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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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May 2018
Fri 25Swift 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
Mon 21Ground Cuckoo-Shrike
Pinecliffe, Molong
A pair at the northern end of Pinecliffe Road. Scarce here and generally found in wet years.
Bruce Tinsey 21/5 #234446
Sun 20Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Worrigee Nature Reserve and Currambene SF, Falls Creek
11 Glossy Black-Cockatoos observed on Worrigee E Trail, and two Glossy Black-Cockatoos feeding over Snowwood Road. These reserves are to the north of Falls Creek. For more information please view the eBird checklist. eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 20/5 #234436
Sat 19highlightYellow-plumed, Grey-fronted and Black-chinned Honeyeater
Bushland near Nyngan tip, Canonba Rd, Nyngan
Approximately 4 kilometres from Nyngan along Canonba Rd, Nyngan. Just before Nyngan tip. Large numbers of honeyeaters including Yellow-plumed, Grey-fronted, Black-chinned, White-eared and Brown -headed. High numbers of Striated Pardalotes also feeding in the mixed flock. (Moderator's Note: Since 1998 in the Birdata Atlas Base for the Nyngan area, for which 614 surveys have been placed in the Atlas there is only one record for Black-chinned and Yellow-plumed Honeyeaters and a very few records for Grey-fronted and Brown Honeyeaters. These are significant records. AKM) eBird checklist
Michael Crosland 19/5 #234430
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Blue Gum Creek, Annangrove
Single female Gang-Gang Cockatoo heard calling & then observed this morning during a CBOC outing. Unfortunately rare now in the County of Cumberland. Sadly we also found a dead Powerful Owl.
Jenny & Rod Stiles, Gabrielle Rees [leader] & others 19/5 #234429
highlightSwift Parrot
Hunter Economic Zone (restricted access)
About 50 Swift Parrots seen in HEZ this morning whilst doing a Regent HE survey (unsuccessfully). There were ~45 birds feeding on lerp and picking at foliage in various Eucalypts at a place we call Button-Quail Junction from 7:20 until I left just after 9:15am. They were spread out over a pretty broad area that escaped the Dec 2016 fire (but had been burnt the previous year!). Also quite a few Dusky Woodswallows (~20 birds) at this spot. Another 4 Swifties were seen soon after in the north-west corner of HEZ (Torresian Crows calling here too).
Mick Roderick 19/5 #234427
Major Mitchell Cockatoo
Coolabah
Small flock of 18 Major Mitchell’s feeding in trees by the Mitchell Highway. At one point a Brown Goshawk flew in for a look and was chased off by the cockatoos.
Melissa Mason 19/5 #234421
Fri 18Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Darkes Forest
A raucous flock of about 150 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos was floating over Dharawal Nature Reserve around 15:30.
Dion Hobcroft & David James 19/5 #234426
Scarlet Robin, Jacky Winter, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Wedge-tailed Eagle
Brook Point Road, Appin
Cruising around the southern boundary of the Cumberland County looking for winter migrants. Best site was Brook Point Rd, with a female Scarlet Robin, 2 Jacky Winters and a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles. A lone Yellow-rumped Thornbill was concerning, because they were once abundant around the rural parts of the County.
David James and Dion Hobcroft 19/5 #234425
Musk Lorikeet
Larkin Park, Bogan St, Nyngan
These's a large gum tree covered in blossoms near the Nyngan pools. It's attracting large numbers of birds. Mainly Blue-face Honeyeaters, Yellow-throated Miners and Rainbow Lorikeets. Today I noticed 2 Musk Lorikeets in the tree. There may have been more but I only seen two. I was at work so I didn't get to stay too long and I didn't have my bino's.
michael Crosland 18/5 #234419
Thu 17Brown Gerygone (10-15)
Yaralla Estate, Concord
Can only agree on massive influx of Brown Gerygone in Sydney's inner west, today being the most numerous passerine in remnant forest patch at Yaralla where typically a rare but annual winter visitor. Also of note Eastern Spinebill and White-naped Honeyeater.
Dion Hobcroft 17/5 #234413
Wed 16Fairy Prions; Shy and Campbell Albatross
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Highlights of a late morning seawatch at Maroubra today were 10 Fairy Prions, several close-in to the headland; many other prions too distant to positively identify; 4 Shy Albatross; a Campbell Albatross; and 14 Black-browed Albatross.
