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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. We may also consider publishing unusually-plumaged birds (e.g. albinistic/leucistic/melanistic) if they are considered interesting or are uncommonly seen.

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11/28/2021

Moderators' Note

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: mick.roderick@birdlife.org.au. 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.

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highlightHighlightmegamegaMega
January 2022
Sun 23highlightRadjah Shelduck
Hastings Point WTP
Five birds present, discovered yesterday, seen by multiple observers.
Hans Wohlmuth, Susan Inglis 23/1 #264564
Sat 22highlightRadjah Shelduck
West Byron Wetlands (Restricted access - Council key required)
Two birds seen by multiple observers. Not located again the following day.
Hans Wohlmuth, Susan Inglis 23/1 #264563
Musk Duck and Blue Billed Ducks
Denbigh Farm Dam - Cobbity NSW
One adult female Musk Duck, two adult male Blue Bills and one adult female Blue Bill Duck. All hanging out together at first then one AM and AF Blue Bill moved off together so I assume they are a pair. Remaining AM Blue Bill and AF Musk Duck did their own thing for a while until the Blue Bill decide to "make a pass" at the Musk Duck. She was not very happy about that! First record of Musk Duck for this location eBird checklist
Brett Mezen 22/1 #264558
White-fronted & Pied Honeyeaters, Shy Heathwren
Round Hill Nature Reserve--railway line at -33.04922, 146.21281
Very few birds about despite the cooler weather but some good birds seen. I only went as far as the main rail line and birded about 1km on each side. Lots of Diamond Doves present and good views of the White-fronted Honeyeaters, and one female Pied Honeyeater. eBird checklist
Max O'Sullivan 22/1 #264557
Fri 21Pink-eared Duck
Powells Lane, Richmond Lowlands
A pair of Pink-eared Ducks with 6 ducklings at Powells Lane. A rare breeding event for the Sydney area.
Jenny & Rod Stiles 23/1 #264562
Plumed Whistling Ducks
Yarramundi Lagoon
9 Plumed Whistling Ducks [continuing birds]. Viewed from Castlereagh Rd. The birds were hidden from view until flushed by a passing bulldozer.
Jenny and Rod Stiles 23/1 #264561
Bassian Thrush
Bronte
I heard rustling on the garden floor as I was getting my clothes off the line and assumed it was one of many local cats. I didn't have my camera (or even phone) so raced upstairs to grab camera and then saw it again 30 mins later. I thought it was a song thrush when I saw it fleetingly at first but photo indicates it is a BT (but happy to be corrected by the experts). If so, a very unusual sighting for Bronte.
Charles Hunter 21/1 #264554
Thu 20White-winged Black Tern
Rosendahl Reservoir, Port Macquarie
5 White-winged Black Terns at the reservoir this afternoon. Photo by Ian Kerr captured 3 of them. (Moderator's Note: It is of interest that last year at the same location, 1 White-winged Black Terns were present for the period 26/1 to 11/3/2021. Could one be the same bird? AKM).
James Oates, Ian Kerr, Tim Morris 20/1 #264552
highlightRuff
Crookhaven Heads, Shoalhaven
The Ruff was re-found today by Carla Jackett (thank you!). We saw the bird this afternoon on the western side of the headland, just north of the caravan park at -34.903228, 150.765499. Lachlan Hall and Graham Barwell were also present. eBird checklist
Martin & Penny Potter 20/1 #264550
Wed 19Sooty Tern
Stockton Sandspit
Adult seen flying along the Hunter River towards the coast. eBird checklist
Archie Brennan & James Bennett 19/1 #264547
Sooty Tern
Horseshoe Beach, Newcastle
Juvenile seen flying at great height eBird checklist
Archie Brennan and James Bennet 19/1 #264546
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Manning Estuary, Harrington
South Island Pied Oystercatcher "1N" (red tag) was seen on the sand spit at Harrington this morning. Last record at the site was 21/4/2021. As with last year it was with a large group of, non-resident, Australian Pied Oystercatchers that congregate in Harrington around this time of year.
