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3/11/2015

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
April 2015
Sat 25Spangled Drongo
Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen
Where the water pipe crosses the creek
Gabrielle Rees 26/4 #223075
Azure Kingfisher and Eastern Spinebill
Eastlakes golf course
Finally some autumn movement, an Eastern Spinebill, Azure Kingfisher and 30 Silvereyes all at the southern end of the site. Also a couple of Lewin's Rails calling in the reedbeds just before the storm hit.
David Mitford 25/4 #223068
Fri 24Powerful Owl
Milner Cres, Wollstonecraft
Heard female calling around 12.35am. She was sitting on stinkpipe in backyard and called only for a few minutes. Then she spent the next half hour preening her feathers and paying close attention to her feet. In that time, she was circled three times by another owl (presumably the male) a couple of metres lower than where she was perched. She would stop preening and on two occasions emitted a low soft cooing sort of noise. The other bird flew back around her at her level and she dropped off the perch and flew down with him out of sight, but I heard the 'coo' once more! Worth getting a crick in the neck and a gap in the night's sleep to see!
Lindy Jones 24/4 #223061
Thu 23Diamond Firetail, Magpie Goose
Mehi River, Moree
A population of about 20-40 Magpie Geese has still been present over the last months, even following the 400 birds including 37 pairs nesting (in trampled down clumps of cumbungi) in the Gwydir Wetlands SCA in March (The wetlands are now opened for public access during April-May 2015). A single Diamond Firetail was also observed foraging, the first sighting for the township, and also in the area for years.
Curtis Hayne 25/4 #223066
Wed 22Australian Hobby
Fort Street Highschool, Petersham
1 birds flew over the oval at about 2pm, flying towards Lewisham. I tried my best, but couldn't string it into a Gould's Petrel. Uncommon in the Inner West, and my second record for the school.
Simon Gorta 22/4 #223048
highlightBrown Noddy, White Tern
Kurnell Peninsular
A Brown Noddy and a White Tern were the highlights of a seawatch from the whale watching shelter at Kurnell today. Also seen were 5 Shy Albatross, 25 Black-browed Albatross, 15 Fairy Prions, 50 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, 3 Short-tailed Shearwaters, 1 Fluttering Shearwater, 1 Hutton's Shearwater, 2 Arctic Jaegers and 20 Australasian Gannets.
Rob Hynson 22/4 #223047
Bell Miner
Warriewood Wetlands
3 Bell Miners and 2 Grey Goshawks seen well at the water quality ponds today by Jayden Walsh. Greg McCarry reports that the birds were also present before the storm in Irrawong Reserve on the 15th of April. Interesting record for the Northern Beaches. JB.
Jayden Walsh, Greg McCarry 22/4 #223046
Grey Goshawk
Alstonville
A quick walk this morning to Rossmore Park (south-east Alstonville) was rewarded with my first sighting of a group of Grey Goshawks. Two white morphs and two grey morphs were seen together calling to each other and flying between gum trees. None appeared to be immature, although I can't rule out that it wasn't a family. Always exciting to see one, let alone several!
Ashwin Rudder 22/4 #223040
Tue 21highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher, Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Rose Bay Beach
Whilst looking for seabirds in Sydney Harbour, noticed the South Island Pied Oystercatcher, then an Australian Pied Oystercatcher joined it feeding on the sand. Not a good day for photography, so excuse the pic.
David Mitford 21/4 #223032
highlightWhite-faced Storm-petrel, Fregetta sp. Storm-petrel, Gould's Petrel
Off Queens Wharf Brewery, Newcastle Harbour
A White-faced Storm-petrel and a Fregetta sp. Storm-petrel were seen about 45 mins after the Stockton Channel observations. I had initially seen a stormy from the tug wharves that looked like a Fregetta from a distance, but after seeing a White-faced quite well (after relocating to Queens Wharf) I considered that I'd made a mistake earlier. When a 2nd stormy arrived on the scene I only saw it through the camera lens as I was getting quite wet and so just kept firing images off. Plus 2 more Gould's Petrels caused another distraction! Upon reviewing the images the second bird was a Fregetta, which appears in some images to lack black markings on the belly. The attached photo shows the Stockton Foreshore for context and has the White-faced on the left, Fregetta on the right. The White-faced Stormy was a milestone bird for me, being my 300th species seen within the boundaries of the Newcastle City Council area.
