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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, Max Breckenridge, Mick Roderick and Simon Blanchflower.

We support ethical birding .

4/9/2020

Moderators' Note

The moderators support government regulations related to the COVID-19 outbreak regarding access to restricted areas, social distancing and unnecessary travel. We will not publish any reports that potentially breach these regulations. 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: mick.roderick@birdlife.org.au. 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. We will however be more open to publishing these and other species during the period of COVID-19 restrictions.

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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

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May 2020
Tue 26highlightSuperb Fruit-Dove
East of Booroorban (Riverina)
David Nevinson found a male Superb Fruit-Dove feeding on harlequin mistletoe berries east of Booroorban. The first record for the district. (Moderator's Note: an incredible record this far south, inland, and alive! MB).
David, Robert and John Nevinson and Philip Maher 26/5 #257033
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross & S. Giant Petrel
Magic Point, Maroubra
3 hours scanning the ocean resulted in : 1 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, 1 Southern Giant Petrel, 37 Black-browed Albatross, 3 Shy Albatross, 16 Short-tailed Shearwater, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Hutton’s Shearwater, 45 Fluttering Shearwaters, 1 White-fronted Tern, 1 Kelp Gull, 2 Giant Petrel (sp) and 2 Humpbacks. No Campbell Albatross candidates and NO Grey-faced Petrels. All birds flying south. Good precursor for the winter ahead.
David Mitford 26/5 #257030
Mon 25Scarlet Honeyeater
Pilliga National Park--Gilgai Flora Reserve
After an earlier sighting by A. Rudder (on ebird) at the Pilliga SCA, now Scarlet Honeyeaters were found in the Gilgai section of Pilliga NP, some 30 km S of Wee Waa, at the northern end of the Pilliga Forest. Audio was recorded and is included with the ebird list. This is the first predominantly coastal species that I have found this far west in a long time. Lots of Mugga Ironbarks are in flower in the area, attracting all kinds of nectarivores (dominated by thousands of Noisy Friarbirds). eBird checklist
Michael Dahlem 26/5 #257032
Magpie Geese
Wetland behind grain receival complex at Narromine
About 200 Magpie Geese at this site, which is now about 75% full of water as I went past this afternoon. Clearly visible from the Tullamore Rd near rail crossing. These birds have been a common visitor to this site in recent years and even nested here a couple of years ago.
Warren Chad 25/5 #257024
Sun 24Bar-tailed Godwit
Hen and Chicken Bay Wymston Parade Boat Ramp
8 Bar-tailed Godwits feeding at low tide 2 pm today. all in non-breeding plumage. https://ebird.org/checklist/email?subID=S69545933 eBird checklist
Gerard Duane 24/5 #257019
highlightGrey-faced Petrel, Giant-petrels, Black-browed/Shy-type Albatross
Fort Drive, Newcastle
During two seawatching sessions comprising just over 2 hours of observation this afternoon I counted 670 Grey-faced Petrels from Fort Drive, Newcastle. This is easily my biggest count here. Monstrous seas with a 20-25 knot sou-south west wind. Some rain squalls but overall visibility was good. The petrels were streaming north with the wind, only occasionally doubling back to fly into the wind. Mostly, birds were either in pairs or groups of 6-10 birds. In the late afternoon session there was about 440 birds counted in under an hour. ~230 birds counted in the first session. Many pairs doing acrobatic and synchronised flight formation (this species is known to do this and I have witnessed it several times but not from shore before). There were about a dozen birds flying back into the wind at a spot where a giant-petrel was sitting on the water. In total I saw 7 unidentified Giant-petrels, as well singles of White-fronted Tern, Black-browed-type Albatross, Shy-type Albatross, Fluttering Shearwater and Sooty Shearwater. http://birdata.birdlife.org.au/survey?id=3136424&h=a1ee3745
Mick Roderick 24/5 #257016
highlightSuperb Fruit Dove
Wollongong
Flown into window and taken into care with a coracoid fracture.
