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Birdline New South Wales

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

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

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6/04/2018

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: tarburton.m@optusnet.com.au. 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: mick.roderick@birdlife.org.au. 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).

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highlightHighlightmegamegaMega
June 2018
Fri 22Pacific Baza
Western Sydney Parklands, Glendenning
Pacific Baza spotted this afternoon cruising above the treetops eBird checklist
David Steel 22/6 #234675
Flame Robin
Integral Park, West Dapto
A single female Flame Robin was seen about 50m East of the playground. It was flitting around the ground and low branches of the shrubs there. eBird checklist
Steven Cooper 22/6 #234674
Little Corella
Long Reef Golf Course
The regular flock of 200+ aerating the fairway. They roost in tall gums at Dee Why, then head north along the coast each morning, pausing to drink at the golf course ponds. Also of interest, one Buff-banded Rail ducking for cover at the 5th tee-off; a Caspian Tern patrolling Long Reef Beach; and at Dee Why Lagoon a well-hidden roosting Night Heron betrayed by a multitude of miners.
David Sawyer 22/6 #234673
Thu 21Hooded Robin
Private Property (Bullarah Locality, 70km w of Moree NW NSW)
Adult Male & Female Hooded Robin, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Striped Honeyeater, Singing Honeyeater & Spiney-cheeked Honeyeater also present amongst others in open Bimble Box and Northern Sandalwood vegetation
Pat Johnston 22/6 #234672
Southern Emu-Wren
Ian McLennan Park, Wollongong,
3 Southern Emu-Wrens were spotted (2 Male) across the road to the SW of the soccer fields at the bottom of the hill. I haven't seen them here since October last year. eBird checklist
Steven Cooper 21/6 #234669
Wed 20Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos
Redfern
4 x YTB Cockatoos flying toward Newtown close to the old Carriageworks/Australia Technology Park. Oddly urban location.
Andrew Whitaker 22/6 #234676
Gull-billed Tern, Sacred Kingfisher
Shoalhaven Heads Inlet
Five Gull-billed Tern observed at low tide feeding on small crabs. Two Sacred Kingfishers seen in same area.
Brian Deans, Graham Barwell, Terrill Nordstrom 20/6 #234668
highlightSwift Parrot
Nyngan - Larkin Oval
Two swift parrots seen in gum trees near Larkin Oval and Nyngan swimming pool. I located a dead swift parrot on the 16/6/2018 not too far from where I seen these birds.
michael CroslandM 20/6 #234666
Hoary-headed Grebe
Long Reef Beach
Wwhile walking along the beach a Hoary-headed Grebe flew very low across just in front of me. I assumed that it had been had been resting (fatigued on account of the unusually bad weather?) higher up on the beach, from where I had inadvertently put it to flight. Unfortunately it headed out too low across the raging surf and, being caught by the crest of a breaker, I saw it no more. . A few minutes earlier I had seen a Hoary-headed Grebe swimming on the main pond of the nearby Golf Course. When I later returned to the pond, after the beach incident, I could not find the Hoary-headed Grebe. Also of interest there, was a Royal Spoonbill and a Little Egret, and circling together over nearby Collaroy Heights was the local Peregrine pair.
David Sawyer 20/6 #234665
Tue 19Crested Shriketit, Double-barred Finch, Grey Goshawk
Ropes Creek, Mt Druitt
A short afternoon birdwatch in Mt Druitt turned up some interesting birds. In a small patch of remnant scrub along Ropes Creek in a suburban area I flushed a Grey Goshawk and had great views. Also spotted was one Crested Shriketit and 4 Double-barred Finches. eBird checklist
David Steel 19/6 #234660
Mon 18Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Dulwich Hill
4 YTBC flying over and around Dulwich Hill. Didn't seem to have yellow tails. (Moderator's Note: The yellow in the tail of birds with old plumage may appear to be white, but it is just faded yellow! Dulwich Hill is a very unusual location but the gradual greening of the city's inner west suburbs could draw such birds into these locations. AKM)
Andrew James 20/6 #234664
highlightWhite Tern, Albatross species
Moruya Heads
Good Seawatching this morning. Though Tubenose numbers were not exceptionally high. 30+ Black-browed Albatross 30+ Shy Albatross 1 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross 8 Fluttering Shearwaters 1 Hutton's Shearwaters 6 Little Penguins 1 Brown Skua 3++ White-fronted Terns 1 White Tern 5+ Bottlenose Dolphins 10+ Fur Seals 5 Humpback Whales No shots of the White Tern, seen well for about a minute as it was rapidly heading north 300 meters offshore: a pure white tern with noddy like jizz unlike that of the crested and white-fronted terns seen nearby.
