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3/11/2015

Moderators' Note

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

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May 2015
Fri 29Plum-headed Finch
Capertee Valley - Genowlan Bridge Road
6 Plum-headed Finches perched while approximately another 100 circled twice then flew off. At the bridge a single New Holland Honeyeater.
Graham Blackwell, Alec & Catherine Gillespie 29/5 #223417
Thu 28highlightPacific Gull
Town Beach (Port Macquarie)
Immature Pacific Gull (2nd year?) still present at Town Beach.
Tim Morris 29/5 #223413
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Lake Cathie
The two Regent HE's reported by Duncan Fowler et al were still at the site yesterday afternoon (a male and female). They appear to be 'working' a circuit between a small flowering Blackbutt, a slightly larger flowering Swamp Mahogany and some banksias in the area. As Duncan pointed out, the birds are defending the Blackbutt tree from other HE's. The male was doing mimicry of Figbird calls, interspersed with the single 'chack' note of a Little Wattlebird (see link for some 'bumpy footage'). Further information
Mick Roderick, Ted Giblin and Tim Morris 29/5 #223408
White-backed Swallow
Capertee Valley--Genowlan Bridge
One White-backed Swallow was the highlight of a quick trip to the Capertee today. Lots of honeyeaters about at Glenowlan Bridge including Black-chinned, White-napped, Fuscous, Yellow-tufted, White-plumed and New-Holland Honeyeaters plus 40 Little Lorrikeets, Hooded Robin and 2 Diamond Firetails.
Robert Hynson 29/5 #223407
Varied Triller
Harrington rainforest
Male and female Varied Trillers present in the Harrington Rainforest yesterday. Male calling. Posting here as seasonal movements of this species in NSW appear to be poorly understood.
Mick Roderick 29/5 #223406
Pacific Baza
Bents Basin State Conservation Area
5 Pacific Baza in Bents Basin picnic area. Photo with captured insect.
Michael Rutkowski 28/5 #223401
Grey Goshawk (White Morph)
Batemans Bay
Seen between Hanging Rock Place and the beach. Sorry for the bad quality photo. It was through the telescope and phone!
Steve Edwards 28/5 #223391
Wed 27Scarlet Robin
Mount Annan Botanical Gardens, Mt Annan NSW
Perching in araucarias and feeding on the ground eBird checklist
Adrian o'Hara 28/5 #223404
highlightNoisy Pitta
Irrawong Reserve
Noisy Pitta seen extremely well by Jayden this morning at 7am. Also seen by Colin Bradshaw (attached photo). Bird is residing in the same area as last year, just west of the small raised boardwalk. [Moderator's Note: A young pitta was released at Irrawong last week by a wildlife carer after rehabilitation - it is unclear whether the bird pictured here is this rehabilitated individual, or the site faithful regular. JB].
Jayden Walsh and Colin Bradshaw 28/5 #223396
Little Eagle
Windsor Town
1 Little Eagle circling over Moses St Windsor was 1 of 9 species of raptor recorded in the Hawkesbury on 27-5-15. [Moderator's Note: There have been a fair few LE reports from Sydney over the past few weeks, including two light and dark morph birds around the turf farms. JB].
Keith Brandwood 28/5 #223395
Scarlet Robin, Musk Duck
Powells Lane Richmond
1 female Scarlet Robin feeding in Casuarina's, and the female Musk Duck present also.
Keith Brandwood 28/5 #223394
Tue 26Turquoise Parrot, Black Falcon
Back Yamma State Forest
We encountered a pair of Black Falcons perched on a dead tree beside the Back Yamma road and a small flock of Blue Bonnets before entering the western side of the forest. Within the forest, we also had a number of Red-capped Robins, more Blue Bonnets, Superb Parrots, lots of Speckled Warblers, a dozen or so Turquoise Parrots (including some young birds seen), White-browed Babblers, Brown Tree-creepers, White-bellied Cuckoos-shrike, Black-chinned Honeyeater and some Diamond Firetails beside their nest.
Edwin Vella and Mark Fuller 29/5 #223416
Black Bittern
Warriewood Wetlands
150 metres west of weir
colin bradshaw 27/5 #223385
Topknot Pigeon
Coffs Harbour Lawn Cemetery Karangi
60+ Topknot Pigeons flying east above lawn cemetery on the Coramba Rd. 1.30pm.
