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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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Birders are encouraged to post lists to eBird Australia, where sightings are incorporated into the atlas. To do this you need to register with eBird Australia and then login. Please send any White-throated Needletail or Fork-tailed Swift sightings directly to Prof. Michael Tarburton for his research: Include date, location, and numbers of birds. All Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot reports should be forwarded to Mick Roderick to assist in the recovery efforts of these severely declining species:

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October 2016
Wed 26Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
65km west of Parkes
Single bird observed feeding on roadside casuarina 65 km west of Parkes on the Parkes-Condobolin Rd. (Moderator's note: There is nothing too unusual about this sighting as it is within the known range of the species, although they are more common west of Condobolin. AKM).
Lara and Daniel Kurzawa 26/10 #229021
White-throated Needletail
Forresters Beach
Two large flocks of 70+ Birds consisting of approximately 50 White-throated Needletails and a smaller Swift that I was unable to confirm the species of. This is the first of the returning Needletails for the Central Coast and an early arrival for the species as well. They were last seen heading north towards The Entrance area.
Daniel McKeon 26/10 #229016
White-throated Needletails
Lake Cathie--Perch Hole Track
Up to 30 birds spread out in loose flock
Darin Rounsevell 26/10 #229011
Australian Brush Turkey
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown
Seen behind the hospital off Lambie Dew Drive, near the demountable building. Further information
Lisa Bullock 26/10 #229009
Tue 25highlightBarking Owl
Got home at 10:15 and heard a Barking Owl utter its screaming woman call twice from the edge of Morton National Park. A first for town and my first record for the Southern Highlands of NSW. This bird brings my home list to 188 species.
Lorne Johnson 25/10 #229006
Curlew Sandpier, Black-tailed Godwit., Sand Plover sp.
Lake Wollumboola
120ish Bar-tailed Godwits, . 8 Black-tailed Godwits 48 Curlew Sandpipers 60 Red Knot, about half juveniles again 30 Red-necked Stints, again half were juveniles 8 Red-capped Plovers 1 Ruddy Turnstone 1 Whimbrel 1 Sand Plover sp. (flew over calling didn't land nearby) 2 Pied Oystercatchers
Demetrios Bertzeletos 25/10 #229004
Mon 24Peregrine Falcon
Freeman Avenue Reserve (Oatley)
1 Peregrine Falcon flew over at 1655h. Both Noisy Miners and Rainbow Lorikeets alarmed. Locally uncommon. Also 10 Topknot Pigeons seen, they have been present for 14 days. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 24/10 #228990
Belmont North
about 30 musk lorikeets feeding in bottle brush and flowering gums in my immediate area,mostly in backyards. they were here almost the same time last year.
Bill Boyd 24/10 #228995
Common Sandpiper
Richmond Lowlands
The Common Sandpiper reported last week is still present - although intermittently - at the same location. Pink-eared Ducks also present. eBird checklist
Marie Lister, Greg McLachlan 24/10 #228988
Crested Shrike-tit, Grey Goshawk, nesting Azure Kingfishers
Yarramundi Reserve
A pair of Azure Kingfishers were watched for 5 minutes building a tunnel in the rive bank until disturbed by a third bird. A single Crested Shrike-tit was seen (second I have seen here, a pair last seen 26-Jun-16) and a single Grey Goshawk was watched at the far end of the track for about 10 minutes. Summer visitors included Scarlet Honeyeater (2) and a single Rainbow Bee eater.
Martin Snowball 23/10 #228982
highlightGlossy Black Cockatoo, Pale-vented Bush-hen
West Byron Wetlands (restricted access)
Five Glossy Black Cockatoos and a Pale-vented Bush-hen calling north of the main parking area. Both species are recorded rarely at this location.
Hans Wohlmuth 23/10 #228981
Pacific Baza
Lane Cove Golf Course
3 Pacific Bazas flying high over the Lane Cove Golf Course
Simon Van der veen 23/10 #228980
Topknot Pigeon
Lane Cove Bushland Reserve
15 observed roosting high in the top of a gum tree. Not sure that they have been seen in such numbers around Lane Cove area before this. Impossible to photograph all in one shot so poor picture attached. Not sure if unusual enough to post as there have been sightings of a single bird historically.
Sue Chatfield 23/10 #228974
North arm of Sugarloaf Bay, Mddle Cove
Osprey hawking over the bay this morning. Used to be regular here years ago so was happy to see it once again.
Lorna Bloom 23/10 #228973
Sat 22White-throated Needletails
Wianamatta Regional Park
4, possibly 6, White-throated Needletails over Wianamatta Regional Park this morning - the first I've seen in the Sydney region this season. Seen during the CBOC and BMBO outing.
