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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 Eremaea eBird, where sightings are incorporated into the atlas. To do this you need to register with Eremaea eBird and then login. Please send any White-throated Needletail or Fork-tailed Swift sightings directly to Prof. Michael Tarburton for his research: 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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November 2015
Mon 30highlightGreat Knot, Greater Sand Plover
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
Along with the usual suspects for this time of year there were good numbers of Common Tern with Little Tern numbers also increasing from previous visit. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 30/11 #225698
Sun 29Brush Bronzewing
Royal National Park--Wattamolla
Pair in picnic area
Barry Lancaster 29/11 #225690
highlightMarsh Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint (5)
2 Marsh Sandpipers now present with the single Pectoral and at least 98 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and 5 Red-necked Stints. There were at least 7 Red-kneed Dotterels, 3 young Black-winged Stilts amongst the 40 or so adults, a White-necked Heron, a Yellow-billed Spoonbill, 108 Pink-eared Ducks, about 260 Grey Teal, a few Spotless Crakes, a male White-winged Triller, Pallid Cuckoos and also saw my first White-throated Needletails for the season (about 10 of them). The Marsh Sandpiper now makes 238 species for the Blacktown LGA bird list!
Edwin Vella 29/11 #225688
highlightWandering Whistling Duck
Dam off Wisemans Ferry Road south of Little Cattai Creek
12 Wandering Whistling Duck seen at the above location GPS -33.543313, 150.920303
Tom Wilson 29/11 #225684
Sat 28highlightWandering Whistling-duck
Broadwater Swamp, Cattai
There were 6 still present (though the other 7 may have been hidden from view).
Edwin Vella and David Walker 29/11 #225687
Cicadabird, Little Lorikeets, White-winged Trillers
We heard a Cicadabird beside Mahons Creek Rd. Beside Springwood Rd a number of White-winged Trillers and Little Lorikeets were present. Also a pair of young Wedge-tailed Eagles seen on the electricity towers beside Hillcrest Rd. We had 100 species for Yarramundi between 8 and and 12 pm!
Edwin Vella and David Walker 29/11 #225686
Caspian Tern, Brown Cuckoo-dove, Brush Cukoo
Yarramundi Reserve
An adult Caspian Tern still visiting the area (as per the last couple of months) and saw a Brown Cuckoo-dove (the first time I have seen one by the river). Also heard Brush Cuckoos amongst the 6 species of Cuckoo seen or heard there and saw a Grey Goshawk.
Edwin Vella and David Walker 29/11 #225685
Fri 27Whistling Kite
Maloney Street, Rosebery
Saw a Whistling Kite struggling to fly into the strong westerly winds at lunchtime. It looked like it was heading towards the airport, very unusual around this area (never even seen one at Eastlakes Golf Course)
David Mitford 27/11 #225633
Wed 25White-headed Pigeon
Sydney Olympic Park
Perched in mangroves near start of boardwalk behind administration area
Elisabeth Karplus and participants on Birding NSW outing 25/11 #225625
Square-tailed Kite
A single Square-tailed Kite was quartering over the cemetery and shortly afterwards the bush behind my house, mid-afternoon.
Troy Mutton 25/11 #225623
Tue 24Australian Owlet-nightjar
Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills nw of Sydney
Calling from dusk until after midnight. 2nd local record in 17 years here following first on 28 Sep this year. Much more pleasant nocturnal sound than pair of Koalas mating most of the night of 22 Nov. Also this week Azure Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher juv (both species catching frogs from pool), and Superb Lyrebirds unusually vocal for late spring. Sugar Gliders vocal nightly.
Eric Finley 25/11 #225615
Blue-billed Duck
Lake Wallace
At least 4 males and 2 females seen on Lake Wallace approx 4;30pm. 3 males and 1 female on the far side from where the caravans are parked. 1 male and female near (just beyond) the boating/rowing club building. Also, many pairs of Musk Duck, some with young.
Tom Wilson 24/11 #225613
Grey Plover
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Two Grey Plovers continue to spend time at Long Reef, foraging with the other waders. Excellent views of both birds. A Whimbrel was also noteworthy. eBird checklist
Ashwin Rudder 24/11 #225610
highlightBeach Stone-curlew
The Entrance Channel, Tuggerah Lake
Beach stone curlew, north entrance side of channel spotted, late afternoon
luke ullrich 24/11 #225609
Australian Brush-turkey
A Brush-turkey at the corner of Darling and Mort Streets, Balmain at about 6pm today. It somehow managed to get through the peak-hour traffic on Darling Street and headed south down Palmer Street.
Robert Griffin 24/11 #225608
Mon 23Australian Magpie
Regent Street, Port Macquarie
Juvenile leucistic Magpie. Different individual to the bird i reported from another area of Port Macquarie a few months ago.
