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Interesting and unusual bird observations
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

Birders are encouraged to post lists to eBird Australia, where sightings are incorporated into the atlas. To do this you need to register with eBird Australia then login. Please send any White-throated Needletail or Fork-tailed Swift sightings directly to Prof. Michael Tarburton for his research: Include date, location and number of birds. 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) unless they are in unusual locations, are seen with unusual prey or have been seen performing atypical behaviour. Likewise we will not be publishing every Square-tailed Kite sighting posted to Birdline because of a significant increase in reports in recent years, particularly in coastal areas (with the exception of the far north coast).

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

September 2019
Thu 19Banded Lapwing
Old Lawson Golf Course
Single bird unfortunately foraging in the dog-off-leash area. Only the second record for the Blue Mountains that I know of. Heavily cropped photo taken with phone eBird checklist
Mark Ley 19/9 #241223
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Rodd Park, Rodd Point
2 Oystercatchers at around 7.15 AM on rocky platform near busy Henley Marine Drive and opposite Brisbane Ave. Unusual sighting for this location although there are recent anecdotal reports from the Parramatta River.
Robert Curran 3/9 #241073
Wed 18Antarctic Prion
Body of Antarctic Prion washed ashore just north of Long Reef Surf Club after a period of rainy/windy onshore weather. Taken to Australian Museum.
David Sawyer 19/9 #241222
Tue 17Blue-billed Duck
Lake Wallace
11 Blue-bills, which while relatively common at this site is a larger number then I’ve at least had in previous visits here......
Andrew Robinson 17/9 #241194
Mon 16Latham’s Snipe
Lake Wallace--Foreshore on western side
At least 6 flushed along foreshore.
Andrew Robinson 16/9 #241182
Sun 15Spotted Bowerbird, Spotless Crakes
Danthonia (east of Inverell)
First Spotted Bowerbird for the property ever, and in the area for quite a while. My guess is that the drought conditions are making it travel further in search of water... At least two Spotless Crakes in a small reedy dam on the property. (Private Property) eBird checklist
Kent Warner 17/9 #241213
Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Carmel Lane, Teridgerie
A pair of Ground Cuckoo-shrikes were observed harassing a pair of Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes along Carmel Lane near Baradine. There were also Blue Bonnets and Grey-crowned Babblers present nearby. Ground Cuckoo-shrikes are rare in the Coonabarabran/Baradine area with only 3 reports in the Birdata Atlas from 3303 surveys 1998-2019
Alan Morris, Allan Richards, Ros King 17/9 #241192
Spotted Harrier, Rufous Songlark
wheatfield, at Bugaldie near Coonabarabran
There are very few wheatfields in the Coonabarabran/Baradine area this spring so that one which was showing some promise of a harvest had a adult Spotted Harrier coursing over the crop, the only Spotted Harrier seen by 27 birders during a three day camp in the Region. Similarly, only one Rufous Songlark was seen during the three days. I have been present in this area in spring in some years in the past when the commonest bird was the Rufous Songlark! Alas Seasonal conditions were heart breaking for locals and birdwatchers!
Alan Morris & 26 members of the CCGBNSW 16/9 #241190
Black Falcon, Spotted Bowerbird
Lachlan Street, Baradine
While viewing the Spotted Bowerbird's bower in the CWA grounds in Lachlan St Baradine, a Black Falcon was seen by a number of Central Coast birders. Birdata shows that Black Falcons are rarely reported from this areas.
per Alan Morris, Central Coast Birders, NSW 16/9 #241189
Plum-headed Finch (10), Double-barred finch (2), Zebra Finch (2)
Merriwa picnic area by river
Feeding together in grass by path 8am, part of the Merriwa Caravan Park.
Michael Scobie 16/9 #241179
Spotless Crake, Latham’s Snipe and Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Bushells Lagoon
Two Spotless Crake, two Latham’s Snipe and Seven Yellow-billed Spoonbill were the highlights of a morning at the lagoon. Six species of raptor were also seen over the morning.
Daniel McKeon 15/9 #241178
Rainbow Bee-eater
Yellomundee Regional Park
Several Bee-eaters moving through this morning. At total of 85 species within a few hours was a good tally at this regional park.
Edwin Vella 15/9 #241171
Pallid Cuckoo
2 seen beside Milton Rd and another heard off Park Rd. First returns for the season here.