Robert Griffin with Mark Fuller and CBOC & BMBO members 23/10 #228987
Little Terns
Sans Souci Riverside Drive opposite Scotts Park
3 Little Terns feeding in the shallows at low tide
Oliver Williams 22/10 #228964
Fri 21Australian Brush-turkey
Palace St, Petersham
The Brush Turkey invasion of south of the harbour continues - the first record for this or neighbouring suburbs. eBird checklist
Zoe Taylor per Andrew Taylor 22/10 #228967
White-headed Pigeon
River Rd Sussex Inlet
We had this White-headed Pigeon visit us this morning,We have been living here in Sussex Inlet for 16 years, one drooped in around 5 years ago, and one maybe 5 years before that. (Moderator's Note: Well White-headed Pigeons may be rare at Sussex Inlet, but further south at Batemans Bay they would appear to be now a reasonably common resident. AKM)
Andrew Christian 22/10 #228962
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Tawy Grassbird, White-throated Gerygone
McCoy Park,Toongabbie
Had a quick look at this reserve during my lunch break and saw a light morph White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (I also saw one last year not too far away from here but alongside the Industrial estate off Powers Rd in Seven Hills a kilometre or so away), a Tawny Grassbird (saw one also at this reserve last year), a White-throated Gerygone (calling a few times), Figbird amongst a few other birds. Amazing what you can find in or close to Industrial estates!
Edwin Vella 21/10 #228960
highlightMagpie Goose, Blue-billed Duck
West Wyalong Sewage Treatment Works
3 adult Magpie Geese on an active nest with at least 7 chicks counted. Also a single male Blue-billed Duck. (Moderator's Note: The Magpie-Goose breeding record is exceptional. AKM)
George Madani 21/10 #228959
Thu 20Square-tailed Kite
Suddenly a lot of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos started screeching and started to mass in the air. Others quickly joined the mob and they were very alarmed, then we saw the reason-a Square-tailed was flying around them. they took off in a mass.
David Hamilton Gates 22/10 #228961
Topknot Pigeon
Freeman Avenue Reserve (Oatley)
32 Topknot Pigeons seen in an angophora. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 20/10 #228953
Wed 19Rufous Scrubbird, Crescent Honeyeater, Satin Flycatcher
Gloucester Tops-Gloucester River
2 scrubbirds calling. 1 male Satin. several Crescent Honeyeaters. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 20/10 #228955
highlightSoft-plumaged Petrel, Mottled Petrel, Black Petrel
Lord Howe Island
Singes of the above species reported on pelagics within the past week at Lord Howe Island by various observers. Brown Skua and Wilson's Storm Petrel were also seen on one trip - likely related to a below-average water temperature during the past few weeks.
per. Joshua Bergmark 20/10 #228950
Brown Honeyeater
Seven Hills
At least 2 birds seen very well in the flowering coral trees beside the drain opposite the northern end of the railway car park. I first saw one there the day before and they are very vocal. The last time I have seen them in the Blacktown LGA was in Nurragingy Reserve in Doonside on 21/12/12. I also saw a single Scarlet Honeyeater nearby beside Powers Rd. Not bad for an industrial site! Also at the same spot last week, a Leaden Flycatcher was heard here.
Edwin Vella 19/10 #228940
Rainbow Bee-eater.
Bents Basin Recreation Reserve
Two seen near the river. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 19/10 #228939
Australian Brush Turkey
Simmo's Beach Reserve, Macquarie Fields
Not many reports of this bird south of Sydney. This one was busy with its mound next to a paved walking track in front of the river
Bashir Khan 19/10 #228937
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Koolewong train station
Two GBC’s flying south towards Woy Woy over Koolewong train station at 620am this morning. Unmistakeable calls and red tail panels. Staying close to bush edge rather than flying out in the open.
Andrew Whitaker 19/10 #228934
Tue 18Wompoo Fruit-Dove
Eating in our fig tree over the last 3 days, a very bright Wompoo
Kylie Morris 18/10 #228926
Buff-banded Rail
Louise Sauvage Pathway, Narawang Wtlds, Sydney Olympic Park
At about 11.30am about 50m from the Avenue of Oceania along the Louise Sauvage Pathway, before the first seat, in the scrub (not water side of path), I spotted a Buff-banded Rail foraging in the leaves. I squatted down and it came within 1m of me. Seemed very calm! It was aware of me but not frightened. I watched it for about 10 minutes.
Judy Clark 18/10 #228924
Little Buttonquail
Book Book, c.30km south-east of Wagga Wagga
A single Little Buttonquail was flushed and seen well in flight this afternoon in a cow paddock on private land while conducting surveys in the Book Book vicinity.
Ashwin Rudder and Donna Belder 18/10 #228923
Satin Flycatcher
Field of Mars Reserve, East Ryde
Single male Satin Flycatcher calling strongly and feeding along the track running NE-SW at the back of the cemetery. Six Rufous Fantails, a Black-faced Monarch, two Dollarbirds, Rufous Whistler and three pairs of prospecting Sacred Kingfisher all added to the migrant mix. eBird checklist
Max Breckenridge 18/10 #228922
Mon 17highlightCommon Sandpiper
Powells Lane, Richmond
1 Common Sandpiper feeding on the muddy edge of the pond in the horse paddock where the Pink-eared Ducks were a few months ago.