Silas Darnell 19/1 #264545
highlightLesser Frigatebird
Gerroa
Adult female flying south over Gerroa at about 8am.
David Hair 19/1 #264543
Tue 18highlightRed-chested Buttonquail
Martindale
Flushed and seen in flight. Small brown buttonquail with faint wing panels and red sides to tail. Photo on eBird list eBird checklist
James Bennett and Archie Brennan 18/1 #264542
White-winged Black Tern, Blue-billed Duck
Lake Goran
Further to recent reports from this site, a single White-winged Black Tern seen well fishing over the flooded Lake Goran Rd. A single male Blue-billed Duck also here, just west of the crossing. The last time this site had water was 2011-2013 and there are masses of birds present, particuarly east of Lake Goran Rd where over 300 Whiskered Terns are breeding in flooded grassland. Please see eBird list comments for details regarding access. eBird checklist
Max Breckenridge 18/1 #264540
Great Crested Grebe (breeding)
Breeza
Interesting observation of 25 active Great Crested Grebe nests (35 individuals) on the western pond near the Breeza grain silos. Musk Duck (4), Gull-billed Tern (7) and Tawny Grassbird (1) also present. eBird checklist
Max Breckenridge 18/1 #264539
Sun 16Brush turkey
Belongil beach
A mob of 10 turkeys roosting (?) as a group on powerlines in an urban street at dusk. Never seen this behaviour before.
Ian Colvin 16/1 #263538
Curlew Sandpiper
Lake Goran
Following up on David Schuemaker's report (#263516, 8 Jan 2022), I found in amongst a mob of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers 3 Curlew Sandpipers. They were all on the road, at the northern end of the crossing through the lake, this morning. Some species have already been breeding at Goran Lake and there are thousands of waterbirds present right now. For more photos, including one showing the mixed flock of small waders, see the ebird checklist. eBird checklist
Michael Dahlem 16/1 #263537
Streaked Shearwater
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Two Streaked Shearwaters seen today close to shore in light southerlies, also seen were 3 Flesh-footed Shearwater, 5 Fluttering Shearwater, 2 Australasian Gannets, 200 Wedge-tailed Shearwater and 2 Pomarine Jaegers.
David Mitford 16/1 #263536
highlightCommon Gull-billed Tern
Stockton Sandspit
One Common Gull-billed Tern seen amongst the shorebirds this morning.
Edwin Vella, Martin Snowball et al 16/1 #263535
highlightAustralaisan Bittern
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve--Old Pipeline Track
Good but brief flight views of the Bittern flying over the reed bed in the morning. Also great was of course the Little Curlew and a female Black-necked Stork.
Edwin Vella and Martin Snowball 16/1 #263534
Tahiti and Gould's Petrels, Sooty Terns
Offshore--Port Stephens pelagic
Highlights of a reasonably low diversity Port Stephens pelagic today (12 species outside the heads) were singles of Tahiti and Gould's Petrels, 50+ Sooty Terns and 30+ White-faced Storm-petrels.
Mick Roderick and others aboard the MV Contagious 16/1 #263532
Spotted Crake, Buff-banded Rail, Australian Little Bittern (H)
Fivebough Wetlands
An early morning visit produced 55 species. Despite plenty of water in the wetlands there are some good birds to be seen. The Reed Warblers seems to have exploded with birds everywhere likewise for Cisticolas and Little Grassbirds. No Oz Bitterns booming but I assume they are still present. The Little Bittern was heard calling but no sighting. eBird checklist
Max O'Sullivan 16/1 #263529
Sat 15highlightBrown Booby
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Liam and I spotted a Brown Booby traveling north amongst the 1000's of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. eBird checklist
Heath Milne and Liam Murphy 16/1 #263533
Massive nesting event of Australian White and Straw-necked Ibises.
