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Thu 28megamegaCitrine Wagtail (Subject to submission to BARC)
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee, New South Wales
A single Citrine Wagtail was sighted this morning walking along the shoreline in front of the reed bed near the first bird hide (near the truck). It was seen twice and then lost to view. On checking form the other side it was not to be seen. A pair of Red-kneed Dotterels had been chasing a pair of Black-fronted Dotterels in the same area. Pink-eared and Pacific Black Ducks, Grey and Chestnut Teal and Australian Shovelers were on the water. [Moderator's note (NH): Sightings of Citrine Wagtail should be submitted to BARC. So far only three Citrine Wagtails have been accepted by BARC: Botany Bay, NSW, 1962; Goolwa, SA, 1987; Christmas Island, 2009.]
Sue Chatfield 28/8 #219417


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Fri 29highlightSwift Parrot
Gould Adams Park, Kingston
Two birds still present. Seen well after searching for about 50 minutes through all the eucalpyts and lorikeets, feeding in a tall Gum-topped Box near the creek, to the west of the car park. Only called once. eBird checklist
Sandra Galliene 29/8 #219437
Shining flycatcher
Coochin creek camp ground
Female seen foraging in mangroves on far bank from the campground
James Fong 29/8 #219427


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Fri 29Swift Parrot, Black-necked Stork
McPherson Rd Swamp, Tuggerah
A pair of Swift Parrots were disturbed from the only flowering Swamp Mahogany at this site located behind the houses, and they flew past in front of me. Also present was the immature Black-necked Stork but following heavy rain, the wetland is full and the Freckled Ducks would appear to have departed,. Tawny Grassbirds and a Black-shouldered Kite were the only other significant birds present.
Alan Morris 29/8 #219443
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Giants Creek (Upper Hunter Valley)
At least 4 Regents still present in flowering ironbark (spp.) along Giants Creek Road. Many of the smaller HE's seem to have left the site and there are not as many Noisy Friars (and no Red Wattlebirds now). Still plenty of Fuscous and Spiny-cheeks present however. Also 3 White-winged Trillers, a family of 4 Hooded Robins and many White-browed Babblers.
Mick Roderick 29/8 #219442
Citrine Wagtail (probable)
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
We got brief views of the wagtail that was reported yesterday. Unfortunately the light was failing but the bird was clearly a Motacilla wagtail. We will go back in the morning to try for a better look. eBird checklist
Frank Antram with Chris Cott 29/8 #219441
highlightCitrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
The Citrine Wagtail found and reported yesterday by Sue Chatfield was present at the same location today. I arrived at 0830 but it took about 15 minutes to get onto the bird. Kurtis and then (a pretty excited) John arrived soon after. The best strategy is to position one's self in the hide and scan the far shoreline, in particular a section on the right-hand side of the shoreline at the base of a fallen dead she-oak that is splayed out. The wag favoured this area for foraging for quite some time this morning. If the bird is not immediately obvious just wait for movement as it can disappear behind rocks and weeds. It also occasionally visited the muddy patch closer to the hide, as well as the narrow 'levy' of rocky substrate that separates the main body of water to the one behind (to the left of its 'favourite' spot). Twice it was seen to fly into dead trees, once in response to a Peregrine circling high above. There were numerous occasions where we lost sight of the bird but it wasn't long before it reappeared, so be patient. I understand that it was seen late this afternoon by a local birder and I would imagine that there will be plenty of people there over the weekend (a scope is advisable for scanning the far shore but you may get away without one over the weekend).
Mick Roderick, Kurtis Lindsay and John Weigel 29/8 #219440
Rufous Whistler
Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park
A single male Rufous Whistler was seen at 1:35pm on the Western side of the park just north of the Guide Hall. eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 29/8 #219439
Red-rumped Parrot and Glossy Black-Cockatoos (4)
Oatlands NSW and Tascott NSW
An interesting day - I saw 2 Red-rumped Parrots feeding at Oatlands NSW (photo included - you may need to zoom in to top right as it was taken by phone of bird in flight). Later this afternoon - 4 Glossy Black-Cockatoos in my garden at Tascott feeding - just departed at dusk. I have noticed a regular pattern with the Glossy Black-Cockatoos in recent years - they spend a lot of time feeding in the area from late August to end October and return to feed in March and April - we see them in Summer too but they only pass occasionally and tend not to feed for long periods as they do in the aforementioned months.
Andrew Whitaker 29/8 #219438
Baillon's Crake
Fivebough Wetlands Leeton
A single bird clearly seen this morning along with 4 Spotted Crake. Spotless Crake were calling in the cumbungi but not showing. This is the first Baillon's seen this season - the first last year wasn't recorded until 21 September! Also a male Musk Duck was displaying in the settling ponds.
Max O'Sullivan 29/8 #219436
Emu
Dunheved Golf Course, St Marys
Good numbers of Olive-backed Orioles and Australasian Figbirds were feeding on privet berries, along with small flocks of Silvereyes. An Emu was also feeding on the berries and had been present for some time judging by the amount of berry-laden scat present. Probably an escapee from the captive group on a nearby housing development. I'm not sure what the status of these remaining individuals is, a starting point for a wild population of Sydney?
Mark Fuller 29/8 #219435
Topknot Pigeon
Pelican Flat
Topknot Pigeons feeding in cabbage palms along Soldiers Road
bill boyd 29/8 #219430
White-headed Pigeon
Belmont Central
White-headed Pigeon feeding in camphor laurels opposite Belmont TAFE in old school grounds
bill boyd 29/8 #219429
Pacific Baza
Terrys Creek Parklands
Vimiera Park Also in adjoining residential trees of tall eucalypts Vimiera Road & Essex Street. Found regularly here the whole month of August this year.
Irene Timmins 29/8 #219425
Thu 28megamegaCitrine Wagtail (Subject to submission to BARC)
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
A single Citrine Wagtail was sighted this morning walking along the shoreline in front of the reed bed near the first bird hide (near the truck). It was seen twice and then lost to view. On checking form the other side it was not to be seen. A pair of Red-kneed Dotterels had been chasing a pair of Black-fronted Dotterels in the same area. Pink-eared and Pacific Black Ducks, Grey and Chestnut Teal and Australian Shovelers were on the water. [Moderator's note (NH): Sightings of Citrine Wagtail should be submitted to BARC. So far only three Citrine Wagtails have been accepted by BARC: Botany Bay, NSW, 1962; Goolwa, SA, 1987; Christmas Island, 2009.]
Sue Chatfield 28/8 #219417