Andrew Patrick 17/10 #228918
Dusky Woodswallow
It is good to see the Dusky Woodswallows have once again arrived at Ulladulla Sporting Grounds where they breed each year . After being placed on the endangered list it is a particular important region to keep a watch on.
Charles Dove 17/10 #228905
Sun 16Red Knot, Greater & Lesser Sandplover, Sanderling
Mud Bishops Point, Farquar Inlet, Old Bar
A brief visit to Mud Bishops Point in very windy conditions found the following waders on the nearest sandbars, there were many more in the distance but wind and heat haze made it difficult to ID. Sea-Eagle 2, Osprey 1, Red Knot 4, Golden Plover 7, Bar-tailed Godwit 30, Eastern Curlew 9, Red-capped Plover 2, Lesser Sand Plover 2, Greater Sand Plover 1, Sanderling 1, Gull-billed Tern 3, Little Terns in breeding plumage 6.
Graeme Catt, Alan Morris & 42 others 17/10 #228917
Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Common Sandpiper, Regent Bowerbird
Saltwater National Park--Wallabi Beach
At the Saltwater Camping/picnic area, a Wompoo Fruit-Dove was seen and photographed, Green Catbirds and Regent Bowerbirds were seen feeding on the fallen fruits of a Geebung. On the rainforest walk, Leaden Flycatchers, Spectacled Monarchs and Crested Shrike-tits were seen, and there was a Common Sandpiper feeding along the edge of the inlet.
Graeme Catt, Alan Morris & 42 others 17/10 #228916
Wompoo Fruit dove
Ourimbah RTA Reserve
E bird check list number added to previous report of single wompoo fruit dove seen in the rest area. (Moderator's Note: This would appear to be the 6th Central Coast record, last report 2011. AKM) eBird checklist
Brenda Parkinson 17/10 #228898
Cicadabird, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Rufous Fantail
Cattai National Park
Saw 5 White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes (3 dark morph birds near the entrance and a pair of light morph birds nesting further down the road which were initially found by Michael Ronan who I bumped into there). There was also a Cicadabird (our first for the season), a Rufous Fantail and a Grey Goshawk.
Edwin Vella and Michael Ronan 16/10 #228893
Superb Parrot
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
had a pair of Superb Parrots hanging around my section at the back of the zoo throughout the day. located near the midway kiosk and the Blackbuck and Banteng exhibits.
Andrew O'Brien 16/10 #228887
Uloola Falls Camp ground, Royal NP, Sydney
Pilotbird was seen at the Uloola Falls camp ground this morning at about 6:00 AM. Singing repetitively until about 6:30 AM. Also seen was Beautiful Firetail. eBird checklist
Corey Callaghan 16/10 #228885
Topknot Pigeon
Freeman Avenue Reserve (Oatley)
18 Topknot Pigeons were seen resting in the shade of a large angophora, this is the largest number seen around Oatley. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 16/10 #228884
Sat 15Square-tailed Kite
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park at -33.69749, 151.16638
I saw this Square-tailed Kite on Towlers Bay fire trail heading down to Morning Bay in Ku-ring-gai chase National Park last Saturday at approx. 9:30 am
Thomas Beck 19/10 #228938
Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Grey (White) Goshawk, Russet-tailed Thrush, Regent Bowerbird
Isaacs Lane, Johns River
Three separate stops were made at private properties along Isaacs Lane, Johns River where a Wompoo Fruit-Dove was visiting a small fig tree, Russet-tailed Thrush, Azure Kingfisher and Yellow-throated Scrub-wrens seen along the creek under rainforest, Satin and Regent Bowerbirds raiding a garden, Bee-eaters, Dollarbirds, Sacred Kingfishers, Rufous Fantails, Leaden & Black-faced Flycatchers were some of the migrants present and making themselves heard and a white morph Grey Goshawk was seen.
Graeme Catt, Alan Morris & 42 others. 17/10 #228915
Pied Oystercatcher, Osprey, Gull-billd Tern, Brahminy Kite
Harrington Breakwall and sandbars
A pair of Pied Oystercatchers has 3 tiny chicks in a patch of marran grass on the dunes opposite the Breakwall at Harrington, max 10 adult Pied Oystercatchers; Both Brahminy Kites and Ospreys had young in the nest in nearby Norfolk Island Pines, and a Whistling Kite had a nest two streets back in another NI Pine. There were 47 Pacific Golden Plovers on a sand flat near the Pub; and a Gull-billed Tern was roosting with 100s of Little and Common Terns at high tide, Striated Herons seen at 3 locations.
Graeme Catt, Christina Port (Photo), Alan Morris & 42 others. 17/10 #228913
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Brush Cuckoo, Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo
Nepean Weir, Penrith
Amongst our 75 species seen within a few hours in the morning was a dark morph White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, various Cuckoos (Koels, Brush, Fan-tailed as well as both Shining and Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoos), Azure and Sacred Kingfishers, Rainbow Bee-eater, numerous Bar-shouldered Doves, Satin Bowerbird adult male attending his bower, Varied Sitellas, Olive-backed Orioles and numerous Scarlet Honeyeaters.
