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11/19/2014

Moderators' Note

Birders are encouraged to post lists to Eremaea eBird. It would be way more useful for the atlas, if observers create their lists for Eremaea eBird: You can enter all your observations into Eremaea eBird. These will appear on eBird Latest Lists and become part of the eBird 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.

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December 2014
Sun 21Black Honeyeater (12), Painted Honeyeater (2), White-fronted Honeyeater (2), White-backed Swallow
Deniliquin--southern woodlands
Some of the standout highlights of the morning of day two on the Deniliquin two day Plains-wanderer trip included a nice flock of honeyeaters, consisting of 7 species including 12 Black and 2 White-fronted Honeyeaters, an adult White-backed Swallow, and 2 Painted Honeyeaters in an undisclosed location.
Logan Lalonde 21/12 #221434
Red-backed Kingfisher, White-backed Swallow
Eulah Creek
Today is the day! The pair of Red-backed Kingfishers near the Bullawa Creek bridge, 15 km east of Narrabri, have successfully raised a brood of chicks and are releasing into this world a batch of "mini-kookaburras" (see photo). The first fledgling was out when I checked at 8:30 this morning and there were still calls coming from the nest tunnel, but I did not stick around to count how many there are in total. Just an aside on such an occasion: There are still some White-backed Swallows around, but no sign of breeding activity. Further information
Michael Dahlem 21/12 #221422
Sat 20Stubble Quail
Bundanoon
A walk along Old Argyle Rd didn't produce a lot this afternoon, but I did hear a single Stubble Quail calling in grassy paddocks to the east of the road. Species 174 for town and my first record of Stubble Quail for the Southern Highlands. Further information
Lorne Johnson 20/12 #221419
highlightCommon Tern, Grey Plover, Grey-tailed Tattler, Little Tern
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
High tide counts this morning at Boat Harbour, Kurnell included 90 Common Tern, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Grey-tailed Tattler, 77 Little tern (of which only 4 br.), 33 Pacific Golden Plover, 199 Red-necked stint and 19 Ruddy Turnstone.
Bruce Roubin and Ken Gilmour 20/12 #221418
Red-necked Avocet
Namoi River, 20 km south of Narrabri
In a permanent shallow wetland on the eastern side of the Namoi River (private property, no access; photo taken from roadside) 10 Red-necked Avocets have appeared recently (not seen there in late November). Further information
Michael Dahlem 20/12 #221414
Australian Hobby, White Throated Needletail
Warriewood
This afternoon alerted by the Noisy Miner alarm calls I decided to look out my front door to see what was going on and as I did a Hobby flew over my house and above it were about 20 White Throated Needletails
Jayden Walsh 20/12 #221410
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Lord Howe Island
Solo SIPO still hanging around the airport on Lord Howe Island and adjacent swampy area this afternoon.
Martin Stokes 20/12 #221409
Striated Heron
Hen and Chicken Bay
Nice to see a Striated Heron make an appearance amongst the Bar-tailed Godwits. Bird observed near boat ramp along Wymston Parade. No sign of the Red Knot that have been present recently. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 20/12 #221406
Pink-eared Duck
Mill Stream, Botany
2 Pink-eared Ducks feeding with a small flock of Hardheads and a hybrid Mallard on the Mill Stream near Foreshore Drive early this morning. This is my first sighting of Pink-eared Ducks here.
Nigel Coghlan 20/12 #221402
Eastern Curlew
Deeban Spit Port Hacking
Flock sized has increased by 3 to 21
Julie Keating 20/12 #221401
Fri 19Buller's Shearwater
Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head
1 Buller's Shearwater feeding with Wedge-tailed Shearwaters off north head this afternoon.
michael ronan 19/12 #221398
Thu 18highlightWhite-browed Woodswallow
Hunter Economic Zone (near Kurri Kurri)
The White-browed Woodswallows are still in HEZ, so have been there for nearly 2 months now. Although I had found them nesting in early November (see report #220690), I could not see any direct evidence of successful breeding today, though I did see an adult flying off with an insect in its bill (and I was only there for a short time). Perhaps ~15 birds seen. Sharing the airspace above where some of the White-broweds were perching was a flock of ~20 White-throated Needletails, about a dozen Dusky Woodswallows and Tree Martins. Several (~7 or 8) Black-chinned HE's present in the area too. A smattering of ironbark blossom has attracted flocks of Little Lorikeets. A pale Little Eagle seen displaying very high above the forest.
Mick Roderick 19/12 #221393
Pacific Swift
Sandon Estuary, Yuraygir National Park
5+ Swifts low overhead during stormy weather. Suddenly appeared and just as quickly disappeared. Probably a greater number but they were too quick to get a good count. Observers' first record of this species this season.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 18/12 #221386
Plumed Whistling-Duck (1)
Sydney Olympic Park--Waterbird Refuge
First record for SOP that I can find from my records. Managed some record shots through bins with phone. Sitting in with Grey/Chestnut Teal loafing on eastern corner. About 100 Red-necked Avocets. At Mason Park 20 Sharp-tailed and 2 Curlew Sandpipers plus 1 Red-kneed Dotterel.
Dion Hobcroft 18/12 #221376
Wed 17Plumed Whistling Duck, Swamp Harrier, Wood Duck
Dairy Swamp, Central Coast Wetlands, Tuggerah
This morning Vicki Barnes reported 40+ Plumed Whistling Ducks at the Dairy Swamp but by mid-afternoon, this had now risen to 78. This is the biggest group to visit this wetland, although there have been over 9 previous reports. Other birds present included 47 Masked Lapwings, 23 Wood Ducks, a Swamp Harrier and a Black-shouldered Kite.
Alan Morris 17/12 #221368
Tue 16Fork-tailed Swift, Brush Bronzewing, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Rockwarbler
Royal National Park--Wattamolla
As part of a good half-day spent in Royal yesterday (over 100 species recorded between dawn and 2pm), we spent early morning at Wattamolla. In between squally rain showers, some of us were lucky enough to see two Fork-tailed Swifts in a group of White-throated Needletails (report to be submitted separately to Mike T). Also at Wattamolla, we saw at least 6 Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens together in what we could only guess was a family group. A single Rockwarbler was its reliable self. On the road in to Wattamolla, a pair of Brush Bronzewings were a surprise sighting. eBird checklist
Ashwin Rudder, Joshua Bergmark, Max Breckenridge & Nathan Ruser 18/12 #221378
Freckled Duck, Australasian Shoveler and Pink-eared Duck
Wentworth Swamp, Kurri Kurri, NSW.
