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Sun 23Wood Sandpiper
Dowse Lagoon
Keogh st end on foreshore . eBird checklist
Milton Smith 23/11 #220985
Sat 22Tawny Frogmouth
Springwood Conservation Park
Sitting on tree branch opposite the cliff on the main stairs, just past the cave. eBird checklist Further information
Kim Anthony Groves 25/11 #221031


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Tue 25highlightRed-necked Avocet, Whiskered Tern, Black-tailed Native-hen, Magpie Goose
Narrabri Lake
Narrabri Lake is shallow now, drawing in a few bird species that are not seen there regularly. A single Red-necked Avocet is a first for me (in 8 years), a Whiskered Tern in breeding plumage (not seen since September 2010) and at least two Black-tailed Native-hens (last seen there May 2013) were found today (see composite photo). There are still about 45 Magpie Geese around (down from ca. 80 previously) and there are at least 50, maybe 100 pairs of Cattle Egrets and Australian White Ibis nesting on the bird refuge island (photos taken).(Moderator's note: I am unaware of any recent Cattle Egret nesting colonies in inland NSW other that occasionally in the Macquarie Marshes, in recent times. AKM) Further information
Michael Dahlem 25/11 #221027
Fork-tailed Swift
Lyndale Ave, Port Macquarie
Approximately 5 Fork-tailed Swifts and similar number of White-throated Needletails present.
Tim Morris 25/11 #221021
Mon 24Black-necked Stork, Red-necked Avocet, Red-necked Stint
Geoffrey Rd North Chittaway, part of Tuggerah Bay, Tuggerah Lake.
An immature Black-necked Stork was seen early this morning by Ella De Jong, who reported the sighting to me. On inspection I found that there was a Stork feeding with 280 Black Swans, 19 Red-necked Avocets ( a very rare bird for this location), 97 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 24 Black-winged Stilts, 14 Red-necked Stints, 80 Grey Teal, 9 roosting Caspian Terns and sundry other waterbirds on this section of Tuggerah Bay. This would be the first time a Stork has been recorded in this area for at least 16 years.
Alan Morris, Ella De Jong, photo by Andrew Melville 25/11 #221028
Sun 23Square-tailed Kite
Shoplands Road, Annangrove
Single adult harassing a Grey Butcherbird along the ridgeline. Seems as though Annangrove may now be part of the home range of a pair of Square-tailed Kites given the several sightings of adults and a juvenile at my block this year.
Darryl Smedley 25/11 #221023
Sat 22Fork-tailed Swift
39 Charlton Street, Nambucca Heads, NSW 2448
Good numbers of Fork-tailed Swifts hawking over Charlton Street on Saturday evening 6.30 PM 22 November. (I haven't learned to count swifts reliably: when there are singles and small groups hawking about = a small number; seemingly all over the sky in one strata level = a good number; when the sky is full of them at several altitudes = a large number.)
Evan Cleland 25/11 #221026


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Sat 22highlightSwift Parrot
Tatnells Hill, above Waterfall Bay, Tasman Peninsula
Perhaps forty or so Swift Parrots in very active and noisy small parties among the wet scrubland by the coastal track on the E side of Tatnells Hill, above the Eucalyptus delegatensis treeline. The birds seemed to be feeding in low vegetation and periodically flying up into the scattered myrtle and other trees. I could never confirm feeding, but the most likely blossoms for them would be Richea dracophylla or Anopterus glandulosus - not exactly typical parrot-food! On the subject of Swift Parrots, those that were around Taroona in the spring have now moved on, but I'm still hearing and seeing those that have been hanging around flowering bluegums at Rosny College and the Rosny Hill TMAG facility for the past few weeks.
Simon Grove 25/11 #221020


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Tue 25megamegaLong-billed Dowitcher
Lake Tutchewop
We arrived at the lake to find a very helpful man (Greg) that directed us to where the Dowitcher was roosting. We joined a team of three birders on the eastern shore where we watched the Dowitcher roost with a small flock of sharpies. There was some movement of this group of birds from the occasional Whistling Kite or false alarm. The Dowitcher moved between the southern and northern ends of the eastern shore. It did not feed between 12 and 2 pm.
Amanda Lilleyman and Rowan Mott 25/11 #221034
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Strathtulloh Woodland (restricted access)
A pair of Eurasian Tree Sparrow's seen in open box woodland habitat, unusual environment for a principally urban species. Also nesting Dusky Woodswallow and Varied Sittella.
Micah Kawalek 25/11 #221033
Caspian Tern
Kororoit Creek Mouth (Williamstown North)
Single bird seen along Kororoit Creek near the ford (which is currently closed to traffic)
Paul Randall (wingsonwire.com) 25/11 #221032
Cicadabird, Brush Cuckoo, Spotted Quail-thrush, Olive Whistler
Lerdederg River near Blackwood; 37°28'00.4"S 144°16'50.4"E
Two Cicadabirds calling; one cracking view of male low in a streamside Blackwood tree. Two Brush Cuckoos calling incessantly. Male Spotted Quail-thrush heard singing, one seen on Lerdederg Road. One Olive Whistler singing from streamside scrub, observed. At least 6 pairs of Satin Flycatchers along 2km of river; most prospecting nest sites - one pair of Leaden Flycatchers as well. 3 pairs of Rufous Fantails; 2 pairs Red-browed Treecreepers. Astonishing 2 hours. eBird checklist
Lawrie Conole 25/11 #221030
highlightEastern Koel
Peter Weinstock
Much movement in the Long Gully area, two birds calling and flying around the area from 6.00 a.am.
Peter Weinstock 25/11 #221022
Wed 19Rufous Fantail, Satin Flycatchers
Wilsons Promontory National Park--Lilly Pilly Gully
Nice to see Rufous Fantail, a pair of Satin Flycatchers, Beautiful Firetail, Bassian Thrush and others along this walk.
Jenny Skewes 24/11 #221005


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