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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, Mick Roderick and Simon Blanchflower.

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Moderators' Note

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 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 number of birds. All Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot reports should be forwarded to Mick Roderick to assist in the recovery of these severely declining species: Note we will not be publishing reports of Accipiter raptors (Collared Sparrowhawk, Grey/Brown Goshawks) unless they are in unusual locations, are seen with unusual prey or have been seen performing atypical behaviour.

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September 2017
Thu 21Latham's Snipe
Deaves Rd, Cooranbong, NSW
Single bird feeding on the edges of a pond. On private land but visible from the road
Maurice Ashton 21/9 #231904
Torresian Crow
Main Street in Gunnedah
A single bird perched on a power pole proclaiming his dominance over the town.
George Madani 21/9 #231903
Wed 20Baillon's Crake
Tuggerah STW
Originally Andrew Melville found 4-6 Baillon's Crakes at the Tuggerah STW and subsequently on 21/9/1, nine were found by AKM and Allan Benson. They are in the north-west corner of the large pond accessed along the bank from Canntree Rd Tuggerah. This is the first report for Baillon's Crakes on the Central Coast since one was seen at McPherson Rd Swamp Oct 2013, however in period 2010-2013, birds were seen at a number of locations in the period Sep-Dec, indication some form of a spring passage to or through the Central Coast.
Andrerw Melville and Alan Morris 21/9 #231906
Eastern Curlew
Camden Haven river at North Haven
Observed 12 Eastern Curlew loafing on rising tide on sandbank, also a pair of Sooty Oystercatchers seen flying down river, not often seen in this area.
Stephen Gallivan 20/9 #231902
Brown Falcon (1) Tawny Grassbird (1) Baillon's Crake (5) Spotless Crake (1)
Sydney Olympic Park
Brown Falcon showing well from viewing platform on brickpit ring walk hunting from dead trees and cliff sides, a first for me in inner west. Also Baillon's and Tawny Grassbird seen from here (scope will be handy). Spotless showing on mudflat at water purification pond at Wentworth Common.
Dion Hobcroft 20/9 #231897
Channel-billed cuckoo
Quietly eating in a fig tree. Checking ebird, seems they are back in Sydney. (Moderator's Note: Yes they are and as a result we won't be publishing ongoing Channel-bill records unless they are in unusual locations, numbers etc. MR)
David Vickers 20/9 #231893
Coachwood Park
Observed two on Monday 18th and heard two this morning. eBird checklist
Brian Deans. 20/9 #231891
Tue 19Rufous Songlark (1) Baillon's Crake (1)
Sydney Olympic Park
Great views of songlark after flushed off ground at north side of Water Feature Pond. Single Baillons showing well on mudflat at water purification pond, Wentworth Common.
Dion Hobcroft 20/9 #231896
Bassian Thrush
Warriewood Wetlands, Illawong area.
Single bird followed me along trail for about 10 minutes.
John Taylor 20/9 #231895
Baillons Crake
Warriewood Wetlands
Single bird foraging in Warriewood Wetlands. Stayed around for 20 minutes. (Moderator's Note: There has been an obvious influx of Baillon's Crakes in NSW with numerous reports, particularly from coastal locations. We won't be publishing further stand-alone reports of Baillon's Crakes unless in large numbers or at unusual locations etc. MR).
John Taylor 20/9 #231894
Baillon's Crake
Sydney Bicentennial Park--Lake Belvedere
Two birds seen near reeds at south west end of Lake. Another bird seen at the water quality pond at Wentworth Common and three seen in Brickpit. All sightings during Sydney Olympic Park Spring bird surveys.
Elisabeth Karplus 19/9 #231886
Osprey, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Whiskered Tern
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
4 whiskered terns at the Boat Harbour high tide roost this morning, plus 43 red-necked stint & 11 pacific golden plovers. Also an osprey flying over Captain Cook Drive near Quibray Bay, and a white-bellied sea eagle, 4+ black-browed albatross, c.250 feeding wedge-tailed shearwaters off Cape Solander.
michael ellison 19/9 #231883
Pallid Cuckoo
N of Poley Bridge, Orara River
1 on powerline, flew to ground then back to powerline (second local record this season). An irregular spring-summer migrant totally absent some years locally. Another at McIntosh Creek Coutts Crossing today. The Leaden Flycatcher reported for Sep 11 was not the first for the site but the first for the season for the local area. (Moderator's Note: There have now been many coastal/sub-coastal Pallid Cuckoo reports for NSW this season, so we won't be publishing any more unless they are otherwise noteworthy. MR)
Greg & Val Clancy 19/9 #231880
Dollarbird, White-browed Woodswallow
Shortland, Newcastle
Single Dollarbird flying south over Shortland this morning. Was flying very low and direct, vocalising as it crossed King Street. Two White-browed Woodswallows seen here yesterday and four more today.
Mick Roderick 19/9 #231876
Mon 18Dollarbird
Lakes Beach Reserve Budgewou
The first Central Coast Dollarbird was seen and photographed at the Lakes Beach Bicycle Track by Frank Ullrich and was still present on 19/9
Frank Ullrich per Alan Morris 19/9 #231878
Rufous Songlark
Randwick Environment Park
A Rufous Songlark was feeding in the longer grass around the picnic oval. Sometime calling quietly. First record for this site. Photo by Daphne Golvalzez.
