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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.

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Moderators' Note

Birders are encouraged to post lists to Eremaea eBird. It would be way more useful for the atlas, if observers create their lists for Eremaea eBird: You can enter all your observations into Eremaea eBird. These will appear on eBird Latest Lists and become part of the eBird 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.

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

March 2015
Tue 3White-bellied Cuckooshrike - dark morph
Yellomundee Regioanl Park
Single bird observed taking insects from foliage of casuarina and acacia near old homestead site.
Mark Ley 3/3 #222404
Mon 2megamegaSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Shark Island, Sydney Harbour National Park
Bird relocated today at 11:15 feeding on the NW corner of the island. Appears to be slowly moving counterclockwise feeding along the shoreline. Still present from midday next to the jetty. Numerous photos obtained, will write up a BARC submission soon. Ferry access through Captain Cook Cruises, $20 return departing Circular Quay 10:30, 12:05, 1:30, 2:15.
Joshua Bergmark, Nathan Ruser, Henry Coleman, Carol Abbott, Peter Abbott 2/3 #222396
Sun 1Masked Woodswallow
Pambalong Nature Reserve - Hexham Floodplain West
Five observers viewed eight birds flying west prior to strong storm activity over Pambelong causeway road. Grey Goshawk also made a flyby appearance.
Allan Richardson 2/3 #222398
Eastern Osprey, Rufous Fantail
Deepwater Park, Milperra
Adult female Eastern Osprey at the ponds on Maxewell Ave about 10:00 am. A Rufous Fantail was my first of the Autumn migration.
David James 2/3 #222395
megamegaSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Shark Island (North), Sydney Harbour
Single bird around lunchtime. Observer wishes to remain anonymous, photos exist but will not be posted here for copyright reasons.
per. Joshua Bergmark 1/3 #222393
Topknot Pigeon, Gang Gang
Bellawongarah - Berry Mountain
Approximately 150 Topknots flew very fast across my house yard at 4:40pm. Very strong winds and stormy weather this afternoon. Yesterday we had 9 Gang Gangs here, with some identified as 2 adult males, 1 adult female, 2 immature males (some red on head/crest), and 1 immature female were identified. Not uncommon here generally but don't often see them in these numbers.
Carla Jackett 1/3 #222392
Spotless Crake
Pitt Town Lagoon
3 Spotless Crakes were the birds of the morning at Pitt Town Lagoon this morning also still good numbers of Pink-eared Ducks there too.
michael ronan 1/3 #222390

February 2015
Sat 28Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Hobby, Sea-Eagles & Swamp Harrier
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve
Our group finished the day 3-4pm down at the Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve and were treated to some great massed flights of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers of 3000-4000 birds that coursed and swoop over the reedbeds and marshes. It was a great sight also there were 2 Swamp Harriers, a Little Eagle, 2 Hobbies and 2 Sea-Eagles present. There were also a few Marsh Sandpipers and Greenshanks and a Buff-banded Rail.
Alan Morris & 23 members of CCGBNSW 28/2 #222386
Terek Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Pacific Golden Plover
Stockton Sand Spit
The tides were not right for a view of the Migratory waders today being high tide at 5.40 am and 6.40 pm, however because of the high river there was not much drop in the tide so that while there were virtually no Eastern Curlews or Bar-tailed Godwits, there were 435 Pacific Golden Plover, with about 300-400 Curlew Sandpipers and 300+Sharp-tailed Sandpipers roosting on the shell banks and hard to count. Also there were 4 Terek Sandpipers , 2-3 Double-banded Plovers, a few Whimbrel & Black-tailed Godwits, and Red-necked Stints. No terns or Avocets.
Alan Morris & 23 members of CCGBNSW 28/2 #222385
Brown Noddy
Nobby's Rock Platform (Newcastle)
Single Brown Noddy working the wash between Groper Rock and Newcastle Baths this afternoon. I only saw the bird flying (hence distant cropped image), but apparently it was loafing on the rocks with the Crested/Little Terns from about 4:15pm onwards. Also ~40 Sooty Oystercatchers on the rocks (max count this year here has been 50 birds).