Warren Thompson 27/5 #223384
highlightPacific Gull
Nobbys Beach (and ocean)
Whilst having a quick look to see if any prions were visible from Fort Drive this afternoon (which they were not) I scanned along Nobbys Beach and saw what are presumably the 2 young Pacific Gulls that were seen here last Thursday (but had not been seen since). They were loafing with a group of Silver Gulls and Crested Terns (and as it turned out, an adult White-fronted Tern). I decided to get a closer look by walking out onto the breakwall but by the time I rounded Nobbys Head the birds were gone. They were then seen behind a fishing trawler that had anchored just off Nobbys. The birds were sitting near the boat along with lots of Silver Gulls and about 80 pelicans when I left. The very distant (cropped) image shows one of the birds flying left-to-right under the second right-most window.
Mick Roderick 26/5 #223378
Mon 25White-backed Swallow, possible Blue-winged Parrot
Lake Cargelligo
At the Sewerage works, only one pond (the one closest to the bird hide) was deep enough to support the ducks with the larger ones almost all dried up despite recent rainfall in the area. We saw here a couple of Black-tailed Native-hen, a couple of Red-necked Avocet, a Spotted Harrier, 3 Major Mitchell Cockatoos, Blue Bonnets, Mallee Ringnecks, a few Cockatiel but best of all at least 6 White-backed Swallows. Also, I am almost certain that I heard a Blue-winged Parrot fly over the town which could be expected feeding on the saltmarsh around the area at this time of year.
Edwin Vella and Mark Fuller 29/5 #223415
Ground Cuckoo-shrike (10)
Euabalong
Along the Lake Cargelligo to Lake Cargelligo Rd , Mark and I noticed a number of birds having a go at a Brown Falcon we saw some Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes amongst those mobbing the falcon and noticed also some longer tailed versions which after pulling over realised the later were 10 Ground Cuckoo-shrikes. The Cuckoo-shrikes flew over to the paddock on the other side of the road which had about 20 Banded Lapwing and some Magpies. There were a few young dark-eyed birds amongst the yellow-eyed adults.
Edwin Vella and Mark Fuller 29/5 #223414
Square-tailed Kite
Narrabri Township
One bird hawking low over buildings in Narrabri Township near the bowling club. Saw a STK in the same location over a year ago. Further information
Kurtis Lindsay and Emily Mowat 25/5 #223371
Zebra Finch (4) Rose Robin (1)
Sydney Olympic Park
A pair of adult Zebra Finches with two dark-billed juveniles feeding on the first grassy hill overlooking Newington NR suggest recent breeding. A Rose Robin was my fourth record, in a large mixed flock on the edge of the nature reserve containing Golden and a single Rufous Whistler, several Grey Fantails and the usual suspects. No sign of Pink-eared Ducks at Lake Belvedere.
Dion Hobcroft 25/5 #223367
Sun 24highlightRegent Honeyeater
Capertee Valley--Genowlan Bridge
4+ birds among 100's of smaller honeyeaters. [Moderator's Note: This is probably the largest congregation of wild birds recorded nation-wide since spring last year. Follow up observations noting exact numbers and presence/absence of rings would be excellent. JB].
David Hair 26/5 #223376
highlightSwift Parrot
Pindar Cave track, Brisbane Waters NP
2 Swift Parrots resting about 3 metres up a stunted eucalypt amongst thick foliage. On higher ground with low eucalypts and angophoras above a mixed understorey dominated by Banksia Ericifolia in blossom. Directly above the walking track and flew off in surprise, without calling, when we were only a few metres away. Brief but clear view. No other parrot or lorikeet seen on this track in the 5 hours we were on it. Masses of honeyeaters on this walk, good numbers of Silvereye and Dusky Woodswallow, and a single Rock Warbler at Pindar Cave, as per e-bird checklist. A long, difficult but rewarding walk on a rough, hard to find track (not signposted) with Pindar Cave and the creek beyond well worth a look at. eBird checklist
Cameron Ward 25/5 #223370
highlightPacific Gull
The Entrance Channel, Tuggerah Lake
1 juvenile landed in channel. Stayed for bout half an hour then Silver Gulls chased it off. (Moderator's Note: This is the 4th Central Coast record, the last record was for an immature bird seen at Flat Rock, Munmorah SCA on 1 June 2013. AKM)
Shayne Weston 25/5 #223364
Fairy Prion
Terrigal
Four Fairy Prions feeding about 100 metres off The Skillion at 1615. Also present were 3 Australasian Gannets and 20+ Silver Gulls.
