As of a couple of months ago Rod Gardner
and Murray Lord have been looking after Birdline NSW, and this message is to
remind people of its existence and encourage more people to use it.
Birdline NSW is a telephone answering machine updated weekly (usually on a
Sunday evening) with recent records of birds in New South Wales. It
is paid for by the various Sydney bird clubs.
The number is (02) 9439 9536. A call to it
costs the same as a normal telephone call.
Sightings put on birdline are obtained from records
left on the answering machine or submitted to Alan Morris. Also, whilst
neither of us normally subscribe to birding-aus we try to check the latest
postings on one of the web pages regularly. If leaving sightings on
the tape please leave your name, the date and location as well as
details of the bird. Where appropriate please spell any difficult location
names, and for rarer birds a contact number would be appreciated.
Deciding which sightings to put on the tape each
week is always a bit subjective. We try to emphasise species that are
likely to be able to be relocated, or to highlight if particular areas are
unusually productive, even if the species being seen may not be particularly
rare. We are the first to admit that a particular bird may make it onto
the tape one week but not the next. Nevertheless please remember that all
sightings submitted to Birdline NSW (whether used on the tape or not) are
passed on to Alan Morris for consideration for the New South Wales Bird
If anyone wants to submit sightings by email, then
can do so by emailing BOTH of us at the addresses below. However please
remember that we may update the tape on a Sunday not having seen email
since the Friday, so a telephone report is better for rare birds.
Whilst we don't want to commit to doubling our workload at this stage by
sending out an email version of Birdline, if anything particularly rare is
reported it will be passed on to birding-aus.
Rod Gardner (rod.gardner [at]
Murray Lord (mklord [at]