Mick Roderick 28/2 #222384
Black-tailed Godwit, Marsh Sandpiper, Greenshank, Osprey, Avocets
Wagtail Way, Ash Island Ponds
CC Group, Birding NSW had an outing to Ash Island and between 1040-1140 am saw about 1500 Red-necked Avocets and 1000 Black-winged Stills, along with about 40 Black-tailed Godwits, 60+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 10+ Greenshanks, 40+ Marsh Sandpiper, breeding White-fronted Chats, an Osprey, a Sea-Eagle, Black-shouldered Kite, and nearby Brown Falcon, Whistling Kite and a Little Eagle, as well as the usual ducks and cormorants and Mangrove Gerygones..
Alan Morris & 23 members of Birding NSW 28/2 #222381
Pacific Swift, Peaceful Dove
A single Pacific Swift in a loose flock of 15 White-throated Needletails (high over the sewage works) and a Peaceful Dove (at Bundanoon Oval) bring my town tally to 178 species. The first time I've seen a Pacific Swift in NSW. My second record of a Peaceful Dove in the Southern Highlands.
Lorne Johnson 28/2 #222371
Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
All the summer migratory birds have left, except for this one Whimbrel.
Julie Keating 28/2 #222368
Fri 27Black Bittern, Grey Goshawk
Deepwater Park, Milperra
Female Black Bittern flushed from side of 2nd pond and disappeared in mangroves. Male Grey Goshawk seen 2 days in a row. Adult White-bellied Sea-eagle carrying a fish over the river.
David James 27/2 #222363
Thu 26Magpie Goose
STP Ponds, Lake Road, Port Macquarie
A pair of Magpie Geese have been present at the Port Macquarie STP ponds since 10 February 2015. It is understood that Council has now identified that they have a nest with eggs.
Tim Morris 27/2 #222367
highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
The sandpiper is still at the location which has been widely reported associating with Red-capped Plovers and Red-necked Stints. It happily stayed around for the two hours I was there.
Bernie OKeefe 26/2 #222362
highlightBlack Petrel, Buller's Shearwater, Antipodean Albatross
Pelagic off Port Stephens (BirdLife Photography Group outing)
A single Black Petrel and 2 Buller's Shearwaters were the highlights of a BirdLife Australia Photography Group pelagic organised by the Hunter Bird Observers Club today off Port Stephens. Also of note was an adult Antipodean Albatross (Gibson's) and 2 individual adult Shy-type Albatrosses. There were also 2 'getaway' sightings; one a likely 'Cookilaria', the other almost certainly a Long-tailed Jaeger. For the 2nd Port Stephens pelagic running, there were no storm-petrels seen.
Mick Roderick and 13 others aboard the MV Argonaut 26/2 #222360
highlightBush Stone-curlew
Karuah Big 4 Caravan Park
Heard calling at 3 am from mangrove / saltmarsh area.
Paul Shelley 26/2 #222359
Black Bittern, Square-tailed Kite
Cattai National Park--Mitchell Park
Single kite flying low over the trees near park entrance. Also a Black Bittern at the first little crk/ cattai crk junction.
Mike Rutkowski 26/2 #222358
Rufous Fantail
Centennial Park
A Rufous Fantail was in the enclosed Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub remnant on York Road, adjacent to Moriah College.
Graeme Robinson 26/2 #222356
Wed 25Red-backed Fairy-wren
Private property Booral
Small family group mixed with Superb Fairy-wrens. This is by far my most southern observation of this species.
Paul Shelley 27/2 #222365
megamegapossible Kamchatka Leaf (Phylloscopus) Warbler
Werri Beach, Gerringong
Received an email forwarded from a British birder who reported a Kamchatka Warbler at the above site. The information provided reads: "Had it calling and sounded spot on the recording. The bird was in the scrub/small trees north of fish and chip shop". This sighting is being posted in the hope that someone can follow it up. Any Phylloscopus Warbler in that location would be a mega.
Ashwin Rudder for Kester (surname not given) 26/2 #222361
highlightMottled Petrel
Booderee National Park - Bherwerre Beach
One found beachwashed. Attached is a poor quality image from my phone but visible are the diagnostic combination of characters: white throat, white undertail, grey belly patch; white underwing with prominent black diagonal bar. Also along the beach were 100+ low flying White-throated Needletails hawking insects just above the sand or adjacent dunes.