Jana 24/5 #257015
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
3 birds eating casuarina seed along the river. First record at the wetlands.
Mark Leary 24/5 #257013
Blue-billed and Musk Ducks
Castlereagh Wetlands (western Sydney)
On the North Quarry Lake off Castlereagh Rd I had an exact count of 57 Blue-billed Ducks (my highest number so far for the Sydney region and of course for this site) as well as 4 Musk Ducks and about 30 Great-crested and 40 or so Hoary-headed Grebe. I also had another 2 more Musk Ducks on the other lakes and about another 10 or so Great Crested Grebe. Also about were about 100 Little Pied and 70 Little Black cormorants, 500 Eurasian Coots etc. A good tally of 71 bird species recorded for a few hours there this morning.
Edwin Vella 24/5 #257012
Sat 23Sooty Shearwater (2), White-fronted Tern
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
1 WF tern seen in the large group of Crested Terns (50+) and Silver Gulls roosting on reef flat. Also here 2x Double-banded Dotterels, 3 Red-necked Stint, 5 Turnstones, 8 Sooty Oystercatcher. 2 Osprey made several visits to reef and disturbed the roosting birds. Offshore large numbers of Gannet (conservative est at 200) seen all moving south to north - and at least 2 Sooty Shearwaters passing southwards (against the wind) - fast moving, very stiff wings, very dark but with silvery wing linings. Also 5 Black-browed Albatross, 3 or 4 what looked like (based on wing shape when gliding) Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, 1 Pteradroma (probably a Grey-faced Petrel based on flight style and wing having no taper) and probably more WF terns (small, very white, bouyant flight). Sea conditions best described as "hefty" meaning that even only 1 1/2 hours after low tide much of the reef flat was covered by water. eBird checklist
Tom Wilson 23/5 #257009
White-backed Swallows, Diamond Firetails etc
Flaggs Road, Gungal
10-12 White-backed Swallow continuing to be seen on Flaggs Road as per Facebook reports. Also seen near the site were 15+ Diamond Firetail in a mixed flock of Adults and numerous juveniles. Other species along the road included, Rufous Whistler, Peaceful Dove, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australian Hobby, Jacky Winter, White-plumed Honeyeater, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Double-barred Finch and various other dry woodland birds
Daniel McKeon 23/5 #257008
highlightCrescent honeyeater
Behind Woolworths service station Wyoming NSW
Sighted for about 3 or 4 minutes I solitary female (I believe) last seen flying towards the railway the time was 11. 20 am. Moderator's. Note: 3rd Central Coast record, previous records Munmorah SCA 21/4/1984 and Wyrrabalong NP Nth June 2009. AkM).
Rob Montgomery 23/5 #257007
Peregrine Falcon
Liverpool NSW
12.20 pm just alighted from a car and Noisy Miners set up a racket. Sure enough, one Peregrine Falcon powering east over the Hume Highway. Gone in three seconds. Have not seen one here for 10 years +
Ian Bailey 23/5 #257001
Fri 22highlightGrey-faced Petrel
Mistral Point, Maroubra
2 hours of sea watching this afternoon resulted in counts of : 304 Grey-faced Petrels, 1 Shy Albatross, 12 Black-browed Albatross and a Short-tailed Shearwater.
David Mitford 24/5 #257011
Corvids - absence
Toongabbie NSW 2146
I only moved to Toongabbie in January 2020. Earlier, during the hot weather, I reported the absence of Australian Ravens, but the presence of corvids for which my identification by call alone was queried. During April and May I have not detected the presence of any raven or crow - which I find remarkable!
Barrie Ayres 22/5 #256997
White-headed Pigeon
Lime Kiln Bay, Oatley
A White-headed Pigeon flew quickly south along Dame Mary Gilmore Road which is the boundary of Oatley Park into Lime Kiln Bay. This species is an occasional visitor to the area.
Dave Koffel 22/5 #256995
Thu 21Great Crested Grebe
Narrabri Lake
The Narrabri Lake(Western NSW) has been dry for several years. Rain which commenced in January this year finally filled the lake . Species which have not been seen in this area for some time returned ,some breeding successfully. 4 Great Crested Grebes were observed.