Demetrios Bertzeletos, Daniel Hickley 18/6 #234655
Pacific Gull
Balmoral Beach
A pair of immature Pacific Gulls at the northern end of Balmoral Beach, Sydney Harbour, late this afternoon. (Moderator's Note: Unusual top have Pacific Gulls inside Sydney Harbour. AKM)
Robert Griffin 18/6 #234654
White-eared Monarch, Musk Lorikeets
Ocean Shores, Billinudgel,far northern NSW
Muskies been busy last few weeks pretty regular now in flowering gums. Usual assortment of other Loris and honeyeaters. Monarch in Balemo Drive gardens, palms etc is a real bonus.
Duncan Fowler 18/6 #234652
Yellow-tailed black cockatoo
Marrickville
~27 yellow-tailed black cockatoos flying northwest over Ewart Street in Marrickville towards Dulwich Hill at about 8.53am.
Fiona Campbell 18/6 #234647
Sun 17Red-capped Robin
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park--Gara Gorge (Armidale, NSW)
Bird seen near Threlfall walk entrance car park. Approx. 8am.
Joshua Aron Matthews 18/6 #234658
Bar-shouldered Dove
Eastlakes golf course
3 birds seen on eastern edge of course (close to Donaldson St). Brown Quail and imm White-breasted Sea-eagle other highlights.
Lorne Johnson 18/6 #234646
Diamond Firetail , Speckled Warbler
Tomalla Rd (near crn of Tomalla Rd and Hunter Rd), Ellerston
Today travelling home from Barrington Tops, we stopped off 400 ms upstream from the junction of Tamalla and Hunter Rds,, upstream of Shallow Crossing Bridge. On walking a little further upstream we observed 10-15 Diamond Firetails Finches and several Speckled Warblers along the Hunter River. Other species observed was a large flock of Red-rumped parrots, some Double-barred Finches and a Scarlet Robin. Also observed heading towards Moonan Flat, Flame Robins and Brown Falcon.
Darren Earnshaw 17/6 #234644
Australasian Gannet
Whites Headland N of Sharpes Beach Lennox Hd.
Estimated 190 Australasian Gannets, mostly immatures sitting on the water in the bay beyond the wave break at Sharpes Beach.
June Harris, Hans Wolhmuth, Rose Wisemantel, Faye Smith 17/6 #234641
Musk Duck, Little Eagle
Cattai Wetlands
There was a female Musk Duck on the main lagoon at Cattai Wetlands this morning. This is my first record for the site and there doesn't appear to be any other records on eBird or Birdata. Very uncommon on the mid north coast generally. Later in the day a light morph Little Eagle flew over Harrington Road just a few km away, also a scarce species in the area.
Liam Murphy 17/6 #234640
Black-chinned Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird
Braemar State Forest, South of Casino
At least five Black-chinned Honeyeaters on heavily flowering Northern Ironbark and Forest Red Gum. and two Red Wattlebird with numerous other honeyeaters. Red Wattlebirds are uncommon on the northern rivers. A very good season for flowering gums.
David Charley 17/6 #234637
Sat 16highlightPacific Gull
Booti Booti National Park
Two juvenile Pacific Gulls, Seven Mile Beach Booti Booti National Park at -32.263578, 152.533499. They were walking around the local fishermen looking for hand-outs. First seen by Neil and Barbara Ryan of Forster.
Barry M Ralley 18/6 #234648
Black Falcon, Black Kite, Australian Hobby
Mid-Richmond valley between in the Coraki and Casino areas
4 Black Falcons at three locations. Most hunting over areas of grass cutting or sugar cane harvesting. Together with 14 Black Kite, 2 Australian Hobby and numerous other raptors. I know of five Black Falcon pairs in the mid-Richmond Valley.
David Charley 17/6 #234636
highlightSwift Parrot
Nyngan
I found a freshly killed Swift Parrot today in Nyngan near the bowling club. It appeared to have been hit by a car. I moved it off the road onto the foot path. I intend to have a look around town over the next few days in an attempt to locate others.
