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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 eBird Australia, where sightings are incorporated into the atlas. To do this you need to register with eBird Australia 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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August 2016
Mon 29highlightCommon Diving Petrel, Wandering-type Albatross
Ocean, 9 miles off Sydney
A Common Diving Petrel flew alongside the vessel, then banked in front of the bow. A most unexpected sighting. Seen well by 3 observers. A Wandering-type Albatross had been seen well back from the stern about 15 minutes earlier. A few Fluttering Shearwaters, plus one Hutton's, as well as various small albatrosses.
Mick Roderick 29/8 #228370
Sun 28Pacific Koel
Calling earlier afternoon
Eric Finley 29/8 #228368
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Lower Pappinbarra
At least 15 GBC settling to roost at 5:30pm. This is the most I have seen here since my observations started in 1980. There had been almost this number back in the early 1980s, but numbers had been dropping over the years. eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 28/8 #228367
White-backed Swallow
Port Macquarie Marina
A single bird passed low overhead flying southward. Excellent bins view in perfect light, absolutely unmistakable bird. I waited around for another half an hour but it did not reappear. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 28/8 #228359
White-winged Chough
Tallong, Penrose
I saw a lot of White-winged Choughs in the southern section of the Southern Highlands this afternoon: 22 in Tallong (over 3 locations); 5 in Penrose.
Lorne Johnson 28/8 #228358
Sat 27highlightWandering, Antipodean, Black-browed, Campell, Shy, Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross
Offshore--Kiama Pelagic (SOSSA)
Several Gibson's (Antipodean) Albatrosses were the highlight of the SOSSA trip on the 27 August 2016. Other birds of interest were a Wandering Albatross, along with Black-browed, a Campbell's, Shy and Indian Yellow-nosed Albatrosses. Other birds included White-faced Storm-petrels, Solander's and Grey-faced Petrels. along with Northern and Southern Giant-Petrels. We also had a White-fronted Tern and a Cape Petrel. Bird numbers overall though were low. Further information
Brook Whylie and all aboard the MV Kiama 29/8 #228369
White-browed/Masked Woodswallow, Painted Button-quail
Wallaby Scrub Rd, Warkworth
Saw 4 Painted Button-quail moving through the leaf litter (quite a reliable spot for them here and I also saw many of their fresh platelets). I also had heard a few times but not seen a single White-browed/Masked Woodswallow amongst the Dusky Woodswallows circling overhead; Fuscous, Spiny-cheeked and Striped Honeyeaters, Tree Martins, Speckled Warbler and a couple of Brown Treecreepers.
Edwin Vella 28/8 #228366
Hooded Robin
Wambo Rd, Bulga
In the woodland beside Wambo Rd were a pair of Hooded and at least 4 Red-capped Robins, Jacky Winter, Varied Sitellas, a number of Speckled warblers, Striped and Brown-headed Honeyeaters, a fairly large group of Grey-crowned Babblers feeding at least 2 fledglings, and a Rufous Whistler. Across the road beside Wollombi Brook were Spiny-cheeked and Striped Honeyeater, Tree Martins. I possibly also heard a Rainbow Bee-eater or two which should be starting to come back now.
Edwin Vella 28/8 #228364
White-backed Swallow, Eastern Barn Owl
Broke (Hunter Valley)
I noticed a Barn Owl perched in a small acacia and fairly exposed in clear view beside the road and after a while it took flight, circled around the swamp and then flew across the road to land in a dense stand of casuarinas beside the creek mobbed by Pied Butcherbirds, Magpies etc. Other birds seen here included 2 Spiny-cheeked and 3 Striped Honeyeaters, a number of Tree Martins, Grey-crowned Babblers, Rufous Whistler and on my return visit early in the afternoon I had some White-winged Choughs, a Brown Falcon, a few Satin Bowerbirds and best of all a single White-backed Swallow.