Daphne Gonvalzez (observed later by Richard Murray) 19/9 #231877
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Woy Woy Rd, Woy Woy Bay
At least 20 observed flying low over the road. (Moderator's Note: This is a large concentration for the Central Coast. AKM)
Chris Houghton pers Andrew Robinson 19/9 #231875
highlightAustralian Bustard
Private Property, Bullarah Locality NW NSW, 90km West of Moree
Pair of Bustards browsing amongst Chick Peas and previous season Wheat Stubble
Pat Johnston 18/9 #231868
Tawny Grassbird, Baillion's Crake, Lewin's Rail, White-necked Heron
Lime Kiln Bay Reserve and Wetlands
One Baillion's Crake, and two Lewin's Rails were in the reeds near the willow tree. A White-necked Heron was feeding in the exposed mud under the willow tree, and the Tawny Grassbird was active in the southwest corner of the reeds. For more information see eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 18/9 #231865
Pied Currawong
At 6.30 a.m. in a suburban street-side Melaleuca quinquenervia I saw a Pied Currawong remove an egg from the nest of a Red Wattlebird, fly a few metres to a nearby roof and eat it, in spite of repeated and determined contact attacks by a Red Wattlebird.
David Sawyer 18/9 #231860
Sun 17highlightAustralian Painted Snipe
Pitt Town Lagoon
Lone male. Was around 5-5.30pm. It was foraging with Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. Video is now available at eBird checklist Further information
Darren Broughton and Thalia Broughton 21/9 #231908
highlightBlack-eared Cuckoo
Goulburn River National Park
A Black-eared Cuckoo was present for three consecutive days during monitoring surveys on a private property neighbouring Goulburn River NP, between Merriwa and Wollar. Other birds of note included Black-chinned Honeyeaters, Powerful Owl and White-backed Swallows. Speckled Warblers were ubiquitous, the highest density of this species I have seen anywhere. This is an interestingly diverse zone of overlap, with species such as Satin Bowerbird, Wonga Pigeon and Rockwarbler occuring together with more typically western birds like Emu and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater.
Liam Murphy 18/9 #231872
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Newington Armoury Playing Field
I saw 6 on ground at close range. Birdlife Discovery Centre Coordinator, said that they had seen 8 earlier in day and that this was a very unusual sighting, especially to see them on the ground and that given the numbers/circumstances, they were probably migrating south. Site can only be accessed at weekends,public holidays and school holidays.
simon dobree 18/9 #231869
Little Lorikeet
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--West Head
2 Little Lorikeet were seen well and heard repeatedly as they flew around and landed in Eucalyptus paniculata near Koolewong Track.
Jayden Walsh and Leo Skowronek 17/9 #231854
Fuscous Honeyeater, White-winged Triller, White-trhoated Gerygone
Riverstone (Marsden Rd)
A good mix of 80 species or so seen for a few hours in the morning including a Wedge-tailed Eagle, 3 Pallid Cuckoos, a number of Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoos, a White-winged Triller (male moulting into summer plumage), Dusky Woodswallows (presumably trying to nest), several White-throated Gerygones, several Rufous Whistlers, a female Rose Robin, nesting White-winged Choughs and a single Fuscous Honeyeater (the later an irregular visitor to the Riverstone area).
Edwin Vella 17/9 #231852
highlightRed backed Kingfisher
One adult seen this morn Northbank Rd, eastern end, moving between the first big fig on the left and a plane tree, 500m from intersection with Keevers Dr
John Gale 17/9 #231850
Sat 16Superb Parrots
Sites on private properties around Grenfell
Nineteen Superb Parrots seen on private properties around Grenfell during Birding NSW's survey in South West Slopes Key Biodiversity Area.
Elisabeth Karplus and 28 others 19/9 #231887
Whiskered Tern
West of Coraki northern NSW
6 birds on lagoon. Five in breeding plumage (Moderator's Note: there are now Whiskered Terns returned to many coastal and inland wetlands so we won't be publishing more unless they are of unusually high numbers or in atypical habitat etc. MR).
David Charley 17/9 #231855
Masked Lapwing
Finlaysons Road ,Swan Creek
A gathering of 89 Masked Lapwings on wetland in Finlaysons Rd, Swan Creek
Eric Wheeler 17/9 #231851
Black-faced Monarch
Don Morris Walk, University of Newcastle
First of the season
Alex Berryman 16/9 #231839
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Bellevue Hill, Sydney
My bird back this morning.
Chris Gladwin 16/9 #231838
Fri 15Male Leaden Flycatcher
Lakes Beach Budgewoi
Male Leaden Flycatcher seen near Lakes Beach Budgewoi, first return to Central Coast
Allan Benson 17/9 #231849
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Austral Ave, Beecroft
First Channel-billed Cuckoo for me this season.
Steve Edwards 15/9 #231833
highlightRed-capped Robin and Pallid Cuckoo
Eastlakes golf course
Red-capped Robin seen at the 9th green, also a Pallid Cuckoo flying around. 2 Brown Honeyeater and a Golden Whistler also in that southern section.
David Mitford 15/9 #231832
Thu 14highlightWhite-browed and Masked Woodswallows
Barcoongere Way, near Station Creek
200+ White-browed and 20+ Masked Woodswallows in canopy and circling over road at 13:20-13:30 hrs.