1 Freckled Duck, 8 Pink-eared Ducks and 4 Australasian Shovelers observed along with Red-necked Avocets. Lathams Snipe observed the week previous at same location.
Daniel McKenzie 18/12 #221377
Logrunner, Red-browed Treecreeper, Greater Sooty Owl, Powerful Owl
Royal National Park--Lady Carrington Drive
As part of a good half-day spent in Royal yesterday (over 100 species recorded between dawn and 2pm), we spent dawn at the southern end of Lady Carrington Drive. The dawn chorus was fruitful, with a Logrunner heard while it was too dark to see, and a Powerful Owl joining in with the Black-faced Monarchs and Rose Robins. Before dawn, a Greater Sooty Owl was heard among many calling Southern Boobooks. A Red-browed Treecreeper was another nice bird, but alas, also not seen. eBird checklist
Ashwin Rudder, Joshua Bergmark, Max Breckenridge & Nathan Ruser 17/12 #221374
White-winged Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, Brolga, Marsh Sandpiper, Red-kneed Dotterel
Teal Lagoon, Everlasting Swamp National Park
4+ non-breeding White-winged Black Terns in a flock of 200+ Whiskered Terns. Most Whiskered Terns were in breeding plumage but a few were in non-breeding plumage and according to Jeff Davies would be of the northern hemisphere race hybridus. 76+ Brolgas in groups of 10, 60 and 3 pairs. Three Marsh Sandpipers and 2 Red-kneed Dotterels on the edge of Teal Lagoon. 3+ Little Grassbirds were calling from the reed beds as well.
Greg Clancy, Dean Egan (NPWS), Warren Thompson and Joel Crowther 17/12 #221370
Mon 15Red-necked Avocet. Hoary-headed Grebe, Freckled Duck
Tuggerah STW
This afternoon there were 82 Hoary-headed Grebes on the STW main pond, this is a very high number for this site and 3 Freckled Ducks. Over the back of the ponds there were 37 Avocets & 4 Black-winged Stilts, again Avocets are rare at this site, although they have been present now at the STW since 23/10/14. There were 2 Dollarbirds with at least one juvenile as well.
Alan Morris 17/12 #221369
Pacific Koel
Parkes, NSW
I have heard a koel calling a few times in the day yesterday and then all through the night last night corner of Mitchell and Hill Street. Will try to sight and photograph tonight. It seems out of its range and certainly wasn't getting any replies....but poor little bugger tried all night. (Moderator's Note: Single Koels have been reported from Parkes during the last year or two! AKM). Further information
Robert Shore 15/12 #221346
Pheasant Coucal
Eulah Creek
After listening for calls unsuccessfully for the last 2 months, this morning at 7 I heard a Pheasant Coucal calling (3x) for the first time this season. It must be somewhere in dense undergrowth along Eulah Creek, about 20 km east of Narrabri, not far from the (white timber) bridge across the Eulah Creek (no photo). Further information
Michael Dahlem 15/12 #221345
Sun 14Black-necked Stork, Brolga, Comb-crested Jacana, Striped Honeyeater
Imesons Swamp, Lawrence (now Everlasting Swamp NP)
We observed for nearly 20 minutes two adult Black-necked Storks near Lawrence Rd where they hunted Black Swan cygnets in the very shallow water. One of the storks caught one cygnet and landed on the dry land. They later played with it like the act with mouse. At the end one of them swallowed it. Other birds: Brolga (4 - 3 flew over Clarence River, 1 near junction of Lawrence Rd and Green Lane), Comb-crested jacana (1 - small wetland near Lawrence completely covered by water hyacinths), Royal Spoonbill (35), White-necked Heron (12), Osprey (1 flying over Clarence River), Striped Honeyeater (3 calling from the patch of swamp oaks)
Ted Wnorowski 15/12 #221351
highlightSpectacled Monarch.
Deep Creek reserve, Narrabeen.
Got my second Sydney record this year of a Spectacled Monarch at Deep Creek this morning about 50 meters in from the Wakehurst Parkway.
michael ronan. 14/12 #221339
Little Eagle
Farnell Ave, Loftus
Observed 1 Little Eagle (light morph) cruising overhead near northern entrance to Royal NP this afternoon. Photograph attached. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 14/12 #221338
highlightSouth Island Oystercatcher
Lord Howe Island Airport
I observed and photographed the SIPO feeding and flying between the airport and the nearby Mosely's swamp on Sunday the 14th and Friday the 12th this past week. I was unable to find any Pectoral Sandpipers during this past week on Lord Howe Is.
Jon Spicer-Bell 14/12 #221336
Glossy Black Cockatoo, Rufous Songlark
Terry Hie Hie
A small flock of 4 Glossy Black Cockatoos were observed flying over broadacre farmland about 10km north of the village, this is the first record for this area. A single Rufous Songlark was observed singing on a fence in grassland, in the village. This is the first sighting for this site this year and the first for the whole north-west region since January. (Usually Rufous Songlarks are present almost everywhere throughout spring, not a single bird this year though.) eBird checklist Further information
Curtis Hayne 14/12 #221332
Sat 13Rock Warbler
Umina Point Fire Trail, Brisbane Water NP
I found 4 Rock Warblers near Look Out, over looking Pearl Beach
luke ullrich 17/12 #221373
Long-tailed Jaeger, Buller's Shearwater, Wandering type Albatross.
wattamolla royal national park.
Good numbers of winter and summer birds from Wattamolla today including 1 Buller's Shearwater at least 2 Wandering Albatross,20+Shy albatross,30+Black- browed Albatross and 6-7 Long-tailed Jaegers.
michael ronan. 14/12 #221330
Wandering Albatross
Mistral Point, Maroubra
A 2 hour sea watch at Maroubra this morning turned up a Wandering Albatross (heading northeast), 14 Black-browed Albatross (adults + imm.), 3 Arctic and 3 Pomarine Jaegars, a constant stream of small flocks of Short-tailed Shearwaters heading south, many Wedge-tails and a few Fluttering Shearwaters
Robert Griffin 13/12 #221327
highlightBuller's Shearwater (2), White-chinned Petrel (5)
Offshore--Wollongong pelagic
2 Buller's Shearwaters and 5 White-chinned Petrels were the two standout highlights of this years' SOSSA December pelagic off of Wollongong. There was an excellent variety of tubenoses around, most likely as a result of the recent storms. Also 1 Parkinson's ( Black ) Petrel, 6 Wandering Albatrosses, and 1 apparent 'Tasmanian' Shy Albatross. eBird checklist
Logan Lalonde 13/12 #221324
Collared Sparrowhawk, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Cicadabird, Little Lorikeets
Murrumbung HSD, Mardi near Tuggerah
The CCGBNSW had their Christmas outing and break-up at the home of John & Carole Carpenter, The Valley Way, Mardi where 35 people saw 43 bird species during the morning. This included 28 Brown Cuckoo-Doves coming to a feeder, 2 Cicadabirds, a Collared Sparrowhawk apparently pursuing a Bellminer, a pair of Little Lorikeets, Scarlet Honeyeaters and Sacred Kingfisher, Black-faced Monarch, Koels and Channel-billed Cuckoos.
