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Birdline New South Wales

Birdline NSW 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 New South Wales is supported by Birding NSW, Birdlife Southern NSW and Cumberland Bird Observers Club and moderated by Alan Morris, Max Breckenridge, Mick Roderick and Simon Blanchflower.

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Moderators' Note

The moderators are monitoring current government regulations related to the NSW COVID-19 outbreak regarding stay at home orders. We will not publish any reports that potentially breach these regulations. Birders are encouraged to post lists to eBird Australia, where sightings are incorporated into the BirdLife Australia Atlas. To do this you need to register with eBird Australia then login. All Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot reports should be forwarded to Mick Roderick to assist in the recovery of these severely declining species: Note we will not be publishing reports of Accipiter raptors (Collared Sparrowhawk, Grey/Brown Goshawks) or Square-tailed Kites unless they are in unusual locations or are seen with unusual prey etc.

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

September 2021
Fri 17Koel
Bellevue Hill (Sydney)
1 male calling since pre-dawn (Moderator: Koels have arrived and were reported from mid-August for Sydney & the Central Coast and this will be the last one we publish from Sydney and other areas where there have been previous reports. However on the Mid North Coast few Koels have been recorded as yet! AKM))
Chris Gladwin 17/9 #260797
Wed 15Spectacled Monarch
Jacana Hsd Clarenza 2460
Nice to see a Spectacled Monarch here today. This migrant species was previously sighted here in September 2019 and September 2020
Eric Wheeler 15/9 #260792
Painted Honeyeater, Tawny Grassbird
Yarrie Lake
Checking the swamp on the eastern side of Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, this morning I found a returned Painted Honeyeater (very poor distant ID shot attached) and a Tawny Grassbird. After recent rainfall and lots of water in the gully leading to the lake, there is good reed growth in the swamp (and weeds on the levee) creating habitat for cryptic, ground-dwelling species, while above there is mistletoe in casuarinas that has both flowers and fruit. Both the Painted Honeyeater and the Tawny Grassbird were vocal. (Moderator's Note: First Painted Honeyeater in NSW based on eBird and Birdata reports. MR).
Michael Dahlem 15/9 #260785
Mon 13Painted Button-quail
Bradleys Head
One Painted Button-quail seen this morning crossing the track not far from Atholl Hall turnoff on the main bush track that goes around Bradleys Head. Also plenty of spring activity with groups of Yellow-faced HE's moving through, quite a few Spotted Pardalote pairs scouting out nesting sites at ground level, and a Fan-tailed Cuckoo heard calling. Also an Osprey was seen at Clifton Gardens.
Simon Blanchflower 13/9 #260771
Rufous Songlark
Sawtell - Richardson Park
Two birds seen this morning. First returns. They do not show up here every year, but do tend to arrive in years when it is drier or drought-stricken inland of here. But here they are.
Peter Higgins 13/9 #260770
Eastern Osprey
Moona Moona creek estuary near Vincentia
Spent ten minutes or so plunging into the sea by the rock platform.Then disappeared from whence it came, to the north.
Andy Wood 13/9 #260763
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Kings Langley
First sighting for the season of a pair of Channel-billed Cuckoos in the area. Courting behaviour carrying mulberries to feed its partner. Also removing an egg from the nest of Pied Currawongs (Moderators Note: although we are not publishing more Sydney arrivals of Channel-bills this report is accompanied by interesting behavioural observations). eBird checklist
Michael Rutkowski 13/9 #260761
Pallid Cuckoo, Comb-crested Jacana
Cattai Wetlands, Coopernook, Nr Taree
Beaut walk around Wetlands. Pallid Cuckoo heard calling on track leading down from Lookout to Lagoon pontoon. 62 species were seen including a Jacana, a Latham's Snipe and a Black-faced Monarch. The Pallid Cuckoo was the first reported for the Mid North Coast this spring! eBird checklist
Julia & Peter Hudd 13/9 #260760
Black Kite
Centennial Park (Sydney)
Whilst photographing an imm. Brown Goshawk at some height over Federation Gully, I lost track of it and mistakenly thought I'd recovered the sighting but this second bird turned out to be a Black Kite, at an even greater height.
