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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

September 2014
Tue 23Red-backed Kingfisher
Rushforth Rd South Grafton
sighted at 11.30am today at same position as reported by Greg Clancy. Observed flying down from power line and taking insects. Very active. Location was at the southern end of the badly eroded creek about half a kilometre before entrance to property Ballandean..
Warren Thompson 23/9 #219871
Dollarbird, Bassian Thrush, Koel, Channel-billed Cuckoo (3), Pacific Baza
Warriewood Wetlands and Irrawong Reserve
You can tell spring is definately underway with many migratory species back in the valley. Also many scarlet Honeyeaters and several Eastern Rosellas. Also of note was a Brown Antechinus running around my feet for ten minutes! At one point I sat down on a step nearby and it climbed to eye level about 10cm away from me and just looked at me! (Moderator's Note: This is the first Dollarbird for the Greater Sydney area.AKM)
Jayden Walsh 23/9 #219868
Mon 22Spotted Quail-Thrush
Conjola National Park - Cudmirrah Section
Seen in regenerating section of Blackbutt Road on left hand side, approximately 500m west of the intersection of Slaty Box Road.
Lesley May 23/9 #219875
Eastern Bristlebird, Pilotbird, Beautiful Firetail, Southern Emu Wren
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
Early morning walk along the Griffiths Trail at Barren Grounds NR and back again later in the afternoon. Most of the 'specialties' found within a few hundred metres of the carpark. Eastern Bristlebirds are quite vocal. No Ground Parrots seen or heard. Still very cool early in the morning and the birds were relatively quiet, even at dawn. Based on previous visits and audio recordings from this site it is much more 'birdy' later in the year from late October onwards.
Marc Anderson 23/9 #219874
highlightSuperb Parrot
Tarcutta floodplain crossing on Hume Highway
Sighted 2 Superb Parrots in flight crossing the highway, one of them kindly redecorating my windscreen while passing. Sighted plenty of other species while driving from Sydney to Albury including 3 x Square-tailed Kites, 5 Wedge-tailed Eagles (one trying to catch a rabbit on the freeway ahead of me), 1 Black-shouldered Kite and 1 Black-faced Monarch.
Andrew Whitaker 23/9 #219863
highlightSwift Parrot, Painted Honeyeater, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Turquoise Parrot
Wilpinjong Creek, Murragamba
Two Swift Parrots feeding on fruiting mistletoe or lerp in Rough-barked Apple and Blakeley's Red Gum on creek (no flower in red gums, just bud). Calling alerted to their presence. Theh were very 'flighty' and flew off twice before sundset could not relocate them. Passing through just for a day? Unfortunately on private property so there is no access. It is worth keeping a look out in the area. Three Painted Honeyeaters in fruiting mistletoe, two Turquoise Parrot and one Black-chinned Honeyeater nearby.
Kurtis Lindsay 22/9 #219861
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher
Rushforth Road, South Grafton
Kingfisher still present this afternoon at the same location where it was observed on Thursday 18th. Also observed by local birdos on Friday and Saturday.
Greg Clancy 22/9 #219859
Painted Honeyeater
Medhurst Bridge, Martindale Valley (Mid Hunter Valley)
Up to 12 Painted Honeyeaters seen this morning at this well known site (the mistletoe at the site is Amyema quandang, which is growing in a bi-pinnate wattle, but apparently isn't flowering strongly). Maximum number of birds seen at once was 8.
John Weigel per Mick Roderick 22/9 #219851
Forest Kingfisher
Caniaba, Lismore NSW
FK (male) first sighting for season.
paul griffin 22/9 #219848
Australian Koel
Greenwich [Gore Cove area]
Taking my cue from Simon Gorta's posting of 20/9: one heard calling at 7 a.m. [my first this spring, locally]
Ted Nixon 22/9 #219845
Sun 21Diamond Firetail, Zebra Finch, Rufous Songlark, Brown Falcon
5 km SE Baldry on the Baldry-Molong Rd
A pair of Diamond Firetails were found at a site where plantations of Spotted Gums had been planted to control salt problems in soil. Also present were 4 Zebra Finches, Rufous Songlarks and Fairy Martins, and a Brown Falcon. These were the only Diamond Firetails seen at 30 sites in and around the Parkes Shire in a 3 day survey.
Alan Morris + 22 menbers of Birding NSW Central Coast Group 23/9 #219870
Speckled Warbler, Brown Treecreeper, Black-chinned Honeyeater
Spring Creek Picnic Area, Goobang NP, 35 km NE Parkes
Highlights of a 2 hour morning stop at the Spring Creek Picnic Area by members of the CCGBNSW, included a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, 2 Speckled Warblers, 2 Black-chinned Honeyeaters, nesting Brown Treecreepers, Choughs & Grey-shrike-thrushes, a Brown Goshawk and a Collared Sparrowhawk, Inland Thornbill, both White-throated and Western Gerygones, 2 Wedge-tailed Eagles, 2 Little Lorikeets, White-browed Babblers, Crested Shrike-tits and Rufous Songlark.
Alan Morris + 22 others 23/9 #219869
Buller's Albatross, Wandering type Albatros.
wattamolla royal national park.
Good numbers of albatross off wattamolla today including 45 Shy Albatross,about the same number of Black-browed Albatross.1 Wandering type Albatross, 3 Buller's Albatross and 1 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross also 4 giant petrel I didn't get close enough views to identify witch species and 1 Fairy Prion.
michael ronan. 22/9 #219852
Top Knot Pigeons
Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen
Same walk as mentioned by Jayden Walsh. I arrived before other spotters & lost count as to how many TKP's took flight from the car park region. Estimate 50 plus. Light drizzle & cool
Paddy de Klerk 22/9 #219849
highlightShining Bronze-Cuckoo, Brush Bronzewing, Black Bittern, Spangled Drongo
Deep Creek
A great morning on the PNHA Deep Creek outing with many birds seen including a single Shining Bronze-Cuckoo was seen near the beginning of the track whislt a single Black Bittern and Spangled Drongo were seen about 500m into the trail near the large stand of Cabbage Tree palms. Also an Eastern Rosella inspecting a hollow, a single White Headed Pigeon, Brown Cuckoo Dove and a Tawny Frogmouth on a nest.
Jayden Walsh 22/9 #219840
White-throated Gerygone
Scheyville National Park - Longneck Lagoon
Saw/heard at least ten White-throated Gerygones today on the main track in and the gas pipe track. Also saw several Fri 12 Sept at Mulgoa Rsv . Pic of one of today's birds obtained.
Michael Rutkowski 22/9 #219839
highlightLittle Curlew (Subject to submission to NSW ORAC)
Stockton Sandspit
Solitary Little Curlew present this afternoon, easy to compare with the many Easter Curlews and the few Whimbrels present. [Moderator's note (NH): Sightings of Little Curlews should be submitted to NSW ORAC. Please be aware that a pair of Pied Oystercatchers are nesting in the lagoon at the sandspit. Please obey the signs that are in place and do not disturb these endangered birds that already face a number of disturbances at this site.]
Andrew O'Brien 21/9 #219838
Richmond Vale (Lower Hunter Valley)
Today Dan Williams and I saw our first Dollarbird for the Hunter Valley this season at Richmond Vale. Reporting it here as there do not seem to be any NSW reports of Dollarbirds thus far. I heard from Simon Gorta that he had one at Hawks Nest today too. (My first Dollarbird last year was from Shortland on the 21st Sept also). There was also a Pallid Cuckoo not far from the Dollarbird site.The Cessnock woodlands are now full of White-throated Gerygones and we had a single Leaden Flycatcher today as well.
Mick Roderick and Dan Williams 21/9 #219835
Rufous Songlark, Tawny Grassbird, Zebra Finch
Richmond Lowlands
In Onus Lane this afternoon we had 13 Zebra Finches, at least two Tawny Grassbirds and one Rufous Songlark (heard calls clearly).
Ákos and Donata Lumnitzer 21/9 #219833
Brahminy Kite
Lake Munmorah SCA - Snapper Point
Two immature Brahminy Kites near Snapper Point. Frustratingly had my wide angle lens on so only managed a couple of poor ID shots before they were gone. The other bird was directly into the sun but I'm quite certain it was also an immature bird.
Rebecca Citroni 21/9 #219828
White-throated Gerygone
South Coffs Harbour-Toormina
One White-throated Gerygone heard singing; first returns for the area.
Peter Higgins 21/9 #219821
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
11a Dirigeree Road Nelson Bay NSW
One adult male Glossy Black-Cockatoo feeding on she-oak in backyard bordering water board land/national park.
Bryony Brownlie 21/9 #219819
Sat 20Black Kite, Freckled Duck, Sacred Kingfisher,
Gum Swamp, Forbes
Highlights from a 90 minute stint at Gum Swamp by members of the BNSWCCG, included 11 Freckled Duck, 5 Sacred Kingfishers some calling, 4 Black Kites, Sea-Eagle on nest, 1 Black-tailed Native-hen, nesting Choughs and Grey-crowned Babblers, Rainbow Bee-eaters, Australian Shovelers and Hoary-headed Grebes.
