Birdline New South Wales
Published sightings for the week ending 18 Jan 2015.
Sun 18 Jan Streaked Shearwater,Long-tailed Jaeger, Black-browed
Albatross. Sydney Harbour National Park-North Head.
Seen my second Streaked Shearwater flying south with Wedge-tailed
Shearwaters this afternoon also 20+Black-browed albatross and 3
Crested Shrike-tit Riverstone
Early morning between 6:30am and 7am spotted 2 Crested Shrike-tits.
Also photographed Olive-backed Orioles, Scarlet Honeyeater, Yellow-
faced Honeyeater, juvenile Red-rumped Parrots, Eastern Spinebills, and
juvenile Rufous Whistler and golden whistler. All seen just behind the
Stephen and Antonella Gilmour
Sat 17 Jan White-rumped Sandpiper Lake Wollumboola
White-rumped Sandpiper still present in the usual spot feeding adjacent
to the Little Tern breeding area. Also several Red Knot and single
Great Knot and a single White-winged Black Tern. Didn't see the
reported Broad-billed Sandpipers.
Brown Booby 28km east of Terrigal
Brown Booby seen on a fishing trip 28km due east of Terrigal, circling
the boat twice at close range.
Obi Gabriel per Mick Roderick
Whiskered Tern, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Pied Oystercatcher Clarence
River, near Lawrence
Large mixed flock of terns roosting on sandpit in Clarence River 1.5km
SE of Lawrence (observed approx 1km south of Lawrence ferry from
Woodford Dale Rd). Approx 20-30 Whiskered Tern, 2 Caspian Tern, 1
Common Tern, many Crested Tern. Also 2 Pied Oystercatchers. Many Silver
Gull. Whiskered Terns have been present on Clarence River (observed
from Grafton downstream to Maclean) for previous few months.
Darryl and Gary Eggins and Maureen O'Shea
Thu 15 Jan Lesser Sand Plover & Curlew Sandpipers Soldiers Point (Norah
A Lesser Sand Plover and 15+ Curlew Sandpipers were observed between
10:45 and 11:18 out the front of the rock self (Low Tide) Other species
were 76+ Red-necked Stints, 20+ Ruddy Turnstones and 4+ Grey-tailed
White-rumped Sandpiper Lake Wollumboola
Showing well throughout late morning-early afternoon. Two Broad-billed
Sandpipers, two Lesser Sand-Plovers, two White-winged Black Terns and a
Whiskered Tern. No sign of Great Knot or Fairy Tern for us.
Dion Hobcroft, David James and Dean Purcell
Wed 14 Jan Scarlet Honeyeater Ulan
Foraging and singing from flowering Rough-barked Apple (Angophora
floribunda) near Corporate Rd. Up two two birds but more may have been
Pacific Emerald Dove Coutts Crossing Village
Adult male Pacific Emerald Dove returned to our backyard today at about
16:50 hrs. I heard its call at first and then later it was feeding on
the fallen fruits of Cockspur Thorn, probably just eating the seeds,
and later was seen to eat the seeds of a native Basket Grass Oplismenus
aemulus. I took some photos but as the bird was continually moving they
weren't as good as I had hoped for.
Wedge-tailed Eagle (x4) Castlereagh
Four Wedge-tailed Eagles were observed by my friend at approximately
17:40 today. I am awaiting photographs. They were near gate 12 of the
Akos Lumnitzer for Peter Phealan
Plumed Whistling-Duck Sydney Olympic Park--Waterbird Refuge
28 Plumed Whistling-Duck resting at low tide 9.00am
White-rumped Sandpiper Culburra Beach
Bird still present this morning in same spot - despite strong westerly
- and seen by many birders. Other birds of note: Broad-billed
Sandpiper, Great Knot, Red Knot, Lesser Sand Plover, Little Tern, Fairy
Square-tailed Kite Culburra Beach
One bird flying low over The Lake Circuit (close to shops) about 9am.
Tremendous views. 3 Australian Magpies chased it away.
Great Frigatebird Shelley Beach, Port Macquarie.
A female Great Frigatebird was observed flying North along Shelley
Beach at 11:30 this morning. (Moderator's Note: Great Frigatebirds are
on the NSWORAC Review List and therefore this sightings should be
referred to the that committee for review, a urrf can be down loaded
for this purpose. (AKM).
Liz Hawkins per Clive Meadows
Latham's Snipe, Wandering Whistling Duck. Swamp near Ironbark Creek,
Minmi Rd, Wallsend
Flushed at least 40 Latham's Snipe which were on the drying out SW area
of the swamp - (swimming pool carpark end). Also spotted a Brown
Honeyeater. Saw 3 Wandering Whistling-Ducks at the Bunnings pond next
John French & Fiona Lumsden
Plumed Whistling-duck Waterbird Refuge, Sydney Olympic Park
30 Plumed Whistling Ducks at the Waterbird Refuge at 10:00 am today. In
a tight group about halfway down the long side.
Jenny Stiles, Rod Stiles, Geoff Hutchinson, Marie Lister and Margaret
Tue 13 Jan Long-tailed Jaeger Mistral Point, Maroubra
20+ Long-tailed Jaegers, including a flock of 14 birds together. 17
Pomarine Jaegers, 4 Flesh-footed Shearwaters, moderate numbers of
Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and Short-tailed Shearwaters also noted. One
or two Sooty and Fluttering Shearwaters also mixed in.
