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

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 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.

December 2021
Sun 5Spangled Drongo
Western Sydney Parklands, Glendenning
This morning I was surprised to see a Spangled Drongo beside Eastern Creek within the Parklands. Over the last 30 years I have only seen Spangled Drongos within the Sydney region from late January/ February to September. Though I was also surprised to see one beside Narrabeen Lake back on 6/11/21. However north of Newcastle I have seen the Drongos throughout the year.
Edwin Vella 5/12 #263309
Black-necked Stork
McPersons Rd Swamp Tuggerah NSW
2 Juvenile birds no adult birds observed eventually flew off eastwards towards Tuggerah Lakes eBird checklist
David Schuemaker 5/12 #263307
Fri 3highlightBlack-necked Stork
Central Coast Wetlands (Tuggerah)
Was packing up to leave for a time-critcal assignation and sighted at least 4 Black-necked Storks along with some pelicans soaring up on a thermal above the paddock to the W of the enviro-loo. Definitely at least 2 adults and 2 juveniles (juvenile pictured). (Moderator's Note: On Friday 3/12/2021 local birders Margaret & Kaye Pointer sighted two juvenile Black-necked Storks at nearby McPherson Rd Swamp. Adult BNS during the past 2 months have been seen flying over Tuggerah/Wyong presumably heading for a nest at some nearby but unknown location. This is a good breeding record for the Central Coast, the first was in the mid 1990s, the second two years ago and now this report. AKM)
Biggles Csolander 5/12 #263306
Thu 2Eastern Koel
Never had these birds here before but while drinking coffee in my backyard this morning heard two birds calling together. Tried to track them down but they stopped calling and couldnt find them
warren Chad 2/12 #262300
Wed 1Red-capped Robin
Wianamatta N R
Always good to see a R-c R on the Cumberland Plain. Also good numbers of Scarlet Honeyeaters- small groups of New Holland Honeyeaters, two White-cheeked Honeyeaters and Eastern Spinebills among the regulars
Glenn Vickery 2/12 #262304

November 2021
Mon 29Common Gull-billed Tern
Stockton Sandspit Newcastle NSW
One Bird roosting at high tide with Godwits and Curlew Sandpipers eBird checklist
Jim Stone 30/11 #262289
highlightWhite-throated Nightjar
End of Hungry Track, overlooking Smiths Creek, Ku-ring-gai Chase
Single bird flushed from ground. Single egg at the point from where it flushed. Seen at about 1.30 pm and still present there at 4pm. Bird also seen flying nearby. Nest was a small area of bare rock amongst leaf litter (a typical site for the species).
Ian McAllan and David Martin 30/11 #262288
Sun 28Topnot Pigeon
Chopin Park, Seven Hills NSW
5 Topknot Pigeons in trees in park - stayed about an hour - not normally seen in this location
Adrianne Harris 28/11 #261281
Sat 27Long-tailed Jaeger,Black-browed Albatross
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve.
Seen my first 2 Long-tailed Jaeger's for the summer today also 3 Black-browed Albatross flew south and 9 Arctic Jaeger's were flying south also along with 4 Pomarine Jaeger's.
Michael Ronan 27/11 #261279
Rufous Fantail, Dollarbird
Sydney Park
Awesome to add both Rufous Fantail and Dollarbird to my Sydney Park list, which now amounts to 97 species. 3 Rufous Fantails seen by frog pond and the Dollarbird was flying over and around the hill several times. 4 Brown Quails also noteworthy. All birding done between 3-5pm in very windy conditions.
Lorne Johnson 27/11 #261276
Fri 26Australian King-Parrot
Location Island Sanctuary (Deniliquin)
Single female photographed closed to car park in Island Sanctuary (Deniliquin). Unusual record for the area. Possibly an aviary escape but was not approachable. eBird checklist
John Harrison 1/12 #262293
Long-tailed Jaeger
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Poor conditions for a seawatch with rain and visibility down to only 1km. However there were Jaegers going through with the modest stream of Short-tailed Shearwaters and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. 7 Long-tailed Jaegers, 6 Pomarine Jaegers and 4 Arctic Jaegers were picked out of the gloom, 2 Australasian Gannets found some fish to feed on and a pod of 30 Bottle-nosed Dolphins made a slow pass close in.
