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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

The moderators support government regulations related to the COVID-19 outbreak regarding access to restricted areas, social distancing and unnecessary travel. We will not publish any reports that potentially breach these regulations. Birders are encouraged to post lists to eBird Australia, where sightings are incorporated into the BirdLife Australia Atlas. To do this you need to register with eBird Australia then login. 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) or Square-tailed Kites unless they are in unusual locations or are seen with unusual prey etc.

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

May 2021
Sun 16Little Friarbird
One Tree Reach Wetland (Sydney record)
Saw at least 2 Little Friarbirds (amongst the large number of Noisy Friarbirds foraging in the flowering Swamp Mahogany beside the wetland at Laughtondale beside Singleton Rd. The Noisy Friarbirds were being chased by the Noisy Miners and the Noisy Friarbirds were chasing away the smaller honeyeaters as well as each other. The Little Friarbirds appeared to be immature birds with yellow throat patches. This was the first time I have seen the Little Friarbirds in the Sydney region.
Edwin Vella 16/5 #260194
Swift Parrot
Wisemans Ferry Golf Course
Lemon-scented Gums were in good flower within the golf course. At least 3 Swift Parrots (possibly more seen) foraging in these gums but they were being chased away by the Noisy Miners.
Edwin Vella 16/5 #260193
Cattle Egret
Lake Cargelligo Old Golf Course
A single bird not in breeding plumage seen feeding among cattle as I drove through Lake Cargelligo today. Very rare to see one of these birds around the Lachlan Shire
Warren Chad 16/5 #260192
highlightSuperb Fruit-dove
An immature Superb Fruit-dove hit a window in the Parramatta area and was rescued, taken to a wildlife carer and subsequently released back where it was found. May be in the area still. Reported to “Australian Bird ID” public page on Facebook with photos taken by a Lincoln Cross.
Lincoln Cross c/- ABID Facebook Page 16/5 #260189
Thu 13Greater Sooty Owl
Royal National Park--Lady Carrington Drive
Family? Of Greater Sooty Owls observed/heard at about 6:30pm at Waterfall end of Lady Carrington Drive. One adult heard (multiple bomb drops) and observed. 2 juveniles heard calling (trill) for the adult. Behaviour repeated and carried on for over 30 minutes. Reporting due to possible out of season breeding.
Brett Mezen 14/5 #260184
Blue-billed Duck
Dangars Lagoon
Good count of at least 100 Blue-billed Ducks on Dangars Lagoon near Uralla this morning. Also good numbers of Australasian Shovelers (250+).
Liam Murphy 13/5 #260183
Wed 12highlightRegent Honeyeater
Bushland east of Broke
Doing surveys in bushland east of Broke we encountered an immense amount of honeyeater activity, with a mix between migrating and feeding birds. Most notable was an incredible 'wave' of White-naped Honeyeaters in the late morning. The sound was impressive and the group (conservatively 500 birds over half an hour) was almost entirely White-napes. Not a Yellow-faced to be seen or heard. We heard one Black-chinned. But as we moved towards the main part of the flock a Regent Honeyeater flew over our heads! The bird was immediately set upon by about a dozen White-napes. Eventually it flew off and landed in the top of a Spotted Gum, where there was a second Regent. They flew off out of sight a few minutes later. See photo. The top bird is a juvenile.
Mick Roderick and Dave Parker 13/5 #260179
Tue 11highlightArctic Tern
Hastings River Port Macquarie
6 of us from Hastings Birdwatchers were doing our monthly wader and shorebird survey from our boat off Pelican Island in the Hastings River. I noticed a small tern on a buoy in the middle of the river. As we drew closer, we observed the almost complete black cap, red bill and short red legs. 2 of the surveyors were able to get good photos.
Susan Proust 13/5 #260182
Little Friarbird
Scaysbrook Ave, Chain Valley Bay
Two good views of the same yellow-throated juvenile mixed in with several Noisy Friarbirds. No sign of Regent Honeyeaters sadly. (Moderator's Note: Rare bird in this area and very scarce coastally south of the Hastings. Worth noting that there were up to 8 Little Friars when there was a solid Swamp Mahogany blossom event in this part of Lake Macquarie in autumn-winter 2019, presumably due to the blossom event. Early signs are that this season's Swamp Mahogany flowering in the Lake Mac / Central Coast will be comparable to 2019. MR)
Dion Hobcroft 11/5 #260174
Mon 10Varied Sittella (Orange-winged)
Chain Valley Bay - Tall Timbers Firetrail
15-20 birds seen on the trail leading down from the top (west) end. (Moderator: Good count, scarce in the locality).
