Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update
Date: 26 Jan 2015 07:41:06 +1000
   Birdline New South Wales

   Published sightings for the week ending 25 Jan 2015.

   Sun 25 Jan Rainbow bee eaters Tallong Drive, Lake Cathie
   Small flocks of birds,heading north all day
   Darin Rounsevell
   White-throated Needletail (1000) Sydney Olympic Park
   The biggest flock I have seen since the 1980s in Sydney covering a
   kilometre plus in size with hundreds and hundreds of birds centred over
   Meadowbank. Despite a half hour scour no sign of Fork-tailed Swift.
   Other good birds today included Australian Hobby (1 female), Tawny
   Frogmouth (2), Nankeen Night-Heron (1), Glossy Ibis (1) Mangrove
   Gerygone (2), Australasian Pipit (1) Black-shouldered Kite (1 juv), WB
   Sea-Eagle (2), Dollarbird (8)
   Dion Hobcroft
   Powerful Owl Lovers Jump Creek Reserve, North Turramurra
   Single bird seen roosting over the stream at south end of reserve
   approx 7:30am
   Tom Wilson
   Sat 24 Jan Glossy Ibis, Latham's Snipe, Collared Sparrowhawk McPherson
   Rd Swamp, Gavenlock Rd Tuggerah
   There were a group of 4 Glossy Ibis feeding in this swamp this morning,
   where at least 10 Latham's Snipe were seen on the Swamp. A Sparrowhawk
   was escorted across the wetland by Magpies and Noisy Miners; 2 separate
   small groups of Chestnut-breasted Mannikins were seen that included
   juvenile birds; a pair of White-breasted Woodswallows were feeding
   dependant young; and Cisticolas, Tawny Grassbirds, Sacred Kingfisher
   and Dollarbirds were seen by 14 members of the Cumberland Bird Club.
   Alan Morris and 12 members of CBOC
   Pectoral Sandpiper Lake Chickiba, Ballina
   Single Pectoral Sandpiper observed at Lake Chickiba today. My first for
   this site.
   Steve McBride
   Streaked Shearwater Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head
   2 Streaked Shearwaters flying in with Wedge-tailed Shearwaters off
   north head today.
   michael ronan.
   Magpie Goose Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
   4 birds in dead trees on eastern side of wetlands.
   Mark Leary
   Mangrove Gerigone Liberty Grove Wetlands, Rhodes
   One Mangrove Gerygone singing beautifully came to say hello when I
   attempted to mimic him. He was spotted and photographed Between the
   bridge and the bird lookout toward the Rhodes side of the bridge.
   Richard Hardiman
   Square-tailed Kite Nowra
   Two birds on Kalandar Road about 1.5 km from the highway towards
   Culburra in the early afternoon.
   Murray Lord and Chris Gladwin
   White-rumped Sandpiper Lake Wollumboola, Culburra
   Bird showing exceedingly well all morning. Also 2 Fairy Terns, 1 Great
   Knot, 2 Red Knot, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, 9 White-winged Black Tern.
   Chris Gladwin, Murray Lord
   Fri 23 Jan White-rumped Sandpiper (Update) Lake Wollumboola
   White-rumped Sandpiper feeding at water's edge
   Tony Dawe plus other birders
   Wed 21 Jan Freckled Duck (1), Little Pied Cormorant (nesting)
   Harrington Park Lake (about 6km North-east of Camden)
   A single Freckled Duck observed. Also, at at least three Little Pied
   Cormorant nests (in the trees on the man-made island in middle of lake)
   that contained Adults brooding young birds.
   Michael Paul
   Square-tailed Kite Beechwood
   One seen very low, being harassed by magpies as it circled at 4:38pm.
   Ian Kerr
   Black-necked Stork Oxley Hwy, Port Macquarie
   One adult Black-necked Stork seen at 7:30 am just 700m west of the Base
   Hospital on the North side of the Hwy. Very uncommon in this area of
   Ian Kerr
   White-rumped Sandpiper Lake Wollumboola
   The White-rumped Sandpiper was resting within the electric fence with
   Red-capped Plover and Red-necked Stint at Lake Wollumboola today. Also
   present, a Common Tern, ten White-winged Black Tern, Little and Fairy
   Tern, eight Lesser Sand Plover, five Red Knot and a Great Knot, a
   Sanderling, four Curlew Sandpiper as well as a number of Sharp-tailed
   Dimitris Bertzeletos and Julie Morgan
   Tue 20 Jan Barking Owl, Black-faced Monarch Burrlow track Blue
   Mountains national park near bellbird hill
   One Barking Owl heard calling at about 9pm we did not see the bird.
   Kareena, Josh Allen
   Common Noddy, White-winged Black Tern Flat Rock, Ballina
   1 Common Noddy & 4 White-winged Black Tern resting on Flat Rock late
   this afternoon. The Noddy appeared to have an injured wing, but seemed
   to be flying without a problem.
   Steve McBride
   Glossy Ibis McPherson Road Swamp
   3 seen near the McPherson Road edge of the swamp from about 250 metres
   west of Gavenlock Road intersection.
