Birdline NSW Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline NSW Weekly Update
Date: 24 Oct 2011 01:31:10 +1000

Birdline NSW

Published sightings for the week ending 23 Oct 2011.

Sun 23 Oct Noisy Pittas (2), Regent Bowerbirds (15) Ourimbah-Palmdale (approx. 70km north of Sydney CBD)
We had a good morning at Ourimbah this morning where one loquat tree was attracting at least 15 Regent Bowerbirds (including 3 adult males), at least 6 Green Catbirds and a few Satin Bowerbirds (the Regents did out number the Satins!). We also had 3 Leaden Flycatchers, Dollarbirds and Sacred Kingfishers nearby. Also on another private property, we had 2 Noisy Pittas (photographed one) and also had Brush Cuckoo, Rose Robin etc.
Edwin Vella and Tony Dawe

Mottled Petrel, Cook's Petrel, White-chinned Petrel Eden Pelagic
Sunday had very similar highlights to the first Eden pelagic on Saturday for COG members: 5 Mottled Petrel 1 Cook's Petrel 1 White-chinned Petrel
Alastair Smith

Brush Bronzewing Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen
Brush Bronzewing (1) male, running along path just over metal footbridge on other side of creek from oval
Natalie Wood

Banded Lapwing Windsor Turf Farms
A count of 35 Banded Lapwings was achieved from a single field opposite a large wooden gate 'Cornwells Gate 1', at the turf farms around midday. Rufous Songlarks everywhere! Rainbow Bee Eater and Hobby also.
Max Breckenridge and Joshua Bergmark

White-winged Triller, White-browed Woodswallow Scheyville NP
A single male triller was seen, calling, in a tree beside the gate into Scheyville on the Pitt Town-Dural Rd entrance. Further into the bush, large numbers of White-browed Woodswallow were observed feeding in trees and also flying above, numbers were easily +100. A single Painted Button-Quail was seen well after being heard along with 2 Crested Shrike-tit, Jacky Winter, Little Lorikeet and White-bellied Cuckoo Shrike.
Max Breckenridge and Joshua Bergmark

Glossy Ibis, Red-kneed Dotterel Pitt Town Bottoms
At a small wetland on the south side of the Pitt Town Bottoms Rd, a trio of Glossy Ibis were observed feeding. A single Red-kneed Dotterel was seen nearby, as was an Intermediate Egret and a single Royal Spoonbill. Nearby Pitt Town Lagoon is flooded with the best bird seen there being a single Latham's Snipe.
Max Breckenridge and Joshua Bergmark

White-browed Woodswallows Wilberforce
flock of 70+ WBWS passing over Wilberforce odd ones settled in trees.
keith brandwood

Red Necked Avocet, Hardhead Waterbird Refuge, Bicentennial Park, Homebush
11 Avocets on the waterbird refuge this morning. Also a Fan Tailed Cuckoo calling (couldn't find it) and a Sacred Kingfisher. Triangle Pond is still very full, but held 1 Hardhead amongst plenty of Teal. Mason Park almost completely dry, but 30+ Sharp Tailed Sandpipers here, plus 1 Royal Spoonbill, 1 Great Egret.
Tom Wilson

Sat 22 Oct Mottled Petrel, Cook's Petrel, White-chinned Petrel Eden Pelagic
Highlights of day one of a weekend of pelagics at Eden by COG members: 3 Mottled Petrel 1 Cook's Petrel 1 White-chinned Petrel
Alastair Smith

Bar-tailed Godwit Goran Lake, Spring Ridge, 30 km south of Gunnedah
About 10-15 Bar-tailed Godwits, all still in non-breeding plumage, were spotted at Goran Lake, an ephemeral lake about 30 km south of Gunnedah. This species had not been sighted at this location on several earlier visits.
Michael Dahlem & R. Druce

Glossy Ibis 12 klms South of Jerilderie on the Jerilderie-Finley Rd
Peter Merritt observed 100 plus Glossy Ibis at the 12k signpost south of Jerilderie either side of the road in the Rice Paddocks
Geoff Jones on behalf of Peter Merritt

Brush Cukoo Scheyville Nat Park
one bird calling then sighted
CBOC keith brandwood

Banded Lapwing Richmond Turf Farms
at least 30 Banded Plovers feeding on turf farms Richmond end of farms
Keith Brandwood

Square-tailed Kite Maraylya
one Square -Tailed Kite
CBOC Keith brandwood

Black Bittern Couts Crossing Maraylya
one Black Bittern calling in the dawn chourus together with a pair of Powewrful Owls.
CBOC Keith Brandwood

Little Curlew Goran Lake, Spring Ridge, 30 km south of Gunnedah
One single bird spotted on the shore of Goran Lake, an ephemeral lake 30 km south of Gunnedah, NSW. Identified both visually (see photo) and by call. This species was not seen at this location on several previous visits.
Michael Dahlem & R. Druce