Edwin Vella and Mark Fuller 16/10 #228894
Peregrine Falcon
Royal National Park--Curra Moors (Coastal Section)
1 Peregrine Falcon was seen hunting & perching around the cliffs. No nest seen, however it could still be present on a cliff-face. This falcon was not timid about being photographed. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 15/10 #228880
Osprey ( nesting pair)
Oatley Park at mouth of Lime Kiln Bay
This afternoon at about 3.00, the nesting Ospreys were continually harassed by 2 fishing boats which moored within 10 yards of their nest and by yahooing jet skiers resulting in one of the birds kicking its nest into the river. The nest floated away with the current. This behaviour was environmental vandalism. Very sad, indeed. I read this week that this nesting site may have been the southernmost nesting site for this species.
Dave Koffel 15/10 #228876
Topknot Pigeon
Freeman Avenue Reserve, OATLEY
At least 5 Topknot Pigeons are still in the vicinity of this Reserve. At about 10.00 am today at least 5 were located very high in the canopy of an Angophera about 150 metres west of the Reserve. Careful scanning from the Reserve was required to see them but all of their features could be observed. Congratulations to Jesse Gibson for finding them as they are a very rare sighting for Oatley. In the past they have been seen to fly over. I have never seen them feeding or roosting in this area before. With the Spotless Crake in LKB yesterday, 2 great birds in 2 days in this valuable bushland area.
Dave Koffel 15/10 #228874
Little Eagle (Nesting)
Found a little Eagle nest and had excellent views of 1 adult sitting on it this afternoon. Also found a few prey items scattered in the immediate vicinity including 1 rabbit.
Jayden Walsh 15/10 #228873
Five locations from Tyagarah to Fingal Peninsula on the Tweed River
I travel this route regularly and this morning I saw Dollarbirds for the first time this season. Birds at Tyagarah, Brunswick Heads, Pottsville, Chinderah, and Kingscliff. Mostly single birds.
David Charley 15/10 #228870
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Suburban garden, Avalon Beach
In Lilli Pilli hedge in garden on private land.
Cecil Ellis 15/10 #228868
Fri 14highlightWood Sandpiper
Belmore Swamp, Seale Rd, South Kempsey.
1 bird found on south side of Seale Rd in flooded grassland, re-found the following day by Tony Bischoff.
Clive Meadows 18/10 #228925
Peregrine Falcon, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Buff-banded Rail
Crowdy Head
In a late afternoon visit, a pair of Peregrine Falcons were giving some good displays around the south side of the headland at Crowdy Head, juveniles nearby?, a Hobby was up at the Light-house where there was a Buff-banded Rail; Whistling, Brahminy & Black-shouldered Kites all present, and there were Red-backed Fairy-wrens along the road to back beach.
Graeme Catt, Alan Morris & 42 others. 17/10 #228914
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Emerald Dove, Spangled Drongo,
Harrington Rainforest & adjoining Caravan Park
44 members of CCGBNSW saw a small group of 5 Rose-crowned Fruit-Doves in the rainforest, several Regent Bowerbirds, an Emerald Dove fed daily along the edge of the caravan Park, Spectacled Monarchs, a Spangled Drongo as well as Wonga Pigeon, Bar-shouldered Dove and Brown Cuckoo-Doves.
Graeme Catt, Christiona Port (photo) Alan Morris & 42 others 17/10 #228911
Comb-crested Jacana, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Brush Cuckoo
Cattai Wetlands, Coopernook
2 hrs spent at the wetlands by 44 members of the CCGBNSW saw 53 species including 2 Comb-crested Jacanas, Red-backed Fairy-wrens near the Education Centre, a very vocal Brush Cuckoo, Brown Quail, Azure Kingfishers, 5 Varied Sittellas and a pair of Little Lorikeets.
Graeme Catt, Alan Morris & 42 others. 17/10 #228910
Leaden Flycatcher, Golden Whistler and Sacred Kingfisher
Eastlakes golf course
A male Leaden Flycatcher was moving through today. Other migrants including a singing young Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Sacred Kingfisher and Dollarbird. The Leaden Flycatcher was also present the previous day when a Satin Flycatcher was also observed about 300m away by Tony Bischoff.
David Mitford 15/10 #228875
Superb parrot
Wagga Wagga
Sighted and photo'd Superb Parrots in a patch of bush in town. First I have seen here. Approx. 10 birds. I intend to follow this up and see if they nest here or were just travelling.
