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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.

February 2020
Fri 21White-headed pigeon
Thought I was seeing things as I was driving on King street! Earlier report confirms that there is a white-headed pigeon hanging about the southern end of Newtown!
Amit Kelkar 21/2 #245499
Thu 20White-throated Needletail
Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve, Wollar
Approximately 45 birds flying at moderate to high altitude. Sighting sent to Professor Michael Tarburton. (Moderator's Note: An interesting Central West record. AKM) eBird checklist
Tom Kelly 20/2 #245496
Black Bittern
Boys Walk (Avondale College, Cooranbong) (restricted access)
After chasing a Striated Heron down Dora Creek I some how stumbled upon a Black Bittern sitting in a tree... a very pleasant surprise
Daniel McKeon 20/2 #245494
Wed 19Pacific Baza, Spotted Harrier, Satin Flycatcher
Oatley Park
Pacific Baza reported by a local birder on 19 Feb to north of baths at Oatley Park. I found the bird later in the evening, toward the lower entrance gate. Someone at the park told me they'd seen 3 Bazas in Baker St in recent days. Same local birder posted photo of young Spotted Harrier flying over baths on 18 Feb and male Satin Flycatcher at Webster's lookout on 16 Feb, with comment about a possible female at Jewfish Bay lookout although I didn't personally locate those two species. eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg 20/2 #245492
Red-capped Robin
Basin View, St Georges Basin
Very surprised to identify an immature Red-capped Robin in the mangroves and Casuarinas along the Basin View walk today. Watched it for a long time to confirm ID.
Claire Wolinski 19/2 #245490
White-headed Pigeon
One bird flying high over Hollis Park in Newtown at 7pm. A bird I’ve never had in Sydney’s inner-west before.
Lorne Johnson 19/2 #245488
Wompoo Fruit Dove
Fig tree - waters edge opposite 68 Little Street, Forster
There are a pair of these birds living in the fig tree. We first noticed these birds only a few weeks ago, having never seen them in this area before. (Moderator's Note: While it is not unusual to have Wompoo Pigeon in rainforest patches in Forster, it is unusual to see them perched on a surburban balcony. AKM)
Chris & Carol Jarvis 19/2 #245487
Tue 18Glossy black cockatoos
Woy Woy Road
Near staples lookout. 7 birds eating in roadside Casuarina. Others could be heard nearby but not visible from roadside.
Andrew Whitaker 18/2 #245486
Mon 17highlightAustralian Shelduck
Spring Terrace Rd, between Millthorpe and Orange
50+ Shelducks on and beside large farm dam on south western side of Spring Terrace Rd, north of Myers Lane at 33 25 16 S 149 06 24 E. The road is not very wide so pull over at the entrance to the farm, walk down the road a little and look will standing in the grassy road verge. Binocs or even a scope are needed for other species, which were roosting on the far side of the dam.
Rosemary Stapleton 18/2 #245485
Lewin’s Rail
Central Coast Wetlands (Tuggerah)
Two birds heard calling to each other. One bird finally seen skulking in the dense weeds are around a reed bed.
Daniel McKeon 17/2 #245481
Sun 16highlightDiamond Dove
Old airfield, Hat Hill Road Blackheath
Three birds seen in the burnt out area near the old airfield along Hat Hill Road at Blackheath. Very rare in the Blue Mountains.
Sally and Tony Garman per Mark Ley 20/2 #245495
Little Buttonquail
Cooney Creek, Argyle
Flushed from the millet paddock on the property, obvious white-cream flanks and dark outerwing. My second record of LB in the Armidale LGA with the first record coming from ~5km from this site in a Lucerne paddock in February 2013. eBird checklist
Heath Milne 20/2 #245491
highlightCook's Petrel
Cronulla Beach, Boat Harbour end
A Cook's Petrel was found in the surf and rescued by Australian Seabird Rescue, but unfortunately died overnight. Specimen collected, will go to Australian Museum
Yvette Graf, per Vincent Mourik 17/2 #245482
White-winged Chough
Mount Annan Botanical Gardens
Entering on Cunningham Drive, left side before the Stolen Generations Memorial track. 6 Choughes feeding on the ground at 2pm
Peter Johnston 16/2 #245476
Lesser Sand Plover, possible Wandering Tattler
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Single LSP in with 9 Pacific Golden Plovers at SE corner of reef flat. Plumage was a dull grey/brown, not buff; bill length = bill to eye; very white forehead; jizz was not dumpy like Double-banded but taller & more upright at times. Possible Wandering Tattler on NE side. Much greyer than 3 other Tattlers on site and with a shorter, less distinct eye-stripe stopping at eye. Kept away from other Tattlers and was always on the surf line not on the flat. Did not hear it call. Also 15 Sooty Oystercatchers, 12 Ruddy Turnstones, 3 Grey-tailed Tattler and 86 Red-necked Stints. No unusual terns or noddies seen.