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Fri 29Gibberbird, Flock Bronzewing
William Creek road.
One Gibberbird 15km east of, and another one 55km east of Coober Pedy, on William Creek road. At latter site, a pair of Flock Bronzewings flying east along road.
Paul Taylor 29/8 #219434
Thu 28Bourke's Parrot
About 40 kms south of Marla
A pair, flying across road.
Paul Taylor 29/8 #219433
Tue 19Blue-winged Parrot
About 18km down the Old Coorong Road, Coorong National Park, WA
8 birds on the salt marsh area extremely difficult to see unless flushed.
Digby & Rose Cyrus 29/8 #219423
Mon 18Striated Fieldwren
About 10km SE of Robe on Nora Creina Road, WA
At least 4 birds seen, all calling.
Digby & Rose Cyrus 29/8 #219424
Blue-winged Parrot
Little Dip Conservation Park, SE of Robe, WA
12 birds located on the edge of the clearing of the first camp site in the park when coming from Robe
Digby & Rose Cyrus 29/8 #219422
Fri 15Chestnut-breasted Whiteface
31km north of Marla
One bird seen, in cold and windy conditions.
Paul Taylor 29/8 #219432
Wed 13Rock Parrot
Headland Walk, West Cape Lighthouse, Innes National Park, WA
Five birds located, under windy & cold conditions, on the succulants in the inside of the West Cape Lighthouse Headland Walking Track.
Digby & Rose Cyrus 29/8 #219421
Sun 10Short-tailed Grasswren
Mount Ive Station
After a bit of walking two birds located halfway up the track to the top of Mount Ive, great views
Digby & Rose Cyrus 29/8 #219420
Western Grasswren
Mount Ive Station
Easily located near the camp site on the station.
Digby & Rose Cyrus 29/8 #219419


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Fri 29Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
Following everyone else's reports, found at least 10 swift parrots in trees near Pearson St..
Philip Peel 29/8 #219428
Thu 28highlightWhite-winged Chough
Royal Park, Parkville
Really odd to see this bird here, but got a clear, unmistakable view. Single bird flew in and perched in a medium-sized tree just east of where MacArthur Rd crosses the tram track. Clearly saw down-curved beak and white-wing detail when the bird made a preening motion. Would have liked to have seen if there were more choughs but I occupied and couldn't follow it up. (Also saw female Golden Whistler in more or less the same spot.) eBird checklist
Rohan Long 29/8 #219426
Swift Parrot
Gilpin Park, Brunswick
At least 10 birds close to Pearson St as previously reported.
Pete Kyne & Micha Jackson 28/8 #219416


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