Birdline New South Wales
Published sightings for the week ending 23 Nov 2014.
Sun 23 Nov Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper
Lake Cargelligo STW
Lowest water levels I have ever seen at the Cargy Poo Ponds. Lots of
mud flats. At least 50 Sandpipers there early this morning. Mostly
Sharpies, about a dozen Marsh and one Curlew Sandpiper. Other birds of
interest were one Latham's Snipe, One Fork-tailed Swift, 500 Whiskered
Terns, and about 10 Red-necked Stints. All the usual suspects Baillon's
and Spotted Crake, Black-tailed Native Hen and Red-necked Avocets were
all there along with our newest migrants the Plum-headed Finches
Pallid Cuckoo Old Settlement Beach, Lord Howe Island
Have a poor quality photo. Will try for a better one tomorrow.
Ann Millard and Trish Evans
White-eared Monarch border ranges national park.
White-eared monarch present just outside national park this morning.
Also numbers of Pacific Bazas and Red-backed Fairywrens.
Glossy Black Cockatoo Jamieson Park, Narrabeen Lakes
2 Glossy Black Cockatoos feeding in allocasuarina about halfway along
the track at around 11:30am. I also heard a Scarlet Honeyeater and had
a Rufous Fantail displaying about 1 metre away.
Powerful Owl Sun Valley
A juvenile (or immature) Powerful Owl roosting among foliage. Good to
see that have been able to breed recently with so many Sulphur-crested
Cockatoos taking over in the area.
Sat 22 Nov Black Petrel, Long-tailed, Arctic and Pomarine Jaegers
The highlight of todays SOSSA pelagic was a single Black Petrel. While
it didn't stay around, it was well sighted by all on board. There were
also at least 2 Long-tailed Jaegers (well worn plumage), as well as 3+
Arctic and 5+ Pomarine Jaegers. Other birds included Black-browed,
Campbell and Shy-type (White-capped) Albatrosses, Grey-faced Petrels
and Wedge-tailed, Short-tailed and a single Hutton's Shearwater.
Numbers of Crested Terns were extremely high, 100+ which would be the
most ever sighted on a SOSSA trip. Cetacean highlight was a small pod
of Risso's Dolphins, which gave close, extended views before moving
Brook Whylie and all on board the Sandra K
Little Bronze Cuckoo King Creek, Wauchope
Initially heard and then seen in my garden before it was chased off by
a Noisy Miner. This is the second year that I have recorded this
species at this location.
Long-toed Stint Kooragang Dykes
On the Kooragang Dykes wader survey this morning a single Long-toed
Stint was found among roosting Curlew Sandpipers. Also seen were a
Pectoral Sandpiper a Common Sandpiper and three Great Knots.
Dan Williams, Liz Crawford, Chris Herbert and Greg Little
Painted Honeyeater, Superb Parrot Condobolin
About a dozen Painted HEs calling continually and chasing each other
around in pairs in Myall trees 15 km South of Condo near Wallaroi
Ck.Its been a very dry spring here but the grey mistletoe has loads of
fruit and the birds look like they may be going to breed. Also present
were a small group of Superbs. They dont usually turn up here until
January so they were a bit of a surprise.
Australian King-Parrot Mehi River, 30km West of Moree
Whittaker's Lagoon has been bone dry for over a month now. ALL birds
observed in the vicinity of the Mehi River and in open scrub. 4
Australian King Parrots were observed and heard calling, a very unusual
find out this far west and especially during drought. They have been
absent from their usual locations to the east this year including Terry
Hie Hie, close to the Nandewar Range.
Fri 21 Nov Budgerigar Leard State Forest
Budgerigars are usually seen in the North-west slopes around the end of
the breeding season, but today we found four perched in a Cypress pine
tree on the edge of the Leard SCA, south of Maules Creek.
Red-necked Avocet Eastlakes golf course
One Red-necked Avocet back this morning 8am. David Mitford reports that
it was still around at 10 am.
Thu 20 Nov Fork-tailed Swift Lane Cove National Park - De Burghs Bridge
(Lane Cove Rd)
2 birds seen approx 7:30 am (from bus) at treetop height just on north
side of bridge. All dark with just a white rump. Only 2 seen but bus
Plumed Whistling Duck Corowa Piggery, off Redlands Road
Over 200 Plumed Whistling Ducks around the settling ponds behind the
piggery off Redlands Road. 2 Magpie Geese left at the Corowa Sewage
farm, also a single Freckled Duck and good numbers of blue-billed
Wed 19 Nov Wandering Tattler, Sanderling, Red Knot Flat Rock, Skennars
2 Wandering Tattlers, 4 Sanderling, 2 Red Knot and 5 Sharp-tailed
Sandpipers were amongst the usual Grey-tailed Tattlers, Ruddy
Turnstones, Pacific Golden Plovers and Red-necked Stints, Common and
Little Terns at Flat Rock, mid morning.