Martin Schulz 26/2 #222355
Freckled Duck
A male Freckled Duck on a cruddy stormwater detention basin along Brickmakers Rd opposite the Georges Fair housing development
David James 25/2 #222348
Tue 24Streaked Shearwater and Long-tailed Jaeger
Mistral Point, Maroubra
A feeding pod of False Killer Whales produced an entourage of birds, including 3 Streaked Shearwaters. Earlier, uncharacteristicly close, 3 Long-tailed Jaegers were also seen.
David Mitford 24/2 #222346
Wompoo Fruit-dove, Glossy Black Cockatoo, Little Lorikeet
Tallawudjah Creek, Glenreagh
In the first bit of sunshine on the property for almost a week, a fly-over from a pod of 5 Glossies heading out to forage. Soft close contact calls between 3 Wompoo's with short flights to sunbathing perches before heading off deeper into the forest to hit the rainforest fruit bounty available at the moment. Overhead small flocks of Little Lorikeets about although there have been varying numbers around since beginning of spring. That's it for the sun, rain has set in again.
Pete Knock 24/2 #222339
Crimson Rosella
Eulah Creek
A single Crimson Rosella appeared at our place today, together with a family of Eastern Rosellas. This is my first sighting ever (in 8 years) outside the contiguous bushland of the ranges, in open (sheep and cattle) farmland with scattered trees. Further information
Michael Dahlem 24/2 #222338
Mon 23Common Noddy
Pelican Pt Norah Head
A single Common Noddy was photographed on the rocks at Pelican Point, c. 3 km south of Norah Head. This is the first confirmed record for the Central Coast, becoming the 379 th species reported for this Region since 1900!
Andrew Robinson per Alan Morris 1/3 #222389
Spotless Crake
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Not previously recorded at this sight. Not sure if it's unusual though. Seen near reeds on edge of mudflats closest to car park.
Marl Leary 23/2 #222335
highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
WRSP still present this morning. Resting in sand furrows, with many Red-necked Stints and Red-capped Plovers, and a single Double-banded Plover.
Jon Spicer-Bell 23/2 #222331
Sun 22Gang-gang Cockatoo (10)
I stopped to check a stand of Liquid Ambers for Gang-gangs at the corner of Springs Rd and George Downes Dr Kulnura just in time to watch a flock of 10 fly in from nearby Eucalypts. Largest flock I have seen on the Central Coast. 3 were adult males.
Nick Carson 22/2 #222328
Streaked Shearwater
Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head
2 Streaked Shearwaters were seen off North Head this afternoon one flying south and one flying north with flocks of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters.
michael ronan. 22/2 #222325
Plumed Whistling-Duck
Richmond Lowlands
Stopped by ponds on Triangle Lane on my way back to Sydney. 8 Plumed Whistling-Duck present. There may be more as I didn't hang around to see if more were present. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 22/2 #222323
White-winged Chough
5 birds by the side of Oxleys Hill Rd. I've not seen WWCs this close to the centre of Bowral before.
Lorne Johnson 22/2 #222319
Sat 21Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Wairo Beach near Ulladulla
A pair feeding in a casuarina tree.
Kay Stuart 22/2 #222324
Little Eagle
Streeton Lookout, Freemans Reach
Little Eagle dark morph soaring above Cornwallis Rd flying east, then flying west directly above river from Cornwallis to North Richmond at 40-50m height adjacent to the terrace, flew NW over the terrace near Wire Lane. 5.15-5.30pm
Mike Felstead 21/2 #222307
Fri 20Grey-tailed Tattler
Shoalhaven Heads
Grey-tailed Tattler found roosting amongst the PG Plovers between the beach & the estuary. Good numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits, PG Plovers, RN Stints & Eastern Curlews present. 10 or so D'banded Plovers also there. eBird checklist
Paul Lynch 23/2 #222333
Blue-billed Duck
Lithgow Wastewater Treatment Plant
At least 6 Blue-billed Ducks in the second pond. Also present Freckled Ducks, Australasian Shovelers, Pink-eared Ducks. Thks to Bob Sinclair for telling they were there.