Alan Morris 13/12 #221322
Jacky Winter
Whittaker Lagoon, Moree
A Jacky Winter was heard calling repeatedly in cattle grazing farmland. Although probably listed as common, this is the first record for this particular area, in 6 years of monthly outings. eBird checklist
Curtis Hayne 13/12 #221321
Fri 12Bar-shouldered Dove
South Maroubra
Calling in scrub between the Anzac Rifle Range and the coast track to Magic Point.
Ted Nixon 13/12 #221326
Sooty Owl
Tumut River upstream from 8 Mile Ck junction, Kosciuszko NP
Two Sooty Owls in tall Mountain Gum forest. Unusual to record this species along a western flowing river in such a vegetation community.
Martin Schulz 13/12 #221316
Caspian Tern
Nepean Weir, Penrith
Reporting on behalf of my friend, who observed the tern near the weir at dusk today.
Ákos Lumnitzer for Peter Phealan 12/12 #221314
Brush Cuckoo, Channel-billed Cuckoo
Port Kembla Golf Course
One Brush Cuckoo heard calling steadily at the Port Kembla Golf Course. Also one Channel-billed Cuckoo flew over near there.
Logan Lalonde 12/12 #221311
Australian Spotted Crake
Eastlakes golf course
One Australian Spotted Crake this morning. First for several months, pond nearest Maintenance shed. Group of Freckled Ducks still about.
Bas Hensen 12/12 #221301
Wandering Tattler, Sanderling
Flat Rock, Ballina
3 Wandering Tattlers and 7 Sanderlings on the reef this morning. Pleased to report good numbers of these two relatively uncommon species.
Henry Coleman and Stanley Tang 12/12 #221299
Thu 11Great Crested Grebe, Swamp Harrier, Whiskered Tern, Black Swan
Lake Hiawatha, Yuraygir National Park
8 Grebes floating on water, Harrier in air over edge of Lake, 37+ Terns flying low over Lake. Grebes had been absent for some time and had been observed a few days earlier by Russell and Matt Templeton. Solitary Black Swan on Lake possibly same bird observed by Russell in ocean off Wilsons Headland a few days earlier. Rare on Lake.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 12/12 #221306
White-throated Needletail, Brush Cuckoo, Wedge-tailed Eagle
SW of Wilsons Headland, Yuraygir National Park
35+ Needletails over, Cuckoo heard calling, adult pair of Eagles flying north (not common so close to the coast)
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago 12/12 #221305
Lewin's Rail
Wolgan Valley (2km before resort entrance)
I was in the Wolgan yesterday desperately trying to find Regent Honeyeaters, which have not been seen in the Capertee for a few months. I did not find any Regents, but I did find quite a bit of roadside / paddock Yellow Box trees in blossom and some of trees were dripping with small HE's (e.g. Fuscous, White-naped). Worth checking out if anyone is out that way and after going through the Capertee as well yesterday, I'd think that Regents are more likely to be in the Wolgan). I heard a Lewin's Rail calling from a weedy drainage line off to the north of the road about 2km short of the Emirates Resort entrance where there are some Yellow Box trees on the left side of the road (the bird would have roughly at -33 13 15s / 150 11 9e). These birds seem to turn up in the most random / marginal places so I wasn't overly surprised but I thought the record would be of interest. I note that Lewin's Rail isn't on the list of birds in the Capertee birding brochure, so they're probably scarce in this type of landscape.
Mick Roderick 12/12 #221300
Tue 9Musk Lorikeet
Greenwich
Several Musk Lorikeets back in Greenwich after an absence of several months, feeding in eucalyptus blossom near the Infants' School on Greenwich Rd.
Ted Nixon 9/12 #221265
Indian Ringneck, breeding Red-whiskered Bulbul
Township of Burrumbuttock, northwest of Albury
A single Indian Ringneck has been free living in and around the township for almost three months. In the last two weeks, it has been observed on multiple occasions associating closely with a pair of Australian King Parrots. Other noteworthy species seen in this location over past three days are a lone Black-tailed Native Hen, breeding pair of Red-whiskered Bulbul, flock of ~18 White-browed Woodswallow, Shining Bronze Cuckoo, pair pf Black-fronted Dotterel, Dollarbird, Great Egret, pair of Yellow-billed Spoonbill and Rufous Songlark with fledgling.
David M Watson 9/12 #221264
Crested Shrike-tit
Riverside Park, Riverside Rd, Chipping Norton
A pair was located building a nest in the top of a planted red gum sappling this morning. Only my 4th sighting of them at Riverside this year despite more than 40 visits.
David James 9/12 #221262
Caspian Tern
Deeban Spit Port Hacking
1 Caspian Tern with 18 Eastern Curlews and 2 Pied Oystercatchers at high tide.
Julie Keating 9/12 #221260
Glossy Black-Cockatoo (23)
Kings Tableland, Wentworth Falls
Glossies are fairly common along Kings Tableland however I have never seen this many before. Twenty-one birds were together on power lines and roadside trees near the Air services tower along Tablelands Road, and I saw another two later eating casuarina seeds in heath. About a dozen of the birds were still present an hour later. eBird checklist
Mark Ley 9/12 #221259
Mon 8Pilotbird
Bellawongarah - private property
A Pilotbird has been here calling everyday since the 8th. This is the first one heard or seen since 24/12/2011, when they were resident here for at least 5 years. Would be interested to hear if anyone else has records from the past 12-24 months on Berry Mountain.
Carla Jackett 10/12 #221276
Brolga
Levenstrath Rd Levenstrath. nr Grafton
6.00pm One Brolga on flat below house.
Warren Thompson 9/12 #221257
Sun 7Blue-billed Duck
Killalea Conservation Reserve
A pair of Blue-billed Duck, a Musk Duck, several Clamorous Reed-Warblers, many Black Swans and Coots, and a Swamp Harrier about Killalea Lagoon during the late morning. Further south a Topknot Pigeon, Brown Goshawk, Nankeen Kestrel, Dollarbirds, Satin Bowerbirds, Eastern and Crimson Rosellas; near Minnamurra Beach a female Leaden Flycatcher, Black-faced Monarch, Golden Whistler, Fan-tailed Cuckoo and 4 White-throated Needletails as we'll as the usual coastal bush birds.