Edwin Vella 15/9 #241170
highlightSwift Parrot
Henry Mitchell Reserve, Acacia Gardens
Saw at least 2 flying out of the eucalypts within the reserve. Up until now I have not had any other sightings here since the single bird I saw there on 20th April 2019. I had several sightings here last year and a few others in the previous years. Perhaps on a regular migration path here for the Swift Parrots.
Edwin Vella 15/9 #241169
Sat 14Grey Goshawk, Hooded Robin
Strathmore Section, Warrumbungle NP, Coonabarabran
A Grey Goshawk was seen in the Central Section of the Warrumbungle NP by some Club members while at the same time others were seeing a pair of Hooded Robin and a Red-capped Robin, and heard Black-chinned Honeyeaters calling, on either side of the road that dissects the Park. Grey Goshawks are rarely reported in this Region
Alan Morris & 26 members of the CCGBNSW 17/9 #241193
Northern Giant Petrel, Short-tailed Shearwater, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Wandering Albatross
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
Conditions were challenging on the journey out but but thankfully eased for the trip back. The birds were not overly interested in approaching the boat too close with most staying well away. Among the species seen were Shy (15), Wandering, Black-browed (6) and Indian Yellow-nosed (1) Albatrosses. Brown Skua (3) seen both close in and at the shelf. Many Hutton's Shearwater flying northward, mostly closer to shore, along with Fluttering Shearwater. Short-tailed and Flesh-footed Shearwaters also starting to appear again. Northern Giant Petrel (2) and Wedge-tailed Shearwater (25) also recorded. Both Providence (11) and Grey-faced (8) Petrels at the shelf. Many humpbacks breaching etc. with some approaching the boat while we drifted with the slick. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan, Steve Anyon-Smith and all observers on the Sea Eagle 16/9 #241187
White-winged Chough
Bruce Cole Reserve, Winston Hills, NSW, AU
These 3 White-winged Choughs have been in the area for a few months now. They have been down the road in my fathers front garden. In 50 years we have never seen them in the area. eBird checklist
Graham Nelson 16/9 #241184
Great Crested Grebe
Buckenderra, Lake Eucumbene, Snowy Mountains N.S.W.
Spotted a single Great Crested Grebe at Buckenderra, Lake Eucumbene in the Snowy Mountains. Looking through records this is by far the highest altitude ( 1200 metres ) that this species has been recorded. Water surface temperature was 6.3 degrees.
Shorty Westlin 15/9 #241167
Australasian Bittern
Campbell's Swamp Griffith
Single bittern flew out of the reeds at the northern end of the swamp and landed deep in the middle but clearly visible in flight. The first locally for the coming breeding season.
Max O'Sullivan 14/9 #241159
megamegaSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Lake Coila
A nice day out shorebirding. Best bird of the day was a SIPO associating with 22 Australian Pied Oystercatchers. 1 Whimbrel 30 Bar-tailed Godwit 10 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 2 Red Knots 3 Red-necked Stints 22 Australian Pied Oystercatcher 1 South Island Pied Oystercatcher 50 Red-capped Plover 1 Double Banded Plover 1 Black Fronted Dotterel 30 odd Masked Lapwing 12 White-fronted Chats including breeding displays 6+ Bar-shouldered Doves. This is a range expansion. Please be mindful of nesting Red-caps and Masked Lapwings if you visit. Thank you. (Moderator's Note: Excellent find! South Island Pied Oystercatcher is on the BARC review list. Note also that there have been recent records of Bar-shouldered Doves at Wallaga Lake and on Montague Island to the south of here. MR)
Demetrios Bertzeletos 14/9 #241155
Yarrawa Development Rd, between Martindale and Sandy Hollow, mid-Hunter Valley
Travelling between these two areas today sighted and photographed 3 Cockatiels sitting on overhead wires. Great to see these! (Moderator's Note: a very long way down the valley. MR)
Darren Earnshaw, David Peet 14/9 #241154
Fri 13Double-banded Plover
Bonville Creek, Sawtell
Single adult in breeding plumage feeding with Red-capped Plovers on sandflat near estuary mouth.
Michael Cheers 14/9 #241152
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Fivebough Wetlands
Pair of early returning Sharpies.
Andrew Robinson 13/9 #241145
Black Honeyeater
Baby Creek Bridge, Ulamambri
A flock of 5 Black Honeyeaters seen today at the Baby Creek Bridge. Only two other reports in Birdata, last in 2009 for the Coonabarabran District. Other birds in the vicinity include White-winged Triller, Little Friarbird, Rufous Whistlers and White-throated Gerygones. Conditions very dry but some water in Baby Creek and nearby Castlereagh River.
