New Years Eve & New Years Day

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Subject: New Years Eve & New Years Day
From: "Tom Wilson" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2003 15:50:26 +1100
Hi and happy new year to all.
Yesterday (31 Dec) I visited the Warriewood wetlands on Sydney's northern beaches with my brother (visiting from the UK).  We saw 60 species in about 2 1/2 hours.  Highlights were the Lathams Snipe (still present), a Crested Shrike Tit showing really well, female Cicadabird, a mixed flock of swifts and a Buff Banded Rail. We also saw, very briefly, a bird which we think may have been a Little Bittern. It flopped over from one reed bed to another at the back of the wetland when viewed from the boardwalk and was only in view for about 5 seconds.  IN that time, we noted a squat looking bird, generally pale brown colour, paler patches in the wings that looked large for the body, "no neck" and landing like a long jumper (ie feet out in front).  It landed and disappeared.  Has any other Sydney birder seen likely candidates at Warriewood?
This morning at home (Turramurra) I have started my 2003 list with, amongst others, Channel Billed Cuckoos (going strong at 6 am for all those suffering hangovers!), Koel, White Throated Needletails, a Dollarbird and a Pacific Baza - the latter two unusual for my house.  We were going to have a barbecue (and look for Powerful Owls!) at Cumberland State Forest when the rain set in!!
Tom Wilson
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