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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, Mick Roderick and Simon Blanchflower.

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18/07/2017

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: tarburton.m@optusnet.com.au. 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: mick.roderick@birdlife.org.au. 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.

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August 2017
Mon 21highlightBrown Songlark
Sydney Airport - restricted area, no public access
One Brown Songlark foraging in grass at the southern end of the main runway (approximately 150m north of where the banded lapwings were seen a couple of weeks ago). It's a new species on our list.
Nigel Coghlan 21/8 #231595
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (2) Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo (5)
Sydney Olympic Park
Also Mangrove Gerygone (1) Waterbird Refuge, Brown Gerygone (1) Brickpit Carpark, Sacred Kingfisher (1) Waterbird Refuge-overwintering plus long staying Caspian Tern (1), Red-kneed Dotterel (2) and Red-necked Avocets (130). A juvenile Striated Heron and adult Rufous Night-Heron at Lake Belvedere.
Dion Hobcroft 21/8 #231593
Sun 20highlightHutton's Shearwater, Black-browed Albatross, Northern Giant-Petrel,
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Better than average seawatching conditions on Sunday produced a feeding flock of ~400 Hutton's Shearwaters in fairly close, with smaller numbers of Fluttering Shearwaters also passing through. Many more unidentifiable Fluttering-types streaming past in the distance, probably totalling in the thousands. Also Black-browed Albatross (1), Northern Giant-Petrel (1), Wedge-tailed Shearwater (~50), White-fronted Tern(3) and hundreds of Australasian Gannets on southward migration. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 21/8 #231596
Whiskered Tern, Curlew & Sharp-tailed Sandpipers
Tuggerah Bay Saltmarsh, off Lake Rd Tuggerah
Obviously 5 Whiskered Terns, some in breeding plumage, feeding out the back of the salt marsh, and more migratory waders including 1 Double-banded Plover in breeding plumage, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits and 4 Curlew Sandpipers at the Saltmarsh, is an indication that the movement of migratory terns and waders through the Central Coast is now underway. At nearby Ansells Point Chittaway, on another part of Tuggerah Bay, there were 9 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, seen by Grace Bryant.
luke ullrich 21/8 #231587
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (3), Red-necked Stint (2)
Fivebough Wetlands
This morning there were a couple of newly arrived migratory waders at Fivebough. All in varying degrees of breeding plumage still. Also new arrivals for this spring in the past few weeks have been Baillon's Crake, Fairy Martin and Whiskered Tern - no Glossy Ibis yet. The 3 Double-banded Plovers seem to have flown east in the past week - all had coloured up well for the flight to NZ.
Max O'Sullivan 20/8 #231585
Sat 19Grey-faced Petrel and Hutton's Shearwater
Mistral Point, Maroubra
9 Grey-faced Petrel, 4 Shy Albatross, 3 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, 6 Black-browed Albatross, 1 Brown Skua and 2 White- fronted Terns seen today. But most unusual was 1050 Hutton's Shearwaters going south in a 15 minute spell, only 6 Fluttering Shearwaters for the whole day
David Mitford and Edwin Vella 21/8 #231591
highlightRed-capped Robin
Central Coast Wetlands (Tuggerah)
An adult male Red-capped Robin was seen near the Composting Toilet at the Central Coast Wetlands (Dairy Swamp) Tuggerah. (Moderator's Note: This is the 3rd Central Coast record for a Red-capped Robin, the two previous records were both in 1994, for Lisarow and Mount White. AKM).
Frank Ullrich 20/8 #231580
Grey-faced Petrel, Fairy Prion, Brown Skua.
Sydney Harbour National Park, North Head.
Highlights of a seawatch today were about 20 Grey-faced Petrels and 1 single Fairy Prion my first since early june and 5 Brown Skuas,also good numbers of Shy, Black-browed,and Yellow-nosed Albatross, plus 2 Giant Petrels.
Michael Ronan. 19/8 #231579
highlightBanded Lapwing
Liles Oval, Redhead
Flock of eight birds on the soccer fields for several hours at least. Photos taken but can't upload them via this device. Never seen them this close to the coast before (Moderator's Note: the birds were seen numerous times today [20/08] by various birders, including when a game of soccer was happening on the same field they are on! Image by Belle Farley. MR)
Paul Schofield 19/8 #231578
Fri 18Bassian Thrush
Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden
Observed near Lambert's Clearing.