Painted snipe Koona Bay, Albion Park Rail
The painted snipe are still at Koona Bay, Albion Park Rail, found in samphire just 200m along the shoreline on 1st access between houses after turning left from crossing the rail line behind the shops. AM seen in open and flushed to other side of the bay, another seen briefly disappearing into the samphire.
Bruce Roubin and Ken Glimour

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Queanbeyan NSW Block
12 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at well vegetated, but now shallow roadside dam on Captain's Flat Road, approx 18 kms from King's Highway. Late afternoon
Kim and Geoff Larmour

Grey Butcherbird Mulgoa
Three fledgling grey butcher birds in nest
Peter Harvey

Fri 21 Oct Pacific Baza Bellawongarah
A Baza was seen soaring and heard calling, at 10am over our property. A fine warm morning.
Carla Jackett

Black-faced monarch, golden whistler Ourimbah RTA reserve
2-3 black-faced monarchs using the pond to cool off, to the right of the track as you get close to the open grassed area. Golden whistler calling loudly as usual.
Gavin Scott

Thu 20 Oct White-browed Woodswallow East Killara
A flock of over 100 White-browed Woodswallows, possibly in company of Masked Woodswallow, calling loudly as they flew over East Killara in a North-westerly direction at 2:00pm.
Kurtis Lindsay and Alana May

Baillon's crake, 2 Great Crested Grebes Eastlakes Golfcourse
From 7.30-9.30 am: The 2 great crested grebes are still there. Baillon's crake, 3 Latham's snipes, 2 great cormorants, horsfiled bronze cuckoo, yellow thornbill, spotted pardalote, little grass bird, reed warblers, 4 red-rumped parrots. Good numbers of grey teal and hardhead. Nesting moorhen and Oz grebe. And plenty more in this eastern suburbs oasis.
Bas Hensen

Wed 19 Oct Black-tailed Godwit, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Latham's Snipe Lismore Lake which is adjacent to the Bruxner Highway on the southern edge of town.
Single Godwit foraging on edge of mudflats. Uncommon in the Richmond Valley. Also present at least 8 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and 6 Latham's Snipe.
David Charley

Rufous Scrub-bird Gloucester Tops
I had great views of an immature male bird standing up on a log, with its head thrown back in classic pose and calling loudly and energetically. Prior to that, I had watched the bird moving through the undergrowth, calling and feeding.
Alan Stuart

Black Faced Monarch Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park, Sydney
One bird sighted in the area around the first creek crossing on the Lady Carrington Drive walk starting from Audley.
Greg Smith

Regent bowerbird Ourimbah
Lucky enough to get a decent shot of the regent bowerbird feeding in loquat tree, 1 male 3 females 10 green catbirds, 1 male 6 female satin bowerbirds
Tony Dawe

Noisy pitta Ourimbah
Heard one bird calling keeow call then saw two birds in leaf litter.One sat in the open enough time to take photos.
Tony Dawe

Spotless Crake, Black-tailed Native-hen McPherson Rd Swamp, cnr McPherson & Gavenlock Rds Tuggerah
A further Spotless Crake was seen at the edge of the access track below the houses, that follows alongside the swamp. The Black-tailed Native-hen could not be seen from ground level, but could be seen towards the back of the swamp (closer to McPherson Rd), from the vacant block of land in the Mardi Housing Estate at the end of Narrabeen Close, which gives one a good view over the wetland. 8 Tawny Grassbirds and 6 Cisticolas were seen, and yesterday, 2 Chestnut-breasted Mannikins were present. The access to this wetland is in Gavenlock Rd Tuggerah
Alan Morris

White-throated Needletails and Noisy Pitta Sherwood Mid North Coast.
About 6 WTNT seen very high up at 8.45 this morning 10km west of Kempsey (Sherwood). While we were watching them we saw our first Rufous Fantail for the year. This week we have finally seen the Noisy Pitta that has been calling for the last two months. (Moderator: First WT Needletail record for spring!)
Alastair and Karen Smedley

Tue 18 Oct Square-tailed Kite Shoalhaven Heads - Comerong
Had good views while soaring overhead. Photos taken but quality not fantastic.
Carla Jackett

Black-tailed Native-hen McPherson Rd Swamp, off Gavenlock Rd Tuggerah
One bird observed in the central portion of the wetland. This is the first record for the Central Coast
Deryk Engel

Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake West Byron Sewage Treatment Plant
Australian Spotted Crake (2) possibly 3, all in muddy area in front of info centre. The many Moorhens scare them back into the reeds Spotless Crake (1) same muddy area as the A.Spotted Crakes. Spotless Crakes seemed indifferent to the moorhens in very close proximity. photos available if required, not yet sorted.
Kathy & Peter Wilk

Painted Snipe & Latham's Snipe Koona Bay Albion Park Rail
Sunday our Friend Barbara a fellow member of Illawarra Bird Observers Club called to tell us about a Latham's Snipe they had just seen which was very unusal and one I was after to Potograph, went over next day and flushed 15, no decent Pics so went over with a few friends the next day and flushed a lot of Snipes, and 5 Painted Snipe running through the marsh 4 Adults and a Juvenile VERY EXCITING.
Charles Dove, Terry Edwell, Ross and Jan Gowans