Michael Crosland 16/6 #234630
Eastern Osprey
Emu Green, Emu Plains
First spotted a female in a dead tree above the Nepean River. Enjoyed close views for 5 min before the Osprey flew away. Relocated the bird in another tree several minutes later, then seen flying with the smaller male. Later it was again perched in the same dead tree. I haven't seen Osprey's this far up the Hawkesbury/Nepean before. Other highlights of the walk included Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Golden-headed Cisticolas and plenty of honeyeaters. eBird checklist
David Steel 16/6 #234628
Fri 15highlightSwift Parrot
Murrumbidgee River, Hay
4 Swift Parrots seen along the edge of the river last Friday. We drove across the bridge over Murrumbidgee River toward Hay town centre. Immediately turned right over the bridge into a reserve with drive and walking track. We stopped right near the river. The birds were 50 to 100 metres from the bridge on the river bank high in the trees. (Moderator's Note: There are no previous Swift Parrot records in Birdata, eBird or the Swift Parrot database for within ~70km of Hay. This, like the Nyngan birds, is a very inland record for Swift Parrots. MR)
Noel and Sharon Taylor per Mick Roderick 21/6 #234671
Thu 14Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Murray River foreshore, Tocumwal
4 Spiny cheeked Honeyeaters flying along the river frontage heading towards township.
Brendan toll 14/6 #234617
Wed 13Fuscous & Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters
Chiltern Trail, Ingleside
A late afternoon visit produced 12 Honeyeater species. Nothing out of the ordinary but best were 2 Yellow-tufted, 4 Fuscous and 4 Brown-headed Honeyeaters and at least 12 Scarlet Honeyeaters.
Paul Johnstone 14/6 #234616
Little Lorikeet, Tree Martin, Olive-backed Oriole
Coolendel Shoalhaven River.
Four Little Lorikeets observed flying over plus two Tree Martins feeding above flowering Eucalyptus trees. Five Olive-backed Oriole's observed along with large numbers of White-naped and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters.
Terrill Nordstrom 13/6 #234615
Scarlet Robin
Glenola Reserve, Bunning Creek, near Yarramalong
A single adult female Scarlet Robin was present feeding along a fence line in association with Jacky Winters and Eastern Yellow Robins at the edge of the Glenola Reserve. This is the first report of a Scarlet Robin on the Central Coast since 30/7/16 when an adult male was seen near Mangrove Mountain. Scarlet Robins are rare, irregular winter visitors to the Central Coast. other interesting birds present in the vicinity were Bassian Thrush, Tree Martins, Wedge-tailed Eagles and Black-shouldered Kites. Access to Glenola Reserve is restricted and needs to be booked through Central Coast Council.
Alan Morris & 20 members CCGBNSW 13/6 #234610
Tue 12Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
Bathurst
Observed two Major Mitchell's feeding on the ground in a open paddock on the Oberon Road close to Bathurst. Very surprised to see this normally inland species so far east.
Stephen Gibbs 13/6 #234609
White-headed Pigeon
Myles Dunphy Reserve (Oatley)
At 1425h, 12 White-headed Pigeons were observed perched within Swamp Oaks and Cheese Trees. For more information please view eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 12/6 #234603
Mon 11Pacific Gull, Kelp Gull, Pacific Reef Egret
Maroubra Beach
A quick seawatch from Mistral Point (14:45-15:00) failed to produce any pelagic bird of note, many gannets and a single Black-Browed Albatross where observed, and 2 pods of whales far out. A single dark morph Pacific Reef Egret flew around the head towards the Ocean pool. At the south end of Maroubra beach on the stones, Gulls where resting, and on 1 stone a single immature Pacific Gull (3th or 4th year I reckon, quite advanced plumage and colored bill) and a single juvenile Kelp Gull (1st year I think) were observed. Walking to Magic point produced again many Gannets and a single Black-browed Albatross, and 2 Kelp Gulls, one adult and one in advanced immature plumage, probably 3th or 4th year. No White-fronted Terns were seen.
