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Tue 31Pied Butcherbird
Stony Creek Nature Reserve
2 birds near the Murrumbidgee just south of Uriarra East Reserve. Calling occasionally, caught and ate what appeared to be mostly grasshoppers while we watched. eBird checklist Further information
Steve Holliday 31/3 #222788


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Thu 26Possible Pacific Gull
Buckley's Hole Sandbar, Bribie Island
3 Adult birds along the shoreline at low tide. (Moderators Note: This report published as possible as details were requested by none have been received).
Mike Tamana 27/3 #222736


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Mon 30highlightWandering Tattler (5)
Flat Rock, Ballina
5 Wandering Tattlers on Flat Rock again yesterday 30th Apr. 3 in breeding plumage, 1 in partial breeding plumage & 1 in non-breeding. eBird checklist
Steven McBride 31/3 #222791
Streaked and Buller's Shearwaters, Antipodean and Shy Albatrosses
Port Stephens pelagic
Few of the 20 species seen outside of the heads on the Port Stephens pelagic today were in deep water, with most of the more 'interesting' birds seen on the way out or way back in. These included Streaked and Buller's Shearwaters (amongst 7 spp. of shearwaters), a banded Antipodean (Gibson's) Albatross and a Shy-type Albatross that looks good for a steadi. There were a few Grey-faced and Solander's Petrels at the shelf as well as the first Port Stephens storm-petrels (Wilson's and White-faced) since November 2014, 5 trips ago! Quite a few first year Australasian Gannets about too.
Mick Roderick and all aboard the MV Argonaut 30/3 #222778
Glossy Black Cockatoo, Musk Lorikeet
Berowra Valley Regional Park - Hornsby Hts
1 Pair of Glossies arrived on the afternoon of the 28th. Third year running now, back to their large Angophora nesting tree, hopefully we see chicks this year. Though the Sulpher-crested cockatoos are not making it easy for them to resettle. Also a substantial flock of Musk Lorikeet feeding in the flowering red gums on Rofe Crs over the past 2 weeks. A first for me!!
Lian Gallacher 30/3 #222776
Sun 29Brown Honeyeater, Sacred Kingfisher and Latham's Snipe
Eastlakes golf course
2 Brown Honeyeaters back again near track that separates the two golf courses feeding on flowering paperbarks. A Sacred Kingfisher and 6 Latham's Snipe also present, the latter I'm sure won't be around for much longer.
David Mitford 30/3 #222775
Sat 28Buller's Albatross and Yellow-nosed Albatross
SOSSA Wollongong pelagic
2 Buller's Albatross and an Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross were the highlights of the March pelagic. One of the Buller's was a 3rd year bird based initially on the incompletely developed bill pattern and paler grey head and confirmed based on the primary moult pattern. Also seen were good numbers of Pomarine Jaegers, 1 Long-tailed Jaeger, Grey-faced Petrel, Black-browed, Shy and Campbell Island Albatross, Short-tailed Shearwaters and 1 Sooty Shearwater.
Robert Hynson on behalf of all on board the Sandra K 30/3 #222780
Fri 27Beach Stone-curlew
Urunga Boardwalk
A single Beach Stone-curlew arrived on the mudflat at Urunga Heads on the morning of 27 March, at about 8 am. It is banded on both legs - one yellow, one grey. Further information
Michael Dahlem 31/3 #222783


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Tue 31highlightStubble Quail
McKenna's Road, Gawler
Two Quail seen, but only one bird seen well enough for positive identification. We were in a stationary vehicle on a dirt road watching Flame Robins perched on a fence line. When a quail came to the edge of the grass and then retreated. It was immediately noticeably different from Brown Quail. Pale markings on head with conspicuous off white stripe above and behind red eye, throat pale. General appearance of bird was smaller and paler than the Tas. race of Brown Quail, with strong narrow markings on back wing coverts and sides of chest. A second bird was seen moving through the grass behind the first bird. Road flanked by arable farmland with some grassy paddocks, ploughed fields and crop stubble. Roadsides with rank grass and dry seeded grass supporting large flocks of Starlings, House Sparrows and Goldfinches. Further information
Hazel Britton and Alison Parks 31/3 #222790


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Tue 31Australian Little Bittern
Lake Weeroona, Bendigo
Still there. One of the young birds seen from the "far side" of the lake. Park off Midland Highway and follow the path around the lake to look back at the reeds that are on the Midland Highway side. Recording shots taken. eBird checklist
R. Bruce Richardson, Carol Lynn Richardson 31/3 #222789
White-throated Needletail
Warranwood
Three or four birds circling quite low overhead this morning in fine, still conditions.
Steven Creber 31/3 #222786
Mon 30spotless crake
Lake Weeroona, Bendigo
Spotless crake at Lake Weeroona
Barrie Cooper 30/3 #222782
White-throated Needletails
Murroon
15 were circling and drifting south west over private property.
Brett Roberts 30/3 #222779
highlightSwift Parrot
Muckleford
At least 6 Swifties this morning feeding on lerp in River Red Gum.
Debbie Worland 30/3 #222777
Sun 29Turquoise Parrot, Wonga Pigeon
Bunyip State Park
A pair of Turquoise Parrots along Bunyip River Road and a Wonga Pigeon at Lawsons Falls picnic ground.
Simon Srarr and Steven James 30/3 #222781
Crested Shrike Tit
Port Campbell
Two birds feeding in Drooping Sheoaks at the Port Campbell Holiday Park
John Eichler 30/3 #222771


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