Biggles Csolander 13/9 #260757
Sun 12White-headed Pigeon
Royal Botanic Gardens (Sydney)
Enjoying a balmy afternoon in the gardens and was pleased to find a White-headed Pigeon perched elegantly in a tree right between the cafe and the ponds. This is the fifth location I have seen White-headed Pigeons in the last month. eBird checklist
Kerry Allen 12/9 #260756
White-browed Woodswallow
Shortland (Hunter Estuary)
Three flocks of very high-flying White-browed (and possibly some Masked?) Woodswallows seen, though mostly heard, over Shortland today. Most of the movement was earlier in the day before the wind really picked up. Pictured is a pair that was high over my house. There have only been a handful of reports in eBird in NSW this season (and no reports of either species anywhere in NSW in Birdata) but no other reports I'm aware of from coastal areas. It will be interesting to see if any White-browed / Masked Woodswallows return to the Tomalpin Woodlands to breed, as the conditions are looking very similar to 2018 when there were thousands of them in there, feeding on Grey and Broad-leaved Ironbark blossom (and White-broweds bred). Or perhaps they'll stay inland this year?
Mick Roderick 12/9 #260755
Whiskered Tern
Old Richmond Vale Railway Line, Leneghan (Hexham Swamp)
Was very pleased to see a flock of 13 Whiskered Terns hawking over the flooded fields north of the Old Richmond Vale Railway Line, Leneghan today. With conditions the way they are inland I was half-expecting to not see them on the coast at all this spring. This is the first report of Whiskered Terns in a coastal catchment this season that I can see from eBird and Birdata. Several in the flock in partial breeding colour. There are still several hundred stilts, with some nesting, 50+ Intermediate Egrets, 13 Glossy Ibis and two unidentified flocks of migratory shorebirds flying around - one looked like Sharpies, the other were larger birds, perhaps golden plovers?
Mick Roderick and Dan Williams 12/9 #260754
White-winged Triller
Western Sydney Parklands, Glendenning
Saw my first White-winged Triller for the season with a male coming down to drink along the creek. Also had 3 Latham's snipe at the emphermal wetland, the pair of Lewin's Rails, several Spotless Crakes (possibly at least 3 pairs), Brown Quail, a Whistling Kite, a Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Azure Kingfisher, a pair of Crested Shrike-tits, a Rose Robin, a pair of Varied Sittellas, White-throated Gerygone and Dusky Woodswallows. Still lots of both White-naped and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters moving through.
Edwin Vella et al 12/9 #260752
highlightBrahminy Kite
Awesome to see a juv Brahminy Kite soaring over Wilson St Newtown just before 10am. Bird had following attributes: square tail, with dark tip: jet black, slightly fingered wingtips (black went back some way), carpals held forward; brown and white underwing; pale cream area around legs. The bird soared and held body in straight line. Osprey, ST Kite, Pacific Baza, Little Eagle and Spotted Harrier all ruled out. Harassed by 3 Australian Ravens. I know how unusual this bird is in Sydney. Happy to talk to moderators further.
Lorne Johnson 12/9 #260748
Sat 11Rufous Songlark
Bells Firetrail, Lake Innes NR
Long treck along Bells Firetrail produced an early Rufous Songlark. Infrequently recorded in the Port Macquarie area. (Moderator's Note: First spring report for the Manning/Hastings/Macleay Region. AKM)
James Oates 13/9 #260777
Swift Parrots
Gudgeong Reserve at Rouse Hill (Blacktown LGA)
At least a couple of Swift Parrots with both seen at the same time mainly roosting in trees. However because of the time of the day there were probably more about but keeping quiet.
Edwin Vella 12/9 #260753
Fri 10Channel-billed Cuckoo
Eulah Creek
This morning around sunrise heard the first Channel-billed Cuckoo of the season near the T-junction of Eulah Creek Road and Box Gully Road, 20 km E of Narrabri, on the western side of the divide.
Michael Dahlem 10/9 #260737
Wed 8 Varied Triller
Ourimbah RTA Reserve
Male Varied Triller was seen around the same place in the Reserve over 2 consecutive days. Wed 8/9/21 and Thursday 9/9/21. The Triller was very vocal and active both days. (Moderator's Note: The Trillers have been present now for 11 months, and successfully bred and are of interest because they are about 200 km south of their usual southern limit in NSW at Harrington. AKM)
David Russell 10/9 #260739
Southern Boobook
A mini-irruption? Thanks to liaising with Lindy Jones and Judy Clark I can report that we have three Boobooks calling persistently within a km or so of each other in Greenwich, the first two from early August [Berrys Creek near Eastview & Russell Sts; Carlotta Lane; vicinity of mouth of Gore Creek].
