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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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11/8/2015

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: tarburton.m@optusnet.com.au. 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: mick.roderick@birdlife.org.au.

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highlightHighlightmegamegaMega
May 2016
Mon 23Pacific Baza
Oatley Park, Oatley
4 Pacific Baza seen following a hot thermal at 1100h. Went SE, may be the birds seen at Bundeena?
Jesse Gibson 23/5 #227584
Pacific Baza
Woodfield Avenue Bundeena NSW
Four birds observed foraging through tree canopy to rear of #20 at 1300 hours.
Deryk Engel and Pat Dellagiacoma 23/5 #227579
Sun 22highlightSwift Parrot, Speckled Warbler
Cobbitty
8 Swift Parrots calling and flying over the end of Cheviot Drive and at least 6 Speckled Warblers amongst good numbers of Double-barred Finches in Kirkham Rise Reserve off Sutton Ave.
Edwin Vella 22/5 #227577
Superb Lyrebird
Between Eastern Arterial Rd & Slade Ave Lindfield
Was jogging along the creek track at about 4:45pm when a male lyrebird hopped onto a rock to my left at eye level and raised it tail, startled I stop and looked at it before it hopped back to the scrub looked at me then went about scratching around in the undergrowth. Since the fox baiting programme I have see lots of brush turkeys and wallabies and echidna's but never a Lyrebird. Though the East Lindfield Primary school nearby does have a Lyrebird for its school emblem so they must has been plentiful at one stage.
Peter Navratil 22/5 #227569
Sat 21Brolga
The Mole 1' Cell
2 observed grazing in paddock next to Warren-Carinda Road. Later 5 observed flying in a northeasterly direction over Pillicawarrina.
Louise Armstrong 23/5 #227583
Scarlet Robin
Greendale
Beside Wolestenholme Rd (a few hundred meters from the entrance to Bents Basin CP), an adult male Scarlet Robin was seen on a fence next to a Jacky Winter, Restless Flycatcher, Double-barred Finches and Yellow-rumped Thornbills and further up the road another trifecta of raptors, a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles with a Whistling Kite and a Peregrine Falcon (the later mobbing the pair of Eagles).
Edwin Vella and Follow That Bird 22/5 #227576
Little Eagle, Pacific Baza
Mulgoa Nature Reserve
A nice trifecta of raptors seen soaring above the nature reserve later in the morning with a light morph Little Eagle, 3 Pacific Bazas and a Brown Goshawk all at the same time.
Edwin vella and Follow That Bird 22/5 #227575
Black Bittern
Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen
At 4:15pm a single Black Bittern was flushed from the side of the creek about 650m upstream from the bridge and then seen again once it landed.
Jayden Walsh and Paul Johnstone 22/5 #227568
Varied Sittella, Brown Gerygone
Jacana Homestead, Clarenza
c.6 Sittellas observed foraging in eucalypts and 1-2 Brown Gerygones observed in mixed species flock with Brown Thornbills, Spotted Pardalotes, Golden Whistlers etc. Sittellas had been rarely seen at site in recent times and the landowner, Eric Wheeler, had seen the two Brown Gerygones a few days before. The habitat is very dry for this rainforest species but it is known to inhabit drier habitats during the cooler months.
Greg & Val Clancy 22/5 #227560
Magpie Goose
Wetland opposite BP Tornik service station, Clarenza
The Magpie Geese have returned to this regular haunt with their juveniles. I counted c.102 birds, including a number of juveniles. They have been present for a few weeks now and have been observed by many local birdwatchers.
Greg & Val Clancy 22/5 #227559
Wedge-tailed Eagle (2), White-plumed Honeyeater and Silvereye (Tasmanian)
Chiltern Trail, Ingleside
This afternoon, we saw 2 Wedge-tailed Eagles soaring and rising on a thermal above Chiltern Trail. Also of note was a single White-plumed Honeyeater in a Silvertop-Ash about 3/4 of the way down the trail as well as a few Tasmanian Silvereyes mixed in with the large flocks of mainland Silvereyes. Overall, lots of bird activity! eBird checklist
Jayden Walsh and Paul Johnstone 21/5 #227552
Scarlet Robin
Eastlakes golf course
The 'wintering'male is still present and into his 7th week at this location.
