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Tue 28Barking Owl
Acacia Gardens
I woke up to the call of a Batrking Owl at about 3 am this morning. It called several times and quite clearly to be unmistakable. I checked around dusk today if it roosted in the local reserve but without any success. However, I did see a pair of Tawny Frogmouths.
Edwin Vella 28/3 #230500
Freckled Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Red-rumped Parrot, Topknot Pigeon.
Dairy Swamp, Central Coast Wetlands, Tuggerah
There were 4 Freckled Ducks and 4 Australasian Shovelers at the Dairy Swamp this morning. This is the first time Freckled Ducks have been recorded at the Wetlands since January 2016, although up to 10 birds were at the nearby Tuggerah STW and McPherson Rd Swamp until June 2016. Also present was a Grey Goshawk harassing a flock of 16 Topknot Pigeons flushed from feeding in Camphor Laurels, a Whistling Kite annoying 162 Cattle Egrets roosting at the Swamp, a Nankeen Kestrel, 5 Red-rumped Parrots and some White-breasted Woodswallows were roosting in a dead tree. Plenty of other species of waterbirds were also present.
Alan Morris 28/3 #230491
Mon 27highlightWhite-browed & Masked Woodswallows
Belmore Swamp, Seales Rd
Following up a report yesterday from Karen Smedley I found about 40 White-browed Woodswallows and at least 5 Masked Woodswallows busily feeding with White-breasted Woodswallows around the edge of the melaleuca forest on the western side of Belmore Swamp. The swamp and surrounding paddocks are still flooded after the rains last week with many waterbirds making a long awaited return, including Australasian Shoveler and Glossy Ibis. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 27/3 #230487
Sun 26Musk Duck, Great-Crested Grebe, Double-barred Finch
Wyalong Wetlands & WWTP, West Wyalong
27 members of the CCGBNSW were camped at West Wyalong over this weekend and made a number of visits to this wetland & saw 48 species!. Best birds were a female Muck Duck, up to 3 immature Great Crested Grebes, Double-barred Finches, Grey-crowned Babbler, 2 Chestnut Teal and many Pink-eared Ducks. (During the period 1998-2017 over 500 surveys were submitted into the Birdlife Australia Bird Atlas Database for the West Wyalong area, roughly 50 km radius of the town, of which there were only 3 reports of Great Crested Grebe, 10 for Chestnut Teal and 12 for Musk Ducks).
Alan Morris, Christina Port (photo) & 25 others 28/3 #230495
Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Superb Parrot, Grey-crowned Babbler
Ace Caravan Park, West Wyalong
During the period 23-27/3/17 the CCGBNSW were based at this caravan park with the purpose of having a 3 day survey of the bird habitats of an area of 50 km radius of West Wyalong.112 species were seen. At the Camp a max of 5 Major Mitchell Cockatoos visited the Camp site each day to feed on the cones of exotic pine trees; a flock of 21 Superb Parrots flew over the Camp, Grey-crowned Babblers were resident here, a Collared Sparrowhawk was regularly seen and Little Friarbirds were the commonest large honeyeater. (Between 1998-2017 over 500 surveys of birds were submitted to the Birdlife Australia's Bird Atlas Data Base for this area but only 11 reports of Collared Sparrowhawkls were submitted.).
Alan Morris, Christina Port (photo) & 25 others. 28/3 #230494
Freckled Duck, Australian Shelduck, Pink-eared Duck
Nerang Cowal Section, Lake Cowal , Forbes NSW
27 members of the CCGBNSW visited the Nerang Cowal (northern Section) of Lake Cowal, viewing the Lake from the Burcher-Forbes Rd, that is underwater, we being on the western side of the Lake near the tiny village of Burcher. In an hour over 37 species of waterbirds were seen, the commonest species being Pelicans and Pink-eared Ducks. We also saw 2 Australian Shelducks, Yellow & Royal Spoonbills, 3 Sacred Kingfishers, Grey-crowned Babblers, plenty of Black-fronted Dotterels, all the local Cormorants and Darters etc , and a Freckled Duck (see photo of Freckled Duck & Pink-ears). Note that between 1998-2017, in the Birdlife Australia's Birdata project, over 500 surveys of birds in the West Wyalong area have been submitted but there were only nine reports of Freckled Ducks.
Alan Morris, Christina Port (photo) & 25 others 28/3 #230493
Pacific Swift
Hume Hwy near Paddys River
1 Pacific Swift seen reasonably low down above highway between Goulburn and Paddys River
Mark Hall 28/3 #230492
Lesser Frigatebird
Flat Rock (Ballina)
Single Lesser Frigatebird cruised past Flat Rock on Sunday afternoon. No further sightings of the Roseate Tern since Friday, that I know of.
Steven McBride 27/3 #230489
Fri 24Banded Lapwing, Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Superb Parrot
Alleena Siding, 20 km south West Wyalong
Enroute to Buddigower Reserve, the 27 members of the CCGBNSW stopped off at Alleeena siding/silo, on the now defunct Barmedman - Rankin Springs Railway Line, just off the Newell Highway. Three Banded Lapwings flew over the road, an adult male Superb Parrot and 2 Major Mitchel Cockatoos were also seen here. A Wedge-tailed Eagle and Jacky Winters were some of the other highlights. Elsewhere in the West Wyalong area, Major Mitchell Cockatoos were seen at 5 sites, some on multiple occasions and Superb Parrots at 3 sites.
Alan Morris 28/3 #230496


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Tue 28Freckled Duck
Port Wakefield
The number of Freckled Ducks at the flooded wetland has increased to at least 17.
Paul Taylor 28/3 #230497


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Sat 25Musk Duck
Dru Point (Margate)
A solitary female Musk Duck on water at mouth of NW Bay river.
Els Wakefield 28/3 #230501
Cattle Egret
Meredith's Orchard Dam
Four Cattle Egrets flew off from the dam behind Meredith's shop at Margate at 1400 hrs.
Els Wakefield 28/3 #230498


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Tue 28Freckled Duck, Brolga, Red-Kneed Dotterel
Lake Cooper
Thousands of Coot and Grey Teal and other ducks in much smaller numbers. 200 Freckled Duck, 160+ Red-kneed Dotterel including one flock of 120, 15 Brolga. eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 28/3 #230499
Gang Gang Cockatoo
Garibaldi Hall, Hardies Hill Rd
9 birds in pine trees at the hall. First time ever seeing them in this district. Currawongs didn't like them much!
Martin Scuffins 28/3 #230490


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