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Birdline New South Wales

Birdline NSW is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.

Birdline New South Wales is supported by Birding NSW, Birdlife Southern NSW and Cumberland Bird Observers Club and moderated by Alan Morris, Ashwin Rudder, Joshua Bergmark and Simon Blanchflower.

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17/07/2016

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 and then login. Please send any White-throated Needletail or Fork-tailed Swift sightings directly to Prof. Michael Tarburton for his research: tarburton.m@optusnet.com.au. Include date, location, and numbers of birds. All Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot reports should be forwarded to Mick Roderick to assist in the recovery efforts of these severely declining species: mick.roderick@birdlife.org.au.

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May 2017
Fri 26Sanderling
Salty Creek mouth, Evans Head
Single non-breeding plumage Sanderling on the beach at Salty Creek mouth, uncommon here at this of time of year. Also 11 Little Terns still hanging around. eBird checklist
Steve McBride 26/5 #231014
highlightSwift Parrot
Werakata State Conservation Area (Pelton)
Reporting here (again) as this site is on public land and numbers appear to be building. I had 14 Swift Parrots last week and counted 33 this morning. Birds are best observed very early when they are associating in flocks. The one I managed to photograph 18 birds of a flock that had about 25 birds in it. From about 0730 onwards the birds settle down to feed/preen etc and are a little harder to find. Head down Pelton Road (dirt track that goes east in from the village of Pelton) and park at the second left hand turn. Just listen for the Bell Miners! Regent HEs may not be far away too, so eyes and ears peeled if you visit (a good place to look is further to the north either side of the gully that you cross). There are now likely at least 200 Swift Parrots in the Cessnock woodlands. Steve Roderick again visited the site late this afternoon and counted 47 birds. Further information
Mick Roderick 26/5 #231008
Thu 25Topknot Pigeon
Wahroonga
Feeding in Camphor Laurel tree on Junction Rd - near Cnr Grosvenor Rd. (*not sure if publish worthy - have submitted to e-bird for record S37147408) eBird checklist
David Vickers 26/5 #231007
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Cottage Point, Kur-ing-gai Chase National Park,
The WTE pair are still seen in KNP. This afternoon the pair was sighted from Cottage Point Road working the updraft from the ridge between Smith's and Coal and Creeks. Also many White-breasted Sea-Eagles sighted from within the park.
Biggles Csolander 25/5 #231005
highlightPink Robin
Bowral - Holly Street.
Pink Robin (not Rose Robin) with black head, bright pink tummy and black/dark brown? tail. Round body like a Blue Wren. Sighted at 5pm on Thursday evening in Hakea tree surrounded by Jasmine, Honeysuckle and Ivy, feeding on small insects and darting in and out of vines for cover. Beautiful specimen, healthy and good colour. Feathers smooth and very quiet song. Chipper chipper chipper.(Moderator's Note: Reports of Pink Robins in the Illawarra, Southern Highlands and Sydney region are subject to review by the NSW Records Appraisal Committee).
Mrs. Jane Smith 25/5 #231003
Powerful Owl
Artarmon Reserve, Willoughny
Bird calling in bush between Burra Rd and railway line Further information
Judi Homewood 25/5 #231001
highlightSwift Parrot, Little Lorikeet
Private property near Ellalong, Lower Hunter Valley
120 Swift Parrots counted this morning during a Regent Honeyeater monitoring survey on private property near Ellalong (no RHs found). The Swifties were feeding in flowering Spotted Gum, as were a couple of hundred Little Lorikeets (a very conservative estimate - there was probably many more than this), which were inspecting tree-hollows. I watched 5 pairs of Little Lori's entering hollows in the one tree. As is often the case with Swift Parrots they were flying around in flocks early in the morning, in this case in groups of 10-30 birds (24 in the one attached), spread right across the large property. A video of a small group of Swifties loafing in the early sun is on the link below - navigate to see videos of the Little Lorikeets inspecting hollows from there. Further information
Mick Roderick 25/5 #230999
Wed 24Freckled Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Hobby
Dairy Swamp, Central Coast Wetlands, Tuggerah
A comprehensive count at the Dairy Swamp today found 31 Freckled Ducks, and while it is the highest count for the Dairy Swamp, in January 2014, 45 Freckled Ducks were counted at the nearby McPherson Rd Swamp, Tuggerah. Also present today were 4 Australasian Shovelers, 2 Whistling Kites, a Swamp- Harrier and an Australian Hobby.