Alan Lymbery 15/10 #228872
Spotless Crake
Lime Kiln Bay Reserve and Wetlands
Sighted by Dave Koffel a single mature Spotless Crake feeding in the upper pond. Very bold and unaware of human movement. Photograph Jesse Gibson. eBird checklist
Dave Koffel, Jesse Gibson 14/10 #228865
Leaden Flycatcher, Black-faced Monarch, Rufous Fantail
Oatley Park
1 female Leaden Flycatcher, 1 Black-faced Monarch, and 1 Rufous Fantail were seen at Limekiln Bay, Oatley Park. S32026757 & S32026825 checklists. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 14/10 #228861
Pacific Emerald Dove
Peakhurst Heights (Shoreline) Reserve
1 Pacific Emerald Dove was seen with 3 Spotted Turtle-Doves. Maybe the bird is resident? eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 14/10 #228860
Thu 13Topknot Pidgeon
Illawong (Point)
12 Topknot pigeons sitting for several hours in the top of one of our huge Angophoras. The large flock then flew South West up the Woronora River
Vanessa Konakoff 14/10 #228864
Satin Flycatcher
Centennial Park (Sydney)
At least two Satin Flycatchers and a Dollarbird were spotted on the Eastern Mission Field initially on Monday 10th October with the Flycatcher still present today. Both species, especially the Flycatcher, are rare visitors to the Park. Still no Coots or Hardheads on the ponds!
Steve Howard, Jade Novakovic, Satyajit Das & Anne Brophy 13/10 #228857
Wed 12Rainbow Bee-eater.
John Peat Reserve, Camden
Two Rainbow Bee-eaters, two Dollarbirds and a Peaceful Dove. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 12/10 #228843
Bell Miner
Eastlakes golf course
A single Bell Miner was an unexpected sight feeding on insects and nectar near the weir. Also seen 2 Dollarbirds, 2 Rufous Whistlers and a Latham's Snipe.
David Mitford 12/10 #228842
Port Macquarie Wastewater Treatment Plant Settling Ponds
Heard calling 7am first to return
Darin Rounsevell 12/10 #228835
Common Greenshank
Lake Wollumboola
Happy to see a Common Greenshank foraging in the shallows of the eastern bay at high tide this morning. Many other shorebirds about, mainly on the high tide roosts further out. Further information
Matthew Jones 12/10 #228833
Topknot Pigeon
Freeman Avenue Reserve (Oatley)
6 Topknop Pigeons are still at Freeman Avenue Reserve, appears to be a long stopover. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 12/10 #228831
Tue 11highlightPeregrine falcon
cliff top in Royal National Park Sydney
Appeared to be nesting. Was right on the edge of the cliff. Occasionally it would get up, look down, shuffle around and settle down again.
Bill Whale 13/10 #228852
Murrumbung HSD Mardi
The first Central Coast report of a Cicadabird for the 2016 Spring was recorded today, when a Cicadabird was heard calling this morning in the Spotted Gum Forest that surrounds our house. Cicadabirds are regular at this site and breed here each spring.
John & Carole Carpenter per Alan Morris 12/10 #228836
Cicadabird, Little Bronze Cuckoo
Coolgardie Plateau south of Alstonville
First Cicadabird heard call this afternoon. First returns at home block for the season. One cuckoo observed.
David Charley 11/10 #228829
Pottsville south environmental Park
Two birds heard calling and later one additional female bird observed.
David Charley 11/10 #228828
Topknot Pigeon
Freeman Avenue Reserve (Oatley)
15 (maybe two more) Topnotch Pigeons were seen feeding in a large figtree within the reserve. First seen at 0622h, left at 1616h. This is a large number for an area like Oatley, with very few records existing. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 11/10 #228827
Mon 10Australasian Figbird
Merimbula town centre
Female figbird seen on power line near visitors information centre, before flying off to the west.
Dean Ingwersen 11/10 #228825
Red Knot
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
3 birds seen briefly in flight. They flew from the south side to the north side of the reef but could not be relocated. The low tide was quite high so we didn't risk wandering out to the far rise. No sanderling present (perhaps it has moved south to kurnell). Plenty of humpback whales about with 20+ seen in 1.5 hours present at the reef with a couple of Wedge-tailed shearwaters checking them out.
Simon Gorta and Andrew Walker 11/10 #228821
Satin Flycatcher
Western Sydney Parklands, off Richmond Road carpark
Follow path towards the creek, the male Satin Flycatcher was seen just before the bridge crossing the creek. Calling a lot. Possibly passing? Other interesting sightings include Yellow-billed Spoonbill and Crested Shrike-tit.
Leo Skowronek 10/10 #228817
highlightFairy Tern, Sanderling, Little Tern
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
2 Fairy Terns were seen on the rock-shelf among 71 Little Terns. Both Fairy Terns, and some of the Little Terns were in breeding plumage. The Sanderling was on the protected beach directly West of the rock-shelf. I did not see the Greater Sand-Plover or any Whiskered Terns. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 10/10 #228815
Sun 9Red Knot
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
High tide roost observed one Red Knot, one Greater Sand Plover and two Sanderlings dodging 4wds on the beach.
