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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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March 2017
Tue 28Barking Owl
Acacia Gardens
I woke up to the call of a Batrking Owl at about 3 am this morning. It called several times and quite clearly to be unmistakable. I checked around dusk today if it roosted in the local reserve but without any success. However, I did see a pair of Tawny Frogmouths.
Edwin Vella 28/3 #230500
Freckled Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Red-rumped Parrot, Topknot Pigeon.
Dairy Swamp, Central Coast Wetlands, Tuggerah
There were 4 Freckled Ducks and 4 Australasian Shovelers at the Dairy Swamp this morning. This is the first time Freckled Ducks have been recorded at the Wetlands since January 2016, although up to 10 birds were at the nearby Tuggerah STW and McPherson Rd Swamp until June 2016. Also present was a Grey Goshawk harassing a flock of 16 Topknot Pigeons flushed from feeding in Camphor Laurels, a Whistling Kite annoying 162 Cattle Egrets roosting at the Swamp, a Nankeen Kestrel, 5 Red-rumped Parrots and some White-breasted Woodswallows were roosting in a dead tree. Plenty of other species of waterbirds were also present.
Alan Morris 28/3 #230491
Mon 27highlightWhite-browed & Masked Woodswallows
Belmore Swamp, Seales Rd
Following up a report yesterday from Karen Smedley I found about 40 White-browed Woodswallows and at least 5 Masked Woodswallows busily feeding with White-breasted Woodswallows around the edge of the melaleuca forest on the western side of Belmore Swamp. The swamp and surrounding paddocks are still flooded after the rains last week with many waterbirds making a long awaited return, including Australasian Shoveler and Glossy Ibis. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 27/3 #230487
Freckled Duck
Warriewood Wetlands
One bird seen at same location. Boardwalk near Katoa Close.
Peter Johnston 27/3 #230486
Musk and Little Lorikeet
Terrey Hills
Very large flocks of over 50 Musk Lorikeets with smaller numbers of Little Lorikeet present around Terrey Hills and the sandstone plateaux of Northern Sydney. Appear to be feeding on the heavily-flowering Red Bloodwood trees which have been flowering since December. With any luck the trees will remain in flower until the Swift Parrots arrive on the mainland. Interestingly the Musks are outnumbering the Rainbows at present.
Kurtis Lindsay 27/3 #230485
Pied Butcherbird
Richmond Lowlands
1st turf farm out of Windsor with the Driveway of palms
Gabrielle Rees 27/3 #230478
Sun 26Musk Duck, Great-Crested Grebe, Double-barred Finch
Wyalong Wetlands & WWTP, West Wyalong
27 members of the CCGBNSW were camped at West Wyalong over this weekend and made a number of visits to this wetland & saw 48 species!. Best birds were a female Muck Duck, up to 3 immature Great Crested Grebes, Double-barred Finches, Grey-crowned Babbler, 2 Chestnut Teal and many Pink-eared Ducks. (During the period 1998-2017 over 500 surveys were submitted into the Birdlife Australia Bird Atlas Database for the West Wyalong area, roughly 50 km radius of the town, of which there were only 3 reports of Great Crested Grebe, 10 for Chestnut Teal and 12 for Musk Ducks).
Alan Morris, Christina Port (photo) & 25 others 28/3 #230495
Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Superb Parrot, Grey-crowned Babbler
Ace Caravan Park, West Wyalong
During the period 23-27/3/17 the CCGBNSW were based at this caravan park with the purpose of having a 3 day survey of the bird habitats of an area of 50 km radius of West Wyalong.112 species were seen. At the Camp a max of 5 Major Mitchell Cockatoos visited the Camp site each day to feed on the cones of exotic pine trees; a flock of 21 Superb Parrots flew over the Camp, Grey-crowned Babblers were resident here, a Collared Sparrowhawk was regularly seen and Little Friarbirds were the commonest large honeyeater. (Between 1998-2017 over 500 surveys of birds were submitted to the Birdlife Australia's Bird Atlas Data Base for this area but only 11 reports of Collared Sparrowhawkls were submitted.).