Alan Morris 25/5 #231000
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Quorrobolong, Lower Hunter Valley (private property, no public access)
A minimum count of 16 Regent Honeyeaters was made during BirdLife Australia monitoring surveys on a property near Quorrobolong this morning. Kristy Peters initially found 6 birds here during the weekend's biannual surveys (so I had a good head start!). Most of the birds this morning were in the vicinity of where Kristy had found them, but I was able to find a small group of trees that had 12 birds feeding in them (many are discernible in the video link below). An additional 4 birds were seen outside of this group of 12 birds. All Regents seen were feeding in flowering Spotted Gum in trees that did not flower during last year's larger blossom event (i.e. we seem to have a 2-year Spotted Gum flowering event in the Hunter this time round). Note that other known 'faves' for Regents in the Lower Hunter on public land are also holding good blossom and worth checking (e.g. Werakata NP/SCA at Kitchener and Pelton). There are currently Swift Parrots at the Werakata sites, but there were none at the Quorrobolong property today. Further information
Mick Roderick 24/5 #230996
Tue 23Cicadabird
Western Sydney Parklands--Plough and Harrow West
Heard calling in the distance very clearly during the afternoon around 2pm.
Leo Skowronek 24/5 #230997
highlightRed-whiskered Bulbul
Raleigh
One, possibly two, bulbuls passed through around 11 am, headed NE. Some interaction with Grey Shrike-thrush calling also. Was a population at Boambee Headland 10 km to the north, but haven't seen them there for several years.
John Gale 23/5 #230991
Pale-headed Rosella
Forster NSW 2428
I thought this species was only found just South of the QLD border? We are about 550K+ from there. It has been here around our nesting box on the balcony with an Eastern Rosella for a week or so. (Moderatoe's note: the range of the Pale-headed Rosella is in the north-central part of the State on a line from Narrabri across to Walgett and then north to Queensland. I would expect that this bird is an avairy escapee. (AKM).
Marion Carney 23/5 #230989
Osprey
Budgewoi
Osprey flying out of Budgewoi Lake with a fish as I drove through the roundabout at the football field this morning. It landed on one of the lights near the road. Have seen them calling and displaying over my home nearby several times the past couple of months. (Moderator's Note: Ospreys are currently nesting at two sites in Brisbane Water and in a Norfolk Island Pine near The Entrance Bridge on Tuggerah Lake and there have been regular reports of Ospreys from Tuggerah Lake, and from Buff Point (on Budgewoi Lake) and in and around Budgewoi itself, maybe they are also nesting at Budgewoi? It is nice to be able to say that Ospreys on Brisbane Water and Tuggerah Lakes are no longer "Unusual Sightings" (AKM).
Rebecca Citroni 23/5 #230987
Mon 22Little Eagle
Castlereigh H'way Mudgee - -32.645227, 149.653520
Driving south after just leaving Mudgee NSW we spotted a Raptor in a tree adjacent the Highway and decided to turn back for a photograph of this one, a dark morph Little Eagle.
Charles Dove 23/5 #230992
Turquoise Parrot (2), Hooded Robin (3),
Back Yamma State Forest, Forbes
Seen within Back Yamma SF, 7 Blue Bonnets and 4 Red-capped Robins were also present.
Mark Hocking 22/5 #230984
Australian Owlet-Nightjar
Castlereagh Nature Reserve
At about 1pm today while photographing a beautiful male Rose Robin, I happened to notice the trunk hole of a smallish, grey-barked eucalyptus. Upon closer inspection I was delighted to see it contained a quietly sun-basking Owlet Nightjar. I was able to photograph it from just 3 metres away and it stayed unmoved. The roost is half way along the South Perimeter Track.
