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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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4/6/2018

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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June 2019
Mon 17Black Kite
Northern Distributor, Orange
At least 35 Black Kites circling over a paddock west of the Northern Distributor at 9am this morning. There have been small numbers (3-5) of this species seen around Orange over the past 2-3 years but I've never seen a gathering of this size. Symptomatic of conditions further west becoming hostile to life... Coordinates (from Google Maps): -33.262575, 149.114116
Tiffany Mason & Catherine Booth 17/6 #239662
Sun 16Singing Honeyeater
The Lagoon, south of Bathurst
One bird seen sitting on fence of property chook yard! Flew off shortly after detection. Landholder reported seeing 2 birds hanging around over past month. Haven't seen this species in the region before. Private property
Tiffany Mason 17/6 #239660
Fri 14Swift Parrot
2341 Savernake Rd Savernake 2646
5 whizzed by as I was feeding sheep
Ann Sloane 16/6 #239653
highlightSouth Island Pied Oystercatcher
Stockton Beach (Worimi Conservation Lands)
The well-documented "1N" was found by Ann Lindsey during a monthly survey of the Worimi Conservation Lands this morning, subsequently found by me and a few other observers. The bird was initially found by Ann about 2km south of the 4wd beach access at Birubi Point, and then relocated at approximately the same location this afternoon (perhaps slightly closer to Birubi). Survey details, but not exact location are at http://birdata.birdlife.org.au/survey?id=2935405&h=14c37d84 (Bird present at -32.796075,152.004147 Saturday morning [per M. Kearns])
Mick Roderick, Dan Williams, Ian Benson and Grant Brosie 14/6 #239651
Swift Parrot
Scheyville National Park (north-west Sydney)
Three Swift Parrots were seen and heard at lunchtime today in the southern section of Scheyville National Park on the south side of Old Pitt Town Road, along the Market Garden and Bat Box trails. They were very vocal and mostly up high in the tree tops. They were chased off by the Bell Miners but returned half an hour later. Also seen were four Crested Shrike-tits and Red-browed Finches with dependent young.
Andrew Patrick 14/6 #239650
Thu 13Swift Parrot
Henry Mitchell Reserve, Acacia Gardens
One flying over about 7:50 am.
Edwin Vella 13/6 #239647
Wed 12Plum-headed Finch
Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Large flock of birds seems to be getting bigger. At least 60 now. Photo taken a week ago and suggests they have been breeding to just before winter sets in.
Mark Leary 12/6 #239646
White-fronted Tern, probable Beautiful Firetail
Kamay Botany Bay National Park--Yena Gap Lookout and Picnic Area
White-fronted Tern photographed flying north, only a few metres off the rock shelf. Beautiful Firetail call heard: audio playback used at end of Yena Trail (just above Yena picnic area), then again about 100m down the road toward Yena Picnic area. A few minutes later, similar call heard vocalised about 6 times, originating slightly south of the picnic area road. The playback call was the first in the Morcombe app, which I would describe as "wheeeee", repeated, spaced apart. The bird heard was very slightly lower pitch than the app, with two sets of calls a few moments apart. Bird not sighted. First record in ebird for Kurnell Peninsula, although there are plenty of records south at Royal National Park, and there is a single record north, at La Perouse. (Moderator: It would be good if the firetail could be confirmed with a sighting) eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg 12/6 #239642
Peaceful Dove
Northern end of Kosciuszko NP near Blowering Res
Not a rare bird nor not strictly out of range but a quite rare sighting in the National Park
Les Main 12/6 #239639
Tue 11Spotted Harrier
Avenue Road South of Casino
One adult Spotted Harrier quartering over a sparse low growing tea-tree plantation. Flushed up some unidentified distant birds and gave chase. The birds escaped and the Harrier returned to search for prey over the tea-tree. Avenue road leads into Bungawalbin NP from the Summerland Way
June Harris Kathy Wilk and Heather Munro, 12/6 #239641
Black-chinned Honeyeater
Bungawalbin National Park
3 Black-chinned Honeyeater's heard initially and then sighted at the end of the walking track to Neiley's Lagoon.
June Harris and Jan Olley's team of 5 12/6 #239640
Coastal Emu
Bungawalbin National Park
One Adult Emu on the roadside (Neiley's Road) in the National Park. This coastal population of Emu is seriously threatened.
