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Interesting and unusual bird observations
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, Max Breckenridge, Mick Roderick and Simon Blanchflower.

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Moderators' Note

Birders are encouraged to post lists to eBird Australia, where sightings are incorporated into the atlas. To do this you need to register with eBird Australia then login. Please send any White-throated Needletail or Fork-tailed Swift sightings directly to Prof. Michael Tarburton for his research: Include date, location and number of birds. All Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot reports should be forwarded to Mick Roderick to assist in the recovery of these severely declining species: Note we will not be publishing reports of Accipiter raptors (Collared Sparrowhawk, Grey/Brown Goshawks) unless they are in unusual locations, are seen with unusual prey or have been seen performing atypical behaviour. Likewise we will not be publishing every Square-tailed Kite sighting posted to Birdline because of a significant increase in reports in recent years, particularly in coastal areas (with the exception of the far north coast).

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

October 2019
Mon 21Wood sandpiper
Wyong Pioneer Dairy
An unexpected find at the Dairy Swamp. Great to see.
Darren Earnshaw 22/10 #241562
highlightWood sandpiper
Wyong Pioneer Dairy
Wood sandpiper foraging in the shallows at Pioneer Dairy this afternoon. A new bird for me. (Moderator - we're unable to correct this or the Glossy Ibis image).
Darren Earnshaw 21/10 #241560
Glossy Ibis
Wyong Pioneer Dairy
At first overlooked these Ibis mixed in with other resting water birds but took a second look and saw four. (Moderator's note: Rare bird for the Central Coast, lucky to have one or two reports per year! AKM)
Darren Earnshaw 21/10 #241559
highlightBlack Honeyeater, Painted Honeyeater
Durridgere Road, Turill
Male and female Black Honeyeater observed together at Murrumbline Creek on Durridgere Road, Turill (Upper Hunter region). Painted Honeyeaters also seen and heard at several different stops along this road. Seems to be another good year for them in this area. (Moderator's Note: Indeed it seems to be an exceptional year for Painted HEs in the Upper Hunter with numerous localities holding birds, several with 5+ individuals. MR). eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 21/10 #241556
highlightAustralian Little Bittern, White-winged Trillers, Rufous Songlark
Richardson Park, Sawtell
Single Little Bittern seen again this morning; seen well, flying across small watercourse, caught something (I couldn't make it out) then flew back across into reeds and rank vegetation. Dark of upperbody deep and uniform so likely to be male. White-winged Trillers present daily, with 1 male and up to 6 females at a time. 1-2 Rufous Songlarks present daily since 14 Oct.
Peter Higgins 21/10 #241554
Sun 20highlightAleutian Tern, Little Tern, Red-necked Avocet
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
Single Aleutian Tern at Farquhar Inlet yesterday. Flew off just as I arrived but returned a few hours later at about 12:30 on the rising tide. First report for this season (first last year was on 17th Oct). Also of note was numbers of Little Terns (800-900).This is by far my highest count for this site. Only a few local breeders, most (~95%) were non-breeding migrants. Other interesting birds were Red-necked Avocet (my first record here), Great Knot, Curlew Sandpiper, Greater Sand Plover, plus good numbers of the usuals. For full details see ebird list. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 21/10 #241555
Masked Wodswallow x White-browed Woodswallow hybrid, White-bellied Cucko-shrike (nesting)
Carnarvon Rd, Riverstone
Along Bells Creek beside Canarvon Rd this morning were at least 150 White-browed with at least 5 Masked Woodswallows in with them foraging in flowering Forest Red Gums. After the fact when checking my photos I noticed what appears to be a Woodswallow hybrid (which I have come across a few times in the past (record shot attached). Also along the same creek were a pair of dark morph White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes nesting, 3 Crested Shrike-tits and a Restless Flycatcher. Several Pallid Cuckoos, 2 Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoos, Rufous Songlarks and White-winged Trillers were also about in Riverstone.
Edwin Vella 20/10 #241550
highlightWood Sandpiper
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
John McCrea first sighted this bird Saturday 19/10/19 I went today to get proper confirmation photos. At least 2 of these birds are present and one is comfortable hanging around with Black-fronted and Red kneed Dotterel, stilts and teals. Observed chasing dotterels away if they get to close
Mark Leary 20/10 #241549
Sat 19Freckled Duck, Blue-faced Honeyeater, White-browed and Masked Woodswallows
54 Freckled Ducks seen on the dam at corner of Madeliene Place and Tizzana Rd were a single Latham's Snipe was seen and an adult Blue-faced Honeyeater (uncommon in the Hawkesbury). More then a hundred White-browed Woodswallows flying over the area and a couple of Masked Woodswllows were seen with a small group of White-browed along Coromandel Rd.
Edwin Vella 20/10 #241551
Masked Owl
Yengo National Park
Heard and saw Masked Owl Heard the loud shriek and as it flew very high over our heads it made an interesting clatter/chuk chuk type of call! Very happy to finally see this truly amazing cryptic nocturnal hunter! Amazing!
Darren Earnshaw, Fiona Earnshaw 20/10 #241544
White-browed Woodswallow
Yengo National Park
100’s of White-browed Woodswallow present in northern section of Yengo NP scattered along various ridgetop access trails where they were feeding at ground level, very social and often aggressive towards other species, including HE’s. A number of adult birds observed collecting thin, usually dead twigs, often with fine foliage attached from the mid-story before taking off with it in their gob........see attached image. No Masked WS’s observed in the mix.
Andrew Robinson 19/10 #241542
Glossy Ibis, Crimson Chat
Spring Creek Reservoir, Orange
One Ibis,17 Black-Winged Stilts, 4 Crimson Chats and 4 White-winged Trillers .
B and C Huxfable 19/10 #241541
Pallid Cuckoo
A single bird flying over paddocks west of the Hume Highway near Medway township. Only my 3rd record of a Pallid Cuckoo in the Southern Highlands in a decade of intensive birding in the region.