Russell Jago 18/9 #231862
Southern Boobook
Pidding Park, East Ryde
Heard calling at 11pm (Moderator's Note: Unusual urban tecord. AKM).
Steven Girot 16/9 #231846
White-winged Triller & White-necked Heron
Eastlakes golf course
During the flight-stopping high winds today, somehow managed some good birds: 10+Whiskered Terns, 9 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, 1 White-winged Triller, 1 White-necked Heron, 1 Tawny Grassbird and 2 Lathams Snipe.
David Mitford 14/9 #231826
Red-Capped Robin
Tallawarra Ash Pond 3, Yallah (Restricted Access)
This is a restricted area and you must complete an induction before picking up a key. eBird checklist
Illawarra Birders 14/9 #231821
Lathams Snipe
Sydney Park, St Peters
Foraging on muddy bank opposite the boardwalk at the largest pond in the park (at its southern end)
Katie Oxenham 14/9 #231820
highlightBrown Songlark
Lord Howe Island - Old Settlement Beach
Male Brown Songlark in cow paddock behind Old Settlement Beach. I had fleeting views of a Lark flushed from a grassy sand dune on Sunday 10/9 which I thought initially may have been a Skylark but returned today and re-found the bird to confirm male Brown Songlark. Strong winds all week here which fits for a blow-in. (Moderator's Note: The first record for Lord Howe? No mention in any literature or databases I can access. MR)
Dan Pendavingh 14/9 #231819
Wed 13Pallid Cuckoo, Latham's Snipe, Comb-crested Jacana, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Australasian Shoveler
Brotherson's Swamp, Coutts Crossing
Cuckoo perched on fence post - first local record for the season; Snipe at edge of wetland in/near rushes, 4 adult Jacanas on wetland, 1 Spoonbill perched in partly dead tree, pair of Shovelers on water.
Greg Clancy & Saul Dixon 19/9 #231879
Pallid Cuckoo, Rainbow Bee-eater
Broughton Island
Not as impressive as a Brown Songlark on Lord Howe, but still a Pallid Cuckoo seen on Broughton (near the campsites, being chased by Welcome Swallows) appears to be a first for the island. Also present were Rainbow Bee-eaters (second record?) and recent colonists Little Wattlebirds and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters (and many Silvereyes).
Mick Roderick 15/9 #231829
Spotless Crake, Australian Spotted Crake, Baillon's Crake
Lake Cargelligo Wastewater Treatment Plant
All 3 crakes in good numbers, including 20+ Baillon's (Moderator's Note: There have been several reports of crakes at this site in recent weeks, though these are the largest numbers reported thus far. MR) eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 14/9 #231816
highlightAustralian Painted Snipe
Kooragang Island
Found during night time surveys in compensatory habitat of the Green and Golden Bell Frog. It is a lone female bird.
Chad Beranek 14/9 #231815
Brown Songlark
Coomaditchy Lagoon Reserve, Port Kembla
Around 5pm I was checking for a Eurasion Skylark that had been performing there on Sunday afternoon. I didn't sight it but was very happy to find a male Brown Songlark (transitioning into breeding plumage) in the field to south of the southern ridge. Other birds of note were 2 Pink-eared Ducks and a brief appearance from 2 Red Whiskered Terns.
Paul Lynch 13/9 #231811
Pallid Cuckoo
A single Pallid Cuckoo flew over Pittwater Road north-west from the direction of Narrabeen Lake. Flew toward Warriewood Wetlands. eBird checklist
Kurtis Lindsay 13/9 #231805
Tue 12Black Honeyeater, Southern Scrub-robin, Chestnut Quail-thrush, Gilbert's Whistler
Nombinnie Nature Reserve (East)
Large numbers of honeyeaters including many Black & White-fronted. Scrub-robin & Quail-thrush co-operative eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 14/9 #231817
Baillon's Crake, Pink-eared Duck etc
Eastlakes golf course
Warm northerly airflow produced; 6 Whiskered Terns. 5 Pink-eared Ducks, 1 Baillon's Crake, 1 Tawny Grassbird (singing),1 GoldenWhistler (imm), 2 Horsfield Bronze Cuckoo (amorous) and later 5 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (courtesy of Richard Murray) could be a good spring in Sydney if dry persists.
David Mitford 12/9 #231802
Sacred Kingfisher
One bird heard calling at around 9.00 am this morning immediately south of the township (in Casuarina woodland to south of the Bowling Club, Liverpool Street)
Deryk Engel 12/9 #231796
Mon 11Leaden Flycatcher, White-winged Chough, Wonga Pigeon
Coutts Crossing, Plantation Reserve and private land near Cemetery
Adult male Flycatcher - observer's first record for local area in trees. 3+ Choughs flew to trees from ground - uncommon unpredictable resident or nomad, heard Wonga Pigeon - uncommon at this dry site.
Greg Clancy & Saul Dixon 18/9 #231863
Tawny Grassbird
Sydney Park
Tawny Grassbird heard singing and sighted several times on the northern edge on the lake with the island. This bird has been present for several weeks but finally seen well and identified today.
Rob Hynson & Gokay Gul 11/9 #231790
highlightShining Flycatcher
Cobaki Boradwater area, Tweed River
A male and female in full breeding plumage were seen well for 10 minutes or so. In well-developed and diverse mangrove community. In the same general location where DC first saw them in 1992. Also present were numerous Mangrove Honeyeaters and a number of Collared (Torresian) Kingfisher.