Mick Roderick 21/4 #223031
highlightGould's Petrel, Fairy Prion, Short-tailed Shearwater
Stockton Channel, Hunter River North Arm (just upstream from Stockton Bridge)
At least 3 Gould's Petrels seen 'working' a patch of river just up from Stockton Bridge, first found by Ian Benson about an hour before I arrived there. I suspect there were more than 3 birds but conditions were atrocious to say the least (there were others seen subsequently off Queens Wharf, about 5km to the south; see separate report). I also saw and photographed one Fairy Prion (Ian Benson had 3) and about 15 Short-tailed Shearwaters. There were no birds on the south side of the bridge at all. Also of note, there were no birds whatsoever seen during a brief seawatch over the ocean at Fort Drive (but visibility was such that only whitewash water could be seen). It would be worth checking for exhausted birds tomorrow.
Mick Roderick 21/4 #223030
Budgerigar
Eulah Creek
A single male Bugerigar was found feeding on flowering grasses in our garden, 20 km east of Narrabri, moving around with a mob of Yellow-rumped Thornbills in drenching rain around noon today. Further information
Michael Dahlem 21/4 #223029
Mon 20Fairy Prion
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Two Fairy Prions feeding in the relative shelter of north Mistral Point. 10 Black-browed Albatross and a handful of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters also observed.Very difficult to bird, set scope up in car looking north.
David Mitford 20/4 #223026
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Ulladulla
I was alerted by the call of Glossy Black Cockatoos flying over the house. Whilst looking I saw 20 birds and approximately 2/3rds of these were Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, though at no time did the YTBC call. On the 29/3 I also saw a flock 43 Black Cockatoos flying over the Princess Hwy just west of Racecourse Beach appearing to be a large number of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos with Glossy Black Cockatoos interspersed throughout. I haven't noticed this mixed species flocking before.
Bob Rusk 20/4 #223022
Sun 19highlightRegent Honeyeater
Burragorang Valley
2 Regent Honeyeaters feeding amongst Yellow-faced, White-naped, White-plumed and Fuscous Honeyeaters plus Little Lorikeets in an early flowering White Box in grassy woodland on lower slopes above the Wollondilly River.
Martin Schulz 20/4 #223024
Eastern Reef Egret
Avalon Beach
A single Dark Morph Reef Egret was feeding on the rocks around the pool at about 3:00pm
Jayden Walsh 20/4 #223023
Black-tailed Native-Hen
Lake Wallace
Single bird seen skulking in water's edge among reeds and overhanging trees. [Moderator's Note: This is probably the same individual which has been hanging around the picnic area at Lake Wallace for >2 years now. JB]. eBird checklist
Mark Ley & John French 20/4 #223019
Sat 18Little Lorikeet
Cnr Penshurst and Boundary St, Willoughby
10 birds flew over the car calling. Some spotted gum blossom is around in the area and a few Swamp Mahoganies are also flowering.
Simon Gorta 18/4 #223005
Noisy Pitta
Matcham (Private Property)
Heard calling loudly at dusk adjacent to our backyard creek. It was likely heard foraging on the ground, but due to dense vegetation and poor light it could not be seen. Recording: https://soundcloud.com/bahoogas/noisy-pitta-trim. (Moderator's Note: Noisy Pittas since about 2000 have become regular winter visitors to rainforest gullies on the Central Coast, some even over summer. There have been regular autumn/winter reports at some Matcham-Holgate locations. AKM).
James Panetta & Anna Schutz 18/4 #223003
Common Sandpiper
Burns Point, West Ballina
Single Common Sandpiper flushed from the rocks at the boat ramp near the ferry to South Ballina. eBird checklist
Steve McBride 18/4 #222997
Cattle Egret
Moss Vale
60 birds with five cows in a paddock on the corner of Headlam St and Argyle Rd. The most Cattle Egrets I've seen together, ever! [Moderator's Note: Unusual for the Southern Highlands, though not unexpected on passage at this time of year]
Lorne Johnson 18/4 #222996
Fri 17Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Eulah Creek
Alerted by the racket they were making in the air, at first I thought there were 8 Ground Cuckoo-shrikes, but later it turned out that a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 juveniles; begging calls were heard) was upsetting a local family of 3 Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes. When they separated, the Ground Cuckoo-shrikes went to ground, while the BFCS hunted from fences. At times the Ground Cuckoo-shrikes had a sentry on a fence too (photo). Sound recordings were also taken (yet to be processed). Further information
Michael Dahlem 17/4 #222992
Diamond Dove
Orange
Single bird feeding on lawn, possible escapee.
