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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, Ashwin Rudder, Mick Roderick and Simon Blanchflower.

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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: 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: 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.

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March 2018
Mon 19Spotless Crake
Lime Kiln Bay Reserve and Wetlands
One (1) Spotless Crake seen at the eastern extremity of the natural reedbed. For more infomation please view eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 19/3 #233870
Square-tailed Kite
Freeman Avenue Reserve (Oatley)
Two (2) Square-tailed Kites. (Moderator's Note: Square-tailed Kites are commonly reported from Sydney and surrounds, though few records of 2 birds together so publishing this.) For more infomation please view eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 19/3 #233869
Peaceful Dove
Integral Park, West Dapto
Observed by two birders and photos taken. Other birder was a visitor from England. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 19/3 #233868
Sun 18Fork-tailed Swift(s)
Centennial Park (Sydney)
A few sightings of single examples at different locations within the park. All the sightings were at about 50m height but from a narrow field of view (within tree groves).
Biggles Csolander 19/3 #233867
Mistletoe Bird
The Gap, Watsons Bay
4.30pm 39°C . A lot of Mistletoe growing on the Coastal Banksia between The Gap and Sth Head. I saw 2 immature MistletoeBirds, 1 male and one female. I don't know of any previous sightings documented this far NE of Centennial Parklands in the Eastern Suburbs, so thoght I would put it out there.
Kerry Allen 19/3 #233865
Pacific Swift
Freeman Avenue Reserve (Oatley)
Nine (9) Pacific Swifts flew over Freeman Avenue Reserve. For photographs and more information please view eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 18/3 #233863
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (2)
Western Sydney Parklands, Quakers Hill
Continuing birds - dark morph (hooded) and light morph birds as seen the previous weekend.
Edwin Vella 18/3 #233862
Sat 17Pacific Swift
Macquarie River in Warren Township
A flock appeared briefly around 0900 hrs above the old weir, rare so far west in recent times.
Alan morris & 20 members CCGBNSW 18/3 #233857
Painted Buttonquail
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
1 Painted Buttonquail found as roadkill on West Head road.
Jayden Walsh 18/3 #233855
Brown Falcon, Southern Boobook, Red-capped Robin
Richmond Lowlands
Red-capped Robin seen along Onus Lane with Zebra Finch. Southern Boobook in privet and nice to see Brown Falcon again in the lowlands area. A productive morning but the heat got the better of us. eBird checklist
Greg McLachlan, Richard Murray, Judy Clark, Sue WIllis, Ted Nixon with Birding NSW. 18/3 #233854
Pacific Swift
Ponto Falls Reserve, Macquarie River near Geurie
Flock of about 30 birds circling about 100m above the river and small strip of River Red Gums along the bank. Mixed in at a lower level were Welcome Swallows and Tree Martins. The swifts arrived from the north-west and slowly moved off to the south-east. eBird checklist
Darryl Smedley 18/3 #233852
highlightSwift Parrot
Edge of Glory Caves car park, Kosciusko NP
Flock of 18 Swift Parrots feeding in a profusely flowering Mountain Gum in late afternoon. This species is very rarely seen in Kosi NP and I have not previously seen this species feeding in Mountain Gums.
Martin Schulz 17/3 #233849
highlightEastern Yellow Wagtail
Hexham Swamp (Fishery Creek)
Two Eastern Yellow Wagtails were found by Michael Kearns along Fishery Creek this morning, a few hundred metres west of the southern end of the pipeline track on Hexham Swamp (at -32.867300, 151.682961). He was in a kayak at the time but it's possible that the birds may be using the track itself and/or could be viewed by looking west from the end of the track. More details are on the eBird list below. eBird checklist
Michael Kearns per Mick Roderick 17/3 #233847
Fri 16Orange, Crimson and White-fronted Chats
Macquarie Marshes--Monkeygar Crossing
Highlights of our visit to the Monkey ck west wetlands this morning were a pair of Orange Chats in full breeding plumage, 18 White-fronted Chats and 3 Wedge-tailed Eagles. 3 Glossy Ibis and both species of Spoonbills. Just up the road was a male Crimson Chat, Chestnut-crowned Babblers, Brown Songlark and Red-capped Robin.