Alan Morris & 22 others 23/9 #219867
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Butterleaf State Forest / Glen Elgin area
A total of ten birds sighted. Two groups of three (family groups) and two pairs. All feeding on Oak [Casuarina sp.]. All within a 50ha area.
David Charley 22/9 #219847
Latham's Snipe
La Perouse [Botany Bay NP]
Flushed from the edge of a rivulet almost opposite the cottages at the 12th hole of the golf course [2 p.m]
Ted Nixon 21/9 #219831
Latham's Snipe (2), Little Lorikeet, Brown Goshawk (2), Dusky Woodswallow (2)
Mt Annan Botanical Gardens
2 Latham's Snipe at the larger top pond. Little Lorikeet (many) including some checking out tree hollows. Pair of Dusky Woodswallows also seen and pair of Brown Goshawk circling over the woodland creek walk. Plenty of Striated Pardalotes and an echidna there too. Tree Martins have returned to nest in the big gum just beyond the first entry roundabout. A dozen Satin Bowerbirds (mostly females/imm) feeding on figs in the main gardens was also good to see.
David Vickers 21/9 #219824
White-throated Gerygone
Valery, Valery Rd
First White-throated Gerygone for season. Valery is about 10 km inland.
Michael Cheers 21/9 #219825
Varied Sittella, Pacific Baza, Restless Flycatcher, Leaden Flycatcher
South Grafton Water Reserve (Abattoir TSR)
4 Varied Sittellas in mixed feeding flock with White-throated Gerygone, White-throated Honeyeater, Golden Whistler, Leaden Flycatcher, Black-faced Monarch etc. 1 Restless Flycatcher nearby. Adult Pacific Baza soaring over canopy then flew up and performed undulating display.
Greg Clancy, Alan Pilkington 21/9 #219820
Australian Koel
Hawks Nest
Australian Koels continue to arrive back at their summer haunts with one heard this evening. Not many reports about yet this season.
Simon Gorta per Ashwin Rudder 21/9 #219818
Pacific Baza, Grey Goshawk, Wedge-tailed Eagle
Devlin Rd, Castleraegh
A single Pacific Baza on w bank of river, performing tumbling display flight. Also present one Grey Goshawk and pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles. At nearby Agnes Banks NR several breeding pairs of Spotted Pardalote and several Striated Pardalotes also seen.
Eric Finley 20/9 #219813
Rainbow Bee-eater, White-throated Gerygone, Grey Goshawk, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Cattai National Park
Both Rainbow Bee-eaters and White-throated Gerygones have now returned to the Hawkesbury. At least one Grey Goshawk seen and a dark morph White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike and a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles seen displaying over Cattai NP.
Edwin Vella and Follow That Bird 20/9 #219812
Channel-billed Cuckoo, Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Black-faced Monarch, Black-chinned Honeyeater
South Grafton Water Reserve (Abattoir TSR)
Channel-billed Cuckoo and Little Bronze-Cuckoo heard calling, 2 Black-faced Monarchs observed (observer's first local records of these migrants this season), 3+ Black-chinned Honeyeaters heard calling, 1 observed.
Greg Clancy & Alan Pilkington 20/9 #219811
highlightChestnut Teal, Little Eagle
Cotton Farm, Ashley
A Little Eagle was observed above a farm irrigation dam for about 10 minutes. This is the first sighting at this location and first time we have seen this species over water. A single male Chestnut Teal was observed among tens of Grey Teal in an irrigation dam. This is also the first sighting at this location and a very unusual sighting for this area and habitat as it is an artificial dam. eBird checklist Further information
Curtis Hayne and Ainslee Lines 20/9 #219810
Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Eulah Creek
Hadn't seen or heard any for a while, but this morning 3 Ground Cuckoo-shrikes landed in short grass on our property, calling all the time (no photo taken). In the past I considered myself lucky to see them somewhere in the North-West about once a year. Now there have been 6 or 7 sightings in less than a year, all here on our small property at Eulah Creek. Further information
Michael Dahlem 20/9 #219795
Black-fronted Dotterel
Glenbrook Lagoon
I was alerted to this species at the lagoon by Debbie Harris. First time I have seen or heard of them there in at least ten years. They could easily have been passed over as Masked Lapwing chicks.
Julie Neumann 20/9 #219794
Powerful Owl
King Creek, Wauchope
Heard calling at 4:30am.
Clive Meadows 20/9 #219792
Fri 19Whiskered Tern, Australian Shelduck, Avocet, Freckled Duck
Parkes Waste Water Treatment Park
Highlights of a 2 hour stint at the Parkes STW by members of the Central Coast Group, Birding NSW included 9 Whiskered Terns, 2 Australian Shelducks, 10 Red-necked Avocet, 3 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 1 Black-tailed Native Hen, 1 Glossy Ibis, 3 Superb Parrots, 1 Freckled Duck, 10+ Australian Shovellers, 1 Rufous Songlark, a Swamp Harrier, Whistling Kite & 200+ Pink-eared Ducks and many Grey Teal etc.
Alan Morris + 22 others 23/9 #219866
Red-wing Parrot
19km west of Glenn Innes
3 parrot observed on buds in roadside trees. Eastern edge of range.
David Charley 22/9 #219846
Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Channel-billed Cuckoo
2 two Yellow-billed Spoonbills were wading in our damn for a few hours in the morning. I spotted two Channel Billed Cuckoos in my mulberry tree on our property. I see them every year when the mulberries start to grow.
Tanja Van 20/9 #219816
Leaden Flycatchers, Rufous Whistler, Glossy Black-Cockatoo, White-throated Nightjar
Yuraygir National park (near Station Creek)
Minimum 7 Leaden Flycatchers along 2.5. km of fire trail, along with 2+ Rufous Whistlers, and group of 5 Glossy Black-Cockatoos. Many White-breasted Woodwallows and Rainbow Bee-eaters over heathland with many emergent pines and paperbarks. After dark, 2 White-throated Nightjars heard (1 seen), and 2 Owlet-nightjars also heard
Peter Higgins 20/9 #219797
Leaden Flycatcher
First return for season here.
Michael Cheers & Peter Higgins 20/9 #219796
Black-faced Monarch, White-breasted Woodswallow, Whiskered Tern
Cattai Wetlands
One Black-faced Monarch; 4 White-breasted Woodswallows hawking over the lake. Also 2 Eastern Shrike-tits, 2 Tawny Grassbirds and one Shining Bronze-cuckoo. Whiskered Tern in breeding plumage at nearby Cattai Creek ponds, viewed from Harrington Road. eBird checklist
Nicholas Beswick 19/9 #219790
Black-faced Monarch
Caniaba, Lismore NSW
Returning.Observed in euc. woodland with camphor laurel understorey, foraging around edge of canopy at middle height on sunlit side, regularly emerging from canopy to survey and chase insects.
paul griffin 19/9 #219779
Thu 18Superb Parrot
Holmwood HSD Bumberry, 30 km E of Parkes on Orange Road.
Group of three Superb Parrots flew across the road and landed in a flowering Yellow Box
Doug Hocking per Alan Morris 23/9 #219865
White-throated Nightjar, Eastern Ground Parrot
Yuraygir National Park (near Brooms Head)
Single White-throated Nightjar seen over heath, and a number of Eastern Ground Parrots heard.
Peter Higgins 20/9 #219798
highlightSquare-tailed Kite
Sydney Olympic Park--Lake Belvedere
During a visit to Lake Belvedere, we were very surprised to see a single Square-tailed Kite being harassed by an Australian Raven. Took a quick shot for id purposes, heavily cropped. The Square-tailed Kite has a distinctive right wing, missing some primaries. Never seen this species in the area previously.
Stephen Davey, Shirley Clarke 18/9 #219776
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Latham's Snipe, Common Blackbird
Eastlakes golf course
3 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper were seen in the small pond. Only 2 Latham's Snipes today. The Common Blackbird was in the same location as last week, singing very loudly
Mark Young 18/9 #219774
Pink-eared Duck
Badgerys Swamp, Waterview, near Grafton
3 Pink-eared Ducks loafing in shallows of wetland.
Greg Clancy, Alan & Wendy Pilkington 18/9 #219770
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher
Rushforth Road, South Grafton
Red-backed Kingfisher perched on powerline first observed by Alan then viewed and photographed by the three of us. Observer's (GC) 2nd record for Clarence Valley in 36 years and only one other Valley record - a bird 6 Km E of Grafton in Oct 2002 (Peter Morgan).
Alan & Wendy Pilkington, Greg Clancy 18/9 #219769
Latham's Snipe
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
A single Latham's Snipe sighted to the left of the bird hide (one closest to the quarry truck) in the small bay area below the seat. A pair of Crested Shrike-tits also observed in the trees to the left past the quarry truck as we walked into the hide.