Mon 17 Oct Square-tailed Kite Dolphin Point . Burrill Lake.
A single S-T Kite was flying low,quartering the scrub on the south end of Dolphin Point, at the entrance to Burrill Lake . First seen by me this season. There is also a single Sanderling in tow with 2 B T Godwits on the sand bars there at the entrance.
bob rusk

Glossy Black Cockatoo Jerusalem Bay Track, Cowan
A pair of Glossy Black Cockatoos the highlight of an afternoon walk that turned up a nice range of bush birds including Wonga Pigeon (calls), Black-faced Monarchs, Leaden Flycatcher, Shining Bronze Cuckoo and Large-billed Scrubwren. Also a Brush-Turkey wandering nonchalantly next to the railway line between Pymble and Turramurra.
Robert Griffin

Pilot bird Monga NP
A pair of pilot birds feeding in the leaf litter on the Waratah walk
Roger Williams

Painted Button Quail Mulgoa
11am: Female Painted Button-quail (red eye) flew into our house window killing itself. Property is 33 acres and other sightings of Painted Button-quail are frequently made.
Peter Harvey

Turquoise Parrot Lane Cove NP
1 female Turquoise Parrot Devlins Creek track North Epping near NW end of Boundary Rd (Moderator: escapee?).
Chris Charles

Buff-banded Rail, Topknot Pigeon, Australian Hobby, Musk Duck Pioneer Dairy Wetlands, Tuggerah
During heavy overcast conditions following rain, an Australian Hobby was watched trying to catch Fairy Martins without success, 2 Buff-banded Rails were feeding along Pioneer Creek, a female Musk Duck was on the Dairy Swamp, 2 Top-knot Pigeons were seen to fly into some Moreton Bay Figs along with 2 Channel-billed Cuckoos. White-breasted Woodswallows, Swamp Harrier, Torresian Crows, Sacred Kingfisher & Tawny Grassbirds also seen. Access to Pioneer Dairy Wetlands is only available through prior arrangements with the Trust. No Black-necked Storks but one was seen at Wamberal Lagoon on 10/10/11 and no Rufous Songlarks, the single bird present 8-10/10/11 could not be found.
Alan Morris & Jay Nicholson

Spotless Crake, Tawny Grassbird, Black-shouldered Kite McPherson Rd Swamp, off Gavenlock Rd Tuggerah
A single Spotless Crake was seen in a drain in the McPherson Rd Swamp at about 830 am on a dull drizzling morning. There are no previous records of any crakes at this site. Other birds of interest were several Tawny Grassbirds, a flock of 8 Topknot Pigeons and a Black-shouldered Kite
Alan Morris & Jay Nicholson

White-browed Woodswallows Kurri Kurri
Over 300 White-browed Woodswallows hawking over woodland around Kurri, many settling and some taking nectar from Forest Red Gums.
Steve Roderick

Sun 16 Oct Leaden Flycatcher Picnic Point near Deniliquin.
1 male observed in the caravan park at picnic point.
Greg McKay

Great Crested Grebe and Musk Duck Lake Wallace, near Lithgow
Around a dozen Great Crested Grebes and a single Musk Duck
Kathy Walter and John Goldie

Red-kneed Dotterel Cobbitty, NSW
Single bird observed at Cut Hill Reserve, Cobbitty.
Michael Paul

Green Catbird Ourimbah
Saw 4 birds feeding in loquat tree
Tony & Stephanie Dawe

Sat 15 Oct White-Throated Nightjar Capertee Valley
White-throated Nightjar head calling at Glen Davis.
Kathy Walter and John Goldie

White-bellied Cuckoo Shrikes, Painted Button-quails Scheyville NP (about 55 km NW of Sydney CBD)
Last Saturday we saw 2 dark-phase White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes (see attached photo) and saw one and heard another Painted Button-quail within the first few hundred metres of the entrance off Pitt Town Dural Rd (a few km east of Whitmore Rd). This is usually a regular and reliable location to see both species. About 3 Jacky Winters, Varied Sitellas, Dusky Wooswallows. Peaceful and Bar-shouldered Doves, Rufous Fantail, Restless and Leaden Flycatchers also present during the short stay.
Edwin Vella and Tony Dawe

Black-faced Monarch Waratah Gully, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
One Black-faced Monarch heard calling in gallery rainforest below the track near the western end of Waratah Bay. Also at least five Leaden Flycatchers in woodland a few hundred metres east of Berowra Station.
Paul Burcher

Thu 13 Oct Painted Snipe, Wandering Whistling Duck, Crakes Gwydir Wetlands, near Moree
Bird Surveys on private wetlands for NSW OEH. We saw a group of 12 Painted Snipe plus Wandering Whistling Ducks, various Crakes (mostly Baillons) plus great views of Brolgas, Magpie Geese and Latham's Snipe.
Tim Hosking and others

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