David Charley, Kathy Wilks, Fay Hill 11/9 #231789
Channel-billed Cuckoo
First of the Balmain Channel-bills for this season heard this afternoon - a few days later than usual.
Robert Griffin 11/9 #231788
Sun 10Grey Plover, White-winged Triller
Lake Wollumboola
Water levels have dropped 3) Bar-tailed Godwits 1) Grey Plover 20) Red-capped Plover 20) Red-necked Stint 2) Ruddy Turnstone 2) Curlew Sandpiper 5) Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 5) Australian Gull-billed Terns 4) Australian Shoveller 1) White-winged Triller
Demetrios Bertzeletos 10/9 #231786
Pallid Cuckoo, Brown Songlark
2 Pallid Cuckoos seen (one at Marsden Rd and another beside Neviille Rd (where also at the later place were Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoos and Fan-tailed Cuckoo. A Brown Songlark also seen.
Edwin Vella and Mark Fuller 10/9 #231785
White-necked Heron, Nankeen Night-Heron, possible Dusky Woodswallow
Warriewood Wetlands
An immature White-necked Heron was fishing near the Katoa Close end of the boardwalk approx 10am. Also seen there was a Nankeen Night-heron sporting breeding plumes. Earlier a possible Dusky Woodswallow was seen very briefly - was perched and calling in the casuarina grove near Katoa Close, but flew off towards the shopping centre and was not seen again.
Tom Wilson 10/9 #231776
Sat 9White-winged triller
Warriewood Wetlands
White-winged triller female was observed at the settling ponds at Warriewood Wetlands early this morning. I am informed this is a fairly rare sighting for the Northern Beaches
Hamish Burrell 13/9 #231804
Banded Lapwing
Lake Cargelligo Showground
10 Banded Lapwing at Lake Cargelligo showground eBird checklist
Bec Read 11/9 #231787
Torresian Crow
One heard calling. Southern most edge of their range? Moderator's Note: Torresian Crows have not been reported from Palmdale before so yes southern edge of their range, although they are common and resident at Tuggerah. However they do not appear to be resident further north as in Lake Macquarie LGA, and don't occur until one reaches Hexham Swamp! AKM)
Edwin Vella 10/9 #231784
Whiskered Tern
Central Coast Wetlands, Tacoma South
6 Whiskered Terns in summer plumage have returned,also resident pair of Torresian Crows about the car park. (Modersator's Note: The Whiskered Terns returned to the Tuggerah Lakes area 21/8/17 although up until now none had been seen at the Dairy Swamp. Torresian Crows have been resident at the Wetlands and elsewhere in the Tuggerah area since 2005.AKM)
Edwin Vella 10/9 #231783
Whiskered Tern
Eastlakes golf course
Two Whiskered Terns in breeding plumage. Hover diving in the big lake and resting in the shallow shorebird area. Return here after being absent for almost 3 years. eBird checklist
Richard Murray 9/9 #231770
Pacific Gull, Arctic Jaeger and Shy Albatross.
Sydney Harbour National Park, North Head.
1 Pacific Gull seen off North Head today,and my first Arctic Jaeger for the spring,also plenty of Shy Albatross off North Head today.
michael ronan. 9/9 #231769
highlightJacky Winter
Botany Bay National Park--Cape Banks
We were surprised to see a Jacky Winter confidently moving around the Coast Cemetery. Rare to see in East Sydney. eBird checklist
Richard Murray and 8 others "Sydney East Birdwatchers" 9/9 #231764
Fri 8Forest Kingfisher
Black Swan Drive, E of Coutts Crossing
Adult Forest Kingfisher landed on arboreal termite nest and pecked at it briefly and then flew off. Probably testing the suitability of the nest for nesting. No breeding records of this species in the Coutts Crossing area.
Greg Clancy & Saul Dixon 8/9 #231761
Red-kneed Dotterel, Australasian Shoveler, Black-winged Stilt
Powers Swamp, N of Coutts Crossing
5 Dotterels, a pair of Shovelers and a Stilt among more common waterbirds.
Greg Clancy & Saul Dixon 8/9 #231760
Brown Songlark, Comb-crested Jacana, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Australasian Pipit
Brothersons Swamp, Coutts Crossing
Adult male Songlark observed by GPC and SD and photographed by SD. 4 Jacanas on wetland and 2 Yellow-billed Spoonbills perched in paperbarks.
Greg Clancy & Saul Dixon 8/9 #231759
Noisy Pitta
Sea Acres Nature Reserve
Seen in forest beside road down to Shelly Beach, near dry creek/drain, was beside road but moved deeper in forest as we watched
Samantha Greiner 8/9 #231753
highlightPink-eared Duck and Red-kneed Dotterel, Little Bronze-Cuckoo
Boyters Lane, Jerseyville
Most of the swamps around Boyters Lake are drying out however in one swamp there were still 18 Pink-eared Ducks and on another swamp there were 18 Red-kneed Dotterels. At the Bird Hide we saw a pair of Mangrove Gerygones feeding a begging juvenile Little Bronze-Cuckoo.
Alan Morris and Doug Hocking 8/9 #231752
Pallid Cuckoo
Seales Rd Swamp, Belmore River
The Seales Rd Swamp is now dry and there were only few birds to see but a Pallid Cuckoo did fly across the Swamp and both a Brown Falcon & a Swamp Harrier were present.