Edwin Vella 28/8 #228363
highlightBush Stone-curlew
Saratoga Wetlands
This year the Gosford Friends of the Bush Stone-curlews are pleased to report that for the first time in 15 years, there are seven pairs in the Brisbane Water area that includes Saratoga Wetlands. During the week 16-25/8/16 all 7 pairs were confirmed to be present in the general area that they have nested, with the first eggs laid and a clutch of 2 completed at Kincumber on 27/8/16. The latest pair to be located, were seen to mate in the middle of a reasonably busy local road at Empire Bay on 20/7, although as to where they might place their nest remains to be seen. Currently the Friends can account for 15 birds in and around the waterways and public reserves of Brisbane Water.
Alan Morris 28/8 #228354
highlightSwift Parrot, Little Lorikeet
Quorrobolong near Cessnock
Between 31 and 50 Swift Parrots were seen on the CCGBNSW annual Outing to three private properties at Quorrobolong. 50+ were counted during our 90 minute walk around one property, and it is possible that some were counted twice at the end of our loop walk. Birds were feeding on lerps as well as Ironbark and Stringybark blossoms. 16 Little Lorikeets, Musk & Scaly-breasted Lorikeets, as well as Fuscous Honeyeaters, a pair of Brown Goshawks, Dusky Woodswallows and nesting Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters were also seen. On the property "Oakleigh" were nesting Choughs, Noisy Friarbirds and Grey-crowned Babblers and a Wedge-tailed Eagle; while on an un-named property there were Buff-rumped Thornbills and Brown-headed Honeyeaters, and there was a Spangled Drongo on electric wires at the corner of Sandy Creek Rd & Heaton Gap Road. Christine Port provided the photo.94 species seen on the day at Quorrobolong.
Alan Morris & 20 members of CCGBNSW 27/8 #228351
Scaly-breasted Munia (Nutmeg Mannikins).
Barton Park South--Landing Lights Wetland
About 50 Scaly-breasted Munia observed near the fence of the soccer ground. Also a Lewin's Rail heard calling from the long grass near the pond. eBird checklist
Brian Deans. 27/8 #228347
Tue 23Square-tailed Kite
Bents Basin Recreation Reserve
A wonderful morning at this newly reopened site after the flood damage! Also Rock Warbler (4), Wonga Pigeon, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (nest with chick), Varied Sitella (3) , Brown-headed Honeyeater (5).
Lorand Szucs, Janos Olah and friends 23/8 #228325
highlightRed-backed Button-quail
Mt Nullum area south west of Murwillumbah
Two birds seen well on fire trail. At rainforest/wet sclerophyll margins. [Moderator comment: this species is on the review list for NSWORAC and a submission should be prepared for the committee]
David Charley 23/8 #228323
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Mongogarie 15 km SW of Casino
My first sighting of this species at this location. Have completed regular observations here for 32 years.
Lyle McNamara 23/8 #228321
Black Falcon
Hills Hill WR, Lower Pappinbarra
Seen flying low over trees and open country. Last seen here 20 years ago.
Dennis Hill 23/8 #228318
Sun 21Latham's Snipe, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Teven Rd Swamp
A single Latham's Snipe, my first for this season, & a single Sharp-tailed Sandpiper is the first I've seen since early May. eBird checklist
Steve McBride 22/8 #228312
highlightNoisy Pitta, Australian Logrunner
Royal National Park
Near the Waterfall end of Lady Carrington Drive, a pair of Australian Logrunner were seen on the western side of the Drive and within a km north of Bola Creek and a Noisy Pitta was seen beside the Forest Path a few metres in from the eastern side of Lady Carrington Drive and adjacent to the southern end of Bola Creek (only the second time I have seen one in the Royal NP) and a few Superb Lyrebirds also showing well. Also just inside the Curra Moors Management Trail I had 3 Beautiful Firetails and at Wattle Flat a Bassian Thrush.
Edwin Vella 21/8 #228307
highlightSpiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Jamisontown, south of Penrith NSW 2750
(Moderator's Note: This is a very rare bird in the County of Cumberland. AKM)
Sam Charmand 21/8 #228300
Sat 20Grey Currawong
Private property north of Marulan NSW
Two birds clearly seen.
