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Birdline New South Wales

Birdline NSW is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.

Birdline New South Wales is supported by Birding NSW, Birdlife Southern NSW and Cumberland Bird Observers Club and moderated by Alan Morris, Ashwin Rudder, Joshua Bergmark and Simon Blanchflower.

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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 and then login. Please send any White-throated Needletail or Fork-tailed Swift sightings directly to Prof. Michael Tarburton for his research: Include date, location, and numbers of birds. All Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot reports should be forwarded to Mick Roderick to assist in the recovery efforts of these severely declining species:

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April 2017
Tue 25Black Kite
Bensons Lane, Richmond
Two Black Kites scattered the Magpie-larks and flew right overhead at 3.30pm
Andrew Patrick 25/4 #230769
Magpie Goose
Pitt Town Lagoon
Lone bird being attacked by a White-bellied Sea-eagle. Eventually used nearby Black Swans for cover
Matthew stephens 25/4 #230764
Double-barred Finch.
Barton Park South--Landing Lights Wetland
One sighted on northern end of soccer ground with Superb Fairy-wrens. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 25/4 #230761
Mon 24Little Grassbird
Brothersons Swamp, Coutts Crossing
Single bird observed in knotweed at edge of swamp. First observed on 23 April. First record this site. Rare in Clarence Valley.
Greg & Val Clancy 25/4 #230773
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Wattle Tree Road, Holgate, northern end
Saw two flying fairly low at 5.15 pm, in a north westerly direction, crossing Wattle Tree Road just south of Patterson Close, periodically giving their distinctive, rattling / croaky call. Have seen them approximately 6 times in this area over the past few months, usually a pair, on one occasion 3, and on another occasion 5. On some of these occasions, I was able to see the red on the underside of their tail feathers, Very exciting to see them in this area. (Moderator's Note: Glossy Black Cockatoos are a moderately bird across the Central Coast.AKM)
Richard Aichinger 25/4 #230770
Black Kite
Wallangarra on Qld Border
1 Black Kite and 1 Whistling Kite circling over United Servo
June Harris 25/4 #230763
Spotted Harrier
McKees Hill (17 k's west of Lismore, Bruxner H'wy)
1 beautiful adult bird quartering close to road over grassland.
June Harris 25/4 #230762
Royal Spoonbill and Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (NZ subspecies)
Neds Beach
Surprised to see a lone Royal Spoonbill flying south over Neds Beach on Lord Howe Island. A very rare visitor here. Also one skulking NZ subspecies of the Shining Bronze-Cuckoo in trees behind the beach.
Martin Schulz 25/4 #230760
highlightWhite-fronted & Brown Honeyeaters
Manna State Forest, SW of Forbes. 33 25 08 S 147 19 14 E
Ironbarks just starting to flower. There were more White-fronted Honeyeaters, making lots of noise, than any of the other 6 honeyeater species seen. Just a few Brown Honeyeaters and a nice number of other woodland species. Location is the far SW corner of the forest just to the north of the Manna Corinella Road junction. Note it is best accessed from the Corinella Road as Manna Forest Road is closed further north, due to damage of it's red soil surface from rain.
Rosemary Stapleton 25/4 #230759
Musk Lorikeet
Ryde TAFE grounds
Two birds feeding in flowering eucalypt sp. Three Noisy Miners tried to expel them without success
Ian Bailey 24/4 #230757
Noisy Pitta
'Bellawongarah' - private property (restricted access)
Heard call twice from rainforest opposite house. 4th record for here since 2009.
Carla Jackett 24/4 #230756
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Centennial Park (Sydney)
Two adult White-bellied Sea Eagles seen on the Cormorant nesting island on the Duck Pond this morning. Remained there for over an hour before flying south west over Mission Field. Although seen flying over the park occasionally, they are rarely seen perched in the park.