Alan Morris and Doug Hocking 8/9 #231751
Little Eagle
WIlton area
One adult bird where Hume Highway meets Picton Road. The first time I've seen a LE in this area in many years of driving this stretch of the Hume.
Lorne Johnson 8/9 #231750
White-browed Woodswallow
Hexham (near rail facility)
Just adding to the arrival of sub-coastal woodswallows, an adult male and an immature White-browed Woodswallow were seen perched on a fence post on the approach to the rail facility at Hexham today (i.e. the access into Hexham Swamp). On Hexham Swamp there are building numbers of shorebirds, with about 750 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 20 Curlew Sandpipers and 2 Red-necked Stints. 2 Black Kites also circling over the swamp and a Spotless Crake feeding on the muddy margin of the same patch the sharpies etc were using.
Mick Roderick, Grainne Maguire and Dan Weller 8/9 #231748
Thu 7Pallid Cuckoo
West Pottsville
Single bird observed in grazing paddock. Uncommon on far north coastal strip.
David Charley 7/9 #231745
highlightWhite Browed Woodswallow and Masked Woodswallow
Partridge Creek (Port Macquarie)
Approximately 50 White Browed and 10 Masked Woodswallows perching and feeding . Also present a Horsfields Bronze Cuckoo and 3 Japanese Snipe.
Tim Morris 7/9 #231744
Wed 6Black-winged Stilt
Mona Vale Beach
A pair of Black-winged Stilt on the rock platform adjacent to pool. 4 pm on rising tide. Still present when we left an hour later. A possible first for the Northern Beaches.
Carl Weber 7/9 #231740
Tue 5White-browed and Masked Woodswallows, White-winged Triller
Medhurst Bridge, Martindale Valley
A group of 22 White-browed and 2 Masked Woodswallows were observed at Medhurst Bridge, in the Martindale Valley south of Denman (mid-Hunter Valley). The birds were seen feeding on flowering eucalypts near the bridge. According to a search through eBird and Birdata these are the first reports of these species in NSW this season. Also present was a White-winged Triller and nearby were Rainbow Bee-eaters and 2x White-backed Swallows.
Tom Kendall and Anthony Gooden per Mick Roderick 6/9 #231736
White-winged Triller
William Beach Memorial Park
Observed one female White-winged Triller beside Mullet creek. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 6/9 #231735
highlightRed-capped Robin
Narrawallee NSW Surf Rd
A male Red-capped Robin seen at 5 pm around the car park at the end of Surf Rd. Very flighty and disappeared into someones garden when we got out of the car. A photo taken thru car windscreen by Neil Kaye. Id quality only
Dick Jenkin Neil Kaye Marion and David Stuart 6/9 #231734
Eastern Koel
Lovers Jump Creek Reserve, North Turramurra
Single bird heard calling twice approx 7am while outside my house. Appeared to come from the creekline near McRae Place. Was not heard again although I was outside for a further 80 minutes. My earliest record for the Turramurra/N Turramurra area by 3 days
Tom Wilson 5/9 #231727
Mon 4Cotton Pygmy-goose
North Ballina wetlands (Tamarind Drv)
Single Cotton Pygmy-goose still present (reported on NSW Birdline 31 Aug). Also observed again 6 Sep.
Peter Higgins 7/9 #231741
highlightGrey Goshawk
Private Land Bullarah locality, 70km West of Moree NW NSW
Photos taken on Cotton Irrigation Storage (Mehi River) which has been drying out after 16/17 season. Other species on storage in their hundreds included: Pelicans, Pink-eared Ducks, Hardheads, Red-capped Plovers, Black-winged Stilts, Cormorants, Glossy Ibis, Australasian Darters, Spoonbills (Royal & Yellow-billed), Eurasian Coots, Black-fronted Dotterels, Pacific Black Ducks, etc. Smaller no's of Black Swans(4), Whistling Kites (6), Australian Reed-warblers, Red-backed Kingfisher (1), Egrets(20) etc.(This record is ~50km west of the nearest location showing for Grey Goshawk in both Birdata and eBird records: MR) Further information
Pat Johnston 5/9 #231730
Channel Billed Cuckoo
Stapelon Reserve Avalon Beach
Flying over the reserve calling and being chased by Noisy Miners
Cecil Ellis 5/9 #231728
Fluttering shearwater
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--West Head
An impressive flock of 8-10,000 fluttering type shearwaters & 1000 + Silver Gulls feeding c.500m north of Barrenjoey Head, the birds alternately sitting in dense rafts & taking off in groups to land/shallow dive back into the presumed large shoal of fish below. Most birds appeared to me to be Fluttering Shearwaters rather than Hutton's going on the underwing patterns that I could see on the birds that came closer in to me.
Michael Ellison 4/9 #231722
Superb Parrot
Flock of eight birds heading south about 3km east of Molong township
Darryl Smedley 4/9 #231719
Sun 3Black-browed Albatross
Off Boambee Headland, Sawtell
2 Black-browed seen mid-afternoon off headland in very strong nor-easterly winds. Not often seen here at any time.
Peter Higgins 7/9 #231742
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
4 Osprey in the area hovering for ages in the strong late afternoon wind. An amazing sight to one of them descend from 80-100m high to catch a sizeable fish right in front of the rock platform where all the Silver Gulls and Cormorants were resting.
