Published sightings for the week ending 3 Jul 2011.
|Sun 3 Jul
||Rose-crowned Fruit Dove Juvenile
Richmond Hill, 10 K's E Lismore
Early breeding record (?). This very young bird killed itself crashing into sliding glass door. According to HANZAB and also Frith, this would appear to be a very early breeding record for Northern NSW.
Perhaps the very wet year has been a catalyst for this event.
||Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Bobbin Head Road Turramurra
Seen over my house approx 8am. My normal Grey Goshawks are grey morph birds...could this be the same one seen at Warriewood on 2 July?
|Sat 2 Jul
||Rufous (Nankeen) Nigh Heron
Edwards River - Tocumwal/Millewa Road
Just upstream from the bridge crossing the Edwards River on the Millewa/Tocumwal Road, in excess of 100 Rufous Night Herons.
Photo shows small section of group. Sorry about the quality, but there was a river between us!
Parramatta - near cnr Sorrell & Fennell Streets
A flock of three rosellas flew over and landed in a tree behind me. I didn't pay much attention until one flew into a tree in front of me, and then I saw what it was. Turned to look at the other two but they'd gone, so can't say if there were three, or only one Pale- headed. (Suspect that this is a case of aviary escapee)
||Regent Honeyeaters, Square-tailed Kite, Southern Emu-wrens
Sub-Station Site, Morisset
I managed to track down at least 3 Regent Honeyeaters at the Morisset substation on the western side of Pourmalong Creek. There were lots of honeyeaters feeding with them and a number of Little Lorikeets feeding on the flowering swamp Mahogany. One of the male Regent Honeyeaters was constantly calling and displaying to its mate and sometimes on a dead branch but mostly while hidden away in the foliage. I was watching these birds for about 2 hours I would say and they were quite vocal during that time. Flying overhead was a Square-tailed Kite and I briefly saw 2 large raptors also flying overhead which may have been a pair of Square-tailed Kites. Below the Regent's I was surprised to see a pair of Southern Emu-wrens beside the creek (which I also photographed). Being open forest, it is not typical habitat for them but perhaps they were on the move to more suitable habitat!.
Grey (white morph) Goshawk with prey at Warriewood wetlands
||White-plumed Honeyeater, Yellow Thornbill
Lewis Ponds, Orange (33 15S 149 15E 10'cell)
Highlights if a mornings birding at Lewis ponds includedWhite-plumed Honeyeater
|Fri 1 Jul
Britannia Ave Watanobbie
Between 80-100 Swift Parrots feeding on lerps in the Spotted Gum park today. Numbers fluctuated alot and the birds were constantly harassed by Noisy Miners and sometimes Currawongs. At one point we counted 75 in one tree and there was another flock in another tree that we couldn't count so 80+ would be conservative at the peak. Weather was ordinary so only a couple of images in sunlight.
David Stowe and Grant Brosie
||Painted Button-quail, Scarlet Robin
Longneck Road, Mullion Creek East, Orange
Painted Button-quail (4)
Scarlet Robin (4)
Kuringai Chase NP
Twelve birds seen feeding on flowering gum
at the Salvation picnic area along with numerous Scarlet Honeyeaters.
Carol Abbott and Marie Lister
|Wed 29 Jun
||Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush & Spotted Bowerbird
Quarry site, 15 km NW of Cobar on Louth Road.
A single male Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush and 6 Spotted Bowerbirds was reported by Trevor and Annie Quested on the Louth Rd, a location that he previously saw this Quail-thrush many years ago! This note had been posted on Birding-Aus by Trevor from his Iphone.
