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Birdline New South Wales

Birdline NSW is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.

Birdline New South Wales is supported by Birding NSW, Birdlife Southern NSW and Cumberland Bird Observers Club and moderated by Alan Morris, Ashwin Rudder, Joshua Bergmark and Simon Blanchflower.

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Moderators' Note

Birders are encouraged to post lists to Eremaea eBird, where sightings are incorporated into the atlas. To do this you need to register with Eremaea eBird and then login. Please send any White-throated Needletail or Fork-tailed Swift sightings directly to Prof. Michael Tarburton for his research: Include date, location, and numbers of birds. All Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot reports should be forwarded to Mick Roderick to assist in the recovery efforts of these severely declining species:

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February 2016
Sun 7Lesser Sand Plovers
Lake Wollumboola
2 Lesser Sand Plovers located with the usual Red-necked Stints and Red-capped Plovers. A Fairy Tern and around a dozen White-winged Black Terns also at the lake.
Nigel and Bec Coghlan 8/2 #226521
Pacific Baza
Shoplands Rd Annangrove
Four Pacific Baza circling lazily over my house mid-afternoon, only about 15m up. Two adults and two juveniles in the very vocal group, lots of 'ee-chews' between them. The group slowly drifted west and out of sight. Single adult seen this morning as well. My first siting of the species here in Annangrove since 2002
Darryl Smedley 8/2 #226519
highlightRed-tailed Tropicbird, Gould's Petrel
Port Stephens pelagic
Highlights of a generally quiet day off Port Stephens were 2 Red-tailed Tropicbirds (a first for Port Stephens pelagics) and 3 Gould's Petrels. The tropicbirds were very high in the sky so views were not great. Photo by Allan Richardson.
Mick Roderick and all aboard the MV Argonaut 8/2 #226518
Lesser Sand Plover
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
A lone Sand Plover was amongst the usual waders on the shelf this morning. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 7/2 #226507
Sat 6highlightWhite-necked Petrel
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Highlight of a brief seawatch around midday was a White-necked Petrel, heading south. Also 5 Pomarine Jaegers, 2 Arctic Jaegers, 1 Flesh-footed Shearwater, many Wedge-tails and Short-tails and a few Fluttering Shearwaters and 3 Little Penguin.
Robert Griffin 7/2 #226512
highlightStreaked Shearwater
Ballina Lighthouse
One Streaked Shearwater made a single pass heading south.
Gus Daly 7/2 #226509
Black Bittern
Warrawong--Kully Bay Park
One bird seen flying over wetland
Terrill Nordstrom 7/2 #226503
Buff-banded Rail
Greenwich - Mann's Point
A couple of welcome local breeding successes amid a murder of crows [ravens, actually], currawongs, cats and assorted predators: Buff-banded Rail with at least two half-grown chicks; in long grass under fig trees on a headland cliff edge bereft of water. Also, at the mouth of Gore Creek, Sacred Kingfisher with [two] flying young [Their nest was in a termite's nest]
Ted Nixon 7/2 #226502
Painted Button-quail, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Yengo National Park--Mogo Campground
A pair of Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens seen on roadside entrance to Mogo Campground. Painted Button-quail seen and heard calling in leaf litter around Campground edge.
Greg Miles & David Peet 6/2 #226495
Fri 5highlightWhite-necked Petrels & Long-tailed Jaegers
Mistral Point, Maroubra
In great evening light I observed a White-necked Petrel continuously for 12 minutes as it travelled south across a 45 degree vector of ocean. 20 minutes later I found another one even further out. Also seen were 2 Arctic Jaegers, 11 Pomarine Jaegers, 9 Long-tailed Jaegers and 1 Australasian Gannet.
David Mitford 5/2 #226489
Blue-billed Duck
Lake Wallace
Male and Female in reeds past the boat shed. Good views of male displaying. [Moderator Comment: Blue-billed Ducks have been resident at Lake Wallace for a few years now, and have bred successfully previously. AR]
Michael Rutkowski 5/2 #226485
Thu 4Pacific Baza adult & juvenile
Mulgoa Biobank 890 Mulgoa Rd
Other species sighted included Square-tailed kite Brown goshawk Rainbow Bee Eater x 10 at least Crested Shrike tit Jacky Winter x2 Peaceful Doves eBird checklist
Adrian O'Hara 5/2 #226490
Wed 3Latham's Snipe, Lewin's Rail, Spotless Crake, Australian Reed Warbler
Warriewood Wetlands
2 snipe's seen in usual spot. The Crake and the Rail were heard in thick Cumbungi/Phragmites near the Water Quality Ponds whilst the Reed Warbler appeared to be tending to a nest in the same section.