David Mitford 21/5 #227550
Spangled Drongo
Randwick Environment Park
Two drongos seen near Council Bushcare site.
Katie Oxenham 21/5 #227548
Double-banded Plover
Tallawarra Ash Ponds
One bird spotted with Black-fronted Dotterels on the muddy edge of large pond.
Carla Jackett 21/5 #227547
Sooty Owl
Bellawongarah (Berry Mountain)
Woke up to a Sooty Owl calling at 6:04am. Called 6 times from the rainforest north side of house.
Carla Jackett 21/5 #227545
Fri 20Scarlet Robin, Peaceful Dove, Jacky Winter
Waratah Rd North, Mangrove Mountain
An adult male Scarlet Robin, first sighted by AB on 15/5, was seen again today at the end of Waratah Rd. Also sighted today at the same location was 6 Peaceful Doves & a Jacky Winter. In the past few days, up to 12 Peaceful Doves, 60 Red-browed Finches, 12 Dusky Woodswallows, 3 Jacky Winters and Yellow-rumped Thornbills have been seen at this location. In June 2013 a pair of Scarlet Robins were seen at the same location, Scarlet Robins are very rare autumn-winter visitors to the Central Coast.
Alan Morris & Allan Benson 22/5 #227556
Thu 19Buff-banded Rail
Near Bottle Creek, between Bonalbo and Tabulum
One on roadside scurried into grass as we drove towards it.
Greg & Val Clancy & Denis Hams 22/5 #227562
highlightSwift Parrot
Dharawal Nature Reserve, Illawarrra region
Groups of six and four individuals seen resting in the shade in low Sydney Peppermints in unusual habitat with no trees in blossom. This habitat was low open woodland of Sydney Peppermint/Scribbly Gum over dense closed upland swamp dominated by Hakea teretifolia and Banksia ericifolia - formidable habitat to traverse. Last year a minimum of 12 individuals were seen in the same general locality. So although not 'typical' Swift Parrot habitat appears to be regularly used. It is important to note that much of this upland swamp habitat with a sparse coverage of trees outside the reserve is currently threatened by several longwall mining expansion proposals.
Martin Schulz 20/5 #227538
Plumed Whistling-Duck
Narrandera
A single Plumed Whistling-Duck at the town wetlands.
Paul Taylor and Pam Smith 19/5 #227533
Wed 18Swift Parrot
Fitness Rd off end of Black Rock Rd. Martyn's Ck, Paterson
2 Swift Parrots observed and heard in a large, flowering Spotted Gum, approx 85 cm DBH. Tree positioned on top of a ridge line in paddock with other large, remnant Spotted Gums.
Narawan Williams 19/5 #227536
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Booderee National Park--Cape St George -35.151883, 150.761584
The Chestnut-rumped Heathwren was great to see at the Historic Lighthouse thanks to a few hints from Matt, also sighted the Eastern Bristlebird and Large numbers of honeyeaters still moving north. We also visited Murray's Beach Track and good numbers of the Eastern Bristlebird in this areas as well, with other numerous species in attendance along with the migrating honeyeaters including a number of Noisy Friabird, Red Wattlebird moving through as well.
Charles Dove and Chris Brandis 19/5 #227535
highlightPacific Baza
Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo
Found a Pacific Baza being mobbed by Yellow-throated Miners and Apostlebirds at the back of the Banteng exhibit.
Andrew O'Brien 19/5 #227529
Spotted Harrier
Penrith Lakes and Regatta Centre
Adult hunting by the main road between Yarramundi & Penrith, pounced on prey.