Lorne Johnson 19/10 #241540
Fri 18highlightBanded Stilt
Stockton Borehole Swamp (west side of Lake Macquarie)
Juvenile Banded Stilt observed this morning. Bird moves around a bit. Sometimes with the other stilts, but mostly solo. Bird has subsequently been seen by several observers today. Photo by Ted Elks. eBird checklist
Caius Christoe 18/10 #241534
One bird seen flying over houses near Hoskins St. (Moderator's Note: Very westerly record. MR)
Michael Crosland 18/10 #241531
Common Greenshank
Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
Common Greenshank spotted 7.30 to 8.30 am on Port Hacking tidal flats with 17 Bar-taild Godwits, 14 Eastern Curlews (1 with leg flag and ring from Jiangsu China) and 1 Whimbrel.
Julie Keating 18/10 #241530
Thu 17Crimson Chat, Glossy Ibis, Black-tailed Native-hen
Wonga Wetlands, Albury
One adult male Crimson Chat flew across one of the ponds. Two Glossy Ibis and 2 Black-tailed Native-hens which although often present in the past, have not been reported recently. Many White-browed Woodswallows feeding overhead.
Alan Morris & 26 members of CCGBNSW 18/10 #241538
highlightCrimson Chat
Ringwood Road, Goulburn River NP (Upper Hunter)
A male Crimson Chat was found in Goulburn River National Park (Upper Hunter Valley) yesterday by Neil Fraser. The bird was foraging on the ground in the "camping area" 2 km north of the Poggy Station gate.
Neil Fraser per Mick Roderick 18/10 #241533
White-throated Needletail
Terrys Creek Parklands
At least 13 White-throated Needletails spotted through a gap in the tree canopy. Our first sighting for the season.
Jenny Stiles and Jill Harrison 17/10 #241528
White-throated Nightjar
King's Cross Sydney
Bird flew into a building and came into care with WIRES. Probably on its southbound migrating through the city. Slightly concussed but is doing well and will be released tomorrow at dusk to the south of Sydney.
Gilian Dar 17/10 #241526
White-throated Needletail
Acacia Gardens
About 40 flying over at 18:30 with moderate fresh north-easterlies. My first Needletails for the season.
Edwin Vella 17/10 #241525
Black-chinned Honeyeater
" Jacana" HSD Clarenza NSW
A Black-chinned Honeyeater visited our birdbath with Fuscous Honeyeaters
Eric Wheeler 17/10 #241524
Saw lone bird sitting on an oyster bed pole this morning. Never seen one before in the Hawkesbury estuary.
Paul Schofield 17/10 #241522
Ballina. NSW. Teven Road Swamp.
Just one bird seen with over 500 Sharptailed Sanpipers and 50+ Red-kneed Dotterel. and 5 Curlew Sandpipers.
Geoffrey Hutchinson 17/10 #241517
Wed 16bush-stone curlew
Koala Beach Estate
2 adullts & 2 chicks Marsupial Drive 7pm apx
Irene Timmins 17/10 #241518
White-winged Triller, BLack-faced Monarch &Whiskered Terns
Eastlakes golf course
Finally some passage migrants. 1 White-winged Triller, 1 Black-faced Monarch, 2 Whiskered Terns, 5 Latham’s Snipe and a Swamp Harrier all seen. Both Lewin’s and Buff-banded Rails appear to be in breeding mode.
David Mitford 17/10 #241512
highlightHudsonian Godwit
Souter St. Reserve, Kogarah Bay
The Hudsonian Godwit is still at Kogarah Bay. We found it just left of the Souter St Reserve, with 6 Bar-tailed Godwits at around 3pm today. (about 2.5 half hours after high tide. eBird checklist
Katie Cordes 16/10 #241510
Bush-stone curlew
Koala Beach Estate
Family of 2 adults & 2 juveniles
Irene Timmins 16/10 #241502
Tue 15highlight(Possible) Hall's Babbler
Stephens Creek X Silver City Highway
Four individuals sighted in scrub ~5:45 pm just west of highway and south of creek. (Moderator's Note: the observer notes that the birds were quite dark with a wide white brow and distinct edge to the bib, different to White-browed Babblers they saw the day after. Published here as 'possible' due to this being ~100km from the nearest confirmed records at Mutawintji NP. MR). eBird checklist
Deryk Engel and Paul Burcher 16/10 #241507
White-throated Needletails
Royal National Park
Spotted at least 6 WTNTs when observing Dusky Woodswallows circling above. It was a very warm sunny day with very light winds. Birds were heading south and were staying high in the sky.
Kerry Allen 16/10 #241506
Marsh Sandpiper
West Byron Wetlands (Restricted access - Council key required)
Marsh Sandpiper confirmed by Sylvain Maury and Byron bird Buddies as an uncommon species at the West Byron Wetlands, I spotted one other. This bird was approxminately 80 metres away, so not the sharpest photo. Cropped and edited with Lightroom.
Michael van Kempen 16/10 #241503
Rufous Songlark
Goolmangar (1 k north on road to Nimbin)
2 Rufous Songlarks using dairy farm fences and feeding in irrigated pasture. Loosely mixing with Australian Pipits, who were seen once harassing them. 28,42.15 x 153.13.53
June Harris 15/10 #241499
Mon 14Brown Songlark
Kooindah Waters Wyong
Female seen on the 18th fairway eBird checklist
Steven Cooper 15/10 #241497
Rufous Songlark
Richardson Park, Sawtell
Single female seen, which is first record here for this year, and follows pattern of occurrence in drought conditions. White-winged Trillers still present, foraging on playing fields; up to 4 birds over last week (1 male, 3 females). Brown Songlark has also been seen again a couple of times since 8 Oct.