Edward Kary pers Andrew Robinson 18/8 #231572
Thu 17Freckled Duck
Pitt Town Lagoon
4 birds seen at about 5pm
Graham Taylor 21/8 #231594
highlightBrown Songlark (male)
Wattamolla, Royal National Park
Whilst searching for Chestnut-rumped Heathwren we were surprised to see the Songlark at the top of the cliff. It flew but was easily relocated and viewed at close range. Two Heathwren were also seen albeit briefly.
Max O'Sullivan 21/8 #231590
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper & Curlew Sandpiper
Tuggerah Bay Saltmarsh, off Lake Rd Tuggerah
Two Sharp-tailed Sandpipers with a Curlew Sandpiper were at the Saltmarsh today, along with Red-capped Plovers and Bar-tailed Godwits. These are the first for the season for the Central Coast, the Curlew Sandpiper was seen on 15/7/17 same place, another first. Earlier this year no Sharpies were recorded around the shores of Tuggerah Lakes which usually holds 500-1000 Sharpies over summer, this was because of heavy rains in summer and so the Lakes were totally full and there was no muddy margin, conditions are better for waders now because of the dry winter!
Alan Morris 20/8 #231582
Magpie Goose
Corowa NSW
23 birds (16 grazing adjacent to pond, 3 flying overhead, 4 in reeds by pond) were sighted from roadside at Corowa Ponds on Spring Drive at about 3.30 pm on Thursday 17 August 2017.
Rob Humphrey 17/8 #231568
White-winged Triller imm
Ulladulla central sportsground
Very strong winds revealed a lone Immature White-winged Triller in the company of 4 Jacky Winter which reside at the park this time of year. First time I have seen a Triller in this area but it has been noted on the odd occasion over the years from all reports.
Charles Dove 17/8 #231565
Wed 16Bar Shouldered Dove
Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden
A pair observed near Lambert's Clearing. Uncommon for the Ku-ring-gai Council Local Government Area.
Peter Lockhart pers Andrew Robinson 17/8 #231564
Spectacled Monarch
Marshals Creek Nature Reserve, Old New Brighton rd, Ocean Shores
Lovely to hear that call again, bird came close overhead with a couple non digital whistles.
Duncan Fowler 16/8 #231563
Regent Honeyeater
Woolgoolga - Crossley Street STW area
The Regent Honeyeater reported recently is still using the same Banksia at the edge of the beach access track and is very approachable. When I saw it, it was mostly using the lower half of the tree and occasionally harking for insects around the tree. (Moderator's Note: This bird has been present since at least the 15th July, when it was found by Michael Alfa. So far as has been reported to this point in time the only vocalisations it is performing are Little Wattlebird calls. MR)
David Charley 16/8 #231557
Mon 14Latham's Snipe (4)
Teven Rd Swamp
Following the report of the first Latham's Snipe for ACT yesterday, I checked the local swamp at West Ballina today & flushed 4 from one location. eBird checklist
Steve McBride 14/8 #231537
Sun 13Square-tailed Kite
Sawtell
Single bird in flight, being harassed by an Australian Magpie.
Peter Higgins 15/8 #231551
Diamond Firetail
Inverary Rd Canyonleigh
Three feeding on lawn with eight Goldfinches
Ross Bennett 14/8 #231541
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Tugalong Rd Canyonleigh. 1 km north of cafe
Pair feeding in casuarina on roadside.