David Mitford 27/11 #261275
Wed 24White-throated Needletail
Doyalson area
I spotted approx. 40 Needletail at the junction of Pacific Highway and Wyee Road around 7:20am. There was a heavy low cloud cover and the birds were hawking around, through and under the powerlines at the crossroads. I watched them for over 10 minutes then headed south, starting my bus run. I saw more birds in pairs or groups of up to 20 all the way through Charmhaven to Gorokan - at least 60 birds. When I returned to the crossroads at Doyalson at 8am, there were still around 20 birds now flying between 30 and 50 meters above the ground with some Dollarbirds. I watched them for a while as it took me 2 changes of lights to get through the intersection this time. As the birds were spread over 10 k.s, I'm assuming that there were a lot more than I could see from the bus, possibly 100s.
Paul Schofield 24/11 #261260
Mistral Point, Maroubra
A Whimbrel was spotted last night feeding on the wet grass by Renee Levy. I saw it here briefly this morning briefly before it was swooped by a Magpie. It called the alarm and flew off strong and fast south towards Maroubra Beach. We sometimes see migratory shorebirds flying past Mistral Point as they commute offshore. This is the first time I have heard of one coming onto land here to feed and rest.
Richard Murray 24/11 #261257
Australian Shelduck, Lewins Rail
Bicentennial Park (Sydney)
2 female Shelduck (continuing birds) on the water bird refuge at 8am this morning. 2 Lewins Rail calling back and forth from the swampy gutter between the spiral hill and Bennelong Parkway (not seen). (Checklist for Waterbird Refuge provided.) eBird checklist
Tom Wilson 24/11 #261256
Mon 22Blue-faced honeyeater
Hue Hue Road, Jilliby
Seen on side of the road, furthest south I have seen this species is The Rock Nature Reserve however this bird was 10-15km from the east coast at Jilliby. (As in Western Sydney, Blue-faced Honeyeaters are on the increased in Central Coast LGA although there are no recent reports for the Jilliby/Dooralong area. AKM).
Charles Hunter 29/11 #261284
Common Bronzewing
Long Track, Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Two birds seen in forest on the far north end of the track in tall Grey Gum and Stringybark forest.
Ian McAllan and David Martin 23/11 #261253
Australian Shelduck
Bicentennial Park (Sydney Olympic Park)--Waterbird Refuge
2 female Australian Shelduck spotted this morning by Dion Hobcroft & soon observed by several others. Swimming around feeding in the waterbird refuge. Very uncommon duck in the Sydney area.
Dion Hobcroft, Jenny & Rod Stiles, Richard & Jodi Webber 22/11 #261247
Sat 20Common Cicadabird
Moree Common
Adult female Common Cicadabird seen along northern east/west path in wooded section of Moree Common. Moree Plains consists of open black soil plains and sparsely wooded pockets of vegetation. Very few areas are medium to densely wooded. Increased rainfall over the past year has increased undergrowth and provided more lagoons and marshland. Moree Common was completely dry throughout 2019/2020. 2021 has seen one large and one small lagoon, and a marsh/swamp area near the entrance. The wooded areas are greener and the open, more arid section to the north-west, has thick low-lying scrub. (Moderator's Note: While Cicadabirds are known from the North West Plains in and around the Kaputah Ranges and the Pilliga Scrub, I am unaware of any records for the Moree Plains. AKM) eBird checklist
Leonie Beaulieu 26/11 #261270
highlightTerek Sandpiper (1), Red Knot (7)
Chittaway Bay
Some good shorebirding (for the Central Coast) around Chittaway Bay, Tuggerah Lake over the weekend with; Terek Sandpiper (4th Central Coast record) and Red Knot (7), along with Curlew Sandpiper (1), Pacific Golden Plover (1) and Ruddy Turnstone (2) - the last 3 species all being uncommon away from the coast / at this location these days. Also present were Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (72), Red-necked Stint (8), Bar-tailed Godwit (12), Pied Oystercatcher pair (with chick), White-headed Stilt (3 active nests) and Buff-banded Rail (presumed nesting pair). Also of note approx. 200 feeding / roosting Little Tern in recent weeks, of which about 130 breeding adults relocated to Karagi Point, The Entrance North in the last week to nest, leaving behind 70 odd non-breeders. Horrible record shot of the the Terek Sandpiper attached.