Alan morris & 20 members CCGBNSW 18/3 #233859
White-browed Woodswallow, Masked Woodswallow
Geurie Cemetery, Central West NSW
A small mixed flock of woodswallows circling above the cemetery mid-afternoon slowly drifting southeast. Twenty birds max but could only reliably identify eight to species level eBird checklist
Darryl Smedley 18/3 #233851
Australasian Shoveler
Urunga Wetlands
m&f AS in upper northern reaches of wetland (Moderator's Note: few records from this site)
John Gale, Chris, Greg, Janine, FollowThatBird Dorrigo trip 16/3 #233844
Beach Stone-curlew
Urunga Foreshore
3 untagged BSC on sandspit between Bellinger and Kalang Rivers
John Gale, Chris, Greg, Janine: FollowThatBird Dorrigo trip 16/3 #233843
Barred Cuckoo-shrike
Alma Doepal Reserve, Mylestom
c.6 juv BCS feeding in small leafed figs, with Varied Triller, Regent Bowerbird, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
John Gale, Chris, Greg, Janine, FollowThatBird Dorrigo trip 16/3 #233842
Barred Cuckoo-shrike
Bat Island Bellingen
c.12 juv/ad BCS feeding in emergent small leafed figs
John Gale, Chris, Greg, Janine: FollowThatBird Dorrigo trip 16/3 #233841
Thu 15Australasian Figbird, White-headed Pigeon
Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills
Autumn arrival of Australasian Figbird - this is the fourth consecutive year these birds have arrived here in the lower Blue Mountains in March, where they seem to use remnant Western Sydney dry rainforest patches until Aug. Also 8 White-headed Pigeons, 12 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos with at least 3 juv birds, and first honeyeater movement of autumn with a small flock of White-naped Honeyeaters. eBird checklist
Eric Finley 16/3 #233840
highlightBrahminy Kite
Centennial Park (Sydney)
Rare but distant sighting of an immature Brahminy Kite over Lachlan Swamp. My first Centennial Park sighting of a BK. (Moderator's Note: This bird was originally identified and posted as a dark morph Little Eagle, but upon closer inspection is actually an immature Brahminy Kite. A remarkable record and surely the first for Centennial Park. Thanks to Simon Gorta for picking up on the ID)
Biggles Csolander 15/3 #233829
Wed 14highlightSpotted Nightjar
East of Deniliquin
Spotted Nightjar: one adult in sandhill country ~ 20 km east of Deniliquin. The first I have ever seen during the day in the district and the first I have seen in the district for 16 years. All my previous records in the district have been out on the plains country north of Deniliquin. They have likely been pushed south by severe drought in western NSW and southwest Queensland, similar to the pied honeyeaters, which are still present in the district. Further information
Philip Maher 17/3 #233846
Freckled Duck
Spring Creek Reservoir, Orange
Ten ducks including two with breeding colours eBird checklist
Bernard Ralston Huxtable 15/3 #233831
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Goat Island, Sydney Harbour
A pair of Sea Eagles seem to have taken up residence on Goat Island. I've seen them perched in the trees on the north and western sides of the island several times during the last month and on Monday evening and tonight they were roosting there.
Robert Griffin 14/3 #233828
Common Sandpiper, Great-Crested Grebe
Bendeela Pondage (Kangaroo Valley)
Following up on a recent report, one Common Sandpiper was observed on rocky edge of pond. 10 Great-Crested Grebe and 1 Hoary-Headed Grebe also present. All Grebes appeared to be in breeding plumage.
Carla Jackett 14/3 #233825
Cormorants nesting.