Sue Chatfield 18/9 #219767
Magpie Goose, Little Grassbird
Narrabri Lake
Update on the Magpie Goose population at Narrabri Lake - counted about 90 this morning (the photo shows only part of the mob). Also heard at least 3 Little Grassbirds calling from reeds. Further information
Michael Dahlem 18/9 #219765
Scarlet Honeyeater
Sydney Olympic Park
Two male Scarlet Honeyeaters at Little Kronos Hill-vocal and looking good on a spring day. Only my second record for SOP. Also 50 Red-necked Avocets, 18 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 1 Little Egret and an adult female Brown Goshawk.
Dion Hobcroft 18/9 #219762
Latham's Snipe, Australian Reed Warbler, Little Grassbird, Australasian Grebe
Warriewood Wetlands
A single Latham's Snipe was seen in its usual spot. Australian Reed Warbler, Little Grassbird and Australasian Grebe all seen in the main pond near Shearwater Drive.
Jayden Walsh 18/9 #219759
Wed 17Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Little Egret
Southgate Creek, N of Grafton
One Freckled Duck loafing on log in water, one Pink-eared Duck on water and pair of Australasian Shovelers on water then loafing on bank. One juvenile Little Egret, with yellow-green legs, actively foraging. First record this site for Freckled and Pink-eared Ducks.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 17/9 #219758
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Red Wattlebird
Great Marlow, N of Grafton
One Horsfield's Cuckoo observed in trees and riverside reeds. One Red Wattlebird moving S with other birds (?Australian Figbird). Red Wattlebirds are an uncommon winter visitor to the Clarence lowlands.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 17/9 #219757
Pallid Cuckoo
School Lane, Southgate
One Pallid Cuckoo on powerline. First local record for season.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 17/9 #219756
Black Kite, Gull-billed Tern, Torresian Crow, Cattle Egret
Franks Creek, Southgate
90+ Black Kites, 100+ Torresian Crows, 19 Gull-billed Terns and 120+ Cattle Egrets as well as Australian Magpies and Common Mynas in or over paddock being ploughed by two tractors. Largest number of Black Kites seen in the Clarence Valley for some months.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 17/9 #219755
Tue 16Australasian Bittern
Fivebough Swamp Leeton
Two and possibly three Australasian Bitterns seen in the reeds out towards the hide. Also single Spotted and Spotless and several Baillon's Crakes found crossing the track. The swamp has been very dry for some time but was receiving 30,000 mega-litres a day of environmental flow with many other birds coming in. Two Bitterns were also seen on the 18th
Sue Proust and a the Hastings Birdwatchers campout group 20/9 #219793
highlightSpotted Quail-thrush, Gang-gang Cockatoo
Medlow Bath, Blue Mountains
Two very tame Spotted Quail-thrushes were walking at the end of Blue Gum Ave (near bushland) at Medlow Bath. They jumped over the gate and walked straight to the dog bowl (stealing food from them). A flock of 12 Gang-gang Cockatoo flew over Blue Gum Ave early morning. [Moderator's note (NH): There is a potential need to rewrite the 'diet' chapter for this species in HANZAB as it doesn't mention dog food? ;-)]
Ted Wnorowski 17/9 #219741
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Bellawongarah (Berry Mountain)
An adult White-bellied Sea-Eagle flew over the house yard at 2:35pm today being chased by Australian Magpies. First record for our property at Bellawongarah. We are on the escarpment 350m ASL west of Berry township. eBird checklist
Carla Jackett 16/9 #219737
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Noisy Pitta, Spectacled Monarch, Rufous Fantail, Topknot Pigeon
Iluka Nature Reserve
Adult male New Zealand Shining Bronze-Cuckoo observed, Noisy Pitta heard calling (must be close to departing), 1+ adult Spectacled Monarch, 1+ adult Rufous Fantail, 30+ Topknot Pigeons over at south-west edge of Reserve.
Greg Clancy 16/9 #219735
highlightLewin's Rail, Little Lorikeet
Riverside Park, Riverside Rd, Chipping Norton
2 Lewin's Rails, both calling ardently. 1 on the edge of the large pond has been calling from the exact spot (give or take 15 cm) for the third week running. Might be on a nest? The other is in a blackberry clump alongside Arthur St. There are still 50 or more Little Lorikeets in the riverflat forest, feeding in Euc. teriticornis and Euc. bauriana (a flock of 35 plus several pairs and flocks of 4-5). A pair was seen copulating in a dead red gum in the river flat forest. This follows observations of hollow prospecting here in May and on 2 September. HANZAB implies that they do not breed in central coastal NSW, but that is probably based on the first Atlas (1977-1981). Scarlet Honeyeater fairly common today in flowering eucalypts.
David James 16/9 #219732
Mon 15Silvereye
Coutts Crossing, SW of South Grafton
Flock of 20+ Silvereyes present, also on September 14, mostly local type birds (cornwalli) but at least one Tasmanian type (lateralis).
Greg Clancy 16/9 #219736
highlightpossible White-chinned Petrel (Subject to submission to HBOC ORAC)
Old Bar Beach at 31 58 36S 152 35 08E
Sea watch from 13.15 to 14.45. Weather conditions were good, the sun was behind me, there was a fresh sea breeze and the sea was choppy but not rough. At about 14.15, a large (roughly Pied Cormorant-sized) petrel flew strongly along the beach, close inshore. This petrel was completely black above and below, with no contrasting feet. It had a stout all-white tubenose bill. It was flying low over the water with steady wingbeats (no gliding or shearing). Also one Gull-billed Tern. [Moderator's note (NH): Given the rarity of any Procellaria in the area - especially of a healthy one at the beach, I would have preferred a more detailed description. The sun was behind the observer. Could reflection have exaggerated the white bill? To rule out other Procellaria, I would have preferred a more detailed description of the bill, including a specific mention of the maxillary unguis. The described flight style is very unusual for a Procellaria, especially in a fresh sea breeze.White-chinned Petrel is on the review list of HBOC.] eBird checklist
Nicholas Beswick 15/9 #219722
Australian Koel
Male Australian Koel calling loudly at 5:10 pm from a tree in our neighbour's yard. First I have seen/heard this season.
Jenny Stiles 15/9 #219721
Mangrove Gerygone, Glossy Ibis, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit, Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Sydney Olympic Park
3 Mangrove Gerygone singing in the mangroves & casuarina on the Riverwalk, just past Woo-la-ra on the way to the river. 1 Glossy Ibis at the Northern Water Feature, 3 Fan-tailed Cuckoos seen and 12 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit at the Waterbird Refuge. eBird checklist
Jenny Stiles 15/9 #219719
Silvereye (lateralis)
Caniaba, Lismore NSW
On movement south, but with group of around 10 which included at least one cornwalli, moving through understorey of eucalypt woodland. In the same environment but in the canopy of ironbarks, a White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, male dark morph.
paul griffin 15/9 #219715
Australian Koel
Bellevue Hill (Sydney)
1 Australian Koel calling from 4 am onwards.
Chris Gladwin 15/9 #219712
Sun 14Rufous Songlark
Royal National Park--Picnic area at top causeway
A single adult female Rufous Songlark feeding on the ground within the picnic area by 5 observers. Photograph by Martin Odino.
Martin Odino & Max O'Sullivan 15/9 #219727
highlightGround Cuckoo-shrike (4)
Back Yamma State Forest
Never seen the species in the area! Also a healthy number of the local specialities like Turquoise Parrot, Superb Parrot, Diamond Firetail and a lone Crested Shrike-tit.
Lorand Szucs 15/9 #219718
Whiskered Tern
Pejar Dam, Crookwell (Goulburn)
10 Whiskered Terns (and 20 Great-crested Grebes)
Chris Gladwin 15/9 #219713
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Widden Valley, Upper Hunter Valley
Pair of Regent Honeyeaters busy nest building and feeding on mistletoe in the river oaks along the river. Also large numbers of Rainbow Bee-eaters in the valley now.
michael ronan. 14/9 #219706
Plumed Whistling-Duck, Australian Shelduck
Bungendore Meadow Dam
13 Plumed Whistling-Duck and 14 Australian Shelduck. Over the past 6 years Plumed Whistling-Ducks have become regular in this area, but not until mid/late October. Thus an unusually early return. eBird checklist
Martin Butterfield 14/9 #219700
Topknot Pigeon, Eastern Osprey, Pacific Baza
Lane Cove National Park--Sugarloaf Point
30+ Topknot Pigeons were resting on a gumtree, flushed by a White-throated Treecreeper call nearby, interestingly. Also a single Pacific Baza soaring high and calling. Resident Eastern Osprey around the river chased by Masked (Black-shouldered) Lapwings.
Fatih Sam 14/9 #219698
White-eared Monarch, Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Varied Triller
Chambigne Creek TSR, Old Glen Innes Rd, via Grafton
Unusal sighting (for this location) of single White-eared Monarch feeding in tops of wattles beside creek. Varied Triller in same location along with Olive-backed Oriole and many Australian Figbirds feeding on native Fig fruit. Many Scarlet and Brown Honeyeaters. Also good looks at a Little Bronze-Cuckoo in drier vegetation near road/TSR junction.