Jayden Walsh 3/2 #226470
Tue 2Ground Cuckoo-shrike
near Wollar
A pair of Ground Cuckoo-shrikes was seen flying across a paddock 1-2 km out of Wollar (on the road that heads towards Bylong).
Alan Stuart 5/2 #226484
Grey Goshawk
Coolgardie Plateau, south of Alstonville
I observed a Grey Goshawk (White morph) catch a young (third to half grown) Bush Turkey. The turkey was about the size of a soccer ball. The goshawk eventually managed to fly away with the turkey but only with considerable trouble and effort. It could only lift to about 1.5m above the ground.
David Charley 4/2 #226474
European Goldfinch
Gibraltar Reserve Wildlife Refuge (Private property)
A pair of Goldfinches seen and heard around the veggie garden for a while, seem to be doing well here. Often seen near Glen Innes, but rarely in the Northern Rivers.
Simon Clayton & others 2/2 #226464
Grey Goshawk
Lane Cove National Park--Boronia Park to Buffalo Creek
By Buffalo Creek near Cressy Road, holding a large lizard or small Eastern Water Dragon. (Moderator's Note: The Eastern Water Dragon is listed as a prey item in HANZAB.AKM)
Hilary Taylor 2/2 #226461
Mon 1Plumed Whistling Duck
Capertee Valley
Pair of PWDs spotted at a farm dam 3km south of Glen Alice. Good views from the roadside. PWD does not appear on the Capertee Valley brochure checklist, Ive been informed that this is a noteworthy sighting. A first for the valley? eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 2/2 #226462
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Capertee National Park
5 Regent honeyeaters including 1 juvenile bird in the late stages of moulting into adult plumage. 1.1km past the locked gate on Port Macquarie road, actively feeding in flowering grey gum/ironbark with Noisy Friarbirds and Little Lorikeets. Viewing and photography difficult in overcast conditions however the birds appeared to be unbanded. Full report emailed to Mick Roderick.
Liam Murphy 2/2 #226458

January 2016
Sun 31Sooty Oystercatcher
Wombarra Beach Rock Platform
22 Sooty Oystercatchers seen on the rock with Great, and Little Cormorants. It was high tide.
Jesse Gibson 31/1 #226446
highlightGrey Ternlet
Patches Beach, Ballina
Grey Ternlet found resting on the beach this morning near Patches Beach, about 10km south of Ballina.
Steven McBride 31/1 #226441
Sat 30Brown Noddy
A juvenile Brown(Common) Noddy seen resting on the rocks at Shelly Beach, Ballina & a possible adult Black Noddy seen fishing a few hundred metres off Sharpes Beach. (too far out for confident ID).
Steven McBride 31/1 #226443
Musk Duck, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Hoary-headed Grebe
Tuggerah STW, Tuggerah
An immature Musk Duck at the Tuggerah STW today, first for about 10 months, a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles flew low over the Ponds hassled by a Swamp Harrier, 2 + Hoary-headed Grebes, numbers of Grebes being well down on 2015!
Alan Morris & members of CCGBNSW 31/1 #226437
White-throated Needletail
Oatley Park
A flock a 100 birds was seen from the bridge [Peakhurst Heights entry point]. Have photo that has 93 W T Needletail in image.
Jesse Gibson 31/1 #226436
Nankeen Night Heron, Topknot Pigeon, Latham's Snipe,;Freckled Duck
Central Coast Wetlands (Tuggerah)
During the Breakfast with the Birds event today to celebrate World Wetlands Day, 70 species of birds were seen up to midday. This included Whistling & Black-shouldered Kites, Grey Goshawk, pair of Swamp Harriers & a Nankeen Kestrel, a Freckled Duck, 2 Shovellers, a Nankeen Night Heron, 2 Latham's Snipe, Southernn Emu-wren, 3 prs Tawny Grassbirds, WTNeedletails, a Wedge-tailed Eagle, 5 Channel-billed and 2 Koel Cuckoos. The Wetlands are open weekends 10 am to 4 pm.