Neville Schrader 17/4 #222990
Thu 16highlightRadjah Shelduck
Bulahdelah
Found the remaining Radjah Shelduck beneath the roadbridge adjacent to the picnic grounds/riverside park. The bird then joined me at a picnic table whilst I had breakfast-many photos taken so I have posted one that identifies the location. Third time in about 5 years I have seen the bird here, after having previously observed and photographed the pair (the order bird subsequently disappeared) when they visited our campsite at The Wells campground in nearby Myall Lakes NP near a decade ago. eBird checklist
Cameron Ward 20/4 #223027
Stubble Quail
Eulah Creek
First heard on 5 April 2015, it took me a while to identify a series of calls that I had recorded. It turned out to be a male Stubble Quail issuing contact calls just after sunset. The same calls were heard again on the morning of 16 April (no visual ID; but confirmed call ID). The calls confounded me; so I am quite confident that I had not heard them before (here, 20 km East of Narrabri, or elsewhere). Recordings available in the link. Further information
Michael Dahlem 17/4 #222993
Pacific Baza
Bellawongarah (Berry Mountain)
Heard calling in the distance at 2:15pm. One adult seen flying over trees on my boundary about 5 minutes later.
Carla Jackett 16/4 #222988
Mangrove Honeyeater (2), Collared Kingfisher (1)
North Creek, Ballina
David Charley 16/4 #222987
Pink-eared Duck
Newington Nature Reserve
A single bird seen in the pond near the Armoury.
Lisa Abra & Lyall Naylor 16/4 #222983
Pied Butcherbird
Scheyville National Park
Two birds heard calling around 9am in/near the Pistol Range (opposite Dormitory Hill Rd). Jacky Winter observed on fences on 15/04.
Paul Burcher 16/4 #222980
Wed 15highlightSooty Oystercatcher
Katoomba Falls
Today and yesterday spotted a lone Sooty Oystercatcher soaring above The Jamison Valley near Katoomba Falls while traveling on the Scenic Skyway at Scenic World (where I work) in Katoomba. Very odd to see this bird in Katoomba! Will report if I see it again. [Moderator's Note: Being such an unusual record (ie away from the coast) there has been a discussion with the observer before posting. Although there are no photographs the observer is a biologist who is familiar with oystercatchers both in Australian and NZ. The bird was seen down to distances of ~10 m and the all black plumage, red bill and red eye were all noted. JB]
Lindsey Gray 23/4 #223051
Plum-headed Finch
Llewellyn Road Casino
One Plum headed Finch only sighted associating with Double Bars. Not common on the North Coast.
June Harris 16/4 #222975
Noisy Friarbird
Murrays Beach, Lake Macquarie
Have noticed good size congregations of Noisy Friarbirds in the afternoons. Activity seems to be concentrated on one or two large Spotted Gums, along with many Scaly-breasted and Rainbow Lorikeets in the same trees. (Moderators Note: It is usual at this time of the year for Noisy Friarbirds to move into the Central Coast and Lower Hunter Regions to feed on the flowering Swamp Mahogany and Spotted Gum, hopefully Swift Parrots and Regent Honeyeaters might follow suit as the flowering of Swamp Mahogany this year is more extensive than usual. AKM)
Rebecca Citroni 15/4 #222973
Tue 14Eastern Osprey
Werai
I was most surprised to see an Eastern Osprey perched on power lines towards the Moss Vale end of Mt Broughton Rd late this afternoon. The first time I've ever seen an Eastern Osprey away from the coast in almost 30 years of birding.
Lorne Johnson 14/4 #222963
Black-necked Stork
Bombah Point Rd, Bulahdelah
Two adults and one juvenile seen beside road in wetland/paddock, feeding along with Black Swans and White-necked Heron. Photo taken with iPhone+binos.
Dan Barnet 14/4 #222961
Mon 13Powerful Owl
Steyne Rd Saratoga Waterfont
Powerful Owl sitting on the fence with adjoining property at 7:00pm. It was dark and I was outside. Due to my movement the sensor light came on and illuminated the owl when I was about 3 m away. It flew off towards the bushland to the south. I suspect that it might have been after the native Noisy Miners that roost on a nightly basis in a Cheese Tree adjacent to the fence.
Peter Sansom 13/4 #222953
Brolga and Australian Shelduck
Fivebough Wetlands, Leeton
7 Brolgas and 27 Shelducks on NE site
Bob Moffatt 13/4 #222952
Sun 12highlightLittle Woodswallow, Pacific Swift
Euligal State Forest, Kenebri
Atleast 15 Little Woodswallows at the southern end of Cadet Rd (-30.784096,149.176005). They were perched, feeding young, flying overhead and bombing me. There were also good numbers of White-browed Woodswallows nearby. Six Pacific Swift over the creek crossing just east of Kenebri an hour earlier. Two White-backed Swallow and 10 Turquoise Parrots were seen at The Aloes en route.