Deryk Engel 22/8 #228314
highlightSwift Parrot, Square-tailed Kite
Nepean River, Camden Airport
Up to six Swift Parrot were observed during today's Cumberland Bird Observers Club outing led by Jim Dixon with Alan Leishman's banding team. It was difficult to note what the birds were feeding on in the rough-barked apple (Angophora floribunda) as the numerous Miner were moving them on as soon as they settled. Also seen was a Square-tailed Kite which kindly landed above the banding table. Photograph attached of Swift Parrot. eBird checklist
Mark Fuller, Greg McLachlan, CBOC 20/8 #228299
Painted Button-quail
Windsor Downs Nature Reserve
4 birds seen not far from the dams on the Hakea Track - 2 males and 2 females. Also at least 20 Fuscous Honeyeaters, 4 Peaceful Dove, 2 Little Lorikeets, 2 Dusky Woodswallows and 2 Speckled Warbler, eBird checklist
Tom Wilson 20/8 #228293
highlightBar-tailed Godwits, Black-tailed Godwit, Gull-billed Tern.
Lake Wollumboola
Wollumboola is still open to the ocean preventing access to the southern parts. The flooding appears to have increased sandflat areas significantly, but the texture of of the substrate has shifted towards sand rather than silt at least in the areas I visited. Shorebird list: 210ish) Bar-tailed Godwits (all appeared to be adults), 6+) Black-tailed Godwits 1) Grey Plover 3) Red-caps 1) Double-banded Plover 2) PIed Oiks 1) Common Greenshank. 1) Gull-billed Tern.
Demetrios Bertzeletos 20/8 #228291
Bush Stone-Curlew
South Kincumber, Davistown & Saratoga
The Gosford Friends of the Bush Stone-curlews held a breakfast with the Curlews this morning at Bensville. The day was planned as a Community Awareness Day to make people more responsive to the needs of the Bush Stone-curlews in the Brisbane Water area. While we saw no BSC at Bensville, we were near the water at Breakfast time and there were 5 Eastern Curlews roosting there on some oyster leases. After breakfast we then surveyed 3 sites and found 2 Bush Stone-curlews at South Kincumber, one at Broadwater Drive Saratoga (which called while we were there and another answered from nearby but was not seen), and finally 2 at Kincumber Crescent Davistown. The three other local pairs at Umina High School, Humphreys Rd Kincumber and Saratoga Wetlands, were all seen during the week leading up to the Weekend event. This means we start the next breeding season with 6 pairs & 4+ single birds, making a total 16+birds.
Alan Morris 20/8 #228288
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
East Tamworth
This last week have viewed 9 Black Cockatoos on two occasions. My father and I are only aware one other record ten years ago..
Amber Riley 20/8 #228287
Fri 19Dollarbird, Channel-billed Cuckoo
Salamander Bay
Remarkably early Dollarbird seen during a survey of the Salamander Bay Swamp on Friday. Also seen was a Channel-billed Cuckoo (note: a Channel-billed was seen on Wednesday 17/08 by Craig Anderson just south of the Morisset exit on the M1).
Lois Wooding per Mick Roderick 22/8 #228315
White-headed Pigeon
8.45 a.m.: River Rd, nearly opposite Greenwich Primary School, a pair taking the sun on a light pole, stolidly unmoved by the peak period traffic below. I've [very] occasionally recorded them in Greenwich before.
Ted Nixon 19/8 #228286
Thu 18White-winged Chough
Avondale Golf Course, Pymble
Family group (5 adults and 2 juveniles) seen on golf course / bushland edge behind Greenway Drive, Pymble.
Andrew Robinson pers. Erick Vallis 26/8 #228339
Buff-banded Rail
Adult bird seen at Mann's Point, 6.15 a.m. Living up to its 'old' popular name of Banded Land-rail, as this headland seems an odd spot for it to frequent. It bred here earlier in the year, and a Lane Cove Council Outdoor Staff person told me she thought she heard chicks cheeping the other day.
