Northern
St Kilda Boat Harbour
A couple of GP's were offshore Middle Park this morning. One flew through St Kilda Boat Harbour towards Elwood. Also single White-fronted Tern. eBird checklist
Mark Stanley 10/6 #260302
Tue 8New Holland Honeyeater
Point Cook Coastal Park
Leucistic New Holland Honeyeater seen at Point Cook coastal park at first car park on the left when entering. I believe I saw the same bird in exactly the same location in January 2020. eBird checklist
Paul Rushworth 8/6 #260296
Mon 7Swift Parrot
Lysterfield Lake Park
At least 50 birds seen in flight after emerging from flowering Spotted Gums located just south of the dam wall, at the eastern end. From my vantage point at the eastern end of the dam wall I counted their number in 10’s as they flew together as a flock (and I expect there was likely closer to 60 in actual number). eBird checklist
Ron Willemsen 7/6 #260285

May 2021
Sat 29Spiny Cheeked Honeyeater
Cape Liptrap Coastal Park--Point Smythe
eBird checklist
Paul Hastings 9/6 #260301
Thu 27highlightSatin Bowerbird
Probably the same bird as seen at the same site in March. Better views of a blue male with some traces of greenish feathers in tail and perhaps on breast. Was displaying with mimicry, wing flicking and presenting a leaf to a pair of seemingly bewildered Australian Magpies.
Sean Dooley 28/5 #260240
Sooty Oystercatcher
Mornington Peninsula National Park--Flinders Ocean Beach
22 sooties, together with 20 white-faced herons,1 little egret and 6 hoodies, all sheltering in the western corner from the high (king) tide and a very strong westerly wind. eBird checklist
Terry Gourley 27/5 #260239
Sun 23highlightSpangled drongo
Blue Waters Lake Reserve, Ocean Grove
I saw it again today but this time I had my phone. I didn’t get as good a look as I did previously but I’m quite sure it’s the same bird.
Michelle Temminghoff 23/5 #260226
Fri 21highlightEastern Reef Egret (grey morph)
Py Yoot Bay Cape Conran CP)
An Eastern Reef Egret (grey morph) was observed foraging on rock outcrops and platforms to the east of Py Yoot Bay this afternoon. Follows on from an earleir sighting circa 20./04 at Pearl Point. An uncommon sighting at this location despite a favourable habitat.
Jacquie and Len Axen 21/5 #260217
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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