A lot of action this summer has been focussed around the coastline, especially Werribee, and scarcer coastal waders. Some good records have included a Red-necked Phalarope, a number of Great Knot, Broad-billed Sandpipers, Cox’s Sandpipers (a hybrid between Pectoral and Curlew), Pectoral Sandpipers, Wood Sandpipers and further east in Gippsland Victoria’s first record of Wandering Tattler. Pacific Koel continue their range expansion into Victoria with numerous birds present, and a smaller number of Channel-billed Cuckoo also appearing.
A number of tours around the Melbourne area this summer have recorded well over 100 species for the day, whilst despite dry conditions north of the divide, the birding in northern Victoria remains excellent.
A recent 4 day tour recorded 185 species and a trip report can be seen here.