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Wed 1Rainbow Bee-eater
Mt Majura Nature Reserve
A small group of Rainbow Bee-eaters (at least four) flew over, and landed briefly in the trees at around 11:30am. My first for the season, poor photo attached.
Christine D 1/10 #220008

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Sat 27Zitting Cisticola (2)
Port Alma Rd, near Cheetham Salt Works
After looking at HANZAB and consulting with people / looking at images online, I am now happy to identify two cisticolas that we saw while searching for the Yellow Chats on Saturday as Zitting Cisticolas. This ID was based on plumage characteristics mentioned in HANZAB, and on calls heard in flight. I have fixed our original site list to include these birds. Further information including a summary from HANZAB can be found in the link. eBird checklist Further information
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie 30/9 #219976

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Wed 1Rufous Whistler, Rufous Fantail, Leaden Flycatcher, Black-faced Monarch, Dollarbird
Lane Cove National Park--Fairyland
Lot of migrating birds which I don't normally see around Lane Cove including Rufous Fantail, Leaden Flycatcher, Scarlet Honeyeater, White-cheeked Honeyeater, Black-faced Monarch and a first for the site, pair of Rufous Whistler. Also Olive-backed Oriole, Striated Heron, Dollarbird, Sacred Kingfisher and plenty of New Holland and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters.
Fatih Sam 1/10 #220006
Black-tailed Native-hen, Red-capped Plover, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Red-necked Avocet
Cotton Farm, Ashley
At least three Black-tailed Native-hens were observed running in open treeless farmland, the first since about January. About 30 Red-capped Plovers still remain (of the 50 that were found on 2 July) spread over 3 large irrigation farm dams in a 5km radius. 4 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper were observed, the first for the year. About 40 Red-necked Avocets are also still present. 2 Gull-billed Tern, 6 Caspian Tern and 90 Whiskered Terns were also found. eBird checklist Further information
Curtis Hayne 1/10 #219996
Chestnut-rumped Heath-wren, Black-chinned Honeyeater
Kings Plains National Park
2 Chestnut-rumped Heath-wrens showing well, 3 Black-chinned Honeyeaters Further information
Greg Roberts 1/10 #219991
Channel-billed Cuckoo submissions August/September 2014
We published the 10 first arrivals (including five August reports). All sightings of CBCs listed below are in accordance with the typical arrival dates of CBC in the region: 16/08/2014, Castlecrag, Sydney, Murray Lord; 16/08/2014, Minchinbury, L. Morgan; 17/08/2014, Middle Cove, Lorna Bloom; 18/08/2014, Terrigal, Jeff Drudge; 21/08/2014, Middle Cove, Lorna Bloom; 03/09/2014, Eulah Creek, Michael Dahlem; 05/09/2014, Balmain, Robert Griffin; 05/09/2014, Bundeena, Deryk Engel and Stephen Bloomfield; 07/09/2014, Kurrajong Hills, Eric Finley; 07/09/2014, Bicentennial Park (Glebe), Simon Gorta; 07/09/2014, North Epping, Frances Rein; 14/09/2014, Warriewood Wetlands, Jayden Walsh; 18/09/2014, Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen, Jacqui Marlow; 19/09/2014, Mulgoa, Tanja Van; 20/09/2014,South Grafton Water Reserve (Abattoir TSR), Greg Clancy & Alan Pilkington; 23/09/2014, Warriewood Wetlands and Irrawong Reserve, Jayden Walsh; 27/09/2014, Camden, Lydia Berger; 28/09/2014, Eastlakes golf course, David Mitford; 28/09/2014, Woy Woy, Greg and Georgina Shaw (photo); 29/09/2014, Penrith, Ákos and Donata Lumnitzer. We decided not to publish any further in-season CBC sightings (except for unusual observations).
Nikolas Haass (moderator) 29/9 #219967
Tue 30highlightLittle Friarbird, White-backed Swallow
South of Bunnan, Upper Hunter Valley
3 Little Friarbirds at a site 5km south of Bunnan along Ridgelands Road. Uncommon in the Hunter Valley. Also several Diamond Firetails, Brown Treecreepers (with dependant young), vocal White-winged Trillers and Rufous Songlarks and 2x White-backed Swallows.
Mick Roderick and Tom Clarke 1/10 #220004
Speckled Warbler and Buff-rumped Thornbill
Capertee Valley--Port Macquarie Rd
Speckled Warbler and Buff-rumped Thornbill found at random spots along the road.
David James and Dion Hobcroft 1/10 #219995
Little Eagle, Restless Flycatcher
Capertee Valley--Genowlan Bridge
Nesting Restless Flycatcher (thanks to Carol Proberts) and a pair of Little Eagles at the Genowlan Bridge, but not the usual specialties there.
Dion Hobcroft and David James 1/10 #219994
Painted Buttonquail, Pallid Cuckoo
Capertee Valley--Glen Alice
Many platelets between the church and the river but we flushed just a single Painted Buttonquail. 1 Pallid Cuckoo calling, the only one we heard all day. One of very few Rufous Songlarks in the cemetery. Several Sacred Kingfishers in the red gums by the river.
David James and Dion Hobcroft 1/10 #219993
Diamond Firetail, Hooded Robin, Brown Treecreeper
Capertee Valley--Crown Station Rd
The Capertee Valley is not her usual self, with no flowering eucalypts or mistletoes. A single Diamond Firetail and a female Hooded Robin on Crown Station Road with several Brown Treecreepers, Jacky Winters, Fuscus Honeyeaters, Dusky Woodswallows.
Dion Hobcroft and David James 1/10 #219992
Double-barred Finch, Zebra Finch, Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Capertee Valley--Glen Davis/Alice T-junction
Double-barred Finch, Zebra Finch, Yellow-rumped Thornbill at Glen Davis.
Dion Hobcroft and David James 1/10 #219989
Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Australasian Shoveler
Lithgow Wastewater Treatment Plant
Two Freckled Ducks roosting separately on the right-hand shore of the 1st pond, 1 male, 1 female. About 100+ Pink-eared Ducks and 50+ Australasian Shovelers across the ponds. Plenty of Hoary-headed Grebes too.
Dion Hobcroft and David James 1/10 #219988
Australian Wood Duck - Large Brood
Cowra Japanese Garden
While walking around The Japanese Garden in Cowra I was surprised to see a pair of Australian Wood Ducks with a brood of 20 ducklings following them around. They appeared to be firmly imprinted on the adults and all at the same stage of maturity. [Moderator's note (NH): According to HANZAB, the clutch-size is on 'average10.5 eggs but large broods (17, 18) suggest probability of dump-laying.] eBird checklist
Roger Giller 30/9 #219986
Mon 29highlightDollarbird, Black Bittern, Azure Kingfisher
Ourimbah Creek, Ourimbah
On a boat trip down Ourimbah Creek, I saw 2 Dollarbirds the first returnees for the Central Coast this year. Also seen a Black Bittern and a pair of Azure Kingfishers.
Christina Port 1/10 #220007
White-breasted Woodswallow
Kallaroo Rd, Bensville, 33°29'44.7"S 151°22'45.1"E
One White-breasted Woodswallow seen perched on wires near jetty. Two others were seen in vicinity, before all three flew off. (Moderator's Note: White-breasted Woodswallows are common summer migrants to the Central Coast and are found around the edges of Tuggerah Lakes, Brisbane Water and the Gosford coastal lagoons of Wamberal, Avoca and Cochrone Lagoons. They are present from August to April although the first birds returned this spring on 4/9/14 to McPherson Rd Tuggerah. By 15/9/14 they had appeared at most CC sites. AKM)
Greg and Georgina Shaw 29/9 #219968

