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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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December 2018
Sun 16Latham's Snipe
Tallong
Good to see a Latham's Snipe on the edge of a flooded paddock by Railway Parade mid-morning. I've never seen a Latham's Snipe in Tallong, or the southern end of the Southern Highlands.
Lorne Johnson 16/12 #236362
Brown Songlark
Tallong
I was stoked to see a very vocal male Brown Songlark in a paddock on the corner of Warrima Drive and Highland Way early this morning. My first record of Brown Songlark for the Southern Highlands.
Lorne Johnson 16/12 #236361
Sat 15Wandering, Antipodean (Gibson's) Albatrosses, Long-tailed Jaegers
Offshore--Kiama Pelagic (SOSSA)
The forecast wild weather did not eventuate, so the December 18 SOSSA trip proceeded as usual. Highlights were 2 Wandering, 2 Antipodean (both Gibson's) and 1 Shy Albatrosses, as well as 3 Long-tailed Jaegers. Other birds included 50+ Grey-faced, 2 Solanders (including an oddly coloured one, photo attached), 15+ Wilson's, 10+ White-faced Storm-petrels, 3 Pomarine Jaegers and the usual Wedge-tailed, Short-tailed and Flesh-footed Shearwaters.
Brook Whylie and all aboard the MV Kato 16/12 #236358
Wandering Whistling-duck
Bushells lagoon, Freemans Reach
Three seen on the lagoon this afternoon amongst other ducks.
Edwin Vella and Follow that bird 15/12 #236355
Black Bittern
Mitchell Park
One bird seen very well and out in the open over several minutes by all in our group.
Edwin Vella and Follow that bird 15/12 #236354
Cotton Pygmy-Goose
Ballina Heights retention ponds
Single bird. Most probably the one that was present several months ago. It is very likely that is has been on the extensive swamps to the east.
David Charley 15/12 #236350
Fri 14Pacific Swift & White-throated Needletails
Barton Street, Monterey, Botany Bay (West)
A small mixed flock of about ten birds flying low over Scarborough Park. Roughly 50/50 ratio. Disappeared north after about 5 minutes .
David Mitford 15/12 #236356
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Westleigh
First time we have seen one in over 20 years at this location.
Carol and Peter Abbott 14/12 #236347
Terek Sandpiper, nesting shorebirds.
Wallaga Lake entrance
1 Terek Sandpiper staying close with a Pacific-golden Plover this morning. Hooded Plovers, Little Terns and Australian Pied Oystercatchers all on nests. 2 Fairy Terns also present. eBird checklist
Ash Allnutt 14/12 #236343
Thu 13Fork-tailed Swift
Nyngan
2 birds flying in font of a storm
michael Crosland 13/12 #236334
Eastern Osprey
Horden Beach, Bundeena
Beach-washed juvenile found today. No apparent cause of its demise.
Bruce Roubin 13/12 #236330
Wed 12Brown Quail
Between Bay Marker and Bennelong Parkway on the flat, Sydney Olympic Park
Saw one flying across a path and disappear into the long grass. So I stayed for about 10mins and heard others. Then saw two more crossing the same path. I compared what I’d heard to my “PK Birds” app and confirmed it was indeed Brown Quail. Very chuffed to see these! eBird checklist
Clint Hook 12/12 #236328
Tue 11Glossy Black Cockatoos
Slippery Dip Trail, Oxford Falls, Sydney
A family of 3 Glossy Black Cockatoos seen feeding in Casuarinas at the start of the trail late this afternoon.
Paul Johnstone 11/12 #236323
Mon 10Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Regans Lane off Williams Crossing Rd, Barmedman
7 birds near intersection. Distinctive black wings and long tails, pale rump, large grey cuckoo shrike. Perched on fence line and dropping into long grass along roadside. At one point a magpie flushed the group into an open paddock. One bird was calling regularly while others foraged.
Marnix Zwankhuizen 10/12 #236315
highlightOriental Cuckoo
Mitchell Park, north-west Sydney
A rufous morph Oriental Cuckoo was seen well (but not photographed) for about 2 minutes this morning near the entrance to Mitchell Park, just where the road starts to descend. It was flying from tree to tree feeding on caterpillers. The bird was seen at less than 10 metres and it was obviously bigger than a Brush or Fan-tailed Cuckoo. It was more like a Pallid Cuckoo in length but with a chunkier body. Its two-tone brown mottling on the wings and back, the orange-yellow feet and the very bold chest bars were all noted. However it didn't have a yellow orbital ring as all of my reference books show. The orbital ring was grey. The head was also darker brown than the field guides show.