Black-eared Cuckoo, Painted Honeyeater, Speckled Warbler Bobadeen Rd,
Four Black-eared Cuckoos seen over the 12-13th Jan in Ironbark - Acacia
linearifolia woodland. Speckled Warblers breeding (seen at five
locations) and Painted Honeyeater seen and heard at three locations.
Some Mistletoe in fruit.
Grey Ternlet, South Island Pied Oystercatcher Tucker's Rocks to
SIPO was finally found at ~5:30pm, about 400m South of Tuckers Rocks -
bird was solitary and eventually flew North past the rocks. Aus Pied
Oystercatchers also seen with 3 feeding just to the north of Tuckers
Rocks and 5 or so roosting on the rocks at Bundagen Headland but the
SIPO was not seen with these birds at any time. Another notable
sighting was a Grey Ternlet seen briefly, offshore from the Bundagen
Little Tern Long Reef
I observed a single Little Tern this morning at Long Reef at 8am this
morning. I saw it in flight, calling and also perched on the rockshelf.
I had clear views of the black tip on the beak to distinguish it from a
Emerald Dove Coutts Crossing Village, SW of Grafton
Adult male Dove observed walking on ground in our backyard at 16:05
hrs, disappeared when I rushed to get camera/scope. Reappeared at 16:35
hrs walking on path near our bird bath at our back door. Disappeared
again as I went for the camera. This is our first backyard record of
the species, my first for the Coutts Crossing area and my first for the
Clarence Valley for some years. This bird appears to be a rare,
unpredictable, visitor to the Clarence Valley.
Greg & Val Clancy
White-rumped Sandpiper Lake Wollumboola
The bird was located in the fenced-off tern breeding area. It made no
attempt to move off and was quite busy just preening before it sat down
Mon 12 Jan Pacific Baza Warriewood Wetlands
Nesting site on eastern side of Powderworks road.
Wedge-tailed eagle Castlereagh Rd near Penrith Regional Lakes
2 circling wedge tails over trees on East side of road. A raven chased
the rather ineffectually
Red-necked Avocet, Black-necked Stork Wooloweyah Lagoon, W of Angourie
32 Avocets at high tide roost at western edge of lagoon with other
shorebirds. They had to to move as tide inundated their roost. Adult
Black-necked Stork foraging at north-western edge of Lagoon flew to
site at western edge. Possibly one of the local adult pair which hasn't
been recorded breeding since 2001.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago
Square-tailed Kite Kooloobong Park, Keiraville
At 1:45pm, one Square-tailed Kite was gliding low - then higher - above
Kooloobong Park's canopy and the forest at the base of Mt Keira. I was
somewhat surprised to see a STK here, considering the habitat is closed
forest and rainforest; Pizzey & Knight do mention that STKs frequent
these habits though. Not sure how many records of STKs there are for
White-rumped Sandpiper Lake Wollumboola
Still present today, despite somewhat miserable conditions on the beach
at times! At least 3 Broad-billed SP, 2 Sharpies, and 2 Curlew SP as
well. Same location as previously reported. Seen resting, feeding and
in flight. I'll put up my full site list when I get home!
Elliot Leach, Lori Leach and others
Powerful Owl, Scarlet Honeyeater Nurragingy Reserve
A young Powerful Owl was perching in a turpentine tree at the Currawong
Picnic site and eating freshly killed ringtail possum early morning
(7:15am). Ravens, magpies and miners were making a terrible noise and
constantly harassing it. It didn't bother the bird at all. I left it
after 30 minutes with few pieces of possum left under its foot. Other
birds have forgotten about the owl and moved away. Also in the reserve:
Scarlet Honeyeater ( 8 feeding in mistletoes near the Creek), Brown
Sun 11 Jan Wood Sandpiper Belmore Swamp, Seales Rd, Kempsey
A single Wood Sandpiper was a nice surprise at this location. Bird
landed on verge of swamp close to the road and provided great all round
views. 10 Glossy Ibis present as well a several pairs of Australian
Shoveler amongst the numerous Chestnut and Grey Teal. There were also
200+ Straw-necked Ibis feeding across a couple of wet paddocks on the
Clive Meadows & Louise Earnshaw
Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake Pitt Town Lagoon
Had good views of 2 Spotless Crakea and 5 Baillon's Crakes at Pitt town
Kermadec / White-necked Petrels, Buller's Shearwater, Sooty Tern (60+)
Pelagic off Port Stephens
Highlights of a very wet pelagic off Port Stephens yesterday were a
dark Kermadec Petrel, White-necked Petrel, 2 Buller's Shearwaters and
at least 60+ Sooty Terns. Most activity was inside the last 3 or 4
miles landward of the shelf break (in fact there was very little wide
of the shelf, though rain was heavy there). We also had a distant
'Cookilaria' that got away on us. 12 White-faced Storm-petrels was a
good number of this species in recent times for these pelagic trips.
Photo of the Kermadec by Allan Richardson.
Mick Roderick and all aboard the MV Argonaut
Wed 7 Jan Square-tailed Kite Silverdale rd, Silverdale nsw
bird circled low over road and houses, harassed by butcher birds at one
point when it tried to land in some trees
Sun 4 Jan Wonga Pigeon, Eurasian Tree Sparrow Wagga Wagga Botanical
1 Wonga Pigeon observed near the little zoo wandering around freely. It
had no bands or any sign that it was an escapee bird, and flew up onto
a tree when it was approached too closely. According to eBird, there
are only a handful or records from North Eastern Victoria and a single
1991 record from Jerilderie which are worth noting as similar records.
Two Tree Sparrows were also observed inside the amphitheatre where
there are numerous records for them.
Simon Gorta, Julian Teh, Owen Lishmund
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