Campbell's Wetlands, Griffith
There is a very large breeding event happening at Campbell's at present with well over 500 of each species cohabitating in a massive nesting colony. There are young birds already fledged with others sitting on eggs and others still carrying in nesting material. The swamp itself is overfull with the recent rains and even the boardwalk is under water. Very few ducks seen but a couple of Blue-bills, Musk and Pink-ears about. eBird checklist
Max O'Sullivan 16/1 #263531
Fri 14Plumed Whistling Duck (4)
Mount Penang Gardens, Kariong
Four rather skittish Plumed Whistling Duck present on the lower dam this morning.
Andrew Robinson 14/1 #263525
Beach Stone-curlew
Stockton Sandspit, (Newcastle)
1 bird at the high tide wader roost. Plus 35 Black-tailed Godwit and 60 Far-eastern Curlew. Bird moved out to closest mangrove island and disappeared into the shadows.
Chris Gladwin 14/1 #263522
Thu 13Barking Owl
Lisarow
Pair of adult Barking Owls seen and heard calling over the last two nights.
J. Manners 13/1 #263521
White-winged Black Tern
Lake Wollumboola
In mixed flock with Little Terns, Common Terns and Australian Fairy Terns eBird checklist
john anderson 13/1 #263519
highlightRuff
Crookhaven Heads and Lighthouse
Male based on size-larger than Pacific Golden Plover. Unusual to see this species in a marine coastal environment. May be the same individual that was at Flat Rock, Ballina until a week or so ago.
Dion Hobcroft 13/1 #263517
Wed 12Lesser Frigate
Abraham’s Bosom
First spotted during steady downpour on the morning of the 12th - seen again when the weather in the afternoon… Outstanding to watch it manoeuvre around the terns , tormenting them . Could be spotted working around Currarong anytime on subsequent days. eBird checklist
Paul Charlton 14/1 #263526
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Old Kempsey Road Gum Scrub
Single Black Glossy Cockatoo feeding. Photograph by K Graham.
K Graham 14/1 #263523
highlightLittle Curlew
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve--Old Pipeline Track
Single bird observed on the mudflats on the Hexham side of the track at about 4:15pm (Moderator's Note: bird was seen this morning [Thurs 13-01] at close range, as well as two Pectoral Sandpipers. MR).
Rachel Ivory 12/1 #263515
Tue 11King Quail
Kamay Botany Bay National Park--Cape Baily Track
One bird heard early afternoon, a little north-east of Cape Baily Lighthouse, west of the Cape Baily Track. The Red-backed Button-quail reported in 2021 wasn't heard or seen.
Lorne Johnson 12/1 #263512
Mon 10Australian Fairy Tern
Lake Wollumboola
Recorded over several days 10-13th, also reported ar Shoalhaven Head with good photos eBird checklist
john anderson 13/1 #263520
Powerful Owl
Gelfius Cres Macquarie Hills NSW
At 22:30 while taking my dog outside I as usual scan the surrounding neighbourhood trees for possums, which are in large numbers here; when I saw a very large bird roosting in a large gum. It look down at me and had the unmistakable head and large body of a Powerful Owl. I went and had my wife come outside to verify the sighting and she agreed that it’s huge size and features identified it as a beautiful specimen of a Powerful Owl.(Moderator's Note: A Powerful Owl while uncommon for the observer , would not be unexpected at this location. The Powerful Owl calling season has just begun, to find out more, check out Birdlife Aust. Powerful Owl Project online and on Facebook. AKM)
Ron Holmes 10/1 #263506
Sun 9Gang Gang Cockatoo
Wollongong Botanic Gardens
Heard and then saw 3 Gang Gangs being harassed by noisy miners in the trees around the music Conservatorium at the SE edge of the gardens. They then flew to the East calling like creaky doors as they went. Most unexpected - my 1st record for the Illawarra. eBird checklist
Steven Cooper 9/1 #263500
Pacific Emerald Dove
Mount Kembla Ring Track
Two Pacific Emerald Doves heard on the bottom section of the Ring Track. Access near the Windy Gully car park. One just past the house at the start and the other about 1km in near the locked gate. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 9/1 #263498
highlightMagpie Goose
Wet Lagoon, Breadalbane
2 birds seen flying low briefly over wetland and landing in centre of lagoon. Unmistakable large goose, white body and underwing, yellow legs and red bill. Completely different flight to swans. Lagoon is between Canberra and Goulburn, densely vegetated and full of water. Possibility there are more geese present and nesting. Impossible to be sure due to vegetation. Other species present include Black Swans nesting, 3 Swamp Harriers and many waterfowl.