Andrew Patrick and Martin Jones 10/12 #236314
Sun 9Sooty Tern
Wategos Beach, Byron Bay
Single exhausted bird
Ian Colvin 9/12 #236309
highlightSwift Parrot, Regent Honeyeater
Hunter Economic Zone (restricted access)
Single Swift Parrot located in HEZ during Regent Honeyeater searches. Pair of Regent Honeyeaters also located nearby (additional to birds located in previous weeks). The male Regent Honeyeater was banded in the Capertee NP by Ross Crates in September 2015 and resighted twice last year in the Capertee Valley.
Dean Ingwersen 9/12 #236307
Sat 8Azure Kingfisher
Fitzroy Falls
A single bird heard calling along Wildes Meadow Creek, not far from the Fitzroy Falls Visitors Centre. I've visited Fitzroy Falls numerous times over the last decade and I've never heard or seen an Azure Kingfisher there before. They are most uncommon in the Southern Highlands.
Lorne Johnson 9/12 #236310
Southern Emu-wren, Eastern Bristlebird
Budderoo National Park - Budderoo Fire Trail
I was very close to two parties of Southern Emu-wrens at 10:30 this morning. One group (in heath) comprised a male and two females; the other group (in swampy woodland) a male and a female. All birds were showy, active and loud. One of the males in the latter group came to about three metres from me after pishing. The birds were a ten minute stroll beyond the fire trail entrance gate. An Eastern Bristlebird was calling between that gate and Jamberoo Mountain Road. Also good to see a Variegated Fairy-wren, a species I've not spotted here before.
Lorne Johnson 8/12 #236304
Crescent Honeyeater
Barrengarry Nature Reserve
One bird heard calling from high in dense sclerophyll woodland on the edge of rainforest by the side of Moss Vale Road. I've not heard Crescent Honeyeaters in this area before.
Lorne Johnson 8/12 #236303
Yellow-throated Scrubwren
Robertson Nature Reserve
Lengthy views of a single very vocal bird in the lower to mid-storey. Not an easy species to see in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
Lorne Johnson 8/12 #236302
Shy Albatross, Wandering-type Albatross, Black-browed Albatross
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
Highlights on today's pelagic were Shy (6), Black-browed (1) and Wandering-type (1) Albatrosses. Majority of birds showed just a passing interest in the boat. Grey-faced Petrel (6) and Wilson's Storm-Petrel (3) seen at the shelf. Inshore birds included Wedge-tailed and Short-tailed Shearwater with Flesh-footed Shearwater (8) sighted further out. Pomarine Jaeger (2) also seen along with a possible distant Parasitic Jaeger (1).
Greg McLachlan, David Mitford and all observers on the Avalon IV 8/12 #236300
highlightLittle Stint
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
Little Stint still present this morning and seen by multiple observers amongst a good number of other waders. Also of interest a RNS that showed black over yellow flags on right leg, indicating that this bird may have been banded in Malaysia - or by mistake in Kamchatka! This is according to the EAAF flagging protocol published in Nov 2015. Ta to Liam Murphy for the gen and showing us around!! eBird checklist
Elliot Leach, Ged Tranter, Andy Jensen, Liam Murphy et al. 8/12 #236299
Thu 6Banded Lapwing
Pyree Private Property, south-east of Nowra
On private farm property. Farmer, a friend contacted me to come observe the birds. Three adults were seen and four juveniles. Feeding amongst newly planted corn and in paddock around cows. (See eBird checklist) eBird checklist
Kim Touzel 9/12 #236308
Freckled Duck (14)
Gum Swamp, Forbes
Mark Hocking, Esther Horton 7/12 #236298
Inland Thornbill (3), Turquoise Parrot (1)
Back Yamma State Forest
Inland Thornbill near western entrance to forest
Mark Hocking, Esther Horton 7/12 #236297
Little Terns (pair)
Mill Stream Lookout (Botany)
A Pair of Little Terns a-courting on Foreshore Beach Botany. One tern waited on the beach while the other caught a fish and gave it to her. I suspect they might be just travellers from the nesting colony at Towra Point across the bay. It would be awesome if Little Terns were to nest on this side of Botany Bay again, after their nesting site here got erased by the new Port a decade ago.