Leeanne Lemke 10/5 #260173
Sun 9Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Porcupine Hill, Gunnedah
One immature Ground Cuckoo-shrike perched on a fence at Raymond Drive Gunnedah. Good views.
Lauren May per Kurtis Lindsay 9/5 #260160
Sat 8Superb Parrot
Pilliga to Coonamble Road
Two mobs of Superb Parrots were found, one of 10 birds ca. 30 km S of Pilliga and another of 9 birds further southward, at the T-junction with SR54, to Floddenfield and Wingadee, at 8:05 and 8:20-8:25, respectively. The latter were photographed while feeding on psyllids.
M. Dahlem & V. Collins 9/5 #260162
White-throated Needletail
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park--Gara Gorge
20 WTNT seen circling for 5 mins above the Trefall Car Park and picnic area in Gara Gorge. Late sighting for these guys. Did not register which direction they left. eBird checklist
Karen Smedley 8/5 #260155
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Chain Valley Bay South
Three seen together foraging in a flowering paperbark by the path through the forest at the eastern end of Scaysbrook Ave. Lots of other honeyeaters all foraging in the area on both flowering paperbark and Swamp Mahogany. Regents were making own call and mimicry. Another Regent seen on its own further back towards the road. A record shot from the back of my camera.
Edwin Vella 8/5 #260152
Fri 7Plum-headed Finch
Conimbla National Park--Eastern Section
Attracted to water on the edge of the Conimbla NP Cowra NSW
John Philip Cooper 9/5 #260168
Australian Brush- turkey
Dame Mary Gilmore Road opposite Oatley Park
A Brush- turkey was in my front bush garden and scratched around for more than an hour in mid afternoon. It was tagged number 097. I have never seen this species in Oatley before so it was a big surprise to open my front door and see it. It appeared to be very alert and watchful while I observed it.
Dave Koffel 7/5 #260149
Thu 6Glossy Ibis
Calliope Creek S of Cowper
100+ Glossy Ibis in intermittent swamp near Calliope Creek. First local record for some time and largest count for some years.
Greg & Val Clancy 7/5 #260144
Short-tailed Shearwater migration
Kamay Botany Bay National Park--Cape Banks
Lots of Short-tailed Shearwaters migrating north about mid-way to horizon. Counted about 50 per minute so more than 1000 in a half-hour watch. Very late to be migrating now I thought. This might be the mob that arrived late in Bass Strait last summer.
Richard Murray 6/5 #260139
Wed 5Scarlet H/e, Eastern Spinebill
Livingstone National Park
I didn't get to complete my eBird sightings list until this morning and realised that the Scarlet Honeyeater sighting was unusual for that site. I had a very clear view of a colouring male. I saw it very close as it was feeding on a grevillea bush low down not 3m from me. I was surprised to see it and the Spinebill there as I have never come across them before in that park. See my eBird list for the 35 species sighted there on Wednesday. eBird checklist
Max O'Sullivan 9/5 #260161
highlightSwift Parrot
Pembroke Park Minto
4 Swift Parrots foraging in Eucalyptus crebra blossom in reserve.
Brendon Levot, Amy Legge 5/5 #260134
Tue 4highlightAustralian Bustard
10 km SE of Bellata
Single bird seen by a farmer in wheat stubble on private property (no public access) on the morning of 4 May, around 9:15 (mobile phone ID shot attached). There was one subsequent sighting on a neighbouring property a few days later. Bird not seen since. At this particular location this was only the second sighting of the species since 1974.