Anne Brophy 24/4 #230752
Sun 23White-throated Nightjar
Old Bagotville Road, Wardell
Three birds hear and 2 observed. Blackbutt dry sclerophyll forest
David Charley 23/4 #230746
Square-tailed Kite, 14 Honeyeater sp
Chiltern Trail, Ingleside
Kite seen circling over the ridge to the south side of track about 400m in from the entry gate. A walk from one end to the other and back produced 14 honeyeater sp including a group of 5 Brown-headed and 3 White-naped. White-eared Honeyeaters were particularly visible and vocal this morning. The Bloodwoods along the trail have some blossom on them and it looks like more is coming. Visited 7:30-10:30am
Tom Wilson 23/4 #230743
Sat 22highlightSuperb Fruit-dove
Great Mackeral Beach, Ku-ring-gai Chase NP NSW
Found deceased. Immature bird (first year male?). (Moderator's note: Agreed! AKM)
Andrew Mowat 23/4 #230742
Fri 21Sooty Oystercatcher
Werri Beach, Gerringong
11 Sooty Oystercatchers at the south end of Werri Beach in mid-afternoon. Thought such a large group is unusual?
Katie Oxenham 23/4 #230741
Pink-eared Duck (1) Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (1) Red-kneed Dotterel (2)
Sydney Olympic Park--Waterbird Refuge
Also of note a juvenile Sacred Kingfisher, 50 Red-necked Avocets and 30 Black-fronted Dotterels.
Dion Hobcroft 21/4 #230729
Thu 20White-naped Honeyeater
Kosciuszko National Park--Mt Kosciuszko summit
One flew up to the very summit around 1pm and landed briefly on my sister's leg before flying off towards Mt Townsend
Paul Schofield 22/4 #230735
Musk Duck (1 female) Swamp Harrier (3)
Pitt Town Lagoon
Also of note a Tawny Grassbird and four Yellow-rumped Thornbills (now quite rare in County of Cumberland).
Dion Hobcroft and David James 21/4 #230728
Pied Butcherbird (1 juv) Swamp Harrier (1)
Kangaroo Swamp (Cattai)
Single immature butcherbird collecting sticks and making a strange false nest or working on its skills!
Dion Hobcroft and David James 21/4 #230727
Pink-eared Duck, Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal, Glossy Ibis
Teven Road wetlands, west Ballina
Small flock of Pink-eared together with a flock of 1000+ Chestnut Teal and Grey Teal. Probably many more in the inaccessible parts of the swamp. The Chestnut Teal out numbered the Grey Teal. The number of duck have been building over the last month or so. Very few Pacific Black Duck by comparison. 32 Glossy Ibis.
David Charley 20/4 #230718
Wed 19White-headed Pigeon
Lane Cove National Park--Browns Waterhole
Individual seen last 2 days in riparian vegetation.
Andrew Robinson 19/4 #230713
White-headed Pigeon, Rose Robin (5) and Black Bittern
Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen
Great assortment of birds this afternoon at Deep Creek including 1 White-headed Pigeon seen well and heard calling in the grove of Lilly Pilly/Privet, at least 5 Rose Robins seen/heard calling throughout the area and 1 Black Bittern in fresh plumage at the regular spot (opposite dog park). Also of interest were 3 Brown-headed Honeyeaters.
Jayden Walsh and Julie Morgan 19/4 #230711
Whistling Kite, White-bellied Sea Eagle, & Topknot Pigeon
Avoca Lagoon
Two Whistling Kites circling lagoon early afternoon, 1 adult Sea Eagle roosting and one juvenile late afternoon. Also 30 +Topknot Pigeons seen flying over.
Martin Snowball 19/4 #230710
Rufous Fantail
A sprinkling of north-bound migrants this morning in the local patch [Holloway Park]: Rufous and Grey Fantails, some Silvereyes, and a Sacred Kingfisher [the latter at the mouth of Gore Creek]. The Rufous Fantail [also seen on Monday - or was it a different individual?] spent quite a bit of time hunting on the ground in the mud at the edge of the mangroves. [Reported as Alan Morris commented that a Rufous Fantail in the suburbs on the 5th was late. In 2015 I got one in the same spot on April 16th. Mild nights inducing them to linger longer?]
Ted Nixon 19/4 #230709
Kelp Gull
Sandringham Bay
Kelp Gull sighted with Crested Terns and one Caspian Tern. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 19/4 #230707
Musk Duck
Metromix Wetland (Kurnell)
One Musk Duck observed. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 19/4 #230706
Tue 18Powerful owl
Katandra Reserve, Matcham
Powerful owl spotted on Toomey track, roosting however harassed by grey fantails and Lewins honeyeaters.