Alan Morris & 26 members of CCGBNSW 13/9 #241144
Latham's Snipe [4], Brolga [4]
Fivebough Wetlands
Surprised to find 4 L. Snipe right beside the path and just before the first viewing platform. They flushed but landed in nearby swamp grass - still visible. The Brolgas are still remaining. It was thought they might have been the ones seen by Chaddy yesterday further north but not so. Baillon's Crake, Glossy Ibis and Whiskered Tern are returning and the Wood Sandpiper is still the sole migratory wader to arrive so far this spring. eBird checklist
Max O'Sullivan 13/9 #241141
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Eulah Creek
A check of ebird suggests that this may be worth reporting: This morning at 6:17 I heard the first Channel-billed Cuckoo of the season on the western side of the ranges near the T-junction of Box Gully Road with Eulah Creek Road, 20 km E of Narrabri. It is extremely dry here - no fruit, no locusts, no sign of breeding activity of potential hosts either, no rain in the forecast.
Michael Dahlem 13/9 #241138
Thu 12Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Lake Cargelligo Wastewater Treatment Plant
Approx. 20 towards eastern end of STW.? (Moderator's Note: There have been up to 8 birds reported here since 30/8. Numbers increasing. MR)
Andrew Robinson 13/9 #241146
Black Honeyeater
Cocoparra National Park, Yenda
Single Black HE observed along Rothdean Lane on way into northern section of Cocoparra NP along with exceptional numbers of White-winged Triller and Crimson Chat. Also present in the Park were Turquoise Parrot, Diamond Firetail and a suite of other good woodland species.
Andrew Robinson 13/9 #241143
Kiagarthur cotton swamp 25 km West of Condobolin
6 birds seen this morning in a wheat crop right beside the swamp. As you can see from the photo the wheat crop is stuffed but good to see these birds in such dry times
Warren Chad 12/9 #241135
Pied Honeyeater [12+] Black Honeyeater [4+]
McCann Rd, Lake Wyangan Griffith
Just checking to see if any Painted H/es had arrived yet - found none but was pleasantly surprised to see the above honeyeaters. Also present were Singing, Striped and many Spiny-cheeked. Also there were more than 20 White-winged Trillers - they seem to be everywhere this Spring.
Max O'Sullivan 12/9 #241134
Tue 10Yellow (Crimson) Rosella
Woggoon Nature Reserve 40 km Nth of Condobolin
The mallee is exceptionally dry and Honeyeaters virtually non-existant. Very surprised to see a Yellow Rosella come to drink with a group of Mulga Parrots.My First record of this species here in the Lachlan Shire. Only other birdsof note were a dozen Major Mitchells who came in to drink just before sunset
Warren Chad 11/9 #241125
Mon 9Channel-billed Cuckoo
Macquarie University, Ryde
Single bird at 08:15. (Moderator's Note: Other early sightings include Sherwood near Kempsey 28/8 by Julie Glasier & Charlestown 5/9 by Rob Kyte. AKM)
Peter Higgins & Jill Smith 10/9 #241123
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Terrys Creek Parklands
Channel-billed Cuckoo observed this morning with a flock of Noisy Miners in relentless pursuit. Cuckoo did not call. Early return. (Moderator's Note: Some other early returns include one bird flying over the M1 near Hornsby by Elisabeth Noble on 4/9 and one a Kahibah Creek, Umina seen by Meryl Newton on 5/9/19. AKM)
Jenny Stiles 9/9 #241113
Sun 8Double-banded Plover
Maroubra Beach, south end
While walking along the track to the clifs at the south end of Maroubra, I did a quick routine scan of the beach and was surprised to find a Double-banded plover there in full breeding plumage. Bird wasn't very settled as there were still fair numbers of people walking along the beach. Record shot attached.
Vincent Mourik 8/9 #241111
White-browed Woodswallow, Square-tailed Kite, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Windsor Downs
Birdbanding at Windsor Downs this morning turned out to be productive until about 10 am when the wind picked up. While setting up a mistnet, I noticed a sizeable flock (50+) of woodswallows taking off from their roost. Calls were matching White-browed or Masked, but without bino's at hand I couldn't ID the flock at species level. At least one bird landed briefly this was a White-browed. Other birds of note: Crested Shrike-tit, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo and Square-tailed Kite all seen. Highlight of the banding perhaps was the high number of Fuscous Honeyeaters caught, an Eastern Whipbird, Buff-rumped Thornbills, Variegated Fairywren, and the range of normal species caught at this site.