Nick Carson 25/5 #223358
highlightPlumed Whistling-ducks
Ulmarra-Tucabia Rd, 1km from Ulmarra
4000+ PWDs on small dam.
Michael Cheers 24/5 #223350
highlightSwift Parrots
Chiltern Trail, Ingleside
[Moderator Note: these two reports have been combined. It would be excellent if someone was able to verify if the parrots are staying in the area, and to observe what they are foraging on - AR] J. Walsh: 3 or 4 Swift Parrot seen flying (and head calling ) over the trail this morning, unfortunately they didn't stop. T. Hickman: Swift Parrots were heard at approximately 4:00pm today 100 or so meters south of where the Regent Honeyeaters were located last year. I only heard two very brief calls, which meant that I was not 100% certain on the ID, until I returned home and saw Jayden's post from earlier this morning. It sounded like the birds had settled down for the night. This sighting seems unusual, as there is not much in flower, with exception for Banksia ericifolia.
Jayden Walsh and Thomas Hickman 24/5 #223344
Crescent Honeyeater
Martin's Lookout, Springwood
Three Crescent Honeyeaters actively calling and chasing each other in vegetation along Glenbrook Creek below Martin's Lookout. Rockwarbler and Peregrine Falcon also seen on the walk up to Lost World.
Max Breckenridge 24/5 #223343
Musk Duck, dark morph Little Eagle
Richmond Lowlands
A single female Musk Duck was a surprise to see on the small pond/flood channel beside Powell's Lane, along with 40+ busily feeding Pink-eared Ducks, a Black-winged Stilt and several other waterbirds. No sign of any Plumed Whistling Ducks around though. Other nice birds around the lowlands included a dark morph Little Eagle, a Peregrine Falcon, several Bar-shouldered Doves, and a Golden Whistler that was heard and very unusual at this site.
Ashwin Rudder, Joshua Bergmark and Nathan Ruser 24/5 #223339
highlightPacific Gull
Port Macquarie breakwall
1 immature
James Oates 24/5 #223337
Rock Warbler
Maianbar
I have a Rock Warbler that has moved into my backyard. Today I saw it dropping its wings and dancing a figure eight. But it was doing it in front of our resident Whipbird. Does anyone know if this dance is supposed to be an intimidating dance or is it trying to attract a partner?
Julie Keating 24/5 #223335
Brolga
Rushforth Rd. Poley Bridge nr Grafton.
Two birds about 200 north of the Orara River. Flew down creek line towards river. Not previously seen before in this location.
Warren Thompson 24/5 #223331
Sat 23highlightPacific Gull
Illuka Bluff, Illuka.
Immature Pacific Gull sheltering on Northern side of bluff out or 30km southerly. Large pinkish bill with black tip. Also present 1 Red-necked Stint, 4 Ruddy Turnstones and 2 Lesser Sand Plovers.
Michael Cheers 24/5 #223349
White-headed Petrel, Wandering Albatross, Fairy Prions.
north head-sydney harbour national park.
Highlights from a sea watch from north head today was a white-headed petrel also an all dark wandering albatross with a white face and belly my first for the year. And there were hundreds of prions moving north from 2pm onwards.
michael ronan. 24/5 #223330
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Cataract Dam, Wilton
Pair of Gang-gang Cockatoo feeding in pine trees at the picnic area above the dam. Flew away before we could photograph them. Difficult to bird in a water supply area because of the need to stay on the road. eBird checklist
Jenny & Rod Stiles 23/5 #223327
Fairy Prions, Albatross sp
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Sightings during a brief late afternoon seawatch at Maroubra today included a steady stream of Prions heading north (too far out for specific ID) and then 4 Fairy Prions close in to the point; 3 Yellow-nosed Albatross; 12+ Black-browed Albatross; 2 Shy Albatross; a late Arctic Jaeger (heading south!) and a pair of Little Penguins.
