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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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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February 2019
Sun 17Fork-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
Fri 15Blue-winged Parrot, Baillon's Crake, Australian Spotted Crake
Point Cook Coastal Park--Homestead and Beach
6 B/W Parrots seen well at 10am in the Homestead Garden Pine trees, both Crakes seen at 1pm at the pond behind the Airbase car park
Nick Portlock 15/2 #236816
Wed 13Pink-eared Duck
Banyule Flats Reserve
A pair with 7 newly hatched ducklings on main wetland. Three other fully grown birds present. This is the second brood produced here by this species this season, remarkable for a wetland south of the Divide. Wonderful matching of head pattern on ducklings with flank pattern on adults, great camouflage and the ducklings often hug the parent's flanks (co-evolution of behaviour & plumage!).
Richard Loyn 14/2 #236807
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Weyburn Place, Avondale Heights
Heard the Red-whiskered Bulbul calling after searching for about an hour near the entry to Weyburn Place and the Song Thrush visited the plum tree at the east end of the place as previously reported.
Ron Sawyer 13/2 #236798
Tue 12Blue faced honeyeater
Montmorency secondary school
Family group of 8 blue faced honeyeaters near the basketball centre at montmorency secondary school. First time seen in the area having lived here for 40+ years. Group of mixed juveniles and adults having lots of fun. Noisy minors watching on bemused.
Paul brown 14/2 #236808
Mon 11Cape Barren Goose.
Public open space in ‘Harpley’ new housing estate, Werribee 3030.
At 2030hours, I observed two Cape Barren Geese browsing on the grass area adjoining the extensive lower Lollipop Creek Wetland area in Werribee. The Geese appeared undisturbed by pedestrians and motorists. This is my first sighting of this species in a built up area. Previous sightings have been at Werribee Park and the Werribee - Western Treatment Plant.
Peter Gibbons. 11/2 #236794
Sat 9Square tailed Kite
Enfield State Park
Gliding low over a clearing in high winds. Rushed to get camera and captured it seconds before it disappeared over the trees.
Indra Bone 9/2 #236774
Thu 7highlightIntermediate Egret
Wilton Vale Wetlands South Morang
Found an Intermediate Egret today at 3 PM in Wilton Vale Wetlands South Morang at -37.621747,145.105365
Steven Ashdown 7/2 #236764
Wed 6megamegaSooty Tern
Bullock Island Lakes Entrance
On the 6/02/18 a member of the public picked up a juvenile Sooty Tern on Bullock Island and delivered it to a Lakes Entrance Veterinary Clinic. Photos of the bird were referred to me for identification. The very weak bird has since died. It is likely that this tropical pelagic tern, particularly a weak and inexperienced juvenile, has been pushed south by the massive depression that has brought record flooding rains to Townsville. I could find no Victorian records for Sooty Terns in the Atlas of Australian Birds, both old and new or in Birdlife Australia’s Birdata database. My copy of Viridans Biological Database 2007 Wild Animals of Victoria shows 2 records for Sooty Tern in Victoria, one near Portland for 1900-1949 period and one in East Gippsland for the 1970-79 period. This bird is way outside of its normal range and a very rare visitor to Victoria.
per John Hutchison 8/2 #236766
megamegaSooty Tern
A live young tern was picked up on the road at the Marlo playground this morning and transported to the Orbost Veterinary Clinic where it later died. Tony Mitchell ( DELWP ) received the bird which was subsequently identified as a juvenile Sooty Tern. Relevant details of this significant find have been placed on the VBA and the specimen has been prepared for the museum.
Tony Mitchell ( DELWP ) per Len Axen 7/2 #236765
White-fronted Honeyeater
Marengo Nature Conservation Reserve, Apollo Bay
Following up on yesterday`s sighting, Adam Fry and myself were able to locate at least 2 White-fronted Honeyeaters. Thanks to Chris Dubar for his initial reports.
Ian Davies and Adam Fry 6/2 #236759
Tue 5Spotless Crake
Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary
Single bird seen in from the bird hide during Birdlife Ballarat survey. The lagoon is dry with just a small patch of damp mud Just the second record for the reserve.
Ian Ashton Emily Noble Jenny Garley Annette Ferguson Paul Hammond 5/2 #236756
Red-whiskered Bulbul, Song Thrush
Weyburn Place, Avondale Heights.