Ted Nixon 9/9 #260734
Black-faced Monarch (Monarcha melanopsis)
Rumbalara Reserve Wyoming
Flying busily in middle to upper branches. There appeared to be at least one other Black-faced Monarch nearby but I couldn't get a clear view. First return to the Central Coast. (Moderator's Note: Another Black-faced Monarch was seen later the same day near the Ourimbah Creek RTA Reserve by Darren Earnshaw!. AKM)
Peter Brady 9/9 #260733
Tue 7Red Knots
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Approximately 12 Red Knots seen at falling tide today
Ariel Darley 7/9 #260724
Painted Buttonquail
Lime Kiln Bay Reserve and Wetlands
A scarce record this side of Georges River. Thanks to Peter S for the tip that a local walker had shared a photo online yesterday. Relocated at dawn today. Most unusual to see it walking along the edge of mangroves. eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg - Sydney Birding 7/9 #260722
Sun 5Powerful Owl
32 Castle Street, Castle Hill, 2154
Saw this owl this evening sitting on a tree under a street light. Thought at first that it was a raptor, then came home and looked it up! He/she was eyeing two of our local Possums. Time now 11:57. Seen in last 30 minutes.
Mary Thomas 5/9 #260720
highlightSwift Parrots
Gudgegong Reserve - Rouse Hill (Blacktown LGA)
At least 5 Swift Parrots seen at this reserve today in the Blacktown LGA section of Rouse Hill. Saw one of the Swift Parrots feeding in the flowering Stringybarks near the entrance of the reserve. Also present here was an intermediate morph White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Brown-headed Honeyeaters, Varied Sittellas, Rufous Whistlers, several Noisy Friarbirds etc.
Edwin Vella 5/9 #260716
Sat 4White-throated Gerygone
Western Sydney Parklands, Glendenning
Returning White-throated Gerygones. Also present here were a pair of Lewin's Rails, a Buff-banded Rail, a few Spotless Crakes, Azure Kingfisher, Crested Shrike-tits, Dusky Woodswallows etc.
Edwin Vella 5/9 #260717
Leaden Flycatcher
Maria River, North of Port Macquarie
Single female Leaden Flycatcher, returning migrant.
Tim Morris 4/9 #260712
Fri 3Latham's Snipe
Narrawang Wetlands, Sydney Olympic Park
Flushed from pond just south of Holker St. First for spring/summer at the Park.
JJ Harrison 3/9 #260705
Thu 2Leaden Flycatcher
Single male heard then seen in coastal reserve above Murrays Beach (while on walk from home). First here for season. Yay spring.
Peter Higgins 2/9 #260704
Wed 1Topknot Pigeon
Sydney Park
21 birds flying south mid-morning. The most Topknots I've seen together in Sydney's inner-west. Other birds of note: 2 Lewin's Rails, 1 Brown Quail.
Lorne Johnson and Steve Edwards 15/9 #260786
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Bellevue Hill (Sydney)
1 flew in high from the north at 17:35 - and sounded excited to be home. (Moderator's Note: As we have now published four reports (including this one) of Channel-billed Cuckoos returning to Sydney (Hunters Hill, Balmain, Newington & Bellevue Hill) and 3 reports for the Central Coast, we won't be publishing any more reports of arrival for those two Regions! AKM).
Chris Gladwin 1/9 #260702
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Pidding Park, East Ryde
3. Birds observed at approximately -33.813901, 151.122445. Seen from path leading down hill along line of Cressy Rd towards Pidding Rd, on edge of bushland downlsope of Pidding Park. At first 1 seen then 2 more, together in one blackbutt tree (Eucalyptus pilularis), Unmistakable. Large honeyeater, olive green above, white below with black in throat and chest, black head with white stripe back through to nape and and large bare bright blue patch on face. 3 flew away from park and then later 2 flying back overhead again to Field of Mars. eBird checklist
Frank Hemmings 1/9 #260698

August 2021
Tue 31Leaden Flycatcher, White-breasted Woodswallow
near Saltwater Inlet, Iluka
Female plumaged Flycatcher in mangrove and Woodswallow perched on dead branch of mangrove. Returning migrants.