Robert Griffin 23/5 #223326
highlightFlame Robin, Little Eagle
Western Sydney Parklands, Glendenning
While we were having lunch at Joe McAleer Park (adjacent to the Western Sydney Parklands) in Glendenning, Mike Rutowksi spotted a brown Robin sitting beside the fence of the oval at and was seen occasionally dropping to the ground. On closer inspection, we found it to be a female Flame Robin (only the second time I have seen one in Sydney and my first for the Blacktown LGA but apparently not the only record for the Blacktown LGA). We also had several and some good sightings throughout the day of at least one pair of Little Eagles (one at Glendenning and an adult, a juvenile and possibly another adult bird at the Quakers Hill section of the Western Sydney Parklands).
CBOC members per Edwin Vella 23/5 #223325
Square-tailed Kite, Australian Shoveler & Pink-eared Duck
Tuggerah STW, Tuggerah
Good birding at Tuggerah STW in late morning. I stopped along Wyong Rd (adjacent to the STW) to investigate a raptore being mobbed by Masked Lapwings and it turned out to be an immature Square-tailed Kite & a pair of Nankeen Kestrels also mobbed this bird. In at the STW there was a Swamp Harrier and later a Whistling Kite. There were 53 Australian Shovelers, 26 Pink-eared Ducks and about 40 Hoary-headed Grebes amongst the other waterbirds present.
Alan Morris 23/5 #223323
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Lake Cathie, mid North coast
Second morning observing 2 unbanded birds in a flowering gum and other nearby trees and bushland. Quite a thrilling and convenient sighting 20m from home. Hours of observations unperturbed by dogs, Hawks and other Honeyeaters which were sent on their way when trying to share the tree which is owned by the Regents for now. Even Rainbow Lorikeets weren't allowed in. Photos, video and sound recordings of course.
Duncan Fowler, Carmen Ludcke, Madeline Sanders 23/5 #223321
Fri 22Glossy Black Cockatoo
Spencer Township
Five Glossy Black Cockatoos 300 metres beyond the "Licensed Tree" towards Brooklyn. Something else to look for if you are hoping to see the Brahminy Kite.
Dion Hobcroft and David James 22/5 #223319
highlightPied Butcherbird
Wiseman's Ferry Bowling Club
Two adults and two juvenile Pied Butcherbirds in weedy field behind the bowling club well spotted by DJ. Probably indicates they nested here. A rare bird in the Sydney county-not sure if previously known to have bred here previously.
Dion Hobcroft and David James 22/5 #223318
highlightBrahminy Kite
Marra Marra National Park at 33 28 21S 151 0 40E
Single adult Brahminy Kite seen flying distantly against cliff line in Marra Marra National Park from Spencer. Rare visitor to Hawkesbury River and rare for the Sydney/Gosford counties. Previously reported on 9 May-thanks Alan! Poor record shot attached.
Dion Hobcroft and David James 22/5 #223317
highlightGreat-winged Petrel
Fort Drive (Newcastle Rock Platform)
There were several Great-winged Petrels visible from Fort Drive late this afternoon, maybe 15-20 birds all up? Some were quite close in and were flying well over 100m above the sea surface with the strong southerly wind. Only two other species seen; a lone Black-browed type Albatross and ~200 gannets, interestingly every single bird seen an adult bird. No sign of the Pacific Gulls anywhere.
Mick Roderick 22/5 #223316
highlightPacific Gull, Buller's Albatross and Great-winged Petrel
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Two young Pacific Gulls (together), 2 Buller's Albatross, 15 Black-browed Albatross, 2 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, 1 Shy Albatross, 1 Brown Skua, 3 Giant Petrel (sp) and 33 Great-winged Petrels all seen today. I would assume the Pacific Gulls were the two at Newcastle yesterday.
David Mitford 22/5 #223314
Thu 21highlightPacific Gull, White-fronted Tern
Nobbys Breakwall / Newcastle Baths
Two young (possibly first immature) Pacific Gulls were seen hawking amongst a few Silver Gulls along the inside of the outer end of Nobbys Breakwall yesterday afternoon by Richard Nicholas. An hour later (presumably) one of the birds was seen roosting at the Newcastle Baths rock platform with a large number of Silver Gulls and Crested Terns (an estimate by a different observer later in the day put the count at 1500 gulls and 500 terns in the area). The birds have not been reported since. For the sake of tracking arrivals, the first White-fronted Tern for the season in the Newcastle area was seen at Newcastle Baths on the 19/05 (also Richard Nicholas).