Tom Wilson 16/2 #245473
Sat 15Spotless Crake
Sydney Park
It was a welcome surprise to find a Spotless Crake at Sydney Park in Alexandria, Sydney today. Seen from the middle viewing platform on the big pond facing SSE at 5:30pm.
Nick Giles 15/2 #245466
Thu 13Black Falcon
Sydney Park
I was surprised and thrilled to see a Black Falcon powering east over the hill in Sydney Park at 5:45pm. Overall size, rapid flapping of tapered wings, a long tail, and very dark plumage, ruled out dark morph Brown Falcon. At first, I thought I had a huge swift! Noisy Miners and a mass of Welcome Swallows all disturbed by its presence. A tremendous record for SP and inner-west Sydney. Perhaps all the recent rain brought the bird to the coast. (There have been a couple of Black Falcon reports from the inner-west in the last few years, but a good record nonetheless. MB).
Lorne Johnson 14/2 #245457
Sooty Tern
Two Adult Sooty Terns briefly joined a flock of White-throated Needletails that were souring over the high ground at East Ballina Cemetery
Bruce McNaughton 14/2 #245456
Wed 12highlightOriental Cuckoo
Buttenshaw Drive, Coledale, Illawarra
One seen briefly in clearing in tall Blackbutt/Bangalay tall open forest with mesic subcanopy.
Martin Schulz 12/2 #245450
Tue 11Brown Songlark
Sydney Airport
Single male Brown Songlark located on the western side and mid-way along the main Runway 16R/34L late morning. It wasn't too fussed by the aircraft moving around it and kept itself off the runway (smart bird!!).
Nigel Coghlan 13/2 #245454
Fairy Prion, Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Cave Beach, Booderee National Park
1 Fairy Prion, 1 Wilson's Storm-Petrel and 13 Fluttering Shearwaters washed up along a 400m stretch of Cave Beach in Booderee National Park.
Martin Schulz 12/2 #245451
megamegaBulwer's Petrel
Perpendicular Point Kattang Nature Reserve
A single bird was taken into care on the 10th and released at Perpendicular Point on the 11th. It took some time to preen, stretch its wings and was away flying strongly out to sea. A beautiful little Niro, just over 20cm long and weighing less than 200gm (Moderator's Note: This is now the 5th report of a Bulwer's Petrel in NSW since the first sighting of a bird in NSW waters off Point Dangar 15/12/2019. It is also the second bird to have been taken into care, the first being a bird collected from Cronulla RSL 28/01/20 (details below on #245419). This species was not hitherto known from NSW. MR)
Peter West and Sue Proust 12/2 #245448
Sooty Tern
Racecourse Beach, Ulladulla
1 alive but very week, now in care, and 1 dead juveniles after bad weather.
Chris Brandis 11/2 #245443
Wompoo Fruit-dove
Boys Walk (Avondale College, Cooranbong) (restricted access)
This is the same bird that was reported here in early January. I have walked past the fig tree where this bird has been resident nearly every day since then and have found it feeding in the tree most days. I thought that it may have moved on after the heavy rain we have had in the last couple of days but it was still sitting in the canopy of the tree this morning.
Maurice Ashton 11/2 #245440
Sooty Tern
Conjola National Park--Berrara Creek
Unable to fly
John Berry 11/2 #245438
Mon 10Brown Songlark
Picnic Pt The Entrance
A Brown Songlark seen hopping around the flood waters
Christina Port 14/2 #245455
Lesser Sand Plover
Pelican Point, Norah Head
Single bird seen feeding amongst Red-necked Stint and Ruddy Turnstone
Daniel McKeon 10/2 #245437
Common Noddy, Sooty Tern, Double-banded Plover, Brown Songlark
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Two Common Noddy and three immature Sooty Tern feeding off Long Reef early this afternoon. Later one immature Common Noddy roosting on the reef. A Double-banded Plover on the reef with good numbers of the usual waders and a Brown Songlark by the path at the bottom of the headland.