Greg Clancy 3/9 #260706
White-eared Monarch, Spectacled Monarch, Rufous Fantail, Eastern Shrike-tit
Iluka Nature Reserve
Adult male White-eared Monarch, adult Spectacled Monarch and adult Rufous Fantail observed and an Eastern Shrike-tit was heard calling in the rainforest. The Spectacled Monarch and Rufous Fantail would be recent returns from the north. The migratory status of the White-eared Monarch at Iluka is not clear but it may be sedentary.
Greg Clancy 1/9 #260699
Radjah Shelduck
Hunter Wetlands Centre (Newcastle)
The four Radjah Shelducks that were first found on Hexham Swamp by Steph Owen 20/08, after having been seen a couple of times in flooded paddocks at Leneghan, have now relocated to the Hunter Wetlands Centre. The birds have been there the past two days, reported by volunteers, as the centre is currently closed to visitors. Photo by Peter Mateer (three birds in centre of frame).
Paddy Lightfoot per Mick Roderick 31/8 #260694
Mon 30Striated Pardalote
Red cedar close, Ourimbah (private residence)
Heard the distinctive call and trill of Striated Pardalote. Could not get a visual as it was to distant. Uncommon for this direct area, although I did report one about this time last year.(Moderator's Note: Striated Pardalotes were once regular around Ourimbah and Wyong, but they appear to have disappeared from these areas since about 2000. AKM)
Luke Shelley 30/8 #260686
Sun 29Channel-billed Cuckoo
First I heard of the season. Same day as Robert Griffin's bird.
John Harrison 30/8 #260685
Spectacled Monarch
Bago Bluff National Park--Quarry Trail
First spring return for Hastings Region. (Moderator's Note: Soon followed by another sighting by Peter West at Diamond Head, Crowdy Bay NP, later that morning. AKM)
Les Mitchell 30/8 #260683
Banded Lapwing (12)
Cooney Creek, east of Armidale
Followed up on reports of a pair of Banded Lapwings on the solar farm construction site by Alex Rogers. I live on the property where the solar farm is being built, so was able to access the adjacent paddock to the site. I was pleasantly surprised to find 12 adult birds foraging in amongst the solar infrastructure. My 2nd record for the Northern Tablelands and definitely a high count. NB- This site is not accessible to the public. eBird checklist
Heath Milne 29/8 #260682
Latham Snipe
Seelum Creek, Coraki
Single bird sighted feeding along the Waters edge. Was there for most of the morning, moving about on both sides of the lagoon.
Angela Suzanne Powell 29/8 #260681
Channel-billed Cuckoo
First of the season heard in Balmain this afternoon. (Moderator's Note: The first Central Coast LGA Channel-billed Cuckoo was reported by Tricia Sweet at Koolewong 11/8/21 and another was reported from Doyalson North by Meryl Newton on 24/8/21, and another on 28/8/21 at Kariong by Christina Port, so 28/8 seems to be a key date see #260685. AKM
Robert Griffin 29/8 #260679
Sat 28White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike (Dark morph)
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Photographed one of these birds some years ago at same site. Not seen since until today. First 2 returning Dusky Woodswallows also observed.
Mark Leary 28/8 #260674
Rose Robin, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Tawny Grassbird
Mount Kaputar National Park--Upper Bullawa Creek
Early this (frosty) morning made another Covid-safe foray into the Upper Bullawa Creek section of Mt. Kaputar NP, 40 km E of Narrabri. A number of eucalypts along the creek are now starting to flower, attracting lots of honeyeaters. The highlight was provided by at least 4 Black-chinned HEs, in trees only meters from the entrance gate/grid. The Tawny Grassbird is still hanging out about 100 m from there, near the old water storage tanks. A female Rose Robin, possibly the same as about a week ago, is still present near the road as it continues past Foggy Dell, about 100 m from the T-junction. At the same location Eastern Spinebills were found. It may also be noteworthy that a pair of White-browed Babblers was already found there feeding two juveniles. ID shots taken of all species reported here.
Michael Dahlem 28/8 #260672
Fri 27Great Knot
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
One Great Knot, the first I have seen this season present at Farquhar. Also, a Grey-tailed Tattler and at least one Red-necked Stint (maybe 2) were present for the first time this season.
Silas Darnell 31/8 #260690
Eastern Koel
The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty
Whilst driving through Long Jetty with my window down I heard my first Eastern Koel for the season. Obviously I was passing through and did not hear it for long but the distinctive sound rang out. First Central Coast record for spring.