Ted Nixon 19/8 #228285
highlightWompoo Pigeon
Norah Head
Wompoo Pigeon feeding on Cabbage Tree Palm fruit in backyard of house adjacent to a bushland reserve. (Moderators Note: This is the 6th Central Coast record. The last two previous records was one feeding on Bangalow Palm Fruit at Lauffs Lane, Wyong Creek 10/9/2009, and co-incidentally, 1 head calling but not seen in Strickland SF, Narara on 10/9/2011. AKM)
Michael Price 18/8 #228276
Pacific Baza
Roseville NSW
2 birds in flight. Calling frequently & much aerial display. Over bush land near Toongarah Rd and at the bottom of Shirley Rd. [Moderator's Note: Spring is coming, so aerial displas of Bazas, Goshawks, Kites and Eagles will become more and more prevalent. Due to a high volume of recent reports of these species from the Sydney basin, please revert to eBird for such sightings over the coming months so as to not overload Birdline! JB]
Hal King 18/8 #228275
Wed 17Noisy Pitta
Irrawong Reserve, Warriewood
Noisy Pitta heard calling 10 minutes before last light in the same spot where it has been recorded in previous years.
Jayden Walsh 18/8 #228277
Little Black Cormorant, Australian White Ibis, Pink-eared Duck, White-breasted Woodswallow
Lawrence Egret Colony
150+ Cormorants perched in trees and arriving from the direction of the Clarence River. 6+ birds sitting on nests and one bird presenting a stick to another. 5+ nests of Australian White Ibis with birds sitting. Only 3 Pink-eared Ducks observed at site. Numbers have been declining since good rains inland. 4+ White-breasted Woodswallows perched in dead tree.
Greg & Val Clancy & Warren Thompson 18/8 #228274
Black-necked Stork
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve
Single male (bird has black eye, artefact in photo is deceptive) flew over and landed in the long grass just before you get to the gate on the way into the Reserve.
Daniel McKeon 17/8 #228268
Tue 16highlightBush Stone-curlew
Pottsville northern NSW
A group of 8 at caravan park just south of the school. Previously reported by Bob Moffatt. A species that is rapidly increasing in numbers on the NSW far north coast. (Moderator's Note: This is great news but alas it is not the story elsewhere in NSW, where numbers continue to decline, although the Brisbane Water population of 5-6 pairs just manages to hang on, and conditions are right for a good breeding season in 2016-17. AKM)
David Charley 18/8 #228278
Silver Gull
Soldiers Point Carpark, Norah Head
Single bird seemingly covered in some sort of chemical but didn't appear to be flight effected. (Moderator's Note: This bird was first seen and photographed by Helen Burkett at this location on 15/8/16 and at the same time at Newcastle, another bird, similarly affected was photographed by Allan Richardson. The Newcastle bird's dark plumage was not as dark as this one. The Soldiers Point bird was not located there today 17/8/16. AKM)
Daniel McKeon 17/8 #228267
Pacific Baza
Mt Annan Botanical Gardens
Continuing bird. Observed on the western side of entrance road near the bird hide pond. [Moderator's Note: Spring is coming, so aerial displas of Bazas, Goshawks, Kites and Eagles will become more and more prevalent. Due to a high volume of recent reports of these species from the Sydney basin, please revert to eBird for such sightings over the coming months so as to not overload Birdline! JB] eBird checklist
Brian Deans 16/8 #228263
Superb Fairy Wren
PwC Australia Building (garden area), on Sussex St, Sydney
A male was seen singing and flying in the garden space of the PwC Australia Building (garden area), on Sussex St, Sydney
Peter Welte 16/8 #228258
highlightSwift Parrot (+ large number of nectarivores)
Quorrobolong (private property)
Total of 37 Swift Parrots counted across a property south of Quorrobolong this morning. Birds were feeding on a variety of items, including blossom in Spotted Gum, Eucalyptus fergusonii and E. umbra (pictured), lerp in ironbarks and gleaning foliage in Rough-barked Apple. Largest concentration was 12 birds on the latter. This is a regular known site for them (first record for 2016 was 19/07 from Ross Crates) but there have been so few reports of >10 Swifties in NSW this year I thought it was worth posting. Some stringybark also in blossom (undescribed species endemic to the Cessnock area). Hundreds of nectarivores present (16 spp.), including good numbers of Noisy Friar, Little/Musk/Rainbow Lorikeets, Fuscous, White-naped and Yellow-faced HE. Crimson Rosellas feeding on Spotted Gum blossom.