Andrew Robinson, Dean Purcell 21/11 #261238
Pied Honeyeaters, Black Honeyeaters, Budgerigars
Round Hill Nature Reserve--Whoey Tanks
The NSW Mallee is excellent for birds currently - probably the best I've seen it in the 30 years I've been visiting the area. At Whoey Tanks yesterday morning the activity and numbers were outstanding. Budgerigars numbered 500+ together with 100's of Woodswallows mostly White-browed, but some Masked as well. Both Pied and Black Honeyeaters were present, the later in numbers.
Simon Blanchflower 21/11 #261233
Coastal Emu
~5km South of Maclean
4 Emu western side of pacific motorway 5km south of Maclean turnoff
Bob Moffatt 21/11 #261229
highlightBeach Stone-Curlew
Stockton Sandspit
Beach Stone-Curlew as reported yesterday & still at Stockton Sandspit this morning. (Moderator: First reported by Jim Stone on Thursday morning.) eBird checklist
Jenny & Rod Stiles 20/11 #261226
Fri 19White-fronted Tern
Lake Wollumboola
Last reported sighting was in 2018. Photos submitted to ABID and ID confirmed by users of this site. (Moderators Note; We have found two more reports on eBird and Birdata since 2018, so there have been more sightings, but interestingly, White-fronted Terns are regular winter migrants to as far north as Ballina so it is hard to understand that there are so few reports from Lake Wollumboola. AKM) eBird checklist
john anderson 1/12 #262291
Whistling Kite
Glebe Point
A Whistling Kite flying over Rozelle Bay at Glebe Point. Only the second one that I have seen in 40 years at Glebe Point.,
Allan Richards 19/11 #261220
Thu 18highlightBlack-backed Bittern, Red-backed Kingfishers, Common Myna
Macquarie Marshes
A Black-backed Bittern calling several times in the reed beds along the Gibson Way where I also had a Common Myna (the furthest inland I have seen one). A pair of Red-backed Kingfishers seen beside the Carinda Rd too.
Edwin Vella 21/11 #261237
Terek Sandpiper
Mogareeka Inlet
A lone Terek Sandpiper at Mogareeka this morning. An uncommon visitor at this location.
Leo Berzins 18/11 #261208
Wed 17Painted Honeyeater and Red-backed Kingfisher
Along the Ivanhoe Rd I had another Painted Honeyeater (very close to where I had them last year), a Red-backed Kingfisher, hundreds of Budgies plus wonderful views of a pair of Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush and White-browed Treecreeper.
Edwin Vella 21/11 #261236
Painted Honeyeaters
At least 3 Painted Honeyeaters seen along the Euabalong - Mount Hope Rd
Edwin Vella 21/11 #261234
Tue 16Red-chested Buttonquail, Pied and Black Honeyeaters
Nombinnie Nature Reserve
Red-chested and Painted Button-quail present and just like Simon Blanchflower's report the Black Honeyeater numbers were staggering (hundreds if not thousands about) with some Pied Honeyeaters too. Both species seen displaying too. Great views were also had of the the resident mallee specialists including 2 adult male Chestnut Quail-thrush, Southern Scrub-robins and Shy Heathwrens.Hundreds of Budgies and White-browed and Masked Wood swallows too.
Edwin Vella 21/11 #261235
highlightLittle Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit & Sharp-tailed Sandpipers
Clear Lake @ Narran Lakes Nature Reserve (restricted access)
Assisting NPWS staff with waterbird surveys 15-16 November. 7 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Little Curlews and approx 2000 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers etc. (Moderator's Note: This is the third record for Little Curlews in NSW this spring, the other two reports were for 1 at Jabiru Wetlands, Casino on 5-15/10/21 (#260981) and 1 Lake Bathurst on 20/10/21. AKM)
Pat Johnston 18/11 #261206
Black Range Rd, Woolgarlo (near Yass)
A seemingly lost budgie spotted feeding on wild oats along a TSR with surrounding agricultural grazing land. No leg band and was flying strongly. Responded to call playback and appeared to be healthy and very much a wild bird.