Mike Rutkowski 20/2 #222304
Little Penguin
Clarke Point
10.20am a pair of Little penguins were swimming close to the rock retaining wall at Clarke Point.
Adrian Dick 20/2 #222298
Brown Quail
Sydney Olympic Park--Waterbird Refuge
A small covey of Brown Quail (saw 1, reckon 6 based on locations of calls) in the long grass/scrub just to the right when looking out of the hide. There was a single sandpiper seen working in and out of the the samphire to the right of the hide, initially thuoght to be a Pectoral, but subsequently proven to be a strange Sharpie.
Tom Wilson 20/2 #222297
Thu 19Black Bittern
Warriewood Wetlands
5.50 PM. Seen when crossing the bridge on Jacksons Rd. About 7 metres away on the south-east side, perfectly still but well camouflaged on a dead branch barely above the water. A "very brown bird" but the yellow patch down the side of the neck and yellow eye were distinct. Possibly the same bird reported by Jayden early in the month? eBird checklist
Cameron Ward 19/2 #222295
Pacific Baza
The Ponds Creek Reserve, Dundas valley
Yesterday and this morning I saw 3 Pacific Baza. 2 adults and one juvenile.
Corinne Carpentier 19/2 #222290
Wed 18highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
White-rumped Sandpiper still showing.
Tim Dolby 18/2 #222289
megamegaPeregrine Falcon (Northern)
Barren Box Storage, Griffith
Whilst visiting Barren Box storage this morning, Keith Hutton and David Webb came across another Northern Peregrine Falcon, possibly an adult male calidus. Views were not great and unfortunately they had no camera but will try to borrow a camera and go back for some pics. [Moderator's Note: F. p. calidus breeds in the Arctic tundra of Eurasia, travelling south in winter as far as South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. This follows a sighting from 2010 by the same observers (at the same time of year at the same site), reported on Birding Aus last year as follows. JB] Further information
Keith Hutton and David Webb per. Mike Carter 18/2 #222287
Pacific Baza
Nurragingy Reserve
2 birds seen in the treetops right outside the Colebee Center feeding on grasshoppers, both likely juveniles. Constantly harassed by Noisy Miners but stayed for the whole hour I was at the reserve.
Johan Olsson 18/2 #222283
Tue 17Square-tailed Kite
St Clair
One bird circling low over the reserve next to the Mark Leece Sporting complex, second sighting in less than a month.
Johan Olsson 17/2 #222276
Square-tailed Kite, Pink-eared Duck, Nankeen Night-Heron
Deepwater Park, Milperra
Excellent views of an adult Square-tailed Kite soaring over the Maxwell Ave section of Deepwater this morning. My first sighting of this species locally and 17th raptor species I've seen along the Georges River in Milperra. 6 Pink-eared Ducks on the pond at Kelso Park North (my 2nd local record). Nankeen Night-Heron and Striated Heron on the island in the 1st pond on Maxwell Ave. Peregrine Falcon and Collared Sparrowhawk too.
David James 17/2 #222269
Sooty Tern
Sawtell Headland
Fresh remains of a dead bird on the headland this morning.
Peter Higgins & Michael Cheers 17/2 #222266
Mon 16highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
The White-rumped Sandpiper was still there roosting on the sand between the lake and the beach, with Red-capped Plovers.
Graeme Robinson 17/2 #222274
Dusky Woodswallow, Grey Goshawk, Little Lorikeet
Riverside Park, Riverside Rd, Chipping Norton
About 10 Dusky Woodswallows present at Riverside Park for the first time since September. Last year they were present from mid March to late Sept., and I expect they will winter here again. Also present was a female Grey Goshawk, and a single pair of Little Lorikeets amongst numerous Rainbow and Scaly-breasted Lorikeets and several Musk Lorikeets.
David James 17/2 #222268
Spotted Quail-thrush
Bucketty Camp Site
4 birds in long grass near to the car park.