Luke Shelley 19/4 #230705
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Centennial Park (Sydney)
A channel-billed Cuckoo seen feeding in a fig tree on the western edge of the Brazilian Fields in Centennial Park at 3.45 pm.
Graeme Robinson 18/4 #230703
Noisy Pitta
Castle Hill , Sydney
Just found a Noisy Pitta sitting on my front veranda I assume he was stunned . I am in Castle Hill NW Sydney I have brought him inside in a cage for safety as it was just running around and didnt try to fly.
Mark Eagles 18/4 #230702
White-fronted Chat, Diamond Firetail, Dusky Woodswallows
Long Swamp Rd., Towrang
Lunch time visit to Long Swamp Rd., Towrang. Approx 3.5 km from Towrang Rd. 3 White-fronted Chats, 4 Diamond Firetails, approx 10 Dusky Woodswallows, 3 Emus (2 more emus seen closer to Towrang Rd.),
Fred Young, Terry Dunlea 18/4 #230701
Red-necked Avocet, Caspian Tern, Pink-eared Duck
Sydney Olympic Park--Waterbird Refuge
Avocets have returned with c35 present this morning. Also 2 Caspian Terns. A single Pink-eared Duck on the pond south of the Refuge - my first record here since 2003.
Brian Downer 18/4 #230699
Mon 17Spectacled Monarch
Busby's Flat, north west of Rappville
Pair in Black Bean - Silky Oak riparian rainforest.
David Charley 18/4 #230700
Diamond Firetail
Two Diamond Firetails seen in with a flock of Yellow-rumped Thornbills this morning at Yarrowitch, very open farmland ~50km east of Walcha. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 17/4 #230694
Brown Gerygone (1) Rufous Fantail (1 juv) Rose Robin (1)
Sydney Olympic Park
All in a mixed flock where Woolara adjoins Newington NR along with Grey Fantail, Golden Whistlers and usual suspects. An immature Rufous Night-Heron at Lake Belvedere.
Dion Hobcroft 17/4 #230691
Rose Robin
Warriewood Wetlands
Flitting between pines at the start of the first boardwalk.Freckled Duck still present a few yards further up and good numbers of Musk Lorikeets
Chris Pollard 17/4 #230690
Little Eagle
Corymbia State Conservation Area, Summerland Way N of Grafton
Light morph Little Eagle observed soaring overhead in thermal while birding along Wongabeena Trail. Great views, bird was at low altitude when first sighted, climbed in thermal and flew off to north. eBird checklist
Darryl Eggins and Leanne Moore 17/4 #230688
Black Falcon
Intersection of Lawrence Rd & Experimental Farm Rd near Grafton
2 Black Falcon observed soaring in thermal with Osprey. Slowly gained altitude and flew off in NE direction. Positive identification through scope & bins: overall dark colouring, long broad pointed wings, long rounded tail, one bird with pale coloured throat. Also 2 Wedge-tailed Eagle gliding toward south high overhead and White-bellied Sea Eagle. eBird checklist
Darryl Eggins and Leanne Moore 17/4 #230687
Sun 16Freckled Duck, Blue-billed Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Hoary-headed Grebe
Moss Vale Cattleyards
On the lake down the side road enxt to the Saleyards; Freckled Duck(5), Blue-billed Duck(1), Pink-eared Ducks (4) still there two weeks after last report.. Also many Hoary-headed Grebe and Australasian Shovelers.
Michael Barton 17/4 #230695
Black-faced Monarch (1 imm.) Mistletoebird (1 male), Eastern Spinebill (1)
Yaralla Estate, Concord
Also good were a single Sacred Kingfisher and a pair of Australian King- parrots.
Dion Hobcroft 17/4 #230692
Little Eagle
Cornwallis Rd, due W of Baker's Lagoon, Cornwallis
A juvenile Little Eagle, along with a Whistling Kite, 2 Black-shouldered Kites and numerous Nankeen Kestrels sighted from Cornwallis Rd adjacent to Baker's Lagoon. A Swamp Harrier was also clearly seen, through telescope from the ridge on the other side of the Hawkesbury, working above the Lagoon.