Bob Sinclair 22/5 #230979
Powerful Owl
Bronte
heard calling around 1.30am, somewhere near Macpherson St/Chesterfield Pde
Katie Oxenham 22/5 #230964
Sun 21Hooded Plover
Manyana, near Bendalong
I walked several of the likely beaches in the area but to no avail. Eventually found this one by itself in the beach wash, where the surfers were, a few people were on the beach, and there were dogs. eBird checklist
Ian Samson 22/5 #230968
Lewin's Rail, Striated Pardalote (tassie form)
Western Sydney Parklands, Glendenning
A Lewins' Rail was heard a couple of times along with 2 Spotless Crakes in the Typha wetland. Also present here was as single Hoary-headed Grebe on the large open dam, a White-necked Heron, Chestnut-breasted Mannikins, Rose Robins, Collared Sparrowhawk, Brown Goshawk, Nankeen Kestrels, 4 obliging male Scarlet Honeyeaters and a single tassie (yellow-tipped) Striated Pardalote (only my first so far of this race for the season). In the nearby Quakers Hill section of the Parklands were 5 Dusky Woodswallows and a Figbird.
Edwin Vella 21/5 #230962
Powerful Owl
Beacon Hill. Sydney's Northern Beaches
Heard at 9.15pm in an Angophora in the garden. Called for several minutes before flying away.
Rita & Phil Geddes 21/5 #230961
Pink-eared Duck
Boyters Lane, Jerseyville
Amongst the hundreds of Chestnut and Grey Teal present in the wetland across the road from the Bird Hide was a group of 22 Pink-eared Ducks. This is a large number for this very coastal location.
Alan Morris 21/5 #230957
Powerful owl
Bill Sohier Park, Ourimbah
Powerful owl heard calling at 4am Sunday morning. I have heard powerful owl from our house now on numerous occasions. Always keeping an ear out during my baby daughters early morning feeds.
Luke shelley 21/5 #230954
Sat 20Brolga
Pacific Hwy & Post Office Lane, Ulmarra
There were still 28 Brolgas feeding in the paddock close to the Hway at 3pm Saturday, sharing the site with 20+ Little Correllas and 28 Galahs!
Alan Morris 21/5 #230956
Fri 19Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Pied Cormorant, Australasian darter, White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Lawrence Egret Colony
6+ Freckled Ducks, 500-1,000 Pink-eared Ducks, 10+ active nests of Pied Cormorants, 1 nest with adult tending two large nestling Darters, adult Sea-Eagle perched in paperbark in middle of swamp.
Greg Clancy 19/5 #230944
Magpie Goose
Wetland by Pacific Highway opposite Duncans Rd, Clarenza
45 Geese at edge of water and perched in dead tree.
Greg & Val Clancy 19/5 #230943
Red-kneed Dotterel, Caspian Tern, Red-necked Avocet
Sydney Olympic Park--Waterbird Refuge
Single Dotterel at north end (in front of hide); 2 Caspian Tern in the middle with one bird observed feeding fish to the other (possibly a large juvenile). Over 130 Red-necked Avocets on the refuge (I counted 135, but there were some birds behind the islands at the south end as well). Also a Buff-banded Rail near the hide
Tom Wilson 19/5 #230941
Thu 18Black Kite
South Grafton
1 bird over Armidale Road.
Greg & Val Clancy 19/5 #230942
Black-necked Stork
Ash Island (Hexham)
One bird observed to the east whilst traveling south along Wagtail Wagtail Way (down towards Southbank Road). Visited the site around 14.00 hours
Deryk Engel and Cameron Crawford 19/5 #230937
Wed 17BROLGA
Pacific Hwy & Post Office Lane , Ulmarra
73 Brolgas feeding in ploughed paddock cnr of Pacific Hwy and Post Office Lane
Eric Wheeler 17/5 #230930
Powerful Owl
Lane Cove National Park
Single bird seen roosting in casuarinas on the Riverside Walk approx 500m north of the Porters Creek bridge at 7:30am. No pics - I took iPhone photos but they came out rubbish...)