Bulbul was present around midday today at site previously reported at Weyburn Place Avondale Heights. In 2 hours I saw it once and was alerted to it presence by its short twu-chip type call when it was perched on an ariel. The previously reported Song Thrush also appeared in the plum tree at the east end of Weyburn Place.
Jim Caine 5/2 #236755
highlightWhite-fronted Honeyeater
Marengo Nature Conservation Reserve
White-fronted HE's still there this morning in the mixed heathland/woodland next to the airstrip - at least 4 or 5 individuals. I had my camera with me this time and got this photo. Also good numbers of blue-winged parrots in the reserve and surrounding areas.
Chris Dubar 5/2 #236754
Mon 4highlightGrey Goshawk (White morph)
Queen Street, Preston.
A White Goshawk flew south over Queen St in Preston at 5.40pm. I thought it was going to be a corella or a cocky until I realised it had a long tail and was goshawk shaped! Had that typical cruisey flight, low, just over the tops of buildings, no doubt wanting to catch some hapless small bird unaware, The first I've ever seen in metropolitan Melbourne.
Kevin Bartram 5/2 #236753
Southern Whiteface
Upper King Parrot Creek Rd, Strath Creek
First sighting since October 2000 on our property
David Wakefield, Laurie Macmillan 4/2 #236749
highlightWhite-fronted Honeyeater
Marengo Nature Conservation Reserve
On my regular walk in the reserve I heard an unfamiliar call and discovered a small group of white-fronted HE's. First time I have seen them here and seem to be a long way south of normal range?
Chris Dubar 4/2 #236747
Sun 3Square-tailed Kite
Heathcote-Graytown National Park--Graytown
A pair observed at Sanguine estate vineyard 10 km north of Heathcote on the Heathcote Rochester/ Echuca road. Hot conditions, 40 C day. Area adjacent to Heathcote-Graytown NP.
Alan Clark 15/2 #236814
highlightEastern Osprey
K Road Werribee River
Late morning, Osprey moving between top of river bank below golf club carpark and perch on west side of river.
Dominique Dybala 4/2 #236745
Calder Hwy South of Gisborne
8 Budgies observed flying across the Calder Hwy west to east 2km south of Gisborne. Presumed wild birds due to consistent wild green color of all birds and swift strong flight not associated with escaped cage birds.
Greg and Janice McKay 3/2 #236739
Black Falcon
Des and Adrienne Palmer 3/2 #236738
highlightSwift Parrot
Manrico Court, Sunbury
Single bird heard and sighted yesterday. This morning a single swift parrot flew into a backyard tree and perched. This is the earliest I've seen them is Sunbury or it may be an over summer mainland bird? No sightings of other Swifties. Other parrots/cockatoos present in area this morning are Rainbow Lorrikeet, Musk Lorrikeet, Eastern Rosella, Red rumpled Parrot, Galah and Long billed Corella. Habitat is Yellow Gum woodland riparian Manna Gum. Numerous photos taken.
Gerard O’Neill 3/2 #236732
Sat 2Black Falcon
Kiewa Valley Hwy at Kergunyah
Brett Roberts 3/2 #236743
Spotless Crake
Adult and juvenile seen in revegetated farm wetland by Swamp Rivers and Ranges bird survey group.
John Kelly, Colin Payne, Sue Brunskill, Jack & Ali Pockley, Gerri Boland 2/2 #236729
highlightRed-whiskered Bulbul, Song Thrush
Avondale Heights
Bulbul was occupying area on south side of Weyburn Place, within 100 metres of where the shared cycle/pedestrian path crosses. Seen between 08:30 and 10:30 this morning, calling from prominent perches every 20-30 minutes on average; at other times presumed foraging in shrubbery. Thanks to Brett Macdonald who first reported the bird on 28th January. Song Thrush unexpectedly appeared in a plum tree at the top of the street (east end). Moderators note : quite likely an escape but status in Melb still point of discussion SB
P S Lansley 2/2 #236722
Fri 1Purple-crowned Lorikeet
Ventnor Common
Many Sugar Gums are flowering in and around Ventnor Common at present, attracting large numbers of Musk Lorikeets. Amongst them we spotted two smaller birds which were readily identified as Purple-crowned Lorikeets, an uncommon species for the Island.