George Madani and Annie Grundy 16/11 #261200
Mon 15Wandering Whistling Duck
Port Macquarie Waste Water Treatment Plant, Settling ponds
There were 36 Wandering Whistling Ducks scattered across four settling ponds on this morning. This is the highest aggregation that I have found on the Mid North Coast since moving to the Region almost 3 years ago. All previous counts have been for 10 birds or less at this or other sites. eBird checklist
Alan Morris 18/11 #261209
Sun 14Brush Cuckoo
Cattai National Park--Mitchell Park
Single bird calling and seen briefly along the short track between the filed studies centre and the turning circle - approx 11:15am. (Not many reports this spring.) Also 2 Azure Kingfishers, 8 Honeyeater species with Scarlets singing throughout the park. and a Square-tailed Kite seen briefly. eBird checklist
Tom Wilson 14/11 #261193
Sat 13Plumed Whistleduck, Magpie Goose
Rotary Wetlands, Narromine
Fourteen Plumed Whistleduck hustled down in the long grass in one of the new islands avoiding the gale. Four Magpie Geese trying to do the same.
Darryl Smedley 21/11 #261241
Bourke's Parrot
Fords Bridge
Let's Wing It arrived at Hungerford Rd at 0730 and locked in a White-browed Treecreeper to start the Twitchathon. By the time 0800 ticked over, the Treecreeper was not heard or seen again but we were stoked to see a flock of 10 Bourke's Parrots land close by! We also picked up 2 Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush and 3 Varied Sittella. Great spot unfortunately being trashed by goats. eBird checklist
Let's Wing It: Steve Edwards, Mike Kuhl, Nick Carson 19/11 #261218
Blue-billed Duck
Coonamble Sewage Treatment Plant
During the Twitchathon, Let's Wing It arrived at the STP looking for the Plum-headed Finches seen the day before. We dipped but stumbled upon 6 Blue-billed Ducks, all in the 2 Eastern ponds. 4 in the Northern of those ponds and 2 in the Southern. 1 male doing courtship display. eBird checklist
Let's Wing It: Steven Edwards, Mike Kuhl, Nick Carson 19/11 #261217
White-winged Black Tern
Lake Cathie Estuary
2 birds on the sand bank with Common, Crested and 4 Little Terns
James Oates 13/11 #261190
Southern Emu-wren
I was stoked to see 2 Southern Emu-wrens on the margins of a Paddys River swamp close to Old Argyle Rd and CPT 54 Rd, and on the outskirts of Penrose State Forest, mid-afternoon. They are very rare birds in the Southern Highlands. My first Highlands record. A Brown Quail also noteworthy.
Lorne G Johnson 13/11 #261189
White-winged Black Tern
Swan Pond (Ash Island)
Single White-winged Black Tern first seen by Greg Little 11/11, then two birds found by Jeff Jones 12/11 still there this morning (at the northern end of Swan Pond, east of Wagtail Way). Photograph by Lene Parashou.
Greg Little, Jeff Jones and Lene Parashou per Mick Roderick 13/11 #261186
Thu 11Topknot Pigeon
Tunks Park, Cammeray 2062
Two Topknot Pigeons feeding on berries in the residential streets beside Tunks Park
Ben Barker 11/11 #261184
Tue 9highlightFlock Bronzewing, Gibberbird & Banded Whiteface
Sturt National Park
Flock Bronzewings were common around South Myers & Mount King tanks with flocks up up to 200 birds seen with many more smaller flocks flying around. Also seen in the park were Banded Whiteface, several Gibberbirds, Red-browed Pardalote & Pied Honeyeaters.
Robert Hynson 19/11 #261219
Yantabulla (150km north-west of Bourke)
Single bird initially heard then seen singing from top of lignum on alluvial floodplain of the Yantabulla Swamp/Cuttaburra Creek system. Bird moved several hundred metres as I ran to fetch the camera...tracked its location by ‘chuck chuck’ calls. Returned with Amanda Bryant and Sue Gould in the afternoon to obtain further photographic and audio proof. Bird still in the vicinity, using the lignum. (Moderator's Note: A remarkable record and what would be a first for NSW, having checked several sources including the vagrants section of the Atlas of the Birds of NSW Vol 3. There was a bird photographed almost a year ago to the day [7th Nov) last year in Currawinya NP, but this is a further ~100km south east of that. Report will be subject to NSW ORAC review. MR).