Richard Nicholas per Mick Roderick 22/5 #223313
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Nepean Weir, Penrith
Trio of White-bellied Sea-eagles (Adult, Sub adult and juvenile) soaring over the weir around midday. Juvenile and the sub-adult even got into some aerial acrobatics, locking talons with each other. Other species spotted included Yellow Thornbill, Eastern Osprey and Azure Kingfisher.
Johan Olsson 21/5 #223309
Rockwarbler
Warrah Trig Lookout
Two birds rock-hopping and flying into low hanging branches. Manged to get some photos, unfortunately ipad cannot load them.
Kim Cumes & Cath Cooper 21/5 #223308
Grey Goshawk, Painted Button-quail, Rose Robin
Mulgoa Nature Reserve
Two Painted Button-quails came out from the bushes at the entrance to the Dillwynia Trail. We also observed Grey Goshawk (grey morphology) eating young Crimson Rosella (perching on a large Grey Gum tree near ruins). Other birds: Rose Robin (2 males on Jamison Trail), Little Lorikeet (5), Australian Brush-Turkey (1 - Dufa TraIL).
Ted Wnorowski 21/5 #223306
highlightSwift Parrot
Quorrobolong (private property)
8 Swift Parrots flushed from a creekline on private property at Quorrobolong this morning. The creekline is dominated by a Bell Miner colony and presumably the birds were lerping. These are the first Hunter Valley Swifties reported for the season. [Moderator's Note: I'm sure Mick would like to remind everyone to please report all Swift Parrot sightings this season to Birdline and include accurate details of date, count and location. This will be forwarded to Mick and BirdLife Australia who maintain the mainland sightings database. JB]
Mick Roderick 21/5 #223305
Wed 20Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Lake Conjola - Thorne St. 35°16'23.9"S 150°29'21.3"E
Great to see 4 Glossy Black-Cockatoo today and they were not the bit concerned that I was standing right next to them as they continued feeding in the Casuarina trees - a few small birds around as well Brown Thornbill, Striated Thornbill, Brown Gerygone and Silvereye all very busy
Charles Dove 20/5 #223299
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Pinecliffe, 10 kms SW of Molong
An immature, the barring not complete and certainly a record for late May for this site. (Moderator's note. I would suggest that the record is not a "late record" rather it is an "early record" because with the lengthening of the day light period from 20 June onwards, the host species, mainly Fairy-wrens and Thornbills, start their nesting season at that time so that Horsfield's, Shining Bronze and Black-eared Cuckoos have to be ready then to lay their eggs too! AKM).
Bruce Tinsey 20/5 #223298
Pink-eared Duck (2) Caspian Tern (1)
Sydney Olympic Park
Two Pink-eared Ducks at Lake Belvedere, one Caspian Tern at Waterbird Refuge where also 160 Red-necked Avocets and 5 Red-kneed Dotterels. In woodland areas one male Rufous Whistler, at least five Golden Whistlers and five Grey Fantails.
Dion Hobcroft 20/5 #223294
Tue 19Southern Emu wren
McPherson Road Swamp, Tuggerah
Seen and photographed several birds flitting around the bushes and grass area. Female and male birds Further information
Kim & Rachel Cumes, Cath Cooper and Robin Walker 20/5 #223300
Square-tailed Kite
Coffs Harbour CBD South
A pair of Square-tailed Kites circling together for about 10 minutes to the south of Coffs Harbour CBD around midday today.
Allan Richardson 19/5 #223290
Pink-eared Duck
Kelso Park North, Milperra
15 Pink-eared Ducks today on the stormwater detention pond is my highest count locally. They've been here since early January and numbers have built up gradually. Also 1 Hoary-headed Grebe and a Grey Goshawk in scapular moult.
David James 19/5 #223285
White-bellied Cuckooshrike
Fire Trail Lake Conjola
A surprise today was the White-bellied Cuckoo Shrike high in the gum trees at lake Conjola not a bird you would expect to come across around this area, lots of honey eaters, White-eared, White-naped, White cheeked, Scarlet and Lewin's also The Red Wattlebird flocking in groups of up 40 at a time and also surprised to so many Rose Robins around 7 in two days.