Ross Bennett 14/8 #231540
Pink-eared Duck, White-breasted Woodswallow
Newcastle Wetland Reserve
510 Pink-eared Ducks counted on the part of Newcastle Wetlands Reserve that backs onto the golf course and bypass on-ramp. There are more Pink-ears back towards Sandgate (albeit not many) so this is not a complete count. Also reporting that White-breasted Woodswallows have returned to this spot and to at least 4 other sites in the Hexham Swamp / Shortland area and are already in reasonable numbers (i.e. their arrival appears to be more widespread and in greater numbers than is usual in early August when we just get a trickle of birds). My first recorded return to Shortland was of 8 birds on 12/8/17; 8 days earlier than my previous earliest return. (Update 15/08 - 3 Freckled Ducks also present)
Mick Roderick 14/8 #231530
Sat 12highlightHutton's, Fluttering and Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Soldiers Point (Norah Head)
During a couple of hours sea watch in the early part of the afternoon and in very calm conditions, there were at least 20,000 Hutton's/Fluttering Shearwaters quite close to the coast with several rafts of hundreds of birds foraging on the water and many more passing through (the majority of the later I saw were actually what I considered most likely Hutton's Shearwaters which appeared to outnumber the birds identified as Fluttering by 10:1). The only time I have seen this many Hutton's was off Stockton beach quite some time ago. However, this is certainly the time of the year that the Hutton's do peak in their numbers before heading off to their breeding grounds in the Kaikoura range in NZ. There was only a single Black-browed albatross feeding on cuttlefish, at least 30 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters (my first for the season), 30 Australasian Gannets and amongst the mammals, several pods of Bottlenose Dolphin and a Fur Seal. On the reef were 4 White-fronted Tern and 3 Red-necked Stints. A White-bellied Sea-eagle also flew past.
Edwin Vella 16/8 #231562
White-breasted Woodswallow
Budgewoi
A couple seen on powerlines at Slade Park beside Budgewoi Lake. This and another sighting of 4 birds at Davistown Foreshore Reserve by Christina Port on the same day, and 4 at the Dairy Swamp , Central Coast Wetlands seen by G.J.Nelson on 13/8/17 represent the return of these migrants to the Central Coast, possibly a day or two earlier than usual (AKM)..
Edwin Vella 16/8 #231561
highlightAustralian Bustard
Between Lightning Ridge and Collarenebri NSW
This bird was seen near an old bore drain. Near by was a male emu with a number of very young chicks. No other Bustard was seen The bird was on private land but near a road.
Suzanne Mahoney 15/8 #231554
Pacific Baza
Oatley Park
Feeding in foliage but being harassed by Noisy Miners.
Graham Fry 15/8 #231553
Rainbow Bee-eater
Sawtell
Two small groups (possibly only a couple of birds in each) in flight to south over suburb. First records here for this season. Do not winter here and not present on preceding weekend at site where they have bred annually.
Peter Higgins 15/8 #231549
Freckled Duck
Pitt Town Lagoon
On the Birding NSW club outing on Saturday we found 2 Pink-eared Duck, 2 male Australasian Shoveler and 8 Freckled Duck on Pitt Town Lagoon.
Trevor Waller and BNSW outing 14/8 #231529
highlightAntipodean Albatross, Campbell Albatross, Wedge-tailed Shearwater, White-faced Storm Petrel
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
Cooler water temperatures finally produced a productive pelagic trip after many quiet ones on the east coast this winter - fifteen species recorded but no rarities however. Highlights were our first Wandering-type Albatross this year (an Antipodean gibsoni), 2 White-faced Storm Petrel, 300 Fluttering Shearwater (all seen in the morning), 370 Hutton's Shearwater (almost all seen on the return trip), 16 Wedge-tailed Shearwater (first returns), 2 Campbell Albatross, 37 Black-browed Albatross and 17 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross. 8 Humpback Whales and pods of Common and Oceanic Bottlenose Dolphins added to the entertainment. (Photographs by Steve Hey) (Moderator's Note: Great to finally see a winter pelagic with good numbers and diversity this year off NSW! MR)
Roger McGovern and all on the Avalon IV 13/8 #231521
Olive-backed Oriole
Marrickville, Steel Park
One bird singing from Casuarinas along the Cook's River, also a few Red-rumped Parrots in that general area.
David Mitford 12/8 #231520
Fri 11Banded Lapwing
Northern Budgewoi Beach
Banded Lapwing photographed at the Northern end of Budgewoi Beach this morning. (-33.217893, 151.592128}. It was associating with two Pied Oystercatchers.