Liam Murphy 24/11 #225603
Sun 22Superb Parrot
Burrendong Arboretum
20 birds feeding in Hop Bush. This is my first record of Superb Parrot at the Arboretum. Other birds of interest, 6 Turquoise Parrots, Brown Goshawk nest with one young and recently fledged White-browed Woodswallow. 75 species recorded. eBird checklist
Darryl McKay 29/11 #225689
highlightCommon Sandpiper
Pooncarie-Menindee Rd at -33.32833, 142.54778
Surong Gunn 27/11 #225642
highlightGrey Plover
Lake Wollumboola
Bird that has previously been reported still present. Mostly at the southern end of the sand bar.
Lachlan Hall, Ian Bool, George Madani 23/11 #225601
Pectoral Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Red-kneed Dotterel (11)
Pectoral Sandpipers still present with 63 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and a single Red-necked Stint. Other birds seen included 11 Red-kneed Dotterel, 145 Pink-eared Ducks, 5 Australasian Shoveler, about 160 Grey and 25 Chestnut Teal, 61 Black-winged Stilts, Spotless Crakes etc. Pallid, Horsfield's and Shining Bronze-cuckoos as well as Channel-billed Cuckoos and a Sacred Kingfisher were also heard. There were quite a numbers of water birds nesting or with young including the Black-winged Stilts (3 young), Purple Swamphen (an adult with 2 young), Chestnut Teal (2 seperate groups of baby ducklings) and with my scope I could see along South Creek that there were several pairs of both Little Pied Cormorants and Australasian Darters nesting (as I have seen in other years). I had almost 80 species of birds within about 3 hours at Riverstone.
Edwin Vella 22/11 #225591
highlightWandering Tattler, Sanderling
Ballina, Flat Rock
Wandering Tattler, missing a few primary and secondary feathers but otherwise seems in good shape, on the outer rock shelf. Also a Sanderling.
Chris Gregory 22/11 #225589
highlightWhite-Backed Australian Magpie
Randwick Environment Park
Bird sighted among a resident group of black-backed magpies. Never seen in this park before, and does not seem to be within the race leuconota regular range. [Moderator's Comment - white-backed magpies are generally not seen north of Canberra, so this is a very noteworthy sighting. AR]
Stephanie Morse 22/11 #225588
Red-necked Avocet
Pattimores Lagoon Lake Conjola
A bit of a surprise this morning with 3 Red-necked Avocets at Pattimores Lagoon; first time I have seen them in this area
Charles Dove 22/11 #225586
highlightGrey Plover
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Grey Plover still around this morning. Seen 2 individuals, possibly 3.
Alfred Schulte 22/11 #225584
White-winged Triller
Eastlake/Bonnie Doon Golfcourses
Male on bush at boundary fence near the practice area of Bonnie Doon G.C.[10.30 a.m.] Flushed 2 Latham's Snipe from side of paddock behind the Eastlake Maintenance Sheds. Twice 'bombed' half-heartedly by a male Collared Sparrowhawk along the spit which heads towards The Lakes Clubhouse. Nesting, perhaps?
Ted Nixon 22/11 #225582
Sat 21Brush Bronzewing
Blue Mountains National Park--Linden Ridge
We had 3 fairly vocal Brush Bronzewing on the ridge. Also a good find was a Scaly-foot Legless Lizard.
Edwin Vella and Marke Fuller 22/11 #225592
Fri 20Stubble Quail
Sydney Airport
Stubble Quail female (presumably a wild bird) 'dropped from the sky' from heat exhaustion during the sweltering 40deg+ temperatures at around 3pm. On the tarmac at terminal 3, near the Qantas service hangars. Bird was probably still alive but well beyond help unfortunately. Not really any suitable habitat nearby. Though I recall there was a report of a live bird several years ago, out on the airfield at night. eBird checklist
Rob Child 24/11 #225605
Kelp Gull
Taren Point Shorebird Reserve
2 adult Kelp Gull; one bird offering the other food. Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit and Eastern Curlew also about but unfortunately no Beach Stone-curlew [nor anywhere else in the region we tried] eBird checklist
Jenny Stiles, Marie Lister and Margaret Murray 20/11 #225576
Brown Falcon
Landed on the chimney stack of the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba this morning about 6 am. Quite unusual
Link McArthur 20/11 #225573
Black Bittern
Avondale College Boys Walk
A Black Bittern was photographed on Dora Creek this morning. It was very flighty and flew up stream quickly as soon as it was aware of my presence. This is the third time I have photographed one in this location in 2015.
Maurice Ashton 20/11 #225565
Thu 19White-headed pigeon
Newport NSW
Immature landed during our dinner in marginal rain forest in our front yard. Stayed for some minutes. Uncommon. My first in 11 years on Northern Beaches.