Darryl and Gary Eggins 14/9 #219696
Bar-shouldered Dove, Striated Heron, Channel-billed Cuckoo
Warriewood Wetlands
A single Bar-shouldered Dove was seen in clear view from about 10 m away and heard calling at about 8:45 am this morning. A Striated Heron was seen very briefly flying off through the wetlands. A Channel-billed Cuckoo was also heard this morning and 2 days ago.
Jayden Walsh 14/9 #219693
Sat 13Australian Koel
Single Australian Koel heard giving call in flight at 07:00 - first record here for season. A few calls heard early morning 14 and 16 Sep, and louder and more persistent calling heard this morning (17 Sep).
Peter Higgins 17/9 #219744
Australian Spotted Crake, Latham's Snipe, Plum-headed Finch, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Pucca Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee NSW
While waiting in the bird hide to see the Citrine Wagtail saw an Australian Spotted Crake on the edge of the water and Plum-headed Finch were feeding in the low vegetation on the path leading to the hide. Also got good views of the Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo. Returned the following morning and saw through the fog a single Latham's Snipe. A fantastic wetlands area that is in need of greater patronage by the birding community. BTW the Citrine Wagtail was not seen.
Lisa Abra plus other bird watchers 16/9 #219733
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
On property on Fairlight Road in Mulgoa a male Glossy Black-Cockatoo. It was by itself and flew from gumtree to gumtree and also frequented She Oaks.
Tanja Van 13/9 #219689
Pacific Baza, White-headed Pigeon
Kurrajong area
One Pacific Baza in garden Grey Gums where this species formerly nested was my first local sighting in several years. Remarkably, another bird (different, worn secondaries) seen about an hour later in Kurrajong village about 3 km away. Also seen White-headed Pigeon, displaying Yellow-throated Scrubwren, nesting Common Bronzewing, and large numbers of southwards migrating Yellow-faced Honeyeaters with smaller numbers of White-naped Honeyeaters. eBird checklist
Eric Finley 13/9 #219685
Little Lorikeet
Cambridge Gardens
Approximately 6 Little Lorikeets feeding among Rainbow Lorikeets and a few Scaly-breasted Lorikeets in the large Mugga Ironbark on my street corner.
Ákos Lumnitzer 13/9 #219683
Pacific Baza
Kooringal Avenue, Thornleigh
Noisy Miner alarm calls alerted me to 4 Pacific Bazas circling overhead (in shallow circles as per Pizzey and Knight). One peeled off and plunged down, and almost immediately the other 3 did likewise, with all 4 tumbling into large trees on all four sides of where I stood. Amazing to watch and first time I have seen more than 2 Bazas at any one time. I found one Baza four houses along from ours in an angophora feeding on a Noisy Miner, but could not locate the other 3.
Cameron Ward 13/9 #219682
Black-shouldered Kite breeding pair
Pughs Lagoon Richmond NSW
2 Black-shouldered Kites, breeding pair. One called from a large stick nest at the top of a nearby pine tree. One fed the other. One broke of a twig from a gumtree and took it to the nest. Several Willie Wagtails calling in picnic area & a Restless Flycatcher. eBird checklist
Adrian O'Hara 13/9 #219676
Sacred Kingfisher
Woodfield Avenue Bundeena NSW
Heard this morning, first for me for this season of this returning migrant
Deryk Engel 13/9 #219673
Fri 12highlightPlum-headed Finch, breeding Blue-billed Ducks
Gum Swamp (Forbes)
Very surprised to see 50 plus Plumheads at the swamp this afternoon. I've never recorded them at this site before. A pair of Bluebilled Ducks had three very small chicks, and Freckled Ducks were still very abundant. Sea Eagle was on nest and White-breasted Woodswallows were present.
Warren Chad 12/9 #219662
highlightRegent Honeyeaters
Private property Scrubby Rush Road, Cowra
2 individuals seen feeding about 5.00pm in a red flowering gum with Red Wattlebirds, Little Friarbirds, White-plumed Honeyeaters - has been seen previously by the property owner
Frances Smith -Hastings Birdwatchers 12/9 #219661
Latham's Snipe, Comb-crested Jacana, Little Egret
Kings Creek Road Swamp, Wauchope
Saw my first Latham's Snipe for the season, when it flushed from the edge of this wetland. Also present was a Jacana, and a Little Egret, an uncommon visitor to this swamp. For once, there were no Whistling Ducks of either species.
Alan Morris 12/9 #219660
Striated Heron
Warriewood Wetlands
Immature in full view at main boardwalk around 1 pm
Carl Weber 12/9 #219658
Striated Heron, Nankeen Night Heron, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Deep Water Park Milperra
two separate adult Striated Herons, both along the river, one with green feet and one with bright orange feet. Single adult Night Heron on the island in the first pond on Maxwell Ave. Still hundreds of Musk Lorikeets feeding mostly on flowers of Blue Box and Forest Red Gum. One partially leucistic bird had yellow and green scaly upperprats. Probably more than 20 pairs of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets nesting. A pair of Australian King Parrots. !0 species of honeyeaters on the eucalypt blossum, including White-cheeked and Scarlet Honeyeater. (Moderator's Note; Bright orange/red legs and feet in Striated Herons is a sign that they are breeding. AKM)
David James 12/9 #219651
highlightSwift Parrot
Deep Water Park Milperra
12 Swift Parrots this morning about 8 am. At least 5 adults and at least 2 immatures. Contra HANZAB, the immatures were obvious with reduced brightness and sharpness of red face, no red in vent. One had missing central tail feathers. Feeding on blossom of Blue Box Euc.bauriana and Forest Red Gum E. teriticornis along both sides of Maxwell Ave in front of the Paint Ball car park.
David James 12/9 #219650
Thu 11White-breasted Woodswallow
Angophora Reserve, Bilgola Heights(Plateau)
One White-breasted Woodswallow was seen Thursday morning, hawking over the reserve. A bird I've never seen south of Newcastle before this occasion. (Moderator's Note. While Henry may not have seen these birds south of Newcastle before, they have certainly been summer migrants to the Tuggerah Lakes system since I have been birdwatching there from 1962 onwards. However it has only been in more recent years that they have moved south as summer migrants to the Hawkesbury Marshes and now they extend south to the Eurobodalla Coast, Batemans Bay-Bermagui.AKM)
Henry Coleman 16/9 #219740
Pacific Baza pair
Greggs rd/Redbank rd Kurrajong NSW
2 Pacific Bazas passed through canopy along Redbank creek, paused momentarily to copulate. 1 bird broke of small gum twig and ate fresh leaves (possibly lerps on leaf surface?) eBird checklist
Adrian O'Hara 13/9 #219675
Rainbow Bee-eater, Rufous Whistler, Olive-backed Oriole
Koolumbung Ck Reserve Port Macquarie
When I visited this reserve at 930 hrs, Rainbow Bee-eaters were flying over heading south, in small numbers, I estimated 12 birds. Rufous Whistlers (saw 3) and Olive-backed Orioles were in full song as were Golden Whistlers.
Alan Morris 12/9 #219659
highlightLeaden Flycatcher, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Rainbow Bee-eater
Red Cliff, Yuraygir National Park
Adult pair of Leaden Flycatchers, two Shining Bronze-Cuckoos, one adult male New Zealand race (very green head and nape, some purple brown patches, other either adult female New Zealand race or male or female Australian race (see photo). Rainbow Bee-eaters calling overhead.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 12/9 #219654
Leaden Flycatcher, Forest Kingfisher, Coastal Emu, Rainbow Bee-eater
Brooms Head Road, Taloumbi
Female plumaged flycatcher in paperbarks and Forest Red Gums, Adult male Forest Kingfisher on powerline, 3 Coastal Emus, 2 foraging in old soya bean paddock, heard Rainbow Bee-eaters overhead.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 12/9 #219653
Square-tailed Kite
1 Square-tailed Kite seen circling low over vegetation near the corner of Balmoral Road and Old Windsor Road.
Carl Corden 12/9 #219646
Noisy Pitta
Noisy Pitta heard from my front door in adjacent property (Forest of Tranquility) - the first visit I am aware of for several years. Moderator's Note: A Noisy Pitta was observed at the Forest of Tranquility on 1/7/2014 by Colin Bradshaw and the observation was published on Birdline NSW. AKM)
John Weigel 11/9 #219639
Peregrine Falcon
Penrith CBD
One adult on the wing at 13:15 much to the displeasure of the city slicker bird population around Henry and High Streets.
Ákos and Donata Lumnitzer 11/9 #219636
Painted Honeyeater
Yarrie Lake
At least 3 Painted Honeyeaters heard (1 visual ID; no photo) calling this morning from casuarinas with flowering mistletoes in them at the creek feeding Yarrie Lake near Wee Waa. Large numbers of other nectar-eating species competing with them - mostly Brown, White-plumed, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters and Little Friarbirds, but also many Mistletoebirds. Painted Honeyeater calls were recorded ("further information" link). Further information
Michael Dahlem 11/9 #219634
Common Blackbird, Latham's Snipe
Eastlakes golf course
Single bird Common Blackbird and 7 Latham's Snipe this morning.