Vincent Mourik, Tony Hunt & all attending bird banding 8/9 #241110
Banded Lapwing
Freemans Reach turm farms
Corner of Freemans Reach Rd and Gorricks Lane and opposite the Greener Lawns office. Continuing birds reported first two weeks ago by Edwin Vella. We counted 8 birds, and at least one looked paler and slightly scalloped on the back, so we thought this is a young bird, perhaps from last season.
Vincent Mourik & Allan Richards 8/9 #241109
Common Greenshank, Sharptail Sandpiper
Cotton Swamp 25km W of Condobolin
First returning waders of the season using a swamp on a local cotton farm. There were 15 Sharpies and 1 Greenshank. Other birds of note were 9 Glossy Ibis, Aus Shelduck and Golden Headed Cisticola (these birds have moved in over the last two years and this is the only site in the Lachlan Shire where I see them )
Warren Chad 8/9 #241104
Sat 7Pallid Cuckoo
Maria River Road, Port Macquarie
2 Pallid Cuckoo 8km north from Port Macquarie on Maria River Road. Nearby were Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon, Dusky Woodswallows and Rainbow Bee eaters. First Pallid Cuckoo reports for the Mid North Coast this season.
Lindy Frost 9/9 #241112
highlightBanded Lapwing
Long Swamp, Bermagui
Group 8 Banded Lapwing seen on the dried up swamp. All juvenile. On the southern section of the swamp. Also a Bar-shouldered Dove at Wallaga inlet in the morning, possibly the same bird seen briefly at this location in April. eBird checklist
Ash Allnutt 7/9 #241100
highlightWhite-browed and Masked woodswallows
Glebe library
Mixed flock of about 30 masked and White-browed woodswallows flying NW over the library.
Rob Hynson 7/9 #241098
White-browed Woodswallow
State Mine Gully, Lithgow
3 smallish flocks went over during the hour I was out, between approx 12 and 1pm. Heard and seen through the tree cover as they passed high overhead in very windy conditions. My first for the season.
Carol Probets 7/9 #241097
highlightCrimson Chat
Withers Rd, Boomanoomana near Mulwala
Saw a pair in canola crop with lots of White-fronted Chats. (Moderator's Note: No records in eBird or Birdata in this vicinity, this species appears to currently be irrupting in parts of south-eastern Australia. MR).
Roslyn King 7/9 #241096
Fri 6White-breasted Woodswallow, Brown Falcon
Fred Finch Park, Berkeley
I was very surprised to spot a Woodswallow flying over the creek. Thankfully I got some record shots to confirm the ID before it disappeared from view heading west. Good views of a well worn Brown Falcon also. eBird checklist
Paul Lynch 9/9 #241117
Little Friarbird
Chiltern Trail, Ingleside
Good views of a Little Friarbird bathing in pond by track approximately 75m from Chiltern Road track-head. Also Grey & Brown Goshawk, a Whistling Kite and a pair of Sea-eagles plus the usual range of honeyeaters.
Robert Griffin 7/9 #241095
highlightPainted Honeyeater, White-browed Woodswallows
Giants Creek, Mid-Hunter Valley
A Painted Honeyeater was watched coming down to bathe at a farm dam along Giants Creek Road this morning. There was a steady movement of other honeyeaters in the area as well, all moving south. Later, a flock of ~40 White-browed Woodswallows came down to drink. Also present were White-backed Swallows (that have bred here in the past) and vocal Rufous Songlarks. A Black-eared Cuckoo was seen near here last week. (Moderator's Note: this is the first report of a Painted Honeyeater for NSW this season and the first sub-coastal flock of White-browed Woodswallows as well, based on Birdata and eBird lists. MR)
Judi Thomas per Mick Roderick 6/9 #241093
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Bullarah Locality (70km west of Moree NW NSW) Private Property
1 seen this morning visiting water trough. (Moderator's Note: this is well west of the species' normal range. MR)
Pat Johnston 6/9 #241091
Thu 5Channel-billed Cuckoo
Devlin's Creek Reserve, Beecroft
2 separate birds over the day as I worked outside. I AM and 1 in the PM. (Moderator: we won't be publishing any more arriving Channel-bills unless they are in an unusual location, numbers etc).
Steve Edwards 11/9 #241126
Eastern Koel
Heard calling about 5:30am and each morning and evening since.