Richard Murray 6/12 #236289
Wed 5Possible Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Jerrara Dam
I briefly observed a bird flushing from a fig tree which appeared to be a Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 5/12 #236286
Brown Falcon
Sydney Park
One dark morph bird (with missing primaries) seen flying very high over southern pond circa 5:30pm. This raptor is not on any eBird list for Sydney Park. I've never seen one in the inner-west of Sydney. There are only a handful of records for CBD and surrounding areas.
Lorne Johnson 5/12 #236285
Nankeen Night Heron
Millstream Grove Sediment Basin, Dural
Single bird perched in tree being harassed by Noisy Miners. Took flight and landed further away.
Elizabeth Bulley 5/12 #236284
Mon 3Ruddy Turnstone
Mill Stream Lookout (Botany)
A single Ruddy Turnstone feeding in the sand along the dirty Mill Stream canal near Sydney Airport. It's the first Turnstone I have seen in 3 years of regular birding on this side of Botany Bay.
Richard Murray 3/12 #236273
Sun 2highlightBroad-billed Sandpiper
Boyters Lane, Jerseyville
single Broad-billed Sandpiper seen in largest of the ponds on the north side of Boyters Lane. ID confirmed on FB ABID. It seems there are no reports of this specie occurring between Byron bay to Newcastle eBird checklist
Sue Lee 3/12 #236275
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Hunter Economic Zone (restricted access)
One adult foraging among a Stringybark in full flower. We were unable to determine whether this individual was banded before it flew away. (Moderators Note: this is a new location for the HEZ Regents this season and possibly a new bird. There is plenty of ironbark, stringybark and mistletoe flowering so there are almost certainly more birds in the area. It remains the only confirmed location where Regents have bred in NSW this season despite extensive surveys elsewhere over several months. MR.)
James Garnham, Bill Wallach 3/12 #236272
Black Noddy
Flat Rock (Ballina)
Black Noddy came in for a rest on Flat Rock, late this afternoon. eBird checklist
Steven McBride 2/12 #236266
highlightTerek Sandpiper
Kurrura Point, Oak Flats
Found this morning along the lake shore at Kurrura Point, Oak Flats. North of ebird hotspot, Horsley inlet, Koona Bay. Lots of vigorous tail flicking & the occasional short sprint between feeding.
Paul Lynch 2/12 #236262
Sat 1Little Eagle chick
Off Hilltop Rd near East Jindabyne
Pleased to say that the nesting Little Eagles on our property have produced a chick. Its losing its downy feathers and sitting up in the nest. Parents are continually harassed by ravens but very protective.
Carole Jones 9/12 #236306
megamegaLittle Stint, Aleutian Tern
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
A Little Stint was found amongst ~100 Red-necked Stints feeding on the sandflats at Farquhar Inlet. 5 Aleutian Terns flew in and settled on a sandbar just as I was leaving. To access the sandflats duck through the fence at the 4x4 beach access track and walk along the inside of the dunes on the edge of the lagoon until you reach the sandflats. Please keep a respectful distance from nesting Little Terns and avoid any dry pebbly areas above the high tide line. For a detailed map and information on alternative routes, tides etc feel free to email me liamsnailmurphy@gmail.com (Moderator's Note: Little Stint is on the NSW ORAC review list and a submission will be made). eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 2/12 #236257
Rufous Songlark
Castlereagh Nature Reserve, Londonderry
A Rufous Songlark observed perched and calling along the Perimeter South trail near the junction of Mayo Road. At times it was being harassed by Fuscous Honeyeaters. Also good numbers of White- winged Trillers along the Powerline trail.
Peter Lockhart 2/12 #236256
Peregrine Falcon
Surry Hills
One bird flying low over terraces and shops along Crown Street at 8:30am.
Lorne Johnson 1/12 #236254
highlightGreat Knot, Lesser Sand Plover, Painted Honeyeater
Lake Brou
10 Bar-tailed Godwit (2 adults, 8 juveniles) 2 Red Knots- juveniles 1 Great Knot-Juvenile 20 Red-necked Stint 100 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 1 Lesser Sand Plover- Juvenile 10 Red-capped Plover 8 Pied Oystercatcher (1 dy) 10 Masked Lapwing 2 Little Tern 1 singing Painted Honeyeater (just outside the camping grounds). (Moderator's Note: The wader records are exceptional but the Painted Honeyeater record is extraordinary!. AKM)
Demetrios Bertzeletos 1/12 #236253
Nutmeg Mannikin
Alexandria
I was stunned to see a pair of Nutmeg Mannikins in tiny swampy area behind Bunnings this morning. Terrific to have them so close to Sydney CBD.