Tom Wilson 17/5 #230926
Tue 16highlightSwift Parrot
Werakata State Conservation Area (Pelton)
A total of 24 Swift Parrots seen this morning in and around the Pelton section of Werakata SCA, including some on neighbouring private property. The Spotted Gum blossom is ramping up at this site (it failed last year, so again good to see the bud being held over). Most birds were seen within 300m of the 'car park' (-32 52 36, 151 18 50). Large numbers of Little Lorikeets and White-naped HEs feeding in the blossom as well. Noisy Friarbirds and Red Wattlebirds also feeding in blossom but in different parts of the forest, mostly on the ridges. In one large flowering tree there were 2 Swift Parrots, numerous Little Lorikeet/White-naped HE + 12 Black-chinned HEs (8 of them flew out of the tree in a calling flock). Dusky Woodswallows seen at 2 locations. A link to a list is included for one of the early sites surveyed. Further information
Mick Roderick 16/5 #230921
Australian Brush-turkey
Surry Hills, Sydney
I was very surprised to see this Australian brush-turkey right outside my house on busy Campbell St in inner city Surry Hills this morning!
Mia Middleton 16/5 #230920
Mon 15White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Longueville Tennis Club, cnr Kenneth and Dunois Sts Longueville
Two birds were circling over the tennis courts at 11.30am for about 10 minutes. They were calling and being mobbed by Noisy Miners.
Judy Clark 16/5 #230924
Grey Goshawk
Freeman Avenue Reserve (Oatley)
One Grey Goshawk seen from Freeman Avenue Reserve. A Peregrine Falcon was also seen, for more information please see eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 15/5 #230916
White-fronted terns
Wardens Head Ulladulla NSW -35.366695, 150.491164
My first sighting of the White-fronted tern this year is a sign Winter is on the way. Around 5 sighted today included 2 immature feeding with a number of Crested Terns, Silver Gulls and Gannets
Charles Dove 15/5 #230915
highlightNoisy Pitta
Mystics Beach, Minnamurra
Pleasantly surprised to come across a Noisy Pitta whilst walking back from the beach this morning. I recall one at Shellharbour a few years ago but haven't heard of any coastal records this far south since then. It was in the rainforest between Mystics Beach and the Minnamurra River at 34.618397 S, 150.852907 E along the small track leading towards the river. Note: If you don't feel like swimming across the river then you will need to come in through Killalea, but I don't know what access is like from there.
Lachlan Hall 15/5 #230914
Sun 14Beautiful Firetail
Georges River Ingleburn
At 3:30pm location -34.012501, 150.887527 a Beautiful Firetail was detected feeding in an Allocasuarina alongside 3 Red-browed Finches.
Damian Lettoof 22/5 #230967
Sat 13highlightBrolga
Ulmarra
Estimate of 80-100 Brolgas observed feeding in a newly ploughed up cane field just north of Ullmurra, visible from the Pacific Highway. The birds were in a large flock and many seemed to be in pairs.
Mark Gorta and Sharon Zwi per Simon Gorta 13/5 #230903
Red-winged Parrot -female
East Dubbo
Species not seen before in our Garden. Nervous & flew off when I moved.(Moderator's Note: Dubbo is within the Distribution range of the Red-winged Parrot.AKM).
Gordon Bentley 13/5 #230894
Fri 12Brahminy Kite
Mona Vale Beach, NSW
A pair of Brahminy Kites came over the northern headland of the beach, above the basin, sometime after midday. They seemed to be playing in the air currents of the incoming cool front, occasionally dropping close to the sand dunes but mostly diving and circling around one another. One of the pair landed briefly on the sand close to the water, near the rocks near the pool; the other followed but didn't actually land and they were both soon back up in the air. The seagulls shrieked and 'ganged up' to chase the Kites off but they didn't seem concerned, continuing their playful flight directly over the area of beach below the steps near the toilet block. They stayed about 10-15mins before the seagulls became too annoying, when they retreated back towards the northernmost headland. The last I saw of the pair was them swooping low over the bush on the northern headland near the lookout. Shortly after that, one of the pair flew back in a purposeful, straight flight, heading south. I lost sight of the bird and did not see whether it went over the southern headland. It did not return during the time I was in the area. I left at 3pm.