Alan Morris plus 100 participants 30/1 #226435
Rose-crowned Fruit-dove
Boys Walk (Avondale College, Cooranbong) (restricted access)
A single bird was photographed about 10m above ground
Maurice Ashton 30/1 #226427
Wood Sandpiper
Coopernook Rd Wetlands
Single bird observed hunting in the middle area, very visible, 6 Great Egrets also observed and a pair of Black-fronted Dotterels feeding close by. Many thanks to Clive Meadows for his sighting.
Stephen Gallivan 30/1 #226426
Thu 28Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Sydney Harbour National Park--South Head
South Head is normally home of Wattlebirds, Fairy Wrens, New Holland HE's and the odd Currawong so interested to see a young Fan-tailed Cuckoo hopping around branches. First I've seen around the Eastern suburbs. The two young Channel-billed Cuckoos reported a couple of weeks ago seem to have gone.(Moderator's Note: When I moved into Constables Cottage, Camp Cove, part of Sydney Harbour NP in January 1983, I had a visit from a juvenile Pallid Cuckoo that was being fed by Red Whiskered Bul Buls! Expect anything at South Head! During my time there 1983-1988, Fantailed, Shining Bronze, Horsfield's Bronze & Koel Cuckoos all were recorded at South Head, but there were only 3 records of Channel-billed Cuckoos in the 7 years of residence for the whole of Sydney HNP.AKM).
Chris Gregory 28/1 #226415
Common Sandpiper
Sydney Olympic Park
Common Sandpiper spotted at about 11.30am in same spot where it was seen on Tuesday.
Pat Thorn 28/1 #226410
White-breasted Woodswallow
Narrawallee Inlet
6-8 vocal birds on edge of inlet along foreshore walk. Have seen them previously on south coast near Moruya.
Marnix Zwankhuizen 28/1 #226409
highlightLatham's Snipe
Teven Road swamp, west Ballina
A total of 57 Latham's Snipe were observed when a marsh harrier flew low over the western parts of the swamp and flushed the snipe. 48 were flying and 9 were on the edge of the water. Initially they were spread out but then aggregated into a loose flock. I initially thought they were godwit but closer observations confirmed snipe. This is a very large and significant number for this area.
David Charley 28/1 #226407
Wed 27Eastern Osprey
Burrill Lake
Eastern Osprey roosting in a dead tree, it did alight as I continued walking, when I did come back along the same track adjacent the Lake 3hrs later it was back in the same spot. It has been known to nest in this area a few years ago so hopefully it is back to stay for awhile
Charles Dove 28/1 #226412
Bommies Beach, Ulladulla
Close views of adult bird flying over beach to Warden Head and returning soon after with fish in talons. Flew low overhead.
Marnix Zwankhuizen 28/1 #226411
highlightEastern Yellow Wagtail
Teven Rd Swamp, West Ballina
Likely race tschutschensis.
Gus Daly 28/1 #226404
Tue 26highlightWood Sandpiper
Coopernook Wetland, Coopernook Rd
One bird sighted on the western side of the flooded paddock. Thanks to Hunter Bird Observers Club members who originally located the bird.
Clive Meadows 28/1 #226403
Beautiful Firetail
Perrys Lookdown track, Blackheath
A pair of Beautiful Firetails observed on the track to the Blue Gum forest at the first bridge over the creek.
Daniel Kurzawa 27/1 #226398
Rose Crowned Fruit-Dove, Varied Triller
Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve--Big Hill Camp
Rose Crowned Fruit-Dove and Varied Triller present in rainforest adjacent to camping area
Tim Morris 27/1 #226395
highlightCommon Sandpiper
Sydney Olympic Park
Common Sandpiper came in to roost at the peak of the high tide on the pontoon at Shipwreck Lookout but was attacked & chivied away by the Black-fronted Dotterels. It flew low towards the mangroves.