Peter Higgins 14/10 #241495
Sun 13Curlew Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Spotted Crake, Red-kneed Dotterel
Boyters Lane, Jerseyville
All single bird sightings, apart from several RKDs
Ted Giblin 17/10 #241516
Black-tailed Native Hen
Boyters Lane, Jerseyville
A single bird seen by Clive Meadows and Ted Giblin
Ted Giblin 17/10 #241515
White-browed and Masked Woodswallows, Dollarbird
Wheeny Creek/Mountain View Close, Kurrajong Hills
A huge flock of at least 600 birds flew in from the north, heading southwest, circling low above canopy level. Got on to about 60-70 birds with my binoculars, of which only 2 were Maskeds. Dollarbird arrivals in nearby Douglas Farm Rd first for season, where a few W-browed Woodswallows were also seen. eBird checklist
Eric Finley 14/10 #241494
Black Honeyeater
Burrendong Arboretum
Single adult male Black Honeyeater seen at the dry ponds at the bottom of the arboretum. Peregrine Falcon seen on two occasions, three Little Eagles, two Wedge-tailed Eagles, two Superb Parrots and another two in the caravan park, 14 Rainbow Lorikeets, a single White-throated Nightjar calling overnight, and a mixed flock of about 100 White-browed and Masked Woodswallows were other species of interest. Several of the White-browed Woodswallows were hunting low enough in the trees to have been caught and banded during the course of a regular bird banding visit to the site.
Darryl Smedley 14/10 #241493
Woodswallows (2,000+), Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Southern Whiteface
Capertee Valley
One of many highlights spending a day in Capertee Valley was seeing in excess of 2,000 Woodswallows. Mostly these came from 2 flocks between Glen Alice and Bogee, early morning - approx 500 and 1,500 birds, plus a few more hundred scattered throughout trees, primarily at Genowlan Bridge. Estimate 75% White-browed Woodswallow and 25% Masked Woodswallow. Separately, just two Dusky Woodswallows. Speckled Warblers, Turquoise Parrots, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters and Southern Whiteface were amongst many other highlights. Thanks to Liam for adivce on planning our trip. eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg, David, Allon, per checklist 13/10 #241490
Brown Songlark, Tawny Grassbird
Barton Park South--Landing Lights Wetland
Both a male and a female Brown Songlark were seen feeding on the fields next to the stadium this afternoon. Also of note, Tawny Grassbirds have been present since the beginning of October. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 13/10 #241488
highlightRegent Honeyeater
South Maroota/Maroota border
Flying around the lower eucalyptus branches
Jackie Fiess 13/10 #241486
Sat 12Whiskered Tern
Bushells Lagoon
At least 12 Whiskered Terns continuing at Bushells Lagoon. Almost in full breeding plumage. Fed for a long time this afternoon close to the causeway. A large flock of White-browed Woodswallows was feeding on the ground on the road in. eBird checklist
David Ongley 12/10 #241484
highlightCook's Petrel, Black-bellied Storm-Petrel
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
The two highlights from today's trip off Sydney were a Cook's Petrel and a Black-bellied Storm-Petrel (last seen in 2013), both encountered at the shelf. There were many migrating Short-tailed Shearwater (5000+), mostly seen close to shore, along with a mix of distant fluttering-type. Sooty (5) and Flesh-footed (2) Shearwaters at the shelf. Wedge-tailed Shearwater (50) were encountered throughout the day. Wandering-type (5), Shy (20), Black-browed (9), Indian Yellow-nosed (1) and Buller's (3) Albatrosses at or near the shelf. Wilson's Storm-Petrel (30) also at the shelf. A single Northern Giant-Petrel also seen along with Grey-faced (6) and Providence (12) Petrels. An ORAC submission is in the pipeline. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan, David Mitford and all observers on the Sea Eagle 12/10 #241481
Short-tailed Shearwater
Mistral Point, Maroubra
A half hour seawatch saw c.30,000 Short-tailed Shearwaters streaming south at roughly 1000 birds a minute, many close to the shore. A few Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and a single White bellied Sea-eagle over Magic Point also observed. Good to see good numbers of birds moving through after the concerns noted in Victoria etc.
Michael Ellison 12/10 #241479
3 Cockatiels seen at the Gerogery Swamp. Very unusual to see so close to Albury (20km). Other good birds at the site included Glossy Ibis, White- winged Triller, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Rufous Songlark, and Rainbow Bee-eater.
Janet Chapman 12/10 #241478
Glossy Ibis
Marrambidya Wetland, Wagga Waggs
Two Glossy Ibis at the water treatment ponds
Camilla, Michael and Mia Donnelly 12/10 #241476
Fri 11highlightBlack Honeyeater, Painted Honeyeaters, Pallid Cuckoos
Medhurst Bridge and Giants Creek Rd (near Sandy Hollow)
At Medhurst Bridge Martindale today we sighted and photographed a Painted Honeyeater and heard another; also a female Black Honeyeater present. Also along Martindale Rd was a Pallid Cuckoo. Along Giants Creek Rd were a Pallid Cuckoo and at a farm dam near the road there were two Painted Honeyeaters, White-browed Babblers, Masked and White-browed Woodswallows in good numbers (seen and heard).
Darren Earnshaw, Fiona Earnshaw 11/10 #241471
Thu 10Short-tailed Shearwater (migration)
Kamay Botany Bay National Park--Cape Banks
Large numbers of Short-tailed Shearwaters streaming South. Estimated count of at least 1000 birds flew by in 20 minutes observation, say minimum 3000 birds per hour. They were expected here end-September, Perhaps a delayed migration this year.
Richard Murray 10/10 #241466
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Shoplands Rd Annangrove
Pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles over my house again this morning, last seen on 26 September last. A correction to my posting then, the male has short primaries on the left wing, not the right as I reported on 26 Sep.Hopefully someone will sight the pair elsewhere in the county. Pair of Square-tailed Kites this a.m. as well made for an interesting raptor morning.
Darryl Smedley 10/10 #241464
Wed 9Crimson Chat
Spring Creek Reservoir, Orange
Crimson Chat one bird -rarely seen in Orange. Also Goldfinches,6 Black-winged Stilts and usual large number of waterbirds.
B and C Huxtable 9/10 #241455
Shoalhaven Heads Inlet
One Sanderling observed roosting and walking on dune area east of inlet. Red-capped Plovers close by. No sign of the Semipalmated Plover after a 2 1/2 hour visit. Poor photo off camera with RCPL in front.