Alan Morris, Christina Port (photo) & 25 others. 28/3 #230494
Freckled Duck, Australian Shelduck, Pink-eared Duck
Nerang Cowal Section, Lake Cowal , Forbes NSW
27 members of the CCGBNSW visited the Nerang Cowal (northern Section) of Lake Cowal, viewing the Lake from the Burcher-Forbes Rd, that is underwater, we being on the western side of the Lake near the tiny village of Burcher. In an hour over 37 species of waterbirds were seen, the commonest species being Pelicans and Pink-eared Ducks. We also saw 2 Australian Shelducks, Yellow & Royal Spoonbills, 3 Sacred Kingfishers, Grey-crowned Babblers, plenty of Black-fronted Dotterels, all the local Cormorants and Darters etc , and a Freckled Duck (see photo of Freckled Duck & Pink-ears). Note that between 1998-2017, in the Birdlife Australia's Birdata project, over 500 surveys of birds in the West Wyalong area have been submitted but there were only nine reports of Freckled Ducks.
Alan Morris, Christina Port (photo) & 25 others 28/3 #230493
Pacific Swift
Hume Hwy near Paddys River
1 Pacific Swift seen reasonably low down above highway between Goulburn and Paddys River
Mark Hall 28/3 #230492
Lesser Frigatebird
Flat Rock (Ballina)
Single Lesser Frigatebird cruised past Flat Rock on Sunday afternoon. No further sightings of the Roseate Tern since Friday, that I know of.
Steven McBride 27/3 #230489
Sat 25megamegaSemipalmated Plover
Lord Howe Island Airport Swamp
One bird in breeding plumage found by Henry Cook over the weekend. ID beyond doubt from analysis of photos.
Henry Cook per. Facebook 27/3 #230482
megamegaSouth Polar Skua, Kermadec Petrel, Gould's Petrel, Wandering Albatross
Offshore--Kiama Pelagic (SOSSA)
Highlights of todays SOSSA pelagic was a South Polar Skua, a Kermadec Petrel, 2 Gould's Petrels and 2 Wandering Albatrosses (1 Gibson's) all which gave great views. There were also 40+ Grey-faced and several Solanders Petrels, Shy and Black-browed Albatrosses, as well as Flesh-footed, Wedge-tailed, Short-tailed and Hutton's Shearwaters. A number of Wilson's Storm-petrels also accompanied the boat for most of the day. Further information
Brook Whylie and all aboard the MV Kato 25/3 #230468
Fri 24Banded Lapwing, Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Superb Parrot
Alleena Siding, 20 km south West Wyalong
Enroute to Buddigower Reserve, the 27 members of the CCGBNSW stopped off at Alleeena siding/silo, on the now defunct Barmedman - Rankin Springs Railway Line, just off the Newell Highway. Three Banded Lapwings flew over the road, an adult male Superb Parrot and 2 Major Mitchel Cockatoos were also seen here. A Wedge-tailed Eagle and Jacky Winters were some of the other highlights. Elsewhere in the West Wyalong area, Major Mitchell Cockatoos were seen at 5 sites, some on multiple occasions and Superb Parrots at 3 sites.
Alan Morris 28/3 #230496
highlightSemipalmated Plover
LHI18--Moseley Park Swamp
Not sure who first discovered the plover however members of Ian Hutton's tour group pointed the bird out to us. I believe it's the same bird listed under the NSW list. Note webbing between toes eBird checklist Further information
Nicole Spillane and Paul Jacobson 27/3 #230484
highlightWandering Whistling-Duck
Bushells Lagoon
Pair Wandering Whistling-Ducks on Southern pond 10:30 AM eBird checklist
M Rutkowski 25/3 #230462
highlightRoseate Tern
Flat Rock (Ballina)
A Roseate Tern was briefly seen at Flat Rock late on Wed evening(22nd Mar) & I assume the same bird was back again late this afternoon at about 6:50pm. eBird checklist
Steven McBride 24/3 #230461
Square-tailed Kite
Evans Head Road in Broadwater National Park, Northern NSW
Single bird hunting low above the Banksia and other heath shrubs. Numerous honeyeaters present in area.
David Charley 24/3 #230458
Freckled Duck
Warriewood Wetlands
At least one Freckled Duck still present at the Katoa Place boardwalk although we did need to look several times before we saw it. The bird was sleeping on a floating stick near the channel at the back and was behind vegetation so only poor photos possible!
Jenny Stiles and Margaret Murray 24/3 #230457
Thu 23White-throated Needletail, Black-necked Stork, White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Brothersons Swamp
6+ Needletails over, adult pair of Black-necked Storks on ground N of swamp and a pair of Sea-Eagles perched in a dead tree in the vicinity of their nest tree. Also 3+ Needletails over Coutts Crossing Village.