John Swanson 16/2 #222263
Pacific Golden Plover
Mason Park, Homebush
1 lonely Pacific Golden Plover about 0630 this morning
Derek Willcox 16/2 #222257
Topknot Pigeon, Australian Shoveler, Pink-eared Duck
Sydney Olympic Park and Mason Park
Flock of 12 or so Topknot flew low and slowly over the WQCP near Wentworth Common. Atleast two shoveler at the Waterbird Refuge along with good numbers of Red-necked Avocet and Black-fronted Dotterel. The single Pink-eared Duck remains at Mason Park along with 40 or so Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and a Little Egret.
Max Breckenridge and Ross Crates 16/2 #222255
Sun 15Double-banded Plover (5)
Shoalhaven Heads--Inlet
5 Double-banded Plover feeding on mudflats with some Red-capped Plover. Also present were 150 Bar-tailed Godwit, 40 Red-necked Stint, 12 Eastern Curlew, 1 Grey-tailed Tattler with about 45 Pacific Golden Plover on mudflats, 2 White-fronted Chat. Fine warm morning, light breeze, arrived 2 hours after high tide. eBird checklist
Carla Jackett, Barry Virtue 15/2 #222248
Lewin's Rail
Warriewood Wetlands
Lewis Rail heard calling and seen moving in very deep cover in an area near the Katoa Close entrance. Also a single Lathams Snipe and Great Egret seen at water treatment ponds in housing estate and 4 Rufous Fantail in Irrawong Reserve. No sign of the Black Bittern this morning.
Tom Wilson 15/2 #222246
Sat 14highlightRed-tailed Tropicbird, Sooty Tern
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
Highlight of a good summer pelagic trip was an adult Red-tailed Tropicbird well seen by all on the boat. Also seen were a Sooty Tern, a beautiful old Wandering Albatross (D. exulans), three Long-tailed Jaegers and an unexpected immature Black-browed Albatross. In the 25.5degC water, many large groups (up to 50 at a time) of flying fish were seen coming out of the water. (Photograph courtesy of Stephen Hey)
Roger McGovern and all on the Sydney Pelagic 15/2 #222245
Streaked Shearwater
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
1 Streaked Shearwater off Long Reef this afternoon in with large numbers of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters.
michael ronan 14/2 #222239
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen
Pair preening each other in Gum tree overlooking the Narrabeen Athletics Track during major athletics carnival. They were not distracted by all the noise and people. About 7 mtrs up the tree, stayed for 15 minutes, then flew towards bush, with Oak trees nearby.
Craig Little 14/2 #222235
Fri 13Straw-necked Ibis, Australian White Ibis, Eastern Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Cattle Egret,
Lawrence Egret Colony Swamp
4+ Straw-necked Ibis nests with adults sitting, 5+ White Ibis nests some with large nestlings, 20+ Eastern Great Egret nests, some with small nestlings, 1 fledged young, 5+ nests of Intermediate Egrets, hundreds of nests of Cattle Egrets, mostly with nestlings. This is only about the third nesting of Straw-necked Ibis at this site and these records are the only breeding records of the species east of the Great Dividing Range in NSW. 14+ Pink-eared Ducks also present on swamp.
Greg Clancy 15/2 #222254
Australasian Shoveler
Sydney Olympic Park--Waterbird Refuge
3 Australasian Shoveler still associating with the Grey Teal at the Waterbird Refuge. eBird checklist
Jenny Stiles 15/2 #222251
Black-browed Albatross, Flesh-footed Shearwaters.
Offshore Sydney
While working offshore of Sydney (~5-10km offshore) I observed large numbers of Flesh-footed and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. Largest count of Flesh-footed Shearwaters was 26 attending the boat. Around 3-4 Jaeger sp. followed the boat over the course of the day, and after midday a solitary young Black-browed Albatross flew in and attended the boat. Other species seen was a single Australasian Gannet and a distant Fluttering-type Shearwater.
Jon Spicer-Bell 15/2 #222244
Black -faced Monarch
A juvenile Black-faced Monarch flew into a window at the Graphic Arts Club, Mascot. Seemed uninjured, and quickly recovered, and took shelter in shrubs at the rear of the car park. Noisy Miners were active in the area.
Graeme Robinson 13/2 #222221
Thu 12highlight"Green-headed" Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Chindera STW
Observed on the 8th of January, and not seen since. Access is restricted. A second wagtail was also present, but not photographed.