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Wed 1Bar-tailed Godwit
Coquette Point
Two Bar-tailed Godwit feeding at sunrise on sand flats. First sighting for the season.
Yvonne Cunningham 1/10 #220000
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Coquette Point
Ten Sharp-tailed Sandpiper feeding on sand-flats Coquette Point, near Innisfail. 1st returns.
Yvonne Cunningham 1/10 #219998
Tue 30Rufous Owl
Lake Koombooloomba Road, Ravenshoe
Rufous Owl was a by-product of the ( Little Red) Southern Boobook hunt. Flew in across the moon and settled briefly while Southern Boobook was being called. Location suggests it to be r. queenslandica but seems more rufa by coloration and facial markings.
Jean & Paul Newman 1/10 #220003
Southern Boobook
Lake Koombooloomba Road Ravenshoe
Southern Boobook race lurida. Very pleasing result after a long night of searching for this species. Night birds seemingly very active being picked up regularly in vehicle lights but hard to pin down. Much credit goes to our great friend Del Richards for his suggestion to try this area.
Jean & Paul Newman 1/10 #220001

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Wed 1highlightSquare-tailed Kite
Nyirripi, Northern Territory
Lone bird seen swooping low over treetops then circled above trees just south of Nyirripi Community, near the tip eBird checklist
Richard Waring 1/10 #220009
Tue 30highlightLittle Curlew
Alice Springs Waste Stabilisation Ponds
Following up on a report of an unidentified wader which seemed to fit the description of a Little Curlew, Anthony Molyneux and I were able to positively identify the bird as a Little Curlew. The lone bird was hanging on or near the central grassed area.
Peter Nunn 1/10 #219999
Mon 29Dollarbird; Common Koel
Berrimah Rd and Darwin River Dam
Dollarbird on wires on Berrimah Rd between Stuart Highway and Tiger Brennan yesterday 28/09 at about 4pm. Also heard and eventually saw at a distance, a male Common Koel at Darwin River Dam on 25/09 about 8am. First sightings of both for the season.
Robert Burgoyne 29/9 #219971

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Wed 1highlightRed-lored Whistler
Murray-Sunset National Park
A single male observed along Honeymoon track was highlight of trip out west. Many of the mallee specialties also recorded in area including Chestnut Quail-thrush, Mallee Emu-wren and Striated Grasswren.
Scott Baker, James Mustafa and Owen Lishmund 2/10 #220012
highlightSquare-tailed Kite
Brackenbury Rd, Creswick Regional Park
One, just above canopy, mid afternoon
Geoff Park 1/10 #220010
Spotless Crake
Liverpool Rd Retarding Basin
Des Palmer 1/10 #220005
Rufous Songlark
Westona Station, Altona
Heard a Rufous Songlark calling from a back yard adjacent to Westona Station around 6:15am. Did not see the bird.
Peter Shute 1/10 #219987
Tue 30White-browed and Masked Woodswallow
A small flock overhead this afternoon arriving in a typical manner on strong warm northerly winds. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 30/9 #219980
Mon 29Square-tailed Kite
Between Lakes Bittarang and Woterap, Hattah-Kulkyne NP
Seen over Black Box/sandhill veg.
George Appleby 30/9 #219985

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