Greg Clancy & Jochem & Naomi (Dutch tourists) 25/3 #230465
White-throated Needletail, Comb-crested Jacana, Plumed Whistling-Duck
Dam NE of Coutts Crossing (former chook farm)
6+ Needletails flying overhead, 2 juvenile Jacanas on lily pads and 33+ Plumed Whistling-Ducks on wall of dam.
Greg Clancy, Jochem & Naomi (Dutch tourists) 25/3 #230464
Pacific Baza
Sydney Park
1 individual, sitting on top of trees behind old Fedex building.
Gokay Gul via Sophie Golding 24/3 #230456
Wed 22highlightBush-stone Curlew
Six Mile Lane east of Grafton Airport
3 Bush-stone Curlews flew into a forested paddock adjacent to the new Pacific Highway alignment where i was working today. One seemed to be showing juv / imm behaviour which significantly indicates a seasonal breeding success.
Pete Knock 22/3 #230449
highlightBlue-faced Honeyeater
Centennial Park (Sydney)
An adult Blue-faced Honeyeater spotted on Parkes Drive opposite the Lilly Pond at 11:25. Not previously recorded on Ern Hoskin's park list. Bird flew down road stopping on car mirrors before being chased off by Noisy Miners towards the south.
Anne Brophy 22/3 #230448
highlightFreckled Duck (2)
Warriewood Wetlands
2 ducks still present at 7:15am this morning. Seemed quite settled - alert to people moving on the boardwalk but not that fussed and returned to preening almost immediately. One of the birds seems paler than the other - not sure if this indicates age or is simply natural variation.
Tom Wilson 22/3 #230447
Tue 21highlightFreckled Duck (2)
Warriewood Wetlands
To my amazement, this morning at 7:30am, there was not 1 Freckled Duck but 2 in the same spot as where Barry reported them yesterday! They both swam to the right after about 20 seconds where I could no longer see them but it is likely that they were still present at -33.695045 151.29148, albeit out of sight.
Jayden Walsh 21/3 #230439
Mon 20white-throated needle tails
Hurstville Grove
About a dozen flew over this morning around 8am. I was a bit surprised as there was no wind and there didn't seem to be a major weather change occurring.
Graham Fry 20/3 #230436
highlightFreckled Duck
Warriewood Wetlands
with a Pacific Black Duck and Chestnut Teal from the Katoa Close Boardwalk
Barry Lancaster 20/3 #230435
Sun 19Nankeen Night Heron Juvenile
Glenmore Park
Single juvenile bird seen around pond nearest to Glenmore Park shops and skate park. Has been around for about a week according to my son who walks past the pond to school. Very tame as it is by paths and easily got within 2 metres of it with dog!
Martin Snowball 20/3 #230430
Rufous Fantail, Black-faced Monrach
2 Rufous Fantail, a juvenile Black-faced Monarch and one or two Golden Whistlers were seen beside Cleveland Rd. Signs that the autumn migration is well under way. Also along nearby Farm Rd, I watched 2 young Brown Goshawks over a period of 20 minutes attempting to catch one of the Choughs which were nest building. Both Goshawks had failed.
Edwin Vella 19/3 #230427
highlightWhite Terns, Black Noddy and Streaked Shearwater
Mistral Point, Maroubra
A remarkable seawatch this afternoon with at least 6 White Terns seen including 5 visible at the same time. They were feeding pretty much all afternoon in a distant flock of Silver Gulls, their feeding behaviour was observed for hour after hour, we even saw them occasionally hovering just before plunging. Also Robert picked up a Black Noddy as it flew across Maroubra Bay, but unfortunately it kept heading south. Despite the very low numbers of Shearwaters, we were still able to get on a Streaked Shearwater has it flew south.
David Mitford, Robert Griffin and Greg McLachlan 19/3 #230426
highlightInland Dotterel
Shoalhaven Heads--Inlet
Also: single Great Knot, many Pied Oystercatchers, 3 x Caspian Tern, single Ruddy Turnstone, many Red-necked Stints
Allon Traub 19/3 #230425
Little Eagle
Bobbin Head Rd North Turramurra
A pale phase Little Eagle passed over my house approx 4:45pm. Came up from the East at not much more than treetop level and gained lots of height as it headed South-West. Also at 11am this morning a White phase Grey Goshawk was seen. I have a pair of local grey-phase birds but I've never seen a white one before.
Tom Wilson 19/3 #230424
Little Raven
65 birds seen in paddocks by the western side of Old Argyle Road. 105 Straw-necked Ibis with them.