Jenny & Rod Stiles 26/1 #226389
Mon 25Plumed Whistling Duck, Lathams Snipe
Australian Botanical Gardens, Mt Annan
In a quick visit to the gardens,12 Plumed Whistling Ducks were observed at the south-western end of Lake Fitzpatrick. A Latham's Snipe was also observed on the south-eastern fringe of Lake Sedgwick.
Brook Whylie 25/1 #226384
Ground Cuckoo-shrike
489 Spring Mountain Rd, Spring Mountain, SW of Glen Innes
Two birds seen being harassed by Noisy Miners near T Junction intersection of Spring Mountain, Sturmans and Northcotts Rd.
Craig Anderson, Joel Stibbard & Ian Benson 25/1 #226382
Collared Sparrowhawk
South end of Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park
Immature Collared Sparrowhawk seen from the carpark.
Jesse Gibson 25/1 #226381
highlightCommon Sandpiper
Bicentennial Park (Sydney)
Seen on old barge with 10 Black-fronted Dotterel about 12 noon at the shipwreck viewing platform. eBird checklist
Brian Deans. 25/1 #226378
highlightCommon Sandpiper
Homebush Bay
A Common Sandpiper loafing with a flock of 7 Black-fronted Dotterels on the old timber barge north of the Waterbird Refuge today at about 11.00am. Also a pair of Australasian Shovelers at the Waterbird Refuge, along with a large flock of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and the other usuals.
Robert Griffin and Graham Clarke 25/1 #226377
Sun 24Beautiful Firetail, Southern Emu-wren, Rock Warbler
Morton National Park--Little Forest
Highlights from visit to Little Forest Plateau and Porters Creek Dam: Several Beautiful Firetails (6), Bassian Thrushes (2) and Southern Emu-wrens along road to dam. A lone Rock Warbler scaling the escarpment rock face on drive up as well as Crescent Honeyeaters, Large-billed Scrubwren and Pilotbirds. Also Superb Lyrebird seen.
Marnix Zwankhuizen 30/1 #226428
Rawnsleys Bowerbird (Satin x Regent)
Kalang, c 12 km SSW of Bellingen
The bird seems to be permanently in this area. ( Moderator's note: See posting 227374 of 2/1/2016 for another photo of the same bird, seen in the same general area. AKM)
Bobbi Marchini 25/1 #226374
Square-tailed Kite
Terrys Creek Parklands, Epping
Young Square-tailed Kite soaring above Terry's Creek and over Epping Rd; first sighting here & a big surprise although a pair were seen last year between Brown's Waterhole and Pennant Hills Park. eBird checklist
Jenny & Rod Stiles 24/1 #226372
Freckled Duck
Mandeni, Tura.
A surprisingly large flock of 80 Freckled Ducks on and around a pond within the golf course at Mandeni. About 20 were breeding males and many of the others were quite pale. (Juveniles?) Barbara Jones & Far South Coast Birdwatchers.
Barbara Jones 24/1 #226370
Sat 23highlightStreaked Shearwater, Grey-faced Petrel, Shy and Black-browed Albatross
Offshore--Kiama Pelagic (SOSSA)
The monthly SOSSA pelagic only made it to 14 km offshore due to the adverse weather conditions. Birds of note were Shy and Black-browed Albatross, Grey-faced Petrel as well as Wedge-tailed, Sooty, Short-tailed, Hutton's and Fluttering Shearwaters. A Streaked Shearwater was also photographed by one observer, but it didn't come closer to the boat, so most missed it. Further information
Brook Whylie and all those on board the M.V Kato 25/1 #226385
highlightAntipodean Albatross, Caspian Tern and Long-tailed Jaeger
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Very happy to see an Antipodean Albatross, most likely a Gibsoni flying south today. A Caspian Tern, 8 Pomarine and 1 Long-tailed Jaeger also logged.
David Mitford 23/1 #226356
Fri 22Wandering Whistling-Duck
Gwydir Wetlands SCA (restricted access)
A small group of 3 Wandering Whistling-Ducks have arrived, my first sighting in the region (photo). A total of at least 600 Magpie Goose are also currently present. Other noteworthy species included 40 Chestnut-breasted Mannikins in the surrounding cumbungi and a Black-chinned Honeyeater calling from river coobas along Gwydir River. eBird checklist
Curtis Hayne 26/1 #226387
highlightOriental Cuckoo
Fernbank Creek Rd, off Hastings River Dve, Port Macquarie
An adult male Oriental Cuckoo was observed from a distance on Friday afternoon. The photo whilst shot over some distance, illustrates the diagnostic features of the species.