Graham Blackwell & Ian Imlay 18/5 #227525
Restless Flycatcher
Sydney Olympic Park - Lake Belvedere
Male seen well on island and flew to casuarinas on shore eBird checklist
Joan Rosenthal and Barbara Ellis 18/5 #227523
Tue 17highlightSuperb Fruit Dove
Cullendulla Creek Nature Reserve- North side of the Creek
One bird heard calling opposite the mangrove walk. Not seen unfortunately. The area from which it was heard is accessible from Surfbeach, not Surfside (though the bird could easily fly over) 8 Southern Emu Wrens also seen.
Demetrios Bertzeletos 17/5 #227516
highlightSwift Parrot, Diamond Firetail, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Singleton Training Area (Dep't of Defence)
A total of 58 Swift Parrots counted over two mornings' surveys on the Singleton Training Area, north of Broke Road (no public access). The birds were seen foraging in early flowering Spotted Gum (plenty of bud with the promise of much more blossom to come), as well as taking lerp on the leaves of the Spotted Gum trees. The largest concentrations were along drainage lines where tall trees were flowering. There are literally 100's of Little Lorikeets at the site with similar numbers of White-naped HEs, both in large flocks feeding actively on blossom. Other notable records were 5 Diamond Firetails (very scarce here; their eastern limit), a few Scarlet Robins, many overwintering Dusky Woodswallows and a Spiny-cheeked HE in the canopy of the Spotted Gum/Ironbark forest (unusual habitat, chased by resident Fuscous HEs). Presumably the Spiny-cheek was feeding on flowering Spotted Gum (Striped HE also seen feeding on the blossom, which I have not personally seen before). Image shows a female Swift Parrot tearing the operculum off a Spotted Gum bud, getting into the freshest nectar it can!
Mick Roderick and Lucas Grenadier 17/5 #227515
Mon 16White-backed Magpie (mature) and Buff-banded Rail
Northbridge Golf Links, Sydney
Philip Brook 20/5 #227539
Sun 15Powerful Owl
North Parramatta
Just before midnight I heard a distinct deep double hoo hoot. The call went on for 5-10 mins around Richie benaud oval : st Patricks cemetery cnr pennant hills rd and church street. About 30 nins prior the cockatoos that nest in the tall trees of the colonial cemetery where very very animated. I'd never heard the hoot hoot b4 so I looked it up and listened to a recording of the call. Defiantly the big clear owl sound was what I heard. It was very loud.
Julianne 16/5 #227504
Plum-headed Finch
Cobbadah, 15 kms north of Barraba
At least 30 Plum-headed Finches with a few Red-browed Finches and Diamond Firetails.
Paul Taylor and Pam Smith 15/5 #227496
Spotless Crake
Triangle Pond, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush
Single bird seen foraging at the bases of the papyrus plants at the north end of the pond approx 9:45am
Tom Wilson 15/5 #227495
(Yellow-tipped) Striated Pardalote
Hunter Economic Zone (Crown Land)
At least 6 nominate 'Yellow-tipped' Striated Pardalotes moving as a flocks in HEZ this morning, feeding on lerps on Grey Gums and mixing with 'Eastern' Striated Pardalotes (ornatus) birds. The Yellow-tippeds outnumbered the resident ornatus birds and were quite vocal. Flowering Spotted Gum in the vicinity has attracted hordes of Little Lorikeets and small numbers of Noisy Friarbirds (which we're expecting to build in numbers as the blossom progresses). Also quite a few Spotted Quail-thrush, Brown Treecreepers, many groups of Black-chinned HE and a single Painted Button-quail was flushed.
Mick Roderick 15/5 #227493
highlightSwift Parrot
Tomalpin Woodlands Kurri Kurri (HEZ)
1 Swift Parrot seen flying out of Spotted Gum, heard again about 1hr later. Some good Spotted Gum blossom appearing at HEZ, looks promising.