Mary Wheeler 25/5 #257020
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos
Somerville Rd Hornsby heights
It was the biggest flock of black cockatoos we have ever seen here around 200 or more It was a beautiful sight I hope they stay
Vera Flynn 23/5 #257003
Wed 20Eastern Osprey
Cremorne (Willoughby Bay]
Seen from Primrose Park cruising over the bay.
Ted Nixon 21/5 #256988
Tue 19Bar-tailed Godwit
Botany Bay, along Riverside Drive near Tuffy Ave, Sandringham
One bird, still showing signs of breeding plumage was on the low tide sand flats opposite the intersection. Careful observation did not produce any others in the area.
Judy Clark 19/5 #256983
Mon 18Budgerigar, Diamond Dove
Pilliga and Burren Junction area
Generic report on these two species: In recent weeks/months, Diamond Doves have been found in an area ranging from Narrabri and Wee Waa to Burren Junction and Pilliga. They are mostly found in clusters of up to 20 birds, but there are singles and pairs around as well. Overall numbers should be moderate, but the population is currently widespread (in suitable habitats). There is also a big push of Budgerigars into the same areas, but mostly different habitats. They are flying around almost everywhere and their overall numbers must be very high (flocks of up to 40 observed, with MANY singles and pairs scattered widely). Pairs have been seen to be courting each other (photo attached) and they may be staying in the area to breed. Diamond Doves have pushed on towards Brisbane; there are no such reports of Budgerigars going farther north-westwards than inland NSW.
Michael Dahlem 19/5 #256979
highlightAustralian Bustard
Tareela, Tareela Lane, Burren Junction
On a grand circuit Narrabri - Wee Waa - Burren Junction - Pilliga - Yarrie Lake - Narrabri, managed to find Australian Bustards at only ONE location. At 10 am, there were 5 Bustards at the property Tareela, 10 km W of Burren Junction. From the rest area at the western end of Burren Juction (could NOT find the bird reported from there), turn south towards Pilliga, then after 800 m right into Tareela Lane. It is all straight for ca. 10 km. At the first left bend one enters, going over a cattle grid, the private property "Tareela". The birds can be seen from the public road, if present. Attached a photo of the view as it presents itself from the public road, just beyond the cattle grid. The photo shows 4 birds, two on the far left, 2 on the far right, of 5 in total. In the middle an INSET of one bird a bit closer up. In case the attached image is too small, try https://mdahlem.net/img/temp/bustard_8629_comb.jpg .
Michael Dahlem 18/5 #256976
Sun 17Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Redfern
a juvenile/immature Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove was found slightly injured in suburban Redfern by Angela Robertson-Buchanan on 17/5/20 and was taken into care by WIRES. The bird has recovered and will be released on 21/5/20 in suitable habitat. (Moderator's Note: During autumn, part of the population of both Rose-crowned and Superb Fruit-Doves move south along their NSW Coast from their North Cost breeding grounds, and many come to grief, usually though flying into windows. AKM).
Gillian from WIRES per Alan Morris 21/5 #256986
Australasian Bittern
Campbells Swamp, Griffith
Good numbers of Chestnut Teal, Hardhead and a few Shovellers at this site. While walking along the Eastern edge 3 Aus Bitterns flushed from shallows ,all feeding quite close to each other, and casually flew off into the reeded areas.
Warren Chad 18/5 #256972
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Mount Kuring-gai
A follow up on the report by Lewis Benham on the 15th May. The YTBC flock of 200+ birds was on the ridge above Apple Tree Creek, Mount Kuring-gai this afternoon. We rarely see such large flocks in the Hornsby Shire area.
Carol Abbott 17/5 #256969
Blue-billed Duck
Pitt Town Lagoon
9 birds sighted today, 3 adult males and at least one juvenile among the numbers.