Gerard Satherley, Arron Davies 11/8 #231512
Thu 10Red-browed Treecreeper, Brush Bronzewing
Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve
Three Red-browed Treecreepers seen in a narrow strip of open forest in Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve. Unexpected here, so close to the coast and surrounded by vast areas of dense heath and melaleuca swamp. We also heard the distinctive repetitive 'hoop' call of a Brush Bronzewing. Despite the availability of suitable habitat, reports of this species on the mid-north coast are few and far between. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy & Keith Fisher 11/8 #231514
Restless Flycatcher
Bundanoon
A lone Restless Flycatcher was in a tiny ravine by Bundanoon Sewage Works late this afternoon. First RF I've seen in the Southern Highlands in 9 years of living here.
Lorne Johnson 10/8 #231508
Wed 9Australasian Shoveler (2)
Sydney Olympic Park
A pair of shovelers on big pond at Wentworth Common were first this year for me. Also Rose Robin (1), Brown Gerygone (2) and Brown Honeyeater (1) brickpit carpark; Red-kneed Dotterel (2) Waterbird Refuge, several Fairy Martins, European Goldfinches and Hoary-headed Grebe (18) in Homebush Bay.
Dion Hobcroft 9/8 #231501
Plumed Whistling-Duck
near Grafton
250 Plumed Whistling-Ducks on dam corner of Eatonsville Rd and Mulligan Drive Waterview Heights
Eric Wheeler 9/8 #231500
Tue 8Painted Button-quail
Bungawalbin National Park
One Button-quail seen at roadside eating a large worm. We watched it find the worm in the damp area on the road edge. The Quail hid behind a tuft of grass whilst eating the worm, hence no decent photo.
June Harris and Rose Wisemantel 9/8 #231497
Mon 7White-breasted Woodswallow
Sawtell
At least 2 birds in flight over suburb, flying south. Another single bird seen 10 Aug, also moving southwards. Do not winter here.
Peter Higgins 15/8 #231550
Sun 6Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Werri Beach - northern headland, Gerringong
Highlight of a 2-hour sea-watch at Gerringong was the first Wedge-tailed Shearwaters of the season (a pair, and heading north!). Otherwise the usual species, including 10 Black-browed Albatross and several flocks of Fluttering Shearwaters.
Robert Griffin 8/8 #231496
Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Campbell Albatross
Port Stephens pelagic
On one of the quietest pelagics yet off Port Stephens (only 9 species recorded outside the heads, with just 6 tubenoses) the highlight was probably seeing the first Wedge-tailed Shearwaters of the season. This was not just one or two birds either, with about 35 birds counted, including a flock of 9 birds flying together. The only other mild highlight was having two immature Campbell Albatross at the boat. There were no Black-broweds, no Shy-types or Wandering-types seen at all, and nor any storm-petrels of any sort. It has been a very unproductive winter for seabird trips off NSW by all accounts.
Mick Roderick and all aboard the MV Argonaut 7/8 #231493
highlightBanded Lapwing
Sydney Airport - (restricted area - no public access)
3 Banded Lapwings at the south eastern end of the main runway. This isn't the first record of the species here but it has been many years (perhaps 7-10?) since the last sighting and none previously at this particular location.(Moderator's note: Rare bird in eastern Sydney! AKM)
Nigel Coghlan 6/8 #231487
Banded Lapwing
Mongogarie SW of Casino
Three birds flying north over property at 0915. No previous recorded sightings for this area.
Lyle McNamara 6/8 #231486
Sat 5Powerful Owl
Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills
Single bird sitting on swimming pool fence about 11pm. First record in nearly 20 years here despite looking and listening out for call.
Eric Finley 7/8 #231491
Black Bittern
Richmond Lowlands (seen from Streeton Lookout)
Single bird in sunshine on banks of Hawkesbury River clearly visible from Streeton Lookout at Freemans Reach, on far bank of river. eBird checklist
Eric Finley 7/8 #231490
Grey Goshawk - white morph
Brown's Field, Wahroonga
At 1PM noticed a white morph Grey Goshawk flying overhead being persistently harassed by a vociferous Australian Raven. First time I've seen a white goshawk in Sydney so delighted! Would have to be one of the most stunning raptors in the world, we are very lucky in Oz!
Nick Billington 6/8 #231485
Fri 4Blue-billed Duck
Little Langothlin Lagoon
Twenty-five Blue-billed Duck in among the reed beds that dominate the eastern half of the lagoon. I suspect there were more in this area as not all patches of open water were observable. Also good numbers of teal, Pacific Black Duck and Australian Shoveler. A number of Black Swan pairs had downy cygnets.