Max Breckenridge 13/4 #222947
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Rose Robin, Cicadabird, White-throated Gerygone
Cattai National Park--Mitchell Park
Good morning birding in Mitchell Park this morning including a Chestnut-rumped Heathwren along the firetrail, Also present were 3 Cicadabirds, a single White-throated Gerygone was heard calling, and a few Rose Robins.
Simon Blanchflower 12/4 #222939
Lewin's Rail
Lions Park, Burrill Lake
The Lewin's Rail has returned after its Summer break and has joined the Buff-banded Rail at Lions Park Burrill Lake South of Ulladulla - also present are Chestnut Teal, Nankeen Night Heron, Purple Swamphen, Eastern Great Egret and Little Egret plus others Further information
Charles Dove 12/4 #222938
Sat 11Square-tailed Kite
Loop at end of Kooringal Avenue, Thornleigh -Home
Alerted by alarm calls and large movements of Noisy Miners and Rainbow Lorikeets to the arrival of a Square-tailed Kite gliding overhead at about 4PM. Disappeared and reappeared about 4 times over the next 15 or so minutes. The local pair of Magpies were the only birds to harass the raptor, as per the attached photo. First time we have seen this species here in our 20 years of residence. I note the Birdline sighting by Tom Wilson 5 days ago at relatively nearby North Turramurra, so a possibility it is the same bird. eBird checklist
Cameron Ward 11/4 #222927
megamegaSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher, Australian Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatchcher
Shark Island, Sydney Harbour National Park
We were joking this might be the first time three species of oystercatcher have been seen and photographed at one spot anywhere in the world! Singles of each species. A successful conclusion to the Sydney pelagic today.
Dion Hobcroft, David James, Roger McGovern, Steve Anyon-Smith et al. 11/4 #222923
Barbary Dove
Wellbank St. Concord
Single bird associated with Spotted Doves.
Dion Hobcroft and David James 11/4 #222922
Buller's Albatross (3) Wandering Albatross (1) Campbell Albatross (1)
Offshore--Browns Mountain
Good diversity of seabirds today on the Sydney pelagic in good conditions.
Dion Hobcroft, Roger McGovern, Steve Anyon-Smith, David James et al 11/4 #222921
highlightWhite-chinned Petrel
29 nm E Sydney
Single White-chinned Petrel was another good record off Sydney on the pelagic today.
Dion Hobcroft, Roger McGovern, Steve Anyon-Smith, David James et al. 11/4 #222920
highlightGrey Ternlet
29 nm E Sydney
Single Grey Ternlet gave repeat excellent views on todays Sydney pelagic trip.
Dion Hobcroft, Roger McGovern, Steve Anyon-Smith, David James et al. 11/4 #222918
Fri 10Turquoise Parrot, Red-capped Robin, Diamond Firetail, Spotted Bowerbird
Warrumbungle National Park
Four Turquoise Parrot (including a juvenile bird), a pair of Red-capped Robins and a trio of Diamond Firetails (one juvenile and an adult pair) on the slope just opposite the entrance road to the Visitor Centre site. A single Spotted Bowerbird was observed at a cattle yard just west of the park boundary. [Moderator's Note: these are exciting breeding records, providing further evidence of the area's recovery since the January 2013 fires - AR]
Max Breckenridge 13/4 #222950
Kelp Gull
Coogee Beach
One adult and one juvenile Kelp Gull flying close to beach. [Moderator's Note: A number of Kelp Gulls are resident around Coogee and Botany, and are seen regularly from coastal areas. JB].
Chris and Jane Gregory 11/4 #222915
Buff-banded Rail
Macquarie University - Mars Creek
Single Buff-banded Rail observed in revegetated riparian zone of Mars Creek between Epping Highway and Link Road
Stephen Bloomfield and Paul Burcher 10/4 #222901
Thu 9Rufous Fantail
Great Buckingham St., Redfern NSW
A late migrant returning northwards.
Michael Edwards 22/4 #223041
Buller's Albatross
Royal National Park--Wattamolla
1 Buller's Albatross seen at a moderate distance in a late afternoon seawatch. Flew next to an adult Shy Albatross for a short while, allowing us to easily compare the relative sizes of the birds, and their underwings. The grey head on the Buller's was also visible although we could not make out the yellow on the bill. Black-browed Albatross were common, as were Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. Two, possibly three distant Commic terns were also seen, but were too distant to identify further. Also heard and glimpsed the Crescent Honeyeater with Dion and David near Waterfall.
Simon Gorta, Ashwin Rudder and Aaron Payne 10/4 #222905
Forest Raven
Gibraltar Reserve, Gwydir Highway
Two Forest Ravens seen and heard by 3 observers and the local Australian Ravens (they were less pleased than the birders). Although present a few Km's west of here in Gibraltar Range NP, they rarely visit us at the foot of the range.