Rob Mackenzie & 12 others, mostly Birdlife N Rivers local club members) 12/2 #222215
highlightRed-tailed Tropicbird
Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head
A Red-tailed Tropicbird was seen off North Head this afternoon flying north in close.
michael ronan 12/2 #222214
Little Eagle, Grey Goshawk
Coutts Crossing Village
Pale morph Little Eagle soaring low over village, attacked by 4 Australian Magpies. Grey Goshawk still present.
Greg Clancy 12/2 #222213
highlightGrey Plover and White-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
Both birds showing well. The WRS was on the sand dune on its own, sheltering from the southerly wind. The Grey Plover, also solitary and easily identified, amongst the mossy area on the edge of the lake.
Ann Millard 12/2 #222209
Wed 11Sooty Owl
Mount Kembla
One bird seen along the fire track at night.
Terrill Nordstrom 11/2 #222206
highlightAustralian Little Bittern
Tallawarra Ash Pond 3, Yallah
Flew past and entered into the reeds near us. Excellent view. Also 30+ Pink-eared Ducks, Freckled Ducks and Blue-billed Ducks with young. [Moderator - this location is private property and is currently the site of a proposed development. Any birders interested in pursuing this bird are encouraged to contact the local council, where expressing concerns that such valuable habitat could be destroyed would no doubt not go unnoticed - AR] eBird checklist
David and Michelle Rower 11/2 #222200
Square-tailed Kite
Pacific Hwy, Wahroonga
Single bird seen flying along the highway.
Grant Brosie and Robert Kilkelky 11/2 #222199
Tue 10Square-tailed Kite
John St, Belmont North
Circling lazily and low over suburban back yards in the street. Been sighting this bird for several months now.
Bill Boyd 12/2 #222211
highlightGrey Plover, White-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
The Grey Plover was present again today at around 10.30am. The White-rumped Sandpiper was also present. A Double-banded Plovers was seen as well. The Stint with the Orange Flag was also present.
Carol Abbott 10/2 #222191
Pink-eared Duck, Latham's Snipe, Southern Boobook,
Mason's Park, Sydney
A fairly quick walk around the wetland was very productive around midday today. A single Pink-eared Duck was seen in the company of some teal, the Snipe was flushed while walking among the casuarinas on the western side of the wetland, and some 'alarming' Noisy Miners alerted me to the Boobok at the southern end. Other birds of interest were Little Egret, Royal Spoonbill, and a couple of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.
Paul Johnstone 10/2 #222187
White-winged Chough
Corner of Rememberance Drive and Cawdor Rd, Camen Pk
Group of at least 5 birds flew across Remembrance Dr this morning. Never seen this species in this area before.
Mike Miller 10/2 #222186
Mon 9highlightGrey Plover, White-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
A single Grey Plover seen at the lake around midday after being reported by others yesterday afternoon and this morning. White-rumped Sandpiper still present, also 4 White-winged Terns seen associating with the Little Tern flock.
Lachlan Hall 9/2 #222181
Sun 8highlightOriental Pratincole
Norfolk Island Airfield
Three Oriental Pratincoles were seen on the southern end of the older runway amongst about 400 Pacific Golden Plovers. The large white rump area initially got our attention and the plainer olive-brown of the wings and back differentiated them from the PGPs. The chestnut underwing helped make the positive identification. They were seen the following day as well and reported to local birders.
Brian & Meg Johnson 11/2 #222201
Double-banded Plover
Shoalhaven Heads
A single DBP observed at Shoalhaven Heads this afternoon. Other highlights were 14 Pied Oystercatchers and 2 White-fronted Chats. eBird checklist
Martin & Penny Potter 8/2 #222172
highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
Still there looking pretty!
Lorand Szucs 8/2 #222170
highlightPacific Baza
Frogs Hollow, NSW (15km south of Bega)
Seen in flight and heard calling above remnant forest 10am. [Moderator's Note: Bega is very far south for this species, however despite a lack of atlas records, apparently a pair or two have been present since 2008 in this area, and are seen regularly by the Far South Coast Birdwatchers. JB]
David Faulkner 8/2 #222160
Sat 7Spotted Quail-thrush, Common Bronzewing
Mogo Camp, Yengo NP, Settlers Rd Bucketty
Within the Camp Ground a pair with two large dependent young were feeding in the grass, another pair were on the road leading into the camp; two others were flushed from Settlers Rd between the Camp and Bucketty, 8 within an hour is not bad! The Common Bronzewing was on the road, and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters were seen at a number of places.
