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Fri 24Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Ash Island--Wagtail Way, New South Wales
I was lucky enough to encounter multiple Yellow Wagtails this afternoon on at Fish Fry Flats on Ash Island. Three bird initially seen well and then nine birds flushed and flew towards Wagtail Way. A total of ten birds were later seen on Wagtail Way. There are odd records from SE Aust. of May and June records, however 10 birds is unprecedented. Majority of birds were in full breeding plumage however at least two were birds were still showing immature plumage. (Moderator's Note: There is one May record for the Hunter Estuary, being of a single bird 2/05/2012 on Ash Island, and there was a bird present on Hexham Swamp 22/06-8/07/2014, possibly overwintering? But these numbers in late May is unprecedented in southern Australia and this represents the biggest count ever in NSW for any time of year. MR). Further note: as of midday today [25/05] numerous birders had been out on the island looking for the birds since first light without luck (MR).
Ian Benson 24/5 #238535


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Fri 24Swift Parrots
Joshua Porter Reserve, Chain Valley Bay
There are still large numbers of Swift Parrots feeding in Swamp Mahogany and other flowering trees in this reserve. It is difficult to determine numbers but there were probably 30-40 birds flying between the trees.
Elisabeth Karplus 25/5 #239536
highlightEastern Yellow Wagtail
Ash Island--Wagtail Way
I was lucky enough to encounter multiple Yellow Wagtails this afternoon on at Fish Fry Flats on Ash Island. Three bird initially seen well and then nine birds flushed and flew towards Wagtail Way. A total of ten birds were later seen on Wagtail Way. There are odd records from SE Aust. of May and June records, however 10 birds is unprecedented. Majority of birds were in full breeding plumage however at least two were birds were still showing immature plumage. (Moderator's Note: There is one May record for the Hunter Estuary, being of a single bird 2/05/2012 on Ash Island, and there was a bird present on Hexham Swamp 22/06-8/07/2014, possibly overwintering? But these numbers in late May is unprecedented in southern Australia and this represents the biggest count ever in NSW for any time of year. MR). Further note: as of midday today [25/05] numerous birders had been out on the island looking for the birds since first light without luck (MR).
Ian Benson 24/5 #238535
Thu 23Yellw-tufted Honeyeater
Dandahra Rest Area, Gibraltar Range National Park
Single bird feeding in flowering eucalypt with Red Wattlebird, Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and White-naped Honeyeaters. Observers' first record at this location.
Greg Clancy & Alan Turnbull 24/5 #238537
Wompoo Fruit-Dove
Orara River, Ramornie
One bird perched in tree near house flew towards River. First record at this site for observers.
Greg Clancy & Alan Turnbull 24/5 #238536


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