Simon Clayton 10/4 #222899
Pallid Cuckoo
Eulah Creek
An immature Pallid Cuckoo was seen hunting off fence pickets around midday, 20 km east of Narrabri; it let me get quite close on the mower (unfortunately I did not have a camera with me for a photo). Further information
Michael Dahelm 10/4 #222896
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Capertee Valley--Crown Station Road at 33 09 05S 150 07 40E
1 Regent Honeyeater seen in a flowering white or maybe yellow box with Mistletoe. Masses of Red Wattle Birds, Yellow Tufted, White Plumed &Yellow-Faced Honeyeaters in a feeding frenzy. No other trees in the immediate surrounds in flower. Also seen at the junction were Diamond Fire-Tails, White-Browed Babblers, Crimson Rosellas & Little Lorikeets. A delightful end to 2 days in Capertee Valley.
Kerry Allen 9/4 #222895
Southern Emu-wren
Fortress Ridge track, off Mount Hay Road, Blue Mountains National Park
2 females and 1 male
Mark Hocking 9/4 #222893
highlightRed-browed Treecreeper, Crescent Honeyeater
Royal National Park--Lady Carrington Drive
A pair of Red-browed Treecreepers showed well today. Also seen and mostly heard was a male Crescent Honeyeater at the Waterfall Ticket booth (NE corner-where previously reported). A second Crescent Honeyeater was also heard.
Dion Hobcroft and David James 9/4 #222889
Wed 8Spotted Quail-Thrush
8km N of Capertee
A single female flushed from the side of the Castlereagh Hwy north of Capertee (-33.098265,149.957407).
Max Breckenridge 13/4 #222949
Freckled Duck, Blue-billed Duck
Lithgow Wastewater Treatment Plant
Six Freckled Duck and four Blue-billed Duck. More than a hundred Pink-eared Duck and around 40 Australian Shovelers also present. Another 6 Blue-billed Duck at Lake Wallace, but no Musk Ducks.
Max Breckenridge 13/4 #222948
highlightPectoral and Wood Sandpipers and Brolgas
Fivebough Wetlands
A visit this morning after some rain yesterday produced 6 Pectorals, 1 Wood and 1 Marsh Sandpiper plus Sharpies but a dive bombing Peregrine sent them scattering and they didn't return. Also 3 Swamp Harriers kept putting everything up as they flopped past overhead. There are now 9 Brolgas plus Shelduck, and Stilt. Spotted and Spotless Crake are about but require patience and luck to see.
Max O'Sullivan 8/4 #222881
Tue 7Channel-billed Cuckoo
Centennial Park
Channel-billed Cuckoo being chased by Noisy Miners (11.30am)
Marie Lister 7/4 #222874
Mon 6highlightpossible Brahminy Kite
South Creek, Windsor
what appeared to be a Brahminy Kite - distinctive white head and chestnut body - perched high on an exposed branch along South Creek. About 100m east of Windsor Rd midway between Pitt Town Rd and Macquarrie St at 2.30pm while driving along Windsor Rd. [Moderator Comment: this would be a range extension, both south and inland. It is being published in the hope that someone will see it and take photos - AR]
Mike Felstead 6/4 #222858
Square-tailed Kite
Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra
Single bird passed east-west over my house approx 11:30 am.
Tom Wilson 6/4 #222856
highlightPlumed Whistling-Duck
Taronga Zoological Park (Sydney)
23+ Plumed Whistling-Ducks seen this morning associating with captive PWDs at the Top Wetlands Ponds near the main entrance of the zoo. These birds were seen by other people as well and spent quite a lot of time circling low above the Ponds and spent some time on the Top Pond (Lignum Pond) with the captive PWDs.
Barton Tait 6/4 #222854
Sun 5Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush
Gundabooka National Park--Dry Tank Campground
At the end of my walk on the little Mountain trail, I stumbled across a female Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrus, approximately 150m from the track start point. The female was caught in the open trying her best to find cover.
Andrew O'Brien 5/4 #222848
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Long Beach
6 Glossy Black Cockatoo Blairs rd Long Beach
Tony Dawe 5/4 #222846
Sat 4Fuscous Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill
Goobang NP, east of Peak Hill
Two or three of each in the mixed euc. forest N of Gingham Gap in the 32.45/148.25 10 min. grid. I report these with some diffidence, but was encouraged to do so by people who thought that these would be towards the western edge of their regular distribution. [Moderator's Note: Yes, both species are at the western edge of their distribution and known from Goobang as not particularly rare, however worth publishing for interests sake. JB].