Paul Burcher 9/9 #241114
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Shoplands Rd Annangrove
Pair involved with courtship display about 100m directly over my house. The larger female would circle slowly, occasionally calling. The smaller male would gain altitude and then close wings and 'bomb' the female. He would extend his wings and thrust out his legs and talons and veer away just before contact. Great to watch at such a low altitude.
Darryl Smedley 5/9 #241084
Wed 4Baillon's Crake
Sydney Olympic Park
Single Baillon's Crake at Narawang Wetlands. Also three Mangrove Gerygones at Newington NR. Scarlet Honeyeater heard at Narawang on 3 Sep.
Dion Hobcroft and Rob Hynson 4/9 #241081
highlightSwift Parrot
Ourimbah State Forest--Treetops Adventure Park
Flock of 14 (possibly more)very vocal and active swift parrots feeding on spotted gum at ourimbah mountain bike trails (200m past treetops adventure park). Excellent views, even without binoculars. Birds were feeding/circling in small flocks seemingly roosting behaviour. Time was 5-5:30pm. Smaller groups of 8-10 birds spotted also, possibly part of larger group (14 birds). Very possible more than 14 swiftys at this site. Many heard calling.
Luke Shelley 4/9 #241080
Sun 1highlightSpectacled Monarch
Bayview Heights
Single bird foraging. Bayview-Pittwater. 3.40 pm
Lyn Walsh 20/9 #241227
Latham's Snipe
Coffs Harbour, small wetland area east of City Hill.
Two birds foraging in mowed remnant wetland with White-necked and White-faced Herons. (Moderator's Note: Latham's Snipes have returned to many wetlands in NSW now so we won't be publishing others after this unless the circumstances, count or location is significant. MR)
Peter Richards 2/9 #241070
Superb Parrot
South Dubbo
Flock of 11 overhead in the morning, heading south. Also two at Burrendong SRA yesterday, 31 August, and three at Burrending Arboretum on 25 August. Seems to be a few about in the Central West at the moment.
Darryl Smedley 1/9 #241060
Wood Sandpiper (1), Banded lapwing (2), Brolga (5)
Fivebough Wetlands
The Wood S was the first wader return for this season, the Banded Lapwings were quite unexpected - when they turn up they don't remain for long. The Brolgas seem to be the leftovers from Winter when there were 38 recorded. Also,4 MM Cockatoos flew over heading East. Glossy Ibis are starting to show up with 7+ there this morning. eBird checklist
Max O'Sullivan 1/9 #241059

August 2019
Sat 31Southern Giant Petrel, Antipodean Albatross (ssp. gibsoni), Flesh-footed Shearwater
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Good seawatch in the morning for three hours which resulted in close-in views of a number of species. The first highlight was a cracking male Antipodean Albatross (ssp. gibsoni) which flew south only 20 minutes after we arrived. They have become rare from land and this is only the second time I've seen one from Maroubra. A juvenile Southern Giant Petrel was rarest bird of the day, flying south from Coogee Bay within 100m of the point at around 10:45. A single Flesh-footed Shearwater foraging with a group of wedgies was an early returning bird, though I note there are a few records from late August. Images of most species in the linked eBird list. Of interest, we could not see any definite fluttering shearwaters, confirming only Hutton's, though many fluttering-types were moving south a long way out. eBird checklist
Simon Gorta, Chris Gladwin 2/9 #241062
Caspian Tern
Burrendong Dam
Pair loafing on an exposed mud bank about 4km up from the dam wall. Looks as if there are very few records of this species in the Central West and none for Burrendong. Also of interest was one Great Crested Grebe and easily 500+ Black Swans, all of which were in a shallow inlet on the northern shore.
Darryl Smedley 1/9 #241061
Bush Stone Curlew
Koala Beach Estate
Nesting bush stone curlews with one newly hatched chick.
Irene Timmins 1/9 #241054
Wed 28Glossy Black Cockatoo, Caspian Tern
Narrabeen Lagoon Trail, Sydney
A pair of Glossy Black Cockatoos heard and seen feeding high up in a Casuarina during a late afternoon stroll. Dodgy photo attached. Also of interest were separate sightings of 2 Caspian Terns.
Paul Johnstone 28/8 #241041
Pallid Cuckoo
Maria River Rd, Port Macquarie
One Pallid Cuckoo was observed on Maria River Rd and another was seen in Crescent Head township. Neither birds were calling. Uncommon visitors, no doubt driven to the coast by the current drought.