Carla Jackett and Nerida Hudspith 9/10 #241451
Whiskered Tern
Bushells Lagoon
About 30 whiskered terns at Bushells Lagoon. Feeding around the fence line that cuts directly through the lagoon.
David Sinnott 9/10 #241448
highlightAustralian Little Bittern, Brown Songlark, White-winged Triller
Richardson Park, Sawtell
A single Little Bittern flushed (silently) from beside small creek at edge of playing fields into reeds, into which it vanished; very small, showing pale buffy panels in otherwise darkish wing and upperbody, and pale trailing feet as it flew. Obviously different to Buff-banded Rails that frequent the site. First record I know of for Sawtell. A pair of Brown Songlarks were also on the playing fields (one was seen here yesterday morning, 8 Oct), foraging, sometimes together, sometimes up to 200 m apart (Brown Songlarks first seen here 12-13 Aug). Lastly, a male White-winged Triller turned up - first for year; they can be regular in dry years, absent here in others (at least one pair was here last summer).
Peter Higgins 9/10 #241445
Tue 8White-browed and Masked Woodswallows
Around 11am looking up from the backstreets of Bundeena, in every direction there were 100's of White-browed and Masked Woodswallows circling, some not very high up, circling and calling. Could hear them well above the background calls of the abundant Figbirds. Could make out the different underbody colours of many. eBird checklist
Bruce Roubin 8/10 #241440
White-browed (and some Masked) Woodswallows
Shortland (not far from Hexham Swamp)
Between 7:15am and 1:00pm there was a constant stream of White-browed Woodswallows flying south high over my house in Shortland. A couple of Masked could be made out in the few times I put my bins onto the flocks. Impossible to say how many birds passed over but several hundred easily. Posting here to supplement the reports coming in from the Sydney region. These flocks seem to be moving through much later in the season this year than recent years.
Mick Roderick 8/10 #241435
Mon 7highlightCrimson Chat
Laggan Taralga Road, north of Crookwell
4 birds on private property where never noted before. Wilcox road, off Cummins road, north of Laggan to Taralga Road (Moderator's Note: Crimson Chats have been reported breeding around Rankins Springs (e.g. see eBird lists S60201110 / S60201580) and it appears that the irruption seen earlier in western Victoria has now spread into the south-central west of NSW. We can probably expect many more Crimson Chats in places like this over the coming weeks. MR).
Neville Mitchell per Chris Gladwin 10/10 #241465
Musk Duck
Wyong Treatment pond
A pair still present. Photographed them this time. (Modertator's Note: First recorded 21/9, and this is the only location on the Central Coast from where Musk Ducks have been reported. AKM)
Lester & Wendy Koch 9/10 #241460
Dollarbird, Rainbow Bee-eaters
Putta-bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
First arrivals for the season . There's some reports of the bee-eaters to the north but seems like not to many sightings of the Dollarbirds close to here yet. Seems a bit late for both birds to be turning up
Mark Leary 8/10 #241441
Brown Songlark
Yarras, upper Hastings Valley
Single Brown Songlark, Pallid Cuckoo and several White Winged Trillers. Very hot day and when the southerly arrived late in arvo there was a small flock of mixed White Browed and Masked Woodswallows. Tuesday morning there were then several small mixed Woodswallow flocks passing over.
Tim Morris 8/10 #241439
Plumed Whistling-duck
Ropes Crossing
Long staying bird still present on the pond off Finsbury Crescent.
Edwin Vella 8/10 #241438
White-browed and Masked Woodswallows
Over 150 White-browed and at least 3 Masked Woodswallows moving over Riverstone during the morning. Also heard over Shanes Park and Ropes Crossing during the morning.
Edwin Vella 8/10 #241437
Whiskered Tern
Sydney Airport
4 Whiskered Terns flying south along the taxiway on the western side of the main runway mid-morning. There's only a couple of records of Whiskered Terns actually on the airfield. Last seen heading south east towards La Perouse.
Nigel Coghlan 8/10 #241432
highlightLittle Curlew
Menindee Lakes
Sighted this wader with a friend today, on Box Hollow a small wetland off Copi Hollow in the Menindee Lakes System far west NSW . Copi Hollow and Box Hollow are the only lakes in the entire system with any water, after our lakes were drained by the government 3 years ago. They used to hold 3 times more water than Sydney Harbour.
Geoffrey Stuart Looney 7/10 #241431
highlightHudsonian Godwit
Souter Street, Kogarah Bay
The Hudsonian Godwit is still in Kogarah Bay. This morning it was feeding with 5 Bar-tailed Godwits in the mudflats at the Souter Street entrance to the bay. At about 1.00pm it flew east to the Sans Souci side of the bay. Although it took some time to find where it was (i.e., not at East Dover Park nor near Carss Park), it was easily identifiable by its darker plumage and white rump. In flight, its black underwing was observed.
Dave Koffel 7/10 #241428
Glossy-black Cockatoo; Black-faced Monarch; Possible Cicadabird
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP--Bairne Trail & Soldiers Point Track
3 GBCs seen approx 500m in from entrance gate - 2 x adult and 1 immature. 2 Monarchs seen near Longnose Point - 1 in the open woodland but 1 in the causarina scrub, which seems an ususual habitat. Both silent when seen, but 1 was heard calling near location of the casuarina bird. Possible Cicadbird heard - cicada-like calling (3 bursts in approx 5 mins) from area to south of Longnose Point - notably no other cicadas heard on entire walk. Also a Rockwarbler at Longnose Point. eBird checklist
Tom Wilson 7/10 #241424
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Nyngan near police station
mick crosland 7/10 #241423
White-browed and Masked Woodswallows
Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra
Approx 1:30pm a flock about 2x the size of the one observed on Sunday 28 drifted up from the east and then over to the SW. Birds very high but some lower than last weekend and easily visible to naked eye. Flock was calling incessantly and moving in a loose circular formation. Both species present - my est of numbers 300+ (hard to count accurately as it took me 4 moves of the bins to get the whole flock).