Michael Dahlem 10/5 #260172
Mon 3highlightArctic Tern
Manning Estuary, Harrington
Single Arctic Tern loafing on the mudflats at Harrington. Photo is a crop from a digiscoped image. Apparently present again this morning on 4th May. (Moderator;s Note: The opportunity is taken to record that another Arctic Tern in breeding plumage (red bill, red legs, long forked tail) was photographed at sea close to Ballina on 24/4/2021 by Jacob Crisp. AKM)
Milly Formby per Mick Roderick 4/5 #260130
highlightSwift Parrot
Mile End Rd Reserve, Rouse Hill
Flew in from the direction of the main path into a eucalypt at the creek junction where they have been observed previously. Smaller than a Rainbow Lorikeet, with a green body and very distinctive bright yellow/lime green breast. Body structure slimmer and less robust than Musk Lorikeet. Difficult to see in the glare of the sun but also appeared to be some red colouration on the face. Calls suited those in eBird profile of this species. Possibly more birds but could only confirm two. Chased off by Bell Miners. Plenty of in bud and flowering food species in much of the reserve. Possibly more earlier in the day at the same location but I wasn't able to confirm those birds. eBird checklist
Levi Brown 4/5 #260129
Pacific Baza (7)
Mt Royal National Park
At least 7 circling and calling, may have been more. Highest count at one time for me in NSW.
Tim Henderson 3/5 #260127
Sun 2Swift Parrot / possible Crimson Chat
Glen Alice (Swift Parrot) / Capertee Birdwatching Site #6 (Chat)
1 Swift Parrot seen feeding by itself in bush between church and bridge at Glen Alice around 9am. Lots of blossom around with many Little Lorikeets. Also 2 Black-chinned Honeyeaters in same area and 2 Painted Buttonquail in bush behind school. Did not get a very long view at possible (female) Crimson Chat. Brown and red bird seen flying across road onto a branch then further onto private property around 4pm. Did not return to the roadside area. General chat jizz / too big for Mistetoebird and Scarlet Honeyeater / not a robin - red seemed to be behind wings/near tail. Bill looked chatlike. Unfortunately no photos :( eBird checklist
Madison and Matt Hughes 3/5 #260126
highlightSwift Parrot
Second Ponds Creek, Rouse Hill
There were "at least" 25 Swift Parrots this morning along the creek at the end of Mile End Rd. The fog was quiet heavy at the time but fortunately they landed on a dead tree to rest and preen for me to count them. Attached is a photo of part of the flock.
Edwin Vella 2/5 #260123
highlightSwift Parrot
11 Swift Parrot flew quite low towards north above my house near Ryde Park. 2 minutes later there were 2 Scaly-breasted Lorikeets flying the same direction.
Fatih Sam 2/5 #260116
Sat 1Swift Parrot
Rouse Hill Nature Reserve
Following on from Liam's report we found the Swift Parrot at midday exactly where he spotted them on Thursday. They were very high up and difficult to photograph. Some Musk Lorikeets present as well. Probably between 6 and 10 Swifts moving back and forth.
Dave Vink 2/5 #260115
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Belmont Swamp and Belmont Lagoon
Single bird seen in amongst a large mixed feeding flock of Honeyeaters and Silvereyes in the bush between the track and the Waste Treatment Plant. Unfortunately it was chased off by other birds before a photo could be taken.
Daniel McKeon 1/5 #260114
Swift Parrot
Eagle Vale Marketplace Carpark, Eagle Vale
Heard the calls of a single Swift Parrot on the NE side of the carpark. Got a brief view of it flying out of a Eucalyptus (probably tereticornis) southward after being hassled by Noisy Miners. I had a quick look in Eagle Farm Reserve to the south but no sign of any there. eBird checklist
Timothy Paasila 1/5 #260111

April 2021
Fri 30Brolga
Moomin, NSW
Two Brolga birds seen flying from flood waters at Moomin. Previously were foraging in the water. (Moderator's Note: Publishing on the assumption that this refers to Moomin Creek, in the Gwydir River system).
Georgia Pianko 5/5 #260133
Putatative record for a possible Rawnsley's Bowerbird
Clear view (15m) of a sub-adult bird (the usual khaki green of a Satin Bowerbird but with several completely golden yellow primary wing feathers) flying from one side of a suburban road to the other. Observed around 11:00 am.
William (Bill) Douglas Peel 30/4 #260110
Thu 29highlightSwift Parrot
Mile End Rd Reserve, Rouse Hill.