Tom Petty 17/5 #256968
Lewin's Rail, Southern Emu-Wren
Belmont Swamp and Belmont Lagoon
A Lewin's Rail seen foraging along the southern side of the Cold Tea Creek Canal twice this afternoon. Also 3 Southern Emu-Wrens (1 seen + 2 HC). eBird checklist
Archie Brennan 17/5 #256967
Sat 16Glossy Black-cockatoo
Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills
3 birds were my first home record here in 20 years, and 3rd for the area in the past couple of months. eBird checklist
Eric Finley 18/5 #256974
Black Bittern, White-eared Monarch
Yelgun creek, Billinudgel Nature Reserve, North Ocean Shores
Quiet seldom visited upper section of lakes in rain. Flushed out of close lakeside reeds as paddled near. flew 100m to reperch on edge of reeds further up and gradually retreated deeper into dense reeds another minute later. Nothing sighted as paddled up to site. Or 45 min later. White-eared Monarch here active with other various birds and nesting White-headed Pigeon in fruiting Sandpaper Fig seemed a tad late.(Moderator's Note: The larger Rainforest Pigeons appear to nest when fruits are available. AKM)
Duncan fowler 16/5 #256962
Diamond Dove, Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Killarney gap Road near Narrabri
A cluster of at least 10 Diamond Doves was found at 9 am at an old quarry that now forms part of Killarney SCA, NE of Narrabri. Part of the quarry has filled with water, forming a small lake with a bird refuge island. The male Diamond Doves were very active, wooing females and cock-fighting, in particular along the short access road off Killarney Gap Road. The quarry is ca. 16 km from the turnoff off the Newell Highway, on the northern side of the road. While I was watching the small doves (Peaceful and Bar-shouldered also present), two Ground Cuckoo-shrikes flew over (no photo).
Michael Dahlem 16/5 #256959
Fri 15Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo
Mt Colah
At least 200, perhaps 250, YTBCs flying West to East over the M1 Pacific Motorway about 10am as a loose flock. Will be interesting to see if there are any other reports.
Lewis Benham 15/5 #256956
Cattle Egret, Magpie Goose, Plumed Whistling-Duck, Blue-billed Duck
Narrabri Lake
Apart from other returning species of aquatic birds, some of which have already bred since the lake has filled up again, today's stand-out were 100-110 Cattle Egrets. Also present in the ID photo are ca. 70-75 Plumed Whistling Ducks and ca. 30 Magpie Geese (there should be more of those around). 2 male Blue-billed Ducks were also seen (not in the photo). Much larger version of the photo available for those who want an exact count.
Michael Dahlem 15/5 #256954
Thu 14Black-chinned Honeyeater, Striated Thornbill, White-cheeked Honeyeater
Shannondale Estate, W of Coutts Crossing
2 Black-chinned Honeyeaters in palms and eucalypts in garden (second only record at site), a lone Thornbill was the first record for the property and a White-cheeked Honeyeater feeding in a bottlebrush. The last species is uncommon locally.
Greg Clancy, John & Patricia Edwards 16/5 #256963
Wed 13highlightSuperb Fruitdove
Botany
An adult male Superb Fruit Dove was brought in to a local vet. Originally found at a construction site in Botany.
Vincent Mourik passing on WIRES report 19/5 #256982
Great Crested Grebe
Lake Cargelligo
Was over at Lake again and counted over 200 GCG out on the water, these birds have been all but absent from this sight for the last three years
Warren Chad 14/5 #256946
Swift Parrot
Morisset Showground
Pair of Swift Parrots flew over the showground around sunset. Have never seen them in the area before (Moderators note: Reports of singles and small numbers have been coming through on eBird in the last couple of weeks, however larger numbers observed feeding have yet to be reported this season. MB).
Paul Schofield 13/5 #256942
Tue 12Superb Parrot, Banded Lapwing
private property 55 km Nth of Condobolin
There are small groups of Superbs everywhere out here at the moment and this afternoon found around 150 birds feeding together on the ground beneath Ironbark trees. In paddock next door were 16 Banded Lapwing, four of which were very young fledgelings. There had been a nest there a few weeks previously.