Alan and Hazel Veevers 2/2 #236730
White-winged Black Tern
Heart Morass State Game Reserve
Seen intermixed with Whiskered Tern, could've of been more individuals but hard to judge. eBird checklist
Ethan Perry 2/2 #236723
Double-banded Plover
Lake Tyers
Two birds seen in company with Red-capped Plovers on exposed sand/mud flats on Lake just east of the Lake Tyers township. A Double-banded Plover in non-breeding plumage at this time of year seems unusual as it is very early to have migrated post breeding season from NZ.
John and Pam Hutchison 1/2 #236720
highlightEastern Osprey
Lake Tyers
One Osprey flew by and on its second lap of one of the islands just east of the township I managed a rough flight shot as it came by us again. Saw the bird plunge into the water once so it was hunting for fish.
John and Pam Hutchison 1/2 #236714

January 2019
Thu 31Glossy Ibis
Hospital Swamp, Connewarre
19 Glossy Ibis, Royal Spoonbills, Little Egrets as well as waders in the distance
Rodney Long 31/1 #236708
Wed 30Common Sandpiper
seen on wall next to jetty at 1245pm eBird checklist
Martin Maderthaner 31/1 #236706
Tue 29Eastern Curlew
Lake Tyers
Two birds sited on sandflats east of the Lake Tyers township.
Gary Cousens 29/1 #236701
Albifrons Island Gippsland Lakes
Sited a single Sanderling with a number of Red-necked Stints feeding among sea grass by the shore of Albifrons Island - near Crescent Is on the Gippsland Lakes. Sanderling are an unusual visitor to the Gippsland Lakes - the habitat is not the usual surf zone ocean beach habitat mostly used by this species - that said the 90 Mile Beach is close to Albifrons Is.
Deb Sullivan and John Hutchison 29/1 #236700
Mon 28Square-tailed Kite
Raymond Island
Seen around1pm. Flew over picnic area near ferry terminal. Familiar with the species and was seen very well. First time I've seen it at this site eBird checklist
Martin Maderthaner 29/1 #236696
highlightBlack Honeyeater
Greater Bendigo National Park--Kamarooka
Male and female Black Honeyeater feeding on flowering mallee. Many White-fronted Honeyeaters present too. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 28/1 #236692
Little Friarbird
A single bird seen and heard in flowering garden callistemons in Napier Street Avoca.
Micah Kawalek 28/1 #236688
Sun 27Crested Bellbird
Kara Kara National Park - Moyreisk
A very vocal bird was heard but remained elusive at first light at the junction of Cherry Tree Creek and Mount Separation Roads at Moyreisk in the southern part of the Kara Kara National Park.
Micah Kawalek 28/1 #236686
Werribee River at K Rd
While waiting for the Osprey to return to its favourite perch today we saw 5 other species of raptors - Wedge-tailed Eagle, Black Kite, Whistling Kite, Australian Hobby and Brown Goshawk. eBird checklist
Richard and Margaret Alcorn 27/1 #236681
Grey Currawong
Grey Currawong seen in Maribyrnong this morning
Anne Palamountain 27/1 #236679
Sat 26White-throated needletail
Seacombe Gippsland
i observed a flock of 150+ from 12.30 pm to 1 pm mostly circling high overhead sky overcast
mark broomhall 27/1 #236682
Square-tailed Kite
2 birds foraging over property this morning.
Doug Robinson 26/1 #236670
Fri 25highlightOsprey, Pacific Swift (150+)
Werribee River mouth
A flock of Pacific Swifts approached from the bay heading roughly north-west at about 7 am. The birds flew very low (some down to 2 m) and numbers remained in the area for the whole hour we were present. An incredible spectacle! The regular Osprey was also seen at K Road.
Oakley Germech, Deb Oliver 26/1 #236671
Pacific Swift
c. 30 birds seen over Lake Pertobe, c. 15 at Point Ritchie, and c. 30 at Logan's Beach carpark eBird checklist
Tristan Kennedy 25/1 #236669
highlightScarlet Honeyeater
Brisbane Ranges National Park
I was sitting by a water point for a couple of hours this morning. A lot of birds came to drink in the extreme heat, including a couple of male Scarlet Honeyeaters. Flowering mistletoes are in the area, which this species seems to like. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 25/1 #236667
Tawny Frogmouth
Black Rock
A stressed bird, apparently seeking relief from today's oppressive 41 degree midday heat in the shade of our back verandah. It tolerated a very close (1 metre) approach.
John & Christine Eichler 25/1 #236666
Fork-tailed Swift
About 250 birds over the town as the welcome cool change started arriving. No needletails detected among them.