Lorne Johnson 19/3 #230423
Sat 18Superb Lyrebird
Harold Reid Reserve Middle Cove
I have been hearing a superb Lyrebird calling for two days now and my neighbour saw it this evening. An exciting bird to have in the middle of suburbia. I have heard them In the past deep in the gully of Scott's Creek, but never this close to North Arm Road.
Lorna Bloom 18/3 #230420
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Coachwood Park
Observed 3 Wedge-tailed Eagles above Coachwood Park this morning heading toward Mt Kembla. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 18/3 #230416
Magpie Goose
Wilberforce (approx. 55 km NW of Sydney)
Both birds still present about 3 pm on the large dam between Bushells Lagoon and Argyle Reach Rd. The dam is on private property but the Geese can easily be viewed from Argyle Reach Rd. Hundreds of other ducks on this dam as well.
Edwin Vella 18/3 #230414
Crested Shrike-tit
Darling River Block Dam at Menindee N.S.W.
I only saw one, a male. I'll be looking again tomorrow.
Deb Prentice 18/3 #230413
Superb Lyrebird
Warners Park, Northbridge, Sydney
Thought I could hear a Lyrebird early this morning. I subsequently managed to find it. First record I have had here - I am aware of some other sightings in suburbs to the north.
Murray Lord 18/3 #230409
Fri 17highlightGrey-faced Petrel, White Tern & Black-browed Albatross
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Late in the day, we managed to find a very co-operative Grey-faced Petrel as it performed well fairly close in. Soon after a typically distant White Tern struggled as it tried flying south into the strong wind. Three adult Black-browed Albatross sitting together on the ocean gave the evening a distinct winter feeling.
David Mitford and Greg McLachlan 18/3 #230410
White-throated Needletail
St Clair
Seen Needletails flying overhead 3 mornings in a row over the suburb, starting around 9am Wednesday morning. Thursday had several groups of birds seen over a number of hours and was back again this morning in groups, pairs and singles. Also seen 2 Fork-tailed Swifts mixed in with Thursday's Needletails.
Johan Olsson 17/3 #230402
Powerful Owl
Between Milner & Russell Sts Wollstonecraft
Just before 9am heard grey butcherbirds and ravens making a ruckus, joined by sulphur-crested cockatoo and currawongs. Powerful Owl roosting in hackberry tree, making soft chuntering noise as it was being harrassed. Only a raven was brave enough to actually make contact, the others kept their distance! The resident noisy miners made a token effort around 9.30 but left it to the bigger birds. One currawong sat above the owl and pulled leaves off the tree and dropped them around it, while another one did the beak clack and swooping behaviour. Owl was still there at 10 when I had to leave for work.
Lindy Jones 17/3 #230397
Thu 16highlightWhite Terns and Streaked Shearwater
Mistral Point, Maroubra
In variable conditions this evening, 2 more White Terns seen flying north together. All white, no contrast and flying about 10-15 metres above the ocean. Also finally a decent view of a Streaked Shearwater.
David Mitford 17/3 #230396
highlightSouthern Giant Petrel
Red Point, Port Kembla
A slight break in the weather allowed a short visit to Red Point, Port Kembla where an immature Sth GP was discovered foraging in close to the point. Despite the rain I managed to get some shots. eBird checklist
Paul Lynch 16/3 #230395
White-throated Needletail
Seven Hills
4 birds seen flying low over Prospect HWY near the shopping centre this morning escaping the rain.
Edwin Vella 16/3 #230394
Square tail kite
St Ives chase area
Undeterred by the rain and possibly hungry this bird in its display with effortless circling and swerving manoeuvres from the tops of tree the line. This took place at the edge bushland that meets a playing field, with many noisy miners in large numbers here this kite and it's mate are frequent visitors..
Mart coss 16/3 #230389
Wed 15highlightInland Dotterel
Shoalhaven Heads Inlet
Continuing bird, roosting with Pacific Golden Plover. 1 Common Tern, 1 Great Knot, 22 Pied Oystercatchers, 14 Double-banded Plover. eBird checklist
Carla Jackett 16/3 #230384
Streaked Shearwater
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Only five minutes after arriving at the site, a Streaked Shearwater was seen close enough in among a huge group of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters to note the brown-flecked head, pale bill, distinctive underwing and paler brown upperwing. This is the closest I have ever seawatched a Streaked Shearwater and I had prolonged views as it slowly moved north against the wind. Another bird was briefly located further out later in the day, and what was presumably the same bird continued to taunt us in the poor light all afternoon as it would occasionally flash its light underwing before disappearing. This behaviour is quite uncharacteristic of these birds (from seawatching at least) as they are normally very easy to pick up and follow. Overall estimate of 2-3 birds seen, with numerous sightings through the afternoon. eBird checklist
S. Gorta, D. Mitford, C. Callaghan, A. Walker, A. Rudder 15/3 #230383
highlightWhite-throated Needletail
Brotherson's Swamp, Coutts Crossing
1,000+ birds flying as low as 1 m above the road and wetland as well as others circling high above. The constant activity made counting difficult and the estimate (1,000+) may be an underestimate. It was certainly the largest flock that I have seen for many years.