Marnix Zwankhuizen 9/1 #263497
Sat 8Plumed Whistlings Duck, Pink-eared Duck and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Lake Goran Spring Ridge NSW
Lake Goran is now full and water birds are in great abundance, great for recreational birding. So, seen from the Gunnedah side of the Lake, I saw along about 500m of shoreline, a minimum of 50 Plumed Whistling Ducks, 50 Pink-eared Duck, 50 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and over 100 Whiskered Terns eBird checklist
David Schuemaker 13/1 #263516
Lewin's rail
Kamay NP Nth. Cape Banks Rd, 300m or so before the end car park. -33.992004, 151.249258
Flew across the road about 20m in front of us and started calling at the edge of the road. eBird checklist
Neil Broekhuizen 8/1 #263496
Musk Duck
North Quarry Lake, Castlereagh
There were at least 15 Musk Ducks on this lake as viewed from Castlereagh Rd. Several appeared to be pairing up with males displaying to the females so I anticipate the population to increase over the next few weeks. My highest count of Musk Ducks on this lake was 16 on 20/7/20 which was my highest count anywhere in Sydney. The Blue-billed Ducks have not returned back here yet and there were only 3 Great Crested Grebes seen today on this lake with most birds still inland.
Edwin Vella 8/1 #263495
Plumed Whistling-duck
Yarramundi Lagoon, Agnes Banks
There were 6 Plumed Whistling-ducks on the lagoon this morning identified through scope views from Castlereagh Rd (just south of the Springwood Rd turnoff). The last time I saw them here was on 28/2/21 when there were 30 of them.
Edwin Vella 8/1 #263494
Thu 6White-necked Petrel, ,Streaked Shearwater & Buller's Shearwater.
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve.
Excellent sea watch this afternoon with lots of birds highlights were two Streaked Shearwater going south then a White-necked Petrel also flying south, then a Buller's Shearwater and then another very close in White-necked Petrel. I didn't want to go home.
Michael Ronan 6/1 #263483
Wed 5megamegaBarn Swallow, Grey Ternlet
Hastings Point
Barn Swallow at Hastings Point STP(no access), Round Mountain Rd, distant view with scope from roadside, seen resting on the metal fence around far pond, about 150m away, with 50-100 Welcome Swallows. Grey Ternlet seen from Hastings Point headland lookout, with a feeding flock of Common Terns, about 500m off-shore. (Moderator's Note: There are only four confirmed records for NSW, last Barn Swallow reported in NSW was two present at the Hunter Wetland Centre 5-12/3/1988 & accepted by NSWORAC, case No 11. Great find! AKM)
Steven McBride 5/1 #263479
Tue 4highlightPectoral Sandpiper
Hexham Swamp (Hunter Wetlands National Park, Pipeline Track)
Single Pectoral Sandpiper seen along the Pipeline Track yesterday (4th Jan); one of only a handful of shorebirds present. Birdata survey here https://birdata.birdlife.org.au/survey?id=5582330&h=c108d77b
Tom Kendall per Mick Roderick 5/1 #263478
Great Crested Grebe
Denbigh Farm Dam Cobbitty NSW
4x Birds seen today 3 in open water and 1 in reeds - nesting probably. Seen also in December earliest sighting was of two adult birds and two juveniles. Adult birds seen today may be the two juveniles. Adult near the nesting bird was observed heading towards the other pair as they approached the nest, The two (young?) birds headed away from the bird heading their way. Ongoing observations may resolve if the pair apparently nesting raise chicks. eBird checklist
Chris Munson 5/1 #263475
Blue-billed Duck
Denbigh Farm Dam Cobbitty (eBird hotspot title)
Ongoing pair or possibly 4 birds. Seen over a period of weeks in the deep end of the dam. eBird checklist
Chris Munson 5/1 #263474
Lesser Frigatebird
Richmond River, North Wall
Adult male cruising the river mouth on the aftermath of tropical cyclone Seth, robbing Crested Terns of their catch. eBird checklist
Hans Wohlmuth 4/1 #263469
Common Sandpiper
St Huberts Island NSW
The Common Sandpiper has returned to its former site on St Huberts Island Brisbane Water. eBird checklist
David Schuemaker 4/1 #263467
Wandering Whistling-duck, Painted Button-quail
Ebenezer (Hawkesbury region)
There were 12 Wandering Whistling-ducks this morning on the Tizzana Winery Lagoon that is covered with waterlilies off Tizzana Rd. Note the lagoon is on private land but can be viewed from the road side and a spotting scope would be handy for better views. Also at nearby Swallow Reach (near the end of Coromandel Rd) I had a Painted Button-quail foraging on the track there.