Biggles CSolander 17/4 #230683
Freckled Duck, Topknot Pigeon, Red-rumnped Parrot
Dairy Swamp, Central Coast Wetlands, Tuggerah
There were at least 8, if not 10, Freckled Ducks at the Dairy Swamp, Central Coast Wetlands this afternoon, the number having increased from 4 when first reported on 28/3/17. Other interesting birds present included 22 Topknot Pigeons, 23 Little Black Cormorants, 2 Red-rumped Parrots, an Immature Sea-Eagle, a Hoary-headed Grebe, 9 Willie Wagtails and the usual other waterbirds.
Robin Walker, Rowena Wallace and Alan Morris 16/4 #230680
Wandering Whistling Duck
"Jacana" Hsd Clarenza NSW
A flock of 18 Wandering Whistling Ducks seen on our dam 26 March. Seen daily since then with the most (26) on 14 April . 20 here today.
Eric Wheeler 16/4 #230678
Sat 15Blue-faced Honeyeater
Parking lot at Coogee beach near Dolphin St
A pair of birds collecting nest materials in a Norfolk Island Palm. Approx 09:30 -33.919153, 151.258077
Mick Edwards 17/4 #230686
Turquoise Parrot
Binya State Forest--Wattle Dam
14 (2 groups of 7) Turquoise Parrots were seen just before sunset at Wattle Dam.
Anna Schutz, James Panetta, Peter Schutz 15/4 #230668
Brown Falcon
Cornwallis Rd at Cupitts Lane, Cornwallis
Single Brown Falcon seen approx 11:20am. Flew off towards Bakers Lagoon. Also a Sacred Kingfisher here.
Tom Wilson 15/4 #230665
Australian/Spotted Crake, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Pink-eared Duck
Pitt Town Lagoon
Visited 7:15-9am. 1 Crake seen just beyond the hide disappearing into reed bed. 6 Mannikins, incl 3 washed out looking (young?) birds in front of the hide. 6 Pink-eareds on main lagoon and 20 more in the NW corner. Lagoon is very full - track along the east side knee deep in places- too deep to risk even with gumboots on.
Tom Wilson 15/4 #230664
Fri 14White-backed Swallow
Bobadeen Road, Turill (Upper Hunter)
Group of 24 White-backed Swallows perched on wires at the end of Bobadeen Road in sub-groups of 10, 2 and 12. Although recorded at this site before, posting here as this is a good count of the species (we also saw 5 birds at Denman and 2 birds at Bureen so good numbers present in the Hunter Valley at present).
Mick Roderick and Dan Williams 16/4 #230675
Hooded Plover
Rennies Beach, Ulladulla
A total of 9 Hooded Plovers were recorded along the beach around lunchtime. 6 at the northern end, including 3 juveniles - 2 unbanded, and 3 more at the southern end. Adults with bands were B0, A8 and C9. I couldn't get a good enough photograph of the bande juvenile. ABBBS reports will be submitted.
Nigel and Bec Coghlan 14/4 #230657
Common Noddy
Southies Beach, Sawtell
Single Common Noddy fishing along the edge of the rocks in rough sea accompanied by Silver Gull and Various terns
Brendan Cook 14/4 #230656
Spangled Drongo
Wyong STW, Tuggerah
1 x drongo in the morning sunlight warming up and feeding on the eastern side of the water body.(Moderator's Note: This is the 5th autumn record for Drongos on the Central Coast and there has been a simliar number for Sydney Region so Birdline will not publish anymore Drongo records for the Greater Sydney Region until their departure on late spring! AKM)
david catt 14/4 #230653
Thu 13Grey-crowned Babbler
Camping/toilet stop between Casino and Grafton, sorry, but there's only two stops.
Heard this group of three Babblers foraging near the toilet building, they then "posed" for me at the concrete path.
Michael van Kempen 22/4 #230731
White-browed Woodswallow, Glossy Ibis & Australasian Shoveler
Belmore Swamp, Seales Rd, South Kempsey
The recent rains have restored the swamp to pristine condition and the birds are flocking back. At the western end of Seale Road we found 4 plus White-browed Woodswallow feeding in flowering melaleuca. They are uncommon visitors to this area. At the eastern end we found 16 Glossy Ibis and 4 Australasian Shoveler amongst the myriad number of Coots.