Robert Griffin 17/5 #234414
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
Bogan Street, Nyngan
A single bird landed in a large gum tree in my backyard this afternoon.(Moderator's Note: Good observation, as there are no previous reports for Nyngan Township, however known to occur about 50 km to the west! AKM)
michael Crosland 16/5 #234405
Brown Gerygone, White-eared Honeyeater, Little Lorikeets, etc.
Oatley--Limekiln Wetlands and Oatley Park
Extraordinary bird life is present within Oatley Park and Limekiln Wetlands. 60~ Brown Gerygones were in Limekiln Wetlands, some travelling into Oatley Park. One adult White-eared Honeyeater was observed at Froghollow. The White-eared Honeyeater was later seen in Limekiln Wetlands. This is the first White-eared Honeyeater record in Oatley within recent times. Briefly, a Little Lorikeet's flight call was heard. This is the first Little Lorikeet record in Oatley within the last 15~ years. A migratory flock of 70~ Red Wattlebirds flew north over the wetlands. Additionally, four Tawny Frogmouths, three Rose Robins, a Lewin's Rail, and a Buff-banded Rail were all recorded. For more information please view eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 16/5 #234404
Pacific Gull, Double-banded Plover
Penrhyn Estuary, Botany Bay
8 Double-banded Plovers at low tide at Penrhyn Estuary plus a juvenile Pacific Gull seen from the nearby Millstream viewing point (adjacent to the airport)
Michael Ellison 16/5 #234402
Tue 15highlightSwift Parrot
Murray St, Bateau Bay
4 Swift Parrots were feeding and calling in the flowering Blackbutts in my front yard for 10 minutes at 1330 hrs today. This is the 12th year out of 16 years that Swift Parrots have frequented my Blackbutts since 2002. They shared the blossom with Musk & Rainbow Lorikeets, and Noisy Miners but the Musk Lorikeets and Noisy Miners can chase them away.
Alan & Anne Morris 15/5 #234396
Brown Falcon
Bicentennial Park Homebush
A Brown Falcon was seen this morning sitting atop a Casuarina consuming an unidentifiable small bird. Whilst not a normally reportable species this was interesting as it is only my second record of a Brown Falcon here in 30 years of regular visits - the last time was in November 1988.
Brian Downer 15/5 #234395
Sun 13highlightSwift Parrot, Peregrine Falcon
Sturt University Campus Carpark, Port Macquarie
At 7.30 am a pair of Swift Parrots were first heard and then seen flying over me in the Carpark, a previously mentioned site. However a Peregrine Falcon cruised through the site 2 minutes later, put up all the Lorikeets (Scaly-breasted and Rainbow), and even though the Lorikeets returned, no more Swift Parrots were seen. The Peregrine cruised through again 15 minutes later, all the Lorikeets, Friarbirds and Red Wattlebirds went up but no Swift Parrots were heard and or seen in the melee that followed.
Alan Morris 14/5 #234386
Little Friarbird, Gull-billed Tern
Tallong Drive Lake Cathie
Two visits to Tallong Drive, Lake Cathie failed to find any Swift Parrots, however on each occasion, Little Friarbirds were feeding in the flowering Forest Red Gum and Swamp Mahogany, and these are uncommon birds on the that section of the North Coast. Other birds present were Musk, Rainbow & Scaly-breasted Lorikeets and Noisy Friarbirds. On the Lake sand bar were two adult Gull-billed Terns, a bird I rarely see at this site. Other birds present include a pair of White-breasted Sea-eagles and a pair of Brahminy Kites.
Alan Morris 14/5 #234385
highlightRed-footed Booby, Black-browed Albatross, Brown Skua
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Exceptional seawatch today with frenzied feeding activity all afternoon and an interesting mix of summer and winter species. Major highlight was an immature Red-footed Booby that arrived at about 1:30pm and stayed until about 3:00 making a few close passes of the headland. Other highlights were an adult Black-browed Albatross and a Brown Skua. Fluttering-type Shearwaters were present all day with numerous birds coming in close and both species confirmed present. A single Wedge-tailed Shearwater and a pale morph Jaeger sp. added some diversity to the list. Also exciting was seeing a White-bellied Sea-Eagle successfully take a Fluttering Shearwater from the surface of the water. (Moderator's Note: An exceptional seawatch! Red-footed Booby is on the NSW ORAC review list. MR). eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 13/5 #234380
Fri 11Channel-billed Cuckoo
Wollongbar
Single bird calling and flying west several km west of Alstonville early morning, rather late in the season
Bob Moffatt 12/5 #234371
Barn Owl
Edney Lane, Spring Hill near Mangerton
Bird first reported by Illawarra Birder member Andrew Jackson but was not certain of species. I located bird in trees beside carpark, fly away at my approach and landed in another tree approx. 10 mts away. Bird was very wary so I left the area straight away as I did not want to disturb it.