Mark Young 11/9 #219632
Wed 10Eastern Osprey
Penrhyn Estuary, Botany Bay
One Eastern Osprey flew in and landed on the edge of Estuary at about 11 am. We were at the viewing platform.
Allan Richards & Max O'Sullivan 11/9 #219642
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Female and first-year seen along Castlereagh Road again at 15:50 and until 17:00. It is also of note, that last week we observed the same two birds on at least four afternoons in the same area, including my report on September 1.
Ákos Lumnitzer and Peter Phelan 11/9 #219635
Paradise Riflebird
Beechwood - private property
A male Paradise Riflebird seen calling from the top emergent gums along Morton's Creek. Further calls in the area to late morning
Peter West & Sue Proust 10/9 #219621
Square-tailed Kite, Sacred Kingfisher
Ingleside, Sydney Northern Beaches
An immature Square-tailed Kite is quite unusual for this area - the first I have seen here in five years. The Sacred Kingfisher was my first Sydney record of the spring and, with no others so far reported on Birdline, may be an early arrival?
Roger McGovern 10/9 #219619
Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Sacred Kingfisher, Leaden Flycatcher
Coutts Crossing, SW of South Grafton
Went to bushland near Coutts Crossing Cemetery early this morning to photograph the Glossy Black-Cockatoo family that I had seen late yesterday. They were feeding in a small Black She-oak adjacent to Armidale Road. The juvenile was heavily marked with yellow and had yellow on the red barred panels indicating that it was a female. Another trio, this time with a juvenile male was found feeding on Black She-oak 'cones' while at least two other birds, apparently adults joined the first trio, so a total of 8+ birds. Heard Sacred Kingfisher, first for season at this site and observed an adult male Leaden Flycatcher after hearing one late yesterday.
Greg Clancy & Warren Thompson 10/9 #219617
Tue 9Black Kite
Duranbah, Tweed Valley
8 birds over road kill on Pacific Highway.
Rob Morrow 11/9 #219640
Eastern Koel
Maryville (suburban Newcastle)
Single bird heard in the early morning.
Tom Clarke per Mick Roderick 10/9 #219616
highlightRegent Honeyeater, Rockwarbler, Rainbow Bee-eater
Giants Creek (Upper Hunter)
Whilst most of the ironbark blossom is tailing off, I found a single Regent HE 'braving conditions', with several aggressive Noisy Friars, in a pair of (planted) Mugga Ironbarks 600m south of where I'd previously found Regents earlier. I was granted access to the property so explored the area and to my complete surprise I found 2 further separate Regents on the ridge in habitat I'd never have expected them in (shrubby Grey Gum with Stypandra/Acacia understorey - no blossom anywhere). There was a pair of Rockwarbler on the edge of the ridge too, in fairly marginal habitat. Some early Rainbow Bee-eaters (for the Hunter Valley) were along Giants Creek.
Mick Roderick 9/9 #219614
Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Leaden Flycatcher
Coutts Crossing SW of Grafton
Adult pair of Glossy Black-Cockatoos with begging juvenile feeding on 'cones' in Black She-oaks in bushland at edge of village, flew to Spotted Gum to roost together at dusk. One Leaden Flycatcher heard calling on dusk. First record this season at this site.
Greg Clancy 9/9 #219612
Gang-gang Cockatoo
North Epping
This is my first sighting of Gang-gang Cockatoos in my suburb for many, many years.
Frances Rein 9/9 #219607
Australian Brush-turkey
Pacific Hwy, Gore Hill
Walking along the highway this afternoon, I spotted an Australian Brush-turkey ahead of me, just opposite the ABC tower. It then proceeded to walk down an entry way to a block of units. On reaching the front door which was closed, it flew up onto a window sill and in the window into a unit.
Judy Clark 9/9 #219605
Little Corella
147 Levenstrath Rd. Levenstrath, nr Grafton
Flock of 250-300 Little Corella flying fairly high and direct in a westerly direction.
Warren Thompson 9/9 #219603
Red-necked Avocet, Caspian Tern
Tuggerah Bay Saltmarsh, Tuggerah
There were 58 Red-necked Avocet at the saltmarsh today. First reported by Luke Ullrich on 28/8/14, they have been coming and going since. Other birds present included 2 Little Egrets, 8 Caspian Terns, Black Swans etc.. Avocets are rare birds in the Tuggerah Lakes system. To access this site, you enter from the end of Lake Road, Tuggerah, and walk down the firetrail, which was once the road to Tuggerah Point, where early visitors to The Entrance caught a ferry, after having alighted from the train at Tuggerah Stn.
Alan Morris 9/9 #219600
Shy-type Albatross, Great-winged-type Petrel
Brown's Mountain, 20nm East of Sydney
Two immature Shy-type Albatross and a single Great-winged-type Petrel noted whilst fishing at Brown's Mountain off Sydney. [Moderator's note (NH): According to geolocator data most (but not all) Shy-type Albatross of NSW and QLD are White-capped Albatross (Th. c. steadi). Also, it is currently not entirely clear, which of the two taxa of Great-winged Petrel are predominant. Grey-faced Petrel (P. m. gouldi) is certainly the predominant taxon in summer, but the winter/spring situation is unclear.]
Darryl Smedley 9/9 #219594
Mon 8Black-chinned Honeyeater, Little Lorikeet
8 Mile Lane & Avenue Rd Glenugie Nr Grafton
There is profuse flowering of Forest Red Gum which is attracting many lorikeets and honeyeaters. At least 3 Black-chinned Honeyeaters were seen and birds were calling in several places so there may have been others around. Four species of Lorikeet were present but the majority perhaps 100+ were Little Lorikeets. Also feeding were, Scarlet, Fuscous, White-throated, Blue-faced and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters plus, Noisy Friarbirds. The light was poor and there were light showers so other species could easily have been missed.
Peter West and Sue Proust 9/9 #219613
Eastern Common Terns, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstones
Soldiers Point, Norah Head
I could see some small terns with black bills on the Island off Soldiers Pt, and assumed that they would be White-fronted Terns. Being low tide, I went out to check as it was possible to get onto the island. I was surprised to find that there were 78 Eastern Common Terns roosting there, which is an early date. At least 12 of the Common Terns were still in breeding plumage, the rest were both immatures/juveniles, or were in the process of changing into non-breeding plumage, also all appeared to have red legs. Also present were 9 Ruddy Turnstone (up from the usual winter number of 3-4), and a single Curlew Sandpiper, also a first return to the Central Coast.
Alan Morris 9/9 #219598
megamegaCitrine Wagtail (Subject to submission to BARC)
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Citrine Wagtail still present during visit this afternoon at 4pm. We enjoyed good views for the whole time we were there, still in reported location. [Moderator's note (NH): Sightings of Citrine Wagtail should be submitted to BARC. So far only three Citrine Wagtails have been accepted by BARC: Botany Bay, NSW, 1962; Goolwa, SA, 1987; Christmas Island, 2009. It would be great if we could get a complete documentation of the Putta Bucca bird]
Paul & Phillip Shelley 9/9 #219589
highlightHooded Robin, Jacky Winter, Speckled Warbler
Bullio, Southern Highlands
It was great to see a variety of woodland species on private property in the north-western part of the Wingecarribee Shire. Other species included Brown Treecreeper, Crested Shrike-tit, Varied Sitella and a couple of Emus.
Martin Filipczyk 8/9 #219587
Superb Parrot
Mangerton, Wollongong
2 adult Superb Parrots in trees in my backyard in Mangerton, Wollongong. (Moderator's Note: Most likely these birds are aviary escapees. AKM).
John Maughan 8/9 #219581
highlightSwift Parrot, Striated Heron, Long-billed Corella
Deepwater Park, Milperra
Four Swift Parrots in flowering Box near Blue Gum Farm. Also a pair of Striated Heron showing nesting behaviour. Also a pair of Long-billed Corella - not uncommon but a first for myself at this site. eBird checklist Further information
Greg McLachlan, Debbie Andrew 8/9 #219578
Sun 7Channel-billed Cuckoo
North Epping
This is a very early sighting for my suburb - they, and the koels, usually arrive on or around the October long weekend. (Moderator's note: This is the 10th report of the arrival of the Channel-billed Cuckoos, mostly to the Sydney and Central Coast Region. From now only special sightings at unusual locations and or large numbers will be published. AKM)
Frances Rein 9/9 #219608
White-winged Chough
Quakers Hill
Driving along the Quakers Hill Parkway I saw two White-winged Choughs in a tree in a park just north of the Quakers Hill railway station.
Darryl Smedley 9/9 #219593
Great Western Highway, Minchinbury
Saw a single Apostlebird on the median strip at 7:15am whilst stopped at the traffic lights. [Moderator's note (NH): AKM tells me that this is a known site for the feral Apostlebirds that escaped from Featherdale Farm 20-30 years ago.]
