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Mon 27Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Sydney Airport
The Eurasian Tree Sparrow reported here some months ago for the Sydney Domestic terminal appears still to be in residence. Sighted near Gate 52 but obviously mobile. All-chestnut crown together with dark blotch on white cheek patch and pale neck collar rule our House Sparrow.
Chris Rehberg 27/1 #244340
Sun 26Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper
Pitt Town Lagoon
1 Wood Sandpiper present (in front of hide) and 3 Marsh Sandpipers. 3 crake species seen, 2 Australian Shelduck, 32 Glossy Ibis and 51 Red-necked Avocet. Lagoon is drying out and wader numbers are increasing. Duck numbers are decreasing with 1 Freckled Duck, 2 Pink- eared Ducks, 6 Shovelar and 2 Chestnut Teal.
Martin Snowball 27/1 #244339
highlightBarred Cuckooshrike
Lime Kiln Bay Reserve and Wetlands
Saw a bird land high in canopy before being very quickly swooped by another and disappearing - not re-sighted. Thankfully I took a couple quick photos with sufficient detail to confirm the ID: finely barred breast neatly cut-off, grey head, yellow eye. Very brief encounter. (Moderators Note; This is an extraordinary record, but not the first for Sydney, one was collected there in 1886! Subsequently 1 in Wollongong Bot.Gardens in 1998, a few days later at Thirrroul! No other records! Great work Chris!. AKM) eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg 26/1 #244333


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Sun 26Black Bittern
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, new borrow pits
Male. Flushed from west side of middle pool at new borrow pits. May have landed in first pool (nearest of the 3 to road) but not refound. No sign or sound of species in over 4 weeks of following Spotted Whistling Ducks at the pits. No pictures.
Tony Ashton 26/1 #244334
Sat 25Black-tailed Native-hen
Warruma Swamp, Mt. Garnet
Wading in shallow water near bank across from the picnic shelter, about 80mts away at midday. Two adult Black-tailed Native-hens, one male with darker face and more strongly coloured bill, one female. Pictures taken from about 50mts. Only three previous records in Ebird for the Tablelands; July 2016 one bird Nardellos Lagoon, Oct 2009 one bird Hasties Swamp NP and Nov 2002 'x' birds Mt Carbine Reservoir. Also in the same area was one Marsh Sandpiper, photo in ebird list. eBird checklist
Mark and Angela McCaffrey 26/1 #244338


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Sun 26European Greenfinch
Virginia
At least 5 Greenfinches, including a couple of fledglings.
Paul Taylor 26/1 #244335


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Sun 26Reed Warbler
Bailey Billabong, Wilson Reserve, Ivanhoe
Two birds in edge of reedbed. I have not seen this species here since the early 1990s, when management of nearby oval wiped out weeds and incidentally killed off a large reedbed. Common Reed has re-grown since then, but no Reed Warblers till today.
Anthea Margaret Fleming 26/1 #244336


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