Kerry Allen 10/10 #228820
Dollarbird, bee-eaters and Channel-billed Cuckoo
Mulgoa, NSW
First channel-billed cuckoo heard this morning. Yesterday was the first dollarbird of the year. A decent flock (15 or so) of rainbow bee-eaters have been hanging around for the last week or so.
Henry Cook 10/10 #228813
Black-faced Monarch
Lime Kiln Bay/ Oatley Park
A Black-faced Monarch clearly seen a number of times along LKB. ( First sighting for many years). Other interesting sightings included a White-bellied Sea-Eagle enjoying the thermal currents, a pair of Ospreys nesting on the green and white river navigation marker at the mouth of the bay and three New Holland Honeyeaters which are not usually seen in Oatley Park or LKB. The Ospreys are constantly annoyed by jet-skiers who deliberately harass them. A few hours in this important parkland rewarded me with 49 species.
Dave Koffel 9/10 #228812
Curlew Sandpier, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit.
Lake Wollumboola
Have just returned from a trip to the lake. Sightings are us follows: 117 Bar-tailed Godwit 8 Black-tailed Godwit 40 Red Knot 24 Curlew Sandpiper 6 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers 4 Red-necked Stint 1 Red-capped Plover 2 Pied Oystercatcher 1 Little Tern 1 Peregrine Falcon (caught a bar-tailed Godwit) 1 Nankeen Kestrel 2 Black Shouldered Kites 2 Marsh Harriers 1 Collared Sparrowhawk After a brief period when the water levels increased due to rains the levels have dropped again creating ideal habitat for shorebirds. However, the lake was surprisingly empty today with nothing on the southern end and that's usually where all the birds congregate.
Demetrios Bertzeletos 9/10 #228809
Channel-Billed Cuckoo
Kellyville Backyard
The local Noisy Minor birds, Magpies and Magpie Larks were making a lot of noise this morning in the neighbors backyard, so I went out to investigate and found that they were trying to scare away this pair of Channel- Billed Cuckoos. One of the Cuckoos was trying to feed the other whilst the Noisy Miners were attacking them. The Cuckoos kept flying to different trees within the area before they eventually flew away. I managed to get a few photos of them before they left. (Moderator's Note: This will be the last posting about Channel-billed and Koel Cuckoos. They have now arrived enmasse, they are no longer "unusual" and unless there is an observation about large numbers or something very unusual, observations will not be published. AKM)
Narelle Wajzer 9/10 #228808
Rufous fantail
Kempsey bridge
Netherby house river cafe
Darin Rounsevell 9/10 #228803
Sat 8Black-faced Monarch
At the head of Gore Cove, at the mouth of Berry Creek. Reported with some diffidence, as of course it regularly migrates through Sydney. But I thought it might be of some merit to record a migration route which may be becoming historic, as more and more bush corridors disappear in the face of Sydney's population explosion. Also in the same place today [Oct. 9th], a Rufous Fantail.
Ted Nixon 9/10 #228805
White-throated Needletails
Lake Cathie perch hole
20 plus bird in scattered flock between Lake Cathie & Port Macquarie
Darin Rounsevell 9/10 #228800
White-throated Needletails and Rose-crowned Fruit-dove
Boambee Headland, Sawtell
Small flock of less than 10 Needletails heading south. Immature Rose-crowned Fruit-dove feeding on Bungalow Palm fruits in my suburban front yard. Feeding in morning and afternoon. Scrambling through fruiting structure of palm and mostly feeding upside down.
Kylie Flavell and Michael Cheers 8/10 #228799
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Morton National Park--Bundanoon Sector
Circa 1pm, I saw 19 Gang-gangs feeding in the one eucalyptus tree in the vicinity of Erith Coal Mine. This is the biggest Gang-gang grouping I've seen in Morton NP and the Southern Highlands.
Lorne Johnson 8/10 #228795
Fri 7Curlew Sandpiper
Wilford Lane Wetland - Milton NSW
Visiting a private property at the Wilford lane wetlands in Milton the number of Curlew Sandpipers was a big surprise (14) and in the company of over 30 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, one Bar-tailed Godwit (1st time I have seen the Godwit here. We did also have a number of other species that are regulars at this location, Black Swans, Pacific Black Ducks, Chestnut Teal, Swamp Harrier, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Black-fronted Dotterel, Australasian Pipit plus many others. But the highlight was the appearance of so many Curlew Sandpipers, with another local recent report of 11 Curlew Sandpipers at Lake Woolumboola ( Culburra) also enhancing the coastal region for this species at present. Normally only seeing 1-3 in this area.