Vincent Mourik 12/6 #234598
Nutmeg Mannikin, Chestnut Breasted Mannikin, Red-Capped Plover
Pitt Town Lagoon
At least 20 Nutmeg Mannikin in flock loosely associating with Chestnut breasted Mannikin (50+) , Double-barred Finch (12) and Red-browed Finch (20+). All very mobile and difficult to count. Also 2 Red-capped Plovers noted. 1 Swamp Harrier flew over. Time was later afternoon 4 - 5.30. All on eastern shore.
Martin Snowball 11/6 #234594
Pacific Baza
Oatley Park, Limekiln Bay
A pair of pacific baza, looking very comfortable above the 'castle'. Also striated heron, royal spoonbill, sacred kingfisher, white-necked heron.
David George 11/6 #234592
Red-capped Plover, Red-necked Avocet, Australasian Shoveler
Pitt Town Lagoon
Single Red-capped Plover on the eastern shore approx 11am. Mingling with large numbers of Red-kneed and Black-fronted Dotterels, which are right around the shoreline, so my count of 125/160 respectively probably way under. Also 6 Red-necked Avocet and 4 Australasian Shoveler on the NW edge.
Tom Wilson 11/6 #234591
Sun 10Magpie Goose
Wetland adjacent to Pacific Highway, Clarenza
60+ Geese observed scattered around water and on clumps of vegetation in water. Number estimated as we drove past. First record at this site for some months.
Greg & Val Clancy 15/6 #234624
Square-tailed Kite
Church Street, Maclean
Single Kite low over houses and trees
Greg & Val Clancy 15/6 #234623
Square-tailed Kite
Just S of Iluka Road, Woombah
Kite soaring low over tree canopy.
Greg & Val Clancy 15/6 #234622
Black Kite
Pacific Highway, Nof Ulmarra
Single bird low over Highway
Greg & Val Clancy 15/6 #234621
Sat 9highlightBuller's Albatross, Brown Skua, Northern Giant-Petrel
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
For a June trip out of Sydney numbers of Buller's Albatross (10) along with Wilson's Storm-Petrel (25) were at the upper end. Northern Giant-Petrel (2) and Brown Skua (3). Also seen were Providence Petrel, Fairy Prion as well as Indian Yellow-nosed, Shy, Black-browed and Campbell Albatrosses. Little Penguin close to the Heads. Photograph by Corey Callaghan. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan, David Mitford and all observers on the Avalon IV 10/6 #234583
highlightSwift Parrot
East Kurrajong (near Stanley Park)
Observed 22 Swift Parrots for around half an hour as they sat and/or foraged in three Grey Gums. Individuals were searching around unopened flower buds. Yellow-tufted and Yellow-faced honeyeaters were doing the same thing. Some were just resting and preening. The count of 22 was obtained as they flew away as a flock. Also about 30 Dusky Woodswallows present.
Matthew Stanton 9/6 #234579
highlightSwift Parrot
Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie Campus
Single flock of 28 Swift Parrots lerping in a small forest redgum in the southern carpark of CSU/Lake Innes Coles, the most that have been reported here since I first found them at this site about 5 weeks ago. Following the initial reports of up to 30 birds they soon dispersed and were subsequently only being seen in 2's & 3's, so it was a nice surprise to see them all still in the area and concentrated in a large group again. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 9/6 #234576
Pacific Gull
Ulladulla harbour
A second immature Pacific Gull present this morning.
Chris Shinton 9/6 #234574
Fri 8Rock Warbler
Wedderburn, Campbelltown nsw
I watched a Rock Warbler catch and kill a small skink and swallow it whole, is normal prey for this bird ? (Moderator's Note: HANZAB says "mostly insectivorous" and gives no other details!. AKM) eBird checklist
malcolm daniels 15/6 #234620
Thu 7Brown Cuckoo-Dove
Gannons Park, Peakhurst
At 1525h, two Brown Cuckoo-Doves were observed at lower Gannons Park. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 7/6 #234567
highlightMusk Lorikeet
Nyngan
2 Musk Lorikeets seen flying over the Nyngan Police Station. (Moderator's Note. There are no previous records for Musk Lorikeets in the Nyngan District, although this autumn has seen Musk Lorikeets reported from many locations in numbers not previously seen. Interestingly Rainbow Lorikeets now appear to be resident in Nyngan as well, only first being reported there in 2016, while the first King- Parrots were seen there a few years before that. No doubt the flowering trees and native plants in the towns gardens and parks are providing all year round nectar sources. AKM).