L. Morgan 8/9 #219584
highlightSwift Parrot
Capertee Valley--Genowlan Bridge
Great views of 7 Swift Parrots seen by all on BMBO outing to Capertee Valley. They were in eucalypts on the north-east side of the bridge, gleaning leaves presumably for lerps, only 10m from observers and at eye level. eBird checklist
Mark Ley and 14 members of Blue Mountains Bird Observers. 8/9 #219576
highlightNoisy Pitta, Spangled Drongo
Irrawong Reserve
Excellent views of foraging Noisy Pitta. Also Spangled Drongo. eBird checklist
Nicholas Beswick 7/9 #219570
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Bicentennial Park (Glebe)
1 bird heard at around 10am, seems to be consistent date-wise with other other reports of them arriving in Sydney. First for Glebe that I know of, for the year.
Simon Gorta 7/9 #219565
Agnes Banks, Hawkesbury
Single bird near town likely escapee but wild/grey plumage
Eric Finley 7/9 #219563
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills
My first Channel-bill for the season for the season. Superb Lyrebird very vocal. Pair of Musk Lorikeet.. (Moderator's Note, this is the 8th report of a returning Channel-bill, after the 10th report we will no longer publish sightings of returning birds unless there is something special about the observation! Bring on the Koels! AKM.)
Eric Finley 7/9 #219562
White-throated Gerygone
Lower Pappinbarra
At 7:30am the first White-throated Gerygone of the season was heard singing here. Could have been earlier as I have been away a week. eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 7/9 #219560
White throated Gerygone
King Creek, Wauchope
My first White-throated Gerygone of the season heard this morning.
Clive Meadows 7/9 #219559
Sat 6Spectacled Monarch
At least 2 Spectacled Monarchs in forest on southern side of headland; first returns for season. Many Scarlet Honeyeaters and Silvereyes around at present (two subspecies of Silvereye). Also observed four Grey Fantails, at least one of which appeared to have much less white on uppertail.
Peter Higgins 12/9 #219671
Brush Cuckoo
Weston, Hunter Valley
Heard calling around 6am. Usually passes through early Oct.. Early record.
Steve Roderick 11/9 #219641
highlightSquare-tailed Kite, correct e-mail address and correct name
Cattai Wetlands
"While photographing water birds two Square-tailed Kites flew over and I had them identified on a birding photography website from my pictures . They are reported to have been seen before." [Moderator's note (NH): This post came without a valid e-mail address, with no observer name and no photo attached. As this happens frequently, I'd like to address this issue here and now: While photos are certainly not mandatory (however often very useful as in this case), the name of the observer and an e-mail address are. Please always make sure that your e-mail address is correct so that we can reach you for queries. Thanks!]
Nikolas Haass (moderator) 11/9 #219627
highlightwhite phase Southern Giant-petrel, White-headed Petrel, Buller's Albatross
Royal National Park--Wattamolla
Seen my first white phase Southern Giant-petrel for this year which hung around off Wattamolla for most of the day. Also 1 White-headed Petrel and 2 Buller's Albatross.
michael ronan. 10/9 #219618
Pallid Cuckoo
Moree Common
A Pallid Cuckoo was observed perched on a fence just after 9am, before it moved onto a haystack. The first cuckoo back. eBird checklist Further information
Curtis Hayne 7/9 #219564
highlightSwift Parrots
North Richmond Terrace Road
1.9 kilometres from Bells Line of Road. Still around 15 feeding on lerps either side of the road
David Potter 6/9 #219556
highlightEastern Osprey
Soaring over Cobar, NSW
Several bird watchers saw this Osprey soaring over water dams near Cobar, central NSW.
Val Curtis 6/9 #219549
Eastern Osprey
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Eastern Osprey fishing in shallow water over the reef. Success on its third attempt but then did not know where to go to eat its catch! Flew past twice, providing outstanding views. Also two Black-browed Albatrosses, two Pacific Golden Plovers, two Ruddy Turnstones, two Double-banded Plovers, 5 Sooty Oystercatchers and 15 Red-necked Stints eBird checklist
Nicholas Beswick 6/9 #219548
highlightBlue Petrel, Northern Royal Albatross, Cape Petrel
Wollongong Pelagic
Impromptu pelagic this weekend to fill up extra spots after a TAFE course booked half the boat. 1 Blue Petrel sat behind the boat for over an hour (exceptional views) and a Northern Royal Albatross put in an appearance for 10 minutes. On arrival at the shelf, numerous albatross were banded, and a single Cape Petrel flew past, notable as this has become a rare bird in NSW recently. Buller's Albatross and White-faced Storm Petrel also notable. [Moderator's note (NH): Sightings of Blue Petrel and Northern Royal Albatross should be submitted to NSW ORAC.]
Joshua Bergmark, Lindsay Smith, Ashwin Rudder, David Rudder, et. al 6/9 #219547
Collared Sparrowhawk
Above Shangri la Road's paddocks this morning I watched a Collared Sparrowhawk twice dart into a large flock of European Starlings which were flying high. The raptor was unsuccessful in its attempts to kill. Amazing stuff. Other noteworthy birds in area: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Grey Goshawk, Black-fronted Dotterel, Brown Gerygone, 2 Richard's Pipits and Hardhead.
Lorne Johnson 6/9 #219543
Fri 5megamegaCitrine Wagtail (Subject to submission to BARC)
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
I have just published a video on youtube of the Citrine Wagtail at Putta Bucca wetlands, which I made on the morning of Sep 5: Further information
Bruce Roubin (per Birding-Aus) 9/9 #219590
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Woodfield Avenue Bundeena
We both just heard the distinctive call of a Channel-billed Cuckoo.
Deryk Engel and Stephen Bloomfield 5/9 #219525
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Heard the first Channel-billed Cuckoo of the season at Balmain this morning (7.30am)
Robert Griffin 5/9 #219524
Thu 4Freckled Duck, White-breasted Woodswallow
McPherson Rd Swamp, Tuggerah
The Freckled Ducks had not been seen for the past few weeks, possibly because of all the rain the Central Coast has been receiving, but two were back today. Also present was a pair of White-breasted Woodswallows, first return report for the Central Coast, usually they turn up the last week of August.
Alan Morris & Allan Benson 9/9 #219597
Magpie Goose, Royal Spoonbill
Pacific Highway, Clarenza
8 Geese on small wetland roosting with one Spoonbill.
Greg Clancy & Warren Thompson 5/9 #219540
Leaden Flycatcher
Near Crowsnest Swamp, Smalls Forest, near Pillar valley
Female plumaged bird in eucalypt. Observer's first record of this species for season.
Greg Clancy 5/9 #219535
highlightCitrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
I arrived at 6.30am Thursday the 4/9/2014. The Citrine Wagtail was sighted at approximately 7am on the mud flat in front of the wooden hide. It stayed there for 10 minutes before being chased off by a red kneed dotteral. As i was leaving the bird was seen again near the viewing area above the old 44 gallon drum. It stayed there for 5 minutes before flying off to the opposite of the wetlands. I left shortly after it flew off.
Michael Crosland 5/9 #219531
Red-necked Avocet
Ash Island (Hexham)
Approximately 450 Red-necked Avocet on the Swan Pond at Ash Island. Other highlights were numerous Grey Fantails at the picnic area at the river end of The Lane, and a Swamp Harrier along Ramsar Rd. eBird checklist
Roger and Bev Giller 4/9 #219521
Wandering Albatross
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Wandering Albatross and at least two Black-browed Albatrosses heading south. On the rocks: one Pacific Golden Plover, one Double-banded Plover, 2 Grey-tailed Tattlers, 6 Ruddy Turnstones, 2 Sooty Oystercatchers and 20 Red-necked Stints. Also, White-bellied Sea Eagle and Kestrel eBird checklist
Nicholas Beswick 4/9 #219515
Wed 3Spotted Harrier
Lake Windamere
Spotted Harrier at the southern end of Lake Windamere.
Graham Blackwell & Alec Gillespie 4/9 #219517
highlightWhite-headed Petrel, Great-winged Petrel and Wandering (type) Albatross
Mistral Pt, Maroubra
40 Great-winged Petrel (including a group of 18 together), 1 White-headed Petrel, 1 Wandering Albatross, 1 Giant Petrel (sp) 6 Black-browed Albatross and a few Shy Albatross all seen today. Only very small numbers of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, less than 40.
David Mitford 4/9 #219516
megamegaCitrine Wagtail, Australian Spotted Crake
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Pleased to say that the wagtail is still present. Thanks to the sharp eyes of Adrian Boyle, the bird was located in the scope on the right hand side of the wetlands looking from the Bird hide near the old quarry truck about 7.30am. It was feeding on the shoreline. To our great enjoyment, it flew across the water straight towards us where it landed on a rock nearby and preened for about 3-4 minutes, allowing us excellent views. It was also pleasing to note that the birders who arrived afterwards did not harass the bird by getting too close. [Moderator's note (NH): The Citrine Wagtail was also reported by Graham Blackwell, Alec Gillespie and Mark Leary, who also noted a male Collared Sparrowhawk (when it flew over the Citrine Wagtail flattened itself on the mud) and an Australian Spotted Crake.]