Sydney Northern Beaches
After gradually filling to the brim over the last 4 months Dee Why Lagoon yesterday morning again burst out to sea, perhaps with help from the council; and, on cue, the sudden appearance of 120+ Little Black Cormorants. Also present 100+ Coot, 15 Hardhead. Pheasant Coucal present earlier this summer, one resident pair Tawny Grassbirds. Cisticola and Little Grassbird seem to have died out, House Sparrows hanging on at Dee Why Surf Club. Observed this morning at Mona Vale Golf Course: nest-building by a Great Cormorant and also by a Little Pied, this being the only cormorant nesting colony that I'm aware of on Northern Beaches, has been here since at least the late1960s.
David Sawyer 14/3 #233824
Tue 13highlightRed-tailed Tropicbird
Sydney Harbour National Park,North Head
Great views of an adult Red-tailed Tropicbird from North Head today in between the showers.
Michael Ronan 13/3 #233819
highlightBuller's Shearwater
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Great scope views of a Buller's Shearwater off Tacking Point this afternoon as it sat on the water for several minutes. It later made two more passes of the headland, loosely associating with a dozen or so Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. Also somewhat noteworthy is the arrival of juvenile gannets in numbers, perhaps a result of last week's southerly conditions. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 13/3 #233818
Sun 11White-headed Pigeon
Poulton Park, Hurstville Grove
Single bird observed at 6:00pm flying from Poulton Creek, adjacent to soccer fields, over to the Sydney Water Depot area with a single bird flying back to Poulton Creek from the same direction a few minutes later.
Ivan Cindric 12/3 #233804
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (2)
Western Sydney Parklands, Quakers Hill
One dark morph (hooded) and Light morph Cuckoo-shrike foraging together in and Angophora beside Eastern Creek. Also seen was an Azure Kingfisher, Crested Shrike-tit and 6 Dusky Woodswallows. Further information
Edwin Vella 11/3 #233796
Eastern Barn Owl
Eastgardens Shopping Centre
An Eastern Barn Owl had found it’s way into the mall somehow and was ‘trapped’ under the glass ceiling. Seems ok and has flown around. Currently working on a rescue plan
David Mitford 11/3 #233794
Sat 10Turquoise Parrot, Hooded Robin, Brown Treecreeper
Private property, Glen Alice
We had permission to visit a private property next to the one where we stayed for the weekend. Lots of bird activity with several highlights this warm sunny afternoon. A lone female Turquoise Parrot was observed on the ground and allowed a nice photo. Three male Hooded Robins were seen nearby. And a Brown Treecreeper appeared to be examining or choosing a nest box quite close to the house. Other birds seen around the same time included Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters, Rainbow Bee-eaters, Dusky Woodswallows, Peaceful Doves, and a Crested Shrike-tit. What an afternoon!
Darren and Thalia Broughton 12/3 #233806
Plumed Whistling Duck
Canowindra Sewage Treatment Ponds
20 Plumed Whistling Duck present. Also 60+ Straw-necked Ibis, 3 Pink-eared Duck. eBird checklist
Bec Read 11/3 #233791
highlightWhite-necked Petrel, Goulds Petrel, Black Petrel, Wandering Albatross
Offshore--Sydney Pelagic
Highlights from a terrific day on the water yesterday included a White-necked Petrel (1), Gould's Petrel (7) with one bird repeatedly flying close to the boat, a banded Black Petrel (1) and one Wandering Albatross (Gibsons). Also Risso's Dolphin out at the shelf and False Killer Whale close to the Heads. eBird checklist Further information
Greg McLachlan, David Mitford and all observers on the Avalon IV 11/3 #233789
White-headed Pigeon
101 Campbell Drive Wahroonga
Nest building in dense conifer. (Moderator's Note: There are few Sydney breeding records. AKM)
Maxwell Erle Fielding 10/3 #233785
Fri 9Brush Bronzewing, Speckled Warbler
Glen Alice, Capertee Valley (private property)
Stayed at a hobby farm in Glen Alice, Capertee Valley. Went for a late walk to the back of the farm where there is a much-depleted dam and some sloped woodland nearby. As hoped for, we saw a few Speckled Warblers on the ground and in bushes in the wooded zone. But the surprise just before dusk was a male Brush Bronzewing drinking at the dam. Apologies for the bad photo. Was dim light and we couldn't go closer without spooking it (and it flew when one of us moved slightly), We already knew this bird can be elusive but later saw it was noted as rare on the Capertee bird guide/brochure. By the way, locals say that the area is the driest it's been in 80 years. However, recent rain has greened it up a bit. (Moderator's Note: few records of Brush Bronzewing in the Capertee, particularly in recent years. MR)
Thalia and Darren Broughton 12/3 #233812
Buller's Albatross
Sydney Harbour National Park,North Head
Very excited to see my first Buller's Albatross of the year off north head hopefully many more to come.