Tom Wilson 7/10 #241422
Sun 6Painted Honeyeater
Medhurst Bridge
Single bird sighted being constantly harassed by White-plumed and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters. A lot of Mistletoe is present at this site so the bird may stick around for a while.(Moderator's Note: first reported here by a local birder 30/09 and several reports of two birds have come in since then. Painted HEs also present at several other Upper Hunter sites as well. MR)
Daniel McKeon and Steven Merrett 9/10 #241461
White-browed and Masked Woodswallows, Australian Owlet-Nightjar, Sacred Kingfisher
Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills
A huge flock of high-flying woodswallows heading slowly west late morning was my first record at this site for both species. This takes my home list here to 154 species. First arrivals of the season for Sacred Kingfisher and Channel-billed Cuckoo, both a little late for this site. Others of interest included displaying Black-faced Monarch, a calling Australian Owlet-nightjar, White-headed and nesting Wonga Pigeon, Double-barred Finch. eBird checklist
Eric Finley 8/10 #241434
Musk (1), Blue-billed (3) & Freckled Ducks
Pitt Town Lagoon
Lagoon very full and lots of waterbirds - big group loafing on the water between the 2 islands with trees included 2 Freckled Duck and 3 Blue-billeds - 1 male and 2 females; plus 8 Australasian Shoveler here too. Musk Duck in deeper water on the golf course side. Not much mud at present - water at north end of lagoon has spilled into the adjoining field. Did flush 1 Lathams Snipe from wet grass on the east (town) side eBird checklist
Tom Wilson 7/10 #241417
Freckled Duck
Pitt Town Ferry Rd Lagoon
8 Freckled Ducks were on the lagoon at the end of the road on your left. About a hundred White-browed Woodwswallows were also flying overhead.
Edwin Vella 6/10 #241416
Freckled Duck
56 Freckled Ducks were seen this time resting on stumps on the dam at the corner of Tizzana /rd and Madeleine Place in Ebenezer (less then a km from the Sackville Rd). Also present on the dam were 9 Pink-eared Ducks and a Latham's Snipe.
Edwin Vella 6/10 #241415
Whiskered Tern, Horsfields's (Australasian) Bushlark
Bushells Lagoon
8 Whiskered Terns were present at the lagoon this morning. On the far western end of the lagoon off Gorricks Lane were 5 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Brown Songlark and Australasian Bushlark.
Edwin Vella 6/10 #241414
White-browed and Masked Woodswallows
Hawkesbury area
Woodswallows were flying throughout the Hawkesbury area all afternoon including over Wilberforce, Scheyville NP, Richmond and Richmond Lowlands, Cornwallis, Cattai and Mitchell Parks. I managed a great list of 143 species for the Hawkesbury for most of today.
Edwin Vella 6/10 #241413
Whiskered Tern
Bushells Lagoon
7 feeding over the water to the east of Brewers Lane
Stephen Hey 6/10 #241412
Banded Lapwing
Freemans Reach turf farms
Continuing birds - approx 8:30am - 10 birds seen on the ploughed paddock beyond the grassy fields opposite gate for Greener Lawns. At least 2 more flew in as I watched (so 12 in total)
Tom Wilson 6/10 #241403
Sat 5highlightHudsonian Godwit
Dover Park East, Blakehurst
The Hudsonian Gowit was seen beside and north of the Jetty from the reserve in Dover Park East about 8:00 with the in coming tide. It was often chasing away the Bar-tailed Godwits (then revealing its dark under-wings a number of times as per my attached record shot) and there was also one Eastern Curlew present. We also went down to Shoalhaven Heads to successfully twitch the Semi-palmated Plover - EV.
Chris Gladwin, Edwin Vella, Tony Palliser and Murray Lord 5/10 #241399
Tawny Grassbird
Bermagui Golf Course
Very surprised to come across a Tawny Grassbird in the dense vegetation beside the golf coarse this morning. It was seen at: -36.428687, 150.071447. Also a pair of White-winged Trillers. eBird checklist
Ash Allnutt 5/10 #241396
Fri 4Rufous Whistler
Community Gardens North Katoomba, NSW
Termites are out and we spotted and photographed both a Rufous Whistler and Lewins Honeyeater chasing them. Rufous Whistler very unusual in this area and appears to be only the 2nd one recorded in Blue Mountains this year and first one for upper Blue Mountains in quite some time. It's the first time we have seen one in the area in bird watching in Katoomba for 10 years. eBird checklist
Katie Cordes 5/10 #241394
Eastern Curlew
Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
A leg flagged eastern curlew noted this morning feeding on the tidal flats. 2 different flagged birds in a week, both flagged at 2 different locations in China.
Julie Keating 4/10 #241390
highlightBanded Lapwing and Semipalmated Plover
Shoalhaven Heads Inlet
Six Banded Lapwings in the intertidal river flat behind the dunes at Shoalhaven Heads. All juvenile birds. Consorting with about 70 Far Eastern Curlew. Observed whilst trying to relocate the Semi-palmated Plover which had flown off from its resting spot in the dunes due to strong wind. Semi P relocated further south along dunes in fenced off area near the thoroughfare between two fenced off areas about 100 m from the Comerong Island Nature Reserve sign where the dunes become increasingly vegetated. (Moderator's Note: There only appears to be one previous report of Banded Lapwings at this site in Birdata/eBird, 30-31 October 2006. MR).
George Madani 4/10 #241389
Superb Parrot
Splitters Creek, Albury
2 birds seen flying across Riverina highway. Unusual to see so close to Albury.
Janet Chapman 4/10 #241388
Thu 3megamegaSemipalmated Plover
Shoalhaven Heads Inlet
I visited Shoalhaven Heads river inlet after reading a report that a Semipalmated Plover was observed at this site October 3rd by Brian Speechley via Australian Twitchers fb page. Details on eBird checklist attached. eBird checklist
Carla Jackett 4/10 #241387
Beach Stone-Curlew
Googleys Lagoon Entrance, Camden Head
A single Beach Stone-curlew was present this morning at low tide adjacent to the mangroves on a sand flat at Camden Head at the first entrance into Googleys Lagoon. Seen with 3 Eastern Curlews and two Whimbrels. No other reports for this site in 2019 although one was seen at this location in June 2018.
