Birdline NSW Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline NSW Weekly Update
Date: 27 Sep 2010 01:30:24 +1000

Birdline NSW

Published sightings for the week ending 26 Sep 2010.

Fri 24 Sep Banded Lapwing Lonesome Pine State Forest, Coreen
A small group of Banded Lapwing (3 birds) in grazing land adjacent to Lonesome Pine State Forest. Good numbers of Grey-crowned Babbler and Apostlebird within the state park.
Matt Weeks

Noisy Pitta Harrington
There was a Noisy Pitta in the rainforest at Harrington this morning. Also a Varied Triller and a pair of Crested Shrike-tits, and Black-faced Monarchs are back.
Alan Stuart

Thu 23 Sep Beach Stone-curlew Mudbishops Point Old Bar
Great to see the pair of Beach Stone-curlews - they are resident at Mudbishops Point, but not always occurring at readily accessible sites. Also, about 55 Pacific Golden Plover have returned.
Alan Stuart

Pheasant Coucal Maitland Cell
On Railway line just west of Farley at 7:00 am (1).
Anthony Katon

Pacific Baza, Powerful Owl, Australian Brush-turkey Blackbutt Creek Reserve, Gordon
Pacific Baza: pair. Foraging actively in E. piperita canopy. Flew up over ridge toward West Gordon, then back toward St Johns Ave. Stayed in the general area all day. Possible have a nest nearby. (2). Powerful Owl: Individual roosting over Blackbutt Creek. Downstream of the concreted stretch of the creek adjacent to Lady Game drive. (1). Australian Brush-turkey: Feeding in a garden on St Johns Ave - bordering reserve. (1).
Kurtis Lindsay

Wed 22 Sep Noisy Pitta Gap Ck. Watagan N.P., Hunter Valley
1 Noisy Pitta heard calling at the Gap Ck. picnic area and 4 Noisy Pittas heard calling not far down the road. Two birds were easily called in and had good views of both birds for about 2 mins. One bird was calling constantly, the other quiet but inquisitive, possible breeding pair.
Steve Roderick

Black faced Monarch Upper Serpentine Road, Greenwich
A Greenwich resident picked up this bird and took it to the vet in Crows Nest. Today, after health checks, (23rd) it was passed on to Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife and successfully released.
Liz Wilson

Blue & Yellow Macaw Cowan
Approx 10 Blue & (Yellow)Gold Macaws and 8 Red-tailed Black Cockatoos and maybe some Yellow-tailed blacks wheeling around Cowan Public School then observed flying north over Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Somebody's lost a a valuable collection! (Moderator's Note: Mr Singleton the Entreprener of Mt White, Blue & Gold Macaws have been on the loose at Kulnura recently so I assume these are the same birds - whether he lets them fly free or they are pemanently out remains to be seen!-AKM)
Paul & Isabel Burcher

Eastern Koel Penrith Baseball Fields
This morning I heard and seen my first in the Penrith area. Both male and female calling, showing very nicely in casuarinas lining the field edges. It's interesting how they penetrated most suburbs but appear later my way. (Moderator's note: Definately the last posting for Sydney however reports of Koels on the South Coast or at inland locations are welcomed!)
Ákos Lumnitzer

Tue 21 Sep Short-tailed Shearwater and Shy Albatross Magic Point, Maroubra
Plenty of seabirds today, with 105 Short-tailed Shearwater, 600 Wedge-tailed Shearwater and smaller numbers of Hutton's and Fluttering Shearwaters. Also flying south were 16 Black-browed Albatross, 1 Shy Albatross and a Giant Petrel. A Fur Seal, 1 pod of Bottle-nosed Dolphins and at least 12 Humpback Whales, including mother and calf synchronised breaching were also seen.
David Mitford