Mick Roderick 16/8 #228257
Sun 14Scarlet Robin, Speckled Warbler
Shanes Park Air Services site
2 Scarlet Robins (a regular winter visitor here), a Speckled Warbler, Varied Sitellas, lots of Striated (tassie Yellow-tipped seen) and Spotted Pardalotes, Scarlet and lots of other Honeyeaters feeding in flowering eucalypts, a breeding colony of Fairy Martins, a White-eared Honeyeater (most likelt the same bird seen 2 weekes ago as it was at the same spot) and a family of Variegated Fairy-wrens also at the exact same spot where I found them 2 weeks ago. The resident Lewin's Rail and Spotless crakes were also quite vocal.
Edwin Vella and Mark Fuller 14/8 #228244
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Newell Hwy Between Jerilderie & Narrandera
Heading south back to Victoria this afternoon approx. 2.30p saw a WBSE sitting on an irrigation levy bank very close to the Newell Hwy some 30km nth of Jerilderie. There is a lot of flooding along the roadside & paddocks through this area. There are numerous Duck species enjoying the flooded paddocks. Unsure whether this sighting is within normal range this far inland. ((Moderator's Note: White-breasted Sea-Eagles are mis-named in that they are actually "Fish Eagles" and so occur across Australia, both marine or inland, wherever there are extensive wetlands and fish! They are resident at suitable locations along the major rivers like the Lachlan, Murrumbidgee & Murray Rivers in NSW, however a sighting north of Jerilderie is unusual! AKM).
Peter Warner 14/8 #228243
Great-crested Grebe
Narrabeen Lakes
Whilst on the bus going past the lake I had brief but very close and clear views of a Great Crested Grebe at around 5pm. My intention is to get photos tomorrow morning.
Jayden Walsh 14/8 #228236
Sat 13Eastern Reef Heron
Royal National Park--Little Marley Track
1 Eastern Reef Heron seen hunting at Little Marley Beach, near the rocks. Intermittently harassed by a pair of Silver Gulls and 1 Australian Raven
Matthew Mo 15/8 #228249
Wedge-tailed Shearwater, six albatross species
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
Highlight of an excellent Sydney winter pelagic were two early returning Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, large numbers of albatross comprising six species (50 Black-browed, 35 Indian Yellow-nosed, one Buller's, 5 Shy, 5 Campbell and one Wandering (gibsoni)) and a breaching Minke Whale. A total of 18 seabird species on the day but no major rarities. A flock of about 100 Australian Gannets diving into a bait school with swirling Yellowfin Tuna schools and a large pod of Short-beaked Common Dolphins was quite spectacular
Roger McGovern and all on the Avalon IV 13/8 #228234
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Freemans Avenue, Oatley
15 Australian Pied Oystercatcher seen on the sandflat off Lugarno. Some immatures present. This is one of the largest flocks of APO I have ever seen. The largest flock around Oatley I have heard of. Also present was a Eastern Curlew, White-bellied Sea-eagle, and 2 Osprey that have moved their nest site since last posting. The photo attached contains just 5 of the APO. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 13/8 #228232
Thu 114 Australian Logrunner and 1 Pilotbird
Royal National Park--Lady Carrington Drive
2 pairs of Australian Logrunners were seen about 3 Km's from the southern end of Lady Carrington drive. 1 Pilotbird was also heard. eBird checklist
Rob Hynson 12/8 #228231
Oyster-lease sandflat, Oatley
1 Whimbrel was seen early this morning, low tide. Best viewing would be Webster's Lookout, Oatley Park. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 11/8 #228227
Topknot Pigeon
Soldiers Rd, Pelican (Lake Macquarie)
Flock of around 100 birds observed feeding in cabbage palms on the northern side of Soldiers Rd at Pelican near the airport 10.30 today
Bill Boyd 11/8 #228226
Sooty Owl
Blue Mountains National Park - Murphy's Glen
Single bird roosting in a cave/overhang along Murphy's Creek. This is presumable the same bird as I reported in December 2014 at the same location. eBird checklist
Mark Ley 11/8 #228225
Wed 10highlightSwift Parrot
East Kurrajong (near Stanley Park)
One Swift Parrot seen and at least a second bird heard in planted flowering eucalyptus. Last seen flying to the east. Other birds utilising these trees were Yellow-tufted, Fuscous, Yellow-faced, White-naped, White-eared Honeyeaters, Little Wattlebird, Eastern Spinebill, Mistletoebird and Rainbow Lorikeet.