Robert Griffin 7/12 #221238
Satin Flycatcher
Coachwood Glen near Blackheath
2 pairs Satin Flycatchers nesting in wet sclerophyll forest about 20 metres apart. At least one nestling being fed. All four adult birds together drove away a Pied Currawong that ventured too close to the nests.
Mark Hocking 7/12 #221235
Wandering-type Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Fork tailed Swift.
North Head, Manly
Highlights from a sea watch from north head today was a Wandering-type Albatross,17 Black-browed Albatross and 4 Shy Albatross. There were also 3 Arctic Jaegers and 2 Pomarine Jaegers, with 3 Fork-tailed Swifts circling over the cliffs ahead of the storm.
michael ronan 7/12 #221228
highlightLesser Frigatebird
Tweed Heads
Circled at the NSW/QLD border around Rainbox Rocks from around 1:30pm until I left around 3:10. Female. Not sure if it is of interest. Hung around for quite some time hassling the local terns. Great watching it hovering in the northerly with some Ospreys for company. [Moderator's Note: This is definitely of interest Cliff! JB]
Cliff Booth 7/12 #221222
Blue-billed Duck, Musk Duck
Laggon at -30.531548,153.01648 - Osprey Drive, Urunga
One pair of Blue-billed Ducks on the lagoon at -30.531548,153.01648. Also some Musk Ducks present.
Allen Hamilton 7/12 #221220
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Lot 15, Kingfisher Road, Port Macqarie
Not sure how long they were around for but spied one bird with its back to me so I clearly saw the tail. It flew off with another a few minutes later so I got a better look. Around 8.30am.
Nikala Sim 7/12 #221217
Sat 6Rufous Scrub-bird, Crested Shrike-tit, Musk Lorikeet
Surveyors Creek Gully, Gibraltar Range National Park
Scrub-bird heard calling (also on December 5), Shrike-tit and 2+ Lorikeets heard calling.
Greg Clancy 12/12 #221304
highlightWandering Whistling-Duck
Windang
A pair of Wandering Whistling-Duck seen immediately west of Picnic Island, Windang (Lake Illawarra), in the early afternoon. Also in the vicinity 3 Caspian Tern, many Bar-tailed Godwits, several Eastern Curlews, a pair of Pied Stilts, a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and an Osprey.
Robert Griffin 7/12 #221237
highlightEastern Yellow Wagtail
Lismore, 3 Chain Rd STW
Wagtail at 0645. Spotted during the Challenge Count. Found near the fenced off ponds, from which it undertook undulating flight to far perimeter fence and then back over ponds calling and out of sight. (Note: You need permission to enter the STW's)
June Harris, Tony Trott, Faye Smith, Tony Gifford. 7/12 #221224
Spangled Drongo
Pacific Highway, Milson's Point/Kirribilli
One bird observed whilst driving towards the Harbour Bridge. Seen on a TV antenna just off the highway. Peculiar time of year (usually being a winter migrant to Sydney).
Simon Gorta 7/12 #221212
Black-tailed Godwit, Red-necked Avocet, Curlew Sandpiper, Red Knot
Lake Innes Nature Reserve, Port Macquarie
A nice collection of waders were present in Lake Innes where there are large areas of mud exposed. Black-tailed Godwit (1), Avocet (2), Curlew Sandpiper (7) , Red Knot (8), Ruddy Turnstone (1) are all unusual in the Port Macquarie area. Also present were Sharp-tailed Sandpipers (52), Red-necked Stints (30), Caspian Terns (14) and an estimated 200 White-throated Needletails passed over.
Tim Morris 6/12 #221202
Red-necked Avocet
Yarrie Lake
During a quick visit to Yarrie Lake near Wee Waa around noon today about 80 Red-necked Avocets were spotted on a sand spit (see also today's report from the Burren Junction Bore Bath). This is the first time I have found Red-necked Avocets at Yarrie Lake (which is shallow right now), although they have been spotted in other wetlands in the area before. Further information
Michael Dahlem 6/12 #221193
Marsh Sandpiper, Red-necked Avocet, Plumed Whistling-Duck
Burren Junction
Checking a few inland aquatic habitats before the rain can possibly cause dispersal, I found good numbers of birds at the Burren Junction Bore Bath this morning. Next to more common species, there were about 50 Red-necked Avocets (see also today's report from Yarrie Lake), ca. 70 Plumed Whistling-Ducks, at least 4 Marsh Sandpipers ("Further information" link), some 50 Pink-eared Ducks and about 20 Hoary-headed Grebes (photos taken of all species reported here). Further information
Michael Dahlem 6/12 #221192
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Deeban Spit Port Hacking
Looks like our resident pair of Oystercatchers have bred. Saw four on the beach this morning with the 18 Eastern Curlews.
Julie Keating 6/12 #221189
Fri 5Little Eagle, Crested Shrike-tit, Red-browed Treecreeper, White-throated Treecreeper
Dandahra Picnic Area, Gibraltar Range National Park
Pale morph Little Eagle over forest opposite Gibraltar Range house, 1+ Shrike-tit calling and 5 Red-browed Treecreepers (3 adult females, 1 adult male and 1 immature male) caught and banded. Photos shows adult female and juvenile male. One adult female White-throated Treecreeper retrapped. Had been banded on 23 August 2013. .
Greg Clancy, Wendy & Alan Pilkington 12/12 #221303
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Platypus Picnic Area, Gibraltar Range National Park
Three birds adult male, adult female and third bird with yellow ruff probably an immature female, feeding on fruits (cones) of Oak Allocasuarina rigida on roadside.
Greg Clancy & Alan Pilkington 12/12 #221302
highlightCrested Shrike-tit, Crested Bellbird, Nankeen Night-Heron, Rufous Whistler
Eubalong West
Sighted in creek near rest area beside bridge just east of Eubalong West, in centre of NSW. Further information
Robert Shore 7/12 #221234
highlightBroad-billed Sandpiper, Fairy Tern
Lake Wollumboolla
Highlights observed - 1 Broad-billed Sandpiper, 3 Fairy Tern, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 90 Red-necked Avocet, 100+ Little Tern. Further information
Carla Jackett 7/12 #221210
Black-necked stork
Hexam Swamp
Spent the morning at Hexam Swamp to find a pair of Black-necked Storks, 20+ White-fronted Chats, White-winged Triller, White-breasted Woodswallows with fledglings and babies in nests and an Australian Hobby along with the usual suspects.
