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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The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots.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.

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August 2018
Mon 20Swift Parrots
Around 12 birds seen flying south in a tight group over the Melton Highway slightly east of the Plumpton Road intersection. Unmistakable tight weaving flight and spiky tails.
Micah Kawalek 20/8 #235146
Sat 18Song Thrush
Sanctuary Lakes
2 birds on big roundabout where Sanctuary Lakes Blvd splits into N and S. Have noted recent report of Bassian Thrush at nearby Pt Cook but these were not BTs, underparts clearly spotted rather than scalloped. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 19/8 #235129
highlightSwift Parrots
South of Eaglehawk
Five observers on Bendigo Field Nats morning walk saw and heard five Swift Parrots in flowering Yellow Gums in bush between James St and Bracewell St. eBird checklist
Malcolm Cousland 18/8 #235119
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary
Calling on a spring like morning in the Bird Paddock
David Coutts 18/8 #235116
Fri 17Superb Parrot
Private property off Harkins Road, Chiltern
Single male flew in from north, landed in flowering White Box and called regularly for several minutes, before flying further south. No public access to site.
Dean Ingwersen 20/8 #235142
highlightBlack-eared Cuckoo
You Yangs Regional Park--Barros Dams
Initially identified by call, slow descending note with warble at end of call, slower and more drawn out than nearby Horsfields BC. Later flew in to low branch of tree in response to copied whistle. Clear grey above, fawn-buff below, thick black stripe through and behind eye eBird checklist
John Newman, Trevor Lumb 17/8 #235111
Crescent Honeyeater
Knobs Junction, St Andrews
One pale bird, probably female, observed at the bird bath near the house. This is the first ever sighting of Crescent Honeyeater on our property. eBird checklist
Deb Oliver 17/8 #235110
Tue 14Speckled Warbler
Brisbane Ranges National Park--Anakie Gorge Picnic Ground
14:36 First spotted in the dry river bed, just up from lower car park.
Kevin & Karen Maddigan 17/8 #235114
megamegaLetter-Winged Kite
Near Painted Silo single bird hovering over Road verge excellent sighting of underwing pattern
Colin Johnson 16/8 #235105
Mon 13Sooty Oystercatcher
Ricketts Point
3 roosting on rocks at dusk
Sean Dooley 14/8 #235095
Eastern Barn Owl
Western Fwy at Ballarat Rd, Ravenhall
7:45am flying south alongside prison wall parallel with freeway. Corvids attending, owl not keen on their company.
David Gleeson 13/8 #235091
Bassian Thrush
Innisfail Reserve, Point Cook
Bassian Thrush sheltering in medium-sized trees from pestering birds, such as wattlebirds and honeyeaters. Near the child care centre on north side of park. 10am. Definitely not normal habitat for this species!
Bernie McRitchie 13/8 #235084
White-naped honeyeater, western gerygone, weebil, little lorikeet
Royal Park --Trin Warren Tam-boore
Two white-naped honeyeaters seen bathing in a small rockpool by a walking path immediately east of the Trin Warren Tam-Boore wetlands at about 8:30 AM. Also of note were several western gerygones and weebils associating in a mixed feeding flock with silvereyes, spotted pardalotes, and grey fantails on the ridgeline above the bike path, and little lorikeets heard calling from the opposite side of the train line near the zoo (but not seen).
Harry Saddler 13/8 #235082
Sun 12Glossy Ibis
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Paradise Rd
Two glossy ibis foraging near corner of Paradise and River road
Kate Finley and Rob Ward 14/8 #235096
Grey Crowned Babbler
Surprised to see and count a flock of eleven Grey Crowned Babblers foraging among the leaf litter in the paddock behind my home and the paddock of an adjoining neighbour. Birds were on the move foraging in the leaf litter and in the bark of the Box and Gum Trees and Allocasuarina Trees.
Michael O’Sullivan 12/8 #235073
Sat 11highlightSwift Parrots
Lockwood South
7 Swift Parrots foraging and calling in flowering Yellow Gums. Good numbers of Little Lorikeets and Purple-crowned Lorikeets too. Lockwood State Forest, off Boswell Rd. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton 11/8 #235064
Wed 8Barn Owl
I saw the bird fly across at about 6:15pm while I was driving along the Princes Hwy where it crosses the South Gippsland Fwy.
Ben Sinclair 8/8 #235050
Black-eared Cuckoo, Tree Martin, Fairy Martin
Royal Park, Parkville
Bird reported earlier today on Australian bird ID Facebook group. Seen well on north side of trin-warren east pond in eucalypts. Small brown cuckoo with large dark patch behind ear. Also seen at same spot were a Fairy Martin and a Tree Martin. Presumably all these birds brought in on early migration by drought and unusual strong northerly winds.
