Interesting records for NSW

To: "'Alan Morris'" <>
Subject: Interesting records for NSW
From: "David Parker" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 14:56:00 -0700
Alan, and others,

A further comment with regard to Alan's email of interesting sightings
for NSW, is that Major Mitchell's 'Pink' Cockatoo has in the past been
recorded breeding from just south of Wanganella, NSW, in a rather
significant sandhill remnant of White Cypress Pine. This latest
observation reminds me that it is some time since I visited this spot,
and that I haven't heard of others from the area seeing the birds there
let alone visiting the site. The property on which the site is located
changed hands of management a few years back.

Birding otherwise in the Riverina? The winter migrants have moved off
and the new wave of spring migrants are here including Cuckoo's
(Fan-tailed, Pallid and Black-eared), Horsfield's and Shining
Bronze-cuckoo's, Sacred Kingfisher, and White-winged Trillers.

At present spring in the Riverina is a sight to behold with the
grasslands covered with an array of paper daisies, buttons, swainsonas
and other specky herbs and forbs. 

Striped Honeyeaters are about on the flowering Grey Mistletoe. Haven't
seen any Painted, Black or Pied Honeyeaters in this neck of the woods as
yet, but observed Painted's in Binya SF, north of Griffith a couple of
weeks back. Superb Parrots can still be easily seen in clumps of Boree
and within the Box woodlands, and Cockatiels are about in good numbers.
A pair of Blue-winged Parrots were also observed by Tom Wheller near the
Deniliquin Cemetery but haven't been seen since.

A Brolga pair is keeping tight watch of their nest with two eggs south
of Deniliquin and to the north another pair can be seen just south of

North of Moulamein my first Aussie Pratincole for the season was
observed standing near the edge of the road in a drying patch of mud.

>From the new bird hide in the Moira Forest Great-crested Grebe, Musk
Duck, Black Swan are just some of what can be seen on the water.
Reed-warblers and Little Grassbird's amongst the reeds and Straw-necked
and Sacred Ibis in the trees and gliding overhead. 

A great time of the year to be on the plains, as is any time of the

David Parker
Deniliquin, NSW

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Alan Morris
Sent: Friday, 15 October 2004 3:29 AM
Cc: Ann Lindsey; Tim Morris; John McLennan; Mike Barth
Subject: Interesting recordss for NSW

Hi Birders,
The following interesting records have been reported for NSW in the past
week or so and have not appeared on this list so that it is worthwhile
repeating them here in the event that people may wish to have a look for

Firstly a migrant note

2 White-throated Needletails were seen at Crescent Head 11/10 (Tim
these would appear to be the first NSW records this spring.

A male Ruff in full breeding plumage was reported at the high tide wader
roost at Stockton sandspit on 10/10 (Gerry Richards). It was not seen
several days but was subsequently
seen at Milhams Pond, Ash Island & Stockton Sandspit on 9/10, but not
as far as I am aware.

A Freckled Duck was seen at The Ranch HSD Boorooban and Pink Cockatoos
Willowdell HSD Wanganella 2/10 (Stephen Walters), as Willowdell is on
Hay Plains it is most unusual to have Pink Cockatoos at such a location.
Freckled Ducks were at the Leeton STW/Fivebough Swamp in late September.

A Painted Snipe was seen from the walking track at Fivebough Swamp,
4/10 (Mike Schulz) and has been seen since and at that same location
1000 Glossy Ibis have been coming in roost at night, where Little
Australasian Bittern and Blue-winged Parrots were seen on 7/10.

A female Painted Button-quail was at Murrumbung HSD Mardi 8/10 (John
Carpenter), no previous records for this site in 30 years.

Flock Bronzewings have been seen in NW NSW in the past month, 2 were
seen 11
km S of Adelaide Gate, Sturt NP 6/10 (Eric Wheeler and others), 2 on
(Greg Clancy) who also saw 1 near Mt Wood HSD on the Wanaaring Rd on

A Bustard with 2 chicks was seen near Packsaddle, NW NSW on 3/10 (Doug

2A+J Pied Honeyeater seen 11 k  S of Adelaide Gate, Sturt NP 6/10 (Eric

Grey Falcons were seen at Sturt NP, near Mrt Wood HSD 28/9 (Russell
Jago), 2
near Adelaide Gate 6/10 (Greg Clancy)

2 Painted Honeyeaters at Crafts Ck Reserve, Mangrove Mountain 2/10
& Kaye Pointer), this is a first for the Mangrove Mountain areas and
the secord known record for the central Coast. They have not been seen

Alan Morris
Records Officer, Birding NSW

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