Lorne Johnson 1/12 #236251

November 2018
Fri 30Painted Button Quail
Warrah Trig (Peal Beach Central Coast
Played calls in heathland area. A few minutes later a male responded the bird eventually showed it self with good views within 3 meters of me! A Chestnut-rumped Heathwren was also seen and a Pheasant Coucal was heard calling at this site.
Darren Earnshaw 1/12 #236252
Painted Button-quail
Castlereagh Nature Reserve, Londonderry
A single quail observed along the Llandilo trail. Also sighted on the day were large numbers of White-browed Woodswallows along the Herb Trail and a Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo. Little Lorikeets also observed on the blossom of Eucalyptus fibrosa.
Peter Lockhart 30/11 #236247
Thu 29Wandering (type) Albatross & Grey-faced Petrel
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Lots of wind-related activity this afternoon: 1 Wandering (type) Albatross, 5 Shy Albatross, 2 Black-browed Albatross, 1 Grey-faced Petrel, 2 Long-tailed Jaegers, 25 Pomarine Jaegers and a Kelp Gull seen today. Plenty of Shearwaters heading south as well, with thousands of Short-tailed Shearwaters still heading towards their breeding grounds....
David Mitford 30/11 #236250
Rufous Songlark and White-winged Triller
Mount Penang Parklands, Kariong
A Rufous Songlark was observed perched and singing at Mt Penang Gardens this morning despite the miserable weather, it was first found there by David Russell on 16/11/18. This is the fifth Central Coast location where Rufous Songlarks have been seen this spring and that is the most reports since records have been kept. An adult male White-winged Triller was seen and heard calling here on 24/11/18 by M. & K. Pointer but could be located today, however WW Trillers which are usually more commonly seen on the CC than Songlarks, have only been seen at two sites so far.
Alan Morris & Doug Hocking 29/11 #236242
Wed 28highlightRuff
Boyters Lane, Jerseyville
Came across this bird while scanning for Buff-breasted Sandpiper seen earlier in the week eBird checklist
Ian Bradshaw 30/11 #236249
Mon 26Peregrine Falcon
Mallawa Wetlands (Private Property) 70km west of Moree NSW
Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder currently delivering environmental water to Mallawa Creek & associated Wetlands.
Pat Johnston 29/11 #236243
Rufous Songlark
Triangle Lane, Richmond
Male and female with prey presumably for chicks eBird checklist
Barry Lancaster 27/11 #236230
Red-chested Buttonquail
Newrybar
The bird was dead having apparently flown into a window. (Moderator's Note: See recent report of another window casualty at Wamberal for the same species and it is also interesting to note that a number of Painted Button-quail have been found dead or injured in urban coastal areas in recent weeks, presumably moving to the coast because of the drought in the interior of NSW. AKM)
Geoffrey Hutchinson 27/11 #236227
highlightRegent Honeyeater
Hunter Economic Zone (restricted access)
Adult male Regent seen feeding two dependant young this morning in HEZ. A first year female bird was in the same area. This is the first confirmed breeding event for the species in NSW this season. Birds were perched in a flowering Broad-leaved Ironbark (E. fibrosa) and were actively keeping Little Lorikeets away from the tree. The pair seen last week have survived the bushfires and are back foraging in ironbark and Long-flowered Mistletoe again. The White-browed Woodswallows are also still nesting in other parts of HEZ, as well as at least ten other species.
Mick Roderick 26/11 #236225
Sun 25highlightRegent Honeyeater
269 Rusden St Armidale
Saw this bird but I didn't know what it was so I didn't take a photo. It was sitting on my loganberry frame eating flowers/berries maybe. When I walked up close to it I got to about 1 metre away before it noticed me and flew off. I got a very good look at it and then came in to identify it. Have the camera at the ready in case it comes back and will speak to my neighbour (AGAIN) about letting her cats wander around all day and night. (Moderator's Note: This is being published following communication with the observer, who was apparently only one metre from the bird and also spoke to a local expert, who visited the site today. Hopefully a photograph will be obtained. MR).
Alanna Hillsley 26/11 #236220
Black-eared cuckoo
Warrumbungles NP
One heard calling near the new visitor centre under construction this morning.