Catriona Coote 12/5 #230890
Azure Kingfisher
Sir Joseph Banks Park, Botany
I followed a familiar call to find this little bird fishing for Gambusia in the shallow ponds. First record for this suburban park. eBird checklist
Richard Murray 12/5 #230889
Thu 11Glossy Black Cockatoo
North Big Brother Mountain Laurieton
4 GBC observed flying and calling over the lower part of the mountain at 1400 today
Stephen Gallivan 11/5 #230882
Noisy Pitta
Wards Rd Bensville.
I've heard Noisy Pittas here previously but this is my first sighting. Adjacent to Bouddi NP. Poor photo attached.
Robyn Urquhart 11/5 #230881
Wed 10Fuscous Honeyeater
Bulls Quarry, Kariong
Fuscous Honeyeaters are uncommon visitors to the Central Coast in some autumn-winters, yesterday along the Bulls Quarry Access Rd, on the boundary of Brisbane Water National Park, there were two small groups of 8+ birds, amongst the hundreds of Silvereyes, Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, and many New Holland & White-cheeked Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills and Little Wattlebirds feeding on the flowering Banksia ericafolias.
Alan Morris, Christina Port 11/5 #230879
Tue 9Grey Goshawk
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
One grey morph Grey Goshawk at Putta Bucca Wetlands. Was photographed "perch-pouncing" then it captured a house mouse which it swallowed whole. See photo. Not the first time Grey Goshawk has been recorded here. There have been several sightings since 2013.
Thomas Watts per Kurtis Lindsay 11/5 #230884
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Centennial Park (Sydney)
2nd time in the last week that I've been surprised to sight a Channel-billed Cuckoo within Centennial Park.
Biggles Csolander 9/5 #230869
highlightSwift Parrot
Werakata National Park, Kitchener (South Kearsley Fire Trail)
8 Swift Parrots seen feeding on lerp and blossom in Spotted Gum trees in the gully and just off the ridge along the South Kearsley Fire Trail this morning. There are actually quite a few Spotted Gum trees starting to flower, with plenty of bud still around. These trees are likely the ones that failed to flower last year when we were expecting 'big things' (great to see they have successfully held their bud over to this season). It was this day in 2012 that Swifties were first seen here (5 birds), swelling to ~150 by the 20th May (when 27 Regent HEs were also counted). Conditions look good for Regents so the place is worth keeping an eye on (I also saw 2x stringybark trees in flower, that Regents fed on in 2009, 2010 and 2012). There were many Little Lorikeets and White-naped HEs in the blossom, as well as Noisy Friars and a few Red Wattlebirds. The friars seem to be picking their trees to defend. Unusually for this site there were also good numbers of Fuscous HEs present (much to the chagrin of the Yellow-tufteds!). A pair of Gang-Gangs were seen feeding on Grey Gum fruit as well.
Mick Roderick 9/5 #230868
Mon 8Superb Lyrebird
Castlecrag, near Warners Park
One male observed around 2 pm, in full voice (with mimicry), racing around on the forest floor and leaping onto tree branches, putting on a show for approximately 25 children and their accompanying adults on a school bushwalk. I returned within 2 hours and found a ?female in the same location, then also the male close by. Female unperturbed by my proximity. Council reports these birds have been seen in the area for the past few weeks, potential breeding pair?