Trevor and Annie Quested, per Alan Morris
Watanobbi and Chain Valley Bay South
Checked out the Swift Parrots at Watanobbi, north of Wyong today, and found a minimum of 75+ feeding in flowering Spotted Gum, and taking lerps in Spotted Gums and Ironbarks in Spotted Gum Park, Britannia Drive, also in Spotted Gum street trees in nearby Cassia Place and Farnol Grove; We then went onto Chain Valley Bay South, and found 40+ feeding in flowering Blue Gums and Swamp Mahogany near the picnic tables and toilet block at Joshau Porter Reserve. A total of 115+ Swifties for the morning, but no Regent Honeyeaters seen in a one hour survey at the Sub Station Morisset though!,
Alan Rogers and Alan Morris
|Tue 28 Jun
||Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos
Audley, Royal National Park
A flock of over 300 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos passed over while I was picnicking with friends at Wattle Flat today. Not an unusual bird for this area, but I have never encountered a flock of this size. They appeared from over the ridge to the north, calling and milling about as they passed slowly to the SW. I counted a litle over 300 in the accompanying photograph.
|Mon 27 Jun
||Australian King-Parrot, Brown-headed Honeyeater, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Grey Fantail
Orange Botanical Gardens
Australian King-Parrot (1)
Brown-headed Honeyeater (5)
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (1) dark phase
Grey Fantail (1)
|Sun 26 Jun
Smiths Road Lake, Moonee Beach
Still there this arvo
Acacia Gardens (near Blacktown), NSW
at least one bird present over the past 2 weeks.
Western Sydney Parklands- Glendenning (nr Blacktown), NSW
Adult Powerful Owl still present yesterday afternoon.
|Sat 25 Jun
||Noisy Pitta, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Rockwarbler, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater
A single call and a brief glimpse helped me locate the Noisy Pitta before the start of the CBOC outing, but no further observations were recorded. Wattamolla proved more fruitful with good views of Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Rockwarbler, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater and the spectacle of a pod of Humpback Whales swimming close to shore.
Mark Fuller and 20+ CBOC members
||White-fronted Terns (1 banded), Red Knot (1), Osprey (1), Double-banded Plover (5)
Long Reef - Collaroy, NSW (Sydney's Northern Beaches)
Last Saturday morning I spent a couple of hours at Long Reef to get some shorebird pics. Like my previous visit back in March, I saw an Osprey take off from the reef which did a few circles and then headed westwards. On the reef I had 5 Double-banded Plovers (a few assuming breeding plumage), a Red Knot, 1 Ruddy Turnstone, 2 Grey-tailed Tattlers and 3 White-fronted Tern (including one pale individual). When I looked at my photos I was also surprised that I photographed a White-fronted Tern with a metal band (see photo) which I was not aware of when I took the shot. I wonder who banded it?
Mount Annan Botanic Gardens, Campbelltown
Four birds observed in Forest Red Gums along the Stolen Generation memorial track.
Kooreal Street Kincumber
Observed foraging in Swamp Mahogany Eucalyptus robusta with large flock of Rainbow Lorikeets.
Southern end of Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park
An unsuccessful spotlighting, but successful listening, attempt for Sooty Owl. Prior to heading out to a dinner with family, we headed out to the southern end to see if we could find any owls, and we managed to locate (by ear) a whistling Sooty that went on to make the, as described by the Morcombe iPhone app, "insect like trill" - we both believe there were more than 1 bird - most likely 2 making the trill, although only 1 answering my attempts at the whistle. I'll be back in the very near future to try for photos, when I don't have a dinner to attend!
|Thu 23 Jun
North Creek Ballina
In the wetlands adjacent to Ballina aerodrome an Australasian Bittern was inadvertently flushed from a drainage channel. The bird flew 50m before crashing into thick swampy vegetation not far from our location.
|Tue 21 Jun
Yallah Powerstation, Wollongong/Shellharbour
Three Pacific Baza's spotted perched amongst Woolybutts and Forest Red Gums in the Illawarra Lowland Grassy Woodland. Apparently summer migrants to the Illawarra, makes this a strange sighting given it''s the middle of winter.
|Mon 20 Jun
Lord Howe Island
Single bird seen in pond near Airport, subsequently seen by others 21 & 22/6. Last recorded in 1975.
|Tue 12 Apr
Seen on the Gwydir Highway between Glen Innes and Grafton but closer to Grafton
Curtis Hayne, Ryan, Chris
|Sat 29 Jan
20km E of Moree (Pecan Nut Farm)
An immature Baza was sitting in a tree in the same spot for about 20mins. Later, we walked further and saw another immature and an adult. Then, another adult flew over the creek to us. So there was 4 Bazas in total.
Curtis Hayne, Ainslee Lines, Lewis Macey, Davin Jackson