Julia & Peter Hudd via Cive Meadows 26/1 #226386
White-throated needletails
ANU Campus, Kioloa NSW
Estimated 400 to 500 birds hawking above tree tops and below base of low clouds. MUD Birdwatcher outing.(Moderator's Note: This is one of the largest flocks seen in NSW this summer. AKM). eBird checklist Further information
Chris Shinton for MUD Birders 24/1 #226359
highlightAustralian Little Bittern
Macquarie Rivulet Delta, Haywards Bay
Australian Little Bittern flushed from the reeds where the little creek enters the main pond near the intersection of Haywards Bay Road and Estuary Avenue. The bird then flew west and disappeared into the reeds further up the creek. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 22/1 #226346
Collared Sparrowhawk
Collared Sparrowhawk calling near nest site in she-oak swamp off Scarborough St, Bundeena, can be seen well from the roadside.
Bruce Roubin 22/1 #226344
Lesser Sand Plover
Mogareka Tathra NSW
Walking around checking the Little Tern breeding site at Mogareeka,saw this little one near some Red Capped Plovers ,ocean side of Little Tern colony. got a distant photo & checked books & asked Barbara Jones & Amy Harris
Liz Allen 22/1 #226343
Pacific Swift, White-throated Needketail
Lyndale St Port Macquarie
A mixed group of swifts were feeding over Lyndale St, off Granite St sth Port Macquarie around 800 hrs this morning including 14+ Pacific Swifts and 10+ White-throated Needletails. By 830 hrs at least another 4 Pacific Swifts were seen over the old Port Macquarie STW.
Alan & Tim Morris 22/1 #226334
Thu 21Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Crosslands Reserve
Near Calna Creek Bridge. One adult with a juvenile.
Carol and Peter Abbott 24/1 #226368
Pacific Swift
Point Wolstoncroft, Lake Macquarie
5 Pacific Swifts circling low over the forest near the tip of Point Wolstoncroft. There were some nice bush birds here too including 10 Scaly-breasted Lorikeets, 2 Pied Butcherbirds and a pair of Leaden Flycatchers. Note: this site is restricted to pre-booked groups visiting the Sport & Rec Camp.
Nick Carson 21/1 #226329
Wed 20Powerful Owl
Powerful Owl seen roosting in paperbark ,off Sparkes rd
Michael Price 21/1 #226328
willows Lane Port Macquarie
A pair of Brolgas feeding in a wet paddock close to Willows Lane off Hastings River Drive nr Fernbank, Port Macquarie. Initially sighted flyinging over Hastings River Drive on Monday 18/1.
Alan Morris 20/1 #226321
Tue 19Sooty Owl
Bellawongarah - Berry Mountain (private property)
Heard call 5 times between 10:15-10:35pm from the rainforest.
Carla Jackett 19/1 #226311
highlightBlack Honeyeater
Murda Forest 10km NE of Condobolin
Very dry here at the moment so was surprised to see 2 male Black HE come in to drink at a dam in Murda Forest, amid multitudes of Brown- headed, Striped, Spiny-cheeked HEs and Silvereyes
Warren Chad 19/1 #226304
Square-tailed Kite (2)
Beautiful pair circling quite close over houses near Bungan Headland this afternoon.
James Galea 19/1 #226302
Varied Triller
Nambucca Heads area NSW
A male and female were sighted on the edge of a small patch of rainforest in Hyland Park that adjoins the Deep Creek estuary.
Peter Mackey 19/1 #226300
highlightOriental Cuckoo
northern coast, Norfolk Island
Oriental Cuckoo observed on private property on the north coast of Norfolk Island, the second bird seen this summer. Possibly just moulting into adult plumage with barring not as distinct and some brown feathers still on back.
Craig Doolan 19/1 #226297
Black Bittern
Deepwater Park, Milperra
An adult male flushed at the eastern pond on Maxwell Ave at about 8:45. May have been the same as the one seen earlier at Lt Cantello Reserve, this one was about 1 km east, 1 hr later, and in the Bankstown LGA. There was also an adult Striated Heron on the same pond at Maxwell Ave at about 7:15.