Arwen Ximenes 10/5 #230874
highlightBrolga (30), Pelican (1000)
Fivebough Wetlands
Brolgas seem to returning for the winter with only a couple of birds until today. Large numbers of Pelican, both spoonbills, egrets, Great Cormorants and Silver Gulls with smaller numbers of Shelduck, Darters, Black-winged Stilts, Red-kneed and Black-fronted Dotterels and very few ducks at present (3pm on Monday).
Max O'Sullivan 8/5 #230865
Great Crested Grebe
Oatley Park
Two immature Great Crested Grebes seen out on the deeper areas of Jewfish Bay. For more information please see eBird checklist eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 8/5 #230864
Wedge-tailed Eagle
George's River M5 Milperra
2 WTE's circling quite low above the M5 and George's river approx 1130 this morning. Seemed to me that this may be an unusual sighting in such a busy location.
Andrew Whitaker 8/5 #230863
highlightRegent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot, Striated Pardalote subsp. substriatus
Hunter Economic Zone (restricted access)
A single Regent Honeyeater was found during a monitoring survey in the Hunter Economic Zone this morning. There were 2 large flowering Spotted Gum trees where the bird was found, though the bird was not seen in either tree (which were attended by numerous [10+] Little Lorikeets and White-naped HE). It was first picked up by call but took a frustratingly long time to locate, thereafter observed calling for a short time in Grey Gums / Broad-leaved Ironbarks before flying south and was not seen again. Swift Parrots called a couple of times from the west, presumably in the main creekline where they have been found in the past (no idea of numbers). Very active generally with multiple sightings of things like Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Spotted Quail-thrush, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Black-chinned HE, Brown Treecreeper etc. Just one or two Noisy Friars though. Also of interest was a group of 4x Striated Pardalotes that appear to me to be substriatus birds (the 'western' subspecies that we seem to be finding often in the Lower Hunter Valley woodlands).
Mick Roderick 8/5 #230862
Sun 7Freckled Duck
Hobart Beach Camp area, Bournda NP
Further information
Max Sutcliffe 14/5 #230907
Sat 6Glossy Black Cockatoo, Spotted Quail-thrush
Dharug National Park, Wisemans Ferry
At least 8 of Glossy Black Cockatoos were seen and heard by Birding NSW members at the Entrance to Mill Creek Picnic area and within the camping and picnic areas throughout the morning. Although not out of the ordinary three Spotted Quail-thrush were seen on the Old Great North Road. eBird checklist
Paul Johnstone and members of Birding NSW 8/5 #230858
Bell Miner
Jamieson Park, Narrabeen Lakes
Unfortunately there were 4 Bell Miners present in the Eucalyptus robusta section of Jamieson Park this afternoon. First record for this site, they are spreading across the Northern Beaches. They were first recorded at Warriewood Wetlands and Irrawong Reserve ~3 years ago, then Chiltern Trail ~1.5 years and now here.
Jayden Walsh 6/5 #230850
Brahminy Kite
Bouddi National Park--Putty Beach
Flew low over me on the rock platform at northern end of Putty Beach. Behaviour seemed to indicate it was used to scavenging off humans. Flew south in the direction of Killcare.
Arron Davies 6/5 #230847
Pacific Baza
Dapto
Five Pacific baza in the eucalypts in a park near my house. Couldn't see plumage on all of them but 2 in adult plumage. Haven't seen them around our house before.
Holly Parsons 6/5 #230846
Australasian Shoveler
Eastlakes golf course
Australasian Shoveller (male) resting with the Teal on the top lake of Eastlakes. Yesterday there were 3 Shovellers resting on the middle lake here. First time I have seen them here, although they have been reported infrequently at this site. eBird checklist
Richard Murray 6/5 #230845
Fri 5Magpie Goose
Urunga Wetlands (remediated antimony mine site)
Two adult and one immature Magpie Geese seen this morning at recently opened wetlands at Urunga (Hillside Drive) by members of Dorrigo Birders. First sighting of these birds in this area.