Terrill Nordstrom 11/5 #234367
Thu 10Black-necked Stork
Lorne Road at Black Creek Road, Upsalls Creek, Kendall
This bird was sighted in a cow paddock at around 7.30am. No other birds were spotted anywhere near him. (Moderator's Note: Upsalls Creek and Kendal are well within the range of the Black-necked Stork in NSW, and as such this is not really an "Unusual or rare sighting" but is published because we rarely get reports of any birds in this area! AKM)
Karen Jean Swilks 10/5 #234363
White-eared Monarch, Wompoo Fruit-dove
Minyon Valley, Nightcap NP
Very noisy group of seven white-eared monarchs. Territorial/contact calls and rapid twitter calls. Three juvenile birds in the group. This species appears to be a year-round resident and often relatively common during the autumn and winter months. Wompoo Fruit-doves feeding on White Cedar fruit.
David Charley 10/5 #234358
highlightSwift Parrots, Little Lorikeets and Gang-gang Cockatoo
Werakata State Conservation Area, Ellalong
Approximately 10 Swift Parrots observed this morning from 7 - 8 am along the section of track and disused railway line in Werakata SCA. Among them were several Little Lorikeets and large numbers of Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters. These birds appeared to be lerping as no flowering eucalpyts were noted. A Gang-gang Cockatoo also flew through the area.
James Garnham 10/5 #234356
Wed 9Brown Gerygone
Eastlakes golf course
Long awaited addition to the Eastlakes list, one single,silent bird seen at ‘Eastlakes Heligoland’ spot (track that links the two golf courses just south of the maintenance sheds) this 100m track boasts many unusual bird records e.g. Peaceful Dove, Turquoise Parrot, Restless Flycatcher,Grey Plover, Little Bittern (Black-backed) and Fuscous Honeyeater to name just a few.
David Mitford 10/5 #234364
highlightFreckled Duck
Shortland Waters Golf Course (restricted access)
108 Freckled Ducks counted using the pond at Shortland Water Golf Course. eBird checklist
Alex Berryman per Mick Roderick 10/5 #234359
Brown Gerygone
Taverners Hill, Leichhardt
At least one bird but probably two or three others at Taverners Hill Light Rail station. Seen during the regular IWEG bird count along the Greenway. First sighting by me in the Inner West.
David Hair, Chris King et al 10/5 #234354
Plumed Whistling-Duck, Brolga
Ulmarra, NSW
Minimum 300 PWD around farm dam on outskirts of Ulmarra, on Tucabia Road. Large numbers have been seen at this site in the past. There were also 2 Brolga in the paddock on Old Post Office Lane just north of Ulmarra on 7 May, but not present this afternoon.
Peter Higgins 9/5 #234353
highlightGrey Falcon
Narromine-Eumungerie Road, 10kms north of Narromine.
Bird seen on a fence post near Merrits Lane. Yellow legs obvious at 100kph so did a U-turn. Bird flew into a tree on the roadside and proceeded to inspect me for three minutes or so including a fly around. Yellow legs, yellow cere, white feathers covering tarsi, small bill, streaks on white breast, lightly barred on all underwing feathers. On the edge of its range? Have several images. Look on eBird checklist. (Moderator's Note: Great record and photo, while it is on the edge of the range, I have seen a pair at Baradine, which is north-east of this location. AKM) eBird checklist
Jack Winterbottom 9/5 #234352
highlightSwift Parrot
Tallong Drive, Lake Cathie
6+ Swift Parrots feeding in Forest Redgum near Kenwood Drive intersection. Feeding on lerps despite some of the Redgum present coming into blossom. Previously recorded several times at same site over last 10 years.