Steve Roderick 15/5 #227492
Sat 14Square-tailed Kite
Kurrajong
A pair were circling over Kurrajong village area for over an hour late morning Saturday, giving fantastic views over the main street. There appears to be a resident pair in the Kurrajong-Kurmond area since 2014/15. A Wedge-tailed Eagle was also present towards Kurmond. eBird checklist
Eric Finley 16/5 #227505
Swift Parrot
Douglas Park
Single Swift Parrot was seen flying over the canopy at 0700h. This sighting was on private property.
Jesse Gibson 15/5 #227498
Spotted Harrier
The Entrance Channel, Tuggerah Lake
Seen flying around the Banksia scrub at approx. 2pm
Nikola S. Markovina 15/5 #227491
Australian Reed-warbler
Sydney Park
At least 3 birds singing strongly from reeds/scrubby area at south end of the big southern pond - presumably overwintering. Also a very active Kestrel in the park. eBird had a record of Blue-billed Duck on 17 April. No sign of that or any other unusual ducks.
Tom Wilson 15/5 #227488
highlightSuperb Fruit-Dove
Forresters Beach
An immature male Superb Fruit-dove was found injured at Forresters Beach and was taken into care, it appears to have hit its head, possibly having flown into a window. This is the fifth Central Coast record. Information provided by Jacky Hunt.
Alan Morris 14/5 #227484
Fairy Prion, Campbell Albatross
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
A very quiet autumn pelagic had few avian highlights with early returning Fairy Prions and a Campbell Albatross being the most notable. Cetacean sightings were more exciting with several pods of Risso's Dolphins (>70 in all) and a pod of about 15 Pantropical Spotted Dolphins.
Roger McGovern and all on the Avalon IV 14/5 #227482
Black-necked Stork
Tuggerah Lake Lions Park Chittaway Bay
Seen this morning an immature Black-necked Stork on the Tuggerah Lake
Christina Port 14/5 #227480
Black-necked Stork (Jabiru)
Tomago Rd, Tomago
Seen on private land south of Tomago Road. Flew from ground to perch on low tree (possible nest).
Felicity Williams 14/5 #227479
Fri 13Black Falcon,Spotted Harrier and other raptors
Capertee Valley
One Black Falcon (poor photo at dusk) was seen just north of Glen Alice, and the other species were seen between Glen Alice and Glen Davis, the Spotted Harrier at the T intersection of the Glen Davis and Capertee Roads. There were also 2 Hobbies and 1 Peregrine Falcon, several Nankeen Kestrels and Brown Falcons, 1 Little Eagle and 2 Wedge-tailed Eagles.
Paul Taylor and Pam Smith 14/5 #227483
Thu 12Swift Parrot
Royal National Park - Curra Moors Track
A swift parrot flew off the track about 20m ahead of us. It was feeding on the ground, the habitat was forest grading into heath.
Graham Fry 22/5 #227566
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Lake Cathie
Previously reported bird sighted at the corner of Dirah & Karikeree Streets (thanks Peter). Beautiful bird with no leg bands. Seen for about 4 minutes before all birds scattered when a Square-tailed Kite glided overhead.
Brian & Meg Johnson 12/5 #227468
Wed 11Restless Flycatcher
Sydney Bicentennial Park--Lake Belvedere
Single female seen well mid-morning.
Dion Hobcroft 12/5 #227469
Little Eagle
Wilton
One bird soaring by Hume Highway - not far from Nepean Rover gorge - at 3:15pm. I've never seen one in this location before. And I've driven this section of a road a lot!
Lorne Johnson 11/5 #227459
Tue 10Emerald Dove
Tapitallee, west of Nowra
Single emerald dove grazing in my garden this morning. The first I have seen in the area although I have heard of one seen at Bangalee Reserve some years ago.