David James 19/1 #226296
Black Bittern
Lieutenant Cantello Reserve, Hammondville
An adult male flew over the mangroves and landed on a stump low over the Georges River where it remained for a few minutes. Viewed from Deepwater Park on the Milperra side of the river.
David James 19/1 #226295
Mon 18Australian Brush Turkey Chick
Lavender Bay
Very young Australian Brush Turkey Chick observed two consecutive days within easy walking distance of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Male turkey has two mounds in this park. This is the only chick observed so far. Have put this footage up on YouTube Further information
Ross Mitchell 19/1 #226314
megamegaHudsonian Godwit
Lake Wollumboola
Spent most of day following bird around the lake. Finally got shots of bird in flight.
Tony & Stephanie Dawe & Barney O'Keefe & Rob Gibbon 18/1 #226293
megamegaHudsonian Godwit
Lake Wollumboola
Flew in to the sandbar at 8:30am with a group of Barwits from the south.
Joshua Bergmark, Max Breckenridge, Ashwin Rudder 18/1 #226282
Sun 17Little Eagle
Calrks Road, Armidale
Watched this adult bird foraging over paddocks and woodland over about 4 hours. Observed to stooped several times after galah and magpies.
David Charley 18/1 #226290
White-throated Nightjar
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--Sphinx Memorial
Two birds seen hawking over the Sphinx Memorial car park at 8:35pm (approx 25 mins after sunset). Note that the birds did not call either before being seen or whilst in flight.
Tom Wilson 17/1 #226280
megamegaHudsonian Godwit
Lake Wollumboola
Continuing bird- sighted in mixed group of 27 Godwits at 9:30am. Observed wing flapping and flight when flushed by Swamp Harrier. 1 Ruddy Turnstone and 1 Curlew Sandpaper are still at the Lake. eBird checklist
Carla Jackett, Nerida Hudspith 17/1 #226274
Square-tailed Kite
Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra
Single bird drifted up from the south and headed northwards approx 1:15pm. Missing several flight and tail feathers, so was a very scruffy looking individual. 1st one I have seen from my house for several months.
Tom Wilson 17/1 #226272
Sat 16megamegaHudsonian Godwit
Lake Wallamboola
Having failed to find the Hudsonian Godwit on the Friday, we were there at 7.30 on Saturday. Located the Hudsonian on its own feeding away from 5 Black-tailed & 6 Bar-tailed Godwits. Great scope views for 10 minutes then it flew over the dunes towards the shore showing underwing perfectly. White-winged Black Tern & Curlew Sandpiper also present
Graham Blackwell, Stan Brown 17/1 #226276
megamegaHudsonian Godwit
Lake Wollumboula
Hudwit still showing well today, associating with Bar-tailed Godwits. Located thanks to the help of two birdos visiting from Perth!
Martin Filipczyk & Andrew Robinson 16/1 #226266
Fri 15Beautiful Firetail, Eastern Bristlebird, Ground Parrot
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
All Barren Grounds specialties seen late afternoon/early evening within 500 metres of the picnic ground. Highlight being extended views (15 minutes) of a very obliging Ground Parrot, allowing an approach within 3 metres before flushing back into the heath! Other birds of note included a Swamp Harrier and Southern Emu-wrens. (Photo by Andrew Robinson).
Martin Filipczyk & Andrew Robinson 16/1 #226265
Long-tailed Jaegers & Black-browed Albatross
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Between us we saw 40 Long-tailed Jaegers (including a flock of 24 which took off the water and flew above the horizon),9 Arctic Jaegers, 14 Pomarine Jaegers and 2 Black-browed Albatross. Short-tailed Shearwaters were going through in groups of up to 50 birds all day maybe 5000 birds as a conservative daily total.