Robert Griffin 10/2 #245436
Sooty Tern
Stanwell Park
An adult and two juvenile Sooty Terns: eBird checklist submitted.
J S Gibson 10/2 #245435
Painted Buttonquail
Bushells Lagoon, freemans reach NSW
100-150m south on Brewers Lane heading to Lagoon.
Sharyn Simmich 10/2 #245434
Plumed-whistling Duck
Tombs Rd Armidale and Cooney Creek, Argyle
Yesterday (09/02) 21 Plumed-whistling Ducks were observed at the dam at the end of Tombs Rd in Armidale and again this morning 21 were seen on the dam at the property we live on. PWDs are uncommon in the New England and Northern Tablelands, especially outside of the large waterbodies such as Little Llangothlin Lagoon and Dangars Lagoon. eBird checklist
Heath Milne 10/2 #245431
Buller’s Shearwater, Sooty Tern
Norah Head
Probable Buller’s Shearwater seen well just off the rocks for a few seconds before being lost to view. Also 5 Sooty Terns, 4 of which were juveniles.
Andrew Robinson 10/2 #245430
Sooty Tern
Looking Glass Point, Gladesville
To add to the deluge of reports - I was ecstatic to watch a single adult Sooty Tern flying down the Parramatta River as I pulled up at the point. One of the more 'inland' sightings. Another adult was photographed at the Sydney Olympic Park Ferry Wharf this morning which may be the same individual.
Max Breckenridge 10/2 #245428
Sooty Tern
Collaroy Beach
One dead adult Sooty Tern amongst flotsam and mire in front of Collaroy Surf Club.
David Sawyer 10/2 #245427
Double-banded Plover
South Maroubra
Double-banded Plover feeding in the wash at Maroubra Beach this morning. Possibly has just arrived from NZ on the Tasman Express. eBird checklist
Richard Murray 10/2 #245424
Sun 9Streaked Shearwater
Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie
The bird was observed during a break in the rain squalls, amongst a flock of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters slowly moving north. Two juvenile Sooty Terns were also seen. There have been numerous sightings by Hastings Birdwatchers members of adult and juvenile Sooty Terns over the weekend as well as a couple of Common Noddys.
Clive Meadows 10/2 #245423
highlightWhite-tailed Tropicbird
Mistral Point, Maroubra
The first 6 birds I saw today were 3 Sooty Terns, 2 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and 1 White-tailed Tropicbird (adult) I then left to check out Eastlakes. Later on the rain was so heavy, birding was impossible. Maybe tomorrow conditions might improve.
David Mitford 9/2 #245422
Sooty Tern
Tom Uglys Bridge
Two juvenile Sooty Terns: eBird checklist submitted.
J S Gibson 9/2 #245421
Sooty Terns
Mort Bay Park
2 Sooty Terns, one juvenile with one parent trying to fish in close adjacent to Balmain Wharf at 6.15 pm. They stayed around for at least twenty minutes. Crummy photos taken on wet phone.
Kerry Allen 9/2 #245420
highlightGrey Ternlet
Norah Head
2 Grey Ternlet gave an amazing in close flyby at about 6pm. Also a juvenile Sooty Tern.
Andrew Robinson 9/2 #245418
Sooty Tern
Narrabeen Lakes
At least 3 young Sooty Terns with larger flocks of Crested Terns flying over the lake. eBird checklist
Kurtis Lindsay 9/2 #245417
Sooty Terns
Eastlakes golf course
Saw 6 Sooty Terns flying over in the wild weather, later with Corey Callahan we had 4 more over the main lake. We also saw three on Anzac Parade in Kingsford.
David Mitford & Corey Callahan 9/2 #245416
Sooty Tern
Blue Pool, Bermagui
Briefly seen flying past from Blue Pool lookout
Ash Allnutt 9/2 #245413
Lewin's Rail
Sydney Park
The highlight of an hour and a bit at SP, in very wet conditions, from 5pm, was a Lewin's Rail, which called 3 times from within vegetation in north-west corner of bottom large pond, but did not show itself. My 2nd record of Lewin's Rail at SP. A lone Latham's Snipe also worth mentioning. Water levels at SP the highest I've ever seen them.