Michael Ronan 9/3 #233778
Thu 8Wedge-tailed Eagles
Akuna Bay, Kuringai National Park
3 WTEs sighted over Akuna Bay mid afternoon. A pair had been evident in the area over the last year or so but a third might be either an interloper or mean that they have bred successfully.
Biggles Csolander 8/3 #233771
Wed 7Barred Cuckoo-shrike
Grassy Head
At least one Cuckoo-shrike still present in large fruiting fig tree at caravan park.A possible juvenile also present. Many other bird species in same tree, including Figbird, Eastern Koel (a pair), Satin Bowerbird, White-winged Trlller (briefly), and Lewin's Honeyeater. Lots of figs still available, so the birds could hang around for some days.
Carl Weber 7/3 #233765
Tue 6Peregrine Falcon, Blue-and-yellow Macaw
Waverley Bus Depot, Centennial Park
A magnificent pair of macaws flew over Oxford St and the bus depot heading into Centennial Park, calling loudly, after midday. A friend recently told me she sees these birds occasionally around Rose Bay. A few hours earlier, a pair of Peregrine Falcons were flying over the same spot. eBird checklist
Eric Finley 6/3 #233751
Mon 5highlightBarred Cuckooshrike
Grassy Head
Up to four Barred Cuckooshrikes were reported by Hastings Birdwatchers on a field outing to Grassy Head reserve last Friday 2/3.This afternoon I visited the site and located two birds feeding in a large fruiting fig in the caravan park. eBird checklist
Liam Murphy 5/3 #233741
White-headed Pigeon
Centennial Park (Sydney)
One White-headed Pigeon seen on southern end of Church Grounds next to Randwick Pond this morning. An unusual visitor to the Park, the last sighting being some three years ago. Flew south towards Grand Drive perused by Noisy Miners.
Anne Brophy 5/3 #233734
Sun 4highlightGround Parrot
Crowdy Bay NP (near Kylies Beach campground turn-off)
A Ground Parrot was flushed at ~0610 on Sunday morning by two observers in heathland near the turn-off to Kylies Beach campground. They were doing a targeted search for the species, suspecting that birds may be using Crowdy Bay NP after possible displacement from the fires in Limeburners Creek in Dec last year. A detailed description of the observation is in the attached eBird list. (Moderator's Note: This is a very exciting observation. I don't have information to hand about historical reports of Ground Parrots in Crowdy Bay NP, but the last confirmed sighting in the Hunter Region was in 1935 in the Myall Lakes heathland. A nest with eggs was found near Cape Hawke in 1923 and an unconfirmed report of a Ground Parrot came from an English birder near Cape Hawke in March 2002. MR) eBird checklist
Michael Kearns & Alex Berryman per Mick Roderick 6/3 #233749
Lewin's Rail
Lime Kiln Bay Reserve and Wetlands
Three Lewin's Rail present at Limekiln Wetlands. For photographs and more information, please view eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 4/3 #233724
Spangled Drongo
Field of Mars Reserve--Cathy's Small Bird Area
One seen at 7am high in the trees . The bird was not calling and was silent but my attention was drawn to it by other birds mobbing it. (Moderator's Note: This is the final within-range Spangled Drongo we will publish 'this season' as they are well and truly arrived back at many winter sites. MR) Further information
Gerard Duane 4/3 #233722
Sat 3Black-necked Stork
774 Leggetts Drive, Mulbring
Located on the eastern side of Leggets Drive within a dam adjacent to Leggetts Drive approximately 250m north-east of Vermont Road, Mulbring NSW. Property address
John Whyte 5/3 #233732
Black Kite, Brown Falcon, Wedge-tailed Eagle
Riverside Park, Ash Island, Hunter River
A recent bushfire/grass fire on Ash Island has attracted a number of raptors to the vicinity of Riverside Park on Ash Island where 17 members of the CC Group Birding NSW had good views of a Black Kite and a Brown Falcon feeding over the burnt site, now with newly emerged green grass! Also seen here were 2 Wedge-tailed Eagles, 2 White-bellied Sea-Eagles, a Whistling Kite and a Peregrine Falcon. A pair of Spangled Drongos and Striped Honeyeaters were a bonus!