Clive Meadows & Alan Morris 14/4 #230658
Plummers Lane, Clybucca near Kempsey
A pair of Brolgas seen in flooded crop land on the Macleay river estuary seen from a passing car. Back home in sydney I I'd. them as Brolgas from my field guide, confirmed by my passengers.
Bryan Gwynedd Hughes 13/4 #230650
highlightBlack Falcon
Coraki Area
Pair loafing in dead tree and then hunting among red gums.
David Charley 13/4 #230645
White Winged Chough
Avondale Golf Course, West Pymble
Family group still present at this now regular location for them. First observed here approx. 2 years ago. 4 adults and 1 young bird seen which is the first breeding record for the site from memory.
Andrew Robinson 13/4 #230644
Wed 12Rufous Fantail, Comb-crested Jacana, Restless Flycatcher, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Cowans Pond Wetland Waterview
1 Fantail foraging in trees and shrubs. Two Jacanas on wetland. c.7 Black-Cockatoos in eucalypts chewing into trunks seeking grubs. I restless Flycatcher in trees.
Greg & Val Clancy & Trish Griffin and Tony 13/4 #230648
Magpie Goose
Wetland near Pacific Highway Clarenza
c.90 Geese loafing in wetland.
Greg & Val Clancy & Trish Griffin and Tony 13/4 #230647
Freckled Duck, Blue-billed Duck, Pink-eared Duck
Saleyard Ponds, Berrima Rd, Moss Vale (restricted access)
A few of each of the above species seen, with Australasian Shoveler also present. The property dam is very full at present. Quick stop only. Cool day at 1:30pm. Overcast.
Carla Jackett 13/4 #230641
White Winged Chough
Kemps Creek...private land
One of our residents groups currently have some young nestlings. April is a very late nesting attempt.
Michael Miller 12/4 #230634
Tue 11Black Kite
Clarence Regional Waste Depot, South Grafton
Three Kites circling over Armidale Road. First local records of this species for some time.
Greg & Val Clancy 13/4 #230646
Freckled Duck
Cobar Pond on the Kidman Hwy
Single bird with a few Pink-eared Ducks.
Lorand Szucs 12/4 #230638
Freckled Duck, Rufous Fantail
Warriewood Wetlands
One Freckled Duck seen in the first section of the wetlands close to Katoa Close. Further on I saw a single Rufous Fantail with other small birds including several "Tasmanian" Silvereyes..
Elisabeth Karplus 11/4 #230630
Mon 10Noisy Friarbird
After living in this suburb (Sydney's inner west) for 15 years, my first observation of Noisy Friarbird - two dropped in to a flowering paperbark.
Alistair Poore 10/4 #230628
Freckled Duck
Emerald Downs Golf Course
1 Freckled Duck late this afternoon on the dam on the 18th hole of Emerald Downs Golf Course, Port Macquarie, best viewed from Topaz Place. Possibly a returning bird, this species has become somewhat regular at this location since 2013. Wandering Whistling-Ducks also still present.
Liam Murphy 10/4 #230627
Rufous Fantail
Berry, NSW
It was nice to see a Rufous Fantail in the garden today
Cindy Ryan 10/4 #230625
Sun 9Pacific Bazza
Corner of Elliott and Mackie rd, Clunes, west of Bangalow
A pair were seen, the first one spotted on the road, also many Drongos.
David Jopson 12/4 #230633
Square-tailed Kite
St Clair
Single bird seen overhead both Sunday and Saturday around 3:30Pm, photos taken seem to hint at it being separate individuals. In February I had to distinct separate birds overhead just a week apart. Last 3 years I've had repeat sightings starting mid January to late April.