Sarah Moncrieff and Josh Allen 5/12 #221188
Topknot Pigeon
Gordon
5 Topknot Pigeons flew in to feed on fruiting Bangalow Palms in a suburban backyard in Gordon. Also Satin Bowerbirds nesting in a pine tree.
Dan Vickers (via David Vickers) 5/12 #221187
Freckled Duck
Deepwater Park Milperra
4 Freckled Ducks today at the Bankstown Tip detention pond. Perhaps 1 more has gone missing from East Lakes Golf Course, or perhaps they are different birds?.
David James 5/12 #221186
Thu 4highlightCook's Petrel
Pelagic off Swansea
A Cook's Petrel was the highlight of a pelagic out of Swansea today, organised by Allan Benson. It was an unusual day with large periods motoring across the ocean with not a bird in sightt. It took maybe 15 minutes at the shelf before we started seeing birds arrive. There were several Sooty Shearwaters seen, all on migration, as well as 3 Long-tailed Jaegers (making it very similar to the Nov 2012 trip out of Port Stephens). Other birds included ~10 Wilson's Storm-petrels, 4 White-faced Storm-petrels (a good count for this species these days), an immature Black-browed type Albatross, a few Grey-faced Petrels and a single Hutton's Shearwater. The attached image was taken by Steve Roderick.
Mick Roderick, Allan Benson et al 4/12 #221174
Wed 3Gang-Gang Cockatoo
Bellawongarah- Private property
12 Gang-gangs observed over most of the day feeding and preening in eucalypts. 5 male juveniles noted. All birds not seen well as foggy weather. The highest number seen here at one time.
Carla Jackett 8/12 #221240
White-winged Black Tern
Newcastle Ocean Baths
A White Winged Black Tern was seen at the baths on Wednesday afternoon along with 20 Common Terns plus a few Crested Terns and Silver Gulls.
Richard Nicholas 6/12 #221194
Red-winged Parrot
Wilbetree St, Gulgong NSW
Noticed two parrots fly into a Silky Oak tree about 7 pm very scruffy and different from anything I had seen here this week took photos and sought ID help from Australian Bird ID (Facebook), who suggested I let you know. [Moderator's Note: This is almost the southernmost limit of RWP distribution. JB]
Lorraine Hardwick 5/12 #221175
highlightRed-kneed Dotterel (122+), NO Little Curlew
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve
Spent several hours searching for the Little Curlews to no avail. On a whim, I checked out the south end of the pipeline and was amazed to find a large flock of Red-kneed Dotterels. My biggest count from a single view was 122, although doubtless there were more out of sight. 140 would be my best guess. Nesting and recently fledged White-breasted Woodswallows was very nice.
Ashwin Rudder 3/12 #221163
highlightBroad-billed Sandpiper, Fairy Tern, Sanderling
Lake Wollumboola
2 Broad-billed Sandpipers, 2 Fairy Terns (amongst >100 Little Terns) and 1 Sanderling seen today at the Lake. Other birds included ~5 non-breeding White-winged Black Terns, 20 Curlew Sandpiper and 40 Red-necked Avocets eBird checklist
Lachlan Hall 3/12 #221159
highlightLesser Sandplover
Lake Conjola Entrance at -35.267925, 150.503352
The Lesser Sandplover along with 30 Little Terns, 2 Sanderling, 40+ Red-necked Stints arrived this morning to join the 50+ Crested Terns, 11 Pied Oystercatchers and Red-capped Plovers at the entrance to Lake Conjola certainly turned a quiet area into a very busy place.
Charles Dove 3/12 #221153
highlightSooty Owl
Blue Mountains National Park--Murphys Glen
I accidentally flushed a Sooty Owl from it's roost in an cave overhang along the track from Murphy's Glen to Bedford Creek. It flew to a nearby branch raising the alarm of a lot of the smaller resident birds, then flew towards overhangs on the other side of Murphy's Creek. Although I have only ever seen one other Sooty Owl in this area (2001), there is plenty of good habitat (tall wet gullies) and roost sites over a large area and I suspect there may be a few about. eBird checklist
Mark Ley 3/12 #221147
Tue 2highlightGlossy Black Cockatoo, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Black-eared Cuckoo
Gwydir Watercourse Wetlands
Waterbird Lagoon in Gwydir Wetlands SCA is hoped to be reopened again to the public in autumn 2015. Every site in the Gwydir Wetlands was surveyed. Brolgas have decreased alot in numbers. Several small flocks or pairs of Glossy Black Cockatoos were observed flying over in belah country at various sites, about 20 in total. 30 Chestnut-breasted Mannikins were observed in the reedbeds and cumbungi. Numerous Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoos were heard calling. Many White-bellied Sea Eagles were found, a total of 7 including a juvenile. Owlet Nightjars heard calling at dusk. Horsfield's Bushlark observed. Some other unusual species including a couple Black-eared Cuckoos and some Black-chinned Honeyeaters were found by Steve Debus. eBird checklist Further information
Curtis Hayne 3/12 #221155
Peregrine Falcon
Ilarwill Quarry, Woodford Island, near Maclean
Adult female perched at edge of nest ledge. Nestling/s presumably out of view on ledge. The quarry is fenced and access to nest only possibly by abseiling down the cliff.
Greg Clancy, Russell Jago, Warren Thompson 3/12 #221151
Common Greenshank, Marsh Sandpipers, Little Egret
Bushell's Lagoon, Hawkesbury
1 Common Greenshank and 3 Marsh Sandpipers, with one Little Egret
Keith Brandwood 3/12 #221146
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Channel-billed Cuckoo
Woodford Dale, Woodford Island
Adult Bronze-Cuckoo flew to roadside tree. Two separate Channel-billed Cuckoos one observed in flight and one heard calling
Greg Clancy, Russell Jago, Warren Thompson 2/12 #221137
Freckled Ducks and Pink-eared Duck
Eastlakes golf course
A Pink-eared Duck, an Australasian Shoveler and 4 Freckled Ducks seen today. There were 7 Freckled Ducks on Sunday, but 3 seemed to have moved on (maybe Milperra ?)