Alan Morris 3/10 #241379
Eastern Koel
Anderson Park, Neutral Bay, Sydney
Male calling this afternoon, hidden in the the top of the small-leaved figs.(Moderator's Note: Checking back I see that there have been very few first reports of Koel arrivals in Sydney (first one early August), but I am aware that Steven Edwards had one at at Banksia 23/9, & Lorne Johnson had them at Newtown 2/10 & Malabar 3/10, and that they arrived enmasse on the Central Coast 18/9-19/9, and on the Mid North Coast 27-28/9/19, so I expect that their arrival overall in Sydney was not as noticeable as some years. AKM).
Philip Murray 3/10 #241378
White-throated Needletails
King Creek, Wauchope
3 White-throated Needletails briefly seen over our place, heading east at 10:45 this morning. My earliest record for this locality.
Clive Meadows 3/10 #241373
Pelican Flat, Swansea
Single bird flying south over our yard today at 8.30 am. Low enough to be positively identified.
Bill Boyd 3/10 #241372
Wed 2White-browed Woodswallow
Private property off Fernbank Road Port Macquarie
One bird seen eating large insect on a low tree on side of road it flew off and joined one or two others flying around above the tall Casuarinas. First report this spring of a White-browed Woodswallow in the Hastings-Macleay Region.
Tony Morton 3/10 #241381
White-breasted Wood-swallow, Glossy Black Cockatoo
Narrabeen Lagoon
One White-breasted Wood-swallow hawking above the mouth of South Creek. Three Glossy Black Cockatoos feeding in a casuarina at Deep Creek Reserve, until chased away by a Kookaburra.
David Sawyer 3/10 #241371
Ground Cuckoo-Shrike
Near Graincorp, Cemetery Rd, Nyngan
Single bird seen feeding on the ground near the Graincorp storage yards
Michael Crosland 2/10 #241370
Tue 1Bar-tailed Godwit
Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
Spotted a leg flagged godwit on the tidal flats of Port Hacking. Black over white flag indicates it was flagged at Dongtan Island tidal flats at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai.
Julie Keating 2/10 #241368
Australian Pied Oystercatcher - breeding in Sydney on artificial island
Woolooware Bay Mangrove Boardwalk
I suspect oystercatchers are breeding on the artificial island visible from the boardwalk and viewing platform at Taren Point - one bird on ground while another standing nearby. As Pelican flew in, the standing bird appeared to attempt to shoo off the Pelican. Later another pair of oystercatchers flew past and both birds were standing at edge of island. Soon after one bird returned to same spot and sat back down. Fellow birder Richard Murray told me he had been advised about four pairs breed in Botany Bay each year but this is probably a first for this man-made island. eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg 1/10 #241363

September 2019
Mon 30Eastern Osprey
Royal Athletics Field, Mowbray Park, Chatswood
Pair of ospreys nesting on top of the floodlight are still in the area but unfortunately left the nest unsuccessfully. Not sure at what stage they failed but female has been sitting on the nest since the 2nd week of July. And both birds were around or on the nest until last week.(Moderator's Note: The Raven sitting at the nest would indicate all is not right! AKM)
Fatih Sam 30/9 #241354
Sun 29Plumed Whistling Duck
Ropes Crossing - Barinya North Park
The Plumed Whistling Duck I found here some months ago is still present and by itself. It appears to have become slightly more accustomed to humans and simply swims away rather than flying. Dropped pin Near Ropes Crossing NSW 2760
David Sinnott 29/9 #241350
Red Knot
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
A Red Knot was observed associating with the Ruddy Turnstones at Long Reef today. Uncommon at this site. Other newly returned waders were Red-necked Stints, Pacific Golden Plover and a Grey-tailed Tattler. eBird checklist
Jenny & Rod Stiles 29/9 #241349
highlightHudsonian Godwit
Souter St. Reserve, Kogarah Bay
ongoing sighting of the Hudsonian Godwit. easier access at Souter st. also been suggested this is a different bird from the one at lake wollumboola last year eBird checklist
Paul Heath 29/9 #241346
Horsfield's Bushlarks (x6), Rufous Songlarks (x10), White-winged Trillers (x7) Common Sandpiper
Richmond Lowlands
Arrived just after sunrise, near the intersection of Cornwells Lane and Powells Lane. The Common Sandpiper was found at the Powells Lane Pond which has been there since at least the 9th. Rufous Songlarks calling profusely in display flights along Cornwells Lane to the north-east and throughout and across the paddock to the north. White-winged Trillers in the trees along Cornwells Lane. A trio of Horsfield's Bushlarks occassionally coming up from the paddock (which had a tallish crop), engaging apparently laboured flight, before dipping down. However the highlight was a further three Bushlarks in the next paddock north (behind the trees), much nearer the road, two of which sat on fence posts for extended views. eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg, David, Allon, per checklist 29/9 #241345
Turquoise Parrot
Moruya Heads
A female Turquoise Parrot was seen and heard at Moruya Heads on private property at 6.25am this morning. At 7.50am two birds were heard calling but not sighted. This is the first record of the species for the Eurobodalla since a presumed aviary escapee was reported in 1996. A pair were seen just to the north of the shire in the Bimberamala National Park in November 2017.
Julie Morgan 29/9 #241344
White-browed Woodswallow
South Turramurra
20+ going over at great height at 2pm.