Sean Dooley 25/1 #236663
highlightGrey-tailed Tattler
Lake Tyers
Single Grey-tailed Tattler found alone on shoreline of one of the islands in the Lake east of the Lake Tyers township. Lake level is very low at present due to the drought with large areas of sand and sandy mud flats exposed just north of the closed entrance. Sue Grima spotted the lone shorebird, Deb Sullivan made the first tentative ID from a distance looking into the late afternoon sun and John Hutchison photographed the bird - the photos confirmed the ID.
Deb Sullivan and John Hutchison 25/1 #236662
Thu 24Australasian Figbird
Lakes Entrance
An Australasian Figbird was again heard calling from a quiet suburban area of Lakes Entrance adjacent to the carpark behind the post office.
Len and jacquie Axen 2/2 #236731
Mon 21Grey Currawong
Merri Creek, Quarries Park, Clifton Hill
Grey currawong heard calling at around 7:30pm from a residential street near Quarries Reserve. I often hear a grey currawong near Fairfield Boathouse and less often in the vicinity of TH Westfield Reserve but this is the first time I've heard one on this side of Merri Creek and in a relatively urban setting.
Harry Saddler 21/1 #236644
Zebra Finch
Point Cook Coastal Park--Homestead and Beach
A pair of Zebra Finch at the pond behind Airbase Car park Also 1 Little Eagle, 4 Collared Sparrowhawks & 3 Common Terns seen at the Homestead Beach.
Nick Portlock 21/1 #236643
Sun 20Common Cicadabird
Upper Yarra Reservoir Park
Distinctive call heard several times between 4:00 and 5:30 PM from just inside the entrance gate.
John Eichler 21/1 #236640
highlightLesser Sand-plover (~15-20), Greater Sand-plover (~7), Grey Plover (3), Far Eastern Curlew (~150)
Clonmel Island, Corner Inlet
Highlights of a day at Clonmel Island were great sightings, mainly at the northern end, of Lesser Lesser Sand-plover (~15-20), Greater Sand-plover (~7), Grey Plover (3), and a big number of Far Eastern Curlew (~150). Exact numbers of Sand-plovers hard to gauge, as many birds were seen more than once, on land and in flight, but group agreed on the numbers stated here. Other notable birds included three Red Knots, a lone Great Knot, and many Sanderling and Red-necked Stints. All birds seen well by myself, Owen Lishmund, David Adam, Karen Weil, Simon Starr, Christian Doerig, Matt McCrae, Alison Nisbett, Dan Roman, and Tanya Hattingh. eBird checklist
Leigh Pieterse, Owen Lishmund, Karen Weil, David Adam, Simon Starr and 5 others. 21/1 #236638
Eastern Curlew, Curlew Sandpiper
Chilcott Rocks, French Island
15 Eastern Curlews seen feeding near or flying past Chilcott Rocks on the western shore of French Island, north of Tankerton, at about 2pm - presumably dispersing from the Tortoise Head high tide roost. Also of note were three Curlew Sandpipers in the same location, the first time I've seen this species on the island.
Harry Saddler 20/1 #236635
highlightPlumed Whistling Duck
Cairn Curran Reservoir
2 mixing with Wood Duck, Black Ducks and Australian Shelducks. Not a common sight in the district.
Geoff Park 20/1 #236634
Great Crested Grebe
Lake Victoria (Point Lonsdale)
I reported on 15 Nov 2018 a large flock of grebes comprised of 20+ Great Crested Grebes and 40 or more Hoary-headed grebes clustered at the eastern end of Lake Victoria. Quite remarkably they are still all in the same location not having dispersed or moved further around the Lake. There are also 100 or so Avocets present, all being extremely active pursuing each other either in the water or in the air.
Rod Corinaldi 20/1 #236629
Sat 19highlightPainted Honeyeater
Beechworth (Fighting Gully Road)
One fledgling giving frequent begging call in silver wattle with abundant box mistletoe on rail trail. There were several pairs in this vicinity this spring/summer.
Richard Loyn 26/1 #236672
Buff-banded Rail
Foster-Mount Best Road, Mount Best
Delighted that garden resident Buff-banded Rails have bred for a second time this season. 5/11/18 5 young hatched and successfully raised to independence. 18/01/19 second brood; 4 young.
Elaine Smith 19/1 #236623
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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