Greg Clancy 15/3 #230382
Tue 14highlightCollared Kingfisher
Riverside mangrove forest, Fingal Head
Two birds close together with another bird calling from approximately 120m upstream.
David Charley 17/3 #230398
Powerful Owl
Milner St Wollstonecraft
Bird seen sitting on the 'stinkpipe' from 9.45pm to 10.15pm (could have been there longer, I just happened to see it from that time). It was just surveying the area, trying to keep the wind from ruffling its feathers, before it gave up and flew in a southerly direction.
Lindy Jones 16/3 #230393
highlightWhite Tern
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Highlight this evening was a White Tern, distant but pure white from all angles, direct flight occasionally diving, first record here since 2013. Both Arctic and Pomarine Jaegers seen as well as reasonable numbers of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters.
David Mitford, Corey Callahan & Andrew Walker 14/3 #230374
highlightOriental Cuckoo, Grey Goshawk
Eastlakes golf course
Oriental Cuckoo still here today. First seen at about 5:30pm at the end of Tee 3 and later at the normal spot at the start of the 4th. Grey Goshawk seen over the lower pond.
Steve Edwards 14/3 #230373
Oriental Cuckoo
East Lakes Golf Course
In the rain, we wandered around searching the trees near Tee 4 for about 40 minutes before the cuckoo "turned up". It was seen perched on the wooden post near Tee 4 and then in the trees nearby.
Elisabeth and Tom Karplus 14/3 #230369
Mon 13highlightOriental cuckoo
Eastlakes golf course
Still there at 2.30pm. Flew across fairway, halfway up the 3rd and settled in the pines. Fiona Brooks reports bird at the 4th earlier in the day. Attached photo looks similar to a more unusual female "hepatic" form seen in the Pizzey app. Any thoughts? [Moderator's Note: The bird is moulting out of juvenile plumage into adult female hepatic plumage - this is why it looks quite scruffy on the face compared to a standard adult. JB]
Chris Gregory, Fiona Brooks 13/3 #230358
megamegaWhite-bellied Storm Petrel
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
The fregetta storm petrel seen off Sydney on Saturday has been identified as a White-bellied Storm Petrel. Although the photographs are not of high quality, they clearly show the black throat/upper breast cut off at a higher level than would be the case for BBSP, all white belly and no toe projection beyond the tail. Rob Hynson who first called the bird will coordinate a submission to BARC. Thanks to Jodi Osgood and Jon Spicer-Bell for supplying the images.
Roger McGovern 13/3 #230351
highlightOriental Cuckoo
Eastlakes golf course
At sunrise. Same location as previously reported, favouring the 4th Tee Information Post as a roost. Also two bold Red Foxes in shrubs nearby
Jon Spicer-Bell 13/3 #230346
Sun 12White-throated Nightjar
Shoplands Rd Annangrove
Heard calling from across the gully about 10pm. I hear a few calling during each summer but this is late in the season. Wonder when they do all choof off north? (Moderator's Note: Departure date is usually late March-early April. AKM)
Darryl Smedley 13/3 #230363
Powerful Owl
Sydney Park
1 x Powerful Owl observed sitting in a large Callistemon in the Park early Sunday morning.
Gokay Gul via Sophie Golding 13/3 #230355
Hooded Plover
Termeil beach
On Sunday morning approx 7:30am, saw 2 x Hooded Plovers on the beach just outside the area marked off as having endangered species on the beach (north end).
Sophie Golding 13/3 #230354
Spangled Drongo
Randwick Environment Park
Within the wetlands, seen from Dooligah Avenue. (Moderator's Note: This would appear to be the first autumn return to the Central Coast/Greater Sydney Region from the breeding areas in north-east NSW.AKM) eBird checklist
Graeme Robinson 13/3 #230350
highlightOriental Cuckoo, Tawny Grassbird, Musk Duck
Eastlakes golf course
Oriental Cuckoo was seen well by a number of observers in the previously reported locations. The bird did fly into a Eucalypt near the pond for 10 minutes before heading back to the pines near the 4th tee. Tawny Grassbird observed for several minutes perched on a dead branch of small shrub in large bulrush area between the 2 ponds. One female Musk Duck was seen at the smaller pond. eBird checklist
Carla Jackett, Nerida Hudspith, Joy Williams 13/3 #230349
Powerful Owl
Woodfield Ave, Bundeena
1 bird heard calling at around 2.30 this morning.