Carl Weber 19/11 #225558
Grey Plover
Lake Wollumboola
Observed this morning at 8.30 in company of a Red Knot. Seen foraging along eastern foreshore near saltmarsh area.
Deryk Engel 19/11 #225552
Wed 18Southern Boobook
Wollstonecraft Railway Station
Owl was heard calling as I got off last train for the night, about 1am. It called for at least 10 minutes. Have heard them in the area around this time of year before, but they do not linger.
Lindy Jones 19/11 #225554
highlightBeach Stone-curlew
Tower Beach, Sydney Airport
Single bird sighted this morning at 0750 on airport land south of General Holmes Drive, but flew towards the Old Control Tower (Tower Beach) when disturbed.
Jade Kinchella 18/11 #225544
Tue 17highlightBlack-necked Stork, Brolga, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Pheasant Coucal
Gwydir Wetlands SCA (no public access)
Waterbirds highly abundant, with particularly high counts of migratory/shorebirds, which included 60+ Marsh Sandpipers, 30 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers (of which 6 Marsh and 19 Sharpies were photographed in flight), 6 Latham's Snipes, a Common Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwits. Other noteworthy species included an adult female Black-necked Stork flying over, 3 Brolgas, 200+ Magpie Geese in a feedlot, 2 Australian Pratincoles, several Black-chinned and Painted Honeyeaters feeding in flowering gums and coobas, 3 Ground Cuckoo Shrikes and 15 Glossy Black Cockatoos feeding in belah, with a total of 11 drinking at a small farm dam at sunset. 2. A Leaden Flycatcher and 4 White-throated Needletails were observed which are possibly on the western edge of their range (uncommon on the plains). About 137 species were recorded by all of us during the surveys which is the most impressive number in the Gwydir for some time. eBird checklist
Curtis Hayne 20/11 #225569
White-throated Needletail, Rufous Fantail
Kingsgrove St Ursulas Ladies College
What a day of tennis coaching! The needletails were great but seeing a Rufous Fantail in the city in a totally built in area was a great surprise!!!
Lorand Szucs 17/11 #225542
Eastern Koel
West Albury
Bird heard calling to the north west of Patricia Gould Park.
David Parker 17/11 #225541
Mon 16Tawny Crowned Honeyeater
High Range NSW
15/11: 1 individual sighted on the 15th and 16th - once associating with 4 Brown-headed Honeyeaters, and then with 2 Eastern Spinebill Honeyeaters. Very difficult to get the individual out of the dense bush, distinctive call was a giveaway. First time I have recorded one in this area after 4 years of observing. Seen on private property along the Wollondilly River, 10km NE of Bullio.
Kaye Varlow 18/11 #225547
highlightGrey Plover
Wollumboula Lake -34.947063, 150.764305
A Grey Plover is running around the foreshore at Wollumboula Lake near Culburra and possibly will only be around for a few days like last year. A good number of waders also present will list later on eBird later on,
Charles Dove 17/11 #225537
highlightBeach Stone-Curlew
Taren Point Shorebird Reserve
Amongst the mangroves at the fishing club boat ramp. I walked onto the sand flats at a gap in the mangroves and the Beach Stone-Curlew was just walking slowly along the waterline. Plenty of photos taken. [Moderator's Note: -34.019585, 151.127010. JB] eBird checklist
Brian Deans 16/11 #225528
Sun 15Little Eagle, Cicadabird and Brown Quail
Ingleside Chase Reserve
All species seen between 5 and 6pm. Little Eagle probably nesting as I've heard it calling from exact same location several times this month. Brown Quail feeding on grass at the bottom of reserve in a paddock
Jayden Walsh 16/11 #225523
Bird seen flying north but not re-located, despite much effort searching.
Dan Williams, Stew Betts 16/11 #225522
Plumed Whistling Duck
Plumed Whistling Ducks camping out in my dam. Started with 4 on 31 October, growing steadily. Thirty two this morning, 45 at last count 4pm this afternoon.
Maggie J Watson 15/11 #225520
Sat 14Pheasant Coucal and Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
3 Heathwrens and one Coucal heard
Jayden Walsh 16/11 #225525
Latham's Snipe
Lake Wyangan causeway, Griffith
Single bird observed foraging close to the cover of the reeds.
David Parker 14/11 #225507
highlightAustralasian Bittern; Magpie Goose
Campbell's Swamp, Griffith
1 bittern observed, 3 birds heard calling (including the one observed) at the south end of the swamp. 1 Magpie Goose observed flying long along western edge of swamp.
David Parker 14/11 #225506
Pallid Cuckoo
Marsden Park
One heard calling beside Jackson Rd.