Graham Nelson 30/8 #260684
Black-necked Stork
Seelum Creek, Coraki
Black-necked Storks nesting with two large young in the nest in top of tree on private property. Nearby were four Black-fronted Dotterels along the creek bank and six male Red-backed Fairy-wrens In the one large flock.
Angela Suzanne Powell 27/8 #260662
Thu 26Blue-faced Honeyeater
Ryde Park, Ryde
2 Blue-faced Honeyeaters were being harassed by Noisy Miners in late afternoon. Blaxland Road side of the park right next to Ryde Park Memorial Cenotaph.
Fatih Sam 26/8 #260661
Brush Cuckoo
Fernbank Creek Road NSW
Heard calling but unable to sight .
Tony Morton 26/8 #260658
Lathams Snipe
Partridge Creek NSW
Three early arrivals to the area seen at the Partridge Creek Swamp
Tony Morton 26/8 #260657
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Rollands plains Rd. Ballengarra
Briefly came down to the birdbath before taking off. Flew around for a short while then flew off towards a large flowering Ironbark. Too quick for a photo.
Phillip Shelley 26/8 #260656
Wed 25Banded Lapwing
Eastlakes golf course
Waited 25 years to see this bird at Eastlakes, yet it only took 3 days of golfing to be banned (1 hour exercise incompatibility) to get this beautiful and sought after wader as a new site record. Wonderful lockdown cloud silver lining bonus.
David Mitford 25/8 #260653
Mon 23Channel-billed Cuckoo
Woolwich Road, Hunters Hill
Channel-billed Cuckoo heard calling twice during my morning walk.
Elisabeth Karplus 23/8 #260644
Sun 22Powerful Owl
Kamay Botany Bay National Park (North) - NP depot Henry head Ln
Went for some suburban spotlighting on an evening walk and saw a big bird glide through the trees thanks to the full moon. Got my torch on it and it was a Powerful Owl. Very much unexpected at this location, although there is a stretch of Ok habitat for it in between Henry Head Ln and Anzac parade. Saw 3 Brushtail Possums as well, before the Owl went through that is... I'm thinking its too far from CP to be one of the resident birds (10.6 km in a straight line between the CP roost and the location of my sighting) and its likely a different bird. Very rarely observed, if ever, in the southern eastern subs.
Vincent Mourik 23/8 #260643
Swift Parrot
Mount Annan Botanic Gardens--Banksia Garden
8 Swift Parrots feeding on blossoms high in the gums behind the toilet complex. Confirmed by 2 other birders.
Brett Mezen 22/8 #260641
Lathams Snipe
Central Coast Wetlands (Tuggerah)
Single bird in old watercourse just past wetlands entry feeding and wading at puddle edge. (Moderator's Note: First Central Coast record for the spring, bit later than usual! .AKM) eBird checklist
David Schuemaker 22/8 #260635
Tawny Grassbird
Mount Kaputar National Park--Upper Bullawa Creek
100-200 m into the Upper Bullawa Creek section of Mt. Kaputar National Park, 40 km E of Narrabri, a Tawny Grassbird was found in tall weed growth (verbenas?) near the roadside. A Tawny Grassbird was reported from there a few months ago, so presumably still the same. It moved around a fair bit and was quite vocal. Obtained some average pics and good audio.
Michael Dahlem 22/8 #260634
Sat 21Channel-billed Cuckoo, Spectacled Monarch, Rufous Fantail, White-throated Nightjar
Pillar Valley (private property)
Cuckoo heard calling, Monarch and Fantail observed and 2 Nightjars heard calling at night. Two Australian Owlet-nightjars were also heard calling at night. First returns for observer at this site.
Russell Jago 27/8 #260664
Rainbow Bee-eater
Deadman Bridge, Koukandowie Creek, near Coutts Crossing
One Bee-eater perched in dead tree on creek bank. Although some Bee-eaters over-winter in the Clarence Valley some years I have only had one other winter record this year that of a bird on powerlines at Woodford Island on August 4. They have been absent from the Coutts Crossing area all winter. (Moderator's Note: Bee-eaters have already started to return to NSW, as they were reported at Sherwood near Kempsey on 19/8/2021. AKM and Kurri Kurri 18/08/2021 MR).