Warren Chad 12/5 #256937
Mon 11Australian Bustard
Macquarie Marshes Nature Reserve--Ninia section
An Australian Bustard was seen and photographed today on a private property adjacent to the Ninia NR section of the eastern Macquarie Marshes. On the western side of the Marshes, just west of Marra Creek Public School, Leeanne Hall reported that 2 Bustards were sighted; while Garry Hall reported seeing a Bustard at the entrance to Willie Retreat, on the Gibson Way (Willi to Quambone Rd) this morning. Obviously there has been a movement out of Queensland into Central North West NSW. Birders are asked to watch out for Bustards and report all sightings
Leeanne and Garry Hall per Alan Morris 11/5 #256934
Musk Lorikeet
Cowells Road Reserve, near Wagga Wagga
1 pair of Musk Lorikeets seen. Never before seen in local area. (Moderator's Note: a pair was seen/photographed in late April in the Wagga Botanic Gardens as well. MR).
Jane Brown 11/5 #256929
Sun 10Australian Bustard
Gwydir Wetlands NW NSW
Single Australian Bustard along entrance road to bird hide. 3 sighted/reported last week still present @ Bullarah 40km south of wetlands
Patrick Johnston 10/5 #256926
Topknot Pigeon (5)
Second Pomds Creek Reserve - Rouse Hill
5 Topknots seen flying low over the reserve on the north side of Withers Rd. A Wedge-tailed Eagle was also seen flying over earlier on.
Edwin Vella 10/5 #256921
highlightSwift Parrot
Fred Caterson Reserve, Castle Hill
One heard calling as it flew very high overhead. My first record for this season.
Edwin Vella 10/5 #256920
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Castlebrook Cemetery - Rouse Hill (Blacktown)
Whilst visiting the cemetery this morning I saw a couple of Blue-faced Honeyeaters being following by a couple of Noisy Miners before all landing in one of the Ironbarks. Blue-faced Honeyeaters appear to be increasing in numbers and spreading in the Blacktown LGA as well as the whole of Sydney in general.
Edwin Vella 10/5 #256919
Satin Bowerbird
Marrickville (inner west Sydney)
Second visit in the last few days to our birdbath in a small inner city garden. Female or juvenile bird.
Alistair Poore 10/5 #256917
Sat 9highlightBlue-billed Ducks (x26)
North Quarry, Penrith Lakes
Took a distant photograph of some Great Crested Grebes in the middle of the lake - turns out they were in the middle of a flock of 26 Blue-billed Ducks. eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg 11/5 #256931
Cormorants, Great Crested Grebe
Lake Cargelligo
HUge flock of mixed birds feeding on the main lake. Pied Cormorants(200), Great Cormorants(200), Silver Gull(100),Pelican(20),and a sprinkling of Little Pied and Little Blacks. There were also about 50 Great Crested Grebes spread around the lake as well. At nearby STW there were 10 Avocets, 25 Shelducks and about 300 Teals, Blacks and a few Shoveller
Warren Chad 10/5 #256914
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Lake Cargelligo Town
Up to 14 Glossy Blacks seen feeding in reveg Belah trees right in town at Lake Cargelligo. Birds have been observed here on and off since Feb. Right on dark they all flew away towards hills in the West. Pictured is a male with quite a few feathers missing off his face. Anyone have any ideas about this? Old age? Disease would love to hear anyones thoughts
Warren Chad 10/5 #256913
Australian Bustard
Burren Junction and Come by Chance
Up to 8 Bustards have been sighted on our property at Burren Junction, first seen on 7 May, when one bird was seen, subsequently 8 have now been sighted. In addition, two birds were seen on 7/5/20 on another property at near by Come By Chance. I cannot remember ever seeing them on our property before. The observation is significant because of the recent sighting of 2 Bustards, 70 km W of Moree.