Ann Millard 10/5 #227452
Sat 7Gull-billed Terns
Lake Wollumboola
Two Gull-billed Terns still at the lake. Shorebird/Tern List: 2 Little Terns 40ish Caspian 100ish Greater Crested Tern 8 Black-tailed Godwits- All eight birds are moulting their flight feathers and as thus will probably overwinter 30 Bar-tailed Godwits 50 Red-necked Stints 1 Pied Oystercatcher 30ish Red-capped Plover 5 Double-banded Plover 40 Black-winged Stilt 2 Masked Lapwing 1 Common Greenshank 300 Australian Pelican 2,000 mixed cormorants (Great Black, Great Pied, Little Black, Little Pied) Water levels have increased and duck and swan numbers are much lower.
Demetrios Bertzeletos 10/5 #227455
White Bellied Sea Eagle
Winston hills, spotted from Reuben Street
Juvenile White-bellied Sea Eagle soaring high in the sky above our suburb Winston Hills around 1.30pm. Checked with the people at EagleCam Olympic Park and they thought the bird could have come from the Castlereagh nests or even be their own 'wayward' juvenile.
Sabine Tramaseur 9/5 #227449
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Lake Cathie
Single untagged male Regent HE has returned to Lake Cathie site in flowering Swamp Mahogany. Good observation for over 30 minutes, photos taken. First reported by Ken Monson et al on May 5th. Main birds in vicinity include Yellow-faced HE, Little & Red Wattlebirds, Noisy Friarbird, Noisy Miner, Rainbow & Scaly-breasted Lorikeets.
Ted Giblin, Peter and Julia Hudd 7/5 #227435
possible Olive Whistler
Watagans National Park: Boarding House Dam
Single bird seen feeding amongst rainforest mid story.
Andrew Robinson 7/5 #227433
Australasian Shoveler, Hoary-Headed Grebe
Centennial Park
Male and female Australasian Shovelers found at the western end of the Duck Pond while searching for the reported Pink-Eared Ducks. Couldn't find the pink-ears but was delighted with very clear sightings of the Shovelers. Also present were four Cattle Egrets at the top of one of the trees in the middle of the pond, and a Hoary-Headed Grebe in Randwick Pond.
Stephanie Morse 7/5 #227426
highlightSpiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Lake Cathie Oval
Flowering Swamp Mahogany attracting hordes of nectar feeders including an interesting surprise, a lone Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater. My first record for the area.
Liam Murphy 7/5 #227425
Fri 6highlightSwift Parrots
Weston, Kurri Kurri
10 Swift Parrots flew over backyard late this afternoon, Kurri Woodlands nearby holding good Spotted Gum blossom, awaiting the arrival of many more!
Steve Roderick 6/5 #227421
Pink-eared Duck
Centennial Park
Four Pink-eared Ducks spotted on western end of the Duck Pond this morning. Last recorded in July 2015 when a group of five birds stayed for three weeks, and a single sight record from earlier this year. An irregular visitor to the Parklands.
Anne Brophy 6/5 #227419
Powerful Owl
Blackman Park, Lane Cove, Sydney
A pair of owls were onserved roosting in a paperbark amongst a stand of causarinas quite close to the boardwalk which is being replaced.
Sue Chatfield 6/5 #227418
highlightParadise Riflebird
Wallalong NSW
Single female observed numerous times in the heavy bushes on our acreage. She comes out in the AM and PM for a forage. Quite skittish.
Deborah Lewis 6/5 #227416
Thu 5Pacific Golden Plover, Double-banded Plover
Comerong Island side of Shoalhaven Heads
A visit to Comerong Island at high tide to check out the waders at Shoalhaven Heads found 43 Double-banded Plovers roosting in the wrack on the beach along with 4 Pacific Golden Plovers in partial breeding plumage and 22 Red-capped Plovers. On the sandspit inside the inlet there were 16 Pied Oystercatchers, 13 Eastern Curlews, 18 Red-necked Stints and 36 Bar-tailed Godwit. A Buff-banded Rail was flushed from the saltmarsh, a Brown Goshawk and a Swamp Harrier were seen over the dunes, and back at the carpark, 2 Sea-eagles, an Osprey and a Whistling Kite were seen as well as a Rose Robin in the casuarinas. There were Goldfinches at the Ferry.