Ian McAllan 29/9 #241338
White-browed and Masked Woodswallows
Bobbin Head Rd North Turramurra
Approx 2pm big flock drifted over house heading SW but circling as they drifted so assume feeding(?). EST approx 150 birds quite high (just visible to naked eye) but calling lots which attracted my attention. Height made it hard to guess ratio between 2 species but both definitely in the flock as there was a mix of dark and pale grey backs and dark and white bellies seen as the birds circled
Tom Wilson 29/9 #241334
Sat 28highlightCrimson Chat
Jerrybang Lane, Bulla Creek
Minimum of 20 Crimson Chats counted along a section of Jerrybang Lane 28/09, with other observers locating more birds further along the road on the same day. First reported in the area by Dan Jones 15/09. Photo by Jodi Osgood. eBird checklist
Richard Webber and Jodi Osgood per Mick Roderick 5/10 #241400
Channel-billed Cuckoo
2 birds calling. First returning birds for me this year.
Chris Shinton 29/9 #241332
White-winged Trillers, Horsfield's Bushlark, Rufous and Brown Songlarks
Bushells Lagoon
A male White-winged Triller seen beside Brewers Lane with another Triller and Rufous Songlark calling nearby. On the far western side of the lagoon off Goricks Lane was a Horsfield's Bushlark and a Brown Songlark. Banded Lapwing seen on the turf farms to the south of the lagoon with one of the adults presumably on eggs.
Edwin Vella 28/9 #241330
Freeckled Duck
Pitt Town Ferry Rd Lagoon
6 Freckled Ducks seen on the lagoon at the end of Pitt Town Ferry Rd
Edwin Vella 28/9 #241328
Freckled Duck
45 Freckled Ducks seen resting on stumps on the dam at the corner of Tizzana /rd and Madeleine Place in Ebenezer (less then a km from the Sackville Rd). Also present on the dam were 6 Pink-eared Ducks and a Latham's Snipe. Lots of Rainbow Bee-eaters along Tizzana Rd.
Edwin Vella 28/9 #241327
highlightHudsonian Godwit
-33.985108, 151.126274, Carlton Crescent, Kogarah Bay
Continuing bird, found around 1300 on low tide. Reporting here for the benefit of those wanting to twitch it in the coming days. Arrived at Dover Park East at 10 am, on falling tide. Bird not present. Decided to work my way around various local spots. As Dover Park East doesn't allow you to continue searching in northerly direction along Kogarah Bay, I first went south across the bridge, and around to Taren Point. Got 4 Bar-tailed Godwits off Holt Rd, Taren Point. I then continued north across Captain Cook bridge and along the eastern side of Kogarah Bay - got 4 Bar-tails again on that side of the bay. Saw few waders on the western side of Kogarah Bay (i.e. the Dover Park East side), and upon driving around to Vaudan st and Carlton Cres those turned out to be 8 Bar-tails with the Hudsonian in among them. It might be wise to check all accessible spots on the western side of Kogarah Bay first, before going into Dover Park - its only three or four accessible spots anyway, and a quick scan doesn't take very long, you'll even be able to see if there's waders on the eastern side of Kogarah Bay. But once you're in Dover Park East, the only way out is a fair drive across the bridge and along the princess highway in busy traffic - the full loop with all the stops I made took me about two hours. Bird was loosely associating with Bar-tails. Seemed to prefer foraging in slightly deeper water than the Bar-tails. Was aggressive to the bar-tails, didn't let them come close. Although more subtle diagnostic marks were visible, it took me well over 30 mins of continuously watching to catch a glimps of the diagnostic black underwing, and another 15 minutes before it flew ~100 m revealing the underwing clearly.
Vincent Mourik 28/9 #241326
Fri 27Dollarbird
Cherry Rd, Eleebana
Single bird seen flying over the road. Distinct white-wing patches & blue colouration. It was being followed by a pair of Welcome Swallows. My first record of the season. (Moderator's Note: First Hunter Record for the season, and 3rd report for NSW, see 24-25/9/19 on Birdline. AKM)
Archie Brennan 27/9 #241315
Pink-eared Duck
Long Reef Golf Course
Pair of ducks on the main pond. Notable sighting for the Northern Beaches
Mike Barrow 27/9 #241313
Thu 26highlightChannel-billed Cuckoo
Wycombe Rd Neutral Bay
Channel-billed Cuckoo observed being swooped by Currawongs, it then flew across the road above me and alighted in garden tree next to a nest. There it sat on the nest and laid an egg, then picked an egg and flew off. I lost sight what it did with the egg taken. Recorded on video camera. (Moderator's Note: It is usual for Cuckoos to remove an egg from the host's nest first before laying its own egg, to avoid taking the wrong egg, particularly as for some Cuckoos, their eggs match the colouring of the host's egg. AKM)
Dick Dallimore 1/10 #241366
highlightRose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Abrahams Bosom Reserve, Currarong
Juvenile bird landed for 1 min then a fly over by a Swamp Harrier ended the joy. (Moderator: great record and a beautiful photo!) eBird checklist
Paul Heath 27/9 #241307
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Shoplands Rd Annangrove
The pair of Wedgetails were back today, soaring just over my house at 1245. The male is easily recognised by the missing primaries at the end of his right wing. Hopefully somebody else will see this pair and report. It would be great to find out how far they wander. The local pair of Grey Goshawks attended the pair, diving on them repeatably but with very little vocalisation by either pair.
Darryl Smedley 26/9 #241297
Wed 25highlightGrey Plover
Farquar Inlet, Old Bar
1 Grey Plover identified in flight by black armpits, in amongst a flock of Pacific Golden Plovers.
Clive Meadows 27/9 #241310
highlightSwift Parrot
Mt Annan Botanic Gardens
4 birds were in the trees and one came down to drink at the western waterhole. (Moderator's Note: There were 35 birds counted here today [26/09] by Chris Munson who has been monitoring the Swift Parrots at Mt Annan this year. With a peak count of ~200 birds in late June and counts of close to 100 birds starting in late April this flock of Swift Parrots [comprising up to 10% of the estimated population] will have spent the entire 2019 mainland season at this site. MR)
Judy Clark per Dick Dallimore + 6 members of BNSW group 26/9 #241304
Dollarbird and Rainbow Bee-eater
Camden Haven Estuary entrance, North Haven
2 Dollarbirds and 6 Rainbow Bee-eaters at North Haven Surf Club/Camden Haven River entrance. My first Dollarbird for the season was 2 km further north in the dune scrub behind middle North Haven Beach on 24/9, my first return Bee-eaters same place on 18/9/19. No other reports so far of Dollarbirds?