Lorne Johnson 9/2 #245412
Sat 8highlightGrey Ternlet
Red Point, Port Kembla
I was heading back from the south point due to increasing rain when this small bird fluttered behind rocks to my left. I managed to circle round and get some initial shots of it before it took off and relocated on the top of the rock-shelf. I got a few more shots before it flew low to northern rocks and the rain just got heavier so I had to retreat to the car. This one is my first, so it really got the old heart pumping. Checked the photos to find, it appeared to have an injured left wing as it was drooping when roosting. eBird checklist
Paul Lynch 8/2 #245410
highlightStreaked Shearwaters and Sooty Terns
Magic Point, Maroubra
75 Sooty Terns today roughly 50/50 adults and juveniles. 6 Streaked Shearwaters, 1+Grey-faced Petrel, 3 Arctic Jaeger, 20 Pomarine Jaeger and about a dozen Long-tailed Jaeger. Good numbers of the 4 ‘dark’ Shearwater species also noted.
David Mitford, Simon Gorta and Corey Callahan 8/2 #245409
Sooty Tern, Common Noddy, Red Knot
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
2 adult and 1 juvenile Sooty Tern seen to south of reef fishing just off the white water approx 4:30pm. Were joined by a much browner bird with a pale cap assessed as a Common Noddy. 2 Red Knot in with approx 60 Red-necked Stints on the reef flat. Offshore there was a smattering of shearwaters - 1 possible Streaked seen but too distant to be sure.
Tom Wilson 8/2 #245406
highlightWhite Tern
Found exhausted and taken into care.
Margaret Clarke 8/2 #245405
Fri 7White-winged Chough, White-necked Heron
Coutts Crossing Village
28+ Choughs in what appeared to be two groups in gums in backyards in the village, 15 flew off in northerly direction. Plenty of calling and flying around in the trees. Possibly second group in area due to recent fires causing conflict. Adult White-necked Heron sitting tight on nest in Large-leaved Spotted Gum at edge of village. Previous nesting in McIntosh Park in the village a few years back.
Greg Clancy 8/2 #245408
Black Falcon, Black Kite
Grafton Regional Waste Depot, South Grafton
1 Black Falcon perched on steel tower and 2 Black Kites circling over area.
Greg Clancy 8/2 #245407
Sooty Terns
Mistral Point, Maroubra
At least 5 Sooty Terns feeding inshore 2 adults and 3 juveniles. 1 Arctic Jaeger, 1 Pomarine Jaeger, 1 Flesh-footed Shearwater and several hundred Wedge-tailed Shearwaters also noted. Later at dusk on the beach I found a live Sooty Shearwater and a dead Short-tailed Shearwater plus two juvenile Sooty Terns trying to land to roost.
David Mitford 7/2 #244403
highlightBlack-naped Tern
Laggers Point, Arakoon, South West Rocks
A smallish Tern, very pale all over, black bill, black legs, black eye line widening on nape, going to a sharp point almost to bill. Thin black edge to outer wing. Roosting on beach with Crested Tern. V tail seems to be forming one side more than the other.
Ian Bradshaw & members of Hastings Birdwatchers 7/2 #244402
highlightChestnut-breasted Mannikin
UNE--Lake Zot
Three males seen amongst the reeds. Five originally observed by Heath Milne on the 6th. First eBird records for Armidale region. Other species include Little Grassbird, Australasian Shoveler, Cattle Egret. eBird checklist
Tim Henderson, Heath Milne 7/2 #244401
Thu 6Wood Sandpiper, Little Eagle
Bushells Lagoon
Beautiful views of a pale morph Little Eagle feeding on the muddy shore of the lagoon and then perched in a dead tree. Also 2 Wood Sandpipers in amongst a flock of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.
Kate Buys 6/2 #244400
Black-faced Monarch
Centennial Park (Sydney)
Whilst looking for Tawnies, couldn't help but notice what Marolyn Coates subsequently ID'd as a Black-faced Monarch. Not sure if they feature is in Erne Hoskins historical Centennial Park list, but it certainly is a very rare sighting within CP.
Biggles CSolander 6/2 #244398
Wed 5Streaked Shearwater
Kattang Nature Reserve--Perpendicular Point
We saw 2 Streaked Shearwaters about 500m off the headland. They were in among the many Wedgetailed Shearwaters heading north and we got good views of both upper and lower wing.