David Charley 5/8 #231480
Pilotbird
Audley, Royal National Park
A Pilotbird was heard this morning calling for three minutes in the area between Audley and Wattle Forest in the Royal National Park. It was heard briefly again in the same location in the early afternoon. There were also two Scaly-breasted Lorikeets preening each other high in a eucalypt at Audley this morning.
Andrew Patrick 4/8 #231474
Thu 3highlightRegent Honeyeater (update)
Private properties at Paxton and Quorrobolong (Cessnock LGA)
A minimum of 31 Regent Honeyeaters were counted today at 2 properties in the Cessnock area; one at Paxton (birds first found 1st Aug) and at Quorrobolong (birds first found mid-May). There were 15 birds found at the Paxton site followed by 16 at the Quorrobolong site, the latter during the middle of the day when birds are more difficult to find. I am confident that at least the 20 birds that we counted here in June are still present. Birds at both properties are feeding on Spotted Gum blossom, but at the Paxton site are predominantly feeding on stringybark blossom (the same species that they were feeding on there in 2009 - an undescribed stringybark endemic to Cessnock). In my opinion there are almost certainly more aggregations of birds in the Paxton-Ellalong area that haven't been found as yet. Of interest there was a banded bird at the Paxton property that had been banded by BirdLife Australia at the Quorrobolong property in June 2012. The bird was an adult female (2+yrs) at the time of banding. Swift Parrots also present at the Paxton property.
Mick Roderick and Alex Berryman 3/8 #231470
Tue 1Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot
Private property near Paxton (no public access)
During a monitoring survey on private property near Paxton I found 4 Regent Honeyeaters feeding on Spotted Gum blossom. I found the birds at the very end of the survey and had to rush off to a meeting soon after, so I'll be heading back to see if there are more in there. This is the first record of Regents at this site since late July 2009 when 3 birds were found feeding on stringybark blossom. Also present were a few Swift Parrots (heard flying around) and about a km away a clumping group of Dusky Woodswallows that have over-wintered.
Mick Roderick 1/8 #231455

July 2017
Mon 31Noisy Pitta
Ourimbah State Forest, New South Wales. Red Hill road
I was mountain biking and a bird caught my eye I was very alert because I usually see a family or a single Lyrebird so I stopped and had a good look. The bird had green/ teal blue wings, red under carriage, cream-ish front and a black and brown head, long-ish legs and a decent sized beak. I looked all week on the internet to ID the bird and finally found it ..... "Noisy Pitta" which is ironic because it didn't make a sound for about the 3 minutes I watched it. Moderator's Note: A rare bird on the Central Coast this autumn/winter. AKM))
Hutch Steuerwald 7/8 #231488
Red-necked Avocet
Wilford Lane Wetlands Milton -35.350338, 150.434251
Two Red-necked Avocet were a surprise at the wetlands we regularly visit along with large numbers of Black-winged Stilts - at least half being juveniles. Also good numbers of Grey and Chestnut Teals along with a few Black Swans.
Charles Dove - Chris Brandis 31/7 #231446
Sun 30Rufous Fieldwren, Redthroat
Fowlers Gap Research Station
Five singing fieldwren observed and another three non-singing birds observed in a 500m x 500m area. Also a pair of Redthroat with a juvenile in the same area. Chenopod shrubland
David Charley 3/8 #231464
Regent Bowerbird
Hyland Park NSW
Male bird observed for several minutes feeding on seeds of Hibbertia scandens. (Moderator's Note - publishing due to the interesting feeding behaviour noted MR)
Peter Mackey 30/7 #231437
Sat 29Swift Parrot
Hunter Economic Zone (restricted access)
6 Swift Parrots observed feeding in the foliage of Grey Gums in the part of HEZ that was badly burnt last December.
Alex Berryman per Mick Roderick 1/8 #231456
highlightPacific Koel
The Greenway between Leichhardt and Haberfield
A male calling since July 29. Seen this evening (July 31). I think there is a female around as well. This evening the bird was about 100m south of Marion St.