Alan Morris & 16 members CCGBNSW 4/3 #233720
highlightBlack Noddy, Common Tern(with part red bill)
Flat Rock (Ballina)
Black Noddy resting at Flat Rock late this afternoon. Common Tern with part red bill also present this afternoon, has been hanging for a few weeks now, it's possibly the same bird that has been seen at this location in previous years around this time of year. The Common Tern photo was taken 2 weeks ago.
Steve McBride 3/3 #233719
Black Bittern
Lime Kiln Bay Reserve and Wetlands
For photographs and more information, please view eBird checklist
Jesse Gibson 3/3 #233718
Glossy Black Cockatoo
St Ives chase
A pair of glossy blacks flew over head to a nearby sheoak at around 9.30am. I will often see their lager yellow tail cousins that come through in small pair groups. It was the calls this morning that announced to me with their arrival. (Moderator's Note: Maybe this sighting is not that unusual at St Ives however in the light of other recent sightings around the fringe of Sydney bushland there may be a movement of Glossy Black Cockatoos happening into Coastal regions from a dry interior? On the Central Coast there have been 15 reports in two months Jan-Feb, which is more than average, the best year was 2010 when there were 43 reports from 19 sites. AKM).
Martin coss 3/3 #233714
Fri 2Spangled Drongo
Greenhouse Park Wollongong
one bird observed calling from treetops this afternoon.
Terrill Nordstrom 2/3 #233709
Black Falcon, Black-necked Stork, Australasian Shoveler
Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve--Old Pipeline Track
A midday visit to this wetland found not many birds but plenty of water because it was high tide and water was still running off the hills after heavy rain last week. Highlights were a hunting Black Falcon, which put up a flock of about 250 Grey Teal, a pair of Black-necked Storks with a small brown juvenile, and a flock of 18 Australasian Shovelers. At least 72 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers were seen roosting in the saltmarsh.
Alan Morris & Allan Benson 2/3 #233706
Thu 1highlightBush Stone-curlew
Bald Knob Tick Gate Rd, Glenugie. Yuraygir State Conservation Area
A pair seen on road by work colleague at approx 1am during glider surveys. Took flight further east. I have been conducted night surveys 12 weeks per year for the last 3 years in the area and this is the first record of the species.
Sergio Jacomy. Nick Priest. 4/3 #233721
Pacific Baza
Centennial Park (Sydney)
Single adult preying on insects within Eucalypts. Possibly the same bird sighted by Graeme Robinson earlier in the afternoon about 700m further south. (Moderator's Note: Bazas are very rare in Sydney's eastern Suburbs so that this is a very special sighting!. AKM)
Biggles Csolander 2/3 #233703
highlightGlossy Black Cockatoos
Lady Carrington Drive, Royal NP
I went for an early afternoon walk along Lady Carrington Drive from the Northern (Audley) end, after about 30 minutes I heard some familiar 'nutcracking' and saw was a pair of Glossy Black Cockatoos feeding very contentedly. First time I've seen these birds here after many visits to the park over the years. (Moderator's Note: very few records here in recent years - not since ~2000 according to discussions on Birding-aus. MR)
Paul Johnstone 1/3 #233700
Glossy Black Cockatoos
Berowra Valley National Park--Crosslands Reserve region
3 Glossy Black Cockatoos seen in a large gum at 10.00am today near the first parking spaces.
Marie Lister, Jesse, Jonah and Aston Lee 1/3 #233699
Black Kite
Guanna Hill roadworks, 12 kms east of Molong
Gliding at treetop altitude, until chased by magpies. First observation for many years in this district.
