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Wed 4Cockatiel
Mount Painter Nature Reserve
One Cockatiel at 7.30 am near the path that runs along Skinner Street.[Moderator's comment: The origin of single birds like this is always open to question. FA]
Martin Edvardsson 4/3 #222411

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Wed 4highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Shark Island
was seen at island from about 11 am to 12:10 pm when it took off and headed towards the north side of the harbour.
Elisabeth Karplus, Martyn Moffat, Noel Luff 4/3 #222418
Common Noddy
Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie
2 Common Noddy foraging in surf line along rocks below the Lighthouse. Birds last seen heading north close in to shore. A single Common Noddy was seen in mid February at this same location and stayed around for a few days. eBird Checklist S21976956 refers to that bird.
Clive Meadows 4/3 #222416
Square-tailed Kite
Riverside Park, Riverside Rd, Chipping Norton
Juvenile Square-tailed Kite quartering and circling about 9 am was my first record for Riverside Park. Male Satin Bowerbird was my 3rd record for the park. Male Grey Goshawk. Female Crested Shrike-tit
David James 4/3 #222415
Tue 3Lewin's Rail, Bassian Thrush, Black-faced Monarch
Warriewood Wetlands
A short visit to the wetlands in the early morning. Three Lewin's Rails (adult and 2 large juvs) came out of sedges near Katoa Close entrance. I got an excellent view of them. Nearby 2 Bassian Thrushes and near shopping centre one Black-faced Monarch in swamp oak trees.
Ted Wnorowski 4/3 #222417
Autumn migrants, Freckled Duck
Wurrungwuri Reserve, Moorebank
Influxes of Rufous Whistler, Golden Whistler, Rufous Fantail, Grey Fantail seem to indicate some Autumn movements. Not sure if White-eared Honeyeaters are Autumn migrants or just dispersed from nearby Voyager Point Bushland. Single male Freckled Duck still at stormwater pond at edge of reserve on Brickmakers Road.
David James 4/3 #222414
megamegaSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Sydney Harbour
Update: Bird has been splitting time evenly between Shark Island and Chowder Bay at -33.843928,151.254304. Can be seen from the Captain Cook Loop Ferry on passing the above site, and the tour guide on board has allowed birders to re-direct the ferry briefly to get in closer to shore in order to see the bird. Note that if flushed, the bird almost always flies straight across the harbour to the secondary site, so please be considerate both in regards to the bird's welfare and other birders.
Max Breckenrdige, David Stowe, Simon Gorta, etc. per. Facebook 4/3 #222412
Streaked Shearwater, Shy-type Albatross
Pelagic off Port Stephens (BirdLife Photography Group outing)
2x Streaked Shearwaters were the highlights of another low-diversity day at sea for the BirdLife Australia Photography Group (11 spp. outside the heads). 2x Shy-type Albatrosses were also seen. Conditions were glassy for most of the day and activity was generally low. For the 3rd consecutive PS trip (totalling nearly 9 hours wide of the shelf break) no storm-petrels were seen. It was also the first PS trip with no cetaceans of any sort seen, but it was still an enjoyable day at sea!
Mick Roderick and 13 others aboard the M.V. Argonaut 4/3 #222410

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Wed 4highlightWhite-throated Needletail
Adventure Bay
At least 30 birds; low, just above the tree line. Just north of Adventure Bay near the berry farm.
Dan Eyles 4/3 #222420

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Tue 3Barbary Dove, Rufous Whistler, Red-browed Finch (2)
Gardiners Creek Reserve, Ashwood
Single Barbary Dove perched high on dead tree between wetland area and open grass lawn. Second sighting here (last one in Feb 2014). Very certain there is a aviculturist in the neighbourhood (Chukar last year also). First record of Rufous Whistler yesterday afternoon (2/3/15) and first record for Red-browed Finch along the drain this afternoon (3/3/15). Never seen either species for the 10+ years I've lived here. Early autumnal movements? RB Finch was my 77th species at this little suburban site. Attached poor iPhone photo of whistler eBird checklist
James Mustafa 3/3 #222407

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