Tim Morris 9/5 #234350
Tue 8highlightSwift Parrot
Oliver Street, Heathcote
A single Swift Parrot seen in flight being chased by an Australian Magpie. Distinctive 'pip' calls and warble heard. Tried to follow up but couldn't locate where it landed. Possibly more in area - many Rainbow & Musk Lorikeets heard in this area so likely some suitable blossom about.
Marc Anderson 9/5 #234347
highlightSwift Parrot
Edmondson Regional Park, Ingleburn
3 Swift Parrots (possibly more out of site) observed feeding on lerps on Eucalyptus teriticornis (Forest Red Gums). Harrased by Bell Miners and vocal when flying. Quiet when feeding. The site is located behind the Jehovahs Witness complex.
Leo Skowronek 8/5 #234342
Australian Shoveler
Willow Pond ,Centennial Park, northern end
5 birds, 2 male , 3 female, staying away from edges of pond and staying near middle of pond, accompanied by 3 Grey Teal eBird checklist
Anna Gillespie 8/5 #234341
highlightSwift Parrot, Yellow-tipped Pardalote
Werakata Conservation Area, Pelton (near Cessnock)
A minimum of 100 Swift Parrots watched this morning along a section of track and disused railway line in Werakata SCA this morning. The birds were spread out over a wide area, though much of the activity was focussed on a section of vehicle track / old rail line at -32 52 59 / 151 19 8. The birds had presumably roosted here the night before (it is a known roost site) and were dew-bathing, taking lerp and gnawing on branches and leaves. I didn't arrive til about 7am, but by about 8am the flocks had dispersed and birds were in groups of 10-20 birds spread out over a wide area to the east, west and south of the coordinates given above. To reach the track, take Ellalong Road south towards Ellalong (off Wollombi Road) and travel for about 1km, turning left onto Pelton Road, then driving for about 600m to a T-intersection (where we normally leave our cars). The birds are in this entire area but the big groups were about 150-300m left (north) along the tracks from the T-intersection. I thoroughly recommend arriving not too long after 7am. YouTube videos to give an idea of the activity: https://youtu.be/yFHM3tzgOAI https://youtu.be/0xB8UylsGaw There were also several Yellow-tipped (Striated) Pardalotes present. Further information
Mick Roderick 8/5 #234340
Sun 6highlightJuvenile Pacific Gull
Mutton Bird Island, Coffs Harbour
Single bird on Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. (Moderator's Note: Very rare autumn/winter visitor to Mid and Far North Coast. AKM). eBird checklist
Pam Humphries 11/5 #234368
Emerald Dove
Waterman Track, Matcham
Emerald Dove heard calling in first gully full of Bangalow Palm then heard again at entrance to toomey track near Seymour pond. Possibly same bird. Bird was not sighted due to heavy rainforest cover, but 100% ID on call. This is the second one we have heard emerald dove calling around waterman track.
Luke Shelley, Paul Shelley 8/5 #234338
Buff-banded Rail
Newington Armory Newington
Two adults in the native grass garden between the main car park and the open lawn area
Michael Miller 7/5 #234333
White-naped, yellow-faced honeyeaters
Blue Mountains National Park--Narrow Neck Trail
A steady if unspectacular migration of c.2500 honeyeaters through Narrow Neck between 10-11AM. Roughly 50/50 split of white-naped and yellow-faced honeyeaters with much smaller supporting cast of silvereyes, red + little wattlebirds, currawongs + pardalotes plus a foraging rock warbler a marauding male peregrine dashing through to spice things up further. (Moderator's Note: The observation of 50/50 split is typical of the migration as it draws further into May. Just also adding here that there was a count of 4200 YfHE/WnHE at Pambalong NR between 11:06am-11:26am Sat 5/05. MR).
Michael Ellison 7/5 #234331
Whistling Kite
Canterbury (New South Wales)
A lone Whistling Kite seen along Cooks River near Canterbury railway station this morning. The bird was harassed by Australian Ravens before gaining height and heading east. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan 6/5 #234323
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Shoplands Rd Annangrove
Three Wedge-tailed Eagles soaring languidly over Shoplands Rd heading basically west. My view was into the sun so couldn't see the plumage colour of each bird. One bird though was quite vocal. A single adult was seen at 7.00 am yesterday on the ground in a cattle paddock at the end of the road. Three Magpie-larks then harassed it and it took flight and headed west. Bit of a Wedgie hot spot here at the moment as an adult and juvenile were seen soaring overhead on 27 March last, also heading west.