Mandy Wright 5/5 #230842
Gang gang cockatoo
Upper Nepean State Conservation Area
2 males and two females Grid reference Avon(-34.529568, 150.64378) https://maps.google.com?q=-34.529568,150.6437834.529568, 150.64378) https://maps.google.com?q=-34.529568,150.64378
Kelvin Lambkin, catchment Officer WaterNSW 5/5 #230837
Freckled Duck
Lawrence Egret Colony, north of Grafton.
7 Freckled Duck roosting on logs, 1 feeding with a few Black Duck, 300+ Pink-eared Duck, small numbers of other waterfowl. 100+ Royal Spoonbill roosting on S shore of lake. eBird checklist
Darryl Eggins 5/5 #230834
Wed 3highlightDollarbird
Saltwater Creek, Ben Boyd NP
Single bird perched on top of a dead tree. Not familiar with the area or species, but seems late in the season for a migrant. Further information
Colin Cannard 6/5 #230848
Freckled Duck, Topknot Pigeon, Whistling Kite
Dairy Swamp, Central Coast Wetlands, Tuggerah
It was dull overcast morning at the Dairy, but possibly because of this, 12 Freckled Ducks were out feeding close to the access road. Other than Fivebough Swamp, Leeton where up to 100 Freckled Ducks can be seen, this would appear to be the largest number in eastern NSW at present. Also present was a pair of Whistling Kites busy defending their nests from Ravens and Torresian Crows, a Black-shouldered Kite and a Nankeen Kestrel, still 16 White-breasted Woodswallows on the fences and dead trees, and a large flock, 60+ of Topknot Pigeons were seen flying from the Dairy Swamp towards McPherson Rd Swamp.
Alan Morris & Allan Benson 3/5 #230823
Tue 2Little Lorikeet, Musk Lorikeet
Terrey Hills
At least 6 Little Lorikeet and up to 30 Musk Lorikeets feedin in profusely flowering, Spotted Gum (planted) growing along Tepko Road, Terrey Hills (industrial area). I think there is a good chance of Swift Parrot attending the site this season as as there is plenty of flower available.
Kurtis Lindsay 2/5 #230819
Mon 1Black Bittern, Black-necked Stork
Tom Merchant Dr Wetland, Seebreeze Estate Pottsville
Black-necked Stork female and Black Bittern enjoying May sunshine standing in vegetation at Seebreeze end of pond. Both standing quite close together in a very relaxed manner. Bittern occasionally stretched its neck to show white and yellow streaking on throat and sides of neck. Also present was Royal Spoonbill and 6 Wandering Whistling Ducks. Checklist eBird checklist
Beth Hall 1/5 #230809

April 2017
Sun 30Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Sturt National Park...Gorge Loop road
Sighted 4 Ground Cuckoo-shrikes around a dry creek bed and surrounding gibber area. Lat 29 19 13 s Long 142 12 53 e Lifer for us!
Stephen and sue king 7/5 #230854
Melanistic Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Grey Goshawk
Galaringi Reserve, Carlingford
I was suprised to photograph a 'Black-bellied Cuckoo-shrike' while leading a Birdwatchers Breakfast at Guildford, while a (camera-shy) Grey Goshawk provided the raptorial highlight
Mark Fuller 2/5 #230817
Swift Parrot
Tathra Taila Homestead (private property), Mangrove Mountain
A pair of Swift Parrots calling, flew over the farm at 3.55 pm
Kay Pointer per Alan Morris 2/5 #230816
Hooded Plover, Sooty Oystercatcher, Ruddy Turnstone
Racecourse Beach, Kiola
A pair of tagged Hooded Plover seen on beach with one Red-capped Plover. On the adjoining Bullpup Beach, were two Sooty Oystercatchers and a trio of Ruddy Turnstones amongst the roosting Silver Gulls and Crested Terns.