Deryk Engel 12/3 #230345
highlightRed-footed Booby (2), Kermadec Petrel
Pelagic off Forster
Highlights of a pelagic out of Forster today were two Red-footed Boobies that came into the boat not long after reaching the shelf break and a dark morph Kermadec Petrel. One of the boobies appears to be a fairly 'classic' light morph bird, whilst the other could be an immature light morph (still to be determined and will be thrashed out in the ORAC submission). The birds arrived at the boat together flying almost in unison, flew around the boat a few times and departed together. Also seen was a White-faced Heron at the shelf, a few Grey-faced Petrels, a Shy-type Albatross, lots of Flesh-foots yet no storm-petrels of any description. A distant Black-browed type albatross in inshore waters as well.
Mick Roderick, Dan Williams, Ashley Carlson et al 12/3 #230343
highlightMagpie Goose
Bushels Lagoon Wilberforce
2 Magpie Geese feeding with many 100;s of Black Duck Grey Teal White and Straw-necked Ibis at the Argyle Rd end of the lagoon where there is a feed lot. Never been recorded from the Hawkesbury area before to my knowledge. Pity they are just out of the County would have been a mega tick for County listers. The lagoon is all private property at this end but u can see them from the road. They were feeding on top of the hill western side of the lagoon as u stand at the gate
Keith Brandwood 12/3 #230341
highlightMagpie Goose
Bushells Lagoon
Two Magpie Geese seen on a morning visit to the lagoon. Unusual for the area. The birds were with Ibis on the most eastern shore of the main lagoon. Seen clearly through the scope. Average photo attached of the pair. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan and Max Breckenridge 12/3 #230339
highlightOriental Cuckoo
Eastlakes golf course
Cuckoo still present early morning 12 March around 3rd Green/4th Tee as previously reported.
Tom Wilson 12/3 #230334
Sat 11highlightBlue-billed Duck
Pitt Town Lagoon
A female bird seen in the afternoon and viewable from the bird hide. This being my on only second Blue-billed Duck for Sydney (both being female birds at Pitt Town Lagoon). I have attached a record shot of this bird but we all had good views of it through our scopes.
Edwin Vella and Follow That Bird 12/3 #230344
highlightCape Barren Goose
Gol Gol Lake, Gol Gol near Wentworth.
Rare visitor to the region. Saw 4 birds land on lake at dusk. Photo very poor but there can be no mistake as to what species they are. Moderator's Note: Cape Barren Geese are not unknown in the Lower Murray Region in NSW, there are records for Moulamein, Euston, Barham, Caldwell, Ivanhoe, Deniliquin, Wentworth and Morrisons Lake, Ivanhoe 1956-2012, and they normally occur at those locations during flood years on the Murray/Darling system. AKM)
Pauline Follett 11/3 #230331
Gang-gang Cockatoo and Red-whiskered Bulbul
30+ Gang-gangs were seen in suburban trees in Littleton and 2 Bulbuls seen in the Vale of Clywdd.
Grant Brosie 11/3 #230329
highlightWhite-necked Petrel, Gould's Petrel, Yellow-nosed Albatross
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
An interesting March pelagic trip after the strong winds of the previous few days. No tropical species (our first March trip since 2010 without a tropicbird) but a lot a very hungry shearwaters followed us all day. Highlights were a White-necked Petrel, a Gould's Petrel, our first March record off Sydney of Yellow-nosed Albatross and a briefly seen fregetta storm petrel which was thought to be a White-bellied. Photographs will be examined to see whether a firm ID can be made.
Roger McGovern and all on the Avalon IV 11/3 #230326
Fri 10White-throated Needletail
Gore Creek Valley, Northwood
A small group of about eight, seen from window, high overhead, about midday, wheeling and diving, disappeared before I could get outside.(Moderator's Note: We would not normally publish this observation because WTN have been common this summer over Sydney and the Central Coast but we are coming to the end of their time here so that this might be one of the last sightings! AKM)
Sheila Walkerden 11/3 #230327
highlightOriental Cuckoo
Eastlakes golf course
Hanging around the 4th tee (closest tee to Donaldson St entrance).
