Published sightings for the week ending 25 Dec 2011.
|Sun 25 Dec
||Peregrine Falcon, Brown Goshawk, Sparrowhawk
Bobbin Head Rd Turramurra
Singles of all 3 seen at various points in the day. Goshawk and Sparrowhawk mid-morning; Peregrine about 3pm. Peregrine was in moult - missing at least 2 central tail feathers (but no chance of mistaking it for a giant Fork Tailed Swift). Just needed a Grey Goshawk and I would have had all 4 common raptors for my place in a day - still haven't managed that.
||Pilotbird, Beautiful Firetail
Blue-gum Swamp, Winmalee
Pilotbird at first creek crossing, 5-6 Beautiful Firetails, 2 Red-browed Treecreepers also in the gully. Chestnut-rumped Heathwren on the escarpment.
||koel (the first) HC
The First Koel
The first koel
The bush birds did sing
Causing weary dawn sleepers
Their slippers to fling
Can all go to h... (bed)
(Doubly topical, as never ever have our Chatswood Koels made as much racket as they did last night. CC Moderator)
david & tamara potter
|Sat 24 Dec
Woonona, northern suburb of Wollongong
On Christmas Eve our daughter and son-in-law came came around to show off their brand new car. As we stood and admired it, they were less than impressed when a bird flew over pooed on their new pride and joy. We had some difficulty convincing them how extraordinarily lucky they were to have a Square-tailed Kite poo on their vehicle!
Wishing all the very best for the festive season, in particular our moderators who do such a great job throughout the year - thanks!
(Ta Potters, much appreciated - The Moderators)
Martin & Penny Potter
Pitt Town Bottoms (approx. 55km NW of Sydney CBD)
All 3 quail species (King, Stubble and Brown) were heard calling from Pitt Town Bottoms Rd. At least one King Quail was calling several times from around the edge of the golf course.
||Painted Button-quail/ White-throated Needletail
Castlereagh Nature Reserve
1 female in car park off Northern Road entrance.
10 W T N T
||Southern Emu-wren, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Beautiful Firetail
Blue Mountains National Park (North Lawson Swamp)
Lovely views of 3 Beautiful Firetails feeding on seeds in low thicket & drinking from small stream on track to the swamp....then another heard at the swamp. 2 Emu Wrens as soon as we got to the swamp....fantastic views of adult male. Heard Chesnut-rumped Heathwren on track out. Great morning.
John French, Fiona Lumsden & Daz Smith
|Fri 23 Dec
Pair with 3 young are being seen regularly around a retirement village near Jewells Swamp
Long Point Rd, Mullion Creek, near Macquarie River
Pale cuckoo-shrike. Perched on log for a minute about twenty metres away and then flew to fence line. Yellow eye, barring on belly and long black tail and wings clearly seen.
|Thu 22 Dec
||Pacific Baza immature
Elliott Road, Myrtle Creek (south of Casino)
Sitting right in the middle of the road, looking lost. I drove slowly past it twice without it moving. Fortunately it's a quiet road but I had to shoo it away into the trees when another car approached, setting off a chorus of warning calls from other birds.
Seen flying low over trees at Padstow Park Public School.
Broadwater Canal. Mcinherney Close. Port Macquarie.
85 + roosting at high tide, on the edge of the canal, and the lawn's between the house's and the water.
Mason Park, North Strathfield
Single Brown Gerygone gave excellent views in the woodland in the northwest corner adjacent parking area for playing field. First for my Homebush local patch list. Tawny yellow flanks and grey clouded chest eliminate Mangrove Gerygone that is resident in the nearby Newington Nature Reserve. Buff-banded Rails, 1 Sharp-tail Sand and 1 Latham's Snipe present also.
Eveleigh Technology Park
Topknot Pigeon (11) flew past in direction of Redfern train line. Possibly attracted by the prollific fruiting Ficus trees in the area.
|Wed 21 Dec
Glen Davis Campground
1 Regent Honeyeater and 1 Little Lorikeet in the morning along with very good numbers of Black-chinned Honeyeater, White-plumed and Brown-headed Honeyeaters at the campground. Other birds in the area included Southern Boobook and Tawny Frogmouth (spotlighted) and White-throated Nightjar (heard calling off beyond the old mine). Owlet-Nightjar seen the next morning at it's regular roost at Crown Station Road.
Edgells Lane Wetland, Bathurst
Plumed Whistling-Duck (29) First time I have seen them in 50 visit's (Moderator's Note: 24 were reported there on 12/11/11, see Brdline report 101199) - AKM)
|Tue 20 Dec
Sturt Hwy at 34°41'06'S 144°04'36'E
Gull-billed Tern (16) Flying parallel with Hwy beside my vehicle for aroung 1km giving great views for easy id before heading off in a southerly direction. Some standing water is beside the Hwy in this area but these birds didn't look like they were stopping. All birds were in breeding plumage. (Moderator's Note: In good seasons in the past, Gull-billed Terns have nested on the Hay Plains, the breeding site is well documented in the literature - AKM)
||Glossy Black Cockatoo
A pair of Glossy Blacks feeding quietly behind the shelter near the lookout.
||Long-tailed Jaeger and Black-browed Albatross
Mistral Point, Maroubra
All three species of Jaeger today, with about a dozen Pomarine, 2 Long-tailed and one Arctic, creating havoc amonst the loafing flocks of Silver Gulls. Single Black-browed Albatross and Flesh-footed Shearwaters were also noteworthy.
|Mon 19 Dec
||Rufous Fantail, Black-faced Monarch, Leaden Flycatcher, Bassian Thrush
Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens (33.32 150.25)
Rufous Fantail - two birds feeding young at nest.
Black-faced Monarch - one bird low in bush.
Leaden Flycatcher- 3 birds calling and courtship.
Bassian Thrush - two birds one carrying food large grub unable to locate nest.
Newnes Junction 10' Cell
Regent Honeyeater 1 flew across road near Zig Zag
Railway Station, grid reference 33.29 150.12
Faulconbridge Highway Waterlilly Pond
Single adult bird. Unusual sighting right next to Great Western Hwy.
|Sun 18 Dec
||Diamond Firetail, speckled warblers
Reids Road, Boorowa Shire
4 diamond firetails and 2 speckled warblers in iron bark-red stringybark woodland, 2 other speckled warblers at a site close by in wattle. List to come.
|Sat 17 Dec
Goran Lake, 30 km south of Gunnedah
One solitary Caspian Tern was seen on the southern shore of Goran Lake, an ephemeral lake about 30 km south of Gunnedah. It was resting on a sandbank together with various other aquatic birds. In the shallows nearby a flock of about 250 Pink-eared Ducks was resting. The 300 Australian Pelicans reported earlier were now found at a small island in the eastern part of the lake.
Irrawong Reserve, Warriewood
Heard and then seen right of the low boardwalk at Irrawong Reserve.
Many of the regular inhabitants of the wetlands present also but Black-faced Monarch pair in the trees above the waterfall.
|Thu 15 Dec
Wollomombi Falls at 30 32S 152 02E
Scarlet Honeyeater (5) At least 5 birds,feeding in the eucalypts around the Picnic grounds
||Australian Koel, Channel-billed Cuckoo
Warrumbungle National Park
Australian Koel (1) Heard from Spirey Creek
Channel-billed Cuckoo (2) Calling and flying around the campground area