Ted Nixon 8/4 #222883
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-backed Kingfisher
Gundabooka National Park--Yanda Creek Road dam
Had two Red-tailed Black Cockatoo's fly over the Darling river late in the afternoon. Then at the five mile heritage site on the Yanda trtrack, found a lone Red-backed Kingfisher sitting in a tree at the car park.
Andrew O'Brien 5/4 #222847
Eastern Koel
Mascot
Adult male being mobbed by Noisy Miners in park, corner Coward Street & Botany Road, flew into large fig tree.
David Mitford 5/4 #222844
Fri 3highlightDiamond Dove
Durridgere State Conservation Area (Upper Hunter Valley)
A Diamond Dove was seen by several members of the Hunter Bird Observers Club Easter campers at Durridgere SCA (north of Ulan) on Friday. I wasn't with them but I understand that the bird was seen around the campsite (which incidentally you need special permission to use) on Friday and people arriving mid-afternoon missed it and it wasn't seen again. This is a very rare bird in the Hunter, or any coastal catchment in NSW. There was apparently a Black-eared Cuckoo seen regularly at the camp as well, amongst 104 species, which isn't bad considering there are no wetlands and it is early April. Photograph by Lorna Mee.
Hunter Bird Observers Club members per Mick Roderick 7/4 #222879
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Tallawarra Ash Pond 3, Yallah
Party of 12 in bulrushes SE drainage channel observed & photoed from Hayward Bay Dr . Mixture of juvenile, immatures & adults. Other birds in that area, large flock of European Gold Finches, 6 Red-browed Finches & 3 Golden-headed Cisticolas. eBird checklist
Paul Lynch 4/4 #222832
Freckled Duck
Farm dam at Glandore Winery, Broke Road, Pokolbin
Single bird. Aust. Shoveler and Hoary-headed Grebe also present.
Ivor Jones 3/4 #222823
Thu 2highlightBlue-winged Parrot, Orange Chat
Balranald-Ivanhoe Road (Saltbush plains)
Three Blue-winged Parrots seen by the roadside. Perhaps migrants or on transit. Also a least a couple of Orange Chats with White-fronted Chats on the saltbush plains. eBird checklist
Michael Ramsey 12/4 #222935
highlightWood Sandpiper (3)
Bruxner Highway at Emigrant Creek
3 Wood Sandpiper in wetland adjacent the new Bruxner Hwy bridge being constructed over Emigrant Creek just west of Ballina. Also 4 Marsh Sandpiper, 42 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper & 1 Shoveler amongst the more common wetland birds. eBird checklist
Steven McBride 4/4 #222829
White-throated Needletail
The Southern Highlands
There were dozens of White-throated Needletails flying over various Southern Highland towns this arvo... Bundanoon, Exeter (where some were flying low over rooftops), Sutton Forest, Moss Vale, Bowral and Mittagong... the most I've ever seen down here.
Lorne Johnson 2/4 #222818
Rose Robin (3)
Royal National Park--Lady Carrington Drive
It was nice to see Rose Robins mixing with the summer holidaymakers like Leaden Flycatcher, Rufous Fantail and Black-faced Monarch. Also a pair of Crested Shrike-tit.
Lorand Szucs 2/4 #222814
highlightBrolga
Fivebough Wetlands
7 Brolgas and 16 Australian Shelducks as well as about 28 other species were seen.
Anthony Katon 2/4 #222813
Leaden Flycatcher
Cowan - Old Tollgates
One female Leaden Flycatcher observed about midday just west of Pacific Highway northbound land. Species infrequently observed in area. Also seen: Superb Fairy-wren, Fantailed Cuckoo, Brown Thornbill, Australian Raven, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Red Wattlebird, Masked Plover.
Paul Burcher 2/4 #222812
White-throated Needletail (190)
Wentworth Falls Blue Mountains
Two flocks of Needletails passed slowly high overhead about 30 minutes apart at Kings Tableland this morning. The first had about 70 birds and the second about 120, they were moving slowly north with the south-westerly wind in warm and overcast conditions. This is the largest number I have seen for many years in the Blue Mountains. eBird checklist
Mark Ley 2/4 #222807
Wed 1megamegaBlack-backed Wagtail (Possible and likely Wagtail sp.)