Edwin Vella 4/1 #263464
Pacific Baza
Nurragingy Reserve
Largest number of Pacific Baza's that I've seen. Maximum count of 15 achieved several times. Observed for about 15 minutes. eBird checklist
Michael Rutkowski 4/1 #263461
Mon 3highlightAleutian Tern
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
At least one Aleutian tern present at Farquhar Inlet on a sand bank (-31.950, 152.601). Conditions were horrible as is the photo as I had no camera.
Silas Darnell 4/1 #263468
highlightRadjah Shelduck
Harrington Park Lake
Haven't seen this bird in the area and decided to take a picture as I did not recognise the bird. After identifying as the Radjah Shelduck, I thought it was very interesting to see this bird so far south.(Moderator's Note: Radjah Shelducks have been seen south this summer. In the last two months as reported here on Birdline, they have been seen at the Central Coast Wetlands (Tuggerah), Chittaway, Davistown, Hexham Swtuamp and The Hunter Wetlands Centre, Shortland, with up to 4 at the latter places. AKM)
James Ratcliff 4/1 #263455
Australasian Bittern, Marsh Sandpiper, Nankeen Night Heron
Fivebough Wetlands
The Oz Bitterns have been booming since late November with at least three booming and one flew out as I was observing. Also 5 Marsh Sandpipers, Night Herons, Hobby, Collared Sparrowhawk and Buff-banded Rail. See full list on eBird. eBird checklist
Max O'Sullivan 4/1 #263454
highlightLittle Eagle
Riverstone area
I believe this is a pretty special record for Sydney. Having discovered the nest site in mid-December and noted a single chick in the nest, approximately 7 weeks of age, confirmed by Stephen Debus via photographs. To my knowledge, there aren't many breeding records of this beautiful eagle from the Sydney area. The last one that comes to mind was near Mona Vale in 2016. The nest site is in a tall gum tree, very close to dwellings (<100m). As of today, the young bird is just about ready to fledge, and it will be a sad day, as the tree will be removed by a developer once the young bird flies off. Clearly this will add to the eagles' vulnerable status with the loss of more breeding and foraging habitat. I watched an adult bring in a bird prey, which the youngster happily started to tear to bits. The adult left and came back just before sundown to join in feeding with the offspring and also gently offering food. I took lots of high definition video of the birds today for the record. In 2009, Graham Turner and I came across what we thought may have been a Little Eagle nest in Castlereagh Nature Reserve, but subsequent visits were fruitless. Link to a couple of videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAF_Mm9KBwc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_T13hNalf8 I
Ákos Lumnitzer 3/1 #263452
Bar-tailed Godwit
Iluka
Flock of approximately 100-120 Bar-tailed Godwits searching for roosting refuge in massive swell and high tide. Settled in dunes on small beach between breakwall and Moriatys wall at Iluka Breakwall car park. Haven’t seen a flock this large in the Clarence before.
