Good Birding on the NSW Central Coast

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Subject: Good Birding on the NSW Central Coast
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 08:03:03 +1100
Hi Birders,
During the past week Central Coast birders have seen some great birds and the the rains of the past few days should continue to keep things hopping along.

On 25/11/06 Ben Pointer and others saw two seperate pairs of White-throated Nightjars on eggs on dry ridges in the Upper Mangrove Creek area while Peter Settle saw a pair of Square-tailed Kites over a timbered ridge at Wyoming. This is the first time that a pair of birds have been seen together on the Central Coast. The first record for a SQTK on the Central Coast was only in 2002 but since then there have been regular sightings at Wyoming, Mardi and Palmgrove. A Bush Stone-curlew with chick was seen at Davistown. There was an Opsrey at Budgewoi lake (Noel Lonergan) & White-throated Needletails at Chittaway Point (John & Carole Carpenter) and Norah Head (Robyn & Dick Price).

On 26/11 a Grey Goshawk at Mangrove Mountain (M.Pointer).

On 28/11, 1 Marsh Sandpiper with 435+ Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 4 Curlew Sandpipers & 121 Red-necked Stints, 1152 Black Swan, 44 Little Tern & 45 Whiskered Tern on the Budgewoi Lake Sandmass.

At North Entrance there were 8 Greenshanks with a nesting pair of Little Terns & 45 non-breeding plumage Little Terns

At Tuggerah STW 9 Hoary-headed Grebes (Kaye & Margaret Pointer)

On 30/11/06 Still 6 Pinkears and 4 Shovelers at Tuggerah STW, a pair of Grey Teal with 3 ducklings (unusual breeding record) and a Little Eagle.

On 1/12/06 there was 1 White-winged Black Tern with 16 Whiskered Terns at Chittaway Point along with 2 Red Knots, 4 Curlew Sandpipers and many Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.

On 2/12/06 during the regular outing of the Birding NSW Central Coast Group 2 Great Knots along with 2 Greenshanks, and a Buff-banded Rail at Picnic Point.

On 4/12, nesting Striated Herons at Long Jetty

Alan Morris

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