North Tuncurry
SIGHTING FROM APRIL 1ST: One individual observed in open grassland in the foredunes adjacent to Tuncurry Golf Course. -32.158611, 152.504722. The bird was very approachable (we almost ran over it) before it flew approximately 15 m away. Had distinctive up and down tail motion. [Moderator's Note: Today (15th April) iPhone quality photo received which is non-conclusive although basic impression of the bird looks like a Wagtail sp. SB)
Sue Gould 11/4 #222911
Square-tailed Kite
Scheyville Nat Park Scheyville
1 Adult STK hunting over woodland junction of Scheyville and Pitt Town Dural Rd
Keith Brandwood 2/4 #222805
Rose Robin, Azure Kingfisher
Newmans Rd Glenorie
2 Azure Kingfishers and 1 male Rose Robin.
Keith Brandwood 2/4 #222804
Square-tailed Kite and Powerful Owl
Murray St Bateau Bay
An adult Square-tailed Kite circled low over my house at 1000 hrs today when I was out in my yard and then at 1030 hrs, I saw another (but looked like the same bird) 2kms west of my house on Eastern Way Killarney Vale. On 31/3/15 between 3.10 to 4.30 hrs a Powerful Owl was calling outside my house. On 28/3/2015, at 3.15 am two Powerful Owls were heard calling while on 10/3/15, one bird was seen and heard same place at 10.45 pm, and another was heard calling in the distance. Finally today at 1630 hrs an adult Powerful Owl was roosting in the forest at the northern end of Bateau Bay Beach, about 500m north of my house. As it is over two years since a Powerful Owl was heard at my place, it looks as if some one is setting up a territory around here now.
Alan Morris 1/4 #222803

March 2015
Tue 31White-winged Chough
West Lindfield Shopping Centre
A party of 4 choughs observed in the rear car park of the West Lindfield shopping centre at midday
Lorna Bloom 3/4 #222819
White-winged Triller & Brown Honeyeater
Pippi Point, nr Lintern St Wharf, Davistown
An immature brown White-winged Triller was seen on a foreshore reserve at Pippi Pt Davistown, the only vegetation being Swamp Oak, Banksias and mowed grass of the Reserve. Also present were a group of 5 Brown Honeyeaters that were feeding in the mistletoe flowers of the Swamp Oaks, Brown Honeyeaters on the Central Coast are normally associated with mangroves.
Alan Morris & Steven Edwards 1/4 #222802
Mon 30Turquoise Parrot, Diamond Firetail
Warrumbungle National Park--Camp Blackman
About 6 Turquoise Parrots seen along the main creek near park HQ (Camp Blackman) as well as a couple of Diamond Firetails.
Marc Anderson 1/4 #222798
highlightWandering Tattler (5)
Flat Rock, Ballina
5 Wandering Tattlers on Flat Rock again yesterday 30th Apr. 3 in breeding plumage, 1 in partial breeding plumage & 1 in non-breeding. eBird checklist
Steven McBride 31/3 #222791
Streaked and Buller's Shearwaters, Antipodean and Shy Albatrosses
Port Stephens pelagic
Few of the 20 species seen outside of the heads on the Port Stephens pelagic today were in deep water, with most of the more 'interesting' birds seen on the way out or way back in. These included Streaked and Buller's Shearwaters (amongst 7 spp. of shearwaters), a banded Antipodean (Gibson's) Albatross and a Shy-type Albatross that looks good for a steadi. There were a few Grey-faced and Solander's Petrels at the shelf as well as the first Port Stephens storm-petrels (Wilson's and White-faced) since November 2014, 5 trips ago! Quite a few first year Australasian Gannets about too.
Mick Roderick and all aboard the MV Argonaut 30/3 #222778
Glossy Black Cockatoo, Musk Lorikeet
Berowra Valley Regional Park - Hornsby Hts
1 Pair of Glossies arrived on the afternoon of the 28th. Third year running now, back to their large Angophora nesting tree, hopefully we see chicks this year. Though the Sulpher-crested cockatoos are not making it easy for them to resettle. Also a substantial flock of Musk Lorikeet feeding in the flowering red gums on Rofe Crs over the past 2 weeks. A first for me!!
Lian Gallacher 30/3 #222776
highlightLittle Woodswallow
Cox's Rd, Pilliga forest
A small flock of about 12 Little Woodswallows were a nice surprise on an otherwise very quiet morning in the Pilliga.
Marc Anderson 30/3 #222774
Sun 29Brown Honeyeater, Sacred Kingfisher and Latham's Snipe
Eastlakes golf course
2 Brown Honeyeaters back again near track that separates the two golf courses feeding on flowering paperbarks. A Sacred Kingfisher and 6 Latham's Snipe also present, the latter I'm sure won't be around for much longer.
David Mitford 30/3 #222775
Little Lorikeet
Lower Pappinbarra
8 Little Lorikeet seen this afternoon flying low towards the North East. Lots of flowering gums here. Rainbow, Scaly-breasted and Musk Lorikeets also around every day lately, as well as many Honeyeaters. eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 29/3 #222765
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Shark Island, NSW
Flying around the eastern side of the island late this morning
Biggles Csolander 29/3 #222762
Pink-eared Duck
Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo
Spotted a solitary Pink-eared Duck at the waters edge on the wetlands lake. Don't get them in the zoo very often, but nice to see any way.