Darryl Smedley 6/5 #234322
Sat 5Turquoise Parrot, Swift Parrot
Hunter Economic Zone (restricted access)
Two Turquoise Parrots seen at 'The Puddles' in the Hunter Economic Zone on Saturday. Swift Parrots also heard in the main creekline (distant from Steve Roderick's observations from Friday). Turqs are very scarce in the Cessnock forests; Swifties far more expected! Also good numbers of Black-chinned HEs (estimated 25 birds in the 500m area search / 80 minute survey I did) and both pardalotes in droves, as they seem to be in many forests in the Lower Hunter right now.
Mick Roderick 7/5 #234332
highlightSwift parrot
Sublime Point, Leura, Blue Mountains.
3 birds flying through heading west along escarpment.
Andrew McDougall 5/5 #234319
Wandering type Albatross
Sydney Harbour National Park,North Head
Very exciting to get a rare sighting of a Wandering Albatross during a seawatch from North Head this morning
Michael Ronan 5/5 #234317
Diamond Firetail, Double-barred Finch, Black Falcon
Medhurst Bridge, Martindale
Six Diamond Firetails seen in and around Medhust Bridge including one seen taking feathers into its nest in a mistletoe clump in an acacia. Double-barred and Zebra Finches also present, along with many Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters and Dusky Woodswallows. A Black Falcon was seen making a spectacular dive at one of a group of 4 Wedge-tailed Eagles. At nearby Martindale PS were Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon, Hobby and a Grey Goshawk.
Greg Miles (photo), David Peet and Alan Morris 5/5 #234314
Fri 4highlightSwift Parrot
South Maroota
Seven Swift Parrots seen flying northwards and heard calling over southern section of Maroota Ridge SCA at around 9:30 am.
Paul Burcher 7/5 #234329
highlightSwift Parrot
Kincumber Creek, Kincumber (note dates)
About 5pm on the 23 April, a flock of about 15 - 20 Swift Parrots flew low, directly over houses at Kincumber Creek. Had been observing Rainbow and Musk Lorikeets feeding in swamp mahoganies near Avoca Drive and the parrots flew from that direction and calling distinctively. Had not seen those birds feeding. Similarly on 16 April about 9.30am saw similar number of birds (possibly same flock??) Again, flying low, south over boat ramp at Kincumber Creek. Again, quite noisy and clearly seen which was not the case on the latter occasion. (Moderator's Note: This report was received today, so we have posted this with today's date so that the observations would be noticeable on the Recent Sightings list. MR).
Dennis O'Toole 4/5 #234308
highlightSwift Parrots
HEZ Woodlands Kurri Kurri
Swift Parrots in small numbers scattered throughout, about 25 birds all up. Possibly feeding on lerp (no blossom present), one flock of 5 birds, remainder in smaller groups. Seen/heard at 3 distinct sites over a km apart.
Steve Roderick 4/5 #234304
Noisy Pitta
Royal National Park--Bola Creek
Single individual seen near intersection of Lady Carrington Drive Dr and Forest Path track. On western side of track.
James Schlunke 4/5 #234303
highlightSwift Parrot
Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie Campus
At least 20 Swift Parrots using the area surrounding the CSU campus and Lake Innes village in Port Macquarie today. Very active and vocal and returning regularly to feed on lerp in Forest Red Gum (E.tereticornis) around the southern carpark despite constant harrassment from Noisy Miners. They did not seem interested in the profusely flowering Swamp Mahogany which is attracting many lorikeets, friarbirds etc.
Liam Murphy 4/5 #234302
Thu 3highlightWhite-fronted Honeyeater
Burrumbuttock
Single adult White-fronted Honeyeater observed at close range this morning (right outside the bathroom window!). Not calling. First individual of this species I've seen in this area for 15 years. Other noteworthy species include Brown-headed Honeyeater, Pied Butcherbird and Great Egret.
David M Watson 3/5 #234295
Wed 2Spotted Harrier
Bruxner Highway, near Parrots Nest Road, near Lismore
Two adults over paddock near line of Swamp Oaks. Observer's first North Coast record of more than one individual of this species.