June Harris and Jan Olley's team of 5 11/6 #239637
Australian Hobby
Centennial Park (Sydney)
Single Hobby seen hawking for insects over the Children's Bicycle Track. Hobbies are an infrequent visitor to the park and I'd sight maybe one or two a year.
Biggles Csolander 11/6 #239634
Superb Parrot
Larkin Oval, Nyngan
A pair of superb parrots flew over the the oval at 11am. The first superb parrots I've seen in town in the two years I've lived here.
Mick Crosland 11/6 #239632
Mon 10White-cheeked Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater
Huskisson, NSW
Observed and heard 3 White-Cheeked Honeyeater and at least 4 Scarlet Honeyeater. Two Musk Lorikeets were also around checking out a number of small tree hollows.
Carla Jackett 11/6 #239638
Jacky Winter
New Italy Car Park Pacific Highway Upgrade
2 Jacky Winter's sighted in the new car park at New Italy 15 K's south of Woodburn. Nor seen at this easterly location before.
June Harris 11/6 #239635
Sun 9highlightSwift Parrot and Little Friarbird
Joshua Porter Reserve, Chain Valley Bay
At least 20 Swift Parrots seen amongst the flowering Swamp Mahogany. About 10 Little Friarbirds feeding in both the paperbarks and Swamp Mahoganies. Little Friarbirds often seen chasing away the Noisy Friarbirds but Noisy Miners were chasing the Little Friarbirds. At least 4 Tree Martins seen circling overhead. (Moderator's Note: Swift Parrots are ongoing [e.g 100 birds reported 01/06] but of note have barely been seen anywhere else in the Lake Macquarie area despite one of the best Swamp Mahogany flowering events in many years. Also the number of Little Friarbirds at this site is quite remarkable. MR)
Edwin Vella 9/6 #239629
Freckled Duck
McPherson Road Swamp
Seen 4 Freckled Ducks in the swamp very late in the afternoon from the western end of the lagoon. Saw also a pair of Southern Emu-wrens and heard Torresian Crows.
Edwin Vella 9/6 #239628
Australasian Bittern; Chestnut-breated Mannikin
Bushells Lagoon
Continuing bird - seen by both observers in rank vegetation to west of causeway from 9am-11 when it flushed and moved further west into deeper vegetation. Several small flocks of CB Mannikin seen but then one larger one. Est 60, but that possibly a bit low, comprising adults & juveniles. Also 4 Nutmeg Mannikin seen, a Hobby and Spotless Crake heard but not seen. Little Grassbirds active; also 1 Tawny Grassbird and 1 Reed Warbler seen. eBird checklist
Tom Wilson & Simon Blanchflower 9/6 #239626
Sat 8highlightSoft-plumaged Petrel, Buller's Albatross, Brown Skua
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
A delightful day on the water produced a good mix of Albatross species including two Buller's Albatrosses. Fairy Prion and Providence Petrel also seen with the latter concentrated at the shelf. A Brown Skua put on a great show as it scattered the Silver Gull each time it approached. A Soft-plumaged Petrel was also briefly seen just outside the Heads on the return journey. An ORAC submission is in the pipeline. (Moderator’s Note: photos of the Soft-plumaged are in the eBird list. MR). eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan, Hal Epstein and all observers on the Sea Eagle 9/6 #239620
Little Penguin, Double-banded Dotterel
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
4 Penguin fishing about 100m north of reef approx 11:15am; 8 Double-banded Dotterel roosting on reef (tide was rising) - more than I normally see at this location. Also a count of 86 Crested Terns and 9 Ruddy Turnstone at the roost. 3 Pied and 8 Sooty Oystercatchers elsewhere on reef flat and a Collared Sparrowhawk made a pass along the cliffs. Not much observable offshore (a few BB Albatross and Gannets) eBird checklist
Tom Wilson 8/6 #239616
Fri 7Comb-crested Jacana
John Browns Lagoon, Richmond Vale (near Kurri Kurri)
Single Comb-crested Jacana observed on John Browns Lagoon from Richmond Vale Road . This is the first confirmed sighting at this formerly well-known location for jacanas since September 2012 and the most southerly report in NSW for about 3 years. The bird was very distant, so extreme-cropped proof shot attached.
Marg Clarke per Mick Roderick 8/6 #239617
Wed 5Freckled Duck, Chestnut Teal
New Quipolly Dam recreation area
First spotted out on open water, later near the visitor platform closest to the dam, a mob of ca. 30 Freckled Ducks (top panel of composite photo shows 8 of them). At the eastern end of the recreation area, beyond the decrepit shed, I took an ID shot of some more ducks, only to find on the computer that there was at least one male Chestnut Teal among them (bottom panel; near right). The dark bird on the far left, fourth from top, may be a female; two other teals are Grey Teals. Both, Freckled Duck and Chestnut Teal, are my first inland records in years.