Ross Crates 25/11 #236216
megamegaBuff-breasted Sandpiper
Boyters Lane, Jerseyville
Buff-breasted Sandpiper observed for 2-3 hours this morning by numerous local birders. It is in the muddy pond on the left hand side about half way down the lane, behind the row of Casuarinas. First found at 2pm yesterday by Chris Nixon. It was putting on quite a show, foraging out in the open for lengthy periods, at times only a few metres from the fenceline. (Moderator's Note: A great find! Note that Buff-breasted Sandpiper is still on the BARC review list. MR) eBird checklist
Liam Murphy, Chris Nixon, Ian Bradshaw & 7 others. 25/11 #236211
Sat 24highlightRed-backed Button-quail
Wisemans Ferry Rd Somersby West
At 0840 hrs on Saturday morning we both had very clear views of an adult female Red-backed Button-quail as it walked crossed the road, presumably crossing from one well vegetated farm dam to another on the other side of Wisemans Ferry Road. We are both familiar with this species as since 1994, we have identified them on and or adjacent to our property at nearby Mangrove Mountain on at least six occasions. (Moderator's Note: This species is subject to review by the NSWORAC, who have previously confirmed M&K.Pointers's sightings. AKM)
Margaret and Kaye Pointer per Alan Morris 27/11 #236233
Australasian Grass-Owl
Ash Island
Flushed from reeds on side of Milham Road between corner of Cabbage Tree Road and dirt road on N side as I drove past. Flew over the car towards the trees, then came back and alighted on a fence post. Good views, buff chest, brownish crown and back of head, back. Looked tall with long legs. No photo - not enough hands for spotlight and camera. Thanks to Richard Murray for information on his sighting the previous week eBird checklist
Neil Broekhuizen 25/11 #236212
Satin bowerbird
Epping
Female seen flitting between backyards in suburbia along Norfolk Rd, quite a distance away from forests in Lane Cove NP.
Tim Morgan 25/11 #236210
Fri 23highlightRed-backed Buttonquail, Brush Bronzewing, King Quail
Limeburners Creek Wilderness Area--Saltwater Trail
Red-backed Buttonquail heard calling repeatedly over a ten minute period in swampy low heath in Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve, just north of Port Macquarie. It eventually flushed as I attempted to approach it on the hope of getting a photo. Unfortunately the bird had dropped back into the vegetation quicker than I could even lift the camera, but I made some short videos of it calling which I will add to the attached eBird list in a few days when I get home. Will be subject to NSW ORAC review. See eBird list for further details of the observation. Also heard King Quail and Brush Bronzewing. The latter is a rare and difficult bird to find on the mid-north coast but is probably resident in LCNR in small numbers. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 23/11 #236201
Terek Sandpiper
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
Seen on mudflats with other waders. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 23/11 #236199
Thu 22Mallee Ringneck
Wongarbon Nature Reserve
Pair seen in this remnant of ironbark, white box and callitris woodland. At the edge of the species range, about 20km SE of Dubbo
Darryl Smedley 23/11 #236200
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Johnston Park, Canley Vale
One Gang-gang cockatoo amongst a group of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and Galahs on a small hill next to the river and train line. 2:45pm. (Moderator's Note: Presume escapee? AKM)
Thomas McMurchy 22/11 #236188
Wed 21Red-chested Button-quail
Wairakei Road Wamberal 2260
Found dead near garage door, presume hit window over-night. Appears to be an adult male The bird has been photographed and frozen. (Moderator's Note: This is the first record for a Red-chested Button-quail for the Central Coast Region and LGA. AKM)
Rowena Wallace, photo Alan Morris 22/11 #236187
Tue 20Glossy Ibis, Grey Goshawk
Pitt Town Area
Highlights of an afternoon trip to the Pitt Town area were a pair of Glossy Ibis at Pitt Town Lagoon and a great view of a Grey Goshawk at Mitchell Park. Other good birds in the area were a few Pallid Cuckoos and a calling Cicadabird at Mitchell Park.
Paul Johnstone 20/11 #236182
Black Petrel, Grey-faced Petrel (300+), Wandering-type Albatrosses
Pelagic off Swansea
Three Black Petrels and the number of Grey-faced Petrels were the highlights of a pelagic out of Swansea today. With the maximum number of Grey-faceds counted around the boat at one time being 120 birds, our estimate of ~300 birds total for the day is probably conservative. The birds were voraciously hungry and coming into feed at the rear of the boat (photo shows ~60 of them - there are no shearwaters in the frame). Many birds followed us back to the heads, as did two of the Black Petrels. Four Wandering-types that included at least two Wandering and one Antipodean (one unsure about currently). Also seen were a couple of Shy-types, four Solander's Petrels and a couple each of Wilson's/White-faced Storm-petrels.