Paul Bruty 11/3 #230321
highlightOriental Plover
Norfolk Island Airport
Single bird among Pacific Golden and Double-banded Plovers, coming into breeding plumage. eBird checklist
Craig Doolan 10/3 #230318
Thu 9Southern Bookbook
University of Sydney
A single Southern Boobook was seen at GPS 33537 151112 being mobbed by Noisy Miners and a Grey Butcherbird. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 9/3 #230310
Wed 8Common Noddy
Red Point, Port Kembla
At 6.30pm it flew in low from the north to the point & then flew back toward Rocky Islet. It stayed in view for 15 minutes & appeared to be trying to hunt behind the breaking waves on the SE point of Rocky Islet. Unfortunately it was being harassed by Silver Gulls & I lost sight of it when it was chased by a Gull toward the western shore of Big Island. It appears to be the bird reported previously. eBird checklist
Paul Lynch 10/3 #230316
highlightOriental Cuckoo
Eastlakes golf course
I photographed an Oriental Cuckoo this morning at Eastlakes Golf Course. David Mitford and Richard Murray arrived about an hour later and we were able to re-find the bird and view it for some time. Also of note, David thinks he may have had this bird fly past briefly on Thursday last week (March 2nd), so it could be sticking around. See the eBird checklist for photos and further details. [Moderator's Note: Still present at 1:30pm per. Simon Gorta at -33.936744,151.216483. Still present at same GPS point 5:15pm per myself JB] eBird checklist
Corey Callaghan 8/3 #230301
Tue 7highlightEmerald Dove
Irrawong Reserve
Had good views of an Emerald Dove this morning at around 8am, 50m after the Garden Street entrance. My 100th bird for Irrawong Reserve! A cameratrap I placed in Warriewood Wetlands also detected an Emerald Dove (likely same bird) about 1 week ago.
Jayden Walsh, Michael Hanvey and John Taylor 7/3 #230293
Mon 6Common Noddy
Tacking Point Lighthouse
A good seawatch this afternoon after a strong southerly blowing all day, the highlight a Common Noddy feeding in close to the lighthouse with Common and Crested Terns. Only a few hundred metres out a feeding event was taking place with c.120 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, 1-2 Flesh-footed Shearwaters, Pomarine Jaeger and another unidentified Jaeger sp. seen in the distance. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy & Tony Bischoff 6/3 #230292
Black necked Stork
Belmore Swamp, Seales Rd
After rain there is finally water in Belmore Swamp. Two adult Storks and three juvenile storks present with lots of Swans and a few Stilts. Flocks of hundreds of Straw necked Ibis plus one flock of about 20 Glossy Ibis.
Lindy Frost 6/3 #230285
Sun 5Brolga
Teven Swamp
Pair Brolgas' male and female in the paddock next to Teven swamp, grazing quite happily. 100s' of Pied Stilts in the swamp also. West Ballina highway road side.
Angela Powell 7/3 #230294
Common Noddy
Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve--Point Plomer
Immature Common Noddy roosting on rocks.
Tim Morris 6/3 #230291
highlightBrown Booby
Flat Rock (Ballina)
Brown Booby briefly seen feeding just off Flat Rock this afternoon. Also a dead Grey-faced Petrel found beach-washed at Patches Beach, south of Ballina this morning. eBird checklist
Steve McBride 5/3 #230281
megamegaBlack-winged Petrel & Streaked Shearwater
Mistral Point, Maroubra
A large rolling feeding event for about 2 hours consisting of up to 1500 mainly Wedge-tailed Shearwaters was a very interesting spectacle already, then we picked up a Pterodroma. Once it came closer we instantly ruled out White-necked on size and lack of white nape, it showed a distinctive carpal bars. Goulds was eliminated by head pattern and less obvious/extensive carpal bar. Cooks eliminated on head colour and underwing. Even Barau's eliminated on size and crown pattern. A fairy close Streaked Shearwater also noteworthy.
D.Mitford, S.Gorta, M.Breckenridge,A.Walker & R.Crates 5/3 #230279
Pacific Swift, Brahminy Kite
Cape Bryon Light House
3 Pacific Swifts at 5.50 pm flying low over the Light House just ahead of a thunderstorm. Other birds present included a Brahminy Kite, many Welcome Swallows and Figbirds!