Bruce Tinsey 1/3 #233697
Black Falcon
Maffra Rd, roughly 10km south of Cooma.
One individual observed flying high over the road and across paddocks. First one seen in the district in over three years of monthly visits.
George Madani and Lachlan Hall 1/3 #233693
highlightBush Stone-curlew
Orange NSW
Bird identifyed by photos inhabiting large private garden on West side of Orange several weeks in Feb. (Moderator's Note: A very interesting report, as there are no recent records of Bush Stone-curlews anywhere near Orange. MR).
Bernard Ralston Huxtable 1/3 #233691

February 2018
Wed 28highlightPainted Honeyeater
Euabalong-Mount Hope Road Tank
Seen briefly early in the morning. Coming in to drink with 6 species of honeyeater. Very few records in the Round Hill / Nombinnie Reserve (only the 3rd on ebird and the first since 2013). Particularly interesting considering the recent Sydney sighting. eBird checklist
David Vickers 4/3 #233726
King Quail
Bunyip Creek wetland, James Road via Grafton
At least two King Quail heard calling from long grass beside creek and road. A flock of 100+ White-throated Needletails also observed circling in a thermal with an immature White-bellied Sea Eagle. eBird checklist
Darryl Eggins 1/3 #233696
Wandering Tattler, Double-banded Plover
Pelican Point, Norah Head
A Double-banded Plover was present with 6 Red-capped Plovers on Pelican Point, this is the first report for the Central Coast for this late summer/autumn/winter visitor. Also present was a Wandering Tattler, this is the seventh summer in a row that Wandering Tattlers have been present at Soldiers Pt Reef/Pelican Pt since first located 15/1/2011. First sighted by Frank Ullrich on 14/2/18, changes in the depth of the tidal gutter that one has to cross to reach Soldiers Pt Reef (the preferred site for this bird) have prevented any earlier visits and the bird may have been present all summer! Other birds present include Ruddy Turnstones and Red-necked Stints.
Alan Morris 1/3 #233692
Double- banded Plover, Pacific Golden Plover
Boat Harbour, Kurnell
Beautiful day at Boat Harbour - 5 Double-banded Plovers seen amongst 60 Pacific Golden Plovers, 1 Red-capped Plover, 15 Ruddy Turnstone, 83 Red-necked Stint & 2 Kelp Gulls (amongst other species)
michael ellison 28/2 #233683
Tue 27highlightCotton Pygmy-goose
North Ballina wetland
Single bird present in northernmost pond, almost exactly where I had seen it back on 15 Jan but in somewhat better light. Characters much as described in report of 29 Jan (Tom Petty, Birdline Rep. #233437). HANZAB 1 describes eclipse (non-breeding) male and immature male plumages with question mark over occurrence of former in the wild; this bird fits non-breeding male. (Preparing ORAC submission.)
Peter Higgins 1/3 #233695
highlightYellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Royal NP
Vicinity of Wallumarra Track: 175++ Cockies flying along ridge line, plus settling in trees. Estimate of those flying - there would have been more out of sight.
Ted Nixon; Steve Anyon-Smith 1/3 #233694
Black-eared Cuckoo
Yans Crossing Firetrail, Cumberland Range, Kosciuszko NP
Just inside the fire trail gate off Snowy Hwy 1 Black-eared cuckoo observed by myself and Sandra Henderson (COG) low in a tree. GPS: S 35.669900 E 148.471480
Les Main 28/2 #233682
Wonga Pigeon
Old Mountain Rd walk, Brindabella Ranges.