Charles Dove 19/5 #223284
Mon 18Superb Lyrebird
Crommelin Native Arboretum Pearl Beach
Seen and took recording of vocal display. One bird seen
Kim & Rachel Cumes, Cath Cooper & Robin Walker 20/5 #223301
Sun 17Southern Boobook, Tawny Grassbird and Golden Whistler
Eastlakes golf course
My first record of Southern Boobook at this location, flushed and seen poorly in very dense scrub. Took me a week to get another view to confirm which species. Also a Tawny Grassbird, initially located from its call then subsequently seen and a Golden Whistler (first record this year) A couple of Grey Fantails have taken up winter territories and at least one Australian Reed warbler still lurking around.
David Mitford 25/5 #223359
Black Bittern, White-plumed &, Brown Honeyeater, Pheasant Coucal and Misteltoebird
Warriewood Wetlands
A great morning at the wetlands with lots of activity! Highlights were a Black Bittern seen near the weir along with 2 Nankeen Night Herons. White-plumed and Brown Honeyeater seen near the Water Quality Ponds. Pheasant Coucal heard calling near the ponds along with 3 Bell Miners.Finally a male Mistletoebird was seen in the main section of the wetlands, lots of Scarlet Honeyeaters present also.
Jayden Walsh 17/5 #223268
Sat 16Pacific Baza
Keep Reserve, The Rampart, Castlecrag
The Pacific Baza was around on both days on the weekend and may be building a nest. Noisy Miners were doing their best to drive the bird away.
Matthew Keighery 18/5 #223277
Brown Falcon, Southern Emu-wren, Hobby
Central Coast Wetlands, Tuggerah
Highlights at the Central Coast Wetlands today where it was showery and overcast, was a Brown Falcon (very uncommon at this site), a party of 5 Emu-wrens in the long grass along Tuggerah Creek, a Hobby around the Dairy buildings, Whistling Kite, Intermediate Egret and White-necked Heron, Scarlet Honeyeaters, Mistletoe-birds and a Fan-tailed Cuckoo. Note that this wetland is currently closed due to a number of the power poles coming down in the big storm so that there is no power, water or sewage connected to the site.
Alan Morris, Paul Johnstone, Steve Hey and David Peet 16/5 #223266
Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck and Australian Shoveller
McPherson Rd Swamp, Tuggerah
Highlights at McPherson Rd Swamp this morning in the drizzling rain were 7 Freckled Ducks, 2 Pink-ears and 2 Australasian Shovelers and a Sea-Eagle.
Alan Morris, Paul; Johnstone, David Peet & Steve Hey 16/5 #223265
Little Eagle, Australian Hobby
Milperra
Alarmed Noisy Miners alerted me to a light morph Little Eagle soaring out from the former Riverlands Golf Course site and over my yard mid morning. It was quickly chased off by a pair of Australian Hobby.
David James 16/5 #223253
highlightPacific Gull
Mistral Point Maroubra
Lots of the usual stuff, lots of Black-browed Albatross and Australasian Gannets, no whales observed as yet. This young Pacific Gull was causing havoc amongst the Silvers there, also an adult Kelp too
Chris Pollard 16/5 #223250
Fri 15highlightBrown Skua, Albatross sp
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Sightings during a 90 minute sea-watch at Maroubra late this morning included 2 Yellow-nosed, 10+ Black-browed, 1 Campbell's and 4 Shy Albatross; a pair of Brown Skuas hunting in amongst a flock of 30+ Australasian Gannets; many pairs and small flocks of Fluttering Shearwaters with at least 2 Huttons Shearwaters; an immature White-fronted Tern and a pair of Kelp Gulls.
Robert Griffin 17/5 #223276
highlightSwift Parrot
Cataract Dam, Wilton
Viewed 4 Swift Parrots fly into large yellow flowering gum tree at the western end of the top picnic area carpark at 10am. They remained there for about 15 minutes feeding before eventually flying north after being harassed by Red Wattlebirds. Composite photo of 1 of the birds included (not the best photos but good enough for ID purposes) eBird checklist
Paul Lynch 16/5 #223256
Thu 14Crested Shrike-tit
Overett Park, Kemps Creek
Single male was foraging silently in remnant river flat forest mid afternoon
David James 16/5 #223254
Wed 13Swift Parrot
Murray St Bateau Bay
The Swift Parrots are still being seen at this location. They are feeding in flowering Blackbutts and have been present the past two mornings between 7.15 to 7.30 am only, max 4 at any one time. Over the past few days I have not been able to locate them anywhere else in Bateau Bay. Mick Roderick advised today that no other Swifties have been reported elsewhere in NSW during the past week.