Charles Dove - Chris Brandis 7/10 #228791
Black-shouldered Kite
Lucus Heights
Not normally seen around here. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 7/10 #228789
Channel Billed Cuckoo
We have a Currawong's nest in the large Angophora in our back yard.This morning there was a commotion in the tree and the Currawongs were attacking another bird in the tree. It was then noticed that the bird being attacked was a large Channel Billed Cuckoo. There were a pair of the Cuckoos which stood their ground for some time, but eventually they flew away after quite a bit of harrassment. I have only ever seen the Cuckoos in the bush around Sydney and very rarely. My neighbour said she could see the nest and there were 3 nestlings in it. I couldn't view it from my place.(Moderator 's note: what Chris witnessed was the CB Cuckoos' usual practice as on arrival, they raid all the prospective hosts' nests and eject all eggs and nestlings in order to force the hosts (in this case currawongs) to re-nest so that the Cuckoos can align their egg laying with that of the proposed hosts. AKM)..
Christopher David Morgan 7/10 #228788
Thu 6Spangled Drongo
Streeton Lookout, Freemans Reach
4 Drongos hawking from gums just north of the lookout 7pm. First local sighting in the couple of years ive been here. Late leavers? First sighting of Bee eaters for the season this afternoon.
Mike Felstead 6/10 #228783
highlightWhite-throated Needletail
Warabrook (suburb of Newcastle)
3 White-throated Needletails passed by over my house this afternoon. eBird checklist
Michael Kearns 6/10 #228780
Black Bittern
Cattai National Park--Mitchell Park
Briefly landed and flew nearby with occasional calls. Full list of birds seen at site on ebird.
Michael Rutkowski 6/10 #228779
highlightGreater Sand Plover, Whiskered Tern
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
Highlights from a quick visit to the shelf were a Greater Sand Plover and two Whiskered Tern. There are surprisingly few records of Whiskered Tern from Boat Harbour. Little Tern numbers are increasing. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 6/10 #228778
Brahminy Kite
Catherine Hill Bay
2 Brahminy Kites seen just south of Catherine Hill Bay Beach above rocks about 3pm Thursday 6 October.
Robyn Price 6/10 #228777
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
1 Sanderling amongst 20 or so Red-necked Stints. Also present Ruddy Turstones, Pacific Goldern Plover and pair of Osprey feeding.
James Galea 6/10 #228775
Wed 5Lewin's Rail
Susan Island (Grafton)
One bird seen emerging from reeds
Murray Lord 5/10 #228769
Tue 4Curlew Sandpiper, Little Tern, White-fronted Tern
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
2 Curlew Sandpiper were seen at Boat Harbour with about 40-50 Red-necked Stints. Also of note was 160+ Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, 1 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, 3 Little Tern, 3 White-fronted Tern, and a Dollarbird. No sign of the Grey Plover (or the Pacific Golden Plovers). eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 4/10 #228762
Mon 3highlightGround Cuckoo Shrike
Pinecliffe,10kms SW of Molong
3pm 4 adult birds, rarely seen here, and the first time this century!
Bruce Tinsey 5/10 #228770
White-throated Needletail, Dollarbird
Further information
Peter Richards 5/10 #228768
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Stuarts Point Village, Kempsey
We counted 163 YTB Cockatoos in a flock over the village at 1630 hrs. There are both exotic pine trees and tropical fruit orchards in the immediate vicinity. This is a large flock of birds!
Alan & Tim Morris 3/10 #228757
highlightSpectacled Monarch
Ourimbah RTA Reserve
Phillip Bernie 3/10 #228755
Sun 2Grey Currawong
Mount Coricudgy
A total of 6 birds sighted from the October 2 to 5. One pair with a nest feeding young (pictured). A number of Pilotbirds also observed both on mount Coricudgy and in Wollemi National Park to the east.
Allan Richardson, Meggie Richardson and Troy Watson 6/10 #228785
Comerong Island Nature Reserve
Arriving back in the South Coast. Sacred Kingfisher seen too. eBird checklist
David Vickers 4/10 #228764
Australian Owlet Nightjar
Irrawong Reserve
Heard calling strongly from close range at 11pm, unfortunately it avoided being seen. Great to have one so close to suburbia!
Jayden Walsh 3/10 #228752
White-throated Nightjar, Australian Owlet Nightjar and Barn Owl
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Heard 3 WT Nightjar, 1 Owlet Nightjar and 1 Barn Owl between 8 and 10pm. Other cool sightings included 2 Echidnas.
Jayden Walsh 3/10 #228751
Zebra Finch
Wentworth Point
20 Zebra Finch feeding on the grass and 4 observed perched in a shrub near the Acer Building at Wentworth Point, Homebush Bay [opposite Ikea]. It has been a long time since I have observed any at this site so great to see so many. eBird checklist
Jenny and Rod Stiles, Stephen Davey 2/10 #228741
Magpie Geese, Plumed Whistling Ducks, White-breasted Woodswallow, Red-necked Avocets
Condobolin Showground
Walking through the floodwaters this morning at the showground I came across hundreds of Whistling Ducks and about a dozen Magpie Geese. Saw 8 White-breasted Woodswallows near the river , some were collecting nesting material. Very rarely see these birds here. Late last week I found a pair of Avocets nesting, Eggs were present but the rising floodwaters have now destroyed it. THis is my first breeding event for this species here.