Nick Priest 3/1 #263449
Sun 2Double-banded Plover
Sand dunes of Harrington Beach
On the eastern side of the Little Tern nesting area of Harrington Surf Beach, fenced off from the public, a pair of Double-banded Plovers in non breeding plumage were observed with some Red-capped Plovers. There have been no recent reports of Double-banded Plovers on Harrington Beach, although in recent years 1-2 Double-banded Plovers have over-summered at Farquhar Inlet just to the south. The very first returning Double-baned Plovers returning from NZ tend to arrive in late January-early February. Over the 50 or so years that I have been involved with waders on the Central Coast, I have never known them to over-summer there. It is hard to know that it is a change in habits or whether some of the Farquhar Inlet/Manning Estuary birds have had a long past history of the first year birds not returning to NZ. Two pairs of Little Terns were still nesting in the dunes and as well as Red-capped Plovers.
Silas Darnell & Alan Morris 4/1 #263462
Sat 1Wandering Whistling Duck
James Creek Rd wetland, next to Graham’s Cement Mixers, Yamba
Great sighting of a single Wandering Whistling Duck, a relatively rare sighting for the area.
Tim Morgan, Peter & Bev Morgan, Sarah D’Arcy 2/1 #263445
Eastern Osprey
Sydney Airport
An Eastern Osprey has taken up residence on the Cooks River just north of the M5 Cooks River Tunnel. Its regularly seen perched on a pole eating fish and at night is roosting on an adjacent channel marker closest to the airport's western apron.
Nigel Coghlan 1/1 #263432

December 2021
Fri 31highlightRuff
South Ballina beach
A single Ruff seen roosting with Great Knots(18), Bar-tailed Godwits, Eastern Curlews & Sanderlings, on the beach at South Ballina, approx. 200m south of the Richmond River breakwall. eBird checklist
Steve McBride 31/12 #263427
Thu 30Plumed Whistling Duck
Small Roadside Dam, Denman Rd, Denman NSW
Flushed 2 Plumed Whistling Ducks from reeds. They flew away but stayed on same pond. A rarity for this area. eBird checklist
Brett Mezen 1/1 #263429
Lewins Rail, Pilotbird, E Bristlebird, Red-browed Treecreeper
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
Lewins Rail was calling from deep cover on the E Griffiths Track about 300m past the lookout turnoff; 2 Pilotbirds in the Banksia woodlands a bit further along - both calling strongly from either side of the track. E Bristlebirds heard and then seen on the Cooks Nose track; Red-browed Treecreeper in the junction with the Griffiths Track. Also 2 groups of S Emu-wren (4 in each group); a few Beautiful Firetails; 2 Peregrine (adult & large fledgling based on the badgering behaviour); and a single Grey Goshawk. (Also 2 Echidnas and a large Tiger Snake.) eBird checklist
Tom Wilson 30/12 #263425
highlightBanded Whiteface x8
Cameron Corner
Came across a party of 8 Banded Whiteface in shrubbery alongside a grassy plain just before Cameron Corner. Checklist and photos in due course.
Chris Rehberg, Allon Traub - Sydney Birding 30/12 #263424
Wed 29Gibberbird x5 and x4
Tibooburra
En route from Tibooburra to Mt Wood Campground on a hot afternoon, we caught sight of a small bird flying and landing beside the road - Gibberbird (between two Pratincoles). Then a second popped up, then two on the other side of the road and then a third on that side for five, total. There may have been more behind the verge out of our view - suspect they headed up onto this hill to catch the breeze as the plains below were sweltering. Later on Gorge Loop Road another two mixed with Orange Chats - we couldn’t ID every bird in the flock, but certainly two Gibberbirds there and finally another two together beside the road further along. Checklist and photos in due course.
Chris Rehberg, Allon Traub - Sydney Birding 30/12 #263423
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Capertee Valley-Crown Station Rd -Birdwatching Site #6, Lithgow, AU-NSW
Single bird seen from 10.42am until 11.18am. Bird flew into tree chased by White-plumed Honeyeater and stayed, initially fed but was harassed intermittently by Noisy Miner or White-plumed Honeyeater. From 10.57 to 11.07 the bird sat and preened, at which point I got the scope set up. No bands could be seen on either legs. Bare eye patch appeared large and uneven which makes me think it was likely a male. From 11.07am until 11.18am it carried on feeding again. As you stand looking at the number 6 sign it was in the tall tree, slightly left and in-front. This is the first record in eBird for this site.