David Mitford 2/12 #221135
Plumed Whistling-Duck, Cattle Egret, Plum-headed Finch, Black-tailed Nativehen
Narrabri Lake
Some more bird species have arrived at Narrabri Lake, driven to the water while the rest of the landscape dries up: A pair of Plumed Whistling-Ducks (first in 8 years), at least 2 Plum-headed Finches and 2 Black-tailed Native-hens (composite photo). Also shown in the photo is one of many Cattle Egret nests on the bird island. Further information
Michael Dahlem 2/12 #221133
Freckled Duck
Deepwater Park Milperra
3 (at least) Freckled Ducks in the detention basin of the former Bankstown Tip adjacent to Deepwater Park (access via Kelso Park North). A single Hoary-headed Grebe has been here for a few months. Black Swan, Australasian Grebe and Little Pied Cormorant nesting here.
David James 2/12 #221123
Mon 1Brush Bronzewing
Evan's Lookout, Blackheath
One bird seen this afternoon at the southern entrance to the Grand Canyon walk. eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 3/12 #221161
highlightLittle Curlew
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve
Following up on the reports of Orange Chat and Little Curlew I spent the day at Hexham Swamp arriving mid-morning and left around 4:30. I got on to six Little Curlews, proper, around 4pm after having a brief glimpse of one earlier. The six Little Curlew flew in, from the western side, to the pond north of where they have been reported and landed amongst the drier sedges only to disappear. Dorsal and side views in flight only through bins. Couldn't track down the Orange Chat. There are thousands of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers as well as a good number of Curlew Sandpipers amongst the throng. A lone Ruddy Turnstone also. White-fronted Chat, Crakes about as well as the usual species. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 1/12 #221119
Eastern Osprey
Nepean Weir, Penrith
One adult perched in partly dead tree top approximately 200 meters south from sake brewery in Casola Place. I was delighted to see one here again, as my last sighting was (I think) in early February this year.
Ákos and Donata Lumnitzer 1/12 #221117
highlightLittle Curlew
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve
This morning at 0800 Lorna Mee and I sighted three Little Curlews at Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve. They were seen about 100 m north of the spot previously given by Mick Roderick (-32.84800 151.68255 ) From this spot look north for the Hexham cell phone tower. They were well camouflaged in dry reeds the same grey colour as their feathers. It took about an hour to locate them, with repeated scans of the area with a spotting scope. The Orange Chat was not seen anywhere along the pipeline track but a nice sighting was a single Diamond Finch (probable escapee).
Jim Smart per. hunterbirders 1/12 #221116
Common Cicadabird, Brush Cuckoo
Ourimbah RTA Reserve
Male Cicadabird observed. Several more calling. Juvenile Brush Cuckoo being harassed by pair of Grey Fantail. other Brush Cuckoo calling at different sites.
Allan Benson, Chris and Kay Aisbett 1/12 #221115
Curlew Sandpiper, Red Knot, Red-necked Avocet, Horsfields Bronze-cuckoo
Mason Park, Homebush
Following up on recent sightings here I saw 1 Red Knot,1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Red-necked Avocet along with 47 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. Calling from the edge of the water was a juvenile Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo.
Jenny Stiles 1/12 #221112
Pink-eared Duck
Sydney Olympic Park--Waterbird Refuge
I was extremely surprised to see 6 Pink-eared Ducks at the Waterbird Refuge today [at the opposite end to the bird hide]. Also seen along the mangroves 2 Nankeen Night Heron, 2 Striated Heron.
Jenny Stiles 1/12 #221111

November 2014
Sun 30Beautiful Firetail
Blue Mountains National Park--Govetts Leap
On the track just south west of Boyds Beach on the Popes Glen track to Govetts Leap Lookout. Only one seen. eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 3/12 #221162
highlightPacific Emerald Dove
Waterfront Sanctuary Point
Saw a pair of Pacific Emerald Doves come from a large tree. She disappeared into the undergrowth below our trees and appeared with several twigs in her beak. Eventually dad appeared and they drank out of the bird bath. I took many photos of them I have lived here since 1989. Have never sen them before in the basin. [Moderator's Note: A rare bird in the Jervis Bay region, so an excellent breeding record! JB] eBird checklist
Paul Johnson 30/11 #221092
Pacific Baza, Rainbow Bee-eater, Common Bronzewing, Brush Cuckoo
Fernances Crossing Rd Murrays Run
The Central Coast Group of Birding NSW had an outing yesterday to Murrays Run, Laguna and Wollombi, and the best birds were seen along the private road, Fernaces Crossing Rd. We were there by invitation and the production of our PL Insurance. We went to see nesting Pacific Bazas, but the single young had left the nest on 28/11/14 although the parents were seen by the owners before we arrive. The nest site was the same as last year. Other good birds were 2 Rainbow Bee-eaters, 4 Common Bronzewings, Shining Bronze, Brush, Fan-tailed, Koel and Channel-billed Cuckoo, Leaden Flycatchers and Sacred Kingfishers. 44 species seen in 9-1100 hrs.
alan Morris & 24 other observers 30/11 #221089
megamegaLittle Curlew
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve--Old Pipeline Track
2 birds initially observed then flying to join a further 4. Foraging and loafing on saline deteriorating Phragmites clumps with Black-winged Stilts and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. Observed for about half an hour from around 7:15am. [Moderator's Note: All sightings of Little Curlew should be reported to NSW ORAC. JB]
Steve Roderick and Allan Richardson - joined by three others. 30/11 #221088
Magpie Goose
Mehi River, Moree
The Magpie Geese numbers had increased every day and was special to find 100 birds together over the past few weeks. The water level of the Mehi has gone up very high in the last couple of days. Almost the whole population has left within a few days. A total of just 8 Magpie Geese were found yesterday and today. Further information
Curtis Hayne 30/11 #221086
highlightPlumed Whistling-Duck, Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Pacific Koel
Terry Hie Hie
200 Plumed Whistling Ducks, together with about 200 Wood Ducks were found in wheat stubble. If the Whistling Ducks hadn't been calling, they would have gone unnoticed. Another 50 Plumed Whistling Ducks were found along the creek. This species has not been as common this year so an unusual find. A male Koel heard calling, first for the season. A Shining Bronze Cuckoo was heard calling in cypress pine scrub, ID confirmed after listening to its recorded call. Also found were 2 Cattle Egrets and an Azure Kingfisher which haven't been sighted for several months. eBird checklist Further information
Curtis Hayne 30/11 #221085
Sat 29megamegaOrange Chat
Hexham Swamp (Hunter Wetlands National Park) - Old Pipeline Track
A female Orange Chat was photographed on the main access track in Hexham Swamp (-32 51 8 / 151 41 2) yesterday afternoon by Greg Pearson. The bird was apparently on its own (though Greg made a count of 32 White-fronted Chats elsewhere on the swamp). It was only seen briefly before flying off. It has not been relocated today despite extensive searches (including many people out there looking at the Little Curlews, which are being seen only 500m from the OC sighting). A remarkable record, considering there doesn't appear to be any evidence of an influx or irruption elsewhere in NSW. In fact, I can't find records of Orange Chats in NSW away from the Tibooburra area since 12 Jan 2013 when AKM reported 4 birds at the Lake Cargelligo poo ponds. There are historic records of birds in the Merriwa area (Upper Hunter) with the most recent being (ironically enough) of a single bird on 29-30 Nov 1979. The record will be reviewed by the Hunter Bird Observers Club Records Appraisal Committee. There are currently many 1000's of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers using Hexham Swamp again, with at least 2 Pectoral Sands being seen amongst them. Conditions are looking great for a productive summer out there. [Moderator's Note: Other recent coastal records include Malabar 2006 and Hawkesbury 2007. JB]
Greg Pearson per Mick Roderick 30/11 #221090
Red Knot
Sydney Olympic Park--Waterbird Refuge
Single Red Knot present in late afternoon with three Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, possibly one of the birds present at Hen and Chicken Bay the day before. Only my second record of Red Knot at SOP.