Mick Roderick and others (trip arranged by Allan Benson) 20/11 #236181
Possible Swift Parrots
52 Huntly Rd, Bensville
Heard 2 - 3 Swift Parrots as they flew past the property at approximately 12:45pm. No visual on them or the direction they were travelling but definite calls heard. (Moderator's Note: published as a possible/probable record after communicating with the observer. It would be an interesting record at this time of year. Incidentally a single SP was reported from Canberra yesterday. MR).
Ashleigh McTackett 20/11 #236180
Mon 19highlightRegent Honeyeater, White-browed/Masked Woodswallows
Hunter Economic Zone (restricted access)
Two, possibly three Regent Honeyeaters at a different location to last week in HEZ, involving at least one (perhaps two) first year bird and an adult male. Birds are feeding on flowering Long-flowered Mistletoe and Broad-leaved Ironbark (E. fibrosa) which is different to the other ironbark blossom that woodswallows, little lori's and trillers etc are feeding on. Hundreds of White-browed/Masked Woodswallows still present. White-broweds are busy building nests (Masked probably are as well; I just haven't noticed them yet). Duskies already have chicks in nests. Several Noisy Friarbird nests and Yellow-tufted/Fuscous HE and Brown Treecreepers have all bred recently. Many more Rufous Songlarks (and trillers) present than I have seen here before.
Mick Roderick 19/11 #236176
Sun 18Little Eagle, Brush Cuckoo, Noisy Friarbird
Royal NP
A light morph Little Eagle, harried by a pair of Aust. Ravens, at 5 p.m. at the junction of Lady Carrington Drive with Sir Bertram Stevens' Drive. Noisy Friarbird.on nest at same spot, viz. in the tree nearest the gate of the Drive, and a Brush Cuckoo calling lustily from somewhere across the road.
Ted Nixon 19/11 #236175
Painted Honeyeater
Medhurst Bridge
Single Painted Honeyeater seen feeding on mistletoe. This bird seems to have been hanging around this site for a few weeks now. (Moderator's Note: There have been counts of up to 4 birds at this well known site this season. There are also numerous sites elsewhere in the Upper Hunter holding Painted Honeyeaters; an exceptional season for them this year here. MR).
Daniel McKeon and David Peet 18/11 #236160
Streaked Shearwater,Brown Booby
Skennars Head,Lennox Head
Highlights of a seawatch from Lennox Head today was a relatively early Streaked Shearwater and 2 adult Brown Boobys a male and a female
Michael Ronan 18/11 #236158
highlightPectoral Sandpiper
Dangars Lagoon, Uralla.
One juvenile. eBird checklist
Michael Kearns 18/11 #236155
Brush Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo
Cattai National Park--Mitchell Park
Single Brush Cuckoo seen in trees near the turning circle at the far end of the park - calling strongly and seen clearly at top of a large tree - approx 7:30am. Pallid Cuckoo also calling strongly from tall tree near entrance gate (but just outside the park) approx 7:45am. A Pallid also seen on Pitt Town-Dural Rd near Whitmore Rd junction - approx 8am. Several Fan-tailed Cuckoos also in Mitchell Park near the Brush Cuckoo site (the Brush Cuckoo was chased away by one).
Tom Wilson 18/11 #236153
highlightTurquoise Parrot (Neophema pulchella)
Windsor Downs Nature Reserve
Sighted at 7:08am - perched in dead wattle along Hakea trail.
James Bergamin 18/11 #236148
Sat 17Freckled Duck
Grasmere, NSW
3 Freckled Ducks (2 male + 1 female) on a lagoon/lake off the Nepean River.A single bird seen here in mid-October. On my next, a month later there are now 3 birds. This body of water is on private property.Attached pic is from first sighting.
Rob McDonell 18/11 #236146
Wandering (type) Albatross & Flesh-footed Shearwater
Mistral Point, Maroubra
An immature Wandering Albatross (type) was the highlight of the afternoon. Also noted were 9 Pomarine Jaegers, 2 Arctic Jaegers, 1 Kelp Gull and the first Flesh-footed Shearwater of the season. Short-tailed Shearwaters we’re traveling south at the rate of about 5,200 per hour.
David Mitford 17/11 #236144
Spiny -cheeked Honeyeater
Ash Island (Hexham)
2 Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters were feeding on flowers around the old schoolhouse on Ash Island today.
Richard Murray 17/11 #236143
Blue-billed Duck
Saleyard Ponds, Berrima Rd, Moss Vale
A pair of Blue-billed Ducks present early in the afternoon. Rare birds in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
Lorne Johnson 17/11 #236141
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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