Following on from Edwin Vella's report from last Sunday, there is now a minimum of 15 Swift Parrots at Mile End Road reserve, around the confluence of Second Ponds Creek and Caddies Creek. I could hear their chattering straight away but was difficult to estimate numbers at first as they were lerping around high in the tops of the heavily budding forest red gums. Nine birds then flew off downstream together and I counted at least another six remaining. They were copping a bit of flak from the resident Bell Miners but didn't seem too worried. Four birds in the photo attached. Quite possibly more in the area and would be worth exploring the surrounding reserves. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 29/4 #260105
Pacific Baza
Fairlight Rd. Mulgoa (Mt. Henry)
Nine bazas in view at once-calling, display flying drifting north perching in Forest Red Gums. Largest number I have seen together-on migration.
Dion Hobcroft, Brendan Schembri and Frank Makin 29/4 #260104
Flame Robin
311 Beresford Rd Numeralla NSW 2630
Sorry, went to take a photo but it flew, seems to be a family of them around the garden. Will try again . (Moderator's Note: Flame Robins would be expected to occur at this site but maybe is an area not often birded because there are few records!.AKM)
Mary Hayden 29/4 #260101
Tue 27White-throated nightjar
Sydney Airport
Bird found at the Airport, brought into care. Another bird, also brought into care, was found at the same location on Sunday 25 April. Timing coincides with the autumn migration of this species, presumably these individuals where moving north along the coast at night, crossing the Sydney Basin, and got disorientated.
Gilian Dar per Vincent Mourik 29/4 #260102
Channel-billed cuckoo
Constables Point Reserve Maianbar
Bird from last week resighted in same area. The left wing of the bird droops so may be some wing damage. eBird checklist
Julie Keating 27/4 #260086
Sun 25Swift Parrot
Rouse Hill
Three Swift Parrots seen together perched high in a Forest Red Gums beside Second Ponds Creek at the northern end of Mile End Rd in Rouse Hill. A pair and possibly others were initially seen presumably lerping in Forest Red Gums on the other side of the creek. A record shot of 2 of the 3 in the same tree attached.
Edwin Vella 25/4 #260074
Sat 24Diamond Dove
Northbank Rd, Bellingen
Single imm. seen associating with Peaceful Doves foraging roadside (@ 3/4 their size). Pale red eyering, chestnut window in primaries on landing, white showing in outer tail feathers on takeoff, brownish on crown and back, fine barring on neck, 'diamonds' muted but present. Possible escapee/ post breeding dispersal, well east of range. Close to 500 Northbank Rd, park well off road if tempted. (Moderator's Note: Sounds like a juvenile by the description and although being an escapee shouldn't be discounted this species was breeding in big numbers on the western slopes last season and I think there is very good potential for vagrancy amongst dispersing birds; especially juveniles. MR)
John Gale 26/4 #260081
South Island Pied Oystercatcher
Manning River Estuary Breakwall, Harrington
The SIPO with the "IN" tag, was present at the Harrington Breakwall after lunch today with 10 Pied Oystercatchers. While this bird was first reported here on 27/1/2021, it is not easy to see as it is usually on sandbars closer to Manning Point, and while easy seen from a boat, not so from the breakwall. Some other waders present included 9 Double-banded Plovers, 7 Red-capped Plovers and 2 Pacific Golden Plovers. That Morning Tony Morton photographed a Sanderling at this location but not seen by us, two days before there were 3 Sanderlings reported. The Ospreys were on their nest in the Norfolk Island Pine, and at nearby Harrington rainforest a Varied Triller and Regent Bowerbirds were seen, and 3 Mangrove Gerygones were located in the mangroves. (Photo Christina Port). eBird checklist
Christina Port, Alan Morris & members of CCGBNSW 25/4 #260076
Wandering Whistling Duck, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo,
Cattai Wetlands, Coopernook
Seen from the birdhide in the Cattai Wetlands, was a pair of Wandering Whistling Ducks with 4 ducklings, and 2 days before, 3 adult were seen and photographed in another section of the Reserve. Plenty of other birds present including 4 Shining Bronze-Cuckoos and a Collared Sparrowhawk, 3 late Sacred Kingfishers and late Black-faced Monarch and Rufous Fantail also seen, 48 species seen in two hours. eBird checklist
Christina Port, Alan Morris, and members of the CCGBNSW 25/4 #260075
highlightSwift Parrot
Mount Annan Botanic Gardens
A single bird spotted on the 23rd of April by Hannah Deau. Up to 10 birds spotted today in the same area. (Moderator's Note: there was a report of 20 birds from the Banksia Garden this morning). eBird checklist
Paul Heath, Cary Lewis , Brett Mezen, Sam Osterballe 24/4 #260065
highlightSwift Parrot
Merimbula Boardwalk
Observed a single Swift Parrot flying low overhead, just north of the Boardwalk. Called twice. (Moderator's Note: This is the first report of Swifties on the NSW South Coast this season. MR).