Tiffany Mason, Amanda Bryant and Sue Gould 9/11 #261173
Mon 8megamegaAustralian Swiftlet (or another swiftlet sp.)
Munmorah State Conservation Area--Wybung Head
Seen 1 bird , crossing over headland (Moderator's Note: Identification is still under discussion. Other images have been provided - remarkably good images too! MR)
Luke Ullrich 9/11 #261169
Spangled Drongo
Start of Long Trail, Duffys Forest
Single bird feeding on a stick insect
Ian McAllan and David Martin 8/11 #261168
Pied Butcherbird
NW corner of Terry Hills Country Club
Single bird observed
Ian Mcallan and David Martin 8/11 #261166
Sun 7White-winged Chough, Rainbow Bee-eater, Red-kneed Dotterel
Broadwater Creek, Tullymorgan
6+ Choughs foraging on ground, first record for observer at this location, Rainbow Bee-eaters nesting in sandy ground and 1 small juvenile Red-kneed Dotterel with adult at edge of wetland.
Greg Clancy 11/11 #261183
Spotted Harrier, Nankeen Night Heron, Pallid Cuckoo
Everlasting Swamp National Park
Immature Spotted Harrier in flight near National Park, adult Night Heron -the first observed locally for some time and the Pallid Cuckoo was the first and only local record this season.
Greg Clancy 11/11 #261182
highlightLittle Buttonquail
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--West Head
Single Little Buttonquail spotted walking on the trail in front of me before sitting amongst some sticks and leaf litter. Eventually flew into dense bushland when a bushwalker came past. Very unexpected sighting.
Hamish Burrell 8/11 #261165
Banded Lapwing, Swamp Harrier, Brown Falcon
Cornwallis Road, Cornwallis
Seen in paddocks at junction of Cornwallis Rd and Cornwells Lane - 4 Banded Lapwing (2 adult and 2 young birds); 2 Swamp Harriers, which were chased off by the 2 Brown Falcons. The rough paddocks also held Rufous (5) and Brown (2) Songlarks, Singing Bushlark (1) and the surrounding areas several White-winged Triller (at least 5 seen).
Tom Wilson 7/11 #261152
Sat 6highlightRed-backed Buttonquail, King Quail
Conjola National Park
4x King Quail observed (2 seen, 4 heard), plus 1x Red-backed Buttonquail (seen). KQ first heard on 3 Nov and seen again on 7th. RBBQ have been present since at least 21 Oct (both a male and female seen). Brown Quail and Painted Buttonquail also regular and found at many places in the park. Other interesting sightings (not on same day/list) have been White-throated Nightjar, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, White-eared Honeyeater, White-throated Gerygone, Leaden Flycatcher, Brush Cuckoo, Jacky Winter, Varied Sittella, Southern Emu-wren. eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg - Sydney Birding 8/11 #261154
Whiskered Tern
Narrabri Lake
On Friday, 5 November, in rainy conditions there were a few Whiskered Terns at Narrabri Lake, possibly 10 or 20 in total. Today they were found hunting in flocks, with in total about 100-150 of them above the open water of the lake. Short videos taken showing up to ca. 25 at a time (screen shot of a still attached here).
Vanessa Collins per Michael Dahlem 6/11 #261145
Fri 5Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Macintyre Rd Barraba , near Woodsreef Mine
It was raining most of the day at Barraba, but there was a bit of a break late afternoon so we went for a drive along MacIntyre Rd, north-east of Barraba, and a found a lone Ground Cuckoo-shrike, (the photograph not available at this point of time!). Other birds present in the vicinity included an Australian Hobby, Pallid Cuckoo, Red-winged Parrot, Yellow-rumped Thornbills, Rufous Songlarks & Jacky Winter s. eBird checklist
Alan Morris, Allan Benson, Michael Scobie & Doug Hocking 6/11 #261146
Banded Lapwing
Argyles Reach Road Wilberforce
At Least a baker’s dozen (13) Banded Lapwings feeding beside dirt road on turf farms plus one Pacific Golden Plover.
Darren Earnshaw 5/11 #261144
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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