Alan Morrius and John Weigel 8/2 #222159
Streaked Shearwater, Shy Albatross.
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve. Dee Why
A Streaked Shearwater and a Shy Albatross were the highlights from Long Reef this afternoon.
michael ronan 7/2 #222156
Fri 6Pallid Cuckoo, Red-browed Treecreeper, Gang-gang (4), Wonga Pigeon (2)
Bucketty 10' Cell
Cuckoo and Juvenile Red-browed Treecreeper seen at intersection of George Downs Drive and Settlers Rd. Gang-Gang and Wonga Pigeon at the Waterhole.
Allan Benson 6/2 #222138
Thu 5Streaked & Sooty Shearwaters
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Seawatch from about 5:40-7pm. A single Streaked Shearwater passed southwards approx 6:40 quite close to the reef. 4 Sooty Shearwaters seen (all singles) also and a few small packets (5-10 birds) of Short-tailed Shearwaters also headed south. Amongst the Wedge-tailed and Fluttering type shearwaters were also some heavy looking jaegers chasing Crested Terns, but too far off to discern between Pomarine or Arctic. Nothing unusual on the reef itself.
Tom Wilson 5/2 #222133
highlightScaly-breasted Lorikeet
Wee Waa
This morning at the Wee Waa lagoon I found 2 Scaly-breasted Lorikeets feeding in eucalypts together with Rainbow Lorikeets. While I have seen Rainbow Lorikeets this far west before, this is a first for Scaly-breasted Lorikeets. Further information
Michael Dahlem 5/2 #222130
Spotted Quail-thrush, Scarlet Robin, Rockwarbler
Cataract Dam and surrounds
On the fringes of the bushland and roads to/around Cataract Dam (Appin Rd entrance), some excellent birds were seen, including several Spotted Quail-thrush. A single male Scarlet Robin and a few Rockwarblers were also seen. The area showed a lot of promise to be potentially home to several birds unusual or rare within the Sydney region.
Ashwin Rudder, Max Breckenridge and Joshua Bergmark 5/2 #222128
Eastern Ground Parrot, Crescent Honeyeater
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
A couple of hours spent in misty rain and overcast conditions yielded several good birds including two Ground Parrots, one of which was flushed and seen well in flight by three of us. Several Crescent Honeyeaters were also heard and eventually seen near the main road. In addition, the Eastern Bristlebirds were their usual confiding selves, a Beautiful Firetail was seen, and Southern Emu-wrens and a Pilotbird were heard. A nest-building Brown Antechinus and an Echidna were non-avian highlights.
Ashwin Rudder, Joshua Bergmark, Lachlan Hall and Max Breckenridge 5/2 #222127
highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
Still present (thankfully), feeding on lake shore in usual spot.
Joshua Bergmark, Max Breckenridge, Lachlan Hall, Ashwin Rudder 5/2 #222116
Wed 4Eastern Osprey
Moruya Heads
One bird seen and photographed along South Heads rd between Moruya and Maruya Heads on the opposite side of the bridge from Preddeys Wharf rd. Approximately 2pm. Further information
Julie Marten via Kurtis Lindsay 6/2 #222140
highlightWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Lake Wollumboola
Continuing bird. After a search in the dunes/sandbar area south of where the Little Tern area was fenced off, the WRSA was located roosting close to the Red-necked Stints. Hard to detect as was behind a sand ridge a little away from most of the RNST. Flew down to the lakeside to feed a short time later mainly at the southern end towards Chestnut Teal. Photos taken by myself and Narelle. Two Lesser Sand Plover and 1 Fairy Tern still around but many birds have left and there is still a number of Crested and Little Terns with juveniles. eBird checklist
Carla Jackett, Narelle Wright 5/2 #222126
Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Greater Sand Plover, Beach Stone Curlew
Clarence Estuary
Shorebird Survey in Clarence Estuary at several count areas - highlights: Micalo Island: 77 Black-tailed Godwit Rabbit Island: 3 Beach Stone-curlew Dart Island: 29 Black-tailed Godwit, 78 Bar-tailed Godwit, 57 Red Knot, 7 Great Knot, 1 Greater Sand Plover 1 Common Sandpiper observed in nature reserve near Chrystal Waters Estate canal development.