Clint Hook 4/9 #231725
Black-fronted Dotterel
Warriewood Wetlands
First body of water walking along Watergum Drive from Warriewood Wetlands Garden Road end. A single bird right on the water's edge.
Clint Hook 4/9 #231724
highlightOsprey, Freckled Duck
Ski Gardens, Manilla
An Osprey was observed flying and perched near the Ski Gardens Caravan Park. Also observed were 28 Freckled Ducks in the one flock on the lake in the same area. eBird checklist
Matt Hinze 4/9 #231723
Blue-billed Duck, Freckled Duck
Wonga Wetlands--Lagoon 1, Albury
Male Blue-billed Duck was sitting with a number of Hardhead, Chestnut Teal, Pacific Black Duck and Eurasian Coot. I only picked up the bird after I had left the site and checked my camera pics. Day was cold, overcast. please excuse quality of photograph - the light was very poor. One Freckled Duck was also present. Further information
Kylie Waldon 4/9 #231716
Dusky Woodswallow
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--Waratah Track
Good views of a single Dusky Woodswallow perched and flying, about 1km before the end of the track.
Jayden Walsh 3/9 #231711
Square-tailed Kite
Bents Basin Recreation Reserve
Cold but eventful morning before the wind picked up. Also Rose Robin, Rock Warbler,Wonga Pigeon, Yellow-tufted and White-eared Honeyeaters. Further information
Lorand Szucs 3/9 #231709
Spotless Crake
Wentworth Common, Sydney Olympic Park
Feeding on the exposed mud in the Eastern Water Quality Cotrol Pond
Allan Richards 3/9 #231708
Fuscous Honeyeater, Square-tailed Kite
Chiltern Trail, Ingleside
Singles of Fuscous Honeyeater (about 300m in from the Chiltern Rd gate) and Square-tailed Kite (as the track zig-zags down to the rock platform). Also another 9 honeyeater species (inc a party of 6 Brown-headed seen at same spot as the Fuscous), which was not bad given there is not much tree blossom along the track. Also saw a Diamond Python - about 2 m long).
Tom Wilson 3/9 #231704
Bassian Thrush
Irrawong Reserve
Pair of thrushes collecting nesting material, also Superb Lyrebird, just before the Pitta site on right hand side in clearing
Chris Pollard 3/9 #231703
Sat 2Eastern Bristlebird, Square-tailed Kite
Booderee National Park, Sanctuary Point
Beautiful weekend at Jervis Bay with lots of spring activity. Very close & confiding views of 3 separate Bristlebirds at the ruined lighthouse in Booderee NP & a Square-tailed soaring over in nearby Sanctuary Point the highlights. Also Varied Sitellas making a nest of spiders webs.
Michael Ellison 4/9 #231721
Baillon"s Crake
West Byron Wetlands
Large numbers (for crakes) visible in the first pond and some also in the 2nd pond. At least 10-15 actually sighted early on Sat. am. All adults. Probably more hidden in the vegetation. Also 1 Spotless Crake and a Buff-banded Rail. ? Influx to coastal wetlands as inland wetlands dry after good breeding season. (Moderator's Note: Does sound like a movement towards the Coast, seems as if they are at every other wetland other than those on the Central Coast!. AKM)
June Harris, Rose Wisemantel, David Fonda 3/9 #231707
Fri 1White-headed Petrel
Offshore--Eden pelagic
Three White-headed Petrels were the only stand out species sighted on the Eden Pelagic organised by the Canberra Ornithologists Club per Tobias Hayashi. The back to back trip the following day was cancelled .
Tobias Hayashi per Alan Morris 4/9 #231720
Latham's Snipe
Dairy Swamp, Central Coast Wetlands, Tuggerah
Latham's Snipe have now returned to the Central Coast with a single bird seen and photographed by Luke Ullrich on 1/9/17, subsequently seen there today and at McPherson Rd Tuggerah as well. Several sightings at both locations
Luke Ullrich, Andrew Robinson, Alan Morris and 2 others. 3/9 #231710
Square tailed kite
Carlyle Road, East Lindfield
A pair of square tailed kites observed circling together above houses and Two Creeks walking track. They were being harassed by a magpie.
Peter Lockhart 1/9 #231697
Buff-banded Rail
One adult flushed from an artificial drain/creek in a new subdivision in Argyle St.
Darryl Smedley 1/9 #231695
Russet-tailed Thrush, Paradise Riflebird, Woopoo Fruit-Dove
Nightcap National Park--Protestors Falls
Early morning birdtrip to Protesters Falls produced 1x Russet-tailed Thrush, 1x Azure Kingfisher, 10+ Logrunners, 6x Pale Yellow Robin, 5+ Woopoo fruit Doves many calling around the carpark, 1x Rufous Fantail & 1x Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo calling all these birds were viewed in the carpark.
Jackson Hagley, Richard Hagley 1/9 #231694
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Harold Reid Reserve, Middle Cove, Sydney
First heard one call yesterday and very vociferous this morning.
Lorna Bloom 1/9 #231688

August 2017
Thu 31highlightRed-capped Robin
Walka Water Works (Maitland)
A male Red-capped Robin was found at Walka Water Works (outskirts of Maitland) on the 31st August by Marg Clarke and Dinah Stehr. The bird was still present this morning (01/09). This is likely the first record for the Maitland LGA. Also present was a Latham's Snipe. Image by Marg Clarke.