Two Wonga Pigeons flushed along the first couple of hundred metres of the walk. Cannot locate any other records for this species near Tumut in eBird eBird checklist
Sandra Henderson, Les Main 27/2 #233679
Mon 26Crescent Honeyeater
'Bellawongarah' - private property
Heard from inside house while pouring rain outside. Recorded two calls on phone. Was only calling a few minutes at most before flying past. Very poor glimpse of bird and second known record for our property. eBird checklist Further information
Carla Jackett 27/2 #233672
Streaked Shearwater & Long-tailed Jaeger-
Mistral Point, Maroubra
3 Streaked Shearwaters and 3 Long-tailed Jaeger were the highlights Today
David Mitford 26/2 #233671
Shy Albatross, Sooty Tern, Long-tailed Jaegars
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Highlights of a late afternoon sea-watch were a Shy Albatross, a pair of Sooty Terns, and a scattered flock of 8 Long-tailed Jaegars. Also a couple of other Long-tails, several Pomarine Jaegars (light & dark morphs), singles of Flesh-foot and Sooty Shearwaters, many Short-tailed Shearwaters (outnumbering the Wedge-tails) and a pair of Eastern Curlews heading north in the strong Southerly wind.
Robert Griffin 26/2 #233670
Sun 25highlightLesser Frigatebird - Juvenile
Park Beach Holiday Park Coffs Harbor
Out of normal range.. The Frigatebird was flying in front of the storm. We recognised the forked tail and its enormous pterodactyl looks from seeing them in Hawaii.. It was quite low over the caravan park then soared up.. I took a series of pics, please let me know if you need a higher res pic.. (My son spotted it first and came running to tell me.)
Margaret Woods 9/3 #233776
Grey-crowned Babblers
Collarenebri NSW
First time seen in the area, a family group of Babblers. (Moderator's Note: Collarenebri is well within the normal range of the Grey-crowned Babbler and so is expected to occur. We have published this sighting because it could be locally uncommon due to the extensive land clearing for cropping that has taken place in the Moree Region. AKM)
Suzanne Mahoney 27/2 #233677
Satin Flycatcher
Crosslands Reserve,Berowra Valley National Park
Excellent views of a male Satin Flycatcher feeding on insects this morning,probably on migration north after breeding.
Michael Ronan 25/2 #233658
Sat 24Brolga
Wetland North of Coraki, nsw
A pair observed feeding in boggy areas surrounding the lagoon
David Charley 25/2 #233655
Eastern Osprey
Manly (Sydney)
Three birds soaring, perching briefly and being harrassed by Australian Ravens. Over the headland and cliffs between Shelly Beach and the south end of Manly Beach. I wonder if this species is breeding regularly in Sydney nowadays!? (Moderator's Note: a pair bred successfully in 2017 at a nest on top of floodlights on Manly Oval, so maybe it is that family group you have seen. Ospreys are claiming the NSW Coast back these days, expanding southwards with successfull nesting in 2017 on the Central Coast (4 pairs) and nesting attempts again at Narrabeen, Oatley on the Georges River, Lake Illawarra, Ulladulla and Batemans Bay - the latter successful in 2017 but most of the others not so!. AKM)
Paul Rossington 24/2 #233648
Fri 23Rose-crowned Fruit-dove
Myall Lakes National Park--Rainforest Walk
One bird located about 50m past the NPWS information shelter in a fruiting Port Jackson Fig. Was not vocal but I just happened to see it up in the canopy quietly sitting there, before it started feeding alongside a female Regent Bowerbird. Gave me wonderful views as it fed quite erratically, dashing around the canopy grabbing figs, until I eventually left it. eBird checklist
Simon Gorta 24/2 #233651
Buller's Shearwater.
Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
Highlight of a sea watch from long reef this afternoon was a Buller's Shearwater,also good numbers of Flesh-footed Shearwaters.