Alan Morris 26/9 #241299
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Long Reef Golf Course
Bid Day birding with fellow birder Jayden Walsh yielded 103 species from 0600 - 1800 across Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Notables were the YR Thornbill at Long Reef Golf Course (rare for NB), a single Bar-tailed Godwit at Long Reef and a Wonga Pigeon at Irrawong. Only two summer migrants for the whole day, Koel and Sacred Kingfisher.
Mike Barrow and Jayden Walsh 26/9 #241298
Black Honeyeater
Bogan St, Nyngan
1 male Black Honeyeater feeding on the Grevilleas at the St. Joseph's Primary School. The bird was seen during school drop off. Flying from the catholic church to the school yard.
Michael Crosland 25/9 #241294
megamegaHudsonian Godwit
Dover Park (East), Blakehurst, Sydney - restricted access
Foraging with just a couple Silver Gulls nearby. First seen distant. Photos. Appeared not to show barring on the tail. I approached closer for clearer shots. It flew at one point and photo taken clearly showing white rump, black tail although tail feathers appear quite worn. Bill long and thin - still some upward curviature. Not as shy as the Bar-tailed Godwits that are usually in the area (which take off far earlier if walking toward them). At this point I thought Black-tailed Godwit but I did manage one under-wing shot which is black on leading half, pale on rear half - matching Hudsonian in my Morcombe app, as opposed to Black-tailed. Observed 7:50 - 8:20AM, tide half fallen (midway from high to low). ***If you visit the site, Dover Park (East) itself is public, but please do not access the beach past the jetty - access there is by permission of the land owner of the land you have to cross (which I do have - and I don't want to lose! and he has many security cameras monitoring foot traffic). [Moderators Note: Please take note of Chris's comments and DO NOT cross private land - the spot where it was located can be viewed from Dover Park East by looking northwards - there is also suitable habitat within the public access area too so may move there are well. SB] eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg 25/9 #241291
Tue 24Pallid Cuckoo
Maria River Rd Crescent Head
In early September I spent 7 days in South Australia, Adelaide-Marree-William Creek-Parachilna -Flinders Rangers-Adelaide and saw no Pallid Cuckoos. From 11-16 September, I was birding Tamworth-Coonabarabran-Baradine District, and again no Pallid Cuckoos, both SA and Coonabarabran District in drought. However on 24/9 we saw 5 Pallid Cuckoos on the Maria River Rd, Port Macquarie to Crescent Head, and 2-4 at Boyters Lane Jerseyville.. Good to know that there are some in NSW!
Alan Morris, Tony Bischoff, Julia & Peter Hudd 26/9 #241300
Glossy Ibis
Bushells Lagoon, Freemans Reach
(Moderator - presumably the same bird as mentioned by Edwin Vella 24/08/2019, #241006)
sharyn simmich 24/9 #241283
Mon 23Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Roumalla Creek,Torryburn
A single adult bird flew over Steve Debus and myself whilst surveying in Ironbark (Roumalla Creek) TSR. The bird was headed north-east and was quite vocal. eBird checklist
Heath Milne and Steve Debus 24/9 #241279
White-eared Honeyeater
Bullarah Locality (70km west of Moree NW NSW) Private Property
Return visitor to site. 1 Adult coming into watering place. Previously sited 21st September 2018 (Almost a year to the day)
Pat Johnston 23/9 #241269
Sun 22Plum-headed Finch
Glen Alice - Capertee Valley
Acting on excellent intel from a birder couple met in the area we located up to three dozen Plum-headed Finches in mixed flocks with Zebra Finches and Double-barred Finches. All apparently resident in large blackberry clump on a farm. Turn off left at the little church if heading south on Glen Davis Road and stay right. Large blackberry easily spotted. (Moderator's Note: Plum-headed Finches are regularly reported from numerous sites across the Capertee, publishing here because very few reports come into Birdline)
Lou Collier 23/9 #241276
Black-chinned Honeyeater
Coutts Crossing Village
Single bird heard calling loudly in front yard of observer's property in the Village. Only second Coutts Crossing record and first for the property.
Greg Clancy 23/9 #241270
Red-kneed Dotterel
Hen and Chicken Bay
One bird seen feeding on dropping tide, around 5pm. No other wader birds in the bay. A new species for Canada Bay?
KERRY ALLEN 22/9 #241264
highlightPainted Honeyeater, Black Honeyeater and Pied Honeyeaters
McCann Rd Lake Wyangan Griffith
Reports of the Painted Honeyeaters on Saturday was confirmed by 3 of us today. Also seen were 5 Pied, 4 Black Honeyeaters and a pair of Crimson Chats. Lots of White-winged Trillers, a lone Major Mitchell Cockatoo.
Max O'Sullivan, Allan Richards, Richard Murray 22/9 #241263
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher [1]
Fivebough Wetlands Leeton
Quite a surprise to find a Red-backed Kingfisher at Fivebough. Keith Hutton had reported a Sacred Kingfisher earlier in the day and felt the Red-backed was the first report for Fivebough. Both were the first Spring arrivals in the area..
Max O'Sullivan, Allan Richards 22/9 #241262
Plumed Whistling-Duck
Barinya Park, Rope's Crossing, NW Sydney
First observed here late April - found by Dave S, seen again in early May and here again today some 4 to 5 months later - have to presume it's the same bird that's remained resident. eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg 22/9 #241261
Black Kite
Bonville Creek, Bonville
Single bird in flight over Pacific Highway at Bonville Creek. Unusual for area.
Peter Higgins 22/9 #241259
Rainbow Bee-eater and Restless Flycatcher
Richmond Turf farms
Return of Bee-eaters seen at Cordners Lane and Flycatcher pair in Triangle Lane
Gabrielle Rees 22/9 #241257
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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