Warren Chad 2/10 #228740
Musk Lorikeet
Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo
A small party of musk lorikeets seen feeding in a Callistamon bush, happily sharing the tree with Yellow-throated Miner's. However a rainbow lorikeet tried to join the feeding party and was quickly chased away by the musk's
Andrew O'Brien 2/10 #228738
Sat 1Topknot Pigeon (4), Common Bronzewing, Dollarbird (2)
Irrawong Reserve
Highlights from this afternoon were 4 Topknot Pigeons flying through and feeding on Cabbage Tree Palm fruit. I accidentally flushed a Common Bronzewing twice above the main waterfall. 2 Dollarbirds calling and hawking for insects in the open area and 2 Brown Goshawks causing havoc amongst the other birds. Almost all other summer migrants have returned bar Rufous Fantail and WTNT. Other cool animals seen were 5 Blackish Blind Snakes, 2 Broadtailed Geckos and a Swamp Wallaby.
Jayden Walsh 1/10 #228733
Eastern Osprey
Sydney Olympic Park
Single Eastern Osprey observed this morning. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan and Corey Callaghan 1/10 #228732
Oatley Park
The migrants are back in Oatley. 1 Dollarbird was seen in Oatley Park [and another across the water at Peakhurst Heights (Shoreline) Reserve]. 1 Koel was heard calling. About 6 Channel-billed Cuckoos are around. A Sacred Kingfisher was on the sandflat. Olive-backed Orioles have been back for awhile. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 1/10 #228731
Dollarbird & Sacred Kingfisher
Randwick Environment Park
Summer visitors now arrived at Randwick Environmnet Park - Dollarbird and Sacred Kingfisher. Also Channel-billed Cuckoo, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo and Rufous Whistler seen this morning. Unusual to see a large flock of 100+ noisy Little Corellas scattered in the tress around the wetland. eBird checklist
Richard Murray 1/10 #228718

September 2016
Fri 30Topknot pigeon
Mt Annan Gardens
at the top of a tall dead tree near the bird hide, rather poor image
Brenda Parkinson 1/10 #228726
Banded Lapwing
Lake George--Charles Anderson VC Rest Area
10 Banded Lapwing (all in pairs) were seen on the flat out from the rest area. Many more may have been present. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 30/9 #228715
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Lake Narrabeen
3 birds photographed in Casuarinas by the track halfway between Pipeclay Point and the 'Barking Owl' bridge [that's the 3rd bridge from the parking lot] - about 150 metres past the sign for pipeclay point
colin bradshaw 30/9 #228713
highlightGrey Plover
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
Returning migratory wader numbers are increasing on the shelf including a moulting Grey Plover. Little Tern also present as well as White-fronted Tern moulting into breeding plumage. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 30/9 #228712
Thu 29Rainbow Bee-eater
Burrinjuck Waters State Park
3 turned up at 1:15pm, not long after the sun had come out after a very wet morning. They spent about 15 minutes feeding before continuing on their way. These appear to be the first birds for the season south of Yass for the Canberra region. eBird checklist
Ryu Callaway 1/10 #228735
Rainbow Bee-eater
Burrinjuck Waters State Park
3 turned up at 1:15pm, not long after the sun had come out after a very wet morning. They spent about 15 minutes feeding before continuing on their way. These appear to be the first birds for the season south of Yass for the Canberra region.
Ryu Callaway 1/10 #228729
Superb Parrot
Bathurst Indoor Sports Stadium
One bird seen by fluke as we went into the carpark to turn around. Flew into the eucalyptus just behind the stadium. Obvious long pointed tail and long pointed wings, plus irregular wing beats in flight ruled out any other possible parrots for the area. Significantly east of their normal range.
Simon Gorta 30/9 #228707
Wed 28Powerful Owl
Smoothey Park Wollstonecraft (Sydney)
Adult (roosting by day ) and fledgling (begging at night)
Stephen Debus 3/10 #228756
Satin Flycatcher
The Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan
One male sighted by Judy Clark on Birding NSW outing. In remnant Cumberland Woodland Further information
Ian Bailey 28/9 #228694
Sacred Kingfisher
Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills
First arrivals (2) calling this morning.
Eric Finley 28/9 #228691
Tue 27White-throated Gerygone
Boundary Creek, Sydney Olympic Park
Single bird feeding and calling during morning survey.
Elisabeth Karplus 28/9 #228693
White-winged Fairy Wren
Singing male and 2 females in salt bush off Gipps Rd south of main bridge. Currently need to cross Lachlan River on detour and then work your way back
colin bradshaw 27/9 #228688
highlightPainted Honeyeater
near Gunningbland west of Parkes
Male singing and showing in Mistletoe near Gunningbland. Lots of Striped and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters there as well
colin bradshaw 27/9 #228687
Australian Brush Turkey
Western Sydney Parklands, Horsley Park
Along ridge top facing Calmsley Hill Farm perched in a Eucalyptus stag. Spotted from firetrail on private property.
Genevieve Kyi 27/9 #228684
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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