Alan Morris & 28 members CCGBNSW 9/5 #227448
Black-tailed Godwit, Gull-billed Tern
Lake Wollumboola, Culburra
An hours visit to Lake Wollumboola found a lone Black-tailed Godwit amongst 24 Bar-tailed Godwits, an immature Gull-billed Tern roosting with 19 Caspian Terns, 2 late Little Terns, 2 Double-banded Plovers, 22 Red-necked Stints, and at least 8 Red-capped Plovers.
Alan Morris & 28 members CCGBNSW 9/5 #227447
Beach Stone Curlew
Brunswick Heads
One bird observed flying up Brunswick River whilst standing on Chanel outlet wall near Torakina Beach. Seen with binoculars on dusk, still conditions
Deryk and Leslie Engel 5/5 #227410
Wed 4highlightOlive Whistler
Porters Creek Dam - Little Forest
The Olive Whistler was great to come across this time on a different track than the last year we seen it in 2014. Other birds of note were the Beautiful Firetail, Glossy Black Cockatoo, Gang-gang Cockatoo, Crescent Honeyeater along with Large numbers of mixed Honeyeaters, Silvereyes etc.
Charles Dove and Chris Brandis 4/5 #227408
Mon 2Little Lorrikeet
Congo near Moruya
2 + heard near flowering coastal banksia.
John Reidy 6/5 #227412
highlightSwift Parrot
Wivenhoe Conservation Area
Four Swift Parrot's observed in flight at 8:30am thismorning passing through Cumberland Plain Woodland remnant adjacent to Cobbitty Road, Cobbitty. [Moderator's Note: this is only the fourth record of Swift Parrot in NSW this year. Those interested or with spare time are encouraged to participate in this year's Swift Parrot/Regent Honeyeater surveys on the 14th and 15th of May. For more info follow the "further information" link] Further information
Brendon Levot 2/5 #227387
Sun 1Topknot Pigeon
Narara, Central Coast
At least 150+ Topknot Pigeons flying and circling camphor laurels at Narara. Only observed from our train 10.20 am today.
Bill Boyd 1/5 #227384

April 2016
Sat 30Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Great Crested Grebe, White-backed Australian Magpie
Kangaroo Valley
Six Great Crested Grebe and one Azure Kingfisher on Bendeela Pondage. Two White-backed Magpie and 1 Shining Bronze-Cuckoo behind tennis courts in Kangaroo Valley. The first time I have seen White-backed Magpie in Kangaroo Valley.
Carla Jackett with 4 others from Illawarra Birders Club. 30/4 #227376
Spotless Crake
Limekiln Bay Reserve, Oatley
1 Spotless Crake was seen in the reeds at 1300h approximate. Spotless Crake is not previously recorded in the area. Was with Buff-banded Rail. When either the crake or the rail was in the open they were swooped by Grey Fantails. Record Photo has both species in view.
Jesse Gibson 30/4 #227375
megamegaParadise Shelduck
Bushells Lagoon
Shelduck still present this morning in the usual spot.
Caroline Gully per. Australian Twitchers (Facebook) 30/4 #227371
Osprey
Oatley Park, Oatley
2 Ospreys attempting to construct a nest. No progress however being made. Also; 4 Caspian Terns, 2 Striated Herons, and 3 Sacred Kingfisher.
Jesse Gibson 30/4 #227370
Fri 29Grey Currawong
Bawley Point
Observed on my property one Grey Currawong over the last four weeks.