David Mitford & Robert Griffin 16/1 #226259
Ruddy Turnstone
Wollumboola Lake
Unsuccessful in seeing the Paradise Shelduck or the Hudsonian Godwit but after downloading my photos saw that a Ruddy Turnstone was in the background of one of the Images
Roger Williams 15/1 #226253
Thu 14megamegaHudsonian Godwit, possible Broad-billed Sandpiper, possible juv Black Bittern
Lake Wollumboola
Hudsonian Godwit seen with group of Black-tailed Godwits at north-eastern edge of lake near Little Tern nesting area. Eventually the godwits flew off, giving excellent views of underwings, and around the vegetated flat area towards southern end of lake, possibly to shelter from wind as they weren't visible to south when we rounded the flat. Black Bittern feeding near the carpark, and a possible Broad-billed Sandpiper seen nearby. [Moderator's Note: We have received multiple reports of a juv. Black Bittern foraging in the open on the mud surrounding the lake, however all supplied photos have been of Striated Herons, so we are reporting this species as "possible" for the time being. JB]
Peter Higgins, Phil Gilmour & Peter Richards 17/1 #226275
highlightPacific Swift
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
Pacific Swift [>50] actively feeding in the area. The birds were present today and also on Tuesday (didn't check on Wednesday). Migratory waders have been scarce on the shelf - probably due to the increased holidaymakers flushing the birds. Photograph attached is a composite of a few photos taken today and on Tuesday. Tuesday's eBird report eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 14/1 #226245
highlightPacific Swfit
Picnic Point Reserve, The Entrance
A flock of 15 -20 Swifts was sighted about 9am. I was able to get my binoculars on 4 or 5 . All were Pacific Swifts so the assumption is made that all birds in the flock were the same species. The weather was hot with no wind. The flock was moving north.
Allan Benson 14/1 #226241
Swamp Harrier
Voyager Point Wetlands
A freshly fledged juvenile was practising flying over the wetlands this morning, taking short clumsy flights between high perches in bordering trees. This is probably the strongest clue yet of suspected breeding here during the last 2 seasons.
David James 14/1 #226236
Wed 13Australasian Bittern
Millewa State Forest south of Deniliquin
2 birds flushed from wetlands
Tamara Potter via David Potter 21/1 #226331
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Sydney Harbour National Park--South Head
Two young clamoring and squawking CBCs clambering around branches overlooking Lady Jane Beach. Fed regularly by two Currawongs. It seems CBCs can lay more than one egg in a nest and maybe more than one female can lay eggs in the one nest. So interesting to see two very fit looking youngsters and two very harassed Currawongs. [Moderator Comment: laying multiple eggs is a known but uncommon behaviour in Channel-billed Cuckoos - AR] [2nd Moderator Comment: we received a subsequent report of the same behaviour from David Vickers at Sydney Olympic Park. As noted, it is uncommon, not unheard of - AR].
Chris and Jane Gregory 13/1 #226232
Wainamatta regional park Ropes Crossing
2 emus visible from Mainwaring red gate at 720am eBird checklist
Adrian O'Hara 13/1 #226231
Lewin's Rail
Lake Conjola
Another surprise at Lake Conjola is that of the Lewin's Rail and accompanied by the Buff-banded Rail both of which I have not come across in this area before, a number of other birds in this area Honeyeaters, Friabird, Rosella, Wrens etc as well. It is on Private Property but the owner allows me to source out the birdlife. Further information
Charles Dove 13/1 #226230
megamegaWestland Petrel
Belongil Beach, Byron Bay
A Westland Black Petrel has been found beachcast but alive on Belongil Beach. It was taken into care to the Australian Seabird Rescue centre at Ballina. Information from ASR Facebook Page plus photo.
alan morris 13/1 #226226
Square-tailed Kite
Deepwater Park, Milperra
A very fresh juvenile is only the 2nd one I've seen here. Presumably the 3rd record for the Bankstown LGA.
David James 13/1 #226223
Tue 12Noisy Pitta
Stafford Farm Track, Kembla Heights
One bird observed and heard calling in afternoon. Also seen were two Wedge-tailed Eagles flying south.
Terrill Nordstrom 12/1 #226218
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Lambton, Newcastle, NSW
A Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater has been hanging around Lambton suburbs, near Jesmond Park over the last week. Although Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater have been regularly observed in places in the central hunter over recent years (Warkworth / Broke ect.), they have rarely been recorded this close the coast. This is an unusual record for the Newcastle area.
Daniel McKenzie 12/1 #226211
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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