Andrew O'Brien 29/3 #222761
Pink-eared Duck
Powells Lane, Richmond Lowlands
A pair of Pink-eared ducks with 4 ducklings seen this morning on a CBOC outing this morning. A rare breeding event for Cumberland County. eBird checklist Further information
Jenny & Rod Stiles, Peter & Carol Abbott & CBOC members. 29/3 #222760
Plumed Whistling-duck
Pughs Lagoon
14 Plumed Whistling-ducks observed in the lagoon during a CBOC outing this morning. eBird checklist Further information
Jenny & Rod Stiles, Peter & Carol Abbott & CBOC members. 29/3 #222759
Sat 28highlightPacific Emerald Dove
Royal Botanic Gardens (Sydney)
A single Emerald Dove, of the eastern race, seen perched in a eucalypt in the gardens near the Maiden Pavilion. No bands present - suggests that this bird is a wild one moving through.
Genemar Ignacio per Ashwin Rudder from Facebook 10/4 #222906
Buller's Albatross and Yellow-nosed Albatross
SOSSA Wollongong pelagic
2 Buller's Albatross and an Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross were the highlights of the March pelagic. One of the Buller's was a 3rd year bird based initially on the incompletely developed bill pattern and paler grey head and confirmed based on the primary moult pattern. Also seen were good numbers of Pomarine Jaegers, 1 Long-tailed Jaeger, Grey-faced Petrel, Black-browed, Shy and Campbell Island Albatross, Short-tailed Shearwaters and 1 Sooty Shearwater.
Robert Hynson on behalf of all on board the Sandra K 30/3 #222780
Powerful Owl
Murray St Bateau Bay
A male Powerful Owl was calling strongly and persistently at this site at 3.15 am. This follows on from when the same bird (?) was calling strongly at 10.15 pm on the evening of 10 March 2015 and was kept under observation in a tree in my front yard for 15 minutes. At that time another Powerful Owl was heard calling some distance away. These are the first Powerful Owls at this site for two years.
Alan Morris 29/3 #222769
NO South Island Pied Oystercatcher
Chowder Bay
No signs of the SIPO at Chowder Head at low tide this morning. When I checked the tide levels, I found that the low tide level last Sunday (when I saw the bird feeding on exposed rocks) was at .2 meters. Today low tide was at .6 meters, which means the rocks visible last Sunday were under water today. The next tide coming below .5 meters will be on the 15th of April. Not sure it this is really relevant, but I think it is likely. There was also significantly more activity in the harbour today compared to last week.
Alfred Schulte 28/3 #222750
highlightCrescent Honeyeater
Royal National Park - McKell Avenue
Site as described my Marc on Thursday - at least 2 (probably more) Crescent Honeyeaters heard and observed. Difficulty arose as they were very cryptic (more so than usual), keeping surprisingly low in dense shrubs, calling infrequently.
Joshua Bergmark, Ashwin Rudder, David Mitford 28/3 #222749
Scarlet Honeyeater
Warriewood Wetlands and Irrawong Reserve
This morning in Warriewood Wetlands there were roughly 40 Scarlet Honeyeaters however there is little flowering but plenty of buds.
Jayden Walsh 28/3 #222743
Fri 27Diamond Firetail
TSR adjacent to Daisy Hill Station - 30deg 29min 34sec, 152deg 09min 24sec, c50km east of Armidale
10+ Diamond Firetails ca400m N of TSR entrance gate. An old Diamond Firetail nest (last season?) at site. An easterly record for the species?
Richard Jordan and Mike Jarvis 6/4 #222850
Beach Stone-curlew
Urunga Boardwalk
A single Beach Stone-curlew arrived on the mudflat at Urunga Heads on the morning of 27 March, at about 8 am. It is banded on both legs - one yellow, one grey. Further information
Michael Dahlem 31/3 #222783
Pink- eared Duck, Freckled Duck
Cowra Sewage Works
There were 100-150 Pink-ears at the Cowra sewage ponds along with Grey Teal, Pacific Black Duck , Hardhead and 6+ Freckled Ducks when a group of us from Ulladulla visited the area. These will be entered on eBird checklist
Bob Rusk 30/3 #222772
Double-banded Plover and Eastern Curlew
Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
First sighting of the 7 Double-Banded Plovers that are regular winter visitors in the grass area at the end of the spit. Also 3 eastern curlews that may be overwintering like they did last year at 2.30, high tide.
Julie Keating 27/3 #222737
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Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
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Hard to see
Unusual habitat
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