Clive Meadows 28/8 #241040
Rufous Songlark
Kings Tableland, Wentworth Falls
Rare in the Blue Mountains. eBird checklist
Mark Ley 28/8 #241036
Tue 27Beach Stone-curlew, Australian Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher
Bongil Bongil National Park--Bonville Creek Entrance, Sawtell
2 Beach Stone-curlews together at northern end of Bongil Bongil NP sandspit at ~06:30, and later (08:30) on stony bank in estuary at confluence of small Honeysuckle Creek and Bonville Creek. First time we've seen 2 BSC here; previously only singles and only sporadically. Also 2 Pied Oycs at both visits, foraging, one with yellow leg-flag on left leg (numbered 05 I think - need to go back with scope) and metal band on right leg; pair copulated (pretty sure male was leg-flagged bird). At 08:30, also 2 Sooty Oycs resting on stony bank. Three threatened species together.
Peter Higgins, Michael Cheers & Jill Smith 27/8 #241031
Sun 25freckled Duck
Mount Annan Botanic Gardens
4 Adult Freckled Duck spotted and photographed at the first Dam as you enter from Narellan Road . Only been recorded at this site twice, first time back in 2002. eBird checklist
Paul Heath 25/8 #241024
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Lucinda Ave, Long Jetty
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater calling in Swamp Oaks along the waterfront at Long Jetty. Chased off a pair of Striped Honeyeater but seemed happy enough with a Figbird keeping it company. Poor quality picture from phone.
Ashley Mullahey 25/8 #241020
Sat 24Turquoise Parrot
15km east of Eugowra 2806
Sightings on a private property. A Turquoise Parrot flew into the window and died. Five parrots and 3 parrots were seen in the following days
Roslyn Saillard 27/8 #241032
Crimson Chat (pr), White-winged Triller (12 males), Mulga Parrot (4)
Anderson Lane Erigolia near Taleeban Mining Reserve
On a dam beside the Taleeban Mining Reserve just east of Rankins Springs the 10 members of the Murrumbidgee Field Nats observed the above birds plus Hooded Robin, 3 species of Woodswallows (the first sightings for this Spring and others (see eBird list). On the return home to Leeton on the Weethalle/Barellan Road there were at least 4 pairs of Crimson Chat beside the road plus more White-browed Woodswallows and a male Hooded Robin. eBird checklist
Max O'Sullivan and members of the MFN 25/8 #241014
highlightArctic Tern, Wandering, Antipodean (Gibson's) and Bullers Albatrosses
Offshore--Kiama Pelagic (SOSSA)
Conditions had eased from Thursdays big southerly, with little to no wind on the day, which reduced bird activity. Many birds did not stop, just giving a single flyby. There were really no 'winter' birds seen and the water temperature was still 18-19 degrees. Highlights were a single Arctic Tern, 3 Antipodean (Gibson's) and 2 Wandering Albatrosses. We also sighted Bullers, Shy, Black-browed, Campbell and Indian Yellow-nosed Albatrosses, as well as several Brown Skuas, a Northern Giant Petrel, a number of White-faced Storm-petrels and 5-7 Solander's Petrels. A small number of early returning Wedge-tailed Shearwaters were around too.
Brook Whylie and all aboard the MV Kato 25/8 #241010
Banded Lapwing
Freemans Reach turf farms
Saw 6 Banded Lapwings on the turf farm at the corner of Freemans Reach Rd and Gorricks Lane and opposite the Greener Lawns office. Same place as they were last year where they had bred. At nearby Bushells Lagoon was a confiding and photogenic Glossy Ibis beside the causeway.
Edwin Vella 24/8 #241006
Fri 23highlightSuperb Parrot
Twelve Mile Rd, Twelve Mile.
Twelve Mile is south of Goolma and while no expert I’d think this would be the edge of these birds range. 3 birds sighted 300 meters south of the first house after the Yarrabin Road turnoff. DMS grid 149 16 17E 32 29 6S . After 10 minutes they flew to the west into trees on private property.(Moderator's Note: This location is well east of their usual winter range and presumably is a reflection of the severity of the drought in Central NSW.AKM)
Mark Leary 23/8 #241005
Channel-billed Cuckoo
West Pymble
Flying over being harassed by Noisy Miners
Chris Murray per Phil Murray 23/8 #241003
Thu 22King parrot
Cooks River, Earlwood
One female king parrot flying above the Cooks River pathway and adjacent yards in Earlwood between Sutton Reserve and the Foord Avenue footbridge at ~4.45pm. Bird was calling and being harassed by noisy miners.
Fiona Campbell 22/8 #241001
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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