Michael Crosland 7/6 #234564
Pacific Gull
Ulladulla harbour
Immature Pacific Gull at Ulladulla Harbour first seen on 4 June 2018. Still present today, 7 June, either on the beach or at the old swimming pool site.
Chris Shinton 7/6 #234562
Wed 6Australasian Gannets
Sydney Airport
3 juvenile Australasian Gannets were feeding off the eastern side of the third runway in calm conditions. No wind assistance made for some long take-off runs!!!
Nigel Coghlan 7/6 #234560
highlightPacific Gulls
Newcastle Harbour, Nobbys Beach etc
At least two, possibly three immature Pacific Gulls are in the Newcastle Harbour area at the moment. A bird was first spotted by Archie Brennan on Nobbys Beach on Monday, then refound by Jeff Jones at Horseshoe Beach by Jeff Jones yesterday at 4:30pm. Two birds were photographed at the wave trap near Stockton Breakwall at 3:30pm yesterday, so there could be three (or more??) birds involved. A bird was last seen flying up-river from Stockton Sandspit at 12:30pm today (photograph by Jeff Jones).
Archie Brennan et al, per Mick Roderick 6/6 #234553
White-headed Pigeon (+15)
Field of Mars Reserve, East Ryde
While not an uncommon species in Sydney, I was shocked to find 15 birds loafing in Sydney Blue Gums above Buffalo Creek this morning, having only rarely recorded singles here. They were feeding on the profusely fruiting privet along the creek along with several Figbirds and at least five Satin Bowerbirds. A pair of Lewin's Honeyeater also seen this morning were my first for the reserve since 2012. eBird checklist
Max Breckenridge 6/6 #234552
Tue 5Pacific Gull
Sydney Airport
A single juvenile Pacific Gull was observed resting on the third runway seawall near the Mill Stream entrance. My last sighting here was 16 June 2013.
Nigel Coghlan 7/6 #234558
Beach Stone-curlew
Iluka
Single bird on Clarence river foreshore adjacent to Iluka village
Bob Moffatt 5/6 #234549
Magpie Goose
Queensland Road swamps, Casino
Five adult magpie geese with three recently fledged juveniles. Obviously bred at the location. My first breeding record of this species at this site for many years. Also present 24 Australian Shoveler and 26 Glossy Ibis.
David Charley 5/6 #234545
Mon 4Swift Parrot
Edmondson Regional Park
2 observed flying over the western boundary of the park near a recently trittered area. Making the distinctive call. Not far from a recent sighting a month ago.
Leo Skowronek 5/6 #234544
highlightRed-backed Kingfisher
595 Belmore River North Bank Rd, Gladstone NSW
Attended this area after the observation was published on Birdline for same location 29 May 2018. This bird was found perched on power lines outside the given address. Liam Murphy considers that this is the only 3rd record for the Kempsey LGA.
ken sheather 4/6 #234535
Sun 3Painted Button Quail
Mount Annan Botanic Gardens
Painted Buttonquail still present since first reported by Jenny Stiles on the 25/05/18. Usual spot at the connections garden. Also observed & photoed yesterday by others, based on eBird reports.
Paul & Carol Lynch 5/6 #234541
Brown Skua, White-fronted Tern
Ballina Lighthouse lookout
Sea-watching with Hans from Ballina lighthouse lookout, additional species seen after Hans left, one Brown Skua, another juvenile Giant-petrel & a single White-fronted Tern was my first for this year. Also a few Fluttering/Hutton's Shearwaters & a very distant possible Providence Petrel.
Steven McBride 3/6 #234528
Fairy Prion, Brown Skua
Fort Drive, Newcastle
During an early mornings hour sea watch I had 2 Black-browed Albatross, 4 Fluttering Shearwater, at least 50 Fairy Prion, a White-fronted Tern and a Brown Skua all very close to shore and just behind the wave breaks. (Moderator's Note: Many prions close inshore this afternoon too [04/06]. MR)
Edwin Vella 3/6 #234527
highlightBlack-browed/Campbell Albatross, Giant-petrel sp., Common Diving-petrel, Prion sp.