Greg & Val Clancy 2/5 #234294
highlightSwift Parrot, Little Lorikeet, Musk Lorikeet
Terrey Hills
At least 6 Swift Parrots observed foraging in the profusely flowering Spotted Gums with Musk and Little Lorikeets. eBird checklist
Kurtis Lindsay 2/5 #234293
highlightSwift Parrot (5)
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--West Head
Based on Jayden Walsh's sightings and info, I thought there was a fair chance the Swift parrots would roost in the area, so I was at West Head Rd, Kuringai, this morning from 6:00 - 7:40. I parked at information bay, walked up and down along the roadside to Salvation loop trail. Got a first Swift parrot passing by through the trees along the road between Waratah and Salvation loop trail. On the way back, 7:15-740, I had excellent views between Evina trail and information bay of several Swifts. They were perched in trees along the road, and flying across the trail, at times 2-3 m from my head! I saw only singles or pairs, but there were at least 4 birds, if not more. Be careful, traffic is sparse but present. I suggest to park at Evina trail and walk south towards the info bay. If that doesn't result in sightings, try parking at Waratah trail and walk towards Salvation loop trail. If you're close and interested please go and have a look, it will be interesting to see if the birds hang around for a bit, or just move on after a 1 night stay in the area!
Vincent Mourik 2/5 #234292
Tue 1Scarlet Robin (pair)
Castlereagh Nature Reserve
Pair feeding high on herb trail near south perimeter trail (western side of NR). Also Crested Shrike-tit, Varied Sittella, Little Eagle, Fuscous Honeyeaters in droves and Weebill. eBird checklist
David Ongley 1/5 #234291
Grey Goshawk, White-cheeked HE, Topknot Pigeon etc
Eastlakes golf course
Perfect autumn weather today for bush birding. White-cheeked Honeyeater enjoying its 8th day down at the extreme southern point of the course. A Topknot was ‘bullied’ out of a tree near Botany Aquatic Centre by Magpies & Noisy Miners which subsequently flew south. 3 groups of Musk Lorikeets seen (just starting to increase ATM), Grey Goshawk somehow managing to avoid the very territorial Brown Goshawks, yet only 25 Yellow-faced HE seen today. Eastern Spinebill(2), Scarlet HE, and White-napes HE (3) were also noted this morning.
David Mitford 1/5 #234288
highlightSwift Parrot (28)
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--West Head
I initially found 1 Swift Parrot perched in a Corymbia gummifera at around 4pm on West Head road nr Salvation Trail. Then, to my amazement 15 minutes later a flock of 23 or 24 Swift Parrots flew over near Waratah Trail, wheeling around several times (presumably spooked by a raptor) before heading in a north easterly direction until out of sight. 10 minutes later and I found another 4 Swift Parrots also perched in Coymbia gummifera near the information bay (the opposite direction to where the flock was heading). Only my 2nd sighting for KCNP
Jayden Walsh 1/5 #234287
Eastern Osprey
Gore Cove, Greenwich
I heard a loud splash in the mangroves at the mouth of Berrys Creek this morning and suddenly an Osprey settled on a branch in front of me. It moved its head and neck from side to side, not in an agitated manner, but as if to remove a crick. After 10 minutes it flew off. Later, from my balcony I watched it eat a sizeable fish: it took 1/2 hour to eat its meal, and another 1/2 hour to digest it and clean its talons before flying off. My only other record from Greenwich was on May 19th, 2013.
Ted Nixon 1/5 #234286
Australian Brush-turkey
Clovelly Beach
Seen this morning at 6am. Such a small amount of suitable habitat! Their expansion is a good news story in my view! Poor quality photo. Clovelly also produced an Eastern Reef Egret (grey) for me in August 2017.
Charles Hunter 1/5 #234280

April 2018
Mon 30Pied Currawong
River Rd, west of Darlington Point
30 Pied Currawong observed in a group near the western entrance to the Willbriggie precinct of the Murrumbidgee Valley NP. Rare birds at this locality and in such large numbers.