Edwin Vella 14/11 #225505
Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper still present with at least 50 Sharpies, 60 Back-winged Stilts, 5 Red-kneed Dotterel, 144 Pink-eared Ducks, an Australasian Shoveler, a Hoary-headed Grebe, 2 Yellow-billed Spoonbill and a pair of Pallid Cuckoos on the fences.
Edwin Vella 14/11 #225504
highlightWandering Whistling-duck (14), Little Egret, Brush Cuckoo
Broadwater Swamp, Cattai
There were 14 Wandering Whistling-ducks on the Broadwater Swamp (off Wisemans Ferry Rd) in Cattai which is my highest count there and were easily seen from the roadside. Also seen was a Little Egret feeding along side a group of Royal and a Yellow-billed Spoonbill, 2 Pink-eared Ducks, Australasian Grebes with young, a Swamp Harrier, White-bellied Sea-eagle and a Brush cuckoo heard calling in nearby forest.
Edwin Vella 14/11 #225503
highlightBeach Stone-Curlew
Kissing Pt Park, Putney
50m west of boat ramp feeding among rocks near low tide. Apologies for poor photo. Only old phone on walk. [Moderator's Note: Fast-twitch muscles by Max Breckenridge confirmed the bird was still there at 7:20pm just before sunset. JB]
Catherine Goswell 14/11 #225502
White throated needletail
Rollands Plains
About 45 hawking and moving northwards. (Moderator's note: Rollands Plains is considered to be an "unusual location" so I have published this Needletail report, but since yesterday we will not be publishing general needletail/swift reports until the birds start heading northwards. AKM).
Phill Shelley 14/11 #225495
Fri 13highlightWandering Whistling-duck
Wiseman Ferry Rd, Cattai
At The wetlands near Halcrows Rd, 13 Wandering Whistling duck. 2 were seen 2 weeks ago. eBird checklist
Jenny Stiles, Marie Lister and Greg McLachlan 13/11 #225494
White-throated Needletail
Seven Hills, w Sydney
31 birds hawking low over gardens and railway line just east of a huge fog bank. Likely many more present as counted from moving train. [Moderator comment: a reminder to all that needletail and swift reports should be sent directly to Prof. Michael Tarburton for his research ( Include date, location, and numbers of birds. This will be the last report (barring those in unusual locations or exceptional numbers) that we will be publishing until at least March - AR]
Eric Finley 13/11 #225489
Thu 12highlightGrey Plover (3?)
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
It appears there are now 3 Grey Plovers at Long Reef - two preferentially using the southern side and one on the north side. Still present when we left at 4pm (just after low tide). Only 2 birds seen together at the same time (chasing each other), but we are confident a third bird is present, unless covert teleportation was somehow achieved behind our backs.
Joshua Bergmark and Andrew Walker 12/11 #225484
Wed 11highlightAustralasian Bittern
Fivebough Wetlands
Not seen. Call heard in four widely separated locations on the pathway adjacent to dense reeds. At first mistaken for wind resonating in a broken reed or pipe, or even some strange irregularity in my own breathing. Sounded like someone playing pan-flute using an empty milk bottle. Careful listening detected a preceding up-beat note much shorter, fainter and more clipped, a minor third higher in pitch. I had to listen to the bittern calls from the BOCA CD on return to my accommodation to identify to species. To my best recollection, calls were heard in about the same location on the outward and return journeys along the pathway, and the two note calls were given exactly twice. Possibly at least four separate birds?
Jeff Melvaine 14/11 #225499
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Capertee National Park
9 Regent Honeyeaters were seen in the national park including several young birds. Other species seen in the valley include 3 Turquoise Parrots, White-browed Woodswallow, Painted Button-quail, Little Eagle & Diamond Firetail.
Robert Hynson, Colin Campbell, Michael Szabo & Angus Hogg 12/11 #225487
highlightOrange Chat
Kiacatoo swamp
A brief stop at this roadside claypan was highly rewarding with quite a variety of birds. The undoubted highlight though was 5 Orange Chats running about between the bluebush shrubs. eBird checklist
Ashwin Rudder 11/11 #225481
highlightGrey Plover
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
2 Grey Plover present today until at least 5:40 (last observation). Also 5x Nankeen Kestrel (1x adult male, 1x adult female, 3x juvies or imms).