Peter West & Susan Proust 10/2 #245432
Superb Lyrebird
Deans Gap Rd Jerrawangala
Checking out region after devastating fires. Deans gap rd was a reliable place to observe Spotted Quail thrush. Whole area is now burnt, some trees still have green cover while other are completely black. We were happy to see a Lyrebird running across track, very few birds in area. 3 x Brown Thornbills, 2 x White-throated Treecreeper, 1 x Grey shrike thrush and 1 male Golden Whistler were the only other birds recorded in the area.
Terrill Nordstrom, Dave Rower 6/2 #244399
Tue 4Glossy Black Cockatoo
GBCs have moved into the township after the recent fires and have been feeding on the Casuarinas at the headland - family of three there in the afternoon. Last night a group of seven flew over, calling loudly and distinctly. Hope there is enough food to sustain them all.
Claire and Ziggy Wolinski 5/2 #244393
Mon 3Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Camden Head
We regularly have Glossy Black-Cockatoos visit our home at Camden Head. They take their late afternoon drink at a property three doors away. While these birds are regular and currently daily, their numbers have grown since the fires around here. Currently we have 14 birds daily but on the 3rd February we had 22 individuals fly off to their evening roost, a record for here.
Peter West Susan Proust 10/2 #245433
Streaked Shearwater, Buller's Shearwater, Sooty Tern and Common Noddy
Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie
As Tuesdays southerly change moved up the Mid-North Coast Liam Murphy did a sea watch and picked up a Streaked and a Buller's Shearwater, Sooty Tern and Jaegers. He notified members of the Hasting Bird Watchers and so others joined him there. At any one time there appeared to be 3 different Arctic and 2 Pomerime Jaegers, as well as 2 Sooty Terns, 1 Common Noddy and at least one Fleshy-footed Shearwaters, amongst the many Wedge-tails, Short-tails and Fluttering/Huttons feeding just off the Light-house
Liam Murphy, Tim & Alan Morris, Sue Proust, Peter West et al 6/2 #244396
Whiskered Tern
Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
Spotted as tide rising and birds arriving at roost site. Not seen one here before.
Julie Keating 3/2 #244387
Sun 2White-winged Chough
Boyters Lane, Jerseyville, NSW
Residents of "Saltaire" Boyters Lane, Jerseyville, NSW reported to me they had at least 20 White-winged Chough in a tree near their house. They studied them carefully with binocs and bird guide.They also saw a larger flock at the end of December 2019 when the fires were west of Kempsey. To my knowledge this species has never been reported in the South West Rocks area, but are common west of Kempsey.
Caroline and David Adams, per Ian Bradshaw 10/2 #245426
Wandering Whistling Duck
Kooloonbung Reserve, Port Macquarie
Three Wandering Whistling Ducks diving around Lily Pond Reserve in Port Macquarie.
Gary Gibbs 5/2 #244394
Brown Quail
Sydney Park
Awesome to get a BQ at SP late afternoon, after a thunderstorm. It’s a rarity there. I imitated its call and it came out onto path on western side of bottom large pond, then took off to another spot further west of pond. Other birds of note: 3 Baillon’s Crakes, 2 Latham’s Snipe, Little Grassbird and Tawny Grassbird (feeding silently on ground of island in middle pond with its tail slightly cocked). 37 species recorded in 80 minutes. No sign of Australian Little Bittern. Anyhow, a great little celebration of World Wetlands Day.
Lorne Johnson 2/2 #244383
Fork-tailed Swift
STW Tuggerah
This afternoon, amongst a group of about 150 WTNT we had about 6 Fork-tailed or Pacific Swifts.
Christina Port and 5 NSW Birding Central Coast birders 2/2 #244382
Red-necked Avocet, Musk Duck, Spotless Crake and Freckled Duck
Tuggerah Wastewater Treatment Plant
A very good morning at the STW with plenty of birds to be seen, the highlight being the Spotless Crake very shy and hard to find, and 1x Freckled Duck, 1x Musk Duck and 2 Red-necked Avocets (previous reports up to 6 birds).
david catt 2/2 #244381
highlightRed-chested Button-quail
Western Sydney Parklands, Glendenning
One flushed twice from long grass showing distinctive orange flanks in a fairly direct flight and not calling. It was about the fringes of the almost dried up temporary wetland on the western side of the dam. The last time I have seen this species in Sydney were 2-3 birds near Bakers Lagoon in Richmond over Jan/Feb 2006 and was seen by many other observers at the time (together with Red-backed Button-quail and a good number of King Quail about). I have also seen a female Red-chested Button-quail at Bushells Lagoon in December 1993. This record of this species also brings my Blacktown LGA list to 248 species.