Greg Clancy 22/8 #260632
Caspian Tern (Sydney - x9 today, x15 earlier)
Heinrich Reserve
This is a bit of a composite report. 9x Caspian Terns seen today - including finally being able to read an orange leg flag "V5". Have been watching the sandbar just off Gertrude Point, Lugarno, for a few months now (#isobirding) and had a high count of 15 on 18/7/21. Noted 10+ birds quite a number of times here, and from searching eBird records (only), I believe this is probably the largest aggregate of this species recorded in Sydney. Have seen a leg flagged bird on many occasions and in all probability it's been the same bird as today, but obviously can't be sure. eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg - Sydney Birding 21/8 #260629
Little Eagle
Little Eagle soaring high above Leichhardt this afternoon. The first I have seen in Leichhardt since we moved here four years ago. It makes a change from the usual feral pigeons, Noisy Miners and Rainbow Lorikeets that I see from my balcony.
David Hair 21/8 #260628
Fri 20Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (2)
Central Coast Wetlands (Tuggerah)
Pair of presumed early returning Sharpies present, first record for the Central Coast this season.
Andrew Robindson 22/8 #260638
Rose Robin, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Mount Kaputar National Park--Upper Bullawa Creek
Both birds heard only, not seen in dense scrub, 40 km east of Narrabri. Audio recorded and ID established by matching with calls in online databases. The cuckoo was ca. 1 km east of Foggy Dell, the robin ca. 0.5 km west of Foggy Dell (audio will be posted on my website).
Michael Dahlem 20/8 #260625
highlightRadjah Shelduck
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve--Old Pipeline Track
I went for a walk in Hexham Swamp this afternoon, as it is within my LGA and I was following all current restrictions, and stumbled across 4 Radjah Shelducks sitting looking at me. They got as big a surprise as I did and quickly flew a bit deeper into the swamp. I stayed for 3hrs watching but didn’t see them re-emerge. (Moderator's Note: Likely the first record for Hunter Estuary / Hunter River catchment and four birds a remarkable find. MR)
Steph Owen per Mick Roderick 20/8 #260624
Thu 19Wompoo Fruit-dove
Victoria Park Nature Reserve (Alstonville)
I observed a male? Wompoo take a small twig to another bird who was sitting in a tangle of vines at the edge of a small tree canopy. He presented the twig to the other bird who then pushed it into a very flimsy nest platform on which she? was sitting. This is the earliest I have seen Wompoo Fruit-doves nesting in the northern rivers region. No eggs were seen. The nest was approximately 4m above the ground.
David Charley 20/8 #260623
Pallid Cuckoo
Ash Island
I was pleasantly surprised to encounter a single female Pallid Cuckoo about half way along Milham Rd on Ash Island. The weather had a Spring-like feel to it and all birds seen were very active. eBird checklist
Steven Cooper 19/8 #260622
Brahminy Kite
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--West Head
1 juv flying low overhead near America Bay and then subsequently rising very high on a thermal above West Head Rd.
Jayden Walsh and Ben Reay 19/8 #260621
Eurasian Skylark
Tempe (Swamp Rd area)
An hour and twenty minutes of early morning essential exercise (and essential birding) at Tempe, near Swamp Rd (at the back of Ikea), produced a Eurasian Skylark. Other birds of note: Collared Sparrowhawk, Brown Honeyeater and Golden-headed Cisticola. I happened to bump into Steve Edwards.
Lorne Johnson and Steve Edwards 19/8 #260620
Wed 18Far eastern curlew
Port Hacking Tidal Flats
Had a far eastern curlew that was leg flagged that spent the summer of 2018/19 here in Port Hacking. Was not seen for 2019/20 summer. Sighted again today. This is what I have received from China to confirm probably the same bird even though I could not record the number from the gold leg ring. Katherine Leung Admin Both flags are plain, in which we can nailed down its banding date to be autumn-2018. That year the team has only banded two Eastern Curlew with plain flags on right tibia at Tiaozini, Dongtai, Jiangsu (120.951076, 32.758074). Both on 13-Sep-2018 as 1st year bird. Very interesting observation that this bird is around your site in 2018/19 but not 2019/20. I would imaging a young curlew will stay at the non-breeding site for 1st and 2nd year at least. Maybe he/she wondered somewhere for over-summering in 2019/20? eBird checklist
Julie Keating 18/8 #260619
Eastern Koel
First for the season, heard calling throughout the day.
Max de Beer, Isabella Contador-Kelsall 18/8 #260617
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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