Ballina Lighthouse Lookout
A 2 hr 40 min seawatch from 11:45 produced a BB/Campbell Albatross, a juvenile Giant-petrel sp., 3 Common Diving-petrels and a minimum of 151 Prion sp. (undoubtedly more). Despite most remaining unidentified, this was a good sea-watch for Ballina! Prions were too distant for postitive identification but assumed to be (predominantly) Fairy. Like the prions, the Diving-petrels travelled north at brakeneck speed, riding the strong southerly. eBird checklist
Hans Wohlmuth 3/6 #234521
Albatross species
Burrewarra Pt Reserve, Guerilla Bay
A quick 45 minute visit. Conditions had calm down by noon and few birds were coming in shore: 2 Black-browed Albatross 2 Shy Albatross 1 Buller's Albatross 50+ Fluttering Shearwater
Demetrios Bertzeletos, Julie Morgan 3/6 #234517
Albatross species
Moruya Heads
Calmer conditions meant fewer birds, but the variety was still there: Moruya heads: 1 Wandering (Snowy Albatross), 1 Gibson's Albatross, 14 Shy Albatross, 12 Black-browed Albatross, 2000+ Fluttering Shearwater, 2 Giant Petrel Species, 1+ Prion sp. 1 Pacific Gull, 50 White-fronted Terns, 5 Sea Lions
Demetrios Bertzeletos + Eurobodalla Natural History Society Outing 3/6 #234516
Sat 2Black-necked Stork
Stratford, NSW
Seen landing next to a farm dam nearby to the intersection of The Bucketts Way and Glouctester Tops Road
Alex Pursche 5/6 #234548
Grey-faced Petrel, Brown Skua
Norah Head
. 3/4 hour sea watch at Norah Head yielded 10 Black-browed Albatross, 1 Shy Albatross, 40+ Australasian Gannets, 2 Brown Skua, 1 Grey-faced Petrel, 3 White-fronted Tern and a a Fluttering Shearwater
Allan Benson 3/6 #234520
Bullers's and Shy Albatross, Brown Skua, Prions
Mistral Point, Maroubra
A Buller's Albatross rounded off a good afternoon sea watch at Maroubra today. Earlier, with Dave Mitford & Greg McLachlan, good numbers of Shy, Black-browed and 3 Yellow-nosed Albatross were seen. Also, 4-5 Fairy Prion, many other prions too distant to positively ID, 1 Brown Skua, a Short-tailed Shearwater, and a Kelp Gull.
Robert Griffin 3/6 #234518
highlightFreckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck
Shortland Waters Golf Course (Newcastle)
A count of 182 Freckled Ducks at Shortland Waters this morning. Pink-eared Duck numbers up from 8 birds a fortnight ago to 120 this morning, but Hardhead numbers down from 350 a fortnight ago to just 6 birds this morning. (Moderator's Note: This is the biggest count of Freckled Ducks in the Hunter Valley in recent times. MR) eBird checklist
Alex Berryman per Mick Roderick 2/6 #234514
Pacific Gull (immatures)
La Perouse
3 Immature Pacific Gulls of mixed ages resting near La Perouse car park. Also 1 Adult kelp Gull and 3 Australasian Gannets in the bay. Very strong Southerly wind, photos a bit shaky. eBird checklist
Richard Murray 2/6 #234513
highlightAlbatross species
Wasp's Head-Murramarang National PRK
excellent sea watching off wasp's head this morning. In a three hour session the following were seen 64+ shy albatross 50+ Albatross sp 12 Black-browed albatross 2 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross 1 Buller's Albatross 3 Grey-faced Petrel 40 Fluttering Shearwaters 1 Brown Skua 3 White-fronted Terns 150+ Gannets 1 Peregrine Falcon 1 Sea Eagle Plus the usual Crested Terns and Silver Gulls
Demetrios Bertzeletos 2/6 #234512
Fri 1Swift Parrot, Gang-gang Cockatoo
Werekata SCA
Observed 5 Swift Parrots on the disused rail-line trail parallel to the Boundary Trail. Unfortunately there was heavy plant working fixing the trails, the large dozer made it difficult to locate many other birds let alone additional Swifts. 3 Gang-gangs (2F, 1M) were feeding at the junction of the Boundary Trail and Pelton Rd. eBird checklist
Heath Milne 3/6 #234523
Pacific Gull, Grey-faced Petrel and Prions
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Seen this afternoon: a juvenile Pacific Gull, 1 Grey-faced Petrel, 1 Giant Petrel(sp), 3 White-fronted Terns, 35 Black-browed Albatross, and a few Indian Yellow-nosed and Shy Albatross. Unidentifiable Prions still streaming north too distant and fast to confidently pick.