Marg Clarke and Dinah Stehr per Mick Roderick 1/9 #231689
highlightCotton Pygmy-Goose
Ballina Heights wetland
Male Cotton Pygmy-Goose first recorded in eBird on 23/8, still present today, in the wetlands below Ballina Heights, adjacent the sports field. eBird checklist
Steve McBride 31/8 #231687
Baillon's Crake.
Sydney Park
Continuing bird seen in the same location as reported on Tuesday. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 31/8 #231686
Wed 30Pacific Gull
Red Point, Port Kembla
Around 5pm the immature bird flew over the point & out to Big Island where it soared along the south ridge before disappearing. eBird checklist
Paul Lynch 1/9 #231693
Baillon's Crake
Pitt Town Lagoon
4 Baillon's Crake feeding along the shoreline.
L. Morgan 30/8 #231678
highlightAustralasian Bittern
I flushed an Australasian Bittern from dense reeds at Porters Creek Wetland (Warnervale) this afternoon! Decent views as it flew over open water before dropping down into cover. Aus. Bitterns have been recorded there previously but not for a number of years. Also seen was a White-necked Heron and Swamp Harrier.(Moderator's Note: This is the 8th CC Record, the last reports were at Porters Ck Wetland & Bluebell Park reedbed Berkeley Vale in 2003. AKM)
Nick Carson 30/8 #231677
Pacific Baza
Blackman Park, Lane Cove
A pair of Bazas moving about keeping to the treetops and attracting plenty of Noisy Miner attention. (Moderator's Note: From now on we won't be publishing records of Pacific Bazas in Sydney [and elsewhere within their standard range] as they are regularly reported and no longer meet the Birdline criteria. We will however publish records of them if they meet other criteria such as interesting behaviour, unusual numbers etc. MR)
Joan Rosenthal 30/8 #231672
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Toronto, west Lake Macquarie
Two separate records of a Channel-billed Cuckoo calling at Toronto, ~6am and ~8am. (Moderator's Note: first report for NSW this season? MR, No! One seen and photographed at Dairy Swamp, Central Coast Wetlands, Tuggerah on 23/7/17. AKM))
Karen Thumm and Andrew Stauber per Mick Roderick 30/8 #231669
Noisy Pitta
Royal NP
South of the clearing at Jerseys Spring feeding around at the riverside with a Bassian Ground Thrush. Also two Lyrebirds in the area and a fly by Wonga Pigeon and a Wonga Pigeon at Wattle flat ! Further information
Lorand Szucs 30/8 #231667
Tue 29Black-tailed Godwit
Lake Wollumboola -34.941507, 150.776036
A visit to Lake Wollumboola turned up a couple of surprises with 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 3 Gull-billed Terns present, along with Caspian Terns, Crested Terns, Red-capped Plovers, Silver Gulls and large numbers of Swans with the White-bellied Sea-Eagles and Nankeen Kestrels keeping an eye on things. Still a lot of water in the Lake even after it has been closed for a few weeks and very little rain.
Charles Dove 30/8 #231668
Striated Pardalote
Sydney Olympic Park
Two Striated Pardalotes, one definitely an ornatus in woodland remnant in Dog Walkers Park near Carpark 5. Rare in inner west, my third record and only second for SOP.
Dion Hobcroft 30/8 #231666
highlightBuller's Albatross, Brown Booby
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Another productive seawatch at Tacking Point this afternooon despite fairly average conditions, a Brown Booby flying past southward and a Bullers Albatross only 100m out. Fluttering/Huttons Shearwaters still present with about 60-70 seen today and upwards of 800 yesterday, too distant for species-level ID. (Moderator's Note: Buller's Albatross and Brown Booby in the same seawatching session is pretty exceptional! MR) eBird checklist
Liam Murphy & Tony Morton 29/8 #231664
Little Grassbird
Sydney Park, St Peters
calling from reeds in the largest wetland
Katie Oxenham 29/8 #231662
Baillon's Crake and Spotless Crake
Sydney Park
Spotless Crake seen in the north eastern corner of the main pond with the island, first sighting of this bird since June. Baillon's Crake also seen in the same lake at the southern end under the bridge.
Rob Hynson 29/8 #231658
Black Falcon
One bird leisurely flying over the Hume Highway early this morning. My fourth record for the Southern Highlands. Rare birds in this area.
Lorne Johnson 29/8 #231656
Mon 28highlightBuller's Albatross, Hutton's Shearwater, Grey-faced Petrel
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Nice seawatch yesterday with David Mitford at Maroubra. Highlights included a very distant Buller's albatross, huge numbers of Hutton's shearwaters rafting and feeding, and a conservative estimate of 30 grey-faced petrels. Some were distant but most were within a few hundred metres of shore (very easy to scope) with some of the petrels coming in over the breakers multiple times. Mostly flew around in pairs doing synchronised flights, but at one point five birds were flying together. Probably my best seawatch this abysmal winter. eBird checklist
Simon Gorta and David Mitford 29/8 #231660
Sun 27Flame Robin
Bendethra Valley, Deua National Park
At least five pairs feeding in just one of the grassy flats in the campground.
Darryl Smedley 28/8 #231646
Australasian Shelduck
Moss Vale
2 birds seen in a paddock east of Yarrawa Rd. I've never seen them at this site before. Shelducks are uncommon birds in the Southern Highlands.