Edwin Vella 2/2 #244380
Sat 1Lewin's Rail
East Bowral
Awesome to see a Lewin's Rail on the northern edge of a pond by Boardman Rd at 3pm today. Only a 5 second view! The first Lewin's Rail I've seen in the Southern Highlands (though I heard one at Ferndale Reserve's swamp in Bundanoon several years ago). Also present: 3 Latham's Snipe and a Hoary-headed Grebe. These birds were at the pond with the most water in it.
Lorne Johnson 2/2 #244379

January 2020
Wed 29Sooty tern
Bungan beach, Sydney
Single juvenile flying close to shore
Kate Buys 31/1 #244368
megamegaBulwer's Petrel, Streaked Shearwater
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Absolutely mega seawatch in conditions which usually would not have tempted us to have a look, but we were spurred on by interesting sightings recently up and down the coast in similar conditions. Just around 16:30 a Streaked Shearwater passed south with some wedgies. Just after 18:00 Dave picked up a Bulwer's Petrel moving south with the wedgies and we were lucky enough to watch it for 3-4 minutes as it moved south being overtaken by the shearwaters around it. A detailed description can be found in the eBird list. Absolutely mega bird for NSW but the third claimed sighting of this species now this summer in NSW. A NSWORAC report will be prepared. eBird checklist
Simon Gorta, David Mitford, Robert Griffin 30/1 #244359
Sooty Tern
Soldiers Point (Norah Head)
Single bird seen flying close to the rock shelf before moving further out to fish. Seen late afternoon. (Moderator's Note: This is one of a number of sightings from the Central Coast, two juvenile Sooty Terns came into care from Wamberal and Bateau Bay beaches on 26/1 but subsequently died, and atleast six juveniles have gone into care in the Sydney Region . AKM).
Daniel McKeon 30/1 #244357
Toowoon Bay Reefs, near The Entrance
single bird out on sandpit near main rockshelf. (Modertor's Note: This is an uncommon visitor to the Central Coast, being only identified every 1-2 years, usually at Soldiers /Pelican Points at Norah Head.. AKM)
luke ullrich 29/1 #244354
Satin Flycatcher (1) and Collared Sparrowhawk (2)
Lime Kiln Bay Reserve and Wetlands
Wandered around unsuccessfully hoping for cuckoo-shrike reported earlier this week-bit of a long shot. Two noisy juvenile fledgling Collared Sparrowhawks and a juvenile female plumaged Satin Flycatcher in the mangroves were entertaining. Also 30 Topknot Pigeons and 20 White-throated Needletails flying over.
Dion Hobcroft and David James 29/1 #244353
Noisy Pitta
Mt. Keira
One bird observed foraging in the leaf litter, feeding on a large worm. Jumped up on to a rock out in the open where it started to preen, we were lucky to have a great view of the bird for around five minutes.
Terrill Nordstrom, Dave Rower 29/1 #244352
Tue 28megamegaBulwer's Petrel
Cronulla RSL
An exhausted Bulwer's Petrel was rescued at Cronulla RSL on 28 January. After a couple of days in care, Lindsay Smith, SOSSA, got contacted to assist with the identification and care. Bird is still alive and gaining weight. Release in more northern waters can hopefully be arranged.
Lindsay Smith, per Vincent Mourik 9/2 #245419
Superb Parrot
Goolma Rd, Bodangora
A flock of six Superb Parrots, both males and females, flying north over Goolma Rd. eBird checklist
Tomas Kelly 31/1 #244361
White-headed and Topknot Pigeons
Slackys Creek, Bulli
We don't often get rainforest pigeons this close to the beach (east of the railline), but since the fires we've had Topknots coming into the Blackbutt of the creek behind my house, and today they were joined by Whiteheads. No foraging observed, but a large Camphor Laurel sits right next to the Blackbutt.
Lucas McKinnon 28/1 #244349
Mon 27Australian Little Bittern
Sydney Park
ALB seen again at Sydney Park at 5:45pm. Tremendous, yet brief views of bird as it stuck its head and neck out of reeds in north-east corner of large bottom pond. Viewed easily through Monarch 8x40s when standing on wooden deck. My thanks to another birder called Prue for pointing it out. Awesome to see the species still around at SP since my initial discovery of it at the end of 2018. Let's hope breeding takes place. Other birds of note: 1 Baillon's Crake, 2 Latham's Snipe and a Buff-banded Rail.