Michael Dahlem 6/6 #239611
Plum-headed Finch
New Quipolly Dam recreation area
An unusual breeding record, not because Plum-headed Finches don't breed inland, but because of the timing. Attached photo shows a pair feeding a single dependent juvenile. They were part of a mob of ca. 10 that was moving around with a larger mob of Double-barred Finches. Plenty of grass around now, providing seeds to last them through winter. Seen about 50 m towards the dam from the entrance.
Michael Dahlem 6/6 #239610
Eastern Osprey
Rotary Athletics Field, Lane Cove
Nesting on one of the sportsground lights. (Moderators Note: one of few records of Osprey nesting close to Sydney Harbour. MB.)
Nicholas Yu 5/6 #239605
highlightGrey-faced Petrel (24)
Tacking Point Lighthouse
This afternoon i finished a two hour seawatch with a conservative tally of 24 Grey-faced Petrels. Whilst not a particularly rare species, this is an exceptional land-based count at this location. I don't think I've ever recorded more than two in a single session. Most birds were hurtling northwards in the distance without stopping, but several joined a feeding flock of terns in fairly close for good scope views. Also one juvenile Giant-Petrel sp., White-fronted Tern and a few Fluttering-type Shearwaters. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 5/6 #239602
Australian Shelduck
Nolans Reserve North Manly
I spotted a large duck feeding with a bunch of Pacific Black ducks on the semi flooded playing fields.At first I thought it was some kind of "barnyard" duck.I have supplied a photo off the camera.
Geoff Longford 5/6 #239599
Tue 4highlightGrey-faced Petrel and Solander’s Petrel
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Big winds produced 75+ Grey-faced Petrels,1 Solander’s Petrel, 60 Black-browed Albatross, 6 Shy Albatross, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Pacific Gull, 6 Kelp Gulls, 8 White-fronted Terns, 1 Northern Giant Petrel, 10 Giant Petrel (sp) and a probable Brown Skua.
David Mitford 6/6 #239609
highlightGrey-faced Petrel
Fort Drive, Nobbys (Newcastle)
Approximately 40 Grey-faced Petrels seen in the final hour of light during the big south-westerly winds associated with the low pressure system yesterday. Max count in one sweep was 8 birds and most sightings involved 2 or 3 birds flying together. Little else apart from a few White-fronted Terns out the front. The 'ultimate proof shot' attached of one of the Grey-faced.
Mick Roderick and Ian Benson 5/6 #239607
Australasian Bittern, Brown Falcon, Black-shouldered Kite, Swamp Harrier
Bushells Lagoon
Continuing bird. Close to road, western side at 2pm, sheltering from wind. Flushed, landing in reeds approx 100m west. Also Brown Falcon, chased off by Black-shouldered Kite. Swamp Harrier present also. eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg 4/6 #239594
Mon 320 Dusky Woodswallows
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--Waratah Track
Never seen them before on this Track. They were feeding and preening on dead branches of Eucalypts. Was in the hilly area of the track.
Veronika Grether 5/6 #239603
Swift Parrot
Huntly Road, Bensville
2 birds observed preening in the top of the canopy of a Blackbutt after a brief rain squall. The tree is in a backyard of a house approximately halfway along the street. The afternoon sun made their green and red colours almost fluoresce against the dark clouds to the south east behind them. All the local birds (mostly Rainbow Lorikeets) were squawking and flying about excitedly after the rain; these two were much more sedate. Swamp Mahogany is common in this part of Bensville and has been flowering profusely for many weeks, which is presumably why the Swift Parrot is visiting. eBird checklist
Elizabeth Ashby 4/6 #239596
Little Lorikeet
Cockle Bay Nature Reserve, Empire Bay
At least 10 Little Lorikeets feeding with Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets in flowering Swamp Mahogany at Cockle Bay Nature Reserve. Probably many more based on the amount of calls. Noisy Friarbirds and Scarlet Honeyeaters (in the mangroves) were also present in large numbers.