Jenny Stiles, Jayden Walsh, Andrew Walker, Carl Weber and Mark Young 11/11 #225475
Tue 10Freckled Duck
Lithgow Wastewater Treatment Plant
3 Freckled Ducks seen along with several hundred Pink-eared Ducks and 20 Australian Shoveler. [Moderator's comment: these Freckled Ducks have been present at this site for several months, possibly longer - AR]
Robert Hynson, Colin Campbell, Michael Szabo & Angus Hogg 12/11 #225488
Glossy Black Cockatoo, Ground Cuckooshrike, Painted Honeyeater
Tullamore area (central west)
Two sightings of Glossy Black Cockatoos (a party of three south of Tullamore and a feeding group of eight north-east of the town) have been the most notable sightings of a few days in this area of the state. This further confirms that the species is thinly but continuously distributed through the central swathe of the state. The whole area looks in good condition, further evidenced by sightings of a family of Ground Cuckooshrike (two immatures) west of the town, and a single Painted Honeyeater foraging in mistletoe on the same stock route. A Latham's Snipe flushed from a stock route near Peak Hill was a particularly surprising sighting.
Ashwin Rudder 11/11 #225482
highlightGrey Plover, Eastern Osprey
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Grey Plover still present at 1700. Sitting down mostly, showing white rump well. Also 2x Eastern Ospreys seen, 1x adult feeding on a fish, with a younger bird nearby.
Jon Spicer-Bell 10/11 #225467
Mon 9Powerful Owl
In a small but densely planted gully that Nth Sydney Council has been doing bush regeneration in for some years. The gully in narrow and surrounded by blocks of flats but has a health population of possums. First time I have hear or seen one here.
Ralph Stadus 9/11 #225460
Spectacled Monarch
Kulnura , Private Property opp Yengo NP
Single bird seen at 12-45 pm in Harpephyllum before been chased by Wattlebird.
David Peet 9/11 #225457
highlightGrey Plover
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Present at 2:20pm
Simon Gorta per. Joshua Bergmark 9/11 #225450
Sun 8highlightCommon Terns, Shy Albatross and Shearwaters
Mistral Point, Maroubra
A very productive afternoon: Short-tailed Shearwaters going through at 10,000 per hour, 1500 Fluttering Shearwaters, 106 Common Terns, 5 Arctic Jaegers, 2 Pomarine Jaegers, 12 Black-browed Albatross, 3 Shy Albatross and 3 Hutton's Shearwaters.The very high count of 106 Common Terns is considerably more than the last ten years of records combined.
David Mitford and Robert Griffin 9/11 #225455
Plum-headed, Zebra and Double-barred Finches.
Ulamambri St Ulamambri near Coonabarabran
At 755 am when driving slowly along the short Ulamambri St in the small village of Ulamambri, I got the jackpot in that I saw a small flock of 8 Plum-headed Finches, then a single Double-barred Finch, then 7 Zebra Finches, along with House Sparrows, Rufous Songlarks, a single Dollarbird and Sacred Kingfisher and a Rufous Whistler was calling. In the past I have seen Diamond Firetails in this street! I have not had three species of finches on the one occasion in the street before.
Alan Morris 9/11 #225448
Striated Heron (1), Caspian Tern (1), Brush Cuckoo (2), Grey Goshawk (1)
Yarramundi Reserve
Species seen included a Striated Heron, a Caspian Tern, Azure Kingfishers a pair of Brush Cuckoos (amongst the 6 species of Cuckoo seen or heard there), Varied Sitellas with young and had a Grey Goshawk circling in the air with a Yellow-billed Spoonbill. Also, I am almost certain that we had a Square-tailed Kite circling high in the distance there which I only saw for a few seconds.
Edwin Vella and Mark Fuller 8/11 #225440
Pectoral Sandpiper (1), Pacific Golden Plover (6)
On private property a single Pectoral Sandpiper was still there amongst now 80 Sharpies and 6 Pacific Golden Plovers, 3 Red-kneed Dotterels, 50 Black-winged Stilts, 165 Pink-eared Ducks, about 150 Grey Teal, 2 Australasian Shovelers and both a Hoary-headed and Australasian Grebe in breeding plumage. Attached is a pic of the Pectoral Sandpiper taken the previous weekend there.
Edwin Vella and Mark Fuller 8/11 #225439
Rufous Songlark, White-winged Triller, Tawny Grassbird; Black Bittern
Cornwallis Road, Windsor/Richmond
Up to 8 Rufous Songlarks displaying in the field opposite the football pitches on Cornwells Lane; 2 White-winged Trillers seen here too. Single Tawny Grassbird display flying in a field opposite where Cuppits Lane joins Cornwallis Rd. Single Black Bittern flew along creek line of Rickabys Creek (1st creek bridge crossed when coming from Windsor). Also small party of Nutmeg Mannikins at the stream that flows from Bakers Lagoon to the river. No Banded Lapwings at the normal turf farm location (or any other).
Tom Wilson 8/11 #225436
Sat 7Barred Cuckoo-shrike.
Mebbin National Park, Murwillumbah.