   Graeme Robinson
   Common Noddy, Sooty Terns, Pomarine Jaeger Fort Drive, Newcastle,
   Hunter Valley
   1 Common Noddy seen flying past, also 2 Sooty Terns and 2 Pomarine
   Jaegers, many thousands of Shearwaters, mostly Wedge-tailed. Only a 1hr
   Steve Roderick
   Mon 19 Jan Magpie Goose South Grafton
   98 Magpie Geese seen beside the Pacific Hwy 1.5km east of South
   Brett Allen
   Streaked Shearwater Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head
   1 Streaked Shearwater heading south of north head this afternoon.
   michael ronan.
   Onychoprion-type Tern, Buller's Shearwater, Great-winged Petrel Mistral
   Point, Maroubra
   One Onychoprion-type Tern was observed late in the day. It was flying
   south incredibly fast. No gliding involved. Sadly it was too distant to
   rule out either bridled or sooty, although it did appear to have a
   greyish back, with an intermediate wingspan between sooty and bridled
   (when compared with shearwaters), but it remains unidentified as no
   definite ID features were observed. One Buller's Shearwater was seen by
   a few of the observers a fair distance out. 2 Great-winged Petrel were
   seen earlier in the day. All other species seen can be found on the
   list attached. False Killer Whales (5) and a Whaler Shark (1) was also
   Simon Gorta, John Graff, Ray Gobbe, Biggles, Adrian Dick
   Black-necked Stork 1931 Pacific Hwy, Cowper, east of Ulmarra
   Two seen in a water meadow on north side of Highway.
   Colleen Lock
   Australasian Shoveler (6) Peregrine Falcon (1 juv) Sydney Olympic
   Park--Waterbird Refuge
   Highest ever count of Shovelers here, all feeding along the far edge in
   amongst the teal, so quite distant and not easy to make out. Recently
   fledged Peregrine Falcon repeatedly chasing gulls and avocets causing a
   lot of panic-great views. At Mason Park there were 15 Sharp-tailed
   Sandpipers, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Red-kneed Dotterel.
   Dion Hobcroft
   Freckled Duck, Marsh Sandpiper Cotton farm, Ashley
   6 Freckled Ducks were observed in a full 80 hectare (200 acres)
   irrigation farm dam. There were no other ducks present in this
   particular dam either and no vegetation at all. At least 250 Glossy
   Ibis were observed altogether in another irrigation dam, the highest
   count for this site. At another (low) irrigation dam, 75+ Red-necked
   Avocets, 200+ Black-winged Stilts, 6+ Marsh Sandpipers and 12
   Sharp-tailed Sandpipers were found. 250 Whiskered Terns, 100
   Gull-billed Terns, 10 Caspian Terns and 10 Silver Gulls were found
   resting in another irrigation farm dam.
   Curtis Hayne and Ainslee Lines
   Pacific Baza Wareemba Avenue Thornleigh
   3.15pm perch high in blue gum in front yard. Took photos from deck.
   Quiet cry as it left - flew east
   Elizabeth Baxendale
   Glossy Black-Cockatoo Lower Pappinbarra
   6 GBC seen this morning at 6:08am
   Ian Kerr
   Sun 18 Jan Wood Sandpiper Hexham Swamp
   Wood Sandpiper photographed along the old pipeline track (exact
   location can't be confirmed) on Sunday. Very few shorebirds have been
   visible from the track in recent times. Hopefully these rain events may
   change things out there.
   Jeff Jones per Mick Roderick
   Golden Whistler, Satin Bowerbird, Coutts Crossing Village
   Immature Golden Whistler, probably 2nd year bird as rufous on wings
   very slight. This is an early record of this species which is usually
   an autumn-winter migrant-visitor to the local area. Adult female
   Bowerbird feeding two juveniles in backyard. Adult had been banded in
   the backyard on 22 Oct 2011.
   Greg Clancy
   White-headed Pigeon Epping, corner Beecroft Road and Kandy Avenue
   One adult White-headed Pigeon in a garden on the corner of Beecroft
   Road and Kandy Avenue. First time I see this species in the area.
   Wouter Maes
   Sat 17 Jan South Island Pied Oystercatcher Bundagen Headland
   Went on a grueling pilgrimage in searing 36 degree heat to see the
   SIPO. Walked from the Surf Club all the way to the point, where the
   bird was associating with up to three Sooty Oystercatchers on the rock
   platform at Bundagen Point. Also fresh Juv. Little Tern.
   David Mitford
   Fri 16 Jan Red-tailed Tropicbird & Brown Skua Sydney (Coast)
   Went fishing out through the heads towards 12 mile (about 20kms) and
   saw a lot of seabirds. I'm a pretty ordinary sea-birder, but I
   certainly saw a lot of the same shearwaters (probably wedgetailed) and
   petrels (great-winged I think). A few singles though- a single Shy
   Albatross, a single Brown Skua, a lone Long-tailed Jaeger, a Sooty
   Shearwater, 2 Fairy Penguins and a single Red-tailed Tropicbird.
   [Moderator: the observer, while familiar with Pomarine Jaegar, is
   unable to, with complete certainty, rule out that species in place of
   the Brown Skua. AR]
   Henry Cook
   Grey-fronted Honeyeater The OId Wheatfield, Nombinnie Nature Reserve,
   Mt. Hope
   A single Grey-fronted Honeyeater, was seen in the Old Wheatfield,
   Nombinnie NR. The bird was very flighty and disappeared quickly.
   Andrew Walker
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