Michael Ronan 23/2 #233643
highlightPainted Honeyeater
Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside
Flowering Eucalypts still attracting a variety of honeyeaters (8 spp.) along the education trail at Nurragingy. (Moderator's Note: A great sighting. Maybe the first Sydney record since the Pitt Town Lagoon bird in late October 2013? MR)
Mark Fuller 23/2 #233636
Thu 22Spangled Drongo
Sydney Park
Observed in tree on island in main pond before flying south to next pond. First recorded at this location. eBird checklist
Brian Deans 22/2 #233626
Tue 20Powerful Owl
Kalinda Rd Invergowrie 2350
On Tuesday a crash into our living room window revealed a stunned Powerful Owl. After 1/2 hour observation it ruffled its feathers and flew off. On the following Thursday I saw two of them, maybe a pair, on our boundary fence line and then again today, Saturday, one landed within view of our kitchen window. This is the first time in 33 years of living on this property that we have seen them. Fantastic.
Rosemarie Glover 24/2 #233645
Lathams Snipe, Magpie Goose
Lake Centenary, Temora
Four Magpie Geese, initially across from playground area, then moved around to shelter under willows on island. Snipe flushed as I walked around shoreline across from the playground, flew to far side of lake eBird checklist
sandra henderson 20/2 #233621
Red-necked Avocet, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Lathams Snipe
Bicentennial Park (Sydney Olympic Park)--Waterbird Refuge
Over 300 Red-necked Avocets counted on the Waterbird Refuge this morning, including many juveniles with very faded looking heads. (I counted 315, but there was a bit of moving around going on so I adjusted down slightly). This is by far the largest number I have ever seen here. Also 35 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers feeding in the NW corner. Single Lathams Snipe flushed from the corner of the Noprthern Water Feature closes to the stadiums.
Tom Wilson 20/2 #233619
Mon 19Marbled Frogmouth, Sooty Owl, Southern Boobook
Minyon Valley, near Nightcap NP
While conducting nocturnal surveys I observed and heard 3 pairs of Marbled Frogmouth along approximately 300 - 400m of creek transect. All appeared to be interacting on territory boundaries. None more than 150 - 200m apart. No call playback used. One pair appeared to follow me as I used my spotlight to search for frogs. They called continuously which then appeared to prompt the others to call in response and move closer. Often all birds calling at once which was an incredible experience. This is the greatest density that I have recorded. Also heard a single Sooty Owl and single Southern Boobook in same area. Other fauna of interest included at least 2 Eastern Tube-nosed Bat.
David Charley 20/2 #233620
highlightAleutian Tern
Farquhar Inlet, Old Bar
For those wondering whether to make the trip ... there were still 5 birds present on small sand islets at 10 o'clock this morning. The patch behind the head on one of the birds was noticeably darker than that on its companions - I assume this is a sign that it is beginning to assume breeding plumage
Ted Nixon 19/2 #233616
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Shoplands Road, Annangrove
Several good views of a single bird perched in low shrubs in a small patch of remnant sandstone heath. My only record since 2002 but I deliberately sought this species this morning armed with a recording of its typical calls. Its great when a plan works.
Darryl Smedley 19/2 #233610
Sun 18Little Raven
Congewai Valley, Cessnock LGA (Lower Hunter)
A large gathering of over 100 Little Ravens seen/heard in the Congewai Valley, nestled in between the Watagan Mountains and the Myall Range in the south of Cessnock LGA. This follows reports of flocks of Little Ravens mixing with Aussie Ravens on the flats in the Hinton area last week. Both are unusual observations as Little Ravens are normally much further west in the Hunter Valley. I also am 95% certain I heard Little Ravens around Pokolbin yesterday (17/02) as well. YouTube link below has the calls of the Little Ravens, with Aussies discernible in the background between 0:22 and 0:25. Further information
Mick Roderick 18/2 #233606
Spotless Crake (3)
Pitt Town Lagoon
At least 3 Spotless Crake seen approx 7:30am on the last remaining mud on the west side of the lagoon. The lagoon is almost dry with only about 3 or 4 smallish pools left and waterbird numbers are well down (I also saw 2 turtles hauling themselves along between pools but it may be too late for them?). Also 100s of hirundines (Welcome Swallows, Tree & Fairy Martins) feeding on small flies that are resting on the mud. At least 12 Little Grassbirds very visible and active.
Tom Wilson 18/2 #233599
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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