Christina Port (photo), Margret Hamon & 30 members CCGBNSW 2/5 #230815
Great Crested Grebe, Jacky Winter
Richmond Lowlands
A Great Crested Grebe was sighted during today's CBOC outing in the Richmond area. The bird was seen in the morning on the Triangle Lane pond. Other highlights included Jacky Winter along Edwards Road as well as a mix of Autumn birds for the area. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan with members of CBOC. 2/5 #230814
Spotted Harrier
Rollands Plains
Gliding low over grassland
Phill Shelley 30/4 #230804
Brush Bronzewing
Riverside Park, Chipping Norton
The first I have seen there
Brenda Parkinson 30/4 #230798
Sat 29Olive Whistler
Porters Creek Dam Road -35.279292, 150.339080
The Olive Whistler is making its appearance up the Porters Creek Dam Road in a different location than in previous years.
Charles Dove - Phil Hendry in the company of the MUDbirders 30/4 #230803
Eastern Bristlebird, Southern Emu-wren, Beautiful Firetail
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve & Budderoo Track
In the morning at Barren Grounds 3 female Southern Emu-wrens were seen (all individuals), 3 Bristlebirds and a small flock of 5 Beautiful Firetails. Also at the reserve a flock of 12 Gang Gang Cockatoos was seen (4 males, 4 females and 4 juveniles), another party of 3 flying away were seen later and also a pair of juveniles. 1 Bassian Thrush was seen. On the Budderoo track in the afternoon 6 Bristlebirds were seen, 6 Southern Emu-wrens (3 individuals and 1 small party of 3 which contained the only male seen all day) and 4 Beautiful Firetails (this time all individuals).
Martin Snowball 30/4 #230797
Grey Shrikethrush
Oatley Park
eBird checklist
Jesse Gibsoon 29/4 #230794
Little Eagle
Birdlife Discovery Centre, Sydney Olympic Park
An immature Little Eagle is present at the Discovery Centre in Sydney Olympic Park. It sits on low branches preening providing good photographic opportunities. It even flew down and took away a stuffed white-faced heron that was on display for visitors. :)
Stanley Tang, Tom de Beer, Miriam Mclnnes and Judy Harrington 29/4 #230791
Fri 28Emu, White-fronted Chat, Red-necked Stint
Brou Lake, near Bodalla
As this was a hot spot for waders last summer, the CCGBNSW made a visit there for an hour at 1000 hrs, and saw pair of Emus on the beach, 9 Red-necked Stints, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Red-capped Plovers, 1 Double-banded Plover, 4 Pied Oystercatchers, 4 Caspian Terns and a party of 7 White-fronted Chats, plus Grey and Chestnut Teal.
Alan Morris & 30 members CCGBNSW 1/5 #230812
Thu 27Hooded Plover, Australian Hobby, Topknot Pigeon
Lake Wollumboola, Culburra
An immature, unbanded, Hooded Plover was at the northen end of the lake near the car park, along with 2 Red-capped Plovers, and 2 Pied Oystercatchers. An Austalian Hobby made pass at a Nankeen Kestrel at the carpark and 28 Topknot Pigeons flew over. As we were crossing the Bridge into Nowra from the north there was another flock of 19 Topknot Pigeons.
Christina Port, Anne & Alan Morris 28/4 #230786
highlightSwift Parrot (8, migrating)
Narrow Neck Plateau, Katoomba
8 Swift Parrots flying north in a tight flock at 10:30am, seen while counting migrating honeyeaters from a vantage point just past the Golden Stairs carpark. It was one of the better migration days so far this season with approx. 3700 birds per hour moving through: about 80% Yellow-faced, 20% White-naped and smaller numbers of Red Wattlebirds, Silvereyes, Spotted Pardalotes and Eastern Spinebills flying with them. The Swift Parrots did not stop.
Carol Probets 27/4 #230783
Pink-eared Duck.
Sydney Olympic Park--Waterbird Refuge
Two Pink-eared Ducks seen with Chestnut Teal in small ponds to the south of the main pond, near the steel tower. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 27/4 #230780
Powerful Owl
Bellevue Hill (Sydney)
1 bird calling during night - my first record for area
Chris Gladwin 27/4 #230779
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Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Threatened
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
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Rare
Endangered
Vagrant
Irruption
Unusual numbers
Mega
Rare vagrant
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