Ric Tannerman 3/6 #239591
Sun 2Pacific Baza
Forbes Creek Reserve, Engadine
3 Pacific Bazas seen around 1:15pm where Forbes Creek crosses Wollybutt Rd, just downstream of the crossing. All three headed further downstream after being harassed by Noisy Miners. (Moderator's Note: few records of multiple birds south of Sydney. MR)
Rob Taggart 2/6 #239583
Australasian Bittern
Bushell's Lagoon
Continuing bird. Australasian bittern still at Lagoon. Photographed this morning in reeds well out to the right of the causeway as it emerged briefly.
Greg McCarry 2/6 #239578
Sat 1Swift Parrot, Fuscous Honeyeater
Ocean Drive Firetrail, North Haven
On 30/5/19 I found 3 Fuscous Honeyeaters amongst many Yellow--faced Honeyeaters that were feeding in flowering Swamp Mahogany and Heath Banksia on the Ocean Drive Firetrail at North Haven., Fuscous Honeyeaters are rarely seen east of the M1 Motorway on the Mid North Coast. Subsequently when looking for the Fuscous Honeyeaters on 1/6/19 at the same place, none were seen but 3 Swift Parrots were observed feeding with Rainbow Lorikeets in the Swamp Mahoganys by Ted Giblin.
Ted Giblin & Alan Morris 2/6 #239588
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Little Eagle (dark morph), Spotted Harrier, Australasian Bittern
Bushells Lagoon
A pair of White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes (one light and a dark morph bird) showing nicely in the eucalypts beisde the causeway where also saw a juvenile Spotted Harrier, a dark morph Little Eagle and nice views of one of the Australasian Bitterns. A single Fairy Martin and one or two Reed Warblers appear to be over-wintering.
Edwin Vella et al 2/6 #239582
Little Eagle
Ingleburn
Single bird soaring by southbound lanes of M5, a little further north of Saint Andrews Rd, circa 9:30am. Harassed by an Australian Raven. I've never seen a Little Eagle in this location before.
Lorne Johnson 1/6 #239576

May 2019
Fri 31Little Lorikeets
Galgabba Pt, Swansea
We walked up the track and the trees were alive, with approx 15 Little Lorikeets, Yellow-faced Honeyeaters flying through, along with Scarlet and White-naped Honeyeaters and some Silvereye.
Christina Port with Central Coast Bird Group 2/6 #239587
highlightSwift Parrot
Cam's Wharf
As we walked around near Cam's Wharf, 4 Swift Parrots flew over calling. Other birds seen were Scaly-breasted Lorikeets, Rainbow Lorikeets and Noisy Friarbirds all feeding in the flowering trees.
Christina Port and Central Coast Bird Group 2/6 #239586
Wed 29highlightMasked Booby
Bass Point (Shellharbour)
One immature bird seen flying close to shore during strong wind. Lots of Gannets around at the time but they were further out to sea. Good views of the bird by the three of us as it flew southwards.
Brian Deans, Dave Rower, Terrill Nordstrom 29/5 #239563
Beach Stone-Curlew
Half a km south out of Huskisson along a little bridge near a inlet from Jervis Bay.
Frank Ullrich on holidays from the central coast. 29/5 #239562
Mon 27Glossy Black Cockatoo
Middle Creek Reserve, Narrabeen Lakes
Pair of Glossy Black-Cockatoos seen flying south from Middle Creek Reserve over Cromer Golf Club at approximately 6:45am.
Guy Smith 27/5 #239548
Sun 26Australasian Bittern
Bushells Lagoon
One bird sighted at 11:00am today, flushed from opposite side of causeway. Good views until flew deep into reeded area, 100m away.
Tom Petty 27/5 #239556
Black Falcon
Wianamatta Nature Reserve, Cranebrook
Seen relatively high in the sky about an hour before sunset - a couple casual circles and slowly drifting off north. eBird checklist
Chris Rehberg 27/5 #239550
Pied Butcherbird, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Shoplands Road, Annangrove
Single adult Pied Butcherbird observed mid-afternoon, first record of the species since 2002. Neither was it recorded at the site in the early 1970's when Shoplands Road was a Sydney birdwatchers' hotspot. Two Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters are only the second sighting here since the colony disappeared after a prescribed burn in the gully in 2010. Other record was a single bird in Jan 2018.
Darryl Smedley 26/5 #239541
Fri 24Swift Parrots
Joshua Porter Reserve, Chain Valley Bay
There are still large numbers of Swift Parrots feeding in Swamp Mahogany and other flowering trees in this reserve. It is difficult to determine numbers but there were probably 30-40 birds flying between the trees.