Painted Honeyeater, Diamond Firetail, Masked Woodswallow Leard State
Walking along the perimeter of the Leard SCA yesterday morning, I found
one Painted Honeyeater, a pair of Diamond Firetails and 3 species of
woodswallows breeding in the area. Next to a nesting pair of Dusky
Woodswallows, there were a few families of White-browed Woodswallows
with juveniles and a family of Masked Woodswallows (which I don't get
to see often), also with two juveniles (photo).
Brahminy Kite Hawkesbury River near confluence with Colo River
Single Brahminy Kite seen well perched in a tree then gliding, along
the Hawkesbury River, downstream of the confluence with the Colo River
at around midday today.
Bar-tailed Godwit Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
1 Bar-tailed Godwit feeding with 19 Eastern Curlews on dusk at high
tide. Godwits used to be regular summer visitor but have been missing
for last two summers.
Tue 18 Nov Barred Cuckoo-shrike Rocky Creek Dam (Nightcap National
2-4 Barred Cuckoo-shrikes feeding on small yellow figs in Nightcap
National Park this morning.
Mon 17 Nov Eastern Yellow Wagtail Lord Howe Island
Arriving at Lord Howe Island in the morning, I thought the
mudfIat/drying swamp opposite the end of the airport runway would be
worth a visit. Couldn't get there until later in the day but when I
did, astounded to find a Yellow Wagtail amongst the Eastern Golden
Plovers and Ruddy Turnstones. Returned the next morning and the
following day but no further sightings.
Lewin's Rail Landing Lights Wetland, Barton Park, near Sydney Airport
2 birds calling at sunset. Multiple records Botany/Eastlakes side of
airport but the only report for Cook's River area I can find is 1893.
Not recorded by Neil Rankin in his Barton Park surveys 1967-1980, or
mentioned in Keast's 50 year retrospective which included area. Also
present an immature Brown Honeyeater perhaps indicating breeding in the
Superb Fruit-dove. Rocky Creek Dam (Nightcap National Park)
Found a nesting pair of superb fruit doves this morning this is my 8th
nesting record of this species in the nightcap national park .
Sat 15 Nov Painted Honeyeater, White-throated Gerygone, Turquise
Parrot, Emus, Rufous Songlark Nattai Nat Park - High Range NSW
Fleeting visit by one Painted HE, continued to call but not sighted
again, 2 Turquoise Parrots, one White Throated Gerygone, 8 Emus, 2
Magpie Goose Wetland at edge of Pacififc Highway, Clarenza
65+ Geese at edge of water with some partially hidden in reeds.
Probably an underestimate as heads were popping up in reeds throughout
the area. Some sitting on flattened reeds but probably not nesting as
they weren't sitting low enough to be incubating. Similar numbers
present also on 13 Nov when Russell Jago and Matt Templeton assisted
with the count. Largest number at this site for a while and none
present at dam NE of Coutts Crossing where 5-70 birds had been observed
Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Whiskered Tern Lawrence Egret Colony
Only 1 Freckled Duck located, 30+ Pink-eared Ducks, 30+ Whiskered
Terns, terns mostly in partial breeding plumage.
Greg Clancy & Clarence Valley Birdos members
Pallid Cuckoo, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Restless Flycatcher, Spangled
Drongo Mantons Road, Lawrence
Cuckoo heard calling, Honeyeater observed and photographed by Pam
Kenway (they were silent), Flycatcher heard calling and Drongo was at a
small dam where other birds were drinking.
Greg Clancy, Pam Kenway & Clarence Valley Birdo members
Fri 14 Nov White-throated Needletail Kangaroo Creek Road, S of Coutts
5+ Needletails flying over.
Thu 13 Nov Australian Owlet-nightjar, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Common
Cicadabird Bridge on Champions Creek, Somervale Road, Tucabia
Owlet-nightjar calling @ 14:37 hrs, Cuckoo and Cicadabird heard
Greg Clancy, Russell Jago, Matt Templeton, Bronte Larkin
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