Johan Olsson 10/4 #230626
Plumed Whistling Duck
Bomaderry Wastewater Treatment Plant (Restricted access)
Viewed from outside the fence. 12 PLWD counted amongst other ducks. Fine and very warm autumn day. They are becoming more common here each year it seems. There are two larger ponds and two small ponds at the treatment plant. eBird checklist
Carla Jackett 9/4 #230614
Grey-crowned Babbler, Little Lorikeets, migrating honeyeaters
Woodlands Estate Reserve, Thornton
1, possibly 2, GC Babblers seen on the southern arm of the track, just past where the pond narrows back to a stream (so 200m in from the gate?). Gum trees here are flowering - not heavily - and attracting Little Lorikeets (4 seen, several more heard) and the passing migrating honeyeaters (Yellow-faced, White-naped both seen) stopped to join the locals for a quick pit-stop.
Tom Wilson 9/4 #230613
Sat 8Eastern Osprey
Yarramundi Reserve
Single bird circled around at confluence of Grose river and Nepean river. The Osprey came from upstream of the Nepean and continued on downstream. My first Osprey in Australia away from the coast, made my day.
Martin Snowball 9/4 #230615
highlightRegent Honeyeater, White-backed Swallow
I stopped in at Martindale this afternoon to look for White-backed Swallows, which made a welcome appearance within a few minutes. Shortly thereafter I saw a Regent Honeyeater mixed in with a small flock of Noisy Friarbirds passing overhead. I frantically fired off a few shots of the bird's rear as it flew off into the distance. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 8/4 #230606
Pomarine Skua, Providence Petrel
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
One of our quietest pelagics in a long while with only 10 species no rarities and no albatross of any sort for the first time ever on an April trip. 'Highlights' were a beautiful breeding plumaged Pomarine Skua with its beautiful spatulate tail and five Providence Petrel looking pristine in their fresh post-breeding plumage.
Roger McGovern and all on the Avalon IV 8/4 #230603
Black-necked Stork
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve--Old Pipeline Track
5 Storks present - 2 adults and 3 juveniles. Adults did some display. Also an Australian Hobby (hunting dragonflies) and a Black Kite of note . Visit approx 1:45pm
Tom Wilson 8/4 #230600
Terek Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Great Knot
Stockton Sandspit
2 Curlew Sands, 1 each of Terek Sand and Great Knot. Also 2 Gull-billed Tern, 1 Little Tern, 4 Whimbrel, 12 Caspian Tern, 15 Eastern Curlew, 20+ Grey-tailed Tattler. Approx 200 Red-necked Avocet with many young birds present, large numbers of Bar-tailed Godwit, Pacific Golden Plovers and Sharp-tailed Sands (est 1000+ of the latter). Visit 9:30/10:30 approx 2 hrs after high tide.
Tom Wilson 8/4 #230599
Little Penguin
Fort Drive, Newcastle
Prolonged views of three Little Penguin loafing/basking in sunny, clean conditions just beyond the breakers between Flat Rock and Ocean Baths. Other observations included three juvenile Australiasian Gannts, approx. 100 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and an immature White-bellied Sea-Eagle unsuccessfully hunting Wedge-tailed Shearwaters.
Ian Benson 8/4 #230598
Freckled Duck, Black Bittern & Spotless Crake
Warriewood Wetlands
Male Freckled Duck still present at the usual spot this morning at 8:30am. Also of note was a Black Bittern and a Spotless Crake.
Jayden Walsh 8/4 #230595
Thu 6Mistletoebird
Centennial Park (Sydney)
Female and immature male. Photo of male posted on Sydney East Birdwatchers facebook page.
Graeme Robinson 7/4 #230589
highlightOriental Cuckoo, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Ash Island (She-oak Grove)
A female hepatic Oriental Cuckoo was first found and photographed by Peter Weinstock on Tues 4/04/2017, located in the first clump of trees along the She-oak Grove walking trail on Ash Island (from the car park north of Milham Road, along the river heading west towards Scotts Point - 32°50'3.21"S 151°42'26.76"E). The bird was relocated between ~0700 and 0900 this morning, though was chased off by a Pied Butcherbird and flew north across into the mangroves on the other side of the Hunter River just after 0900. One unlucky would-be observer arrived a few minutes after this happened and spent some time at the site, with no sign of the cuckoo returning. He did get a small consolation though in the form of a Spiny-cheeked HE (just the 2nd record for Ash Is that I am aware of). Also present at the site were 3 Leaden Flycatchers (a 4th bird calling from other side of river), at least one Rufous Fantail, a calling Brush Cuckoo and a Brahminy Kite along the river (resident here now).