Elisabeth Karplus 25/5 #239536
highlightEastern Yellow Wagtail
Ash Island--Wagtail Way
I was lucky enough to encounter multiple Yellow Wagtails this afternoon on at Fish Fry Flats on Ash Island. Three bird initially seen well and then nine birds flushed and flew towards Wagtail Way. A total of ten birds were later seen on Wagtail Way. There are odd records from SE Aust. of May and June records, however 10 birds is unprecedented. Majority of birds were in full breeding plumage however at least two were birds were still showing immature plumage. (Moderator's Note: There is one May record for the Hunter Estuary, being of a single bird 2/05/2012 on Ash Island, and there was a bird present on Hexham Swamp 22/06-8/07/2014, possibly overwintering? But these numbers in late May is unprecedented in southern Australia and this represents the biggest count ever in NSW for any time of year. MR). Further note: as of midday today [25/05] numerous birders had been out on the island looking for the birds since first light without luck (MR).
Ian Benson 24/5 #238535
Thu 23Yellw-tufted Honeyeater
Dandahra Rest Area, Gibraltar Range National Park
Single bird feeding in flowering eucalypt with Red Wattlebird, Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and White-naped Honeyeaters. Observers' first record at this location.
Greg Clancy & Alan Turnbull 24/5 #238537
Wompoo Fruit-Dove
Orara River, Ramornie
One bird perched in tree near house flew towards River. First record at this site for observers.
Greg Clancy & Alan Turnbull 24/5 #238536
Nutmeg Mannikin (Scaly-breasted Munia)
Barton Park South--Landing Lights Wetland
Following reports a few days ago (19 May), saw two Scaly-breasted Munia in the late afternoon on the fence on the northern side of the St. George Football (soccer) stadium in flock with Red-browed Finches.
Amit Kelkar 24/5 #238532
Wed 22Australian Masked Owl
Clive Evatt Reserve, Wahroongah
Deceased. No physical evidence of reason to death
Skye Virgin 23/5 #238529
highlightSwift Parrot
Mt Annan Botanic Garden
At least five Swift Parrot observed near small dam at junction of banksia track and Caley dr near banksia garden. Seen feeding on lerp in grey box. (Moderator's Note: 76 birds counted here at 4:30pm yesterday 21/05, per C. Munson. MR).
Debbie Andrew 22/5 #238523
Tue 21Dusky Woodswallow
Cowan
Approx. 25 dusky woodswallows hawking over Cowan after 1pm. Also a huge flock of yellow-tailed black-cockatoos in past couple of weeks building to ca. 250/yesterday.
Paul Burcher and Jacqueline Reifenstein 21/5 #238512
Mon 20Red-capped Plover
Bonna Point Reserve
Sixteen Red-capped Plovers were observed feeding etc on the sandflat at -34.008891, 151.189076. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 20/5 #238507
Spotted Harrier
Ash Island--Wagtail Way-Southbank Rd circuit
An adult Spotted Harrier was observed diving into reeds & hunting low. It was photographed & will be reported on Ebird. May be the same bird the Mick Roderick saw along Cormorant Rd at the north of the island.
Archie Brennan 20/5 #238506
Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Wolli Creek Reserve, Earlwood
White morph Grey Goshawk seen just west of the flyingfox camp this afternoon. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 20/5 #238505
highlightSwift Parrot
Corner of Macquarie Grove Road and Sutton Avenue, Cobbitty
2 birds calling from a Eucalyptus tereticornis
Leo Skowronek and Brendon Levot 20/5 #238502
Sun 19highlightSwift Parrot, Little Friarbird
Joshua Porter Reserve, Chain Valley Bay
At least 100, could be 150 Swift Parrots feeding in the blossom at Joshua Porter Reserve. At one point the birds all flew to the centre of the reserve in 4 successive flocks, allowing for a quick count. Also present are at least 6 Little Friarbirds feeding in the Paperbarks. During the morning a Square-trailed Kite and an Osprey were also seen at the site by David Russell. eBird checklist
Jenny & Rod Stiles and others. 20/5 #238503
Nutmeg Mannikin (Scaly-breasted Munia)
Barton Park South--Landing Lights Wetland
Three individuals spotted in the lantana on the northern side of the St George Soccer Stadium, with Double-barred and Red-browed Finches and Silvereyes. Not a native but another species to add to this great urban birding location. eBird checklist
Madeline Hourihan 19/5 #238494
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