Barred Cuckoo-shrikes were the highlight from Mebbin National Park today.
michael ronan. 7/11 #225427
Square-tailed Kite
Cumberland SF, Pennant Hills
An immature Square-tailed Kite was seen flying over Cumberland State Forest being mobbed by a large flock of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. A Brown Goshawk also passed over. I also saw an adult Square-tailed Kite hunting low over Monash Country Club, Ingleside on October 28th - perhaps this species is becoming more frequently seen on the Sydney coastal plain?
Roger McGovern 7/11 #225426
Fri 6White-throated Nightjar, Australian Owlet-Nightjar
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
A single Nightjar was seen hawking for insects at about 8:15pm over West Head rd, it then flew low over our heads twice. An Owlet Nightjar along with another White Throated Nightjar was heard near Cottage Point.
Jayden Walsh & Leo Skowronek 7/11 #225424
Leaden Flycatcher, Osprey
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
First ever ebird record of a Leaden Flycatcher (male) at Long Reef. Osprey also sited resting on the rocky platform. Photos with ebird checklist. eBird checklist
David Vickers 6/11 #225421
highlightPale-vented Bush-hen, Barred Cuckoo-shrike, Forest Kingfisher.
huonbrook, Mullumbimby
Pale-vented bush-hen, barred cuckoo-shrike, and forest kingfisher all seen well this morning.
michael ronan 6/11 #225417
White-throated Needletail
279/295 Mamre rd Erskine Park nsw
At least 10 white-throated Needletail passed overhead around 1030am (prof Tarburton emailed) eBird checklist
Adrian O'Hara 6/11 #225416
Thu 5Black-necked Stork and Plumed Whistling Duck
One Black-necked Stork and three whistling ducks seen in wetland on south side of south bound lane of highway near southern on / off ramp to Bulahdelah (wetlands approximately 300m east of southern on/off ramps. Birds showing well at 7.40..
Deryk Engel 5/11 #225360
Wed 4White-throated Needletail
Transit Hill, Port Macquarie
Flock of 80-100 birds flying low, heading south. 4pm, overcast/light rain 23°C. (Moderator's Note: Obviously more Swifts are now on the move so don't forget to report your sightings to Dr. M.Tarburton as per the information on the Birdline Header. The birds have also been reported from the Central Coast including 2 Borisbrooke Rd Mangrove Mtn 26/10 (M.Pointer), 10 Ourimbah Rest Area M1 on 1/11 (K.Pointer) and 1 at Berkeley Vale on 2/11 (Christina Port). AKM)
Liam Murphy 4/11 #225354
megamegaLong-tailed Cuckoo
Mount Bates Track, Norfolk Island National Park
Local bird tour guide Margaret Christian reported a Long-tailed Cuckoo on a walk with some NZ birders this morning. Seen on the Mount Bates track, near the land slip area covered in bracken. This is the third report on Norfolk for the past fortnight, so it seems a few birds are moving through this year. Reported by Craig Doolan on Margaret's behalf.
Margaret Christian 4/11 #225350
Superb Fruit-dove, Alber's Lyrebird, White-eared Monarch
Minyon Falls, Nightcap National Park.
Superb fruit-doves, alberts lyrebird, and white eared monarch seen this morning.
michael ronan 4/11 #225349
Tue 3Little Eagle
Streeton Lookout, Freemans Reach
Little Eagle above the escarpment 5pm working its way downriver. Wings level with upturned tips, short fanned tail. Hobby also spotted 5 mins later. Rufous Songlarks about the place at the moment
Mike Felstead 3/11 #225341
Superb Fruit-dove, White-eared Monarch, Rose-crowned Fruit-dove
Nightcap National Park - Rocky Creek Dam
Highlights from rocky creek today were superb fruit doves, white eared monarchs, rose crowned fruit doves,emerald doves and up to wompoo fruit doves.
michael ronan 3/11 #225336
Mon 2Cattle Egret
Gore Cove, Greenwich
6 Cattle Egrets in full breeding plumage on the mudflats, 6.45 p.m. They didn't linger, but flew north towards Chatswood [surely not their final destination!]. My 2nd record for the Lower N. Shore.
Ted Nixon 3/11 #225327
Painted Button-quail
Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills
Found dead on our roadside verge. Grey gum iron bark dominated slopes adjoining gardens and western Sydney rainforest remnants
Eric Finley 2/11 #225312
Sun 1Swamp Harrier, White-throated Needletail
Sandon Road, Brooms Head
A very pale old male Swamp Harrier flying over heath, 4+ Needletails flying higher.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 9/11 #225447
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Regent Bowerbird
Iluka Nature Reserve
One Fruit-Dove observed perched in rainforest tree, adult male bowerbird flying over canopy.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225403
Red-kneed Dotterel
Lawrence Egret Colony
3 Dotterels at edge of water, rare in valley in recent months.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225401
Coxs Creek, S of Lawrence
22+ Brolgas in paddock, probably more obscured by hill.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225399
Marsh Sandpiper, Black-winged Stilt
Brotherson Swamp, Coutts Crossing
2 Marsh Sandpipers feeding close to two Black-winged Stilts. Sandpipers had been present for a few days.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225397
Brahminy Kite
Hawthorn Park, South Grafton
Adult and recently fledged juvenile in nest tree (Forest Red Gum).