Mick and Steve Roderick, Dan Williams & Ian Benson 6/4 #230581
Wed 5Wedge-tailed Eagle
Motorway between Goulburn and Lake George
6 seperate birds seen on the motorway between Goulburn and the northern end of Lake George in the morning. Three birds seen in same area late in the afternoon, this time two were on the ground feeding from an unidentified carcass.
Martin Snowball 6/4 #230583
Rufous Fantail
This lovely fella decided to spend a week in a suburban garden on the way north. (Moderator's Note: April is getting late for Rufous Fantails! AKM).
Lorand Szucs 5/4 #230576
Eastern Reef Egret
Mackenzies Bay, Tamarama
on rock platform mid-morning
Katie Oxenham 5/4 #230573
Tue 4highlightOriental Cuckoo
Ash Island--Scotts Walk
Young bird cached in casuarinas.Seen again morning of 6th
Peter Weinstock 6/4 #230580
Superb Lyrebird
H.C Press Park, Castle Cove
Heard a Superb Lyrebird calling around sunset from near the water, doing some pretty rough mimicry so presuming young? Others have had sightings in the area recently: 31st March Northbridge and young male 27th March Harold Reid Reserve Middle Cove. Council notified.
Arwen Blackwood Ximenes 4/4 #230569
Rose-Crowned Fruit dove
Avalon Beach, 2107
It was reported to me today that a dead Rose-Crowned Fruit Dove was found in a backyard in Avalon last week.
Jayden Walsh per. anonymous 4/4 #230568
Spotless Crake
Sydney Park, St Peters, Sydney
Reported by Robert Hynson this morning. We looked around the reeds edge in the north-eastern corner of the main pond (the one with the island). After around 30 minutes we found it again, occasionally appearing along the water's edge amongst the reeds as it foraged. Good to see species like this in the park after the wetlands were reconstructed a few years ago. Very basic ID photos taken. eBird checklist
Rob Child 4/4 #230562
highlightSpotless Crake
Sydney Park, St Peters, Sydney
Spottless Crake at Sydney Park in the middle pond with the island. Feeding in the reedy edge in the NE section of this pond. Bird was seen on and off for 2 hours but could disappear in the reeds for long periods.
Rob Hynson 4/4 #230561
Mon 3Musk Lorikeet
Ulladulla Shopping Car Park -35.358439, 150.473049
A couple of Musk Lorikeets feeding vigorously amongst the Rainbow Lorikeets and Wattlebirds in the carpark at Ulladulla Shops.
Charles Dove 3/4 #230555
Sun 2Scarlet, White-cheeked & Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters
Cunjurong Point, Lake Conjola
Many honeyeaters feeding in the large, very old paperbark near the cabins. In the many years of coming here we have never seen the Yellow-tufted and rarely the other two.
Wolinski and Richardson families 2/4 #230544
White-browed Woodswallows and Masked Woodswallows
Belmore Swamp, Seales Rd
About 40 White-browed Woodswallows (first seen on 26th March, eBird S35428448) and 3 Masked Woodswallows seen feeding on the road near the main swamp. Huge number of grasshoppers around. Also around 50 White-breasted Woodswallows. Thanks to Liam Murphy who noticed the Masked Woodswallows two weeks ago. eBird checklist
Karen and Alastair Smedley 2/4 #230541
Freckled Duck
Pioneer Dairy Wetlands, Tuggerah
About 6 Frecklies present, also Swamp Harrier and White Breasted Woodswallows in good numbers and about 12 Topknot Pigeon
Chris Pollard 2/4 #230537
Sat 1Powerful Owl
Linley Point
2 Powerful Owls calling to each other in tall trees next to a house in Linley Point at around 9pm. The calling lasted for at least 15 minutes. I observed one of the owls in a dead tree, recognisable by its size and silhouette. I saw an owl last year in he same tree which had just taken a juvenile ring tail possum from the front yard of a property.