Darryl and Gary Eggins and Greg Clancy 5/2 #222115
Blue-billed Ducks
Tallawarra Ash Pond 3, Yallah. Restricted Access.
2 males sighted & one female with 4 ducklings. The second breeding event for this species at the pond. What effect will the impending housing development have on this precious site. Other highlights were Freckled, Pink-eared, Shoveller & Musk Ducks. Plus 2 Southern Emu-wrens. eBird checklist
Paul Lynch 4/2 #222114
Grey Goshawk
Coutts Crossing Village
Large, probable female, Grey Goshawk flew from ground to tree in our yard this afternoon with dead prey - one of the neighbour's domestic pigeons. Chevrons on chest suggest a first year bird. Has been present in the area since 31 January. Only one or two previous records at this site and not recorded for some years.
Greg Clancy 4/2 #222111
Tue 3Square-tailed Kite
Tura Beach, NSW
Sighted at 4:00pm. Two birds were sighted. They landed in branches, and were also swooping around, looking for something to eat. Observed them for about 5 minutes. -36.870329, 149.925178
Peter Buggy 7/2 #222152
highlightLong-tailed Jaeger and Black-browed Albatross
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Amazing passage of :75 Long-tailed Jaegers, 92 Pomarine Jaegers, 4 Arctic Jaegers, 4 Black-browed Albatross, 1 Sooty Shearwater and 6 Flesh-footed Shearwaters plus many commoner seabirds, it was all over by 7:30 am. A probable Yellow-nosed Albatross also seen, but I couldn't see the bill properly due to lack of light.
David Mitford 3/2 #222085
Sun 1Powerful Owl
Heard a Powerful Owl calling along with a chick also calling loudly in a southerly corner of Pymble Ladies College grounds around 9pm onwards. The chick has been calling on and off for the past week.
Ella Murray 2/2 #222080
Black-chinned and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters
Mates Creek Stock Reserve via Wagga
Black-chinned, Yellow-tufted and Fuscous Honeyeaters along with White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike, Fan-tailed Cuckoo and an immature Little Eagle seen at this stock reserve on Mates Creek Road east of Wagga.
Nella Smith and Max O'Sullivan 2/2 #222074
Balmoral Beach
An Osprey seen doing a long glide over Balmoral Beach around mid-day today. After a slow circle over Wyargine Point it headed north towards The Spit, pursued by a pair of Masked Lapwings.
Robert Griffin 1/2 #222068
highlightLittle Friarbird
342 Singles Ridge Road, Yellow Rock (Private Property)
Surprised to see one Little Friar foraging in the trees around the house. Responded well to my whistling and flew in close providing great views. There appear to be only six other records of these birds in the Blue Mountains, the latest being 21/3/2005 at Echo Point and 10/3/2005 at Blue Gum Swamp. eBird checklist
Simon Gorta 1/2 #222067
Black Kite
M4 Western Motorway, 1km East of Bennett Rd, St Clair
1 Black Kite observed gliding low over the highway. In serious moult. A single Goldfinch also flew over ahead of the kite.
Simon Gorta 1/2 #222066
Southern Boobook (juvenile)
Nepean Weir, Penrith
I found this young bird roosting in a grevillea bush at head height this evening.
Ákos and Donata Lumnitzer 1/2 #222065
Rufous Scrub-bird, Olive Whistler
Barrington National Park (Gloucester Tops)
Rufous Scrub-bird seen well on road edge, bird flew in front of car. Watched for ten minutes while bird was vocalising and displaying in open. RSB seen briefly at other site, three other birds heard calling over 2 days at other sites. Great bird! Olive Whistler heard and seen with limited views, with only 1 other OW heard calling on trip. Several Crescent Honeyeaters seen and heard. [Moderator note: the literature suggests scrub-birds only call Aug-Nov, so this is a good record - AR]
Tom Petty and Orlando Bennett 1/2 #222061
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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