David Hair 31/7 #231449
Glossy Black & Gang Gang Cockatoos, Little Lorikeet
Private Property, Quorrobolong
On the private property at the western side of the Watagan Range at Quorrobolong, on the regular annual CCGBNSW Outing, 2 Gang gangs, 6 Little Lorikeets and a Pacific Baza were seen on this property as well as the usual large range of honeyeaters. On the public roads in the general vicinity of this property, particularly Whitings, Milfords &, Swans Lane and Heaton Gap Rd, we saw a pair of Glossy Black Cockatoos, 6 groups of Grey-crowned Babblers, Jacky Winters, Australian Pipits, Blue-faced Honeyeaters, Brown Falcons, Nankeen Kestrels and 2 Wedge-tailed Eagles. This is the first time in 20 years that Glossies have been seen on this outing.
Alan Morris & 27 members CCGBNSW 31/7 #231447
highlightSwift Parrot
Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills
A pair of Swift Parrots seen in flight, landing on edge of remnant Western Sydney dry rainforest. First local record in several years. Also seen in recent days a single Pacific Baza, several White-headed Pigeons, and male and female Sambar Deer (now frequently seen in the area). Koala calling on 26 Jul evening. (Moderator's Note: There are normally a few records of Swift Parrots each year in Western Sydney; this is just the 2nd one reported in 2017, the first being from Dural back on the 20th May. MR) eBird checklist
Eric Finley 31/7 #231445
White-throated Gerygone
Riverside Drive, Port Macquarie
First White-throated Gerygone heard for the season.
Lindy Frost 30/7 #231435
Fri 28Rose robin
Warriewood Wetlands
A nice sighting of a male Rose Robin on a relatively quiet day at Warriewood. At the start of the boardwalk by the bridge.
Chris and Jane Gregory 30/7 #231443
Thu 27Redthroat
Stephen's Creek Reserve, Broken Hill
Two pairs in almost the exact locations where I use to find these birds in 1986 and 1987. Old Man Saltbush common.
David Charley 28/7 #231427
Wed 26highlightAustralian Bustard
Beside the road on the Kamilaroi Highway, 20 kms west of Brewarrina
Two Australian Bustards seen by the side of the Kamilaroi Hwy, 20km west of Brewarrina.
Peter Mann 8/8 #231494
Little Shrike-thrush
Hyland Park NSW north of Nambucca Heads
One bird sighted in remnant rainforest adjacent to State Forest. (Moderator's Note: although not a particularly unusual record, publishing here as the species can be difficult to find towards the southern edge of their range. There have been some recent records [early July] posted on eBird from Nambucca Nature Reserve. MR)
Peter Mackey 27/7 #231423
Tue 25Grey-fronted Honeyeater, White-fronted Honeyeater, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater
Nombinnie Nature Reserve (East)--The Old Wheat Paddock
Large numbers of honeyeaters. Mallee very heavily in bud and starting to bloom. [Moderator Note: thanks for the update on conditions. It's worth noting that, while Grey-fronted HE is highly nomadic in that area but White-fronted, Yellow-plumed and Brown-headed are resident. It would be terrific to see eBird lists along with these reports. AR]
Mark Hocking 28/7 #231425
Spotted Nightjar
Round Hill, Round Hill Nature Reserve, near Lake Cargelligo
Two birds roosting among rocks within two metres of each other on Round Hill. Birds not seen until they flushed when I was almost close enough to step on them on my way down from the trig station. They only flew a short distance allowing good photographs. Obvious white wing spots. Unusual winter sighting
Mark Hocking 28/7 #231424
Brown Cuckoo-Dove
Horsfield Bay, Woy Woy NSW
6 Brown Cuckoo-Dove feeding on privet fruit in the back yard and Australian King-Parrots also sharing same tree. (Moderator's Note, as with the report of the 23/7/17 at Knapsack Gully, Emu Plains, it is not unusual for Brown Cuckoo-Doves to feed on privet berries and at both locations the birds are not at the edge of their range nor is 6 birds an unusually large number, although for both locations it may be unusual to see such a concentration. We therefore would not publish further sightings of Brown Cuckoo-Doves unless the circumstances were much more "unusual" than this. AKM)
Andrew Whitaker 26/7 #231421
Report
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Threatened
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Highlight
Rare
Endangered
Vagrant
Irruption
Unusual numbers
Mega
Rare vagrant
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