Lorne Johnson 27/1 #244345
Pacific Emerald Dove
Corner of Tallowood Cr and Coachwood Dr, Ourimbah
Emerald Dove spotted around midday feeding on the ground under a heavily fruiting Tuckeroo on council nature strip. Excellent views and very obvious. Not normal elusive behaviour. Bird was spooked by the postman heading along the pathway, then chased by Grey Butcherbird. Very surprising sighting.
Gavin Shelley 27/1 #244343
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Sydney Airport
The Eurasian Tree Sparrow reported here some months ago for the Sydney Domestic terminal appears still to be in residence. Sighted near Gate 52 but obviously mobile. All-chestnut crown together with dark blotch on white cheek patch and pale neck collar rule our House Sparrow.
Chris Rehberg 27/1 #244340
Sun 26Torresian (Collared) Kingfisher
Simpsons Creek, Brunswick Heads
Bird calling from mangroves east of Simpsons Creek opposite the Bowling Club. (Moderator's Note: Brunswick Heads appears to be the southern limit for Torresian (Collared) Kingfishers in NSW. AKM)
Ian Colvin 28/1 #244350
Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper
Pitt Town Lagoon
1 Wood Sandpiper present (in front of hide) and 3 Marsh Sandpipers. 3 crake species seen, 2 Australian Shelduck, 32 Glossy Ibis and 51 Red-necked Avocet. Lagoon is drying out and wader numbers are increasing. Duck numbers are decreasing with 1 Freckled Duck, 2 Pink- eared Ducks, 6 Shovelar and 2 Chestnut Teal.
Martin Snowball 27/1 #244339
highlightBarred Cuckooshrike
Lime Kiln Bay Reserve and Wetlands
Saw a bird land high in canopy before being very quickly swooped by another and disappearing - not re-sighted. Thankfully I took a couple quick photos with sufficient detail to confirm the ID: finely barred breast neatly cut-off, grey head, yellow eye. Very brief encounter. (Moderators Note; This is an extraordinary record, but not the first for Sydney, one was collected there in 1886! Subsequently 1 in Wollongong Bot.Gardens in 1998, a few days later at Thirrroul! No other records! Great work Chris!. AKM) eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg 26/1 #244333
Sat 25Tawny Grassbird
Sydney Olympic Park
Bird found at Eastern Water Quality Control Pond (Wentworth Common)
Emily Tan 1/2 #244373
highlightCook's Petrel, Streaked Shearwater, Sooty Tern
Offshore--Kiama Pelagic (SOSSA)
A Cook's Petrel (possibly 2), 6 separate Streak Shearwater sightings and numerous Sooty Tern's were the highlights of the 25 Jan SOSSA pelagic. Other birds included Shy Albatrosses, Grey-faced Petrels, White-face and Wilson's Storm-petrels. We also had a pelagic Great Egret, heading east, a few kilometres offshore.
Brook Whylie and all aboard the MV Kato 25/1 #244331
Peaceful Dove
Integral Park, West Dapto
One Peaceful Dove seen. Did not call. Also, 20 Dollarbirds and 14 Bar-shouldered Doves. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 25/1 #244330
highlightBlack Noddy
Seal Rocks Lighthouse Walk
A lone Black Noddy off of the Seal Rocks lighthouse between 1037 & 10:41 this morning following some rain last night. Smaller than Silver Gull, Similar black all around plumage & quite fluttery flight. Seen this species previously on Lord Howe Island. eBird checklist
Archie Brennan 25/1 #244327
Blue-faced Honeyeater
18 Walker Avenue Kanwal NSW 2259
A single pair feeding on protea flowers. This is the third year they have appeared. Being hassled - to no effect - by Noisy Miners.
Neil Bevege 25/1 #244324
Fri 24Mangrove Gerygone
Quibray Bay
One seen in mangroves at the far end of the beach. The Kentish Plover was not seen at Quibray Bay or Bonna Point
Allan Richards 24/1 #244323
Wed 22Black Falcon
Upper Rollands Plains, Littles Loop Rd
See circling above dairy farm hay storage and silage heap.
Phillip Shelley 22/1 #244314
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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