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225396
Brush Cuckoo, Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Grey-crowned Babbler
Gwydir Highway at Cangai Bridge Road turnoff
Both cuckoos heard calling, 3+ babblers observed.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225394
Wompoo Fruit-Dove
Hills Lookout, Gibraltar Range National Park
One heard calling.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225392
Southern Emu-wren
Surveyors Creek, Gibraltar Range National Park
2+ Emu-wrens in swampy heath.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225391
Rufous Scrub-bird, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Surveyors Gully, Gibraltar Range National Park
Both species heard calling.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225390
Painted Button-quail
Deans Quarry, St. Albans- Bucketty Rd, St Albans
A single Painted Button-quail was flushed from the side of the road in the vicinity of Deans Quarry, close to the boundary of Yengo NP. Also at this location was a calling Brush Cuckoo.
Nick Carson, Alan Morris & Mike Kuhl 3/11 #225322
Latham's Snipe (5)
Berkeley Boat Harbour
Five Snipes seen very early morning in estuary next to carpark, western side of Lake Illawarra. Also saw and heard one White-plumed Honeyeater at this site.
The Eastern Mellow Robins - Carla Jackett, Nerida Hudspith, Joy Williams 3/11 #225321
Freckled Duck, Blue-billed Duck, Pink-eared Duck
Tallawarra Ash Ponds
One Freckled Duck was seen with several Blue-billed Duck, Pink-eared Duck and Australasian Shoveler. An Osprey was seen flying over and there were here 6 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers on one of the ponds.
The Eastern Mellow Robins - Carla Jackett, Nerida Hudspith, Joy Williams 3/11 #225320
Magpie Goose (2)
Kanahooka - (Restricted access)
Two birds at the small lake as seen in previous years.
The Eastern Mellow Robins - Carla Jackett, Nerida Hudspith, Joy Williams 3/11 #225319
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike./ Cicadabird
Mitchell Park NSW
Keith Brandwood/CBOC 2/11 #225306
Brahminy Kite
Hexham Bridge
Seen flying up the Hunter River
Dodgy Drongos - Nick Livanos, Max Breckenridge, Robert Kilkelly & Grant Brosie 2/11 #225301
highlightAustralasian Bittern
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve--Old Pipeline Track
Single bird seen flying above the reeds
Dodgy Drongos - Nick Livanos, Max Breckenridge, Robert Kilkelly & Grant Brosie 2/11 #225300
highlightRed-backed Fairy-wren, Speckled Warbler, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Rainbow Bee-eater
Salisbury Road, Munni
All birds seen well along the road side.
Dodgy Drongos - Nick Livanos, Max Breckenridge, Robert Kilkelly and Grant Brosie 2/11 #225299
highlightLogrunner, Paradise Riflebird, Emerald Dove and Sooty Owl
Chichester State Forest--Allyn River
The Logrunner and Sooty Owl were recorded around the White Rock camping ground. The Emerald Dove was feeding on the road up the hill from the Peach Tree picnic ground and the Paradise Riflebird was calling at the top of the hill.
Dodgy Drongos - Nick Livanos, Max Breckenridge, Robert Kilkelly & Grant Brosie 2/11 #225298
Wedge-tailed & Fluttering Shearwaters
Clovelly Beach/Magic point, Sydney
Impressive numbers of shearwaters this WE from Sydney's Eastern suburbs. After a snorkel at Gordon's Bay yesterday I had a productive 45 minutes birding from the Clovelly beach car park with a variety of shearwaters passing by offshore - small numbers of short tailed & fluttering but close to 10,000 wedge-tails at every distance & degree. A long dense line of birds flying low to the water accounting for over 5000 birds. Today from Magic point (Malabar headland) I counted c1500 fluttering shearwaters and c.500 wedge tails over half an hour or so. All birds both days heading north. A couple of young arctic skuas chasing a crested tern completing some good sea-watching.