David Mitford 2/6 #234515
highlightCommon Diving-Petrel,Buller's Albatross,Grey-faced Petrel
Sydney Harbour National Park,North Head
Highlights of a seawatch from North Head today was a Common Diving-Petrel,3 Buller's Albatross and 12 Grey-faced Petrels.
Michael Ronan 1/6 #234501
highlightSwift Parrot; Little Eagle
Cessnock area
One Swift Parrot and two Little Lorikeets sighted briefly at Kearsley, good numbers of Dusky Woodswallow and stacks of White-naped and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. At Paxton had good views of Little Eagle pale morph. Good mixed birding at HEZ stormwater culverts Double-barred, Red-browed finches, Variegated and Superb fairywrens Fuscous Honeyeaters and again stacks of White-naped and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters all coming down to drink. Cold windy weather but beats sitting at home
Gavin Shelley & Paul Shelley 1/6 #234500
highlightWhite-tailed Tropic Bird
Toukley Bridge Wallerah road Gorokan
White-tailed Tropic Bird seen at Toukley Bridge Wallerah rd. 7.05 am. We were walking on footpath below bridge nth side. it was flying around above bridge then went south over lake and heading east. Seen also by Kiar a co worker i pointed out the long tail feathers so i had a witness
Michael Price 1/6 #234499

May 2018
Thu 31Grey-faced Petrel, Brown Skua & Short-tailed Shearwater
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Proper winter seawatch. 50 + Black-browed Albatross, 11 Shy Albatross, 2 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, 1 Shorty, 1 Brown Skua, 8 White-fronted Terns, 1 Giant Petrel (sp), 30+Prions (sp), 1 Kelp Gull (ad) and right on cue (dusk) a Grey-faced Petrel cruised in to steal the limelight. Next few days look very interesting.....
David Mitford 31/5 #234495
Tue 29highlightRed-backed Kingfisher
Belmore River, Gladstone 2440
Interesting autumn record, more likely in Northern NSW than elsewhere on the Coast in autumn-winter.
Neil Parker 1/6 #234505
Magpie Geese
Finley Lake, Newell Hwy. Finley
7 Magpie Geese where observed hanging around the island, my first sighting for this lake. Amazing to watch them fly around.
Brendan toll 29/5 #234488
highlightSwift Parrot
South of Paxton, near Cessnock (and Lower Hunter summary)
30 Swift Parrots seen on a survey of bushland on private property south of Paxton this morning. There were a few Spotted Gums flowering at the site; the only ones I've recorded in an intensive month of surveys for Regent Honeyeaters (none of which are to be found!). Some Swifties were again dew-bathing in the foliage of a stringybark. In the past 10 days there have been around 190 Swift Parrots counted in the Lower Hunter at the following sites - Pelton (80+), HEZ (50), Paxton (30), Kitchener (20+) and Nulkaba (10) - and there are birds known to be on the Singleton Training Area and there are additional birds in HEZ not counted recently, so there are >200 Swifties in the Lower Hunter forests at the moment. Birds dew-bathing https://youtu.be/vwI2zvTO0VI and feeding in Spotted Gum https://youtu.be/RBVSR-xLfZs
Mick Roderick and Alex Berryman 29/5 #234487
Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Eulah Creek
Eulah Creek is still one of only a few places in Australia where this species can currently be found semi-regularly. 5 birds seen (twice) today, 10 sightings in total since 5 April (always 3 to 5 birds; always vocal). They tend to cross Eulah Creek Road near the Box Gully Road turn-off, 20 km East of Narrabri, between ca. 8 and 9 in the morning, flying southwards (if they come at all). Today, in addition to their morning pass-over, seen again at 13:20, foraging in a dry paddock. As far as I can tell, they have been in the area since 2014, with infrequent sightings going back to 2007. eBird checklist
Michael Dahlem 29/5 #234486
highlightFemale Red-capped Robin
Ballina
In company of Scarlet Honeyeaters.
Dac Cameron 29/5 #234485
Mon 28Musk Lorikeet
Lismore
Small flock of Musk Lorikeets heading over Lismore CBD by the river. Another small flock (~15 birds) recorded at Lennox Head football field last week foraging in Broad-leaved Paperbark.