Dion Hobcroft 30/11 #221081
Rufous Fantail, Little Egret
Nepean Weir
Flew across river from west to the eastern side in clear view this morning about 9:30am and perched a short while. Never in the eight years I've been coming here have I seen this species at the weir. Also a Little Egret present downstream from weir.
Ákos Lumnitzer 29/11 #221072
Fri 28Powerful Owl, Australian Owlet-nightjar, White-throated Nightjar
Chambigne Nature Reserve
Powerful Owl observed in silhouette perched on low horizontal branch above track. 3+ Owlet-nightjars heard calling and one White-throated Nightjar flew from track in front of vehicle.
Greg Clancy, Russell Jago, Annette Cook 2/12 #221138
Red Knot
Hen and Chicken Bay 1' Cell
Four Red Knots were a good turn up in Hen and Chicken Bay. A single bird at Roberts Rd, Cabarita and three at Halliday Park. Was hoping to find the Grey-tailed Tattler reported at Sydney Olympic Park but no luck with this,
Dion Hobcroft 28/11 #221063
Red-Collared Lorikeet (banded)
Beecroft NSW
This escapee flies with a flock of rainbow lorikeets. He has chosen a Rainbow as his mate. We have seen him over the past 6 weeks and he feeds in the Lilly Pilly trees on our verandah also in the Rondaletia shrub when it was flowering, he was there most days. (Moderator's Note: An obvious escapee and normally we would not publish but it is a good photo for education purposes. AKM)
Dianne Donovan 28/11 #221062
Australian Brush-turkey
Mt Kembla (Illawarra Escarpment)
A brush-turkey was seen by a friend in her yard at Mt Kembla. This is at the very southern extent of their regular range. She tells me they are regularly seen around the area.
Ashwin Rudder per anon. 28/11 #221058
Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo
Warriewood Wetlands
A single Horsefield's Bronze Cuckoo seen well this morning for about 5 minutes halfway along the track in a Cheese Tree
Jayden Walsh 28/11 #221057
Thu 27Spotted Harrier
Sandon Road, Yuraygir National Park
Adult Harrier hunting over grassland near Road.
Greg Clancy, Russell Jago, Matt Templeton 2/12 #221141
Long-billed Corella
Ophir Road, Rock Forest
A pair of Long-billed Corellas flew into a Ribbon Gum by the road, perched and squawked for a bit before flying off in an easterly direction. Have not seen this species in the region before. Coordinates: 149 20 43 E, 33 21 2.2 S.
Tiffany Mason 27/11 #221045
Wed 26highlightBarking Owl, Australian Owlet-nightjar, Noisy Pitta, Brush Cuckoo
Chambigne Creek TSR
Two Barking Owls responding to playback, one observed second heard calling. Three Owlet-nightjars, one Noisy Pitta and one Brush Cuckoo all heard calling at night. An adult male Koala was also a bonus for the night's observations being first detected by its distinctive call.
Greg Clancy, Geoff and Natalie Ryan, Andrew and Joan Watson 2/12 #221140
Tue 25highlightFork-tailed Swifts
Moree
Hundreds and hundreds of Fork-tailed Swifts around the township. Further information
Curtis Hayne 30/11 #221087
highlightLesser Frigatebird
South Ballina beach.
While watching the waders on South Ballina beach this morning a female Lesser Frigatebird cruised slowly north just outside the breakers.
michael ronan 25/11 #221029
highlightRed-necked Avocet, Whiskered Tern, Black-tailed Native-hen, Magpie Goose
Narrabri Lake
Narrabri Lake is shallow now, drawing in a few bird species that are not seen there regularly. A single Red-necked Avocet is a first for me (in 8 years), a Whiskered Tern in breeding plumage (not seen since September 2010) and at least two Black-tailed Native-hens (last seen there May 2013) were found today (see composite photo). There are still about 45 Magpie Geese around (down from ca. 80 previously) and there are at least 50, maybe 100 pairs of Cattle Egrets and Australian White Ibis nesting on the bird refuge island (photos taken).(Moderator's note: I am unaware of any recent Cattle Egret nesting colonies in inland NSW other that occasionally in the Macquarie Marshes, in recent times. AKM) Further information
Michael Dahlem 25/11 #221027
Fork-tailed Swift
Lyndale Ave, Port Macquarie
Approximately 5 Fork-tailed Swifts and similar number of White-throated Needletails present.
Tim Morris 25/11 #221021
Mon 24Black-necked Stork, Red-necked Avocet, Red-necked Stint
Geoffrey Rd North Chittaway, part of Tuggerah Bay, Tuggerah Lake.
An immature Black-necked Stork was seen early this morning by Ella De Jong, who reported the sighting to me. On inspection I found that there was a Stork feeding with 280 Black Swans, 19 Red-necked Avocets ( a very rare bird for this location), 97 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 24 Black-winged Stilts, 14 Red-necked Stints, 80 Grey Teal, 9 roosting Caspian Terns and sundry other waterbirds on this section of Tuggerah Bay. This would be the first time a Stork has been recorded in this area for at least 16 years.
Alan Morris, Ella De Jong, photo by Andrew Melville 25/11 #221028
Grey-tailed Tattler
Sydney Olympic Park
Grey-tailed Tattler on barge in Parramatta River just north of Waterbird Refuge.