Angelina Cat 2/4 #230535
Double-barred Finch, Red-browed Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, juvenile sea eagle
Yarramundi/Grose River confluence
Small parties of Red-browed Finches moving around along with 2 Chestnut-breasted Mannikins and later 3 Double-barred Finches seen in morning. One adult White-breasted Sea-Eagle seen in morning and later kayaking on river, one juvenile seen.
Martin Snowball 1/4 #230534
Rufous Fantail
Civil Engineering Kitchen, University of Sydney
An unexpected encounter in the tea room this morning. Unusual in the city centre.
Pete Cafe, Iain Blake 1/4 #230530

March 2017
Fri 31Pacific Koel
Heard a Koel calling at 7:49pm. Probably moving through from further south.(Moderator's Note: This will be one of the latest records, the last Central Coast record was for a juvenile at Bateau Bay on 21/3/17. AKM)
Jayden Walsh 31/3 #230524
highlightLesser Frigatebird
Richmond River, Ballina. N.S.W.
Three Lesser Frigatebirds including one adult female (Debbie?) and two immature birds over the Richmond River at Ballina (Martin St), about a kilometer from the river mouth, in gale force winds.
Hans Wohlmuth 31/3 #230520
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Fishermans Paradise (North) on private property off Murrays Rd
While this is within the known distribution area, this is the first sighting of the species in the Milton / Ulladulla area by MUD Birdwatchers. (MUD Birdwatchers = Milton-Ulladulla Bird Watchers)
Chris Shinton for MUD Birdwatchers 31/3 #230519
Wed 29Black Kite
3km or so west of Pottsville
Single bird foraging over sugar cane fields.
David Charley 29/3 #230504
Round Mountain Road, west of Hastings Point
Single immature bird on power line. Late departure? (Moderator's Note: Yes, last bird reported from Central Coast was Budgewoi Islet 20/3.AKM)
David Charley 29/3 #230503
Tue 28Barking Owl
Acacia Gardens
I woke up to the call of a Batrking Owl at about 3 am this morning. It called several times and quite clearly to be unmistakable. I checked around dusk today if it roosted in the local reserve but without any success. However, I did see a pair of Tawny Frogmouths.
Edwin Vella 28/3 #230500
Freckled Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Red-rumped Parrot, Topknot Pigeon.
Dairy Swamp, Central Coast Wetlands, Tuggerah
There were 4 Freckled Ducks and 4 Australasian Shovelers at the Dairy Swamp this morning. This is the first time Freckled Ducks have been recorded at the Wetlands since January 2016, although up to 10 birds were at the nearby Tuggerah STW and McPherson Rd Swamp until June 2016. Also present was a Grey Goshawk harassing a flock of 16 Topknot Pigeons flushed from feeding in Camphor Laurels, a Whistling Kite annoying 162 Cattle Egrets roosting at the Swamp, a Nankeen Kestrel, 5 Red-rumped Parrots and some White-breasted Woodswallows were roosting in a dead tree. Plenty of other species of waterbirds were also present.
Alan Morris 28/3 #230491
Mon 27highlightWhite-browed & Masked Woodswallows
Belmore Swamp, Seales Rd
Following up a report yesterday from Karen Smedley I found about 40 White-browed Woodswallows and at least 5 Masked Woodswallows busily feeding with White-breasted Woodswallows around the edge of the melaleuca forest on the western side of Belmore Swamp. The swamp and surrounding paddocks are still flooded after the rains last week with many waterbirds making a long awaited return, including Australasian Shoveler and Glossy Ibis. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 27/3 #230487
Freckled Duck
Warriewood Wetlands
One bird seen at same location. Boardwalk near Katoa Close.
Peter Johnston 27/3 #230486
Musk and Little Lorikeet
Terrey Hills
Very large flocks of over 50 Musk Lorikeets with smaller numbers of Little Lorikeet present around Terrey Hills and the sandstone plateaux of Northern Sydney. Appear to be feeding on the heavily-flowering Red Bloodwood trees which have been flowering since December. With any luck the trees will remain in flower until the Swift Parrots arrive on the mainland. Interestingly the Musks are outnumbering the Rainbows at present.
Kurtis Lindsay 27/3 #230485
Pied Butcherbird
Richmond Lowlands
1st turf farm out of Windsor with the Driveway of palms
Gabrielle Rees 27/3 #230478
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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