Bernie OKeefe 4/9 #219514
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Eulah Creek
Despite the current cold spell inland, heard the first Channel-billed Cuckoo this morning at 7:30 (no photo), after hearing some kind of Bronze-Cuckoo last week. Today also heard the first faint chirps coming out of our local Welcome Swallow nest. Found a piece of discarded egg shell too. Further information
Michael Dahlem 3/9 #219511
Tue 2megamegaCitrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Citrine Wagtail seen well this morning (6:45-8:30am), on the mudflat in front of the bird hide. It was chased by a Red-kneed Dotterel and flew out of view, but returned a few minutes later. Still present at dusk today. Heavy showers did not stop the bird feeding and chasing off other passerines which came too close. Also a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Crested Shrike-tit in the reeds in front of the hide. (The Citrine Wagtail also made a late and brief appearance the previous evening at 5.30pm).
Max de Beer, Andrew Stafford, David Mitford 2/9 #219496
Mon 1Rainbow Bee-eater
Heard in flight at two separate locations over suburb, apparently moving southwards. First records for season in Sawtell (but note reports a few kilometres north, Sawtell-Coffs Harbour, 21 Aug).
Michael Cheers & Peter Higgins 9/9 #219610
Buff-banded Rail
Lane Cove National Park
During spotlighting last night, one Buff-banded Rail was continuosly calling near the camping ground at the end of Plassey Road, edge of the cemetry.
Fatih Sam 2/9 #219497
Wedge-tailed Eagle
This afternoon I located the female of my local eagle pair with last year's young perching in a large tree along Castlereagh Road.
Ákos Lumnitzer 1/9 #219491
Swift Parrot
Deep Water Park Milperra
A single Swift Parrot flew over Blue Gum Farm at about 8 am and at about 8:30 3 flew in and landed in emergent red gums before disappearing in flowering Blue Box. Could be more, but difficult to find amongst hundreds of raucus Musk Lorikeets and Red Wattlebirds, scores of Rainbow Lorikeets (nesting) and tens of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets (also nesting). A male Australian Hobby was inspecting an old corvid nest, perhaps thinking about nesting? Single adult Nankeen Night Heron on the island in the first pond. Loads of honeyeater too.
David James 1/9 #219487
highlightOriental Cuckoo
Cremorne Point
Saw a Oriental Cuckoo (female/hepatic) this morning whilst on the way to catch the ferry to work. Flew from a tree beside the path being harassed by Australian Magpies and flew into adjacent trees near the toilet block on the point. Not bad for the first day of spring.
Simon Blanchflower 1/9 #219482
highlightCitrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetland, Mudgee
Seen over the course of several hours from dawn onwards. Easily viewed and obliging. Also sighted Plum-headed Finches at the site from where we were looking at the wagtail.
Rowan Mott 1/9 #219481

August 2014
Sun 31White-breasted Woodswallow, Olive-backed Oriole
White-breasted Woodswallows heard in flight over Sawtell (AM), moving south; later, seen flying south over Toormina shopping centre (26 birds in small groups, largest of nine birds, 16:50-17:00). Olive-backed Oriole heard calling from early morning, and heard persistently each day since (>1 week later). First returns noted for season (although note report of Oriole here 15 June).
Peter Higgins 9/9 #219609
Variegated Fairy-wren
Chiltern Rd Ingleside
Male near to full breeding plumage, attracted to wing mirror of car parked just beyond (north of) the gate to the main Chiltern Trail, constantly hopping up and down in response to reflection. Found doing it again the following day, may represent an ethical birding issue if close to nest site, other cars parked nearby did not seem to provoke this behaviour. Other species noted along trail: Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill, Little Wattlebird, but no Regent.
Jeff Melvaine 2/9 #219504
Rainbow Bee-eater
Main Beach, Byron Bay
4 Rainbow Bee-eaters seen over the eastern end of Main Beach this morning. eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 1/9 #219478
highlightSwift Parrot
Dunheved Golf Course (near St Marys)
This morning, I spent an hour or so walking around the edge of Dunheved Golf course near St Marys and hoping to see the Emu that Mark had seen on Friday. I did not see the Emu but was quite impressed with the numbers of birds about where were the abundance of privot in fruit could have partly explained this. Silvereyes (both the resident and tassie migrants) were in abundance and there were also quite a number of Olive-backed Orioles as well as at least a couple of Figbirds. Other birds present included Bar-shouldered Doves, Azure Kingfisher, Brown Goshawk, Satin Bowerbird, Brown Gerygones, Varied Sitellas but best of all were at least 12 Swift Parrots (and there could have been more) foraging for lerps in the eucalypts.
Edwin Vella 31/8 #219476
Glossy Black Cockatoo, Peregrine Falcon, Rock Warbler, Fuscous Honeyeater
Patonga and environs
Nice views of four Glossy Black Cockatoos in casuarinas half a kilometre up the Great North Walk from Patonga. Distant photos attached. Further along the track near Warrah Trig and the adjacent coastal lookout (which has great views of the Lower Hawkesbury and Barrenjoey), we saw a single Rock Warbler (a reliable spot for this species) and a single Peregrine Falcon. Also saw four Fuscous Honeyaters, the first time I have seen this species in this area, probably having walked this track atleast 15 times over the last twenty years. Wildflowers and HE's in profusion.
Cameron Ward, Janette Ward 31/8 #219475
megamegaCitrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Seen by lots of people today up to the time we left at about 1 pm. Seems to be in worn adult female summer plumage. The very worn wing coverts make the double wingbars very narrow, suggesting it migrated here before moulting. Interesting plumage features include: dark-spoted necklace between the yellow throat and white breast; mirky ear-coverts patch; scaly grey mantle and scapulars (dark centres graduating to paler edges); grey flanks but yellow thighs. It looks very comfortable and settled, but it does like to work a lot of the shoreline, moving around regularly. Noted one avid photographer who moved down from the banks into the shoreline habitat that the bird sometimes frequents, but he moved back when I asked him too. I hope others can be patient and put the bird's comfort before their own need to get better photos. I think this bird may hang around and moult if it feels comfortable. Sure hope so.
David James, Brigitte Dawson, Ian McAllan and others 31/8 #219473
Citrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands Mudgee
Wagtail seen by 15+ observers between 8.00 and 8.30 and still showing well when we left. Please note there are two hides at the wetlands and the wagtail is seen from the one on the quarry track not the one that is sign posted.
Allan Benson, Alan Morris and Mike Kuhl 31/8 #219472
highlightBrush Bronzewing
Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen
In addition to Henry Coleman's report from yesterday, I saw two Brush Bronzewings today and on the 2nd and the 3rd of this month I saw one in the same area (near the large bridge and freshwater pond)
Jayden Walsh 31/8 #219471
Square-tailed Kite
Warden Head, Ulladulla
A STK was seen this morning sailing along the escarpment at app 11am. There was possibly 2 but I didn't get a good look at the other bird which could have been the commoner W B Sea Eagle. This is the first sighting for me this season but Mike Jefferis has seen two, on seperate occasions, flying along the escarpment at Rennie's Beach last week.
Bob Rusk 31/8 #219466
Kelp Gull, Pacific Golden Plover
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
2 Kelp Gulls sitting in with a large (200+) mixed roost of Silver Gulls and Crested Terns on the SE corner of the reef flat approx 7am. All the birds were flushed off the reef flat by some surfers crossing out to the end and the 2 Kelp Gulls appeared to head off south. Also one Pacific Golden Plover seen on the reef flat, together with 15 Sooty Oystercatchers, 6 Ruddy Turnstones and approx 20 Red-necked Stint.
Tom Wilson 31/8 #219465
Sat 30Citrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Managed to see and photograph the Citrine Wagtail after only about an hour or so of waiting at the bird hide (thanks to all the other birders present for the helpful advice!).
Carl Corden 2/9 #219498
Citrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
The Citrine Wagtail was seen by a number of observers between 12:15 and about 1:45pm, it was flitting quickly between locations, and foraging in the muddy edges. I am not aware of it being seen for the following hour or so. Many photos much better than mine were taken. Despite the warning sign I almost stepped on a brown snake, so tread carefully.
Christine D 31/8 #219464
70 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Great Knot, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Grey-tailed Tattler
Mixed goup of waders observed 'roosting' approx 100m west of Yamba Tavern on flats near mangrove on banks of Clarence River. Most of the usual wader locations inundated by extremely high tide.
Darryl and Gary Eggins 31/8 #219463
highlightWhite-headed Petrel, Great-winged-type Petrel, Buller's Albatross
Wattamolla.Royal National Park.