Rohan Bilney 24/4 #260064
highlightSwift Parrots
Mount Annan Botanic Gardens--Banksia Dam
Small flock, 6 confirmed maybe more of Swift Parrots lerping in the gums. Quite active moving around feeding. (Moderator: as mentioned in comment on #260065 there was a report of 20 individuals this morning in the Banksia Garden [per eBird]. MR).
Brett Mezen 24/4 #260063
Thu 22Tawny Grassbird
1km south of the southern boundary of Kwiambal National Park on Limestone Road
A single bird in long grass near a creek gully
Richard Jordan 28/4 #260091
Channel-billed cuckoo
Constables Point Reserve Maianbar
Seen being chased by a flock of miner birds eBird checklist
Julie Keating 22/4 #260053
Wed 21Plum-headed Finch
Approx. 10km north of Ashford, NSW on Coalmine Road
A flock of approximately 80 birds, including immatures, in long grass at a floodway on the Coalmine Road north of Ashford. The species was also recorded in moderate numbers at several sites in Kwiambal National Park, and between the NP and Ashford along the Limestone and Coalmine Roads - often with Diamond Firetails, Double-barred Finches and smaller numbers of Red-browed Finches. There were abundant seeding grasses throughout the area after recent rains. The birds were observed by members of Bellingen Birders on a Campout
Richard Jordan and members of Bellingen Birders 28/4 #260090
Manning River Estuary Harrington NSW
3 Sanderling feeding on sandbar, opposite Harrington Pub. A long Double-banded Plover was with them. eBird checklist
Meryl Newton 25/4 #260078
Hooded Plover
Racecourse Beach, Ulladulla
Seven seen feeding on rock platform below carpark. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 21/4 #260045
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Alkaringa Reserve
Alkaringa reserve is in a valley in suburban Gymea Bay. I was alerted to something big outside by the local birds going nuts. Looked out my window and saw a large wedgetail eagle circling over the reserve. He stayed for about half an hour, perching in a tree occasionally. This is the first time in the 30 years we have lived here that we have seen one locally.
Susan Crisp 21/4 #260043
Tue 20Budgerigar
Adjacent to Lavender Vale Homestead, Kwiambal National Park
A single bird in a tree near the homestead, observed by members of Bellingen Birders on a Campout
Richard Jordan and members of Bellingen Birders 28/4 #260092
Mon 19Nankeen Night-heron
Sydney Bicentennial Park--Lake Belvedere
Single bird has been seen on Friday 16 and Monday 19 fishing in one of the side ponds off the main lake. Both sightings early (approx 7am). Same days there has been a single Caspian Tern at the Waterbird Refuge, which currently has no Red-necked Avocets.
Tom Wilson 19/4 #260039
Sun 18Swift Parrot
Kingfisher Shores
6-8 birds flying east towards Chain Valley Bay South. No photograph, but I am familiar with the birds and recognised them by their calls and flight pattern. Affirmed by the pink under their wings, red faces and their general shape when they were directly overhead.
Marj Kibby 19/4 #260036
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Campbell St Waverley
A juvenile Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove came into WIRES care today from where it was found in Campbell St Waverley. It is a juvenile Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove determined by the pale line between the eye and the bill, and the yellow breast feathers, both features absent in juvenile Superb Fruit-Doves. A movement south from the NSW North Coast rainforest regions takes place each year autumn for part of the population of Fruit-Doves, and many end up in urban situations.
Gillian from WIRES and Alan Morris 19/4 #260035
highlightSwift Parrot
Joshua Porter Reserve, Chain Valley Bay
A maximum of eight birds sighted feeding and being chased around the reserve. There are potentially more birds here but they are very flighty and hard to spot.
Graham Nelson and Daniel McKeon 18/4 #260033
Sat 17highlightSatin Flycatcher
Dee Why Lagoon
Immature female observed this morning. Sent photos to ABID group for confirmation on whether Satin or Leaden. New bird species for this location, probable migrating north eBird checklist
Mike Barrow 17/4 #260029
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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