Michael Ellison 1/11 #225291
Plumed Whistling Duck
Burrumbuttock, near Albury
Four plumed whistling duck flew in overnight and have been around our dam all day, on private land within the village of Burrumbuttock. Only the third time we've recorded this species on our property in ~13 years. Other notable species include Nankeen Night Heron, Crested Shrike-tit, Hobby Falcon and passing flocks of White-browed Woodswallows
David M Watson 1/11 #225285

October 2015
Sat 31Yellow-throated Miner
Warialda to Graman, 10 km from Graman
Single bird in eucalypt. Close to eastern edge of range and unexpected here by the Black-necked Stalkers twitchathon team.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 9/11 #225446
Sooty Owl
W edge Of Gibraltar Range National Park
One owl calling with insect-type call at night.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225389
Barking Owl, Tawny Frogmouth
W of Strathbogie
Owl and frogmouth heard calling at night.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225388
Hooded Robin, Zebra Finch
Adult male Robin on fence post near showground, small flock of finches in backyard of residence.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225387
Plum-headed Finch, Dusky Woodswallow
Sawpit Gully near Graman
8+ Finches in grass, 1 Woodswallow overhead.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225386
Spotted Bowerbird, Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Plum-headed Finch, Nankeen Night Heron
Warialda Creek, Warialda
Two bowerbirds in shrub and on fence, close to eastern edge of range; 5+ Plum-headed Finches in long grass and reeds, adult Night Heron flushed from Creekside tree, Little Bronze-Cuckoo heard calling. Little Bronze-Cuckoo west of usual range but recorded at and near Warialda twice in recent years. Old record at Bukkulla, east of Warialda.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225384
Rufous Fantail, White-winged Triller, Eastern Koel, Common Blackbird
King Edward Park, Glen Innes
Fantail in tall exotic tree.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225382
Red-winged Parrot
Shannon Vale Road, Glen Innes
Adult female in hollow bearing tree. First spotted by Russell. Close to eastern edge of range. Observers' first record this site.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225381
Pallid Cuckoo
Mann River, Jackadgery
One on powerline near picnic area.
Greg Clancy, Gary Eggins, Russell Jago (Black-necked Stalkers) 5/11 #225380
Brahminy Kite
Spencer Wharf and Store
During the Twitchathon , members of the "Which Is It?" Team (Margaret & Kaye Pointer, Michael Breheny) saw the adult Brahminy Kite at its usual spot at Spencer, on Mangrove Creek, just off the Hawkesbury River.
Alan Morris 4/11 #225352
Spotted Harrier, Crimson Chat
Lake Cargelligo airport
In the hope of finding Banded Lapwings and Australian Pratincoles we checked out Lake Cargelligo airport but alas found none of the target species. But we did find a small party of Crimson Chats, a Spotted Harrier, Black Kites and Nankeen Kestrels. Two weeks before in the Lake Cargelligo area we found Crimson Chats at four sites but they appear to have moved on this time.
Alan Morris, Mike Kuhl and Nick Carson 2/11 #225310
highlightAustralian Pratincole, Banded Lapwing
Back Yamma Rd, Forbes
2 Pratincole and 4+ Banded Lapwing feeding in a sparsely vegetated field, located before, and during the NSW & ACT 2015 Twitchathon. Nearby Gum Swamp still holds lots of Freckled Ducks (conservatively 50 birds), while Back Yamma State Forest is in good form as usual with loads of Turquoise Parrots, Superb Parrots, Grey-crowned Babblers, Black-chinned and Striped Honeyeater, etc.
Fly By Nightjars - Joshua Bergmark, Ashwin Rudder & Nathan Ruser 2/11 #225303
3 White-winged Triller & 2 Dollarbirds
Peel Park North Richmond
3 White -winged Trillers being chased through gumtrees by various honeyeaters near fenced dog park. Plus 2 Dollarbirds eBird checklist
Adrian O'Hara 31/10 #225278
highlightRuddy Turnstone, Pectoral Sandpiper and other waders, Dollarbird
On private property in Riverstone there was a single Ruddy Turnstone (3rd full bird from right in attached photo) with a single Pectoral Sandpiper and about 60 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, a Red-necked Stint, a Latham's Snipe, 4 Pacific Golden Plovers, 62 Black-winged Stilt, 2 Red-kneed and 3 Black-fronted Dotterel, 144 Pink-eared Ducks amongst hundreds of Grey Teal, a Buff-banded Rail, 2 Spotless Crakes, White-winged Triller, a pair of Pallid Cuckoos and a Dollarbird. Though quite unusual apparently this is not the first time I have seen a Turnstone well inland but is certainly a new addition to the Blacktown LGA list - now with 237 species!!
Edwin Vella and Mark Fuller 31/10 #225277
White-throated Needletail
Gordon & North Turramurra
2 small parties seen at 9:30am (Gordon - 5-10 birds) and North Turramurra (10:45am - 30 birds). 1st sightings of spring/summer for me.
Tom Wilson 31/10 #225273
Plumed Whistling Ducks
Jerilderie sawage ponds,Wilson rd
Well over 300+ Plumed Whistling ducks at this sewage facility, also you have your common purple swamp hens..
Brendan toll 31/10 #225262
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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