Alan Morris 13/5 #223235
Brahminy Kite, Glossy Black Cockatoo
Spencer Wharf and Store, Wisemans Ferry Road.
Warren Brown observed an adult Brahminy Kite at Spencer on 9/5/2015, subsequently today when the CCGBNSW met at Spencer for the start of an outing to Spencer, Gunderman and Dharug NP, presumably the same adult Kite, flew over the meeting point. Other birds at this site included 3 Glossy Black Cockatoos and a Whistling Kite
Alan Morris & 12 others 13/5 #223234
Tue 12Little Eagle
Fort Street High School, Petersham
One bird circling low over the houses nearby to the school, flying towards Lewisham at about 13:00. Very surprising sight and amazingly the second record of this species at the school for me. Upperwing was clearly seen, the pale coverts showing well in the sun. Short, quite stubby square tail also noted. Sadly without binoculars I wasn't able to make out the shadowed underwing.
Simon Gorta 12/5 #223223
Sun 10Eastern Bristlebird
Governors Head, Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay
2+ Eastern Bristlebirds heard singing in Heath on Governors Head Trail. Also good numbers of honeyeaters in both forest & heath: New Holland, Yellow-faced, White-naped, White-cheeked, Lewin's & Tawny-crowned plus Noisy Friarbird, 1 Varied Sitella, wattlebirds & 2+ WB Sea Eagles on a breezy & rather overcast but nonetheless beautiful day.
Michael Ellison 10/5 #223212
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Nth Big Brother Mountain Laurieton NSW
Pair of birds observed flying along the edge of the forest, calling.
Stephen Gallivan 10/5 #223210
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Mills creek, Wisemans ferry
4 seen on top mountain on the 11km walk that leaves the camp grounds
Shayne Weston 10/5 #223203
Black Falcon, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, White-backed Swallow
Condobolin Sewage Treatment Works
Lots of ducks at the ponds this morning, mostly Pacific Black, Grey Teal and Pink-eared Ducks. There is a small wetland forming on the southern side where I found the Black Falcon and Ground Cuckoo-shrikes (6). There were about 6 White-backed Swallows over the ponds and White-fronted Chats with Zebra Finches in the boxthorns along the bank. The immature Swamp Harrier is still present along with the resident Black Kites.
Warren Chad 10/5 #223198
Sat 9Ground Parrot
Ground Parrot Site, Hyams Beach Rd, Jervis Bay
2 Ground Parrots heard calling at dusk on the Heath above Hyams Beach, in open Heath west of fire trail that bisects heath. Not seen (alas!) Tawny-crowned Honeyeater & Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos also present
Michael Ellison 10/5 #223211
Freckled Duck
Wetlands 7.5km east of Ulmarra
Single Freckled Duck observed among mixed flock of ducks on pond beside Gillet's Ridge Road.
Darryl and Gary Eggins 10/5 #223197
Noisy Pitta
Minnie Waters
Single adult Noisy Pitta observed in thick vegetation on headland.
Darryl and Gary Eggins 10/5 #223196
Rose Robin male
Kings Point Road Ulladulla
Rose Robin was a surprise whilst in the Bush at Kings Point the first I have seen this year and a male which is great even though it was at a distance
Charles Dove 9/5 #223184
Thu 7White-headed Pigeon
Brelogail Road, Northmead
Single bird seen perched on powerlines.
Elisabeth Karplus 8/5 #223181
Southern Boobook
Mulgoa Nature Reserve
At 11am I found a Southern Boobook sleeping on a horizontal branch in the forest understory of black wattle trees.The site was at the back (southern) end of the reserve near the DAFA trail signpost.
Bob Sinclair 7/5 #223169
Wed 6Brush Bronzewing
Porters Creek Road - off Princes H'way - Shoalhaven
Brush Bronzewing - not all that common and was great to see on the side of the road in the late morning, very windy conditions and most birds very unsettled mainly Honeyeaters migrating north.
Charles Dove 6/5 #223164
highlightSwift Parrot
Bateau Bay
The numbers of Swift Parrots around Murray St Bateau Bay continues to rise with a maximum of 8 being seen at any one time, small numbers came and went between 7.15 am and 4.30 pm. Max 6 were seen at nearby Sutton Reserve, Bateau Bay, particularly feeding in a flowering Swamp Mahogany that is adjacent to a new toilet block being built by NPWS in Reserve Drive at Bateau Bay. Other birds also seen today at 3 Murray St include a Square-tailed Kite, a Peregrine Falcon and this evening, a Pacific Swift.