Mon 20 Sep Black Falcon Macquarie Marshes area, Warren District
On Sunday 19/9, a single bird seen at the southern tip of the Macquarie Marshes quartering over a grass plain and then later that morning another over the Monkeygar Ck Crossing, on the Gibson Way, southern section Macquarie Marshes near Willi. On 20/9, a pair hunting over a grass plain with Brown Falcons, Kestrel, Whistling Kite and a Black-shouldered Kite near Eenaweena HSD, while another was seen to take a Cockatiel from a flock on the outskirts of Warren
Alan Morris & members CCGBNSW Camp-out at Nyngan

Wandering Tattler Hastings Point
On rocks below headland lookout. As well as extremely dark, their distinctive trilling call was heard.
Murray Lord per Chris Charles

Rainbow Bee-eater Cranebrook, NSW
While at the Air Services Site this morning I could clearly hear Rainbow Bee-eaters calling - my first for this spring. May just have been passing over the area during their southward migration. Looked at the usual Penrith Lakes spot straight after but could not yet find them.
Ákos Lumnitzer

Sun 19 Sep Superb Parrot Nyngan District
Small flocks of Superb Parrots (6-12 birds) were seen at 6 sites in the Nyngan-Hermidale-Girilambone triangle 16-20/9, including two seperate sightings at the Riverside Caravan Park, located on the Bogan River at Nyngan. The Bimble Box (Euc. populnea) was flowering prolifically and this may be the reason why the birds are still present in the Nyngan District. Normally they should have departed for the South-west Slopes and Riverina Regions by this time. Many Major Mitchells, Cockatiel, Red-winged Parrots & Blue Bonnets were also seen.
Alan Morris & members of the CCGBNSW Nyngan Campout

Magpie-Goose & Glossy Ibis Macquarie Marshes, Willi
As a result of heavy rain in the catchment of several rivers that flow into the Macquarie River downstream of Burrendong Dam, as well as the dam being full, water is flowing into the Macquarie Marshes and there were many waterbirds to be seen where the Monkeygar Creek crosses the Gibson Way near Willencorah HSD, Willi. This included a flock of 52 Magpie Geese, 60 Glossy Ibis, Cisticolas, Little Grassbirds, White-winged Fairy-wrens, Pallid Cuckoo, Sacred Kingfishers, Swamp Harrier, Black Falcon Spoonbills x 2, Ibis x 3, many Night-herons and many waterfowl. This water should lead to a good breeding event and a renewal of all the River Red Gums. 2 Blue-billed Ducks at the Nyngan STW was a surprise.
Alan Morris & members of the CCGBNSW Nyngan campout

Little Lorikeet Cowan
Two Little Lorikeets observed flying from flowering, planted Forest Red Gum tree, Cowan Public School.
Paul Burcher & Jacqueline Reifenstein

Spectacled Monarch and Black-faced Monarch Sea Acres, Port Macquarie
Both Species seen at Sea Acres this morning and another Spectacled also seen 30 minutes later in the Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park on the western side.
Ian Kerr

Sat 18 Sep Red Knot Taren Point Shorebird Reserve, Woodlands Rd
20 Red Knot feeding on the flats at low tide. Also 3 each of Bar-tailed Godwit, Eastern Curlew and Pied Oystercatcher.
Hazel Watson and Damian O'Reilly

Pacific Golden Plover Boat Harbour
8 Pacific Golden Plover on the rock platform. Also 30 Red-necked Stints and 6 Ruddy Turnstone.
Hazel Watson and Damian O'Reilly

Thu 16 Sep Common Blackbird Cowan
Female blackbird observed on ground in backyard. This species appears to be spreading in northern Sydney.
Paul Burcher & Jacqueline Reifenstein

Wed 15 Sep Black faced Monarch Bay Street Botany 2019
I have had the pleasure of a Black Faced Monarch in my back yard from last Wednesday. The bird seems quiet at home in the Mulberry and Illawarra flame trees. It actually came into the house and rested on the lounge room fan on Friday much to my amazement. The first record for Botany that I have, going back to 1979.
Peter Mackey

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