Matthew Stanton 14/8 #228238
Fairy Martin, Red-necked Avocet
Sydney Olympic Park--Waterbird Refuge
2 Fairy Martins seen hawking over the north-west corner of the waterbird refuge approx 7:45am. Also a single Red-necked Avocet seen - this species has been absent from the refuge for a number of weeks. (Fairy Martins were also evident at Bushells Lagoon on Sunday 7 August - and in greater numbers.)
Tom Wilson 10/8 #228220
Tue 9Blue-faced Honeyeater
Avondale, 20km south-west of Wollongong
Seen and photographed by Christine Storrie at her rural property in Avondale. Her attention was drawn to the bird as it was being mobbed by the local birds. A rarity in the Illawarra; report per Martin Potter.
Christine Storrie 9/8 #228219
highlightBrahminy Kite
Spencer Store, Hawkesbury River
Although absent from Spencer since 28/11/15 the Brahminy Kite has now returned and was busy showing the Australian Ravens who was boss at Spencer store today.
Margaret & Kaye Pointer, Janet Ryan & William Chronopoulous 9/8 #228217
Mon 8Little Shearwater
South Ballina
A 3rd dead beach-cast Little Shearwater picked up off South Ballina beach on Monday afternoon. Also 2 more beach-cast Fairy Prions.
Steve McBride 10/8 #228224
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Flat Rock Firetrail, Brisbane Water NP Kariong
A pair of Heathwrens busy feeding on the fire trail near flat rock Kariong
David catt 8/8 #228212
Southern Emu-wren
Lake Conjola
A good sighting of the Southern Emu-wren at Lake Conjola today this is first time I have come across it in this area. We now have numerous location in the Milton Ulladulla area where the Emu-wren is showing up, Garrads Reserve Narrawallee, Garrads Lane Milton, Barda Dam Dolphins Point, Wilford Lane Wetlands Milton and now at Lake Conjola. Things are starting to look up for the Emu-wren and hopefully the numbers continue to increase
Charles Dove 8/8 #228211
Sun 7highlightArctic Tern
Belongil Creek estuary, Byron Bay
2 Arctic Terns, 1 Common Tern & 11 White-fronted Terns observed resting on the beach with a flock of Crested Terns at the Belongil Creek mouth. Also 4 Glossy Black Cockatoo feeding in the nearby Casuarina's, eBird checklist
Steve McBride 12/8 #228230
Rose Robin
Tilligerry Habitat, Tanilba Bay
nice male in Wallum Heath section of Tilligerry Habitat.
Eric Sticklen & Catherine Davies 8/8 #228205
highlightLittle Shearwater
South Ballina
Another dead beach-cast Little Shearwater found on South Ballina beach again today. Also found dead on the same beach- 2 Fairy Prion, 1 Providence Petrel & 3 Australasian Gannets.
Steve McBride 8/8 #228203
highlightSlender-billed and Antarctic Prions, Southern Giant-Petrel
Port Stephens pelagic
Several Slender-billed and Antarctic Prions seen on today's pelagic out of Port Stephens amongst moderate numbers of Fairy Prions. We are still 'looking at' a couple of prions in our images too. For the entirety of our time at the shelf break there were at least 2 species of prions at the rear of the boat and a few Antarctics were seen on our way back to port. Two Southern Giant-Petrels together was a very welcome sight - just the 3rd occasion on Port Stephens pelagics we have had this species. Also a single immature Wandering-type, 3x Buller's Albatross and a host of other birds made up 19 species outside of the heads (14x tubenoses). A young White-bellied Sea-eagle made a couple of attempts to snatch a Yellow-nosed Albatross from the water a few miles from the heads.