Will Morris 8/8 #235048
highlightBlack-eared Cuckoo
Royal Park --Trin Warren Tam-boore
Seen on a Birdlife Melbourne walk this morning
David Nice 8/8 #235047
Tue 7Eastern Barn Owl
Whittlesea City Council - Epping Depot (restricted access)
Single bird being harassed by Little Ravens at work this morning off High St. No doubt a few about at the moment but interesting to see in such an urban area, is surprisingly only 2nd record logged on eBird for City of Whittlesea.
Dan Ashdown 7/8 #235044
Mon 6highlightAustralian figbird
Mitchell River Bairnsdale
?David Green 6/8 #235038
Thu 2Sacred Kingfisher
New Crossing Place, Seymour
Early return. My previous earliest record along the Goulburn R. in Seymour has been 16 Sept. eBird checklist
Val La May 4/8 #235013
Barn Owl
Wyndham Council Depot
4pm. A Barn Owl being persistently attacked by a pair of Little Ravens. It retreated to the outer canopy of a Bushy Sugar Gum and hissed at them. I also saw it after sunrise on the 31st of July, flying around the Council yard, trying to shake off possibly the same 2 ravens. eBird checklist
Bernie McRitchie 2/8 #235001
Wed 1Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Mountainview Lane, Killawarra
First records for the season of these species at this site.
Chris Tzaros 2/8 #235000
Black-eared Cuckoo
Wychitella Nature Conservation Reserve--Railway Reservoir
Attracted by the mournful call. Heard in 2 spots relatively close so probably only 1 bird. A few other birds around indicating the approach of spring: Horsfield Bronze-cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo and Rufous Whistler. eBird checklist
Scott Eaton and Greg Licence 1/8 #234993

July 2018
Mon 30Diamond Firetail
Brookfield, Wunghnu
A small flock of 4 Diamond Firetails seen along Watters Road. Feeding in dry grass.
Catarina Gregson 30/7 #234977
Whiskered Tern
Wallan Sewage Treatment Plant, Station Rd, Wallan
Seen over ponds. Seen occasionally here over the years. eBird checklist
Colin Mulvogue 30/7 #234973
Sun 29Cattle Egret
Barkley Square Recreation Reserve, Kyneton
5 birds foraging on the waterlogged soccer pitch (pitch #2). Records of Cattle Egrets in the upland areas of the Macedon Ranges seem to be in very short supply. I reported one from the same location on 8/7/18, and 1 from nearby Pipers Creek in winter 2017. That's it for eBird. Very scarce up here >500m ASL. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 30/7 #234972
highlightBrown Gerygone (2), Grey Goshawk
Darebin Parklands
A pair of Brown Gerygone seen feeding in flowering wattles and eucalypts east of the dog park, along Darebin Creek. Gave prolonged and exceptionally close views showing red eye, white tail tips, grey facial colouring and lack of streaking. Also calling near-continuously. This record follows a recent confirmed report of Brown Gerygone at Banyule Flats. A grey morph Grey Goshawk also flew over the dog park, heading south-west towards the Yarra River. eBird checklist
Oakley Germech 29/7 #234970
Sat 28Rose Robin
Sorrensens Bushland Reserve
South of Talbot.
Brian Nestor 31/7 #234982
Striped Honeyeater
Lake Tyrrell Wildlife Reserve--Baileys Rd
Marlene Lyell 30/7 #234975
highlightNorthern Shoveller
Lake Modewarre
Shoveler showing very well in bright sunshine
Corrie and Ian Macartney and Will Bridgeman 29/7 #234964
Fri 27Red-necked Avocet
Mots Beach (Marlo)
30 + birds in shallows opposite Mots Beach
Christopher McRae 27/7 #234960
Barn Owl
Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Park--Toora Beach
The Barn Owl was flushed from the bush beside the track leading to the boardwalk.
Rohan Bugg 27/7 #234959
Tue 24highlightEastern Osprey
Lake Yambuk outlet
1 adult female seen, moving around but coming back to narrow reach of lake before beach. Outlet to the sea likely to be opened soon so conditions likely to change,
George Appleby 25/7 #234943
Mon 23Red-winged Parrot
Photographed a large group of Regent Parrots on the Rugby Oval at Robinvale and noticed a Red-winged Parrot and a few Musk Lorikeets joining them this afternoon before the rain. Moderators Note: Currently no way to know if this bird is an escapee or a wild bird. More likely an escapee, however there is a drought on in parts of NSW and Queensland.
Paula Boreham 23/7 #234931
Sun 22Barn Owl
Royal Park --Trin Warren Tam-boore
Previously reported Barn Owl still present near the skink habitat. Black-shouldered Kite also seen hovering over the railway line.
Anne Palamountain 22/7 #234924
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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