Ian Colvin 28/5 #234482
Swift Parrot
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--Waratah Track
One bird still present at 9.30am today. Difficult to find, seen and heard when flushed and flying away to the northeast.
Carl Corden 28/5 #234476
Sun 27Black Bittern
Kiama
Bird flushed from Casuarina tree along creek on Reid Street (near Bonaira Native Gardens).
Michael Paul 28/5 #234483
Sat 26White winged Chough
Duck River bikepath near Auburn Botanic Gardens
Watched two choughs for quite awhile feeding and preening. This was my first visit to the area, so I don't know if they are commonly seen there, but it was a delightful surprise. (Moderator's Note: There are a handful of records from the vicinity, but only one record from the gardens themselves, which was in an eBird list submitted yesterday [27/05//2018] so maybe this was a first report for the site? MR).
Lindy Jones 28/5 #234475
Pacific Gull
Kiama Harbour
After the Kiama Pelagic an immature Pacific Gull was sighted by myself and Graham Barwell. eBird checklist
Brian Deans. 27/5 #234473
megamegaGrey-headed Albatross, Wandering Albatrosses, Cape Petrel
Offshore--Kiama Pelagic (SOSSA)
The highlight of the 26 May SOSSA trip was a juvenile Grey-headed Albatross, although it did not approach the boat. Other notable sightings were a Cape Petrel, a Northern Giant Petrel, a Brown Skua, 8+Wandering/Antipodean Albatrosses, 30+ Bullers Albatrosses and 10+ Campbell Albatrosses. We also had good numbers of Shy, Indian Yellow-nosed and Black-browed Albatrosses. Other birds included Wilson's Storm-petrels, Fairy Prions and Solanders Petrels.
Brook Whylie and all aboard the MV Kato 26/5 #234470
Cattle Egret
Eulah Creek
Given the extremely dry conditions it may be worth pointing out that there are still some Cattle Egrets staying this far inland at the present time. 5 in non-breeding plumage seen today, about 1 km up Eulah Creek Road from the turn-off. For reference: Narrabri Lake dry, Narrabri Lagoon dry, small farm dams without a pump/windmill dry, all creeks dry, no environmental flow coming down the Namoi River at this time. eBird checklist
Michael Dahlem 26/5 #234469
highlightSwift Parrot and Grey-crowned Babbler
Fletcher Rd street, Nulkaba - near Cessnock
Heard and saw approx 8 Swift Parrots this morning and this afternoon while watching 11 Grey-crowned Babblers foraging, heard several Swift Parrots again. Birds were a little distant but took off from Spotted Gum. Rainbow Lorrikeets, Musk Lorikeets, Blue-faced Honeyeaters and Striped Honeyeaters also present. Little Lorikeets also heard flying over head. Musk Lorikeets seen feeding on lerp in Spotted Gum.
Chris Slade 26/5 #234468
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Wirraminna Educ. Centre, Burrumbuttock
Pair of adult birds calling and feeding on yellow box blossom. First record in and around the village for at least 16 years. Other notable birds about: Dusky Woodswallow, groups of Double-barred Finch, Australasian Grebe, Darter and Red-capped Robin
David M Watson 26/5 #234464
Fri 25Brown Quail
Eastlakes golf course
Covey of 7 Brown Quail feeding on path by fence running along 2nd fairway. eBird checklist
Chris and Jane Gregory 26/5 #234466
Painted Button-quail
Mount Annan Botanic Gardens
Single bird seen around -34.071008, 150.765104
Carol Abbott,Jenny Stiles,Marie Lister and Margaret Murray 25/5 #234463
Swift Parrot
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
At least seven Swift Parrots seen along the start of the Waratah Track this morning (7:30) indicating they are still present in the area despite no reports for ~20 days. The parrots were flying around and possibly feeding on lerps in low eucalypts within the first 200 m of the track. Several heathwren also observed on the same track and Salvation Loop. A pair of Glossy Black Cockatoo were feeding above the road, and a Rockwarbler, heading downhill to Akuna Bay. eBird checklist
Max Breckenridge 25/5 #234460
Report
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Threatened
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Highlight
Rare
Endangered
Vagrant
Irruption
Unusual numbers
Mega
Rare vagrant
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