Alan Morris 6/5 #223162
Tue 5Australian Ringneck
Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo
Spotted a trio of "Mallee ringnecks" foraging amongst eucalypt and cypress pines at the back of the zoo (behind the scenes). Very surprised to see them in the zoo
Andrew O'Brien 6/5 #223163
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Mount White, Central Coast
Two Regent Honeyeaters have been observed on private property at Mount White from 1-5/5/15. The birds have been seen hawking for insects in Peppermint and Grey Gums and taking nectar from some flowering Banksia ericifolias. The site is not accessible, this report is only given as a record of the presence of this rare bird on the Central Coast.
Alan Morris 5/5 #223157
highlightSwift Parrot
3 Murray St Bateau Bay
For the 10th year out of the last 13 years, the Swift Parrots have turned up at my home in Bateau Bay. This afternoon there were 5 Swift Parrots, first identified by call at 4.35 pm, feeding in a large flowering Blackbutt in the front yard. If they stay around they can be easily be observed from the street.
Alan Morris 5/5 #223156
Sun 3Red-necked Avocet, Lewin's Rail, Brown Honeyeater & Double-barred Finch
Landing Lights Wetland/Barton Park near Sydney Airport
18 Red-necked Avocets - a new record for this site which has been recently rehabilitated to make more suitable for waders. eBird checklist
Andrew Taylor 5/5 #223154
highlightBuller's Albatross and Great-winged Petrel
Mistral Point, Maroubra
9 Buller's Albatross, 9 Arctic Jaegers, 50 Black-browed Albatrosses, 1 Yellow-nosed Albotross, 2 Great-winged Petrels, 5 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, 1 Fluttering Shearwater, 250 Australasian Gannets and a few Short-tailed Sheawaters seen today. No Shy Albatross but the most Buller's I have ever seen from land, possible Fairy Prion as well but very brief view.
David Mitford 3/5 #223142
highlightSwift Parrot
Livingstone NP via Wagga Wagga
6 Swift Parrots were seen in a eucalypt beside the car park. Also seen on the walk were Buff-rumped Thornbill, Flame Robin, Diamond Firetail and Dusky Woodswallow. The rifle range beside the main entrance to the park was active and noisy but the birds seemed undisturbed. [Moderator's Note: Please report all Swift Parrot sightings this season to Birdline and include accurate details of date, count and location. This will be forwarded to BirdLife Australia who maintain the mainland sightings database. JB]
Nella Smith and Max O'Sullivan 3/5 #223140
Sat 2highlightCommon Noddy, Wandering Tattler(4)
Flat Rock, Ballina
The only blow-in found at Flat Rock on Sat morning after the east coast low had passed, was a single Common Noddy. Also of interest was 4 Wandering Tattlers, all with a significant amount of breeding plumage, haven't migrated north yet! eBird checklist
Steven McBride 4/5 #223146
White-headed Pigeon
Hermitage Rd Kurrajong Hills
28 birds on power lines just before sunset. Likely more in roadside privet heavy with fruit at top of Mill Road. By far largest group I've seen locally.
Eric Finley 3/5 #223132
highlightWilson's Storm Petrel's, Fregetta sp.
Ballina Lighthouse
After strong winds overnight several storm petrels seen feeding just beyond breakers. Mostly Wilson's with one assumed fregetta showing white underparts. Also Crested Terns, Common Terns, Australasian Gannets, All dark shearwater sp., and Pied cormorants.
Gus Daly 2/5 #223128
Fri 1Buller's Albatross, Yellow-nosed Albatross, Fairy Prion
Ben Boyd National Park--Green Cape
A single Buller's Albatross sighted far offshore (700+m - hence poor image at such great distance). A few Fairy Prion's observed closer to shore along with Shy Albatross and Gannet's (juv and adults). A single Yellow-nosed Albatross seen resting on the water for around 20 minutes at around 600+m offshore.
Jason Caruso 6/5 #223165
Report
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Threatened
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
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Rare
Endangered
Vagrant
Irruption
Unusual numbers
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Rare vagrant
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