Jeffrey Byron 25/11 #221025
Sun 23Square-tailed Kite
Shoplands Road, Annangrove
Single adult harassing a Grey Butcherbird along the ridgeline. Seems as though Annangrove may now be part of the home range of a pair of Square-tailed Kites given the several sightings of adults and a juvenile at my block this year.
Darryl Smedley 25/11 #221023
Powerful Owl
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Immature Powerful Owl roosting in one of the fig trees overhanging the walkway that runs immediately behind Balmoral Beach, about midway between the baths and the bridge crossing to the grassy atoll. Seemingly not perturbed by the thousands of beachgoers (it was about 3PM) nor the harassment of a Pied Currawong followed by two Australian Magpies, the latter being what bought my attention to the owls presence. Poor quality photo attached from my compact camera. eBird checklist
Cameron Ward 24/11 #221018
Caspian Tern, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Striated Heron
Narrabeen Lakes
Whilst paddleboarding on the lagoon on Sunday, 4 Caspian Terns were spotted on the sandbank at the western end near the golf course. Also roosting in a tree nearby a White-bellied Sea Eagle. Striated Heron spotted on the bank on the northern shore next to Wakehurst Parkway foraging.
Mike Barrow 24/11 #221006
Hooded Plover
Meroo National Park at 35 28 55S 150 23 20E
Two banded Hooded Plovers seen this morning along the beach. Could not be located when I returned with binoculars to read the bands.
Joshua Bergmark 24/11 #221004
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper
Lake Cargelligo STW
Lowest water levels I have ever seen at the Cargy Poo Ponds. Lots of mud flats. At least 50 Sandpipers there early this morning. Mostly Sharpies, about a dozen Marsh and one Curlew Sandpiper. Other birds of interest were one Latham's Snipe, One Fork-tailed Swift, 500 Whiskered Terns, and about 10 Red-necked Stints. All the usual suspects Baillon's and Spotted Crake, Black-tailed Native Hen and Red-necked Avocets were all there along with our newest migrants the Plum-headed Finches
Warren Chad 23/11 #220994
Pallid Cuckoo
Old Settlement Beach, Lord Howe Island
Have a poor quality photo. Will try for a better one tomorrow.
Ann Millard and Trish Evans 23/11 #220993
Scarlet Robin, White-winged Triller, Wedge-tailed Eagle
Six Foot Track, Megalong
Interesting to watch (from a distance) 2 Wedge-tailed Eagles going after a small Wallaby (record photo attached). Was horse riding so only briefly noted 2 Scarlet Robins, 2 nesting Dusky Woodswallows, 1 White-winged Triller, 1 Jacky Winter, 2 Sacred Kingfishers, 1 White-throated Gerygone and scores of other little birds.
David Vickers 23/11 #220990
White-eared Monarch
border ranges national park.
White-eared monarch present just outside national park this morning. Also numbers of Pacific Bazas and Red-backed Fairywrens.
michael ronan. 23/11 #220989
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Jamieson Park, Narrabeen Lakes
2 Glossy Black Cockatoos feeding in allocasuarina about halfway along the track at around 11:30am. I also heard a Scarlet Honeyeater and had a Rufous Fantail displaying about 1 metre away.
Jayden Walsh 23/11 #220981
Powerful Owl
Sun Valley
A juvenile (or immature) Powerful Owl roosting among foliage. Good to see that have been able to breed recently with so many Sulphur-crested Cockatoos taking over in the area. eBird checklist
Mark Ley 23/11 #220980
Sat 22Fork-tailed Swift
39 Charlton Street, Nambucca Heads, NSW 2448
Good numbers of Fork-tailed Swifts hawking over Charlton Street on Saturday evening 6.30 PM 22 November. (I haven't learned to count swifts reliably: when there are singles and small groups hawking about = a small number; seemingly all over the sky in one strata level = a good number; when the sky is full of them at several altitudes = a large number.)
Evan Cleland 25/11 #221026
Sooty Owl
Cedar Creek [via Ruined Castle]
Called twice in vicinity of the large overhang [Cedar Cave] at 489 597, 8 p.m. Lots of skulls of as yet unidentified fine-toothed creatures on 'cave' floor. There were also large numbers of Black-faced Monarchs calling incessantly along the creek [not, clearly, contributing to the pile of skulls!]
Ted Nixon 25/11 #221019
highlightBlack Petrel, Long-tailed, Arctic and Pomarine Jaegers
Offshore--Wollongong pelagic
The highlight of todays SOSSA pelagic was a single Black Petrel. While it didn't stay around, it was well sighted by all on board. There were also at least 2 Long-tailed Jaegers (well worn plumage), as well as 3+ Arctic and 5+ Pomarine Jaegers. Other birds included Black-browed, Campbell and Shy-type (White-capped) Albatrosses, Grey-faced Petrels and Wedge-tailed, Short-tailed and a single Hutton's Shearwater. Numbers of Crested Terns were extremely high, 100+ which would be the most ever sighted on a SOSSA trip. Cetacean highlight was a small pod of Risso's Dolphins, which gave close, extended views before moving off. Further information
Brook Whylie and all on board the Sandra K 22/11 #220971
Little Bronze Cuckoo
King Creek, Wauchope
Initially heard and then seen in my garden before it was chased off by a Noisy Miner. This is the second year that I have recorded this species at this location.
Clive Meadows 22/11 #220964
highlightLong-toed Stint
Kooragang Dykes
On the Kooragang Dykes wader survey this morning a single Long-toed Stint was found among roosting Curlew Sandpipers. Also seen were a Pectoral Sandpiper a Common Sandpiper and three Great Knots.
Dan Williams, Liz Crawford, Chris Herbert and Greg Little 22/11 #220960
highlightPainted Honeyeater, Superb Parrot
Condobolin
About a dozen Painted HEs calling continually and chasing each other around in pairs in Myall trees 15 km South of Condo near Wallaroi Ck.Its been a very dry spring here but the grey mistletoe has loads of fruit and the birds look like they may be going to breed. Also present were a small group of Superbs. They dont usually turn up here until January so they were a bit of a surprise.
Warren Chad 22/11 #220954
Australian King-Parrot
Mehi River, 30km West of Moree
Whittaker's Lagoon has been bone dry for over a month now. ALL birds observed in the vicinity of the Mehi River and in open scrub. 4 Australian King Parrots were observed and heard calling, a very unusual find out this far west and especially during drought. They have been absent from their usual locations to the east this year including Terry Hie Hie, close to the Nandewar Range. eBird checklist Further information
Curtis Hayne 22/11 #220953
Report
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Threatened
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Highlight
Rare
Endangered
Vagrant
Irruption
Unusual numbers
Mega
Rare vagrant
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