Mick Roderick and all aboard the M.V. Argonaut 7/8 #228202
Sat 6Glossy Black-cockatoo
Near Mount Solitary, Blue Mountains NP near Katoomba
3 mature birds observed on Sublime Walking track, on the slope up toward Mount Solitary
Emily Strautins 8/8 #228204
Striated Heron
Hawthorne Canal Reserve
1 adult Striated Heron in the Canal, equal with Tressider Ave.
Steve Edwards 7/8 #228201
highlightLatham's Snipe
Cotton Farm, north Moree
Latham's Snipe flushed whilst walking alongside irrigation channel. Very early record in the season! Also found were numerous Fairy Martins, which have been absent since November 2015 and a pair of Eastern Rosellas making their way out west after the recent winter rain. eBird checklist
Curtis Hayne 7/8 #228200
Noisy Pitta, Rainbow Bee-eater
Susan Island (Grafton)
A Noisy Pitta was heard calling in the rainforest of the Nature Reserve in the middle of the day. A small flock of Bee-eaters was perched in shrubs at the eastern end of the island.
Greg Clancy 6/8 #228191
highlightLittle Shearwater
South Ballina
Found dead on the beach a few km south of Ballina.
Steve McBride 6/8 #228190
Rainbow Bee-eater
Urunga Boardwalk
7 Rainbow Bee-eaters seen flying and perched in mangroves near Urunga boardwalk around 4pm yesterday. Never seen this early here.
Mandy Wright 6/8 #228188
Fri 5Golden Whistler
Round Hill Nature Reserve
Immature Golden Whistler observed at Round Hill Nature Reserve in central NSW during a brief visit. Also present White-fronted Honeyeater and Yellow-plumed Honeyeater.(Moderator's Note: Golden Whistlers although uncommon, are regular autumn-winter visitors to the woodlands and mallee in the Lake Cargelligo area. AKM)
Mel Mitchell & Joy Sanderson 9/8 #228216
Magpie Goose
Forest Grove community, Kanahooka, Wollongong
This pair has apparently been seen at this site for the past 18 months.
mandy anderson 8/8 #228214
highlightHooded Plover
Stockton Beach, Newcastle
Immature Hooded Plover still present today at the same location as first reported. Many sightings have been made since the first record.
Steve Roderick 5/8 #228186
Thu 4highlightSooty Shearwater & Pacific Gull
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Single Sooty Shearwater and Pacific Gulls seen today along with 40 Black-browed Albatross. 1 Campbell Albatross, 5 Shy Albatross. 15 Prions (sp), 1 Northern Giant Petrel and 3 Giant Petrel (sp).
David Mitford 5/8 #228184
Tue 2highlightSwift Parrots
HEZ Woodland Kurri Kurri
8 Swift Parrots feeding on lerp in Forest Red Gum
Steve Roderick 2/8 #228174
Mon 1Black-chinned Honeyeater
Royal Camp SF SSW of Casino
5 or 6 Black-chinned Honeyeaters seen and heard along Pebbly Ridge Road, Royal Camp SF during Swift Parrot/Regent HE surveys.
June Harris 2/8 #228171
Sacred Kingfisher
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--Jerusalem Bay
Hoping to sight the local Azure Kingfisher in the mangroves at Jerusalem Bay we were surprised to see a Sacred instead preying on crabs on the exposed sands at low tide. Also present were three Glossy Black-cockatoos noisily feeding in the nearby Forest Oaks, a regular foraging site of theirs.(Moderator's Note: Some juvenile Sacred Kingfishers overwinter in mangroves around Sydney and the Central Coast (Brisbane Water), while others overwinter in the Red Gum forests along the inland rivers. AKM)
Paul Burcher & Jacqueline Reifenstein 2/8 #228170
European Greenfinch, Eurasian Skylark, White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Mill Stream Lookout (Botany)
An unusual assortment today at this location. Watching a Skylark above the grass on the third runway. An immature Sea-eagle flew in to land on the nearest pole across Mill Stream. All the Silver Gulls disappeared but a pair of Greenfinches flew in to land on the bush right behind me. This is a very noisy location between the airport and busy foreshore road, but it seems to get a good movement of birds through it. Access from Botany Boat Ramp car park. eBird checklist
Richard Murray 1/8 #228168
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Umina Beach
2 birds spotted in bush land in Umina Beach on the road to Patonga
Brian Browning 1/8 #228165

July 2016
Sun 31Scarlet Robin
Main Camp(private property), 30km S of Casino
An adult male Scarlet Robin, rarely seen on the North Coast, was a surprise find by members of the BVBW group during the weekend Swift Parrot & Regent Honeyeater surveys.