David Parker 3/5 #234299
White-headed Pigeon
Lime Kiln Bay Reserve and Wetlands
At 1650h, two (2) adult White-headed Pigeons were observed at Limekiln Wetlands, perched in a Swamp Oak. The last White-headed Pigeon observation within the Oatley area was in late 2016. For more information please view eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 30/4 #234276
highlightSwift Parrot
Werakata State Conservation Area
A single flock of 18 Swift Parrots flew over at 8:00am and I heard what was quite likely a smaller flock calling in the distance earlier in the morning. Plenty of activity despite lack of much blossom with Little Lorikeets feeding in the few flowering Spotted Gums and lots of small honeyeaters and pardalotes (mainly Spotted) feeding mostly on lerp. Other good birds here were Black-chinned Honeyeater and Spotted Quail-thrush. Later on at 11:30am I had another 8 Swifties where Kearsley South Fire trail crosses Abernethy St at Kitchener. I also had Spotted Quail-thrush and Black-chinned Honeyeater here, along with a Painted Buttonquail. (Moderator's Note: These are early records for these two sites, both of which have been visited by Swift Parrots for the majority of the past 10 seasons, sometimes in significant numbers [e.g. 146 birds counted at Kearsley South Fire Trail 20/05/2012]. Both had small numbers (~10 birds) last year. MR) eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 30/4 #234271
Sun 29Brolga
-35.6890, 144.5374
Three Brolgas joined with another two, total of five on Caldwell Lane Road,12km north of Bunnaloo
Surong Gunn, James Gunn and Ian Fisher 7/5 #234335
highlightSwift Parrot
Capertee Valley Glen Davis Rd
After searching for Swift Parrots amongst the Terrey Hills Musk and Little Lorikeets all week after sightings, I was rather excited to find a Swift Parrot on a quick trip to Capertee on Sunday April 29th.
Cathy MacNamara 3/5 #234300
highlightSwift Parrot
Lyndale Ave, Port Macquarie
8 Swift Parrots in Lemon Scented Gum with Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets
Tim Morris 29/4 #234263
Giant Petrel sp
Sydney Harbour National Park,North Head
There was a Giant Petrel off North Head during a seawatch this afternoon this is my earliest record of a Giant Petrel from North Head.
Michael Ronan 29/4 #234261
Fuscous Honeyeater; Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Rose Robin
Chiltern Trail, Ingleside
Heathwren crossed the trail in front of me approx 400m in from the Chiltern Rd Gate; Rose Robin and 3 Fuscous Honeyeaters seen near the rock platform; also a very noisy group of Brown-headed Honeyeaters and abundant Scarlet Honeyeaters along length of track, with 13 Honeyeater species in total. Also a Square-tailed Kite (which seems to be a regular in the area now) and 2 Bar-shouldered Doves near the entrance gate eBird checklist
Tom Wilson 29/4 #234258
Sat 28Spotted Quail-thrush
Simos Beach, Georges River, Macquarie Fields
Two birds crossing the road, feeding as they go.
Malcolm Daniels 29/4 #234254
Welcome Swallow
Rosehill Racecource
I would estimate 250-300 Welcome Swallows were feeding over the main water storage pond in the middle of the racecourse this morning at 9:30am. All were feeding into the wind and not much higher than a metre above the water surface. No idea what their prey was.
Darryl Smedley 28/4 #234250
Scarlet robin
Castlereagh Nature Reserve
A pair of Scarlet robins seen near junction of Herb Trail and Perimeter S Trail. Also observed a pair of Crested shrike tits, 3 Varied sitellas, a rose robin and dusky woodswallows.
Peter Lockhart 28/4 #234249
Fri 27Emerald Dove
Ourimbah
In my back yard. First sighted around Feb this year but unable to photograph until now.
Carol Jefferson 28/4 #234247
Fairy Prion
Sydney Harbour National Park,North Head
Seen 2 Fairy Prions during a seawatch from North Head this afternoon my first for the year.
Michael Ronan 27/4 #234244
Thu 26Black Kite
Belmore Swamp at Seale Rd, Belmore River
Two kites quartering over waterfowl at eastern end of swamp about 2pm. eBird checklist
Paul Burcher and Jacqueline Reifenstein 29/4 #234259
Black Bittern
Midjungbul Nature Reserve, Tweed Heads
Seen by BirdLife Gold Coast Local Branch members from the first section of the boardwalk. Was foraging among mangrove roots at very low tide (2.30pm). For the most part the bird was in deep shade but moved into some sunlight to see brown rather than black back so thought to be a female.
Beth Hall with BirdLife Gold Coast Local Branch 26/4 #234237
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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