Highlights from a seawatch today from Wattamolla was a White-headed Petrel. About 40 Great-winged-type Petrels, 3 adult Buller's Albatross, 1 Wandering-type Albatross, 2 Fairy Prions and 2 Brown Skuas.
michael ronan. 30/8 #219461
Citrine Wagtail, Plum-headed Finch, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Little Eagle
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Besides the Citrine Wagtail (which showed well up to at least 3:30 pm), there were also 3 Plum-headed Finches around the wetland, a pair of White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes (both light and dark-morph birds) and a Little Eagle.
Edwin Vella, Mark Fuller et al 30/8 #219459
megamegaCitrine Wagtail (Subject to submission to BARC)
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
The Citrine Wagtail was present this morning at 7.30am in front of the bird hide.
Richard Baxter (posted on Birding-Aus) 30/8 #219457
Black-necked Stork
Ellalong Lagoon, Paxton
A female Black-necked Stork was seen today on the far side of Ellalong Lagoon.
Christina Port and participents with Follow that bird 30/8 #219452
Little Egret, Great Crested Grebe
Penrith Regatta Center
A Little Egret was hunting on the southernmost edge of the racing lake, near the security station end in the company of a breeding Royal Spoonbill. About 30 meters beyond, there were two adult Great Crested Grebes diving, looking for food. I've never seen the grebes in this close and on this very lake. They tend to be on the less people inhabited water bodies.
Ákos Lumnitzer 30/8 #219451
highlightBrush Bronzewing, Black Bittern
Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen
On this cool and rainy day, a Brush Bronzewing was on the pipeline track around midday. I haven't seen Brush Bronzewings at Deep Creek for years; since the area around the pipeline track was weeded, and I'd thought they'd left the area. Good to know there's still at least one around. I wonder if others have seen any more recently? Also saw a Black Bittern which was nice :) . A nice pair of Azure Kingfishers near the dog park, and a vocal female Lyrebird.
Henry Coleman 30/8 #219450
Australian Koel
Kingsford, Sydney
Male Australian Koel calling for a few minutes at about 10.30am. The first of the season. Cold, rainy, day. eBird checklist
Michael Hooper 30/8 #219446
Fri 29Swift Parrot, Black-necked Stork
McPherson Rd Swamp, Tuggerah
A pair of Swift Parrots were disturbed from the only flowering Swamp Mahogany at this site located behind the houses, and they flew past in front of me. Also present was the immature Black-necked Stork but following heavy rain, the wetland is full and the Freckled Ducks would appear to have departed,. Tawny Grassbirds and a Black-shouldered Kite were the only other significant birds present.
Alan Morris 29/8 #219443
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Giants Creek (Upper Hunter Valley)
At least 4 Regents still present in flowering ironbark (spp.) along Giants Creek Road. Many of the smaller HE's seem to have left the site and there are not as many Noisy Friars (and no Red Wattlebirds now). Still plenty of Fuscous and Spiny-cheeks present however. Also 3 White-winged Trillers, a family of 4 Hooded Robins and many White-browed Babblers.
Mick Roderick 29/8 #219442
Citrine Wagtail (probable)
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
We got brief views of the wagtail that was reported yesterday. Unfortunately the light was failing but the bird was clearly a Motacilla wagtail. We will go back in the morning to try for a better look. eBird checklist
Frank Antram with Chris Cott 29/8 #219441
highlightCitrine Wagtail
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
The Citrine Wagtail found and reported yesterday by Sue Chatfield was present at the same location today. I arrived at 0830 but it took about 15 minutes to get onto the bird. Kurtis and then (a pretty excited) John arrived soon after. The best strategy is to position one's self in the hide and scan the far shoreline, in particular a section on the right-hand side of the shoreline at the base of a fallen dead she-oak that is splayed out. The wag favoured this area for foraging for quite some time this morning. If the bird is not immediately obvious just wait for movement as it can disappear behind rocks and weeds. It also occasionally visited the muddy patch closer to the hide, as well as the narrow 'levy' of rocky substrate that separates the main body of water to the one behind (to the left of its 'favourite' spot). Twice it was seen to fly into dead trees, once in response to a Peregrine circling high above. There were numerous occasions where we lost sight of the bird but it wasn't long before it reappeared, so be patient. I understand that it was seen late this afternoon by a local birder and I would imagine that there will be plenty of people there over the weekend (a scope is advisable for scanning the far shore but you may get away without one over the weekend).
Mick Roderick, Kurtis Lindsay and John Weigel 29/8 #219440
Rufous Whistler
Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park
A single male Rufous Whistler was seen at 1:35pm on the Western side of the park just north of the Guide Hall. eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 29/8 #219439
Red-rumped Parrot and Glossy Black-Cockatoos (4)
Oatlands NSW and Tascott NSW
An interesting day - I saw 2 Red-rumped Parrots feeding at Oatlands NSW (photo included - you may need to zoom in to top right as it was taken by phone of bird in flight). Later this afternoon - 4 Glossy Black-Cockatoos in my garden at Tascott feeding - just departed at dusk. I have noticed a regular pattern with the Glossy Black-Cockatoos in recent years - they spend a lot of time feeding in the area from late August to end October and return to feed in March and April - we see them in Summer too but they only pass occasionally and tend not to feed for long periods as they do in the aforementioned months.
Andrew Whitaker 29/8 #219438
Baillon's Crake
Fivebough Wetlands Leeton
A single bird clearly seen this morning along with 4 Spotted Crake. Spotless Crake were calling in the cumbungi but not showing. This is the first Baillon's seen this season - the first last year wasn't recorded until 21 September! Also a male Musk Duck was displaying in the settling ponds.
Max O'Sullivan 29/8 #219436
Dunheved Golf Course, St Marys
Good numbers of Olive-backed Orioles and Australasian Figbirds were feeding on privet berries, along with small flocks of Silvereyes. An Emu was also feeding on the berries and had been present for some time judging by the amount of berry-laden scat present. Probably an escapee from the captive group on a nearby housing development. I'm not sure what the status of these remaining individuals is, a starting point for a wild population of Sydney?
Mark Fuller 29/8 #219435
Topknot Pigeon
Pelican Flat
Topknot Pigeons feeding in cabbage palms along Soldiers Road
bill boyd 29/8 #219430
White-headed Pigeon
Belmont Central
White-headed Pigeon feeding in camphor laurels opposite Belmont TAFE in old school grounds
bill boyd 29/8 #219429
Pacific Baza
Terrys Creek Parklands
Vimiera Park Also in adjoining residential trees of tall eucalypts Vimiera Road & Essex Street. Found regularly here the whole month of August this year.
Irene Timmins 29/8 #219425
Thu 28megamegaCitrine Wagtail (Subject to submission to BARC)
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
A single Citrine Wagtail was sighted this morning walking along the shoreline in front of the reed bed near the first bird hide (near the truck). It was seen twice and then lost to view. On checking form the other side it was not to be seen. A pair of Red-kneed Dotterels had been chasing a pair of Black-fronted Dotterels in the same area. Pink-eared and Pacific Black Ducks, Grey and Chestnut Teal and Australian Shovelers were on the water. [Moderator's note (NH): Sightings of Citrine Wagtail should be submitted to BARC. So far only three Citrine Wagtails have been accepted by BARC: Botany Bay, NSW, 1962; Goolwa, SA, 1987; Christmas Island, 2009.]
Sue Chatfield 28/8 #219417
Red-necked Avocet
Lake Rd, Tuggerah Lake, Central Coast
Around 40 Red-necked Avocets end lake rd
luke ullrich 28/8 #219414
Wed 27Regent Bowerbird
Caniaba, Lismore NSW
Regent Bowerbird an altitudinal nomad, left this week for highland forest having arrived in May. Note the yellow eye of the imm. male, which differs from the dark (brown) eye of the female.
paul griffin 27/8 #219407
Wandering Albatross and thousands of Fluttering-type Shearwaters
North Head, Sydney
One Wandering Albatross, 6 Shy & ~15 Black-browed Albatross plus many thousands of Fluttering-type Shearwaters [Moderator's note (NH): According to Ivan's description they were likely Fluttering Shearwaters. However, due to the current preponderance of Hutton's Shearwaters in the area, I was hesitant regarding the identification on species level.]
Ivan Chapman 27/8 #219406
White-headed Pigeon
Turramurra station
Two White-headed Pigeons on power lines at north end of station approx 7am
Tom Wilson 27/8 #219399
Tue 26White-throated Gerygone
Caniaba, Lismore NSW
WTG arrived 26/8,i while last flowering of Ironbark (E. crebra) continues attracting Yellow-faced HE along with Scarlet HE, although gradually being replaced by Silvereye (cornwalli) flocks >10 and Lewin's HE. On 28/8 following heavy rain, flowering Hard Quandong (Eleocarpus obovatus) tree caused feeding frenzy of Scarlet HE, with squabbling pairs regularly falling to the ground. On 26/8, Rufous Fantail also returned.
paul griffin 5/9 #219527
Mon 25Pacific Baza
Adult bird, flew around various trees in garden emerged landed on Frangipani with a small green tree frog in its beak. Then using its claws held it and consumed it. It hung around for about 30 minutes.
Rod B-King 25/8 #219376
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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