Lorne Johnson 27/8 #231643
White-bellied Sea-eagle, Little Penguin
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Neither species that unusual but the eagle had caught the penguin and was struggling to subdue it (especially with the unwanted attentions of 2 Australian Ravens. Lots (100s) of Wedge-tailed and Fluttering-type Shearwaters offshore and about 12 albatross (mostly Yellow-nosed, 2 Black-browsed).
Tom Wilson 27/8 #231641
Sat 26Large-billed Scrubwren
West Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Great views of at least 3 Large-billed Scrubwren at a new location. This population is the only known population on the Northern Beaches with all other sighting being of single birds at the one location (and recorded very occasionally)
Jayden Walsh and Leo Skowronek 27/8 #231638
Wandering, Bullers, Campbell, Shy, Black-browed and Indian Yellow-nosed Albatrosses
Offshore--Kiama Pelagic (SOSSA)
Six species of Albatross were the highlight of the 26 August SOSSA trip. There were 4 Wandering, 1 Bullers, 2+ Campbells, 5+ Shy, 5+ Black-browed and 50+ Indian Yellow-nosed Albatrosses. Other birds included several White-faced Storm-Petrels, Solanders Petrels and Wedge-tailed, Fluttering and Huttons Shearwaters. There were no typical winter birds (prions, Skuas or Giant Petrels) at all. The cetacean highlight was a Dwarf Minke Whale, which stayed with us for more than 30 minutes. Further information
Brook Whylie and all aboard the MV Kato 26/8 #231637
Fri 25Red-capped Robin
Willowglenn, private property 20km east of Tarago
Single female Red-capped Robin observed for about 30 minutes in mixed acacia and casuarina woodland. No male sighted but the female did make the soft 'puut' call several times. Sound just like lightly tapping two small pebbles together.
Darryl Smedley 28/8 #231645
megamegaRinged/Semipalmated Plover
Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Beach)
A Ringed/Semipalmated Plover was found roosting/sheltering from rain in the hind-dunes during a monitoring survey of the Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Beach) yesterday morning (25/08) by Ann Lindsey, Neil Fraser and others. Whilst details of the location of the bird are still emerging, all that is known at this stage is that it was seen south of the Lavis Lane entry point. Note that access is 4wd only and permits are required to enter and access the beach. (Moderators Note 27/08: the identification appears to be leaning towards Common Ringed Plover, though additional images from the original obs will be scrutinised. Several unsuccessful attempts have been made to relocate the bird on 26/08 & 27/08. MR)
Ann Lindsey, Neil Fraser, Nadine Russell and Jamie Tarrant per Mick Roderick 26/8 #231630
Brown Thornbill (1) White-cheeked Honeyeater (1)
Yaralla Estate, Concord
My first ever Brown Thornbill in Sydney's inner west was an exciting discovery-it gave great views in the woodland remnant in a small mixed flock with Golden Whistler, Grey Fantail and Yellow-faced Honeyeater. Also a single White-cheeked Honeyeater a major rarity here, my first since 2002.
Dion Hobcroft 25/8 #231624
Thu 24Flame Robin (15)
Blast Furnace Park, Lithgow
At least 15 Flame Robins (males and females) feeding on the ground. Twenty years ago a winter group of this size wouldn't have been noteworthy but these days they're much harder to find around the Blue Mountains.
Carol Probets 26/8 #231634
Swift Parrot
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
One bird out in the open, flitting around on a branch of a Gum calling to other birds in an adjacent tree.
Camilla Donnelly 24/8 #231622
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Kiama Coastal Track
6 birds sitting on wire fence alongside coastal path.Very tame.From a distance looked like pipits.
andrew wood 24/8 #231619
Wed 23Black Honeyeater
Round Hill Nature Reserve--railway line at -33.04922, 146.21281
Single Bird (Moderator's Note: Of interest, 4 Pied Honeyeaters were reported at the old Wheat Paddock site on Saturday 26/08, the first record for NSW in 2017 posted on eBird. MR) eBird checklist
Derek Collins 29/8 #231657
Straw-necked Ibis
Randwick Environment Park
First spotted by Paul Johnstone and twitched by me later the same day. An immature Straw-necked Ibis was feeding with a group of 20 White Ibis in the wetland. First record for my local patch. eBird checklist
Richard Murray 24/8 #231620
highlightSwift Parrot
Hillview Road, North Kellyville, Sydney
16 birds feeding in Forest Red Gum Euc. teriticornis Further information
Gavin Thomas 24/8 #231614
Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos
White Bay Power Station
4 YTB Cockatoos flying from White Bay Power Station across to Glebe Point. Naturally surprised to see these birds so close to CBD crossing Victoria Road towards Anzac Bridge and Glebe Point in peak hour traffic this evening.
Andrew Whitaker 23/8 #231612
Eurasian Skylark and Southern Emu-Wren
Ian McLennan Park, Kembla Grange
The Skylark call greeted me when getting out of my car from behind some trees to the East of the Soccer field main entrance. In attempting to get around the trees to see the Skylark I flushed a single male Southern Emu-wren. eBird checklist
Steven Cooper 23/8 #231610
Glossy Black Cockatoo
A pair seen flying over the Freeway at 6am.
Andrew Robinson 23/8 #231609
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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