Martin Snowball 29/12 #263419
Wandering Tattler
Soldiers Point (Norah Head)
Single Wandering Tattler (now regular at this site although presumably still worth reporting), along with usual other shorebirds; Grey-tailed Tattler (7), Curlew Sandpiper (10), Ruddy Turnstone (24), Red-necked Stint (100+), Pacific Golden Plover (1) and a pair of Pied Oyscatcher.
Andrew Robinson 29/12 #263418
Tue 28Crested Grebe
Newey Reserve, Cobar
Spotted two adults and four chicks. Moderstor's note: Rare breeding record for Crested Grebe at Cobar. AKM)
Maki Okamoto 6/1 #263486
highlightEyrean Grasswren
Winathee Station - restricted access
Following on from the incredible efforts of Ian McAllan and co, I decided to give Eyrean Grasswren a go. Allon and I arrived in the afternoon and decided to head straight for the southern dune on which Ian reported a pair of birds. After some searching, one popped out from behind a bush and hung around a short while for clear views for both of us from circa 5 to 10m - though no photo. Next morning I decided to search another dune even further south and found one several hundred metres in from the border. This one hung around calling for a good 5-10 minutes though only provided the briefest of glimpses and some poor record photos. Checklists and photos to come in due course. Many thanks to Ian for his advice and help during preparations for this trip, and Kent and Ester for their hospitality and permission to visit.
Chris Rehberg, Allon Traub - Sydney Birding 30/12 #263422
Glossy Ibis
Chat Alley, Euabalong
Approximately 300 Glossy Ibis present in flooded pastures approaching Chat Alley. (Moderator's Note: There have been few reports of Glossy Ibis in NSW in recent times, but an NPWS spokesperson recently said that Glossy Ibis were nesting in the lower Lachlan Swamps, and some nesting has commenced in the Macquarie Marshes. AKM)
Michael Kuhl 29/12 #263417
Collared Kingfisher
Brunswick Heads
The usual very vocal Collared Kingfishers were at the footbridge mangroves and around the boatramp on the river - seem particularly prevalent/vocal at their moment. This is the normal southern limit for Collared Kingfishers in NSW. Also 3 Whimbrels seen flying up Simpson Creek.
Ian Colvin 28/12 #263412
highlightBlack-winged Petrels2,Buller's Shearwater
Tacking Point Lighthouse
2 Black-winged Petrels were flying south in synchronised flight off the point I had excellent views of both birds they had white underwings with very black diagonal bar from elbow to the outer leading edge, wing tips dark and trailing edge dark cap and nape same colour as back with grey collar down the side of neck,grey upper parts with dark M over back,watched the birds fly south together for about 8 minutes before disappearing,also 1 Buller's Shearwater was seen going south into the wind. (Moderator's Note: this species is on the NSW ORAC review list so a submission should be prepared.)
Michael Ronan 28/12 #263411
Mon 27highlightBush Stone-curlew
Narran Lake Nature Reserve (restricted access)
Bush Stone-curlew heard at 2 different locations over two nights. 27th Dec heard at East Mullane Quarters 28th Dec heard at Ironbark Trail/Narran Lake Road gateway
Pat Johnston 5/1 #263470
Regent Parrot
Euston
Flock of 19 flew across the Highway in front of me and headed out over the vineyards. Yellow Rosellas also present at the same location
Michael Kuhl 29/12 #263416
highlightWhite-necked Petrel
Tacking Point Lighthouse.
Great views of a White-necked Petrel flying south into the strong southeaster only 250 meters off the point late this afternoon.
Michael Ronan 27/12 #263408
highlightWood Sandpiper
Central Coast Wetlands (Tuggerah)
Birds wading at edge of water I believe this is also first sighting for season eBird checklist
David Schuemaker 27/12 #263407
Report
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Threatened
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Highlight
Rare
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Vagrant
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Unusual numbers
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