Steve McBride & other members of BVBW group 2/8 #228173
Turquiose Parrots
Warrumbungle NP
Site of old visitors centre. Approx 30 birds. More females than Males, Very few marure Males. eBird checklist
Milton Smith 1/8 #228169
White-throated Honeyeater, White-throated Gerygone, Brown Falcon
Tea Tree Creek Bridge, Rushforth Drive, South Grafton.
White-throated HE feeding from mistletoe flower in casuarina. White-throated Gerygone calling consistently.
Michael Cheers 31/7 #228163
Powerful Owl
Vaucluse, Nurran road
9.05pm Powerful Owl calling from large gum tree in the street, (Moderator's Note: From what we know about the movement of the radio tracked birds from the Royal Bot. Gardens, it is very likely that this is one of the RBG birds? AKM)
Marie Lister 31/7 #228161
Lewin's Rail, Little Eagle
Air Services site at Shanes Park
A Lewin's Rail seen briefly at its usual haunt and some Spotless Crakes also heard. Large numbers of honeyeaters and Scarlet Honeyeaters singing away like its spring. A single White-eared Honeyeater was only my third sighting for this site and 3 Variegated Fairy-wrens was a new addition to the site's bird list. Very large numbers of both Striated (probably both resident and Tassie races) and White-naped Honeyeaters attracted to flowering eucalypts. A Little Eagle also flew overhead.
Edwin Vella 31/7 #228160
Possible Double Bar/ Zebra Finch hybrid
Bushells Lagoon
Possible Double Barred Finch/ Zebra Finch hybrids building a nest. Both birds had similar plumage.
Mike Rutkowski 31/7 #228159
(Yellow-tipped) Striated Pardalote
Varroville NSW (8km north of Campbelltown)
A single 'Yellow-tipped' Striated Pardalote seen feeding on lerps of leaves on eucalypts within a Cumberland Plain Woodland remnant.
Michael Paul 31/7 #228157
Spotless Crake
Lime Kiln Bay Reserve, Oatley
A single Spotless Crake was seen in the reeds at 1645h.
Jesse Gibson 31/7 #228156
White-throated Gerygone
Ingleside, Sydney Nortern Beaches
A White-throated Gerygone was heard calling at Ingleside this afternoon which is an unusual record for the middle of winter. Note to AKM - is it likely to be a very early returnee or do they occasionally overwinter in the Sydney region? (Moderator's Note: I suspect an overwintering bird. I lived at Old Toongabbie near Northmead 1970-75, and one year a WT Gerygone was present and calling all winter. AKM)
Roger McGovern 31/7 #228154
Sat 30highlightBlack Falcon
King George Park, Rozelle
One female flew over heading north at around 11:30am. Interesting to see one so close to the city. Features noted that separate it from a Brown Falcon, included a large black falcon, flat dihedral, wing trailing edge was flat, prominent elbow & longish tail. (Moderator's Note: Very rare bird for the Sydney Region, slightly more common Central Coast and Lower Hunter. AKM).
Simon Gorta 30/7 #228148
Square-Tailed Kite
A very disorientated Square-Tailed Kite crash landed into someones front yard in Windsor this morning.
David Vickers 30/7 #228144
Black-shouldered Kite and Dusky Woodswallow
Riverside Park, Chipping Norton
Not rare birds but the first time I have seen them in this area, a pair of Black-shouldered Kites and a single Dusky Woodswallow. (Moderator's Note: The Dusky Woodswallow is of interest as normally they depart the Coastal areas in April/May and return in late August. AKM)
Brenda Parkinson 30/7 #228141
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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