Robyn Lenore McTavish 29/4 #227355
Thu 28highlightHoneyeater / Silvereye migration
Mount Sugarloaf to New England Hwy, Beresfield/Ashtonfield
The remarkable migration of large numbers of Passerines continues in the Lower Hunter. Since I first reported seeing 500-700 birds per minute at Mount Sugarloaf last Thursday several observers have been out to this and other sites in the vicinity witnessing the event. It appears that Silvereyes dominate an early "push" (0730-0830) with Yellow-faced HE's dominating the mid-morning "push" (0930-1130). Interestingly, it seems very few Silvereyes accompany the honeyeaters on the second push. Yesterday, Tom Clarke and I discovered that the main migration channel went directly over Pambalong Nature Reserve, within a corridor about 200-250m wide (where Cedar Hill Drive runs parallel with the M1 motorway). Here around 10,000 birds (almost entirely Yellow-faceds) flew past between 1000-1030. At times there were close to 200 birds a second passing over our heads. People were out there counting today and separately tallied ~10,000 birds over the course of an hour. Along with the Silvereyes and Yellow-faceds, there have been (in order of magnitude from my own and others' observations) Noisy Friarbirds, Scarlet HE, White-naped HE, Red Wattlebirds and Eastern Spinebills. From Cedar Hill Drive the birds are funnelling along a corridor that runs parallel with the motorway (yes, birds can easily be seen through the car window!) up until John Renshaw Drive, from where the main channel splits and birds are crossing the New England Hwy anywhere between the eastern edge of Beresfield Golf Course and Four Mile Creek, Ashtonfield (thereafter which we do not currently know). It is a truly magnificent spectacle and I recommend trying to witness it. The weather may not be favourable on the weekend but Mon/Tues/Wed next week (being clear and sunny) could provide ideal conditions again. The causeway/carpark on Cedar Hill Drive is probably the best location for viewing.
Mick Roderick, Tom Clarke, Dan Williams et al 29/4 #227356
Buff-banded Rail, Musk Lorikeet
Limekiln Bay Reserve, Oatley
A single Buff-banded Rail was seen feeding beside the reeds at 1545h. Also 10+ Musk Lorikeets flew overhead latter.
Jesse Gibson 28/4 #227348
Wed 27Common Koel
Austinmer
Fledgling being fed by Little Wattlebirds. Very late in the year to record a fledgling of this species.
Martin Schulz 27/4 #227344
Tue 26Rose Robin
Blackman Park, Lane Cove, Sydney
One female seen briefly when she came down from the canopy to a lower tree on the walking track at the end of Lloyd Rees Drive. Numerous birds (e.g. Grey Fantail, Brown Thornbills and Spotted Pardalotes) working the trees so difficult to keep one bird in sight. Unsure if this bird warrants a mention or not because of its seasonal movements? [Moderator's Note: From this time of year onwards into winter, Rose Robins will become regular birds in many areas of Sydney. Sue advises she has already submitted an eBird list, which is the best course of action for anyone else who records Rose Robins coming back over the coming weeks. JB]
Sue Chatfield 26/4 #227338
Mon 25Flame Robin
Bundanoon
Stoked to see a male Flame Robin in the area of the sewage treatment plant this arvo. First time I've seen a FR in this location. Only my 4th sighting of a FR in Bundanoon in 6 years.
Lorne Johnson 26/4 #227335
Mistletoebird and Golden Whistler
Eastlakes golf course
A female Mistletoe appeared at head height in front of me at the 17th tee, another was calling 20m away but I didn't see it, these birds may have been moving through with Yellow-faced Honeyeaters which were also present, moments later they were all gone (thanks to the local New Holland Honeyeater population) A long overdue first site record for me here.
David Mitford 26/4 #227333
highlightEastern Ground Parrot
Bawley Point
Seen amongst the tussock grass and banksias next to the car park at Bawley Beach.
Sarah Jade Newton 26/4 #227330
Topknot Pigeons
Bucketts Way just north of Wards River
Flock of 50+ feeding in camphor laurel trees.
Elisabeth Karplus 25/4 #227326
Powerful Owl
Underpass of Gladesville bridge
Roadkill of Powerful Owl on underpass of Gladesville bridge travelling from Lane Cove to Gladesville. Picked up at noon (Moderator's Note: Check with Caroline Wilson, Powerful Owl Project Officer at Birds in Backyards, Birdlife Southern, Sydney as they would be interested in the stomach contents. AKM)
Ann Millard 25/4 #227325
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