Phillip Marshall per Alan Morris 9/5 #256911
Little Ravens (75+)
Richmond Lowlands
A flock of Little Ravens in Richmond Lowlands. Observed feeding in a mowed field in Powells Lane. Then they all flew to a tight conference in Triangle Lane. Counted at least 75 birds together. ID from the clipped "uk-uk" flock call and from photos of individual birds.
Richard Murray 9/5 #256904
Fri 8White-winged Chough
Tomerong
Group of four, seen from roadbike.
Andy Wood 8/5 #256902
Wed 6Plum-headed Finch
Stratheden Road, 15km NW of Casino
A flock of at least 54 finches was observed in roadside weeds and seedling grasses. Mostly juvenile birds. A number of juvenile birds were observed begging from an adult female and that female eventually fed two of the juvenile birds. This is suggestive that these birds bred in the local area. As a general note, a number of active Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Double-barred and Red-browed Finch nests with nestlings or eggs were also found in the local area.
David Charley 6/5 #256896
Tue 5highlightPheasant Coucal, Australian Brushturkey
Newington
Flushed an Australian Brushturkey from Louise-Sauvage Pathway just north of Holker Street near the first turn off between the ponds. It in turn flushed a Pheasant Coucal which was close to breeding plumage with black body, brown wings and long brown tail. eBird checklist
John Harrison 5/5 #256891
Mon 4Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo (337)
Royal National Park--Wises Track
Insanely large flock of Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos lifted from the forest more than 2kms away from me as I sat on an outcrop with 360 degree views. Over the course of an hour most of the flock meandered closer until they were within metres. Single photo showed 337 birds. Other birds: Tawny-crowned Honeyeater (x2), Collared Sparrowhawk (x2) and Peregrine Falcon (presume x1 seen twice - once flying east, than an hour later back west). eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg 4/5 #256882
Sun 3Brown Skua
The Balconies Royal National Park
Brown Skua seen overhead at sunset flying south
David Robson 10/5 #256912
Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills
At least 8 birds present in garden on edge of W Sydney dry rainforest, feeding on looper moth caterpillars which have ravaged Red Ash trees in the area. May have been over 10 birds present. Have never recorded more than a single bird here before. Also at least 3 Fan-tailed Cuckoos and 7 Olive-backed Orioles. All unusually high numbers. eBird checklist
Eric Finley 7/5 #256901
Horsfield's Bushlark (breeding), Brown Songlark, Pallid Cuckoo
Upper Hunter grasslands around Merriwa
Horsfield's Bushlarks seen taking food back to nests at two sites around Merriwa yesterday + other birds found at other sites. Also some very late-staying Brown Songlarks that I suspect are probably feeding young as well. Frosts were forecast for the Upper Hunter the day after! Stubble Quails also vocal. A Pallid Cuckoo was also seen at the eastern end of Flaggs Road, Gungal.
Mick Roderick 4/5 #256884
Blue-billed Duck {14}, Plumed Whistling Duck {1}, Musk Duck {fem}
Campbell's Swamp Griffith
Was surprised to see so many Blue-bills this morning. There was a female with 6 half-grown ducklings which was encouraging to see. Was also surprised there was just one Whistling Duck as they usually travel in numbers. Other duck species included Oz Shoveller, Chestnut and Grey Teal, Hardhead and Black Duck but none in very large numbers - just a few of each. No Freckleds were seen.
Max O'Sullivan 3/5 #256874
Sat 2highlightAustralian Bustard
Bullarah Locality (Private Property) 70km west of Moree NW NSW
3 Australian Bustards browsing on insects
Pat Johnston 4/5 #256878
highlightSuperb Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus superbus
Bayview Heights, Sydney
Adult Male. Hit glass window and did not survive. Right eye severely injured. Specimen kept and offered to the Aust Museum (Modertor's Note: the date of this observation was 20/04/2020, moved to today's date to make it noticeable when publishing).
Roberta Conroy 2/5 #256860
Fri 1Peregrine Falcon
No. 1 Carter St, Lidcombe
5:05pm. Seen motionless in mid-air near the top of the new Meriton high rise, before dropping rapidly out of sight to the north. I’ve not seen one near here before.