Alan Morris 5/3 #230277
highlightInland Dotterel
Shoalhaven Heads--Inlet
Inland Dotterel still present at 12:45pm on the flats between Comerong Is and Shoalhaven Heads. Associations with the Golden Plovers. Also a Red Knot present today as well as species previously reported. A WB Sea Eagle is causing some commotion.
Tom Wilson 5/3 #230271
Beach Stone-Curlew, Common Tern, Little Tern
Belongil Creek estuary, Byron Bay
At 800 hrs this morning 132 Little Terns, 45 Common Terns, max. 10 Pacific Golden Plovers, Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Pied Oystercatchers and a single Beach Stone-Curlew! Also present 14 Bee-eaters, White-headed Pigeon, White-breasted Woodsallows and Tree Martins plus usual gulls and terns and a Brahminy Kite
Alan Morris 5/3 #230270
Sat 4Black Kite
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve
An afternoon visit in the drizzle produced 1 Black Kite, Hobby, immature White-bellied Sea-eagle, a Swamp Harrier, a few Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 10 Common Greenshanks, Glossy Ibis, 2 male White-fronted Chats and a Brown Quail family
Christina Port and the Central Coast bird Group 5/3 #230272
highlightWhite-necked Petrel
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Superb conditions after lunch had plenty of Shearwaters streaming south. Mainly Wedge-tailed Shearwaters but also a few Flesh-footed Shearwaters and several Sooty Shearwaters. The highlight was a close White-necked Petrel which flew south with the shearwaters. The afternoon then fizzled out.
David Mitford, Andrew Walker and Corey Callahan 4/3 #230267
Painted Buttonquail
Chiltern Trail, Ingleside
Male accidentally flushed approx. 50m along trail at 4:27pm. I followed it to where it landed and had great, extended views from about 4m away as it sat there staring at me!
Jayden Walsh 4/3 #230266
Thu 2highlightInland Dotterel
Shoalhaven Heads
Excellent views of the bird scampering around the sand flats in company with a good range of other waders (10 spp in total). Amusing itself by picking on the smaller red-capped plovers but steering well clear of the larger golden plovers. Very pleased to see this very lovely bird in an equally lovely location - where it presently seems quite set.
Michael Ellison 3/3 #230257
highlightMusk Duck
Centennial Park (Sydney)
One female Musk Duck spotted on Busby's Pond this morning and still present into the afternoon. Although Musk Ducks have been historically associated with Centennial Park, being a resident species until the 1980's, they are now very rare visitors to the area. eBird checklist
Alan & Marylon Coates 2/3 #230251
Square-tailed Kite
St Clair
Single bird seen cruising over my backyard this afternoon, also a sighting from the same location Tuesday last week. Going through older files I've seen this species at this location 3 years running now, always around this time give or take a month or 2.
Johan Olson 2/3 #230250
Wed 1Glossy Ibis
Bicentennial Park (Sydney)
single bird seen to left of saltmarsh. The first I have seen here for several years.
Brenda Parkinson 12/3 #230336
Caspian Tern
Bicentennial Park (Sydney)
Adult with offspring flew in just in front of the bird hide. First I have seen in this location.
Brenda Parkinson 12/3 #230335
Black-necked Stork
Hexham Swamp West--Lenaghan Drive
A pair of Black-necked Stork seen while driving along Lenaghans Drive looking east across Hexham swamp.
Daniel John McKenzie 2/3 #230249
highlightCommon Noddy
Toowoon Bay reefs
seen late this afternoon,stayed for around 20 mins then got harassed by gulls ,then left and went to sea
luke ullrich 1/3 #230242

February 2017
Tue 28Southern Boobook
Eastlakes Golf Course, Sydney
Yellow Thornbills alerted me to this Boobookl this arvo. The photo is from IPhone, the Thornbill just visible as well.
David Mitford 28/2 #230237
Pink-eared Ducks, Australian Shoveler, Hardhead
Teven Swamp, West Ballina, highway roadside section
It is a very long time since I have seen these ducks locally. I observed them amongst the hundreds of dabbling teals. The lakes have been topped up from good showers in the last 2 days across the Region
Duncan Fowler 28/2 #230236
Mon 27White-throated Needletail
Canterbury Railway Station
At this unusual location I saw 25 low flying birds feeding in cloudy conditions, sometimes flying lower than the height of the new apartment blocks. No Swifts.
David Mitford 28/2 #230235
Common Noddy
Red Point, Port Kembla
During an evening sea-watch I was lucky to get some photos of a Common Noddy as it passed the point heading north. eBird checklist
Paul Lynch 27/2 #230232
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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