Rafael Furniss 1/5 #256856

April 2020
Thu 30Australian Owlet Nightjar
Kings Bush - Camden Bike Track
On a nocturnal birding photo walk I spotted this AON on the ground using a thermal spotter. I watched him for a while and got some shots. I have walked this area for 5 years and have not seen or heard one previously. Also I can't see any eBird records for this bird in this area. (please note I do not personally use ebird checklists)
Brett Mezen 4/5 #256880
Possible Swift Parrots
Gap Rd, Alstonville
Very late, almost dark a small flock of 6-8 ?? Swift Parrots flew across Gap Rd heading North. I've never seen or heard them in flight before, I knew by the call that they weren't our usual Scaley-breasted Lorikeets, I thought perhaps Musks & my mind didn't think of Swifts at the time. When I returned home 15 mins later I listened to the Musks in flight -didn't sound right, then I thought of the Swift Parrots & played their in flight calls -sounded more like them. As it was almost dark, I couldn't get a good look any identifying features, other than the call. Discussed this with another Birder, Dave Charley, & Hans Lutter, who suggested I report as possible sighting Of Swift Parrots, to alert others to be on the lookout for them. (Moderator: publishing as a possible record)
Rose Wisemantel 3/5 #256872
Wed 29Square-tailed Kite
The Gap, near Woodburn
gliding over canopy of dry eucalypt forest with some cleared areas circled around then continued on.
Clive Heywood Barker 1/5 #256851
Sooty Owl
Tourist road, East Kangaloon
One call heard in close vicinity. Also of note, Powerful Owl heard, and a pair of Crested Shrike Tits. eBird checklist
Henry Coleman 30/4 #256845
highlightRed-chested Button-quail
Eulah Creek
This male was found on our veranda 20 km east of Narrabri around noon, looking a bit lost. It left after posing for a few photos and has not been seen since. More photos taken on the occasion are available here: https://mdahlem.net/birds/8/rcbquail.php .
Michael Dahlem 30/4 #256843
highlightSwift Parrot
Sheppeard Dr, Mulbring
7 Swifties flew over the second powerline crossing this morning.
Archie Brennan 29/4 #256834
Tue 28Pacific Gull (seasonal movement of immature birds)
La Perouse
Immature Pacific Gull at La Perouse today. Likely one of the two birds that was sitting on Maroubra Beach last weekend. There is a seasonal movement of young Pacific Gulls to Sydney every winter - a handful of young birds ranged between Coogee and Botany Bay from June to September the last few years. The arrival of birds in Sydney this month from about Easter is much earlier than their usual pattern.
Richard Murray 28/4 #256832
Great Crested Grebe
Bogan River at Rotary Park, Nyngan
A single bird seen swimming near the boat ramp at Rotary Park, Nyngan.
Mick Crosland 28/4 #256828
Black-necked Stork
Central Coast Wetlands, Pioneer Dairy, Tuggerah
6:30 am Male and female. (Moderator's Note: First reported by Geoff White on 26/4/20, where they were photographed catching and eating eels. Absent Monday but returned today, first report this year at the Central Coast Wetlands, however a pair have been present in and around Tuggerah Lake since 6/4/20. AKM).
Meryl Newton 28/4 #256827
Mon 27Brown Booby
Lennox Head
Immature Brown Booby off Lennox Head.
Daniel Mabbott 29/4 #256836
White-cheeked Honeyeater, Spangled Drongo, Brown Honeyeater
Kamay Botany Bay National Park--Cape Solander
The last time White-cheeked Honeyeater was reported at Cape Solander was in 1996, and before that 1966! Otherwise only 3 other Kurnell records apart from today - single bird seen near the Caltex wetland. Spangled Drongo also an unexpected sight and 7 Brown Honeyeaters seen - which is a high count for Sutherland Shire. eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg 27/4 #256826
Report
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Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Threatened
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Highlight
Rare
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Vagrant
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Unusual numbers
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Rare vagrant
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